I just realized that page 1 and 2 were stuck together.Page 1 is the Certificate and Page 2 has some very interesting information.Here is what it says:
The State of Texas Shackelford County, Before me J. C. Dodson County Clerk in and for Shackelford County Texas on the day personally approved Miss Bessie Gray who after bring by me duly sworn deposes and says on that she is 17 years of age That her parents were residents of the State of Louisiana That both of her parents are dead and that she has no legal guardian and that no guardian was Even appointed for her by any Court, and that she makes this affidavit for the purposes of obtaining a marriage license to marry Spencer Smith
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 1st day of January
J C Dodson cccscT
So, her father, John Gray is on the 1880 Census and she is now married in 1890 so it certainly tells us that he die sometime within those 10 years.
Her sister Martha "Mattie" Evada Gray married J. R. Walkup 29 Aug 1886, so that makes me think that the girls father was deceased by 1886.This mystery is getting ever more interesting.We know that the young brother Aldophus remained living with his sister Mattie until he was hospitalized.
Where are brothers John and Alex H./Alexander Gray?Who did they marry? Who is this Lilley and children Julian and Ardonia? Where are the parents buried in Louisiana, Bessie's affidavit says "...her parents were residents of the State of Louisana That both of her parents are dead..." and so it appears that they are buried in Louisiana.
Ok, that answers one question and opens doors to others.