Does anyone have information on a Gray family of Georgia. I have a John Gray born (depending on which census record 1860 Union Parish Louisiana says 1802, 1970 Union Parish Louisiana says 1810 and 1880 Uniopn Parish Louisiana says 1800) between 1800-1810 in Georgia.
The first marriage I know of is to a Mrs. Sarah Phillips on 25 December 1851. She was the former Miss Sarah Matthews. Her first husband was Samuel Wood, who died with 2nd husband being Lewis Phillips. She is with John Gray on the Union Parish 1960 Census and then appears to have died. They had one son Alex Gray. The other son John Gray on the census is believed to be a child by her second husband Lewis Phillips who perhaps was adopted, took the name of his step-father or the enumerator is in error. Nevertheless the child Alex appears on the 1870 Census as Alexander Gray and on the 1880 Census as Alex H. Gray. Land transfer records from his father John Gray to son Alex H. Gray show Alex H. Gray using the initial A. H. Gray.
John Gray remarried, however we have been unable to find a marriage record for any other marriage other than Sarah Phillips. There were three known children as a product of this marriage which are listed on the 1880 Union Parish Louisiana Census. They are Martha, Elizabeth and Adolphus. I have had contact with a descendant of Martha, Adolphus never married and died in the Austin State Hospital after leaving many years with his sister Martha and her husband James Robert Walkup. Elizabeth "Bessie" Gray married Spencer Clifford Smith and this is the descendent which I am doing the research for. These three children appear in the 1900 Census in Texas and the father John Gray must have died sometime shortly following the 1880 Census as he is not on the 1900 Census for Union Parish. Also in an affidavit on the day of Elizabeth "Bessie" Gray's marriage to Spencer Smith dated 1 January 1980 she asserts that her parents are both dead and that they are buried in Louisiana. No death records or burial records have been found for her parents. The fact that she states in her affidavit that "she was born and raised in Louisiana and that her parents both died and are buried in Lousiana" leads me to believe that John Gray indeed was married after his wife Sarah Matthews Wood Phillips Gray died.
I might add that on the 1870 Census for Union Parish John Gray is enumerated with Lilley Gray age 25, daughters Julian age 3, Ardonia age 2 and son Alexander age 17.If anymore has any information on Lilley and the two children we would appreciate help with that.There was a possible name given for John Gray's marriage following Sarah as Lydia Smith, but this information was given by a daughter of Martha Gray who had never known her grandparents as they had died when Martha, Elizabeth and Adolphus were children.However, having said that I went back and found on the 1860 Union Parish Louisiana Census a family just 9 dwellings away from the Gray family a Smith family with a daughter named Liddy.Her birth place and age would work if the Liddy Smith and Lilley Gray (in the 1970 Union Parish Louisian Census) are the same person.Again, any help would be apreciated.
If anyone has any information on who the parents of John Gray born in Georgia are or any of his siblings I would love to hear from you. Also if anyone knows of any other marriages that John Gray might havve had prior to Sarah Phillips and information on the marriage he had after Sarah I would appreciate any information on that as well. Martha Evada Gray Walkup's grandson, who is my contact has done extensive research but there are these bits and pieces that still ellude us.
I have seen the book by Marcuis Denison Raymond and tried to find where our Gray Family fits in. Either the information is not in this book or I am missing something.
Again, PLEASE if any Gray members who are from ancestors born in Georgia and can direct us in our work we would love to hear from you.