George Bourne prospectus 1842
Laura Prime Jay was born in Fairhaven, Connecticut, on August 30, 1874, the daughter of Peter Augustus Jay (1841-1875) and Julia Post (1847-1929). Her siblings were Pierre (b. 1870), John (b. 1875), and Mary Rutherfurd. Laura Prime Jay married Frederic DeWitt Wells on October 16, 1899, and they had three children: Frederick Jay, Oliver Dimock, and Mary Vallette. She maintained an interest in history throughout her adult life. She wrote a history of the Jay family and worked with the Museum of the City of New York. Laura Jay Wells died on June 21, 1938.