I attended the Allen Gay marker dedication ceremony. The following link will take you to pictures taken by the local newspaper. they are meant for sale but they are free to browse.http://reprints.newnan.com/gallery/3666477
This is a copy of the short biography that I read at the Dedication. It was written by Candace Gravelle who she was unable to attend.
"Allen Gay was born March 15, 1765 in Northampton County, North Carolina.
He lived in Franklin County, North Carolina when at the age of 16 he enlisted in the Army during the Revolutionary War. He was assigned to Capt. Robert Raiford's Company of Colonel Dixon's North Carolina Regiment. He fought in the battle of Eutaw Springs and was discharged in the spring of 1782 having served eleven to twelve months in the War.
Allen Gay married Abigail Castleberry about 1786, the daughter of John Castleberry. They were the parents of nine children, five sons and four daughters:
1. John William Gay who married Margaret Eady
2. Elizabeth Gay who married Henry Eady
3. Temperance Gay who married William Brock
4. Thomas Gay
5. Martha Elizabeth Gay who married Obediah Wright
6. James Gay
7. Gilbert Gay who married Sarah Stamps
8. Elias Gay who married Louisa Stamps
9. Matilda Gay who married Washington Dyer
Allen Gay drew land in the Georgia Land Lottery in 1827 for his Revolutionary War service and settled in Coweta County.
Many of Allen Gay's descendants engaged in the honorable profession of Farming. They had a deep love of the land, which they cleared with their own hands and labor, and where they raised their large families, many of whom continued in that same honorable profession of Farming into the twentieth century. Like most families of those times, they had many trials, sorrows and joys, holding on to their belief in God and Country and their great love of family.
The many descendants of Allen Gay are gathered here today with great pride, to honor him and to honor the GAY family in that same tradition."