Look at some of our famous ancestors: Captain Steven Fay (1715 - 1781), owner of the Revolutionary War Catamount Tavern in Bennington, Vermont.
9. x. CAPTAIN STEPHEN FAY, b. 05 May 1715; d. 17 May 1781, Bennington, Vermont.
viii. STEPHEN FAY
, b. 08 Dec 1754; d. 11 Feb 1828.
Notes for CAPTAIN STEPHEN FAY:
was the father of a very remarkable family and was himself a man of rank.
He settled first in Westboro; where he served as constable in 1740, assessor 1745, and in 1747 he was Tythingman.
He served as Captain in the French war until after the ratification of peace he held no town office.
The date of his
removal from Hardwick to Bennington, Vermont, is given by some as 1762 and again as 1765-6.
Captain Stephen Fay was a leading spirit and exercised a powerful influence in the long contest with New York, and during the trying period of the Revolutionary War.
was particularly noted as "Landlord Fay".
In settling in Bennington, he
erected a public house called first the Green Mountain House, or Tavern; called also "Landlord Fay's", and it became the headquarters of those who resisted the claim of New York and spurned her
On the top of the high sign post exhibited by "Landlord Fay" was the stuffed skin of a Catamount with teeth grinning defiance toward New York, hence it came to be called "The Catamount Tavern".
During the period of the early settlement of the state this Tavern
was a great resort for travelers and emigrants and became widely known.
It was the home of Ethan Allen
for several years from 1770 when he
came first to the New Hampshire Grant, as Vermont was then called.
In this famous tavern sat the "Vermont Council of Safety" in an inner room where in secret they planned, guided and directed the partiotic expedition of the "Green Mountain Boys" to stem the torrent of Burgoyne's invasion and here also Stark and Warner, with the aid of the council, planned the famous attack on Baum's entrenchments where was won the brilliant victory of Bennington which turned the current of success from the British to the American Army and was followed in a few weeks by the capture of Burgoyne and his army at Saratoga.
In the clash of arms at Bennington, Captain Fay
was represented by his sons, five of whom, John, Elijah, Benjamin, Colonel Joseph, and David were in the battle August 16, 1777.
More About STEPHEN FAY and RUTH CHILD:
Children of STEPHEN FAY
and RUTH CHILD are:
, b. 19 Feb 1739; d. 26 May 1804.
More About STEPHEN FAY and SUSAN FISKE:
Children of STEPHEN FAY
and SUSAN FISKE are:
vii. STEPHEN FAY
, b. 13 Oct 1771; d. Unknown.
iv. STEPHEN FAY, b. 04 Apr 1779; d. 1796.