Researching the World Tour of John Jay Ide and L. Gordon Hamerlsey

Photo of John Jay Ide on camel in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza and some scaffolding around the Sphinx, part of the excavation project.  (John Jay Ide Collection at Jay Heritage Center) By Will Thurman Growing up in…

An Interwar Intelligence Gatherer

BY SETH CARLSON  In a series of 3 posts based on his transcription of an original pocket diary donated by the Trevor family, JHC volunteer Seth Carlson gives us an insider's view into the world of a Jay descendant and…

Dr. J. C. Jay, Jr. and Observations About Cholera in Germany 1866

BY JACK ENGEL  Disease and threats to peace were constant worries in 18th and 19th century America and abroad. Not surprisingly, the health and well being of others is a uniting thread throughout the many Jay family letters in our…

Joseph Curtis and the NY Manumission Act of 1817

BY JEFF DETORO A story about anti-slavery advocacy that was documented by early American novelist Catharine Maria Sedgwick and how one man's service was further memorialized. In the JHC archives are three letters written to Peter Augustus Jay by Joseph…

200 Years Later: Siblings & Soirées

BY LANDY ERLICK While the Jay family's ancestral home in Rye was not deeded to Peter Augustus Jay until September of 1822, Peter and his family were already spending many of their summers at the country residence by 1814.  We have considerable…

This Week in History: Controversy in the Court

BY LANDY ERLICK John Jay was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Appointed by George Washington, Jay held the office from October 19, 1789 to June 29, 1795.  The Chief Justice was succeeded by John Rutledge when he…

200 Years Later: School Bills & Icehouses

BY LANDY ERLICK Mary Rutherfurd Clarkson married Peter Augustus Jay, son of John Jay, in 1807. By 1814, the pair was splitting their summertime between a home in New York City and "The Locusts" in Rye. "The Locusts"  served as…