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1. Henrietta Gay (daughter of Joshua Lewis/Louis Gay and Mary Ann Bird was born about 1822 in Emanuel County, Georgia. She died before 1870 in Early County, Georgia.
Henrietta married James Martin Layton on 18 Apr 1839 in Early County, Georgia. James was born about 1809 in North Carolina. He died before 1870 in Early County, Georgia.
1840 Early County, Georgia Census: James M Layton with the following: 1 male 20-30, 1 female 10-15
(Mary Gay, daughter of Joshua Lewis & Mary Bird Gay), 1 female 15-20 (Henrietta) and 1 female 50-60
(Mary Bird Gay).
1850 Census Early County, GA
Layton James M. 41 M Farmer 1,200 NC
Layton Henryetta 27 F Ga
Layton Mary E. 8 F Ga
Layton William J. 5 M Ga
Layton Thomas J. 3 M Ga
Layton Nancy A. 6/12 F Ga
Gay Mary 74 F Ga
Middleton Elijah 21 M Laborer Ga
Middleton Roda 21 F Ga
1860 Census District 28, Early County, GA
James M Layton 49 1810 North Carolina
Henrietta Layton 37 1822 Georgia Female
Mary Layton 17 1842 Georgia Female
Wm J Layton 15 1844 Georgia Male
Tom Layton 13 1846 Georgia Male
Nancy Layton 10 1849 Georgia Female
Amanda Layton 7 1852 Georgia Female
James Layton 4 1855 Georgia Male
Kinsie E Layton 30 1829 North Carolina Male (James' brother?)
Mary Gay 78 1781 Georgia Female
James and Henrietta Layton are not found in the 1870 census for Early or nearby counties and daughter Amanda is living with sister Mary Lewis. Thomas is in Early and James and William J are listed in Calhoun in 1870.
James and Henrietta had the following children:
2 F i. Mary E Layton was born about 1842 in Early County, Georgia .
Mary married Richard Anthony Lewis on 30 Jun 1861 in Early County, Georgia.
Listed as Anthony on marriage record but census shows Richard A Lewis.
3 M ii. William J Layton was born on 22 Jul 1845 in Early County, Georgia . He died on 9 Oct 1928 in Tangerine, Orange County, Florida.
Florida death record shows William Irwin Layton was born in Blakeley although census show middle initial as J. He is widowed with spouse Mary Ellen Layton whose maiden name may be Russ with this being his second marriage. Parents are Martin Layton and unknown Gay.
William married Amander Freeman on 14 Jun 1868 in Early County, Georgia .
4 M iii. Thomas Jefferson Layton was born on 9 Sep 1847 in Early County, Georgia. He died on 16 Mar 1906 in Victoria, Orange County, Florida.
Thomas is listed in the 1880 census in Early County, Georgia with no children. His brother James is also in the household. Florida death record shows Thomas was married but no spouse is listed. Parents are Jas. Martin Layton, born North Carolina, and Henrietta Gay, born Georgia. He is a farmer.
Thomas married Angelina M Lewis on 9 Dec 1866 in Early County, Georgia.
5 F iv. Nancy A Layton was born about 1850 in Early County, Georgia.
6 F v. Amanda Layton was born about 1853 in Early County, Georgia.
7 M vi. James M Layton was born about 1856 in Early County, Georgia.
Additional information or correction appreciated.