A trifecta here: a beard, great hair, an old 1885 portrait; there’s even amazingly bushy eyebrows—he’s got more hair than I do, for crying out loud!
He is the Rev. Ebenezer Gay, born 1792 in
his older sister, Rebecca (1789-1842) married John Allen Gould, my third
great-grandfather...that makes him, I think, a great uncle of some kind. Walpole, Massachusetts
He went to
Harvard, graduated in 1814; was
ordained as a clergyman in
in 1818 and stayed there for five years. While in Stoughton , he married Laura Sanders of
Wrentham, and they had five children. there
In 1823, “removed” (I love that old term) to
and the Trinitarian Congregational church. He stayed there until 1842. Bridgewater
He was active in town affairs, served on the School Board for the town and was a trustee of the
In 1888, he went on to Tomkin’s Cove,
to live with his oldest son, the Reverend Ebenezer Gay, Jr.; another son was
the Rev. Joshua Gay of South Wellfleet.
According to his obituary in April 10, 1896 edition of The Churchman, “Gay retained his mental vigor to the last and found special satisfaction in reading the current literature of the day, and classical works. Every day of his later years he was accustomed to read his Greek Testament, the same copy he used at Harvard...”
A remarkable gentleman, to be sure.
When I was little, though, his photograph was enough to scare the bejesus out of me – a little irreverence for the reverend.