Jay Family Stories – William Jay and Prudence Crandell

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The family story this month revolves around Prudence Crandell, a schoolteacher in Canterbury, Connecticut. Crandell, a white woman, was arrested for allowing black students to attend the female boarding school she operated. William Jay, a prominent member in the American abolitionist movement, took an interest in Crandell’s plight and eventual court case, becoming an advisor…

Jay Family Stories – The Vanderbilt Wedding

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Rockefeller, Morgan, Livingston, Astor. Names that will forever be associated with Gilded Age opulence. However, one cannot begin to think about the late 19th century without the name that would become synonymous with New York high society: Vanderbilt. Alva Smith Vanderbilt was determined to launch the Vanderbilt family into the social stratosphere after she married…