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A Historical Overview

A starting point for research in the Stay family line.

The Stay Family History

We are presenting this work in three sections, - Section 1, Joseph Stay’s History 1822\1903, - Section 2, Peter Stay’s History 1779\1859, and Section 3, Peter Stay’s Ancestors 1879\1600. We use Peter Stay as a reference, because he was the earliest known family forefather identified by Alice Bailey Stay, our primary family genealogist, during the 1930-40 periods.

This work is a compilation of research done over a period of 40 years. It represents a best effort to trace the Stay family ancestors. Much has been previously published in the website. This iteration “Section 1, Joseph Stay’s History” contains new information such as the ship West Point that carried the Joseph Stay family from Liverpool to Covenant Garden in New York. The “Section 3, Peter Stay’s Ancestors” document also contains new information about our earliest recorded family.

It has been established that our family’s roots stem from Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England, in the late 1500s. There is little if any source material prior to that period. The spelling of the name at the time was Stoy and Stoye, they were Forest People who resided in Hampshire’s New Forest. We continue to find additional data that adds additional insight into the family history. Should anyone wish to make amendments or add additional information, please feel free to present them to me and I will be happy to make the necessary revisions or additions. We hope that you enjoy these histories.

There are a number of histories that follow Joseph’s history; a recent addition is a history of Joseph Hyrum that is posted on this site. Until this history of Joseph Hyrum, the total information about him was drawn from the Joseph Stay History and a single paragraph written by a daughter and published in the History of the Jeremiah Woodbury Family written by Angus Cannon Woodbury in 1958. The reader will soon realize the reason for the scant history of Joseph Hyrum and the family’s reluctance to talk about him because of information found in period newspapers of the time.

Gary Stay

Owner/SourceGary Stay
DateMar 2009
File nameA Historical Overview
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