Fay/Fahey/Faye Lineage

Do we share Fay ancestors - or, is there a possibility?    If so, drop me a note.    Would love to share information.


Looking for parents/siblings of Daniel Fay and Catherine "Kate" Mullens:

I will use the spelling "Fay" in this document as that is how our family now spells it.   However, the name has been found in various forms in various sources.


Daniel Wolftone/Wolstone Fay b. 1 Apr 1831-38 Mt. Bellew, County Galway, Ireland; Catholic; d. 1 apr 1925 Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY, bur. Calvery Cemetery in Ottumwa, Wapello Co., IA.     Daniel Fay m/1: Catherine Mary Mullen b. Jan 1841-45 Ireland; Catholic; d. 8 June 1902 (cancer) Wapello Co., IA, bur. Ottumwa, IA.    Daniel Fay m/2: Bridget Ethell Fay, a distant relative.    Sources:   Daniel Fay's d.c. & obit; KY Marriage records; Catherine's d.c.; tombstone records; 1895 Wapello, IA census; 1860 Jeffereson Co., KY census; 1880 Kankakee Co., IL Census; 1900 Pawnee Co., OK Census; Railroad Retirement record for Charles and Robert Fay; homestead records for OK 1893. Daniel was in the Oklahoma Land Rush as were a couple of his sons, including James Francis Fay.   Also, his future daughter-in-law's father, John L. Doughty.   It was said that Daniel came to America with several siblings.
Their children:
1.     Thomas Fay b. Jan 1860 Louisville, KY; d. ca. 1900-05 Dennison, TX; m. Frances Powers
2.     William E. Fay b. 15 July 1867 KY; d. 4 Sept 1955 Bellingham, WA; m. Florence Rogers
3.     Annie Fay b. 22 Feb 1871 Kankakee Co., IL; d. 16 Mar 1916 Ottumwa, IA; m. Frank Corrigan
4.     James Francis Fay b. 29 Jan 1872 Kankakee Co., IL, bapt. May 5, 1872 in St. Anne's Catholic Church; m. Mary Adalaide Doughty
       (#6-7 on Ahnentafel Chart)
5.     Robert Emmett Fay b. 13 Aug 1874 Kankakee Co., IL; 1 Dec 1974 Burlington, IA; m. 20 Oct 1898 Ottuma, IA to Louise Stephens
6.     Daniel Fay b. ca. 1875 Kankakee Co., IL; d. 1962 Yakima, WA; m. Cora Marsh
7.     John Patrick Fay b. 18 Dec 1877 Kankakee Co., IL; d. 14 Aug 1975 Burns, OR; m. Sophie Kruger
8.     Charles Parnell Fay b. 8 June 1882 Kankakee Co., IL; d. 29 June 1966 E. Wenatchee, WA; m. Esther  ___
9.     Agnes Fay b. 1883 Appanoose Co., IA; d. CA; m. Charles Ninemires
10.   John Patrick Fay b. 13 Apr 1873 St. Anne, IL; d. 11 Oct 1873 St. Anne, IL, bur. in St. Anne's Cemetery

Jefferson Co., KY Marriage Register

Date of Marrige:  1858 - December 17th
Parties Names:   Danl Fahey Catherine Mullen
By Whom Married: - left blank
Place of Marriage: - left blank
Names of Witnesses Present: - left blank

                                 CERTIFICATE OF DEATH FOR CATHERINE FAY

Department of Health        Division of Records and Statistics               State of Iowa

Name:  Catherine Fay                  Cert. No. 90-02-297
Date of Death:  June 8, 1902
Place of Death:  Wapello, Wapello County, Iowa
Date of Birth or age: 57               Sex:  F                  Date Filed:  July 1, 1903
Cause of Death:  Cancer.   Additional Information.    Birthplace, Ireland
Burial Place: Ott Cemetery.

Parentage Not Shown before July 1904

                                    DEATH CERTIFICATE FOR DANIEL FAY

Death Record: Commonwealth of Kentucky - Department for Human Resourses, Frankfort, Ky.
Registrar of Vital Statistics     No. 145603
Certified Photostatic Copy of Death Record       Registration District No. 155          File No. 9715
Primary Registration District No. 2275           Registered No. 1361
Place of Death:  County - Jefferson
City - Louisville          No. 3408 Pfanz Ward
Full Name - Daniel Fay
Sex: M                  White             Married
Date of Birth:  Apr 1st                  Age: 91 yrs
Birthplace: Ireland
Name of father & birthplace: Don't know
Maiden Name of Mother & birthplace:  Don't know
Informant: Robert Fay - Burlington, Ia
Date of Death:  Apr. 1st 1925
Attended  Deceased from Mar 30, 1925 to Apr. 1st, 1925 - last saw him alive on Apr. 1st, 1925.
Death occurred on date stated above at 11:21 p.m.
Cause of death:   Apoplexy
Contributory:  Cerebral Hemorrhage
Signed: J. S. Moreman
Apr. 2, 1925   534 N. 21st Street
Place of Burial or Removal:  Ottumwa, Ia
Date of Burial: Apr. 2, 1925
Undertaker:   J. J. Bauett---

This Death Certificate record would give Daniel a birthdate of 1834.   However, as Daniel did not give this date, it may be questioned.

Ottumwa Daily Courier - Ottumwa, IA - April 2, 1925 - Thursday, page 2
Daniel Fay, resident of Ottumwa until 25 years ago died yesterday at his home in Louisville, KY, at the age of 90 years.    5 sons and one daughter survive him.    His wife and two daughters preceded him in death.    Body will arrive tomorrow a.m.    Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church.    Interment at Clavery Cemetery.    Pall Bearers:   Dan Lawler; John Healy; H. H. Kamerick; Patrick Maloney; Patrick Curran; and Fred Geier.

This record would give Daniel a birthdate of 1835.    However, as Daniel did not give this date, it may be questioned.



    Daniel Fay, Union Veteran of the War Between the States and the father of fourteen, died at 11:30 Wednesday night on his ninety-fourth birthday anniversary at 3408 Pflanz Avenue, where he lived with his second wife, Mrs. Bridget Ethel Fay, 85, who was blinded in a street car accident in Louisville seven years ago.
     Death resulted from paralysis with which he was stricken early Mnday morning.  He had suffered several previous attacks.
     Funeral services were to be held at 12:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Church of Our Lady, Portland and the body was to be taken to Ottumwa Iowa, for burial beside his first wife.

                                              CAME TO UNITED STATES WHEN 14
     A native of County Galway, Ireland, Mr. Fay came to America when he was 14 years old.   He located in Philadelphia, where he learned the tanner's trade.   Later he had farmed in Virginia, Illinois, Iowa and Alberta, Canada.    During the War Between the States he enlisted in the Union Army in Chicago.   He applied for a pension a year ago, but had not received one.

                                                  SECOND WIFE DISTANT KIN
     The first wife of Mr. Fay, who was the mother of his twelve sons and two daughters, died some years ago.   His second marriage to a distant relative grew out of his childhood memories of his native land.   A niece, who lived in Alberta, came to Louisville thirteen years ago.   Mr. Fay asked her to look up Bridget Fay, who was reared two miles from his birthplace and whose father he had known.   He knew she had come to Louisville.
     The niece located Mrs. Bridget Fay Ethell, a widow.    Mr. Fay came to Louisville to see Mrs. Ethell.   They were married after a brief courtship and went to Alberta.   However, twelve years ago they returned to Louisville.  In recent years he had done a little carpentry work but had not steady employment.   Mrs. Fay said she will remain in Louisville, boarding with friends.
    Seven of Mr. Fay's children survive him.   They are William Fay and Mrs. Agnes Neinmeyer of Alberta, James, Charles and Daniel Fay of Washington, John Fay, living in Oregon and Robert Fay of Burlington, Iowa.

This record would give Daniel a birthdate of 1831.    However, since Daniel did not give the date, it can be questioned.

Note: This obituary of Daniel Fay states that Daniel had a niece in Alberta, Canada in 1912.   This would indicate that the niece would probably be a daughter of a brother or sister of Daniel's as she also had the "Fay" name.  I did, find who I believe to be the Bridget married to our Daniel Fay, in the 1900 Hamilton Co., OH Census in Cincinnati Twp, Cincinnati City.  Sheet 1A - Ward 4.
Ethell, John    head    WM b. Jan 1844 ae. 56 m.27y.    b. England,  fb England, mb. England, imm 1870 30yrs naturalized (Flour Miller)
Ethell, Bridget wife    WF  b. Dec 1840 ae. 59 m.27y    b. Ireland, fb. Ireland, mb. Ireland, imm 1856 47yrs.

In the 1910 Census of Jefferson Co., KY - Part of Louisville, KY -  Precinct 5
Ethell, Bridget    head    FW    51 Wd


1860 Louisville - 5th Ward - Jefferson Co., KY               Reel #653-376        p.213         enum. 24 Sept 1860
Fahy, Daniel Fahy               24 M Ireland           laborer
          Catherine                   20 F   Ireland
          Thomas                    8/12 M KY
Doyle, Michl                        29 M KY
Walsh, Michl                       35 M Ireland
             Margt                      29 F   Ireland
             Martin                  2/12 M KY

Note:  At #1405/1589 is:
Mary Dorsey 32 F b. Ireland w/children: Mary A., 3; Catherine 1 - Boarding House
In Household is:
Peter Fahey age 19 M b. Ireland   laborer

There are other Fay families from Ireland in Jefferson Co., KY 1860 census. No further research has been done on these families.

Is Peter Fahey somehow related to our Daniel?

This census would indicate Daniel Fay b. 1836
This census would indicate Catherine b. 1840

1870 Census Record for Fay family not found


1880 Kankakee Co., IL - Town of Aroma
Fay, Catherine          39 F Ireland (parents both b. Ireland) - married -
         William             12 M KY      (parents both b. Ireland)
         Annie                10 F   IL       (parents both b. Ireland)
         James                 8 M IL        (parents both b. Ireland)
         Robert                5 M IL        (parents both b. Ireland)
         Daniel                 4 M IL        (parents both b. Ireland)
         John                    2 M IL        (parents both b. Ireland)
Niester, Michael       60 M Ireland - father - widow - (parents both b. Ireland)

Also in this census is:
Next family:
Terrell, Peter             55 b. Ireland
              Bridget         50 b. Ireland (wife)
              Catherine     17 b. IL
              Ann               14 b. IL
              James           12 b. IL
Davis, Anna                30 b. Ireland - married (both parents b. Ireland)
            Mary               10 b. IL (both parents b. Ireland)
            Catherine          8 b. IL (both parents b. Ireland)
            Elizabeth           6 b. IL (both parents b. Ireland)
            Agnes                4 b. IL
            John                  1 b. IL
Mullen, Mary             70 b. Ireland - mother (both parents b. Ireland)

Note:   We do not know who Michael Niester.    I was told by my aunts that the Nesters (as they spelled it) were related.   Assuming this "father" is Catherine's "father", would it be her step-father?   If it is Daniel's "father" would it be his step-father?    Any help will be appreciated.  No record was seen for him previous to this and no record has been found of him after this census.     There was a Michael Nester in the 1st Ward of the City of Louisville in the 1860 census age 26 b. Ireland with wife Margret and daughter Mary.    Nothing further is known of him.

It is to be noted that there is a "Mary Mullen" very near where our Catherine was in this census.   Mary Mullen is also of age to be the mother of our Catheirne.     Nothing further has been done on this family.   All help will be appreciated.

Daniel and Catherine's son, Thomas, would have been about 20 years old and is not in the household.   Daniel is not in the household at the time of the census.   Perhaps they may be found together elsewhere.   Would like to hear from anyone with information on this.


1895 Wapello County, Iowa - Town (5th Ward) of Ottumwa - Census Filed May 3, 1895.
Volume 405, p.411, line 12      -       Name of Each Person in the Family
Catharine Fay - Married. Catholic   ae. 53 b. Ireland (keeps house)
Robert Fay -                                       ae. 20 b. IL (RR Section man)
Daniel Fay -                                       ae. 19 b. IL (wks. Ruffler)
Charles Fay -                                     ae. 14 b. IL (Cigar maker)
Annie Fay -                                        ae. 13 (appears to have a 2 written over it)
                                                                        b. IL (wks Packg House)
Agnes Fay -                                        ae. 12 b. App. Co., Ia
Richard McHale - ae. 32 Single - Catholic b. Ireland (laborer)

Note:  In the 1895 census, ages are shown as given for the birthday in 1894


1900 Pawnee Co., OK Census - Burnam Twp - Precinct #8 page 2
Fay, Daniel (head) M. b. Apr 1838  age 62   m. 42 years    b. Ireland (Parents both b.Ireland)  Imm. 1853  Years in US - 47 years
         Catherine (wife) F. b. Jan 1841   age 59  # of children born = 14; # of children alive = 9; b. Ireland;
                         (Parents both b. Ireland)   Immigrated 1856  Years in US - 43 years
         Daniel F. (son) M b. Feb 1876 age 23 single b. IL (Parents both b. Ireland)
         John P. (son ) M. b. June 1882 age 18 single b. IL (Parents both b. Ireland)


1920 Jefferson County, KY Census - Vol. 51 ED207 Sheet 1, Line 88
Louisville - 3408 Pflanz Avenue
Fay, Danial   wh.  ae. 86  b. Ireland         imm. 1850   Na.  Un
        Bridgit  wife  ae. 80 b. Ireland                              Na.

This would give Daniel a birthdate of 1834 - also gives his immigration date differently.   It is possible, of course, that Bridgit gave the information - not Daniel.  Bridgit would have been b. 1840

Interesting to note that two different years of immigration have been given for Daniel.   1850 and 1853.

     Willo     Daniel    Fay
File #10356 - Louisville, Ky
     I Daniel Fay. Sound in mind do make this my last Will and Testament.   I Will and Bequeathe to my Wife, Bridget Fay, House and Lot situated at 3408 Pflanz Ave., Lou, Ky, two more Houses & Lots #13th and Ky St. All Household & Persnal Property, Consisting of Money, ___ & Household effects.   After hear Death To my son Robert Fay of Burlington Iowa full Charge of all Property I own.    I Wish him to sell It and Convey to his own use Six Hundred Dollars ($600.00) He is my Only Son, who has looked after my Welfare at all times.   Balance remaining I want him to pay all Debts, After that What is left to give to my Other Heirs, equal share of what is left.
Signed.   Daniel Fay
Witnesses: Elmer T. Willett
                   Michael Lally
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 29th day of November, 1920

NARA Caption : "In Line At The Land Office, Perry, Sept. 23, 1893.  9 o'clock A.M. waiting to file." Date Photographed: Sept. 23, 1893 State or Territory: Oklahoma Photographer


Receiver's Receipt, No. 4935                                                                                                Application, No. 4935
Receiver's Office: Perry, OT                                                                         Jan 5, 1894
Received of: Daniel Fay ... the sum of fourteen dollars --- cents; being the amount of fee and compensation of Register and Receiver for the entry of SE 1/4 of Section 9 in Twp 20 of Range 5E under Section No. 2290, Revised Statutes of the United States.   Signed by: J. H. King, Receiver
Extracted info:
     Certificate No. 5663 - Daniel Fay made declaration required by the President's proclamation of August 19, 1893 and is therefore permitted to go in upon the lands opened to settlement by said proclamation at the time named therein, for the purpose of making a homestead entry or filing a soldier's declaratory statement. ....
Notice for Publication    -      Department of the Interior.    Land Office at Perry, O.T., Oct. 31, 1900.   On December 11, 1900 Daniel Fay filed notice of his intention to make final proof of his claim for the SE 1/4 Sec. 9 Town 20, Range 5 East.  He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence, viz:
William E. Fay of Bryan, O.T.; Heaton F. Hill of Bryan, O.T.; James Fay of Bryan, O.T.; Charles G.Canfield of Bryan, O.T.
        Homestead Proof - Testimony of Claimant:
Daniel Fay, Witness in his own behalf in support of Homestead entry, No. 4935 for SE 4 S. 9, T. 20, R. 5E
Your name, age, postoffice:  Daniel Fay, age 63 years, Bryan O.T.
Are you native born?   I am not I was born in Ireland but was naturalized in District Court in Perry O.T. Sept. 2, 1899
Are you identical person who made homestead entry No. 4935 on 5 Jan 1894?  I am the identical and claim the SE 4 S.9 T.20, R5E
When was your house build and when did you establish actual residenct (Describe):  House was built in March 1894 and Established residence in same month.  House was log 14X14. Now have a frame house 14X18-12 ft high, stable, well crib, orchard, 70 acres farmed.   Value of the improvements - $400 to $500.
Of whom does your family consist?  Myself, wife and two children.   Have resided continuously on the lcaim>
How much of the land have you cultivated:  50 acres in all.    17 acres in 1894 - 28 acres in 1895 and have increased untill now have about 50 acres.   Have raised crops 7 seasons.

NOTE:   Daniel gives his own age here at 63.   Dated Dec. 1900.    This would give his age as having been born April 1, 1837.   This would be the date that I believe we should accept.

        Declaration of Intention:
I, Daniel Fay do declare on oath that it is bona fide my intention to become a CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, and renounce and abjure forever all allegiance an dfidelity to all and any foreign Prince, Potentate, State and Sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly to Queen Victoria of England of whom I was a subject.  Signed by Daniel Fay.    Subscribed in my presence, and sworn to before me, at my office in Perry this 6 day of Dec A.D. 1893. Signed by Will M. Nix. -

     Postcard Dated March 1, 1915 Louisville, KY

To:  Mr. Rob Fay, 319 Locust St., Burlington, Iowa
Dear Son & Daughter - Arange with Agnes in Regard to the time of your comig - i am O.K. again i have just set out 12 fruit trees some grapes & black beries and Goose Berry - i have not heard from Ottumwa in ten Days - with Love     Your Father


A letter from the United States of America - RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD, 844 Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611 dated May 10, 1979 in response to my inquiry dated April 3, 1979, states in part:
".... I was able to locate our records on Robert Emmett Fay, who was born on August 13, 1874 in Kankakee, Illinois, and died on December 1, 1974, in Burlington, Iowa.   His parents were Daniel Wolftone Fay and Katherine Mary Mullen.    Throughout our file, references are made to a brother of his named John (age 96 and living in Burns, Oregon in 1975); to a sister named Agnes Fay Neimier or Niniemires (living in Seattle in 1939); to his wife Agnes F. Irving (living in Burns, Oregon in 1969); and to his wife Louise Stephens or Stevens, whom he married on October 20, 1898 in Ottumwa, Iowa, and who died on February 7, 1965...."

A letter from the RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD dated June 3, 1985 (in response to my letter of April 26, 1985) stated they were enclosing photocopy of documents that may be of interest to me.    This document shows:
Robert Emmett Fay   707-09-5955
700 So. 4th, Burlington, Iowa
Age at last birthdate: 62             Date of Birth and place of birth: 8-13-1874 Kankakee, Kankakee Co., IL
Father's Full Name:  Danile Wolftone Fay
Mother's Full Maiden Name:  Katherine Mary Mullen

C.B. & Q. - Burlington, Ia. - Section Forman.


       According to my uncle, Jim Fay (s/o Daniel Fay and Catherine Mullen Fay),  the following was stated:
Daniel Fay (Jim's father) was about 5 yeas old when his parents died and was the youngest of six boys.    All the boys were adopted out.   When Daniel grew up he advertised for his brothers.   He said that the head of the Social Security Dept. must have been one as he looked exactly like Will (Daniel's son).  The head of the S.S. Dept. was in Washington, DC.  and was named Will Fay.   Uncle Jim also stated that the boys ahd probably not actually been adopted out but rather had been raised by other families.
     It is known that Daniel Fay and at least two of his sons went to Alberta, Canada and homesteaded.   It appears that they were after the free land whereever they could obtain it.     I know that my grandfather, James Francis Fay (son of Daniel Fay) gave up his American Citizenship to homestead in Alberta, Canada.    I have the green cards (back when they were actually green) for James Francis Fay and his wife, Mary Adalaide Doughty Fay (my grandmother).


This is a picture of Catherine Mary Mullen, the wife of Daniel Fay.   Catherine died in 1902 of Cancer and is buried in the Ottumwa, Iowa Calvary Cemetery.

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