Obituary: Pvt. William Bay, Company H, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 100th Regiment

Contributed by Nicole Buteran Martin, Co. F. from "History of Lawrence County, Aaron Hazen, 1908.

New Castle News - Wednesday - Jan. 26, 1898 - p. 1
Death Came Quickly...William Bay Dead at His Home - Comrade William Bay died at the family residence in Neshannock township at 5 a.m. Wednesday [Jan. 26, 1898], aged 76 years. He was born on the farm he owned and resided on until he died, on Mar. 8, 1826. He was a grandson of the well-known pioneer, William V. Bay of Washington county, who settled in this county in 1804, and was a soldier in the War of 1812. William Bay was managing his farm when the war of the Rebellion broke out, and enlisted in Company H, One Hundredth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Col. D. Leasure, on January 5, 1864, and served until the war was over. He then returned to his farm, where he resided up to the time of his death, except five years. In 1860 he married Nancy McCracken of Scott township, the result of this union being two children, one of whom died in infancy. The survivor is Mrs. Nancy, wife of Charles W. Cox, of Mercer county, who has three children, Jessie, Leslie and Olive. In 1870 he married Mary Marks of Greenville, Pa., and one child was the result of this union, Miss Elizabeth Iona. Mr. Bay was a consistent member of the United Presbyterian church and a staunch Republican. He was a jury commissioner for three years. He was a very prominent and highly respected citizen and has contributed much toward the progress and development of the county. The Bay family have held reunions since 1872. The funeral will occur on Friday at 2 p.m. from the Neshannock U. P. church. Rev. Robert Audley Browne will officiate."

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