I just received at followup to my posting on the Florida Genealogy GenForum for the GRAY family.It is from Robbin Townsend and here is the body of her note:
"Do you have Gray Family in Texas or that came to Texas. I have A Flurry Gray Born in Louisiana. I think his family traveled all over Tennessee,Louisiana,Arkansas and Flurry moved to Texas somewhere between 1890-1900."
Here is my reply:
"Yes, my daughter-in-law's GRAY family were in Louisiana, then at sometime moved to Alabama, because son John Gray/Grey (depending on how the census have it spelled) was born in Alabama. If you go to Louisiana GenForum and follow the thread of conversation between Doug Corbin and myself you will see evidence of the father, John Gray having land in Alabama. They are then back in Louisiana on the 1880 Census for Union Parish, Louisiana, indexed with son, Alex H. Gray as the Head of Household and father, John Gray 80 yrs. old.
The next time we have found them they are in Texas. Elizabeth "Bessie" Gray married Spencer Clifford Smith and sister Martha "Mattie" Evada Gray married James Robert (J.R.) Walkup here is the information for those marriages which I sent for:
Shackelford County, Texas Marriages 1890-1909
Groom: Spencer Smith
Bride: Bissie Gray
Date: 1 Jan 1890
Vol. B, Page 39
Throckmorton County Texas Marriages 1879 to 1915
Date: 29 Aug 1886
Groom: Walkup, J. R.
Bride: Gray, Mattie
Marriage Official: H W Hunt, JP 1
Vol. 1, pg. 19
There are land records for Spencer Smith which show his and Bessie's handwriting (you can view that information also in the tread between Doug Corbin and myself at Louisiana GenFourm). Spencer and Bessie's first three children were born in Plainview, Hale County, Texas and by 1900 they were in Roswell, Chaves County, New Mexico.
We have not been able to find where the father, John Gray died or wife, Sarah [Phillips] Gray died and are buried. We have not been able to trace son, John Gray or son, Alex H./Alexander Gray. The son, Adoluphs Gray lived with his sister Martha "Mattie" Gray and her husband J.R. Walkup until he was hospitalized due to illness and died.
If you know anything about the father, John Gray, son, John Gray, son, Alex H. Alexander Gary, wife, Sarah [Phillips] Gary (we do have a marriage for Groom: John Gray, Bride: Sarah Phillips, Marriage Date: 25 Dec 1851, Marriage Place: Union, Louisiana, Louisiana Marriages, 1816-1906, Vol. 1 Page 103 - you can find this information at https://beta.familysearch.org)that information would be so helpful.
Also, there is a Lilley Gray with two children, Julian and Ardonia which we have no information on. The census records we have found in Union Parish are 1860, 1870, 1880.
It would be nothing short of a miracle if your FLURRY happened to marry a John or Alex H./Alexander Gray.
Thanks for the information and I will look into this name in Texas. Our thoughts are that the 3 children, Martha, Elizabeth and Adolphus must have come to Texas with either an older brother or some other relative.
Again thanks for your message.
I also receive in the mail yesterday the Marriage Certificate from Shackelford County for Bessie (spelled Bissie) Gray and Spencer Smith, Vol. B, Page 39.It says page 1 of 2 and I don't know what that would be referring to since there is just the one page they sent me.I will have to call them and ask why they stamped at the bottom page 1 of 2 and I only received 1 page.
That is about it for now.I will order that film at the FHL tomorrow. I might get lucky and find they already have this microfilm on hand.
Keep you posted.