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1664 - John Gay accused of keeping an unlicensed alehouse. From: Norfolk Public Houses

1768, March 23 - The Poll for Knights of the Shire for the County of Norfolk:


North Erpingham Hundred, Alborough



According to Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, Volume 1, 1847 - p. 462 the Gay family

“… came originally from Normandy, and were settled, temp. ELIZABETH, at Matlask and Thurgarton, in which parishes, and the adjoining ones of Barningham and Alborough, they then possessed considerable landed property.

PHILIP GAY, b. in 15601), eldest son of William Gay, of Matlask, acquired, by purchase, in 1613, an increase to the family property at Alborough, which he settled on his eldest son,

WILLIAM GAY, of Alborough, on his marriage, in 1624 with Alice, dau. of Thomas Parker, Esq. This William Gay, upon the death of his uncle, John Gay, of Thurgarton, in 16362), received an accession of property, and rebuilt the family mansion, part of which still remains. He d. in Nov. 16383), having had (with three daus., Rose, Margaret, and Hannah) two sons, John, who died under age, and

WILLIAM GAY, Esq. of Alborough, who m. Margaret4), dau. Of Thomas Daines, Esq. of Gunthorpe, who was grandson of Christopher Davye, Esq. of Gunthorpe, and great-grandson of Clement Pagrave, Esq. of North Wood, Barningham5), and by his marriage the family acquired estates at Gunthorpe, Bale, Trunch, and Knapton. By this lady (who survived him, and in 1670 purchased of the Feltons the manor and estate at Bale, which continued in the family until the death of William Gay in 1808, leaving three sisters his co-heirs, who sold it on their coming of age, in 1812-13) Mr. Gay left at his decease, in 1670, two sons, JOHN, his heir; Edward, bapt. 20 Dec. 1670, d.s.p. in 1717, and two daus., Dorcas, m. in 1709, to – Howse, of Gresham, and d.s.p. in 1739; and Deborah, d. unm. In 1719. The elder son and successor

JOHN GAY, Esq. of Alborough, m. in April, 1695, Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Bell, Esq. of Oulton, and had issue, two sons and four daus., JOHN, his heir; Thomas, bapt. 19 Feb 16986), who, on the death of his aunt, Deborah, in 1719, had the Bale estate; Dorcas, m. to Mr Williams, of Bayfield; Elizabeth, m. to Mr. Soames, of Aylsham; Maragaret, m. to William, eldest son of William Lee, merchant, of Burnham; and Deborah, m. to – Temple, of Burnham. Mr. Gay d. in 1700… “

1)
Philip Gay, baptised 14 Apr 1560, Matlaske, Norfolk, England, the son of William.
2)
actually buried 29th June 1627, so I'd image he was pretty upset if he didn't die until 1636!
3)
buried 26 May 1637
4)
believe it or not, she was an 11th great granddaughter of King Edward I
5)
Christopher Davey [Xptofer Davye] married Elizabeth Pagrave [Elizabethe Pagrane] 20th November 1574, North Barningham, Norfolk
6)
Parish Register: 18 December 1698
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