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William Gray (b. date unknown, d. Bef. August 1794)William Gray (son of John Gray and Agnes ?) was born date unknown in England, and died Bef. August 1794 in Guilford County, North Carolina.
Notes for William Gray:
Randolph Co. IN history-sketch of Levi Jessup says that William Gray of London, who was detected in the act of throwing eggs at one of the kings guards, and was compelled to leave his country to save his life.He emigrated to America and settled first in MD and then moved to NC where he raised a large family whose descendants are now generally settled in the western states.
William came from England to America before the Revolution. He was a Lieutenant of the Foot 15 May 1754 and was in Rowan Co. NC in 1759.
A William Gray received a State Grant for 640 acres on Deep River, Guilford Co. NC. 13 Nov 1779.
Linn-Gray and Allied families-It is thought that this is the William Gray whose will was proved in Guilford Co. NC in August of 1794 in which he names James as his oldest son, William, Isaac, Jesse, Joseph, Thomas, and Samuel, as well as daughters Mary Brown, Elizabeth Raper, and Lydia.
All of the following comes from Ed Bristle's file and evidently was taken from a book entitled 'The Gray Family' by Jo White Linn.
"Nov 13, 1779 to 12 Aug 1788, and March 21, 1789, in Guilford Co., NC, William is named as head of family, also in 1790 census.
Will writen 28 Dec 1793 and probated Aug 1794 Guilford Co., NC, per Guilford Co., NC Will Abstracts 1771-1841 by Irene Webster, sent to me courtesy of Ken Higgins.
In the book 'The Gray Family' by Jo White Linn, the Gray's are said to have come from Londonderry, Northern Ireland. William's grand-daughter Mary Guthridge states that William came from London, England, worked as an official for the King, married here, and raised his family in NC.
William came to VA with his father as a young boy of 6 years. By 1751, when his father died, William was about 19 years old. In 1753 the congregation of Timber Ridge area of Augusta Co., extended a call for Rev. John Brown to be their pastor. One of the men signing this call was William Gray. On 15 May 1753, William was named a Lt. in Captain George Robinson's Company of Augusta Co., VA. On March 8, 1757 his father's land was sold and the money divided between his mother and her children. In Nov of 1759 his mother may have died, his two younger brothers were made wards of the court. Brother Joseph chose older brother Samuel his guardian, and brother Benjamin 14 years old, chose William as guardian.
On June 20, 1764 the court records of Augusta Co., VA show William exempted from county military levy. By Nov 13, 1779 he was living in what is now Guilford Co., NC. He received a grant for 640 acres along Deep River in 1779 for 15 shilling per 100 acres, another grant in 1788 for 50 acres, and in 1789 a land grant for 150 acres. All of his neighbors named in his deeds were Quakers."
From the Randolph Co., NC GenForum web site -
'William is thought to be the William Gray who settled in Guilford Co., NC and died there in 1794. He was also of age at the time of his father's death and was guardian of the younger brother Benjamin.'
The Higgins Family by Ken Higgins (firstname.lastname@example.org) cites Guilford Co., NC Will Abstracts 1771-1841, compiled by Irene Webster, Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1979. (ABBR Will Abstract TEXT ISBN 0-89308-352-6)
Children of William Gray are:
- +James Gray, b. January 21, 1753, Rowan/Guilford Co. NC (?)533, d. 1844, Wayne County, Indiana534.