Descendants of Charles and Mary (Baker) Gay circa born 1776 of Henrico VA have met challenges in researching Charle's tree. I have been working on this since 1991 when I became aware that a family bible of a daughter of Charles and Mary surfaced in Texas. The Bible was printed around 1839.
Actually it was via photocopies of the family pages made available to a writer of a weekly genealogy column in a Texas newspaper. The owner of the Bible was elderly, and NOT a descendant. The information in the Bible allowed branches of Mary and CHarles children to locate each other and "cross-pollinate" more information, such as letters written in the mid-1800's between the siblings.
One of the grand-daughters, Martha (Gay) Masterson wrote some information, which has since been proven to be likely unreliable, in that my distant cousin Tom Gay does NOT have an exact match with known descendants of the Henry Gay of Perry Co, KY (married to a Henderson, and then a Russell).
For many years this was information believed to be the best clue in our research. The DNA results posted by lee Gay of Texas disproves this. Surprisingly, there was a match to the descendant of Barnabas Chesley Gay !!
Our family "rumor" (passed down since the 1850's) is that Charles Gay (m Mary Baker) was actually "disowned" or his father was "disowned" from any inheritance from their Gay progenitor. The motivation for this 'disowning" has never been exposed. We do know by 1820, Charles Gay was living at Crocus Creek, Cumberland Co, KY, near Burkesville. His wife, Mary, predeceased him by some twenty years, leaving him with very young children, and Crocus Creek was crawling with Bakers. It is speculated he moved there to be close to in-laws. His daughter married a local man, Alexander Buchanan Morgan of Cumberland Co, Ky (a widower).