Jay Family Stories: John Jay II and Stephen Myers

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During the years leading up to the Civil War, when tensions were highest, John Jay II and famed abolitionist Stephen Meyers worked closely to help enslaved persons escape to Canada along the Underground Railroad. Jay used his position as an attorney to free people escaping enslavement through the courts in New York City, while Myers,…

Jay Family Stories: Chanler Chapman

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This month’s story looks at one of the most interesting and eccentric Jays of the 20th century, Chanler Chapman (1901-1982). Chanler was the only son of American writer John Jay Chapman (1862-1933) and Elizabeth Chapman (1866-1937). John was the great-great grandson of John Jay (1745-1829), and Elizabeth was an Astor descendant. Chanler grew up on…