Born: April 7, 1870, Lisbon, New York.
Died: January 27, 1936, Newton Centre, Massachusetts.
Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut.
Jay was the son of Myron T. Stocking and Elizabeth Thompson, and husband of Grace Cordelia Porter.
He attended Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts (AB 1895), then taught in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (1895–98). He received his BD degree from Yale University in 1901, was ordained a Congregational minister, then studied at the University of Berlin (1902–03).
He held pastorates at:
He was a trustee of Oberlin College, the Congregational Conference of Missouri, and the Congregational Annuity Fund, and moderator of the National Council of Congregational Christian Churches (1934–35).