Wilson Advance, 14 April 1898.
In the 1870 census of Wilson, Wilson County: domestic servant Clay Farmer, 60; brickyard worker Gray W. Farmer, 13; and domestic servant Jonas Gay, 14.
In the 1880 census of Wilson , Wilson County: Jonas Gay, 20, laborer, living alone.
On 4 January 1892, Jonas Gay, 39, parents unknown, married Farilla Thorn, 22, daughter of James and Adaline Thorne in the presence of Geo. W. Battle, F.A. Moore and Trecy Gay.
In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: servant Wright Bynum, 37; wife Amanda, 30; with four lodgers, teamster Jonas Gay, 36, tobacco grader Joseph McMannin, 27, and servants Joseph Crawford, 22, and Shepard Sharp, 20.
In the 1908 city directory of Wilson: Gay Jonas, lab h 615 e Barnes