April 7, 1870, Lisbon, New York.
January 27, 1936, Newton Centre, Massachusetts.
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 went on to study at the University of Berlin (1902–03).
He held pastorates at Church of the Redeemer, New Haven, Connecticut; First Church, Bellows Falls, Vermont (1903–05); Central Church, Newtonville, Massachusetts (1905–14); First Church, Washington, DC (1914–15); Union Congregational Church, Upper Montclair, New Jersey (1915–27); Pilgrim Congregational Church, St. Louis, Missouri (1927–35); and Congregational Church, Newton Centre, Massachusetts (1935–36).
He also served as a trustee of Oberlin College, the Congregational Conference of Missouri, and the Congregational Annuity Fund, and as moderator of the National Council of Congregational Christian Churches (1934–35).
His works include: