James Foster Bay

b. 4 October 1880, d. 5 September 1940
  • James Foster Bay was born on 4 October 1880 in Longstreet, Montgomery County, Texas.
  • He was known as Foster.
  • A photographic portrait was made of Stacy Bay and children Foster and Willie, about 1883.
  • John Edwin Bay and Stacy Scott Teague appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Grimes County, Texas. Other members of the household included James Foster Bay, Willie Agnes Bay, Claudia Gertrude Bay, Mary Lee Bay, Olive Elizabeth Bay, Francis Oscar Bay and Eugenie Salome Bay.
  • He married Mary Elizabeth Weatherford, daughter of W. Marion Weatherford and Mattie (?), circa 1900.
  • James Foster Bay and Mary Elizabeth Weatherford appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in McLennan County, Texas. Other members of the household included Marion Edwin Bay and James Foster Bay Jr.
  • He was a farmer, according to the 1910 census.
  • A photograph was made of Foster Bay on his hay wagon, with the two-story frame Richards school house in the background. In 1913, a brick school house was built near the railroad.
  • John Edwin and Stacy Scott Teague Bay were photographed with their children and grandchildren during 1915 in front of "the Bay hotel" in Richards.
  • James Foster Bay registered for the draft on 12 September 1918 in Navasota, Grimes County, Texas, while living in Richards, and employed there as a farmer.
  • James Foster Bay and Mary Elizabeth Weatherford appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Richards, Grimes County, Texas. Other members of the household included Marion Edwin Bay, James Foster Bay Jr. and Maegene Bay. Also in the household was boarder Wesley Chandler.
  • He was operating a hotel, according to the 1920 census.
  • James Foster Bay and Mary Elizabeth Weatherford appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, at 1822 Avenue L. Other members of the household included Maegene Bay.
  • He was a farmer, according to the 1930 census.
  • James Foster Bay died on 5 September 1940 at age 59 in Richards, Grimes County, Texas, . His death was officially witnessed by Mary Elizabeth Weatherford.
  • His wife Mary Elizabeth Weatherford became a widow at his death.
  • He was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Grimes County, Texas, near Richards.
  • The following appeared on 11 September 1940 in the Harlingen Valley Morning Star: J. F. Bay, 59, of Richards, Texs, brother of Mrs. J. M. Cellum, Edcouch, died September 5 at Richards, of a heart ailment; funeral services were held September 6 at Richards.
  • A single grave marker identifies the graves of James Foster Bay and Mary Elizabeth Weatherford.
  • Last Edited: 18 Jan 2016

Family: Mary Elizabeth Weatherford b. 4 October 1877, d. 14 April 1952