Lawrence Co., N. Y.; unmarried.
Wm. a. Gray, b. July 13, 1881; mar. July 13, 1878, Lina A.
Stocking, who was b. Feb. 9, 1853. He settled in Min-
nesota at an early day, and with the exception of a year
in California, and his army life, he has continued to re-
side there, holding many offices of trust, and has also
represented his District in the State Legislature. Present
residence, Farmington, Minn. Issue:
Roy Elihu Gr.a.y, b. June 27, 1879.
Jane A. Gr.\y, b. Nov. 18, 1882.
Jane I. Gray, twin sister of Wm. A. Gray, b. July 13, 183 1,
d. at Lisbon, May 10, 185 1, unmarried.
George Gray, b. April ii, 1836, mar. Mary Lovina Wilson,
Dec. 31, 1868; served in 7th California Infantry in the
war of the great RebelHon; resides at Northfield, Rice
Co., Minn. Issue:
Sarah Agnes Gray, b. Aug. 18, 1870.
William Herbert Gray, b. Apr. 9, 1872.
Nellie Wilson Gray, b. Sept. 24, 1874.
Silas Wright Gray, b. Sept. 17, 1877.
Leonard Alden Gray, b. Feb. 20, 1880.
George Earle Gray, b. June 28, 1886.
Jeanette Gray, twin sister of George Gray, d. Aug. 25, 1836.
Albert M. Gray, b. May 26, 1843, d. Feb. 23, 1845, at Lis-
elseif (getClientWidth() > 430)
bon, N. Y.
Silas Wright Gray, twin brother of Albert M., b. May 26,
1843, served in Co. A., 14th N. Y. Heavy Artillery, till
the war closed, and d. at Lisbon, N. Y., Aug. 26, 1865,
of disease contracted in the service. Unmarried.
This family of seven children, as will be noticed, includes
three pair of twins; a phenominal occurrence, even in the Gray
Thomas B. Gray, son of Isaac (2), born at Lisbon, Oct. 20,
F"eb. I, 1806, married Jane Armstrong, and had six children, viz:
Baker F., of Eureka, Nev.; Elihu W., married, and lives at Ge-
neva, Wis.; one of the daughters died soon after marriage leav-
ing an infant child; and another is married and has several chil-
dren; Mr. Gray and family removed west about 1845. Mrs.
Gray died May 24, 1874. He resides at Geneva, Wis., and the
following pleasant notice of him is copied from a paper there
published, of recent date: " Mr. Thomas B. Gray has informed
us that he will not be a candidate for the office of City Treasu-
rer this spring. He is over 81 years of age, and has been hon-
ored by the people with various offices for over thirty years. For
thirteen years he was Treasurer of the town, and the past year
of the city. During these years he has received over $260,000
of town and city money, every nickel of which has been fully
accounted for. He desires to retire in peace, with friendship to-
wards all, malice towards none. He has the esteem and friend-
ship of every man who knows him, and that he may live to enjoy
many more years of blessings and happiness, is the expression
2 2, 1 868. He had married Sarah Hanna, a native of Salem,
N. Y., who had removed to Lisbon, Sei)t. 26, 1826, and by this
marriage there were three cliildren: Mary M., who mar. Rev.
D.J. Patterson, of Brooklyn, N. Y., and died June 4, 1854; Ag-
nes, who mar. Dr. W. H. Crnikshank, and removed to Carthage,
N. Y., where he d. 1886. Mrs. Gray d. Dec. 17, 1867.
Walter R. Gray, only son of Andrew M., was born Aug. 13,
1 83 1, and continues to live upon the homestead. In October,
1 86 1, he mar. Mary J., eldest daughter of John Chambers, mer-
chant, of Prescott, Ontario, and has five children: S. Mina, b.
Nov. 22, 1862, and mar. Charles J. Fuller, of Governeur, N. Y.;
Mary L., b. July 22, 1864, who resides with her parents at Heu-
velton, N. Y.; Charles Oliver Gray, b. June 3, 1867, and is a
student at Hamilton College, Clinton, N. Y.; Alfred W. Gray,
b. Dec. 21, 1868, who is preparing to enter College in 1887; and
Justin Clarence Gray, b. Nov. 5, 1872. Mr. Gray has decided
literary taste, has had charge of the Agricultural Department of
the Ogdensburg Advance for several years, and has contributed
articles for publication in various papers. Has been a Demo-
crat, and is now a Prohibitionist, and in 1887 declined the nom-
ination of both these parties for Supervisor of his town. He has
evinced much interest in this work, and thanks to his labors the
family of his ancestor, Capt. Isaac Gray, so fully appears.
John K. Gray, son of Daniel C. Gray (i), mar. Mary E. Piatt,
of Lisbon, and removed to Ogdensburg, where he died, 1877,
and she a year later. They had two children, Augustus H., and
Edward P. In i860 they were engaged in business with their
uncle, J. E. Piatt, of Manitowoc, Wis. Edward went to Milwau-
kee, purchased a bill of goods, ordered them sliipped, and took
the boat for home, after which he was never heard from, and it
is supposed that he was foully dealt with. Augustus H., died at
Ogdensburg, previous to his fatlier's death.
Daniel C. Gray, (2), was born in Lisbon, N. Y., May 27, 1815.
He married Julia Armstrong, July 31, 1839, and has a daughter,
Marinda L., born May 19, 1841, who mar. W. K. Chambers, of
Elkhorn, Wis., Sept. 14, 1865, and has a son and daughter. Mr.
Gray is of a humorous disposition, and is called the jolly mem-
ber of the family. Resides at Elkhorn, Wis.
Elihu Gray, eldest son of Capt. Isaac, had six children, viz:
Thurza, who mar. John Cooper, and had several children; Mar-
tha, who mar. a Gibbons, and lived at Hermon, N. Y.; Mary,
who mar. Lotun Simons; Elizabeth, who mar. a Mr. Green; a
son Worlin Gray, who mar. Elizabeth Ballentine, of Lisbon, N.
Y., removed to Fremont. 111., and died there, leaving a married
daughter; and Daniel C. Gray, (4.)
Daniel C. Gray, (4), Elihu's eldest son; was born in 1796,
and married Mary H. King, who died in 1839; he died in 1876.
They had eight children, viz:
Henry A. Gray, b. March 19, 1821; mar. Mary M. Weston,
Feb. 10, 1853, and had a son Vernon H. Gray, b. Oct. 6, 1859;
resides at Canton, N. Y. An upright and esteemed citizen.
Lucy E. Gray, b. May 19, 1823, mar. Chester K. Clark, of
North Russell, N.Y., and had two sons, one of whom d. young,
and the other, Chester A., resides there.
Jane E. and Martha M. Gray, who died unmarried.
Daniel C. Gray (5), b. Feb. 8, 1833, mar. Sarah E. Winslow,
July 16, 1858, and have Frederick A., b. Feb. 27, i860, and
mar. Justine E. Knox, June 23, 1883, who d. Nov. 20, 1886;
Charles F. Gray, b. Feb. 25, 1863, mar. Carrie M. Towner Feb
23, 1887; and Gertrude M., b. Mar. 14, 1871. They reside in
North Russell, N. Y.
Elial D. Gray, b. June 6, 1836, mar. Lucy A. Conant, Apr.
7, 1859, who d. Aug. 16, 1880, leaving four children: Merton J.,
b. Jan. 17, 1862; Frank E., b. May 8, 1863, mar. Nora Welch.
Aug. 30, 1885, and have a child b. May 24, 1886; Eugene C,
b. Nov. 7, 1868; Edith A., b. Aug. 29, 1873. Elial D. Gray
mar. 2d, Rettie H. Irish, and had Henry D., b. Feb. 4, 1885.
Resides at Canton.
John K. Gray, b. Aug. 12, 1838, mar. Elvira E. White, Feb.
20, 1866; no children; resides at Canton, N. Y. Was a soldier
in the war for the Union, in Sixtieth N. Y. Regt., and afterwards
in the nth N. Y. Cavalry, and served till the close of the war.
Worlin Gray, brother of John K., resides in Kansas.
he sold his property there about that time, and there being no fur-
ther mention of him on the records at Beverly, is presumptive
evidence that he soon after removed elsewhere. No record of
any children. Jacob, son of Isaac, was born 181 6; no further
mention of him or descendants. I.ydia, b. 17 17, mar. John
Bond, and was living 1761. Rebekah Woodbury d. 1736, and
Isaac Gray mar. 2d, Martha Ellithorpe, Apr. 13, 1738, who
survived him. He died Mar. 23, 1760, and the stone at his
grave in the old churchyard at Beverly is still to be found.
The George Gray of Beverly referred to, mar. Bridget, dau. of
Humphrey and Ehzabeth Horrill, Nov. 14, 1701, and had Geo.
Jr., bapt. Apr. 4, 1703, who mar. Apr. 8, 1725, Emma Williams,
b. March 29, 1703. George Gray, Sr., was a mariner, and died
prior to 1729.
William Gray, bom at or near Cambridge, N. Y., was captur-
ed at Whitehall, N. Y., when about 17 years old, and taken to
Canada. He afterwards married an Indian girl, and being adop-
ted by the St. Regis tribe, became one of their Chiefs, and con-
tinued to reside with them. He was recognized as their repre-
sentative by the State of New York in treaties afterwards made
with that tribe, and a considerable tract of land was so ceded to
him. He lived at what is now Hogansburgh, N. Y., and left de-
scendants. In the war of 18 12, he was taken prisoner, and died
at Quebec, May, 18 14. Lineage not traced, but he is believed
to have been of the Worcester Grays.
The following is gleaned from a quaint little pamphlet pub-
lished by Asa Gray, of Ledyard, Conn., date of 1851: "Philhp
Gray and Benjamin Gray, two brothers, whilst boys, were enticed
or came aboard a vessel lying at the island of Guernsey, and de-
tained and brought to Boston. Were there bound out to pay
their passage. It is said they were of Scotch descent." Benja-
min remained in Boston. Phillip mar. in Boston and had two
children; she d. and he removed to what is now Ledyard, Conn.,
where he mar. Widow Button, whose maiden name was Stod-
dard and had Fillip, Jr., Benjamin, Ezekiel and Elijah, and d. in
April, 1780, aged about 90.
Phillip, Jr., b. 1739, mar. Hannah Latham, and had Jonas b.
1770, mar. Lucy Spicer and had Phillip, (3), Winthrop, Oliver,
Abisha, Hannah, Mary, and Althea; Lucy d. and Jonas mar. 2d,
Mary Gardner, soon after which he moved to Pa., and died there.
Latham Gray, son of Phillip, Jr., b. 1772, mar. Amy Brown, and
had Henry, Latham, b. 1798, who mar. Juha Pendleton, and had
William and Henry; moved west. Latham Gray d. 182 1. Eze-
kiel, son of Phillip, Jr., b. 1775, was lost at sea. Stephen, son
of Phillip, Jr., mar. Lydia Stedman, and had Stephen, b. 1800,
mar. Caroline Babcock, and had Stephen, Jr.; Austain, mar.
Betsey Smith, and had Austain, Lydia E., and Julia F.; Norman,
b. 1 8 10, moved west, twice mar., and had four children; Lydia,
b. 1802, mar. Chas. Dean, and Ardelia, b. 1812, mar. Ethan O.
Barber. Stephen Gray d. 1841. Hannah, wife of Phillip, Jr.,
d. and he mar. 2d, Mercy Chapman, and had Asa, b. 1786, who
mar. Susannah Wilcox, and had Asa, Jr., b. 1802, mar. Lusan-
na Prosser, and had Asa F., Denman, George, Montgomerv,
who, d. May 3, 1886, Mercy, Susan and Sarah.
Phillip, son of Jonas and Lucy Gray, b. 1798, mar. Maria Hew-
lett and had a son Phillip who is said to have been shot as a de-
serter about 1840. Winthrop, b. 1802, Oliver, b. 1805, and
Abisha, b. 1810, sons of Jonas and Lucy, all moved west.
Benjamin Gray, son of Phillip (i), b. 1740, mar. Temperance
Baxter and had Thomas B. and Phillip. Thomas B. mar. Ka-
turah Stanton, and had Benjamin, Thomas, John, Surviah, and
Temperance. Benjamin moved west and it is said died 1S30.
Elijah Gray, son of Phillip (i), b. 1743, mar. Candis Perkins,
and had Elijah, Jr., Prudence, Hannah, Eunice. Elijah lived in
the time of the Revolution, and being wounded and taken pris-
oner, died aboard the Jersey prison ship near New York. Elijah,
Jr., b. 177 1, b. 1 77 1, mar. Abby Hilliard, and had Ezekiel, Jon-
athan, Hilliard, Caroline, Phebe, Sally, and Abby. Ezekiel, b.
1798, mar. Hannah Perkins and had Nelson and Delia, who
both d. young. Jonathan, b. 181 1, mar. Mary A. Thorries, and
lived in New York. Hilliard, b. 1814, d. 1832. Sally mar.
Silas Sterry, and Abby mar. Lester Perkins.
Ezekiel, youngest son of Phillip (i), b. 1745, went to sea and
was lost, aged 18.
NEW JERSEY GRAYS.
The records of the office of the Adjutant General of the State
of New Jersey show that at an early period of the Revolutionary
struggle five brothers by the name of Gray had enlisted in the
army of the Continentals, viz: Garrit, John, William, Isaac, and
Robert. On the establishment, of American Independence, four
of the brothers removed southward, John settling in Virginia,
and Garrit, William and Isaac removing to South Carolina.
Their father went with them. His name is believed to have been
Garrit, and his wife, Hannah. It is not known to the writer in
what part of New Jersey they had resided.
Robert Gray one of the five brothers aforementioned, was
born in New Jersey, Sept. 25, 1745, and was in the war of the
Revolution. He came to the city of Albany about 1777, and
there married Susannah La Grange, on May 7 th of that year.
He afterwards established and conducted business in Albany un-
til 1800, when he removed to his farm in the western part of
of Albany Co., and there continued until his death. When the
town of Guilderland was formed in 1803, he assisted in that
work, and was chosen one of the first town officers. He was sub-
sequently its Supervisor. Issue:
Garrit Gray, son of Robert and Susannah La Grange Gray,
b. in Albany, N. Y., May 2, 1783, mar. Margarita Vanderpoel,
dau. of John M., and Isabella (Douglas) Vanderpoel, March i,
1804; resided in Guilderland, where he d. Mar. 30, 1836. Issue:
Susannah Gray, b. Aug. 29, 1805, d. Sept. 12, 1805.
Robert Gray, b. Feb. 11, 1807, d. July 27, 1835.
Isabella Gray, b. Jan. 23, 1809, d. Feb. 10, 1813.
Susannah Gray, 2d, b. Dec. 10, 181 1.
Isabella Gray, 2d, b. Dec. 25, 1813.
Catharine Gray, b. Feb. 24, 181 6.
John Gray, b. Mar. 20, 181 8, d. July 15, 181 8.
Mary Gray, b. June 16, 181 9.
Margaret Gray, b. Aug. 28, 1821.
Hannah Gray, b. March 18, 1824, d. April 28, 1886.
Stephen Van Rensselaer Gray, b. Mar. i, 1827.
Stephen Van Rensselaer Gray, son of Garrit, mar. Char-
lotte Comstock, Jan. 23, 1872. He resides at Albany, and is a
highly esteemed citizen of that city, where he is extensively en-
gaged in the stationary and book trade. He has furnished the
data for this branch of the family, and in many ways has shown
his kindly appreciation of this work.
Jellis Gray, son of Robert, b. Jan. 9, 1789, in the city of
Albany, mar. Sarah Osterman; d. July 25, 1854. Issue:
Robert E. Gray, b. in Guilderland, N. Y., Jan. 9, 1809, mar.
Catharine Van Aeman, Oct. 6, 1827, d. June 8, 1838.
Christian Gray, b. Jan. 27, 1811, in Guilderland, mar. Bar-
bara Ostrander, d. at Salina, 111., April 5, i860. Issue:
Elias Gray, b. Dec. i, 1829, mar. Louis Beebe.
Samuel Gray, b. Apr. 18, 1832, mar. Eliza Powell,
of Salina, 111.
Stephen Gray, b. in Knox, N. Y., Sept. 20th,
1834, mar. Lucy Bird, of Limestone, 111.
Peter Gray, b. in Knox, Sept. 20, 1836, mar. Mary
J. Baker of Aroma, 111.
Adelia Gray, b. in Knox, June 3, 1838, mar. Aaron
Sheffler of Limestone, 111.; d. 1872.
Christian Gray, Jr., b. in Knox, Dec. 14, 1846,
mar. Harriet A. Baker at Aroma, 111.
Joshua Gray, b. in Knox, Dec. 14, 1846, (twin of
Christian,) mar. Luella M. Baker, Aroma, 111.
Mary J. Gray, b. in Knox, Dec. 18, 1849, mar.
Myron Webster at Aroma, 111.
Elizabeth S. Gray, dau. of Jellis, b. March 11, 1813, d.
Sept. 12, 1826.
Peter Gray, son of JeUis, b. June 9, 181 5, mar. Mary Ann
McLean, and d. Aug. 13, 1846.
William E. Gray, son of Jellis, b. July 25, 181 7, mar. Ann
Shoudy, and d. Apr. 23, 1884.
Elias Gray, son of JeUis, b. Nov. 4, 181 9, mar. Jane Fryer.
Caty Ann Gray, dau. of Tellis, b. Jan. 3, 1822, d. May 23,
Sarah Gray, dau. of Jellis, b. Feb. 29, 1824, mar. James
Jonathan Burr Gray, son of Jellis, b. Oct. 25, 1826, mar.
Mary Ann Ostrander, and d. Sept. 21, 1882. Issue:
Endress Gray, b. Oct 20, 1850.
Henrietta B. Gray, b. Sept. 14, 1852, mar. Aaron
Sarah Gray, b. July 25, 1854, mar. John F. Shirtz.
Walter Gray, b. Sept. 28, 1858, mar. Ellen Clyck-
Millard Fillmore, b. Apr. u, i860, mar. Sarah
Emmett Gray, b. March 20, 1862.
Anna Gray, b. Aug. 22, 1863, mar. Stephen Os-
Cora Gray, b. Feb. 26, 1865.
Frank Gray, b. Aug. 25, 1869, d. Oct. 4, 1869.
Elizabeth Gray, dau. of JelUs, b. July 22, 1829, Jacob Bens-
Christina Gray, dau. of Jellis, b. May 21, 1836, mar. Alfred
Susannah, dau. of Garrit and Margaret Gray, b. Dec. 10, 181 1,
mar. John Marcellus, Jan. 31, 1838, and had: Robert Gray, b.
March 15, 1839, Geo. W., b. Oct. 26, 1841, and Anna Marga-
ret, b. Sept. 23, 1846, and d. Nov. 22, 1868.
Catharine, dau. of Garrit and Margaret Gray, b. Feb'y 24,
1 81 6, mar. Conrad Oliver Dec. 9, 1838. Children: Margaret,
b. Dec. I, 1840, d. April 16, 1859; Conrad, b. Aug. 17, 1843,
Mary, b. Nov. 15, 1844, d. July 26, 1859; Garrit, b. Aug. i,
1846, d. Sept. 9, 1846; Garrit, 2d, b. April 15, 1848, Eveline, b.
Oct. I, 1850, mar. Stephen B. Littell, Stephen, b. Mar. 6, 1854,
d. Mar. 14, 1854.
Hannah, dau. of Garrit and Margaret Gray, b. Mar. 16,
1824, d. Apr. 28, 1886, mar. Nicholas Swart, Jan. 27, 1847.
Children: Jacob Henry, b. Nov. 2, 1847, Stephen Gray, b.
Jan. 27, 1850, d. Mar. 18, 1877; Edward Rosa, b. June 12,
1854, Franklin Oliver, b. Nov. 18, 1861, Emma Margaret, b.
Aug. 22, 1858.
Lydia Gray, dau. of Robert and Susannah Gray, mar. Peter
Bloomingdale, and had: John, who mar. Magdaline Crounse,
Susannah, mar. Aaron Waldron, Jane, mar. Daniel Fryer, Car-
oline, mar. John S. Vanderpoel, Mary Ann, mar. Dow F. Slinger-
land, Lydia, mar. John Crounse, Robert, and Peter, who mar.
Hannah, dau. of Robert and Susannah Gray, b. March 17th,
1 7 81, mar. Charles ScrafFord, d. Oct. 31, 1830. Issue: Susan-
nah, George, Eve, Margaret, Elizabeth, Catharine, Lydia, Sally,
Robert, and Martin.
Catharine, dau. of Robert and Susannah Gray, b. Nov. 15,
1794, mar. Ira C. Brand, in Guilderland, Dec. 18, 18 19, and d.
June 25, 1867. Children: Susan Maria, b. May 6, 1821, d.
Aug. 24, 1830, John C, b. July 17, 1823, d. Feb. 14, 1848,
George Scrafford, b. Mar. 24, 1826, mar. Almena Uolph, Feb.
17, 1847, WiUiam Gray, b. Feb. 28, 1828, mar. AUda A. Van
Hoesen, Jan. 7, 1868, and has a son Clarence b. Sept. 7, 1872.
Susannah, dau. of Robert and Susannah Gray, b. Oct. 26,
1797, mar. James Van Aernan, and d. about 1872. Children:
Susannah, Jacob Henry, Lydia, Elias.
Elizabeth, dau. of Robert and Susannah Gray, b. about
1806, mar. John Westfall.
William Gray, son of Robert and Susannah, mar. Sarah Van
Aernam; d. June 14, i860.
Garrit Gray, (brother of Robert,) and Susannah Gray his
wife, were living in Newberry Co., S. C, 1803, and had Hannah
Gray, who mar. Nathan Oliver in Virginia, John Gray, WiUiam
Gray, Lydia Gray who mar. Jesse Johnston, Mary Gray b. 1789,
Isaac Gray, Susannah, who d. young, Garrit Gray, Jr., James
Gray, Robert Gray, and Nathan Gray b. 1802.
William Gray, (brother of Robert,) and Sarah liis wife, lived
in Newberry, Co., S. C, 1803, and had: Garrit Gray, who died
young, Abraham Gray, Mary Gray, Robert Gray, James Gray,
Naomi Gray, Sarah Gray, and Isaac Gray, who mar. Elizabeth
Wilson and had William Gray, who removed to Missouri, Ben-
jamin Gray, who removed to Indiana, Jane Gray, who rnar. Mr.
Kelso and lived in Ky., Sally Gray, Rosa Gray, and Mary Gray,
who mar. a Mr. Brown and lived in Tennessee. Isaac Gray is
said to have removed to Wadesborough, Calloway Co., Ken-
Isaac Gray, (brother of Robert,) was living in Newberry or
Lawrence Co., S. C, 1803, and had nine children, names not
Thomas Robert Lafayette Gray, who resides at Lanford
Station, Laurens Co., S. C, is son of Robert Gray who died in
1864, son of John Gray, (probably son of Garrit,) who married
his cousin Zana Gray, dau. of Abraham who was son of William
Gray, brother of Robert, Garrit, Isaac, and John.
O. B. Mayer, Jr., M. D., of Newberry, and Pres. of the State
Medic?! Society of South Carolina, furnislies the following:
"Catharine Dewalt mar. George Gray, (believed to be of the
foregoing families,) and had Rebecca Gray, Susannah Gray, Si-
mon Peter Gray, Benj. H. (iray, and Fred. Gray. Rebecca
Gray mar. David Dewalt, and had Carrie, Amelia, Catharine,
Rebecca, David and George. Carrie Dewalt mar. Dr. O. B.
Mayer, and I am his son."
John Gray, brother of Robert, Hved in Virginia, 1803, and
was married and had a family. 'I'he desc;endants of this branch
of the family not traced. It seems possible if not probable, that
this may have been the John Gray who was the grandfather of
Dr. Wm. A. Gray of Virginia, a sketch of whose family is given
on pages 177-8. Strength is given to this supposition by the
fact that a daughter of Dr. Wm. A. Gray's grandfather, Lucy,
is spoken of as having married her cousin "Jack," probably John,
and gone to South Carolina, for that is where the brothers of
John did go after sojourning for a time in Virginia. Again, a
marked resemblance between at least one of the descendants
of Robert, S. R. Gray, Esq., of Albany, N. Y., and Dr. Wm. B.
Gray, (son of Dr. Wm. A. Gray,) of Richmond, Va., whose
picture elsewhere appears in this record.
That there were other Grays in New Jersey is evidenced by
the following from Mr. L. D. Cary, of Glasco, Kansas, date of
Feb. 23d, 1887: " My mother was a granddaughter of Daniel
Gray, who was born in Essex Co., N. J., March 20, 1749. He
married Phebe Butler, in same county, 1775; emigrated to War-
ren Co., Ohio, 1809, where he died Feb. ig, 1843. He served
through the Revolutionary war, and drew a pension as long as
Very likely the above Daniel was akin to Robert Gray and his
brother, and all probably descendants of the John Gray who
was at Elizabethtown, then of Essex Co., as early as 1670.
It is a regret to leave this interesting field so lightly touched,
where there is so much promise of interest. But even these few
gleanings may at least serve to stimulate research on the part of
those more directly interested, and if so, the labor will not have
been in vain.
Dr. John P. Gray, so long at the head of the N. Y. State Asy-
lum at Utica, and who died Nov. 29, 1886, was born at Half-
Moon, Center Co., Pa., Aug. 6, 1825, his father, Peter B. Gray,
being a farmer, and a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal
Church for many years. Four brothers survived Dr. Gray, viz:
Wm. S. Gray, a merchant at Stormstown, Center Co., Pa., G. W.
Gray and Jacob Green Gray, who are farmers in Half-Moon Val-
ley, Pa., and Rev. Dr. Edward J. Gray, who is President of Dick-
inson Seminary, Williamsport, Pa.; there are also four sisters.
Dr. Gray achieved great and well deserved eminence in his
profession, and was second to none in the specialty which he
made his life work. He was for 35 years connected with the
Utica Asylum, and for the most of that period was its Superin-
tendent. The Utica Herald^ in an able summing up of his life
and character, says: " Dr. Gray was at the very head of his pro-
fession as an expert in insanity, and he was also an administra-
tive officer of the first rank. The asylum was directed with ex-
cellent system, and with a large and generous spirit. He took
it with the methods of the past generation; he introduced into it
every humane and elevating method favored by modern science.
A leader in thought as well as in practice, he has helped to
broaden, — almost to create a science and a literature relative to
insanity, and to write his name in enduring characters on the
history of our public charities." And again from the same: "His
social attractions were marked, and in his intercourse with men
in all stations, he impressed himself strongly, not merely as a
physician and specialist, but as a man of affairs and a molder of
events. He had no mean elements in his nature; his was a lib-
eral soul, and magnanimity underlay all of his theories and pol-
icy. Conscious of his own integrity, firm in the wisdom of his
own management, engrossed with the truth of his theories of in-
sanity, which determined his whole policy, he met criticism with
courtesy and with courage, and stood as the sturdy champion of
the patient, and of the humanity which cared for them."
Dr. Gray was married Sept. 6, 1854, to Mary B., daughter of
Edmund A. Wetmore, of Utica, and to them were born six chil-
dren, of whom three survive: Dr. John P. Gray, Jr., William
Wetmore, and Cornelia L. Dr. Gray was for many years, and
until his death, a communicant in the Reformed Church, and he
was a firm behever in the Christian faith, as he exemplified it in
his walk and life.
Dr. Edward J. Gray married Dec. 26, 1S61, Eva V. Emery,
daughter of Josiah Emery, Esq., and they have had five children:
William E. Gray, b. Feb. 7, 1763, graduated in classical course
at Dickinson Seminary, Williamsport, Pa., and in Mechanic Art
course at Cornell University, married, and in business at New
London, Conn.; Edith Gray, b. Dec. 15, 187 1, d. Aug. 1872;
Grace Gray, b. May 15, 1S74, d. July, 1874; Eva C. Gray, b.
July 29, 1876; Edward P. Gray, b. July 16, 1877.
Rev. Peter B. Gray, father of Dr. John P., Dr. Edward J.,
and others, was the son of Peter and Mary Gray, who had be-