To put together material from myself, Brenda Gray Felder, and George Michael Gray-(1998 letter below)and others noted:
(Corrections and proof welcomed)
John GrayGeneration #1
Children (Supposition at this point)(Generation #2)
George b a 1757 d bef 5 Mar 1830 Autauta Co Al
Children of Generation #2 (Generation #3)
Children of George
John Gray-of Morgan Co Ga born a 1779 SC d 12 Nov 1870 Elmore Co Al m a 1814 Morgan Rebecca Gaston
Francis b a 1782 SC
James b a 1784 Morgan Co Ga
Pricilla b a 1795 SC m Hardy Harris 1809 Baldwin Co Ga
Samuel b a 1786
Jesse ba 1790 Ga
Nelson b a 1805 Ga
Possibly this John: (Generation #1)
1752 Orange Col. John Gray bought Land..Lived close to James Watson. He died
around 1775. Left estate to Thomas, Nathaniel & David Hart.Line of
Finder5050@aol.comRick Reed May. 99.
1755- Tax List- first for this county- Orange Co NC
Nettie & Frank
1755-60-John Gray Capt. in OrangeFrom ORANGE COUNTY RECORDS VOL V GRANVILLE PROPRIETARY LAND OFFICE DEEDS & SURVEYS 1752-1760
25 Mar. 1752 John Gray, gentleman, three shillings, lying on S Side Seven Mile Cr. begin at a white oak on side of creek, E 60 Ch. to a white oak & a sourwood S 83 1/4 ch. to a white oak, w 60 ch. to a hicory, n 33 1/4 ch. to a first station, 500 acres one poing rent per year, surveyed 28 Nov. 1751, Abra. Nelson and Will. Henderson SCC (SSLG 91-E) (Also see N.C. Patent Book 14:406
Marriages in Orange
James Gray to Hannah Allison 12June 1797
There is more on his wife's Allison family-http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=llba&id=I1172
He is shown with two marriages-http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=joereidscott&id=I07206 to Lucy Sledge 1820
Thomas Gray to Polley Massey 18 Nov. 1796 Abner Massey (He was child of Alexander & Margaret Galeher
http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=htm92941&id=I01765http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=htm92941&id=I01765) 4th gr. aunt of J. Troy Massey Harrison Ark. firstname.lastname@example.orgJan. 98.
Orange Co NC Abstracts & Minutes of Inf. Ct. Pleas. 1777-1788
Robert Gray 21- 42 1/2 58, 117 Worked a Road- May 1778, Overseer of Rd. May 1782
William 40-82 Overseer of Rd. Reb. 1789
James 16-149 Va. Wm. Armstrong Feb. 1783
Robert 2-121 1/2, 14-125 1/2, 9-135 1/2, 21-159, 34-184 1/2
Grand Jury May 782, Admin, David Pinkerton Nov. 1782
James 1-234, 2-236 1/2, 3-238 1/2 Jury 2 Mar 1785
Robert 38-308 Overseer of Re. Aug. 1786
NOTES FOR SARAH DABNEY:
Patent Book No. 9. SARAH DABNEY, 179-1/2 acs. in Pamunkey Neck; K. & Q. Co., in St. John’s Par., on Pownces Sw; adj. JAMES DABNEY, & land of her sister Dorothy; 25 Apr. 1701, p. 352. Trans. of 4 pers: Jame Wharton, George Lynn, Peter Graye, Mary Gray(Desc. of these famlilies later in Orange too)
1769 Mar. 11 ORANGE CO RECORDS VI by Wm. D. Bennett CG (Dougherty Co Library
Thomas Gray was witness pg 581William on pg 22, John 350 and James 66.
1792-Dec. 13 John Gray -John CainOrange Co NC Bk 4 pg 688
Mark Beers on Prodigy PFJF01A wrote that Michael b a 1720's d a 1784 had a will Randolph Co NC and Samuel b a 1720's d a 1772 will Orange Co. NCand John b a 1720's d a 1775 will Lincoln Co NC from NSDAR papers of 1936 also mentioned Andrew b a 1720's from Ulster a son of Robert McDonnell Gray who settled in the area. Grandson was prominent Alexander Gray b 18 Aug 1768 d 12 Jul 1864 in NC Senate appointed General in NC State Militia.Oct. 97.
From Cheryl Conway email@example.com gave the Tythables for 1755 Orange Co. which listed John Gray white with 2 blacks.
1807- Land Lottery-Ga Original Drawer/Buyer for partial land lots on the Ocmulgee River in the11tht District -- now Jones County.Original Baldwin County, Georgia
Plats & Grants
11th District Surveyed by William Watson January 1807
From Baldwin County District 8 up the east bank of the Ocmulgee River toBaldwin County District 12
line.Land Drawer / Buyer Number Date ofLot# Grantee of Acres Grant 191 Francis Gray 202.2
I have been working on James Gray of Orange Co NC again this week...and a letter from George Michael Gray in Asheville, NC
which says in part-
He is researching
John Gray from Orange Co NC to Ga-later Perry Co Al
lived near his gg Grandfather William C Gray who was born 1812 Ga (Census)
John was in Morgan Co Ga w/his gg uncle Nelson Gray-father-in-law John Darling there in early 1820's...
Possibility that George Gray of Autauga Co Formerly Ga was Father or Uncle to Williamson and Nelson Gray
Family Tradition-these Gray's in Greene Co Ga-or vicinity before migrating to Al early 1820's, 1830's to Augauga and Perry Co AL. (Jan. 19, 1998)
1790-95George Gray-Headright & Bounty Grants Greene Co Ga
Autauga Co. AL, OCM Vol 1, pg 8 & 9..ordered that Joeseph Hickman, Zachar Powell, Elisha Cain, George Gray, Sr., and Warner Williams appraise estate of James McMilliam, dec'd. (Nancy McMillian, widow)
Brenda Felder's research notes show that George Gray left Georgia in 1818 owing taxes on land. He filed for land in Autauga Co., AL in 1821. Autauga Co., AL Tract Book shows that one George Gray settled land Feb. 23, 1822, in S15-T19-R18, Cert. #703; Feb 5, 1827, in S33-T19-R18, Cert # 3011; and Oct 10, 1828, land in same S33-T19-R18, Cert #3743 (these last two purchases are probably the land that was left to his young son, James in George's will)
Autauga Co., AL Court records "Reports", Vol B, pg 291 Autauga County Reports, records the will of George Gray dated February 28th, 1830. The Will only mentions sons, John and James by name with instructions that when "my son James shall arrive to the age of twenty one, then the said money to be equally divided between all my children" (not named). George is deceased by March 5 1830.
Using Tract Book records of Autauga County, Alabama, estate records of sale, marriage records, Deeds, other court documents with witnesses, census records and other interaction of early Gray's in Autauga Co. and later Coosa Co., AL, who were contemparies of John Gray (named in his father's will), and the preponderance of evidence, it is the conclusion of the researcher that Jesse Gray, Samuel Gray, Francis Gray, and Priscilla Gray are good candidates for children of George Gray.
This family of George Gray is based on circumstantial evidence, and records of these persons extend to Autauga, Coosa, and Talladega Counties in Alabama.
George Gray's will dated Feb 1830 instructs his older son John to
"take my little son James and keep him and superintend his raising and education"; he also notes in his will that certain negros are to be sold and "the money arising from sale to be put out at interest and the interest applied to the use of rasing, educating, boarding and clothing my son James Gray." The estimated period of James birth year is based on James' being reffered to as "little" and under 21 yers of age in 1830. There is no further records on this child to determine if he lived to "come of age."
Children of George
Thanks so much for answering back and for the facts and figures on this family. Had no idea who Daniel belonged to. The reason I was collecting info on that line was to try and connect another John Gray [I presume] and his wife, Rebecca Gaston who married in Morgan Co. Ga. Her mother was also a Rebecca who married the Gaston. This Rebecca [mother]
was born ca. 1757. Any thoughts on which one she might belong to? I believe John and Rebecca married 1814. Can he possibly be the John taking care of business or the son of one of the ones mentioned. So many names repeated over and over and so hard to figure. But I did not have info you sent and I appreciate.
Brenda Gray Felder firstname.lastname@example.org
In recapping the documentation on John Gray's life, it is apparent that he married at least three times, maybe more. He married his last wife, Laney (Peters) Connell, widow of Thomas Connell, on March 30, 1850, after the deatho f his wife, Mary whose obituary appeared in the DAILY STATE GUARD Newspaper under date of July 19, 1849 pertinent information extraceted from the article is as follows: "Died in Autauga County, (Alabama) Mrs. Mary Gray, consort of John Gray, Esq. in her 51st...a devout member of the Primative Baptist Church." (Records of the Primative Baptists in Autauga County, Alabama reference John Gray's support and active participation in the primative Baptist faith.)
Based on mary's death date in 1849 in her "51st year" suggest her birth year as 1798. Inasmuch as John's son, Jeremiah M., was born ca 1804, Mary would not be his mother, therefore, it is concluded that John had a wife prior to Mary.
Except for the marriage record of John's marriage to Laney CONNELL, a record has not been found for any prior marriages. A marriage to be considered for wife #1, was found in Columbia Co., GA...John Gray-Rebecca White - 23 September 1798; (another column shows 18 February 1797)...Another marriage to be considered was also found in Columbia Co., GA. John Gray to Nancy Lovell, 8 July, 1819. John had children born in Georgia. He named a daughter "Rebecca" and a daughter Nancy. A possible marriage to be considered for wife #2 was found in South Carolina marriages, Abbeville District, 1777-1852, pg 23 by Rev. S. Emmett Lucas, Jr., editor...John Gray and Mary Ann Creswell married in 1823. (In order for this theory to be valid, John would have to return to South carolina, However, since one Samuel Townsend, from South Carolina, was in the Coosa County, AL whose 1st wife was Mary Creswell and his 2nd wife was Mary Hagerty and John Gray's son, Uriah Gray married Serena Hagerty...the Hagerty family was in Wetumpka, AL, the possibility is more probable.) John Gray's Will dated 10 September 1867 lists the following heirs:
Item 1 - wife Laney; Item 2 - children of: 1) Uriah Gray, 2) Polly Gallehar (?Gallagher), 3) Aurelia Param (?Parham), 4) Martha Bull, 5) Sarah Paramel (?Pennywell), 6) Elizabeth Taylor; (all referred to in item 3 as "legatees"); Item 3 - (my) six living children, Jerry M., Gray, Joseph B. Gray, Elijah Gray, George Gray, Rebecca Norris, wife of Hiram Norris, Elmira Hardy, wife of John Hardy, (Note: Jeremiah Gray died after his father's Will was written in September 1867 but prior to his father's death in November 1870, therefore the Will as recorded refers to five living children but later estate records included the heirs of Jeremiah. (Note, John had two sons named "Joseph", Joseph B. born of 1st marriage, and Joseph Marion, born of 2nd marriage.
A clue to the arrival of John Gray in Alabama may be found in the Monroe County, MIssissipip Territory Orphans Court orders, before Alabama became Alabama Territory" and/or the State of Alabama..."Monroe County, Mississippi Territory - 1816-1821 Orphans Court Orders... John Gray, Francis Gray and Samuel gray attested to the Will of Wm. Moore; also Alabama Territory - Monroe County (29 Sept. 1817, John Gray, Francis Gray and Samuel Gray attested to the Will of one Richard Moore.
(It appears that John Gray, Francis Gray and Samuel Gray, whose names are connected many times in the Atauga, Coosa and Dallas County records, are probably brothers.)
George GRAY b: 1801/1810 in Autauga Co.,Alabama
Mary Poly GRAY b: Est 1803
Jermiah M. GRAY b: Abt 1804
Uriah GRAY b: 1807
Elizabeth GRAY b: Est 1809
Joseph B. GRAY b: Abt 1810 in Georgia
Elijah M. GRAY b: Abt 1818
Rebecca GRAY b: Abt 1818
Sarah GRAY b: Abt 1822 in Alabama
Martha GRAY b: Abt 1848
Amelia Gray Aurelia R. b: Abt 1867
Marriage 3 Mary UNKNOWN b: Abt 1799
Married: Bef 1829 1
Almira GRAY b: 1829
Joseph Marion GRAY b: Abt 1833
Children born SC to at least 1810at least 1814 , Ga, Al 1822
http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2381707&id=I514848913http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2381707&id=I514848913 many children
Autauga County, Alabama Probate Records -OCM Vol 5, pg 246 dated 1 January 1844 ordered that Andrew B. Stevens Administer the estate of Francis Gray.
Francis Gray was a purchaser at the estate settlement of ole George Gray and also estate sale of James Lewis in Autauga County, Alabama (10 Dec 1825), Probate Reports, Vol A, pg 97.
Monroe County, Mississippi Territory -1816-1821 Orphans Court Orders...John gray, Francis Gray and Samuel Gray attested to the Will of Wm. Moore; Also Alabama Territory - Monroe County (29 Sept 1817), John Gray, Francis Gray and Samuel Gray attested to the Will of Richard Moore.
Francis married Clemintine "Clemmy" UNKNOWN(238). Born abt 1785 in NC. Clemintine "Clemmy" died aft 1860. Imported.
Clemmy is listed on 1850 Coosa Co., AL census, age 65 born in NC in the household of Henry Andrews (son-in-law?). She appears on the 1860 Coosa Co., AlL census, age 75 born in GA in the household of William Gray.
They had the following children:
Stephen S. Born abt 2807 in Georgia. Imported.
This family is listed on the 1850 Talladega County, AL. Stephen was appointed constable 29 March 1835...see Civil Register-Archives and History; 1836 - Samuel Gray deeded property to Stephen Gray in S17-T19-R17.
Stephen S., marries Salina Hill. Born abt 1808 in South Carolina. Imported.
Father: George GRAY b: Abt 1757
Marriage 1 Clemintine UNKNOWN b: Abt 1785 in North Carolina
Stephen S GRAY b: Abt 1807 in Georgia
William GRAY b: Abt 1816
Mary GRAY b: Abt 1820
James-see letter below from George Michael Gray
I am trying to find the parents of WILLIAM M. GRAY. He listed on the 1850 & 1860 census of Autauga Co. AL that he was born in GA. He was married in 1839 to Caroline Burton in Autauga Co. AL. Not sure exactly when he arrived in AL. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Priscilla Jane Gray married James Kinchen Hammons in Autauga County, AL in 1839. I am looking for Priscilla's family. I think she is the daughter of Samuel Gray son of George Gray. There are many Gray's in Autauga County. Is there anyone out there that has done research in Autauga County that could help me verify this information and locate other siblings of Priscilla, Samuel, and/or George?
I'm looking for any info. regarding Jesse GRAY b.1792 in either Georgia or South Carolina. I don't know who he was married to but he had at least 3 children:
Jesse Madison GRAY b.1828 in Alabama m.Louisa, Abbada GRAY b.1832 in Alabama and Pleasant M. GRAY b.1838 in Alabama.
Alzada Gray born 24 Dec., 1831 in Wetumpka, Al. then in Autauga Co. which later became Elmore. She was daughter of Jesse Gray and Martha Mullins.
She married first James Gray, family info unknown, in 1850.
On 11 Dec. 1856 she married Gayle Nobles who was born in same county to Richard Nobles and Alice Ann "Ally" Post.
In 1857, the Nobles, father and son and their families
moved to Union Parish, La., where so many others from Al. had settled including other family members.
In 1869, after the death of Gayle Nobles parents, Gayle and Alzada moved into Montgomery Co. Ar.
Gayle and Alzada's children:
Martha Ann P. who married S.M. Smith she died at age 31
Mary Frances who married William Garrett 9 Jan. 1890
Ella b. 1869
James Richard b.1873
Tennyson D. at age 21
Any furthur information on this family greatly appreciated.
Brenda Gray Felder
Page: Autauga Co. pg 115