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"Robert Gray and His Descendants"
Diane Joy Gray Neely Witt Benson
TO MY ANCESTORS
I see you toiling down the tedious years,
You bearded, bent and gaunt old pioneers,
Sowing and reaping, sowing once again,
In patience for an unborn race of men.
I see you struggling in the wilderness,
Where failure meant starvation and success
A cabin in a clearing, rough-hewn, rude,
Garments of homespun and a humblesy food.
Tradition scarely tells me whence you came;
I only know a few of you by name;
I only know you lived and multiplied,
Quite profligate in progency, and died.
Yet in my heart, I know that most of you
Were strong and steadfast, and that one or two,
At least had weaknesses that still may be
Traced in the trend of atavistic me.
One I am sure, was blessed with wit
(I am thankful he transmitted some of it)
That helped him dodge Dame Trouble’s swiftest dart,
And meet misfortune with merry heart.
One was a rather worthless wight, I fear,
Who when the bluebird spring was near,
Forsook his plow—a shiftless sluggard one—
And roamed the woods alone with rod and gun.
And one a gentle dreamer was, I know,
Who lured by shadows, let the substance go.
“twas he who dared the raging western sea,”—
I’m glad he handed down his dreams to me.
“I ever had a pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors.” —Benjamin Franklin.
“He only deserves to be remembered by posterity who treasures up and preserves the history of his
In the spring of 1963 I began to think of my ancestors. I wondered who is born who loved and married,
who died, and who fought for their country, in order that I might be here. What was my heritage? I felt
a strong desire to know all I could about my ancestors.
I started work on my various family trees, and the first one started was my maiden name “Gray” and it
was also the last to be completed. Others that I compiled were: “Markowski,” maiden name of my
mother—“Painter,” maiden name of my paternal grandmother—“Priddy,” maiden name of my great
grandmother—“Ronald,” maiden name of another great grandmother—“Haines,” maiden name of my
great-great grandmother—also doing “Neely,” My son’s name and “Brewster,” my son’s paternal
My mother told me to visit Robert K. Gray, great-great grandson of Robert Gray, our progenitor. From
him I copied almost the entire book, “The Ronald Clan, “ and Robert also gave me other data which
helped me, He had in his possession work that the Judge George Law Gray, great grandson of Robert
Gray, had begun. The Judge should live in our memory because without the work which he started
many of the records might have been lost in time.
Later I went to see Melvin Gray, great-great-great grandson of Robert Gray who also had work that his
grandfather, the Judge had written, I went to graveyards and began to write to people. I believe I am
the first one in about 35 years to go into the family history very deeply. William C. Gray the grandson
of Robert Gray, and Leonora Irene Gray Tucker, great granddaughter of Robert Gray were also inter-
ested in family.
I want to thank my mother who did my earliest typing for me, and my cousin James J. Ripley III of
Pacific Palisade, Calif., who through he is in the Markowski branch of the family and no relation to the
Grays offered help and suggestions. He also made a Coat-of-Arms for me from the description of our
I want to specially thank the following listed in order as contacted – Robert K. Gray, Melvin Gray,
Dorothy Gray Rose, Archibald Gray, Sabra Gray Hobbs, Jane Gray Jeffery, Lola Gray Stevens, Maxine
Gray Alcorn, Blanche Gray Birky, Helen Hinchman Osting, Katherine Ryburn Hinchman, Nell
Ryburn, Wm. Wylie Gray, Lena Gray Strong, Olive Gray Epply, Vera Collum, Lois Good. Dora Gray
Ritchie Graham, James L. Douglas, Anna Cole Smith McFarland, Eliose Smith Corts, Katherine Smith
Bolt, Dorothy Smith James, Mary Smith French, Glenn O. Pope, Marjorie Smith Smith, Opal Douglas
McKeen, Mary Anna Pope Boutilier, Jerrie Pope Wells, Elizabeth Pope Whitsitt, Hazel Wagner
Hammond, Arthur E. Hirschler, Herman Wayman Gray, Marian Doyn Reder Scruggs, James D.
Kennedy, Vard Vernett Gray, Ethel Glenn Cilley Downs, Ruth Tucker, Phillis Hammond Paul, Ralph
Lorado Gray, Helen Leonore Reder Patterson, Robert Russell Gray, Robert W. Gray, William J. Paris,
Margaret Gray Hall, Marilee Paris Kochs, Coral Kate Douglas Moore, Charlene Marie Gray Woltanski,
Max Johnson Paris, Jean McAlpine Hopkins, Gertrude Anne McAlpine Prostka, Betty Jane Ramsey
Hockett, Betty Gray Mortier, Lois Lucille Steinman Lessenger Bonnichsen, Loren Lee Stineman, Dr.
& Mrs. Wm. C. French, Jeanne Margaret Pope Maxey, Margaret Ann Hogan Sharp, Vivian Huff Wood,
George Gibson Rose, and all others who helped make this genealogy possible.
In My possession are many pictures, some as early as the 4th generation, all labeled, of past and present
generations. Some I already had and quite a few were sent to me by people in the family and several
were given to me by persons not related to the family who knew I was interested in all the pictures of
our family. Also I have several patents that were in the possession of my paternal grandmother.
I did not wish a cut and dried history of just names and dates so whenever possible I included things of
interest, anecdotes, biographies and miscellaneous items.
Several different spellings of a name or locality may appear, this to the fact that different branches of
the family had different data. If I knew the correct spelling I entered it by a note. Since the genealogy
goes as high as 11 generations in some branches of family, to help identify I list by generation. To
further identify each family is listed and their children directly following. Then each child is taken in
order and their family is given. After the head of each family the line directly to Robert Gray is given,
in parenthesis, Although the first generation starts with Rev. James Neil Gray, when giving the direct
line I stop at Robert. For example my line would read – Diane Joy Gray Neely Witt – (Leslie Ronald
Gray - John Ronald Gray - Hugh Gray Sr. - Robert Gray.) Each Child of Robert in a separate chapter.
Maiden names of spouses parents are entered in parenthesis.
Abbreviations are as follows -
Down through the years the work of the Judge was either miscopied or he made a few errors in the
beginning. I wrote it as it was given to me and made corrections by note where I knew it to be in error.
Also many other branches of the family gave me sketches of history and the versions sometimes
differed, In order that each may be read and pondered I have presented them in the family branch that
gave them to me.
It will be noted that there are various birth dates for our progenitor Robert Gray and different years of
entry into this country this is not uncommon in genealogy research. There is quite a bit of data on the
Ronald family due to the fact that two Ronald sisters married two sons of Robert, John and Hugh, this
making double cousins of the descendants. Much Ronald data was available to me so I entered it.
To the best of my knowledge my data is correct but any additions or corrections will be appreciated.
Some Families for reasons known only to themselves would not send me the data I needed to com-
plete their branch so it will be noted there are branches that are incomplete. Also some branches are
lost to us.
Diane Joy Gray Neely Witt
808 W. 22
Copied from papers in possession of Robert K. Gray
The Genealogy of the Gray Family
By Judge George Law Gray
The Grays have been a Fayette County, Indiana family for more than a hundred years. The original
family pioneer home and habitation is still extant in the Southwestern part of the Country, where the
land title has remained in the family for more than a century.
It is of interest to trace the family past generation and to know something of your ancestors who have
lived and died and vanished from the earth, something of the race to which they belonged. The region
of the habitable globe in which they dwelt in the remote centuries gone and to possess and to perpetu-
ate as intelligent as intelligent beings a record, history and genealogy of such past generations in your
While it may be generally known that the Grays are an English, Scotch and Scotch-Irish race, their
existance as a people may be more remotely traced into the past. Back of the generations of this family
in England Scotland and Ireland the precedent and earlier home of the family was in Northern France.
At a still earlier time back of such date, the family home was in Eastern France, on the left bank of the
Soane River, as early as the seventh century as now shown by genealogical and historical data.
CONNECTION OF THE FAMILY WITH THE NORMANS IN FRANCE
In the ninth century Rolf a Norman Chief, from the North Coast of Europe settled in Northern France,
opposite the English Channel and King Charles of France gave him and his followers a grant of terri-
tory extending back from the coast on both sides of the mouth of the river Seine, and this region at
France was therefore called Normandy, because was occupied and ruled by the Normans from the
ninth to the twelfth century.
The Grays at that time were a French people, probably of Roman Origin and they inter-married with
the Norman-French; and Robert a Norman and Duke of Normandy bestowed upon the Grays the castle
Croy and which was afterwards known as the house and castle of de Gray “In French” and in 1066
when William the Conqueror, son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, with an army crossed the English
Channel and fought the battle of Hastings and usurped the English Throne, and the deGray’s were a
part of King William’s train. They entered England with the Norman King and from that date the Grays
have been known as British family and as such they gave, belonged to the ruling classes, have partici-
pated in the public affairs of the country, and have also in history been connected with the Royal
House of England.
Walter deGray was an English prelate and statesman, during the reign King John of England. He was
the King’s chief counselor and was present with King John in 1215 when he signed the Magna Char-
ter, recognizing the rights of British subjects and which has since secured to all English people their
inalienable rights as free men. By the intercession of King John and the appointment of Pope Innocent
Third, he was made Archbishop of York.
When King Henry the Third, visited the continent, he put kingly authority in the hands of deGray,
during his absence from the British Kingdom.
King Richard bestowed on Henry deGray the Manor or Turroek in Essex, known as the Grays.
King Edward 4th
of England married the widow of Sir John Gray, their sons, Prince Edward and his
brother were put to death in the Tower by the usurper Richard the 3rd
, to prevent their claims or acces-sion to the throne. Henry Gray Duke Suffolk, married the daughter of King Henry the 7th, the sister of King Henry the 8th , of England and widow of Louis 12th
of France. Lady Jane Gray, Queen of England, was the daughter of King Henry the 7th. After a brief reign she was executed by rival claimants to the throne in1544, and her father Henry and his two brothers Lord Robert Gray, were also executed by royal intrigue and cruelty, to obtain the throne.
Sir Andrew Gray was created a peer of Scotland and given the title of Lord Gray in 1445 He was born
in 1390, one hundred years before Columbus discovered America, And was a prominent figure in
Scotland under three Scottish Kings.
Sir Patrick Gray participated in the public affairs in Scotland during the reign of Queen Mary Stuart
who also was of Norman origin and whose first ancestors in England were granted land by King Henry
1st. Edward Dwyer Gray was a member of the Irish Parliament and prominent public figure in Irish
history during the 19th century, he was chairman of the Dublin Committee that raised the million
dollars for the relief of Ireland’s distress in 1880.
Sir John Gray was an Irish Journalist and was the proprietor of the Belfast News and the Freemen’s
Journal, the foremost Irish newspaper of his day. The Right Honorable Henry Gray was premier 1830-1834 and his son Lord Howick was a member of the British House of Commons.
John Hamilton Gray was a member of the Canadian Parliament and later was prime minister of New
Brunswick. The Grays coming from the continent of Europe across to England in the 11
Th century in the course of time spread out into the different Kingdoms and political divisions of Great Britain, but the Grays or Greys in England, Scotland and Ireland are recognized as of the same common family.
The Scottish grays have the same coat of arms as the English Grays and it is established that the Grays
of North Ireland are descendants from the Scottish Grays, they crossed the North Channel between
Ireland and Scotland.
There is a variation in the manner of spelling the name, the orthography is sometimes Gray and some-
times Grey, but it is established by English authority that those who spell the name Gray are descended
house and castle de Gray in France.
The following from English Authority; Nesbits Heraldry, establishes the origin of the Gray family in
Great Britain, and refer to its different branches originating from the Castle de Gray in France as
follows: “Grey or Gray Earl of Kent, chief of the ancient and illustrious house of Gray or de Gray so
dignified in the reign of Edward 4
from whom are descended and branched the Barons of Rothfield,
Godmore, Milton, Ruthem, Groby and Rugement, the Viscount of Lisle, the Earl of Stamford, Marquis
of Dorset, and the Duke of Suffolk — all of that surname derived from the honor and Castle of Gray or
de Gray, in Picardy, France their patrimony before the conquest.
The Encyclopedia Britanica, the highest English authority recognized the name Gray, Grey and deGray
as being the surname of the same common family.
The home of our branch of the British Grays, before their emigration to America, was located in the
North of Ireland, in the territory of Londonderry, twenty miles inland from the North Channel — an
arm of the sea between Ireland and Scotland. Here our family for several generations were Protestant
Clergymen in both the 17th and 18th centuries, Rev. James Neil Gray, the son of Clergyman, was born at
Londonderry about 1640 and preached until the year of his death in 1715. His son Rev. William Gray
preached from 1699 to 1744.
His son Robert was the founder of our branch of the Grays in America. He was born at Londonderry in
1743. He immigrated to America in 1764, ten years before the revolution and became a teacher in the
schools of Philadelphia. He was educated and became a teacher in Philadelphia during the times of
the Continental congress.
He made three enlistments in the war for American Independence and fought under General Putman
and General Washington.
He married Agnes Gray and located at Lewiston, in the Junita River Valley, PA., 65 miles north west of
Harrisburg. Here he reared his family of six stalwart sons and one daughter, who were all born during
the period of the beginning of the American Republic, wherein the times of the articles of
conferderation, the adoption of the United States Constitution, and the presidency of George Washing-
His children were born as follows:
William July. 20, 1778
Richard Oct. 29, 1780
Robert Aug. 17, 1783
Mary Apr. 10, 1785
James May 17, 1787
John G. Aug. 17, 1789
Hugh May, 1790
Jonathon Jan, 14, 1794
Martin Nov. 4, 1796
In 1805 Robert Gray resolved to immigrate with his family to the then new world or land of the west.
Ohio had just been carved out of the Northwest territory, and adopted as a state in the Union.
Here in the Junita River Valley, between grand old mountain ranges he had lived his entire home and
family life; here his children were all born; here he had reared his family, here all were attached to that
home amid the mountains; here he had settled and built his habitation after the service of three enlist-
ments in the Patriot Army; here he received the final news that America had won the war in which he
fought for freedom; here he had lived under the articles of Confederation and while Franklin and
Adams and Jefferson, George Washington and other patriotic statesmen were in session at Philadelphia
to establish a National Constitution and secure its adoption by the states in 1778. Here he cast his first
vote for the president of the Republic. Here he had lived up to this time under the Administrations of
Washington, Adams and Jefferson and here his children had dwelt in all the years of their existance;
now the giving up of the old home for an unknown habitation beyond the mountains was a solemn and
historic event in the family life.
The day set for their departure westward from the homeland arrived and Robert Gray with his family
began their journey toward the setting sun.
The family movable property and equipment was transported in wagon one hundred and fifty miles
over the mountains to Pittsburgh in the autumn of 1805 and here it was left in the charge of the two
sons, John and Hugh, who as brothers were inseparable companions. They were to remain in Pitts-
burgh until spring and then by water bring the property and goods down the river to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Robert Gray and family then proceeded overland across Ohio to Cincinnati then considered an outpost
in the far West, Where they arrived and remained during the winter. In the spring the two sons per-
formed the task of transporting the family property 500 miles down the Ohio River in a flat boat. Then
in happy reunion they joined the family, anxiously awaiting their arrival and then the last lap of the
journey, was made to the selected site of the new family home and settlement on the east side of the
Miami River in now Butler Co., Ohio, some 18 miles northwest from Cincinnati and seven miles
south of present city of Hamilton and this western homesite became the permanent and abiding home
of the Grays in the new territory, west of the mountains and the land upon which the same was estab-
lished in that region, has now been in the family for one hundred and twenty-four years and has been
owned successively by four generations and remains to this day in the possession of the family descen-
dants (Compiler’s note –this was true when the Judge wrote this some years ago but later data will
show the land passes out of the hands of the Grays.)
Both Robert Gray and his wife Agnes, were possessed with great health and remarkable longevity.
Agnes Gray was born in Pennsylvania in 1753, about the time of the French and Indian War and was
twenty years old when Patrick Henry made his immortal speech for American Independence. She
reared seven stalwart men who became honoured citizens. She lived a long life, almost a century, and
thru the lifetime of two ordinary generations, down to the year of 1851 and within nine years of the
administration of Abraham Lincoln.
Robert Gray was born, as herein before shown on the other side of the ocean in 1743 and died in 1843
on the interior of the western continent to which he sailed from his native shores while still a youth. In
his long and eventful life he had resided in two continents, in his early home on the Irish coast and
then afterwards in both the east and the West of his adopted land, and he lived a century in point and
time, grew up to manhood on the coast of Ireland, came to America in 1764, taught in the Philadelphia
schools, during the times of the continental Congress, lived under the articles of Confederation, was
45 years old when the U. S. Constitution was adopted and at the time of his death lived under the
administrations of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Jackson,
VanBuren, Harrison and Tyler and also during the days of those great statesman, Webster, Clay,
Calhoun, and Burton; he now sleeps in his last resting place in Southwestern Fayette Co., Indiana, on
land now occupied by his descendant, Quincy Gray, and his mother Mrs. Judge Gray —and now in
possession of George L. Gray.
Cedar Lodge, the Ronald home was built in 1 20 on an eminence and was constructed of perfectly
hewn logs. It was two stories high with a mamouth fireplace and double pouches extending around it
on three sides, with a massive stone chimney at the west end of the dwelling. Its floors were of ash and
fastened with wooden pins. The outside porches on both stories were artistically built with railings
and turned banisters making it an elaborate structure for those early times.
(compiler’s note –in my lifetime Cedar Lodge was the home of Wendell Gray and after his passing
was allowed to decay and crumble until finally what was left of it was torn down and today a girl scout
camp stands in it’s place.)
John Gibson Gray built a house also not far from cedar lodge. This land also contains the site of the
early family burial place where now sleeps the first of our ancestors to reach the new world, here on
this land is the tomb of Robert Gray, born in Londonderry, Ireland and also the grave of George
Ronald, The maternal ancestor, born near Glasgow, Scotland, and who was the father of the mother of
Whitelaw Reid, the successor of Horace Greely as editor of the New York Tribune, who was appointed
as one of the U. S. Commission to draft the terms of peace between Spain and the U. S. Ambassador to
both France and Great Britain, at the court of St. James.
The sons of Robert Gray, the first generation of the family in the new world became stalwart men,
Americans of High character and citizenship. Two of them, William and Jonathon remained in Ohio.
William the oldest son, came westward to locate in the then new land of the west. He reached Cincin-
nati, then a frontier town and purchased government land eighteen miles N. W. of that place in the
East of the Miami river, and about seven miles out of the present city of Hamilton.
He had two sons, James and John Milton Gray. James located in Miss., and was there elected to
Congress and his brother John Milton, had two sons, John Munson Gray and Philibus Gray who was
wounded in the battle of Stone River and guide in the Union hospital at Nashville, Tenn. John
Munson Gray established his home in Louisiana, and died there in 1934 at the advanced age of almost
At the death of Robert gray the American ancestor, the land became the property of William C.,
Jonathan Jr., and Mary Gray Ritchie.
Jonathon Gray Sr.’s son William C. Gray became editor of the Chicago Interior, and Mary became the
wife of the Rev. Ritchie of Wyoming, a suburb of Cincinnati, and Jonathon Jr. remained on the old
homestead until his death in 1924. The home is now owned by Melville and Edward Ritchie, sons of
Mary Gray Ritchie.
Edward Ritchie died recently leaving a family at Wyoming, Ohio, his wife was a daughter of Calvin
Brice, U. S. Senator from Ohio. (compiler’s note-this last have been written about 1930 as Edward
died in 1925.)
William C. Gray had a son and a daughter, Frank Gray and Anna. Frank was for a time managing
editor of the Interior of Chicago, later of the New York tribune. (compiler’s note-I wrote to the New
York tribune! And they had no record of him, Perhaps the judge was in error here.) the daughter Anna
gray Percell became a world traveler, touring her own country and visiting foreign lands. She died in
Richard Gray, born in 1780, in Philadelphia, located in Iowa. He had a granddaughter, Irene Gray
Tucker, whose husband is a lawyer in Aberdeen, state of Washington, near Gray’s Harbor, the first
large bay on the pacific coast, discovered by Captain Gray. (compiler’s note-this is wrong as Irene was
the granddaughter of Martin son of Robert gray and Martin settled in Iowa)
Robert Gray Jr., born 1783, indecipherable, Wisconsin and so far as is now known he has no descen-
dants living. He was a man of large statue, stormy mentality and great family attachment and sensibil-
ity and while the brothers were still living, he continued through life to make his brothers regular
visits and keep in family touch with them, tho the members of the family lived in different states.
Mary Gray, daughter born April 10, 1785, was never married, remained at the Miami original home
until her death in 1842 at the age of 57. In the journey westward from her home and birth place in the
Juniata River Valley, Pennsylvania, she made the journey after reaching Pittsburgh, on horseback
across the state of Ohio in company with other members of the family, as in the early pioneer days this
was a common mode of travel into the new lend.
John Gray, born April 1789, and his younger brother, Hugh Gray, born May 1792, came west with the
family until they reached Pittsburgh and there they loaded the family baggage and equipment on a flat
boat and they’d the journey down the Ohio River to Cincinnati, where they joined the companions and
while still young men, they went together on horse back on a trip from the Miami home to Kaskaski,
Ill., and returninig, the slept at night on the ground where Indianapolis, Indiana now stands and also
passing eastward, down the Garrison Creek Valley, a west branch tributary of the Whitewater River in
Fayette Co., Indiana, they stopped over night at a new pioneer settlement on that virgin stream in the
depth of the native forest.
Here they found the Scotch history family of George Ronald, compound of himself and wife, Eliza-
beth, two sons, John and James and a bevy of lovely daughters, who afterwards became noble woman
and the mothers of distinguished families. The sequel of this stops when these two young explorers
and pioneer revelers, married the Ronald sisters, Hugh marrying Susan and John G. Gray, my grandfa-
ther, marrying Mary Ronald. They established their homes in the Garrison Creek Valley where it has
now rested for more than 100 years.
Martin Gray, the son of Robert gray, born 1796, the youngest brother went west and reared his family
in the state of Iowa. In recent years, a granddaughter of his was connected with public education in
the state of Nebraska, and was Co. school supt. (compiler’s note-she was Anna Gray Clark and was the
daughter of Richard Gray, son of William Gray who was Martin’s brother.)
The family of John G. Gray and his wife Mary Ronald, my grandparents, established their home and
reared their family on this land and they too are buried here. Family data as follows:
John G. Gray, born Aug.17, 1789, died 1872
Mary Ronald born May 12, 1795, at Ryegate, Vt., died 1879
Robert Patton Gray born Aug.18, 1822, died Sept. sixth, 1908
Elizabeth born June 25, 1824, died Dec.21, 1845
Agnes born June 24, 1826, died March 18, 1854
Marian born Dec.1, 1830
Rosana born Aug. 29, 1832
Mary Dessie born Aug.14, 1834, died Feb.1863
Rachel born Sept.19, 1836, died March.28, 1860
Robert Patton Gray, married Miss. Jameson of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jan.16, 1844. Their daughter, Ida
Gray, married a Mr. Scott and she was a fine concert singer in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth to Robert Little, June 16, 1842
Agnes to John G. Carlisle of Indianapolis in 1850
John G. Jr. to Marcie B. Demaree of Franklin, Indiana., Dec.2, 1856
Marian to Dr. Jesse Dailey, Nov. 22, 1856
Mary Dessie to William Law of Xenia, Ohio, Sept.12, 1863
(compiler’s note-there would be some error here on Mary’s marriage or death date.)
The daughters, Rosana, Rachel, and Joanna (compilers note-he did not mention Joanna above) were
never married. They were bright, handsome women as shown by their pictures, and by the memory
and statement of family members who were old enough to recollect them, but there lives were prema-
turely terminated, the result of malignant fevers, that were attended with such fatality in the early days.
My parents, John G. and Marcie Demaree were both educated. My mother was educated at Franklin,
Indiana, the county seat of Johnson Co. she taught in the schools of Howard county before she was 20
and was married at the age of 21 and came to Fayette county, and lived here the balance of her life.
She died Nov. 1912. My father while still a young man, taught in the Indianapolis Schools and to of
his long life of almost 90 years, he sought and red the books of philosophy, science and history, and no
more humane, tolerant, unselfish, and noble minded man ever lived. Their children are as follows.
William Horatio, son, born June 27, 1858, died Oct.19, 1876 of typhoid fever, at the age of 18 years.
He was a fine scholar and student and had taught 3 terms of school.
George Law Gray, born Feb.14, 1862, lawyer, was elected three terms as prosecuting attorney and
served 12 years as circuit judge of the 37
judicial District of Indiana.
Finly H. Gray, lawyer, was born July 28, 1864, was elected mayor of the city of Connersville, Indiana.,
two terms, during which time he established the reform of a deep well pure water system for the
inhabitants of the city, against the organized and entrenched opposition of the Connersville Hydraulic
Canal Co., and which achievement established his ability and sincerity as a champion of the peoples
welfare. In 1910 he defeated two popular candidates for the congressional nomination in his district
and was 3 times successfully elected to Congress in a district normally largely Republican, being the
first and only Democrat elected in such district since the civil war or within the period of a half cen-
tury. He was married to Alice Green. They had a daughter who never married, named Mary.
Quincy Gray, born May 19, 1870, died Nov. 29, 1945. He had an unusually keen mind, was a fine
businessman, loved his mother and father dearly but was a tyrant with his own family.
Fletcher Gray, born Aug.27, 1867, attended Indiana University and was a fine teacher until his heart
condition caused him to retire at a very early age, thus never marrying. He died as a direct result of
heart trouble, but many years later.
Mabel Gray, born Feb.10, 1872, died Feb. 28, 1920. She was an efficient stenographer court reporter
and congressional private secretary. She served for years as court reporter in the Bartholomew circuit
at Columbus, Indiana under judge Hoard of that circuit. She was also court reporter under Judge Swift
andJudge Gray in the 37
circuit and served 6 years as stenographic and private secretary for the
brother Finly H. Gray while he was a member of congress. She helped take care of her invalid mother
part of her life, thus never married. (Compiler’s note-this is all that the judge wrote and copies were
sent to family members.)
THE GRAY FAMILY AND ITS COAT OF ARMS
MOTTO: “Tenebo” (I WILL HOLD)
ARMS: Gules, a lion rampant within
a bordure engrailed argent
CREST: An anchor, sans gable, erect in pale or.
While a number of variations and completely different designs are noted as having been in use, these
arms are regarded as the hereditary arms and crest of the Gray Family of Scotland. This device is from
Douglas “Peerage of Scotland,”1813, edition and with the omission of supporters and baron’s coronet,
is regarded as correct for use by American descendants.
The Hundred Rolls (1275 A. D.) and other old world records list the name de Gray in a number of
instances, and it is probably that the progenitors of the family in the British Isles was of Norman
origin, and may have been among the followers of William the Conqueror during the invasion of 1066.
As with all ancient families, it is difficult to establish the relationship of the persons bearing the same
name, because of the innumerable branches down through the ages before the time when accurate
records of vital statistics were kept, including the referred to below, which contain a wealth of infor-
mation painstakingly compiled.
One of the earliest known settlers in the New World bearing this family name was Edward Gray, who
with his brother John came to Plymouth colony, Massachusetts, in 1643. Edward is recorded to have
married Mary Winslow in 1650 and after her death in 1663, he then married Dorothy Lettice, by
whom he had 9 children. He died in 1681. In the book ” Plymouth Plantation” it speaks of Edward
Winslow. It is presumed that Mary Winslow was either the widow or daughter of Edward Winslow,
one of the Mayflower passengers and one of the outstanding figures of that intrepid group known as
the Pilgrims who established Plymouth Plantation in 1620.
Within a hundred years, persons bearing the name Gray were to be found in most of the colonies, and
along the ever expanding frontiers of the new nation. From these original settlers came many who
were leaders in the country’s march to greatness, and American history pays just tribute to their many
To those interested in more detailed study of this early colonial family, the following references are
1. “Americana, volume 19, published by American historical society, 1925.
2. “Joshua Gray and his Descendants.” Published by Press of Murray and Emery Co. (compiler’s note-
I could never find this book.)
The name Gray is derived from the nickname ”the gray,” from the complexion and the hair, as Russell,
Brown, White, Black, etc. Early recording going back to the 13th century were: Robert de Gray, John
de Gray, Eva de Gray and Peter de Gray.
Reference: “General Armory,” a registry of American Families entitled to coat of armor.
Gray-Mass. Edward Gray, Boston 1686, (Lincolnshire,) Barry of six, argent and azure on a band gules
three chaplets or.
Reference: gray family records by S. A. Perry.
A Coat of Arms is an emblem or a device, which is displayed by a person of royal blood, and their
descendants. Coats of Arms were originally used for purposes of identification and recognition on the
field of battle as well as in civil life.
It is claimed by some writers that Coats of Arms, in a crude form, were used by Noah’s sons after the
flood. There are records of other Coats of Arms, in one crude form or another, at different periods of
ancient history. Heraldry, however, as we know it today, did not become of much importance until
soon after the invasion of England by William the conqueror, A. D. 1066. Heraldry became of general
interest at about the time of the Crusades.
The Gray Coat of Arms has been used for generations by many American branches of the gray family.
The shield is red; the border and lion are silver.
Ancient Gray Families were located in Scotland in counties Perth, Aberdeen, Forfar, and Lanark; in
England in Counties Berks, Durham, Essex, Exter, Flint, Lancaster, Middlesex, Norfolk,
Northumberland, and York; also in
Ireland in counties Dublin and Cork.
A pretty legend ascribes the origin of the fesse (a band drawn horizontally across the center of an
escutcheon, and containing in breadth a third part of it) in heraldry to ”a king at the close of battle
visiting one of his wounded warriors, dabbing him knight, and with his hand dipt in the wounded
heroe’s own blood tracing a red stripe across his shield, and seen that should be his device.”
It is a fair assertion make that coats-of-arms used prior to 1625 were generally the rightful property of
the users. It is fairly conclusive that any person using a seal with a shield thereon engraved back
during the score of years back following the first colonization of New England would have had a
social position in England among the gentry or yeomanry. Considerable reliance can be placed upon
the seals as affording a clue to trace the family of a person using such a seal. All persons who can
deduce decent from an ancestor whose armorial ensigns have been acknowledged in any one of the
visitations are entitled to carry those arms by right of inheritance.
In England the rules about using a coat-of-arms are rigid. The right must be hereditary, or by special
royal grant. In America there are no rules. It is all a matter of propriety or good taste. It can be
assumed that, if the coat-of-arms is an old one, used by many families of the name in England, and if
the emigrant came from a county in England in which the coat-of-arms was being used, there might be
a probability that the emigrant was a descendant of the family using the coat-of-arms, even though a
relationship has not been established, due most likely, to the poorly kept records in England in the
16th and 17th centuries. In such cases a coat-of-arms could be displayed as a matter of family interest,
even though the right for its use had not been established.
(Ref.: for the forgoing-“Richard Haines and his descendants.” By John W. Haines, Apache Trail,
Medford Lakes, N. J.)
One place to send for a coat of arms is:
Joe T. Boyes
North Hollywood, Calif.—P.O. Box 930 Dept. 6-C
Copy of a letter and poem received from my cousin James J. Ripley III
Enclosed are two items: 1. A poem entitled Tenebo; 2. And, a glossary to help you to understand the
archaic, medieval, and heraldic terms, etc.
When you read it, fancy armored knights mounted on proud steeds covered with gayly colored trap-
pings. Imagine your kinsman, Gray, in silver armor and back with red and silver, and red and white
colors streaming from his lance. Atop his helmet is crested a golden anchor.
He is in the center of his line. He and his line face the enemy line across a wide sweeping green field.
The breeze is brisk, and the pennons and banners are flapping wildly. The rattle and of equipment
breaks the quiet of the cool English air. It is a little after dawn. The enemy is gathering for the attack.
Your kinsman and his people are defending. At all costs, they must defend so strongly that their line
will not yield or break.
Gray is the anchor of that line—and does not matter even if he should be known by another name,
because his bold inheritance will manifest itself no matter what name he bears.
They stand their ground and wait to receive the attack, the battle of their lives, and symbolically, life’s
The enemy attacks. Now, read the poem.
James J. Rippley
Centered in the line of battle,
Rampant on our side’s proud array,
Whether otherwise clept or not,
Recognize the lineage Gray.
That line’s kinsmen never waiver
For in that name’s sept blood boils bold,
The strength of our side’s battle line,
Anchor to which our line can hold.
Gules his shield (his ancestor’s blood)
Engrailed with a lion argent;
His anchor—crested helm; his shield
Battered on field and battlement.
Receive the enemy’s assault!
Corps a corps—to live or die!
Over the din of clashing steel,
Pray Gray, sound your battle cry!
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
6 June 1965.
With your courage our line endow,
In the melee where blood runs cold
Let us hear your tenacious vow,
Cry out: Tenebo! —I will hold!
30 May 1965
GLOSARY OF THE POEM
1. Anchor—an instrument that is attached to a ship by a cable and lays hold of the earth by a fluke or
hook and thus hold (tenebo) the vessel in a particular place, hence, anything or anyone re
garded as a sure support.
2. Argent—silver or white.
3. Array—to dispose or marshal troops in an orderly and regular imposing arrangement; hence, order
of battle, which is the case of the subject poem is on line and not in column.
4. Assault—the final phase of an attack.
5. Battlement—a parapet with open spaces, surmounting the walls of castles and fortified buildings.
6. Clept—clept is an archaic past participle of clepe which means to call, or to name.
7. Corps a corps—a French word meaning body-to-body, as in hand-to-hand combat.
8. Crested—having a crest. In heraldry, a crest is a bearing set not upon the shield but upon the helm.
9. Engrailed—to ornament.
11. Helm—an archaic word for a helmet.
12. Line—a formation of troops in which the elements are abreast of each other.
13. Melee—a fight between combatants mingled in a confused mass; an affray.
14. Rampant—threatening, extravagant, or unrestrained in bearing, similar to the lion on the Gray’s
arms, rearing upon its hind legs and clawing the enemy with its extended forelegs.
15. Sept—in ancient Ireland, a clan, hence a social group in which all are believe to have descended
from a single ancestor.
16. Tenacious—holds fast, or inclined to hold fast. It is derived from the Latin word tenore, which
means to hold.
17. Tenebo—Latin word meaning I will hold. It is pronounced- the-nay-beau.
Family history in possession of Anna Cole Smith McFarland-(Mary Eliza Herron Smith-Rachel Gray
Herron-Martin Gray-Robert Gray.)
The first of our relatives that we know a wood the Rev. Neil Gray, pastor of Moneagle Presbyterian
congregation six miles from Londonderry, Ireland in 1691 and he remained in charge of that church
until his death May third, 1715. His son Rev. William Gray, was assistant pastor to his father, entering
the ministry Oct.18, 1699. He remained in charge after his father’s death until 1721. In his early
married life, this Rev. William Gray had two sons, one by the name of Elisha. When they grew to
manhood, they emigrated to Boston where they engaged in the shipping business and became quite
wealthy. Neither ever married. In the later life of Rev. William Gray, in 1747 when he was about 60
years of age, he had another son and called him Robert. He passed away when this Robert was but a
small lad, and the boy’s grandfather on his mother’s side of the house, Robert Patton, took him, cared
for and educated him, and when he was in his 18th year, gave him an outfit and sent him to America.
He landed in Philadelphia in 1764 where he taught school for a living and was said to be a teacher of
the ”First Class.” He met and married a Miss Agnes Gray of English descent, and later pushed west-
wards up the Juanita River to Mifflin County where his ten sons and one daughter were born. He
fought in the Revolutionary War and in later years came with his family to Hamilton County, Ohio,
where they lived on a farm seven miles from Hamilton.
Additional Genealogy of the Gray Family, such as origin and nationality as given to me by Melvin
Gray – (Wendell Phillips Gray-Judge George Law Gray-John Gibson Gray Sr.-Robert Gray)
The British Isles are the ancestral home of the Gray family. They lived in England, Scotland and the
North of Ireland in the early centuries. Grey is the usual orthography in England, while in Scotland
and America the name is generally GRAY.
In medieval times in Great Britain the Gray’s became mixed with nobility of Scotland. They held the
castle of Grey in the seventh century, and it is said that the family name sprang from this castle, the
name Grey resolving itself into the name Gray.
Edward IV married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Gray and their son, Prince Edward and his brother
were put to it in the Tower by the usurper, Richard III.
The Duke of Suffolk, who was of Grey lineage, married Mary, daughter of Henry VII, widow of Louis
XII of France, Lady Jane Grey was their daughter, and after a brief reign as queen she was executed.
During the reign of James I the Greys were restored to court favor. Sir Andrew Grey was created Peer
of Scotland and given the title Lord Grey in the year 1445. He was born in 1390, nearly 100 years
before Columbus discovered America. He was an eminent figure in history during the reign of the
three Scottish Kings. Patrick Grey was his grandson and participated back in the public affairs of
Scotland during the reign of Queen Mary Stuart.
During 1600 and 1700 several branches of the Gray family emigrated to America, establishing this
family in the New World. John and Thomas Gray bought the island of Nantasket from the Indian
Edward Gray sailed from Scotland and landed in Boston in 1686. This was more than 100 years
before the American Government was formed and George Washington became President.
Robert Gray sailed from Ireland in 1764 and landed at Philadelphia, and he is the direct line connect-
ing our family with the British Grays.
At the time of the Revolutionary War the Grays were all patriots and were found on the side of the
colonies in their struggle for American freedom. John Gray was in the battle of Stillwater and joined
in the capture of Saratoga. His son and namesake also enlisted and taught in the continental army, for
American freedom. Our progenitor Robert Gray, who landed at Philadelphia in 1764, enlisted in the
Continental Army at the outbreak of the revolution, and found an older brother of his in the army, who
had preceded him to America. Another member of the Gray family who took part in the war for
independents was Captain George Gray, later of Louisville, Kentucky. (compiler’s note-I found no
trace of this George Gray in our tree.)
So it is seen that if the Gray family in England and Scotland’s medieval history got mixed up with
royalty and the throne, it nobly redeemed itself in taking the side of the colonies back in the battles for
The Gray family has been represented in the learned professions and in statesmanship. Thomas Gray
was a British post, the author of Gray’s Eulogy. Professor Asa Gray was a scientist and was the succes-
sor of Louie Agassiz as Regent of the Smithsonian Institute of Washington. Charles Gray was a leader
of the British House of Commons. Sir Andrew Grey was made back a Scottish peer and given the
cuddle of Lord Grey in the 15th century. Horace Gray, of Massachusetts, was a member of the Su-
preme Court in the United States. William C. Gray, was Editor of the Chicago Interior. Judge George
gray, of Delaware, was appointed and took part in the peace negotiations between America and Spain
at the close of the Spanish-American war, and has on different locations been prominently mentioned
for the Presidency of the United States. Sir Edward Gray was foreign secretary of the British govern-
ment at the time of the beginning of the present World War.
Ref:- “Gray Genealogy,” being a genealogical record and history of the descendants of John Gray of
Beverly, Massachusetts, and also included sketches of other Gray families. By M. D. Raymond,
Terrytown, New York, 1887. Terrytown, New York. Copyrighted by M. D. Raymond. This book is in
the possession of Melvin Gray of Rushville, Indiana.
Robert Gray (compiler’s note-this should be William Gray) died near Londonderry, Ireland in 1744
leaving an infant son Robert, born 1743. This son grew up and emigrated to America in 1765. He
enlisted under General Israel Putnam and served three terms in the revolution being among those who
captured Burgoyne. He emigrated to Ohio in 1800 locating near Cincinnati. His son Jonathon took
part in the war of 1812.
Jonathon’s son William C. Gray was born in 1830, was educated and admitted to the practice of the
law in 1852. In 1853 he entered upon the profession of journalism. He moved from Cincinnati to
Chicago to take the position of editor in chief of the newspaper back ”The Interior.” Under his able
management it has achieved a large success. Frank Gray, son of William C. Gray is publisher of “The
Also listed in the book was a Robert Gray from Ireland, 1744, Herkimer, New York, age about 18. He
had five sons: Adam, Nicholas, Samuel, Robert and Andrew.
Ref: A copy of the ”Interior,” in procession of the compiler, dated Aug.9, 1888. William C. Gray says
“my father’s father came from near Londonderry in the year 1760 and fought through the Revolution-
ary War. He was at the surrender of Burgoyne. And in other important actions with the northern army.
He removed to the Symmas purchase in Ohio in the year 1803. My brother lives on the old farm were
OTHER GRAY FAMILIES
David Gray, born 1751, North Ireland, Anthrop or Antwerp, in this Country a resident of Bucks
County, Philadelphia, removed to Franklin County, Bath Township, Indiana, a Revolutionary Soldier,
married Nancy Blackburn and to them were born 12 children.
One family in Ireland had names very similar to our family names and it was at first taught there might
be some connection until the difference in localities improved his to be untrue. Rev. Henry David
Gray, born in Ireland, pastor of the South Congregational Church of Hartford, Conn., writes “I came
directly from Ireland. The first members of my family to come to Ireland came in the year 1611, and
the families were named Gray, McBride, Murdock, and Lawther. They live, all of them, on a hillside
named Donegore which is near Belfast. They were all ministers or teachers and the commonest names
among them were; James, William, Robert, Agnes, John, Mary, Hugh and Nathaniel. But the places
are different from yours. There are eighteen headstones to one side of my family in the Donegore
burial ground, which is about twelve miles from Belfast. On the other side of the burial grounds there
are ten headstones to the other side of my family.
Nearly all of our families settled in Ireland between 1603 and 1611, arriving from Aryshire in Scot-
land. But I have no record of any of them at Londonderry.”
Edgar Harkness Gray, D. D. (1815-94) grad. Waterville Coll., 1838; Bapt. Minister; Chaplain U. S.
Senate 1865-69, and officiated at the funeral of President Lincoln; m. 1
, 1840 Mary Jane Rice.
Robert Gray came from Ireland 1795, settled at Winchester, Va.; m. in Ireland Rebecca Watson.
There was a Gray family close to Queen Elizabeth that fled to Ireland with the advent of “Bloody
Queen Mary.” They were pardoned later, largely because they helped quell the Irish.
It was handed down in my branch of the family, by word of mouth that the Grays were related, distant
cousins, to Queen Victoria, but no proof of this has ever been found.
Ref.: Peerage and Baronetage
Baron Gray (Angus Diarmid Ian Campbell Gray,) educated, Eton. b. 3 July, 1931; s. his
grandmother as 22
Baron, 1946, m. 5 Sept. 1959, Patricia Margaret, only dau. Of late Capt. Philip
Sylvester Alexander, 8
K. R. J. hus. Of Kilmorna, Lismore, C. Waterford. His line was crested in
Sir William Gray, 2nd Bt., of Tunstall Manor, his baronetage created seven July, 1917. Sir William
John saint Claire Anstruthar-Gray. His Baronetage was created 4, July 1956. Their coats-of-arms are
similar to ours.
Reference: Funk and Wagnall’s Encyclopedia.
Gray, Asa (1810-88 American botanist born at Souquoit, near Paris N. Y. He received the the degree of
M. D. from the medical scool at Fairfield, N. Y., but never practiced medicine. Grays first position as
a professional botanist was as curator of the New York Lyceum of Natural History, a position secured
for him in 1835 by John Torrey. Gray was appointed professor of natural history at Harvard University
in 1842. The flora of North America wasn’t that time being studied, discovered and scientifically
systematized, and his work and taxonomy accorded Gray the position of foremost botanist of the state.
Cambridge became the leading center of botanical investigation in the United States, and that her-
barium of Cambridge established by Gray, grew to be the largest and most valuable in the country.
From 1835 until his death Gray wrote copiously and his books and papers were not only of great
importance in establishing a scientific system of taxonomy for plants, but they encourage them
populararized the study of botany. He was one of Darwin’s earliest supporters. Grays most important
work, Manual of the Botany of North United States (1848), has been through many revisions. It was
the most widely used manual for many generations of botanist, and the 8th edition, entitled Gray’s
Manual of Botany (1850), is still a standard work of reference. Some of his other books are: Elements
of Botany (1836), Botanical Textbook (1842), First Lessons in Botany and Vegetable Physiology
(1857), How Plants Grow (1858), How Plants Behave (1872), and Darwiniana (1876).
Gray, Elisha (1835 — 1901), American inventor, born at Barnesville, Ohio, and educated at Oberlin
college. He invented and patented many electrical devices, including a faximile telegraph. He filed a
caveat claiming invention of the telephone in 1876 a few hours after Alexander Graham Bell had
registered his final patent. Bell’s right to the patent was sustained by the U.S. Supreme Court. Gray
organized a manufacturing concern which later developed into the Western Electrical Co.. He wrote
experimental research in Electro— Harmonic Telegraph and Telephony (1878).
Gray, Robert (1855 — 1806), American sea captain and explorer, born at Riverton, R. I. During the
American Revolution he served in the Navy and in 1787 he was made commander of the Lady Wash-
ington, one of a fleet subsidized by Boston merchants wished to procure furs from the north west for
trade with the Orient. After the expedition had procured a load of furs from the Indians of the pacific
coast, Gray was made head of the expedition and placed in command of the ship Columbus. He sailed
to China and thence eastward, completing the first voyage around the world by an American vessel; he
arrived in Boston Aug. 10, 1790. Shortly after his return he undertook a second voyage to the Colum-
bia River, which he named after his ship. He completed the trip around the world a second time and
arrived in Boston in July, 1793. The explorations and discoveries of Gray in the Pacific Northwest
gave American basis for claim to the Oregon County.
Gray, Thomas (1716 — 71), English poet, born in Cornhill, London, and educated at Eton College and
Pererhouse, Cambridge University. In 1850 he finished the poem by which he is best known, the
Elegy. Written in a concrete church the art, and sent it to his friend Horace Walpole, at whose insis-
tence it was published the following year. Since that time the work has remained a favorite. Before
1751 Gray had written other poems with these were not collected until the publication of his forums
(1753), a volume including the Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College and the Ode on the Death
of a Favorite Cat (both written in 1747). The poems are possibly the last expression in English verse
of the classicism of John Dryden and Alexander Pope. Living at Cambridge, Gray wrote the progress
of post the in 1757 and in the same year refused to accept an appointment as poet laureate. He became
professor of history and modern languages at Cambridge University in 1768, and in the intervals of his
scholastic duties, traveled widely through Great Britain in search of picturesque scenery and ancient
monuments, recording his impressions in his Journal (1775). An interest in Celtic and Norse mythol-
ogy, was expressed in such of his poems as The Bard (1757) and the Descent of Odin (1761).
Gray’s Peak, mountain in Clear Creek and Summit counties, North Central Colorado. It is one of the
loftiest peaks in the Rocky Mountains, rising 14,274 ft. Above sea level. The peak was named for the
American botanist Asa Gray.
NAME PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES
Because our progenitor came from Philadelphia, I offered the following data on Gray, Philadelphia.
Reference: historical society, Somerset Philadelphia, County history of gender township, Somerset
This town was built by the the Consolidation Coal Co. in 913 when that company started mining coal
in the area nearby. All houses are the same construction and were Coal Company property, rented to
their employees. Other than this there is no historical information about the town. It is not known
how the Coal Company selected the named for the town, except it is thought by some people that one
of the coal Company officials was named Gray. It is what we in the mining regions know as a he ghost
town, since the coal mines were closed down many years ago and no work was available for the
inhabitants. There are a few of the old company houses still standing which were purchased by local
farmers and restored to livable condition.
Additional Family data taken from the notes imposition of — Milton Gray (Wendell Phillips Gray —
Judge George Law Gray — John Gibson Gray Jr. — John Gibson Gray Sr. — Robert Gray.)
Rev. William Gray married the daughter of Robert Patton. There were three children, Richard, Will-
iam, and Robert. (Compilers note — we will notice that some family histories call one of the brothers
off Robert — Elisha.) Robert Gray was the youngest and they were raised by Robert Patton when their
father was killed. As each arrived at age they came to America, their mother having remarried again.
Two of them became merchants in Philadelphia and embarked in trade. One of then bought a farm in
Mifflin County, Philadelphia. Robert made his living by teaching. The brothers in Philadelphia failed
in business owing to the loss of a ship and cargo in which they had put their fortunes. The farm
occupied by Robert in Mifflin County was seized by their creditors and sold on execution. Two of
Robert sons, William and Robert Jr. had already settled in Hamilton County, Ohio, William having
taken out the Sargent place on the Butler County line, Colerain township. The father Robert Gray and
his wife and children determined to join the sons in Ohio. They started with all their effects but at
Pittsburgh the weather becoming bad, they found the roads impassable. They left their wagons and all
their goods along with two boys John and Hugh. With a friend in Pittsburgh and started across the
country on horseback. Jonathon and Martin on one horse and Polly (Mary) on another and Robert and
Agnes each on one horse. The following spring the boys John and Hugh came down the river on a flat
boat with the wagons and effects, landing at Columbus where the Armstrong and Devor families were
located. Agnes Gray’s sister had married Jonathon Devor who was great friend of Robert Gray.
(Compiler’s note-if Robert Gray’s mother remarried as it states above that would give us other relation
if she had children and if we knew who she married. Data which may be found in the Martin Gray
chapter states that the brothers of Robert did not marry.)
Family data in possession of my grandmother — Minnie Jane Painter Gray, wife of John Ronald Gray,
(Hugh Gray Sr. — Robert Gray) it was written by William C. Gray, (Jonathon Gray — Robert Gray.)
The first of them of which we know anything was the Rev. Neil Gray, who was pastor of Monagle
Presbyterian Congregation, six miles from Londonderry, Ireland in 1691. He remained in charge of
the church until his death, May 3, 1715.
His son William Gray, also minister, was his father’s assistant, entering the ministry Oct. 18, 1699, and
remaining in charge after his father’s death, until 1721, when synod transferred him to Usher’s Quay,
were he preached for seven years, till 1726. Then he returned to the vicinity of this old charge of
Monagle and began mission work, and gathered at church. The old congregation was strongly op-
posed to this, as it was “irregular,” and he was ordered by presbytery to desist. This he refused to do
and was suspended from the ministry for contumacy. He built up his church and remained there to his
death, the date of which is not known, as he disappeared from the regular church records.
Robert Gray, his son, my grandfather, was born 1743; so that has father must been about 60 years old
when Robert was born. He was the youngest. His two older brothers immigrated to Boston.
(Compiler’s note-one history says Philadelphia.) Rev. William Gray, my great grandfather, was killed
by a bull as he attempted to cross a field in which the animal was grazing. Robert a small lad, was
taken by his mother’s brother, (compiler’s note-Melvin’s history said taken by the mothers father)
Robert Patton, and raised to manhood. He gave him an outfit to take him to America when he was of
age, and he landed in Philadelphia in 1764, where he began to make his living by teaching. Later he
pushed westward up to Junita to Mifflin County, where his 10 sons and one daughter were born. In
1810 he went over the mountains with his family and down the Ohio River to Cincinnati.
Jonathon Gray, my father, went overland from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati with his older brother, Robert
on horseback. I suppose this was because it was cheaper than to float them down the barge — or there
may have not been room. Grandfather located on the farm now in possession of my brother Jonathon
Grandfather Robert named his oldest son after his father Rev. William Gray. His second son he named
after his maternal grandfather, Robert Patton. The name was given to two of his grandsons, the sons of
John and Hugh. (Compiler’s note-by this statement it would seem to that William C. meant to say that
Robert was raised by the father Patton instead of the brother Patton.)
I suppose my name William came from both sides, after uncle William Gray and uncle William
Woods, though I was given the latter’s middle name.
The name Jonathon came from the other side of Grandfather’s Robert’s house. His wife Agnes’s sister
married Jonathon Devor, who was a great friend of Grandfather Robert, and visited him after he came
west. I suppose father was named for him, and my brother for his father.
“W. C. Gray.”
These copies were made for relatives by Mabel Gray.
Copy of a letter to John Gibson Gray Jr. — (John Gibson Gray Sr. — Robert Gray) from William C.
Gray — (Jonathon Gray — Robert Gray.) Gip would be John Gibson, William C. and John Gibson
being first cousins.
13 Nov., 1900
Dear old Gip,
I have been looking up our forebears, Rev. Neil Gray was probably 25 years old when he began
preaching at Monagle. That would carry his birth back to 1666. It is not probable that the lineage can
be traced back of that because that was the era of devastating persecutions and wars, which nearly
The name is English, and as they were Presbyterians they doubtless were part of the colonists sent
over to occupy the confiscated lands. They went from both sides of the Scottish border. As we can
trace them back as ministers to 1666 they were doubtless an educated line.
Grandfather was part of that nearly wholesale hegira of young men of his time, who were driven out by
the terrible British oppressions, and which led him to leave in writing that he was willing to shed his
blood and fighting them.
W. C. Gray
THE INTERIOR AND WILLIAM C. GRAY
Copy of a letter I received from the Chicago historical society.
Feb. 23, 1965
Dear Mrs. Witt;
An enclosed sheet gives a brief history of the Interior.
According to the Union List of Serials the newspaper was discontinued on April 22nd, 1926. Some-
time during its dates of publication it was known both as the Presbyterian Advance and the Presbyte-
The Chicago historical society library has various issues from 1877 to 1910 and its collection.
I hope the enclosed information is of some help to you.
James E. Morris
Interior, 1870 to date; a Presbyterian weekly. Established by Honorable R. B. Mason, with Rev. Arthur
Swayze, D. D., and Rev. C. Van Stantvoord, D. D., as editor’s. W. S. Mills was publisher. In 1871
William C. Gray became publisher, without a change of editors, and the paper was published for one
year at Cincinnati. In 1872 Rev. Arthur Swayze and William C. Gray were editors and publishers.
The next year Dwaight and Trowling were editors and publishers. They sold to Cyrus H. McCormick,
who began publishing the paper in 1873, and continued until 1883, when he sold a half interest to Mr.
Gray. The editors were William C. Gray and Francis L. Patton, 1874; Francis L. Patton and Charles L.
Thompson, 1876; William C. Gray, 1877-1886. In 1907 McCormick in company were publishers.
Scott, Franklin William, newspapers and periodicals of Illinois, 1814-1879, Illinois State Historical
Library, Springfield, Illinois, 1910, p. 102.
Taken from an old copy of Who’s Who, in Los Angeles library, found by James J. Ripley III
William C. Gray was editor of the in Interior, 1871; who was born in Butler County, Ohio, Oct. 17,
1830 and was the son of Jonathon and Mary (Woods) Gray. He attended Belmont college, 1849, took
his Ph.D. at Wooster University; and his L. LD at Knox college. He was admitted to the bar in 1852,
but never practiced. He became the editor of the Miami Democrat in 1851 and editor of the Scott
Battery for the Campaign of 1852. He established that Tiffin (Ohio) Tribune in 1853. He was an
editorial writer for Cleveland Herald in 1862, and became the editor of the Newark American in 1863
The Interior was a religious paper but he was not a Clergymen. He was the author of Campfire
Musings, Clear Creek, etc. his address was Chicago, Illinois, and he died in 1901.
Copy of letter I received from St. Coulomb’s Cathedral, Ireland
St. Coulomb’s Cathedral
May 19, 1965.
Dear Mrs. Witt
The Dean of Derry passed on your letter to me, with inquiries about some of your ancestors. I have
been in touch with two Presbyterian minister’s who have been able to throw some light on the matter.
The first is the Rev. R. W. C. Wallace of Castlerock Co. Derry who was able to verify from old minutes
of the Lagan Presbytery that the Rev. James Neil Gray was minister of Tabain ( now called Monreagh
at Carrigans, Co., Donegal Eire) from 1689 to 1714, and Rev. William Gray from 1689 to 1721. Note
there are some discrepancies here with the dates you gave. The present minister of the congregation
Rev. S. M. McSparran, who I know, has been very have full and has written out the relevant parts from
a historical sketch of the church written sume 30 years ago. I am enclosing this for you to keep. It
should be helpful and that it gives (if correct) the date of the birth of William Gray has 1672 and (by
implication) of Neil Gray has 1619 since he died in 1714 at the age of 95.
You may be interested in the other details given in Mr. McSparran’s letter, and I trust it may be helpful
to you. If you wish to trace back history any further I suggest that you write to the Presbyterian minis-
ter at Calder, County, Tyrone, Northern Ireland. (I am afraid I cannot supply you with his name.) I see
that Neil Gray was minister there until the revolution, which refers to Williams Jacobite Wars of 1788-
I am glad that we have been able to substantiate some of your of information and hope that you may
find any additional items of value and interest.
As you may have guessed, the Cathedral here is Episcopal, so the our own records which are quite
ancient, are in no help in your particular inquiry.
Rev. A. M. Cann
The Rev. Neil Gray was a minister at Glogher, County Tyrone, until the time of the revolution when
the left there and took up his abode at Taboin (Taughbaine) in 1689. During the commotions which
took place in the wars of James, about 50 Irish ministers were obliged to abandon their congregations
and take refuge in Scotland. There they were Recognize and freely admitted into parochial charge, till
they should be enabled to return to Ireland after the momentous struggle around the walls of Derry. At
this period Neil Gray is mentioned as an Irish minister in connection with the Presbytery of Irvine in
Scotland. He returned to Ireland in 1689 and became the minister of Tabain (now Monreagh.) he died
the 3rd day of March 1714 age 95 years, he was the pastor of Monreagh for 25 years.
He was succeeded by the Rev. the W. Gray, cool it is to leave was his son, born in the year 1672. His
first name was listed as William. He became his father’s assistant about the years 1700, he married the
maidservant at the manse clandestinely about 1705. At this period proclamation by banns was the law
on of the Presbyterian church in Ireland, as it still is in the established church of Scotland, and Mr.
Gray’s marriage not being proclaimed, was charged as being clandestine and irregular. He was sum-
moned before the church courts, witnesses were sworn and examined. The finding of the Presbytery is
not recorded they would appear that Mr. Gray still retained his status as a minister, in reads history
buying three, p. 28, the following paragraph up years with reference to this matter “A case of disci-
pline arising out of a marriage of a Presbyterian minister which also came before the Bishop’s court
was likely at this crisis to endanger the liberties of church judicatures. The Rev. William Gray, minis-
ter of Taughbayne (Monreagh) between Raphhoe and Derry was charged with having being clandes-
tinely and therefore irregularly married some time previously. The complaint was brought by his
Presbytery before the Synod in 1706 and 80 committee was appointed to meet at Straband in July to
investigate the charge. Several persons were cited in the usual form as witnesses but care had been
taken that no member of the established church was summoned to give evidence.”
This proceeding was reported to the judge of Assize on the summer circuit, who took occasion to
denounce it from the bench in severe terms as an exercise of foreign jurisdiction expressly prohibited
by law. He charged the grand jury to prosecute all such illegal meetings as dared to summon before
them any of the Kings in Queens subject and at the same time declared that the members of that
synodical Committee would be forthwith called up to Dublin by the Lords justice to answer for their
breach of law. This threat was not executed. It appears that at this period all meetings of church
courts not established were illegal. Little more is known about Grays history except by tradition/about
1721 he was called from Monreagh to Ushers Quay in Dublin; he was not happy there. In a few years
he left Dublin and return to his native district. But not being well received by his successor at
Monreagh he commenced to preach in old corn Kiln in the neighboring village of St Johnston, thus
founded that congregation about 90 years after establishment of Monreagh. Wm. Gray died Aug. 23rd
1730, aged 58 years. He and Mr. Neil Gray were interred in the same grave. Their tombstone may be
seen at the East Gable of the Episcopal Church in this parish.
This historical statement is taken from the authentic historical sketch of Monreagh church, compiled
by the late Rev. Dr. W. G. Robinson.
(Signed) S. Malcolm McSparran
(Compiler’s note-from the foregoing, might we not think that we are all a little “irregular”?
By checking that dates that someone wrote before me, it can be noticed that William Gray died 1730
in the data from Ireland yet Robert Gray, his son was not born until 1743. I do not think we should
give up our claim to William and Neil because of the difference in dates. Many other people worked
on our ancestors before me laid claim to William and Neil. And we will notice that William C. Gray
states how the sons of Robert were named after his father William, etc. I believe that there is an error
in dates someplace because of how old all this data is and these lost 14 years will no doubt remain a
mystery. Perhaps it should have said that William died in 1750 which would seem more reasonable as
one history’s data the Robert was a young lad when his father died.)
COPY OF A LETTER I RECIEVED FROM THE MANSE IN CLOGHER, CO. TYRONE, WHERE I
WROTE ON THE ADVISE OF THE REV. GANN
28 June, 1965
Dear Mrs. Witt:
I hope you will excuse mightily and replied cured later of June 13 inquiring about the Rev. Neil Gray.
It appears from a recent history of the Presbyterians and offer written by my predecessor, that the Rev.
Neil Gray was a Scotsman, educated in Glasgow. He was a minister at Clogher, where he was or-
dained in 1665 and ministered until 1689, when he fled probably to Scotland. He returned in Decem-
ber 1690 to Monreagh, where as you know he subsequently died.
No record of his ministry appears to have survived. But while he was at Monreagh, the people of
Clogher continually petitioned Presbytery and Synod to have him restored to Clogher, so he must have
been popular. They promised to pay him 30 pounds a year, and to supply a Manse and farm. The
Synod of Ulster judged that Mr. Gray be continued in Clogher, Mr. Gray never returned here. In 1692
he said he was too ill to move back to Clogher, and his connection with it was finally severed. He
lived, however, until 1714. Perhaps his reason for not wanting to return was the miserable state of the
village of Clogher at that time. It was described in 1708 as having not above three or four houses in it.
I’m afraid we cannot find much further on the Rev. Neil Gray, hope this will be of some use to you.
John W. Miller, minister
I THEN WROTE TO GLASGOW, SCOTLAND, TO THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN THE
HOPE THAT IF REV. JAMES NEIL GRAY WAS EDUCATED THERE, THAT THERE WAS SOME
RECORD AND HERE IS MY REPLY.
31st July, 1965
Manse 12 Dargavel Ave.
Dear Mrs. Witt,
Glasgow, S. 1 Phone IBRox 1402
Thank you very much indeed for your letter which has reached me in which you ask if it is possible for
us to trace your relatives. I am handing on the letter to the session clerk of my church and am asking
him if he can do anything about it. If we are able to find out any information we will get in touch with
you in due course.
Personally dictated but signed in his absence.
St. George’s-Tron Parish Church.
With all good wishes,
Yours very sincerely, George B. Duncan
THE LETTER TRAVELED WITH THIS REPLY:
Your letter of July last was finally delivered to this church.
I have made inquiries regarding your ancestors and regret I have not met with any success. I inquired
of our Clerk of Presbytery, who searched the records in relation to Irvine Presbytery but could not find
any trace. He has promised to make a further search and advise me of any success.
I would suggest that you if you wish to continue your search you might communicate with the clerk at
Irvine Presbytery who is —
Rev. Edward Y. Hewitt, M. A.
Manse of London Old,
Rev. J. B. Longmuir Y. D. M. A. B. L.
General Interests Department
121 George Street
Edinburgh 2, Scotland
I am sorry I am unable to help you further.
Nov. 13, 1965 (compilers note-Rev. Longmuir could not help me. He gave me vendors of — the Scots
and history research society, 20 your place, and word one, Scotland. They did research for a fee and I
did not attempt to go in deferred or along this line and did not here anymore from the churches are
wrote to much study must be given to this early records of James Neil and William because of the
many different birth and death dates offered.)
DATA ON IRELAND
Recent research has brought to light the fact that Andrew Jackson was almost born at Boneybefore,
Northern Ireland, it would have been if his parent had waited two more years to emigrate. Ireland has
contributed more presidents, more military heroes, more famous pioneers to American history, then
almost anyplace else on earth. And ten Americans who became presidents, have been of direct North-
ern Irish descent. They were of time almost forgotten group of Americans, the Scotch-Irish.
In addition to presidents, they have contributed literally hundreds of leaders to all Americans life,
including Sam Houston, Stonewall Jackson, Davy Crockett, Horace Greeley, Stephen Foster, and
Edgar Allan Poe. Five signers of the Declaration of Independence were Scotch-Irish. So was the
But who were the Scotch-Irish-and why the Scotch part of the name? For the most part this early
Americans were low-land Scots, Presbyterians, who left Scotland and settled in Northern Ireland 350
In those days, Ireland was a devastated wilderness. They had to hack a living out of inhospitable
country. From a hard life and a fervent religious faith, they developed great Independence and self-
reliance. Then during the 17th-century all the British Isles were racked by civil and religious war.
Tens of thousands of the Scotch-Irish picked up and sailed for America.
Some of stayed in Pennsylvania. One, John Dunlap, founded the first daily newspaper in America, the
Pennsylvania Packet. Then he became the official printer of the Declaration of Independence.
Americans visit Boneybefore, near Carrickfergus, to see were Andrew Jackson’s ancestors lived. At
the Ballymena, not far away, Sam Houston’s ancestors had a home. At Strabane, you may see were
Woodrow Wilson’s grandfather lived as a boy.
Davy Crockett’s grandfather sailed from nearby, Londonderry for the Americans. President Ulyses S.
Grant’s mother’s family came from Dergina, in County Armagh. The house may be visited. Stonewall
Jackson’s family immigrated from the Birches in the same county.
Pesident William McKinley’s family came from Dercock in County Atrim. President Buchanan’s
family left Omagh, County Tyrone, and President Chester Arthur’s family came from the Houston
homestead. Other presidents of direct Northern Irish and history were Polk, Andrew Johnson, Cleve-
land, and Benjamin Harrison.
(Compilers note — since we may consider Ireland our homeland, I offered the forgoing. If we could
look into the book “A Nation of Immigrants” By John F. Kennedy, he being also a descendant from
Ireland, we may find many interesting things of Ireland. I offered the following the taken from the
Encyclopedia concerning Ireland.)
Ireland, and filing to the west of Great Britain.
Of its to political divisions the Republic of Ireland has an area of 27,136 sq. m. And a population of
2,814,703 (1961); Northern Ireland has an area of 5,459 sq. m. and a population of 1,425,462 (1961).
Temperatures are around 45 on the west and 42 on the east, summer about 60 in the Southwest and 57
Ages were Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron. Druidism is likely to have originated in Ireland.
Lord Grey “managed” the parliament of 153637.
Conn O’Neil Surrendered in his ancestral planes, accepted Henry as King and in 1542 was made Earl
Edward VI and Mary 1547-88.
The Elizbethan Settlement.
James I, 1603-25.
Charles I, 1625-49.
Charles II and James II, 1660-88.
In March 1689 James landed from friends.
Settlement under William III and Anne.
The Irish Constitution 1782-1800.
The Union 1800-1921.
The great famine, 1846, the potato crop which was as indispensable to the people as rice in India,
failed as a result of the blight.
In 1914 Ireland was confronted with a civil war.
More than two-thirds of the modern population of Northern Ireland is located in the eastern port of
province. Two-thirds of the population was Protestant and one-third, the religion of our ancestors,
Presbyterians, numbered 410,215, in the 1951 census.
(Compiler’s note-if we wish to go back further and claim Scotland as the homeland of our first known
ancestor, Rev. James Neil Gray, we may be interested to note from time to time the articles that appear
in the paper on the famous Loch Ness Monster, who in made his first appearance and recorded history
1400 years ago to this day they have that decided if he is or isn’t.)
HOW SOME OF THE GIVEN NAMES ORIGINATED:
Gibson: it was told to me there was a governor of Indiana by this name or County or general, by the
James: was a much used name in older days.
Jonathon: explained in the letter by William C. Gray home page 21.
Patton: Rev. William Gray married a girl with that made with name and when he died her father, (or
brother), raised Robert Gray, is name being Robert Patton.
Robert: probably came from Robert Patton and later Robert Gray.
Ronald: the maiden name of the Ronald sisters
Whitelaw: general Whitelaw sponsored George Ronald in his trip to America from Scotland. Also
there are mountains by this name in Scotland.
Wiley: this name must have come into the family because of men name Sam Wiley, sent a later to the
Ronalds introducing the gray brothers.
Copies of to letter is found in the possession of my grandmother, Minnie Jane Painter Gray, wife of
John Ronald Gray — (Hugh Gray Sr. — Robert Gray.) Original letters iN posession of the compiler.
U. S. Army Air Corps
Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio
July 17, 1941
Dear Mrs. Gray,
Thank you for your very kind letter, giving me advice that information is being forwarded regarding
the Gray family.
I am now temporarily in the Army-at least for another year, and expect to be permanently at the ad-
dress indicated above.
I am writing at once, upon receipt of your letter-so that you will have my new address. Please excuse
the stationery, which is all that is available at the moment.
You will be very much interested in knowing that I have available at huge permit men to chart, upon
which is recorded all of the information about the Gray family which I have been able to assemble thus
far. Many hundreds of hours have been spent thus far, and still much information is missing.
I am very eager to secure whatever information you may have available for it will serve to further
complete what I have done thus far.
When completed, this chart will be in a form where it can be reproduced in its entirety by blueprint,
and it will be available and finished form to any who desire copies.
May I again thank you for your letter, and for the information you are forwarding.
Kenneth L. Gray
1st Lt. Air Corps
U. S. Army Air Corps
Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio
Aug. 19, 1941
Mrs. Jamie J. Gray (compiler’s note-he meant Minnie)
Rural Route No. 6
Dear Mrs. Gray,
Thank you for your very kind letter, which awaited me on my return recently from the West Coast.
After reading your letter, I think that and at least some respects I resemble Judge Gray, for I too am
very much interested in assembling information about her family.
You have asked about the form in which I would like to secure pertinent information.
My very large master tracing is arranged in the manner to show information as follows;
A. first, middle and last names of men
B. first, middle and maiden names of ladies
C. complete dates of birth
D. complete dates of death, if deceased
E. present address, if living
F. first, middle and last names of children
G. main vocation followed by each person, for which there are to be remembered
My eyes suggest that if you have information about members of the family in this or 87 what similar
form, that it will be sincere really appreciated.
Some of the members of this family which I have been unable to secure information about Irish op-
posed to have recited Pendleton, Indiana, and some of the names that have been associated with family
Isaac Pusey Gray
Enoch P. Gray
Sarah A. Gray
Mary P. Conrad
Mary Elizabeth Gray
In addition to any other facts that you can give me in this connection, any facts that you may have
about any of this people will be doubly valuable.
Kenneth N. Gray
(Compilers note — these letters were not in envelopes. Most of the names he mentioned are not
familiar, we may notice “Neil”. It stands to reason that he was one of “ours”. I tried the vicinity he
mentioned for any of these names and found a few Grays but they did not reply. I wrote to Washington
DC but without the serial number they said they could not help me. I wrote to Wright field but they
said they could not help me either. This man no doubt had a wealth of information. We could think
with dread of the years this letters were written and see him lost to us forever. I myself have visions of
this chart of his laying in some forgotten corner. It is no wonder my grandmother compared him to the
Judge because it is well known he was very interested in the family. My mother told me that she never
forgot when she first came to Indiana after marrying my father that the judge sat her down and said
“now tell me about your family.”
Though we will about never find trace of Kenneth N. Gray we might keep him in mind as one who
cared for our family.)
How many of us have thought in our lives — I should have done this, or that but realized it too late.
That is what I did. Too late I began to think of the family, too late to ask some people. My father was
ill and did not remember family by the time I asked him. If I had thought to ask my beloved grand-
mother Gray she could have told me many things. But after her passing I found something that,
though it did not take the place of talking with her on this things, could tell me something of the
family. I found an old diary my grandmother kept.
All the days of her life she called me by my middle name Joy and we never knew why. After I read the
diary I think I knew why. She hated her sister — in — Law Diantha and Diane is derived from that.
The diary will lead to us see first hand life as it was in older days. Names most frequently mentioned
are James, Peden, Hugh, and Diantha, brothers and sisters of her husband
THE DIARY OF MINNIE JANE PAINTER GRAY — wife of John Ronald Gray — (Hugh Gray Sr. —
Feb. 7, 1904, James came down should. I think he is taking in the “Grip.”
Feb. 10, James has that genuine grip, I think. He soiled the bed seven times yesterday. I had him to
take care of and the washing to do.
Feb. 11, James is real sick. He has soiled 9 pair of drawers since last night and I have ten sheets to
wash. Hugh was here today and I asked him to clean him up once. He did it but don’t think he rel-
ished the job. John has to go out to see after James stock the he can’t be here all time-it depends on
Conrad Neil Gray
William A. Gray
May 3rd. James went home today to sleep at night. John goes out to stay with him until midnight. It
is so hard on him.
This is the day before Thanksgiving. We have David and Mariah invited to dinner tomorrow. James
and Peden enjoy having them, they are old friends. Hugh never makes a dinner for James and Peden-
live it to me. John went out to see James this evening and found his horses had runaway and hurt him.
They threw him on the wagon some way and his ribs are broken. Dr. Paxton set them. Hugh came
down and they brought him here. He insisted we have the folks come so David Kirkpatrick and his
sister Mariah and my folks were over for Thanksgiving dinner and Mommie took Leslie home with
her, as I have so much to do. We put a bed in the living room for James.
(Compilers note — Leslie was my father. James and Peden were bachelors and though Hugh married
they had no children.) Dec. 5. Jacob Hitchel and M. R. Little called to see James today. It’s laughable
but everyone that has been here has had a broken rib at some time. Men’s ribs are easily broken it
Jan. 17, 1894. James went home today, first since his ribs were broken. He will sleep at home-but I
cook and watch for him. John has so much camping out to do it is easier when he takes all his meals
here then to cook and send out to him. I am so tired of that.
The next page she dated May 16, 1903.
James slept at his own home last night. He did not come for breakfast so John started out to see about
him. He’s nose had been bleeding and he could not get it stopped. He started down here, his nose
commenced to bleeding in and he sat down on the side of the hill. John found him, came home and
got buggy then brought him here. He was unconscious when we carried him in, having fainted from
loss of blood. I thought he was dead. But found he was strangling from clotted blood and his mouth.
I pried his mouth open and removed the blood with my fingers. It was fearful work, the odor was
dreadful. He soon revived but is weak from loss of blood.
May 27, James once asked to have Joe Little come out and he wants to make us a deed for the farm. I
am trying to get him to sell it instead and him just pay for his board, as boarding him and Peden and
washing for them costs so much, and I am not able to do so much work. I never can afford to hire
much and if he would pay for his board I could at least have my washing done.
May 28. James refuses to sell his farm to any outsider. He gave as his reason that John and I had
boarded him and taking care of him so long that it was only tardy justice that he deed us his farm. He
says John has given him the last ten years sums of from 10 cents out to $5 and $25, not less than $500.
Of course I do not know or all about that but it cost as a great deal to board him. I cook and send out
so much. I want Hugh to come out when the deed is made and hear all that is said. So it is arranged to
have Mr. Joe Little come tomorrow.
May 29. Hugh came today. Joe Little was here. He made James deed to us. John is to pay James
$1000. James is to retain his lifetime interest and control in his farm. Hugh told Mr. Little it was a
satisfactory arrangement to him as he could not take care of him. I know what he meant-Fannie would
not. James paid me quite a complement. He told Mr. little I had been better to him then I’m own
sister. Well, he has to the me there one of them has done anything for am that I have ever knew to
amount to anything. James said he would believe to debts for as to pay. His funeral expenses and Dr.
Bill. Told all this to Hugh and Mr. little.
Sept. 9. James concluded he would like to sleep in his own house for a while as he likes to lie in bed
late of mornings. So he went home today but I will cook for him as usual.
THEN THE DATE WENT BACK TO MARCH 1895.
Murray and Hinsey came over today, Thursday and took over to Mrs. Rayburn’s from Peden one fine
roan cow and two red ones. They borrowed them for milk. (Compilers note-Mrs. Rayburn is her
sister and law, Diantha and Murray and Hinsey are Diantha’s grandsons.)
April 1895. Mrs. Rayburn said Murray and Hinsey over to Pedens to get 20 sheep for the boys to race
on the shares. John don’t think Mrs. Rayburn is honest. She wants him to go her security. He wants
me to keep count of the stock. She acts to me like crazy woman. They say Pedens mind is not right
on one subject. Have lived here six years and I never seen him but what he cannot tend to his affairs
like all the rest. He has a sore on his right breast and thinks I have to help them cure it. I use castor or
oil and camphor on it. John says it would get well if he would not picked at it. (Compilers note-I
hope any descendants of Diantha reading this, will not become too upset or what my grandmother
thought of her. The words are not mine, the fight was between the two woman. The sore on Peden
she spoke of was cancer and we will see later how long he suffered with it.)
The evening of December 25th, 1895.
Had my mother and brothers and Laura over today. Mrs. Rayburn and Estey, James and Peden too.
They eat here most of the time anyway, but they enjoy the Christmas dinners. As long as I’ve lived
here Hugh has never made at dinner and asked Peden and James. I never failed to have a Thanksgiv-
ing and Christmas dinner for them.
December 27. John, Diantha and James had a big fuss. Seems that Diantha has been taking money,
cattle and sheep of Pedens and not paying him.
April 28. Well, Diantha (Mrs. Rayburn) sold Pedens three big cows and the 20 sheep and their lambs
and kept all the money. And says she received $150. He does not know how much for the sheep. He
is the most honest man have I ever saw and says she ought to be prosecuted. He told John never to let
her come here again. She got $400 off him and never even paid the interest. They say Pedens mind is
not right. Today he asked her for his money-also for the money for the cattle and sheep, seems like it
is a note he holds. She told him it was outlawed he could not get it. He said on honest woman would
not know of outlaw. That did not sound crazy to me. She is an awful woman. Dr. Elliott told us when
Leslie was born it was her fault her little girl died.
December 25th, 1896. Peden, James and my folks all ate dinner here today. After they had all gone,
Peden told John that Diantta and James had kept him stripped of money and wanted John two rent his
farm. He eats here all the time nearly and I have done his washing never since I have been here so
$100 is the sum key named. He told us he wanted us always to take care of him for which we can have
his farm. It’s not worth much but I would have to do is work anyhow. His mother always looked after
him. The sore on his breast does not get any better. Sometimes he lets it go for two days before he
has me to wash it and cooked oils on it. It has a bed smell and I told him I would rather dress it twice
a day than to let it go. I wanted him to show it to Hugh, thought he might know what to do for it. It
made him mad. John gave Peden $100 for the rent. He said he would pay his taxes and by his close
and we could board him. The is to have his rent Dec. 25th. No difference if it comes on Sunday, says
he can remember then without a book.
December 25th 1897. John paid Peden his rent. Coral got money of Peden, I did not know it until
afterwards and scolded her for it. She said her grandma (Mrs. Rayburn) asked Peden for money to buy
things for the girls, (her and Kate) almost every time he came over but that she often gave the money
to Estey and Jimmy. Said he never gave her latest then five dollars often ten.
December 25th, 1898. John paid Peden $120 today instead of $100. John thought $100 was not
enough. He eats here nearly every meal and I wash for him so one hundred ought to be enough. Now
that Diantha don’t take Pedens money James does. He got money of Peden and paid the preacher $10.
He must pay it back. James thinks because we keep Peden he has no need of money. Peden suffers
with that sore. I use olive oil on it now. It is nasty, smelling and looking thing.
December 25th, 1899. John paid Peden $120 today for rent. Last year John paid him $120. We
boarded him and washed for him, and he only had five dollars when John paid him. John asked him
what he did with his money, he said he had to help James. That he gave James $20 to pay a church
debt meaning the preacher. John said, “damn the preacher.”
December 25th 1900. John paid Peden $120 today. He better pay it to James as he is getting most of
it. Mrs. Rayburn got money of him just after John paid him. She is like a buzzard. I did not tell John
as he would turn her out.
May 18, 1901. Mrs. Rayburn has quarreled with everyone — meaning relations — and asked Peden if
she might stay in his house. He came and told John he would let her stay awhile but he wanted him to
send her away. He won’t eat her cooking, nor let her wash for him. So it will not be any easier for me.
She wanted to dress the store for him instead of me doing it. I thought he was going to striker.
May 21st. The fun begins. Peden will not eat Diantha’s cooking because she put so much grease in
everything. He ate here today and says he will eat with us again and she can cook to suit herself. He
did not eat with her very long.
May 28. Peden came down today like the rock of Gibraltar, rolling down the hill. He says John must
send Diantha to Estey or somewhere he will not have her there. She don’t do anything but annoy him
and run to Daily’s. She was to see that sore and he won’t let her. She told him if Minnie could dress it
she ought to see it. He told her to go to — — — he never says Hell, but means that. They are going
to send her west. She is the crazy one. Everything I do for James or Peden she tells neighbors it is her
doing it. She never did a lick of actual work since I knew her.
June 13, 1901. Mrs. Ryburn is going west to her son Agnew at the Big Springs. It is a great relief.
She has caused me as much work and more and more annoyance then both James and Peden. She will
go to the last of this month. Peden does not stay up in his house with her. He stays here. Looks like
an old which up there. Her and Mariam Daily.
(Compilers note — Mariam Gray Daily was the daughter of John Gibson Gray Sr. — Robert Gray. My
mother told me that my grandmother would never own up to the fact that the Dailys and the Grays
were related. It is plain to see it she did not like the Dailys. They lived right across the road from her.
Later in the tree we will read more on this but it is a mystery I never uncovered as to why there was
bad feelings between the Grays in the Dailys.)
July 5. Mrs. Rayburn has started west by this time I suppose. She went to her son Estays a few days
ago-was to go from there. It takes Fletcher Gray to even up with her. He was here today and told us
when she lived with him she would cook-then he would not furnish anything for her to cook because
when she would cook you could not eat. So it was tit for tat.
(Compiler’s note-Fletcher Gray-(John Gibson Gray Jr.-John Gibson Gray Sr.-Robert Gray.))
Dec. 25, 1901. John paid Peden $120 for rent. James gets most of it. James is harder of heart that I
could be with Peden. Hes sore troubles him greatly. Mrs. Rayburn told before she went away that he
had a cancer. It does smell awful when I dress it. But he won’t let any one touch it but me.
Dec. 25, 1903. James knew John paid Peden $120 rent, so when John was out he came and asked
Peden for $30 to get corn. I said James, “John furnish you with corn for your own farm.” He ignored
me and said “Peden give me $30.” Peden refused. James said “I want $30.” Peden said, “go long,
you are worse than a little child to beg.” He did not give it to him then, but later he got it and gave
$20 to the church.
Dec. 25, 1904. Paid Peden $120 for rent.
Dec. 25, 1905. The family out to be ashamed of James the way he takes Peden’s money. John paid
Peden $120 rent today and found he had given James nearly all his money the past year.
Dec. 25, 1906. Paid 120 rent today. Good thing Mrs. Rayburn is not here as Peden would not have
enough to keep her and James too.
Dec. 25, 1907. Peden used to walk back and forth from our house to his house on the hill. He has not
been able to go back since October 5th. He has not stayed here all night for over four years so today
when John went to pay him the rent he told John he would not go back anymore and would not take
the rent. He only has five dollars, and says James has begged all his money. He is an awful condition.
The sore, it is a cancer has eaten through to the bone in 2 places and way down to the stomach. It is as
large as common saucer. It took me nearly an hour to dress it this morning. Yesterday I dressed it
seven times. It bleeds awful. He told me today I must have his farm for what I have done for him.
When I get it deeded to me I am going to get him everything he needs if I have to mortgage or sell the
farm to get it. I will not let James have one cent. I do not care if it takes all to keep Peden when I get
control he will get everything he needs and more to. He says there is nothing lacking in what I do for
him. He has always appreciated all I do. James is selfish. Joe Little thinks Peden will get his pension.
I so hope so. I would like to keep the farm. Peden intends for me-it is not worth much but if he does
not get the pension I will sell or mortgage it and Peden will get the good of it even if it leaves me
NOW THE DIARY GOES BACK TO THE FIRST WEEK IN JUNE 1900.
John and Earl are shearing James sheep James ought to pay Earl but John has that to do. Worked at it
today and on Friday built fences. Three days this week John paying Earl.
Last week in June. John and Earl are putting up hay. Hauled James to tons. John said it was worth
$15. Raised on our home farm.
Last week in October. John hauled James 50 bu.of corn.
Second week in November. Hauled James 50 bu. of corn. Raised on our home farm. John paid Earl
to help husk it. James is a sponge.
Last week in May 1901. John took Earl and Joe and went out and sheared James sheep. Took two
days and a half. John paid the boys each $1.00.
First week in July. Furnished James 4 tons of hay from this and Pedens farm, which we rent. John
says hay is worth $6 per ton.
November 2nd, week. Hauled James 100 bu. corn from home farm. He keeps sheep and never raises
1902 middle of May. John and Earl shearing James sheep. Took three days.
First week in July. Hauled James 5 tons of hay from the farm. $6 per ton.
Middle of November. 100 bu. of corn to James. If he would pay we would have some money. James
says we are paying for his farm in what we do for him and give him. Wish he would pay back that $25
he got of John in Oct. to buy a buck sheep has he calls it.
1903-Last week in May. John and Earl sheared James sheep. Two days. $2. You’re here which John
will pay Earl but James never pays says we’re buying his farm that way. Wonder if that $15 he got of
John last week counts as payment.
Second week in July. James got four tons of hay.
Last week in November. James got 100 bu. of corn. Corn 30 cents for which we never receive pay.
1904 June. John and Clate sheared James sheep, James is not able to go out since his sick spell. He
has been so hard to wait on. I am always warn out. John and Clate are taking hay to James place. He
is able to ride out there and back. The hey they took him this year was worth $40.00 John tells me.
1904, first week in Dec. John hauled James 100bu. of corn from this and Peden’s farm which he has
rented. We will pay dearly for all we ever get from James or Peden I wished they would sell their
farms and pay me for my work. I need money more than land.
1905. Sheared James sheep second week in June. Two days $2 put up hay for James this second week
in July, 5 tons. $50.
First week in November. 25 bu. of corn to James from home farm.
Last week in November. 75 bu. More pay on farm I suppose. Poor way of doing business. James and
I had a pretty decided talk today. He stays with us, going back and forth as it pleases him. Does not
come to meals regular and with looking after Peden and James both, I have enough work for three
women. I told him to sell his farm and pay me for what I do for him. I would rather have the money
than land. I need the money to hire help. I wash for him and Peden both and its more than I’m able to
try to do. He says he deeded us his farm because we had long ago paid for it, but he is always asking
for money. What does he do with it?
Last week in May 1906. Helped shear sheep for James, $1 one day. July 6 tons of hay.
Third week in November. 130 bu. corn, 50 cents per bu.
1908. July 2nd week furnished James 6 tons hay.
November third week. 120 bu. corn. 60 cents.
November 25th, 1907 Estey Rayburn went to James today and wanted him to go his security. James
told him he had nothing. Estey came here and asked John. John refused. Mrs. Rayburn and Lizzie
Gray say they are going to have their share of James and Pedens farms. Wish they would share in
(Compiler’s note-Lizzie Gray was the wife off George Wiley Gray-(Hugh Gray Sr.-her Robert Gray.))
Last week in July, 1908. John and John Mattingly 2 days for James putting up a wire fence. Then
worked Monday on rail fence using the team.
September 1908. James sleeps at its own home part of the time. I give him a basket of vituals or else
send them by John as the case may be for his breakfast, as he does not like to come in for early break-
fast when he sleeps in his own house. He eats all night. Jacob Hitchel went there one morning peep-
ing for Daleys, I suppose, went away and told we did not give James enough to eat. Hugh said to
invite Jacob to look in the basket I send out some time. I will give Jacob a piece of my mind. I know
James has more and better “eats” than anyone in the Creek. Peden was always grateful for all I did for
him. Everything I did was always all right. He would not allow John, Dianetha nor anyone in the
room the night he was dying. I watched all alone-with John in the next room-and I thought I should
go mad, he called me-Minnie, Minnie, every few minutes as long as he could make a sound. He could
not see but wanted to know I was there. I held his hand for long hours alone. It was awful.
There was a hemorrhage from his cancer and I had to bathe him a few hours before he died. He called
and called. I said, and “I am here,” he said, “Minnie, don’t liave me.” He was to me as a little child.
For hours before he died he could not take water but wanted it so bad. He would say, “water, water,
Minnie.” I would moisten the cloth in a bowl of water and bathe his lips. I wanted to take some of his
suffering away — but sometimes I caught myself just in time to keep from dashing the bowl against
the wall. It was awful to hear him say, “water, water, Minnie,” and then not be able to take it.
Diantha was here and he wanted me to take her away out of the house. I had her stay in another room.
I hate Diantha when I know how she treated him. He asked her for the money she owed him about
two weeks before he died she promised him $200. He was so angry at her he told me I must send her
away and never let her come again. She can’t never come in my home again after the way she treated
him. I bathe him and cared for him as I would in afflicted child and thought of him as such.
I hate her.
Oct. 30, 1908 I had a little talk with Jacob Hitchel. I ought to be ashamed to take notice of anything a
man like him tells. He is an epileptic which is not his fault but he neither looks nor acts like a smart
man, but I told him to take James home with him and board him for a week and see if it was light
work. Told him James ate until midnight then if anyone went out in the morning he tells them we
have not given him anything to eat. He eats here through the day and takes a basket of grub home for
night. He ate a big dinner here a few days ago then went up to Brickerts and asked for something to
eat. He is childish and forgets now.
April 1909. The and the estate outlet James house. He wants her to go away. She says she will not.
She is going to see it out. Don’t understand what she means. John and Leslie together make to and
three trips out their everyday. I send their meals ready cooked except when he eats here. He here
everyday, says Diane that were cooked like he wants her to.
April 14. James was here all day. Diantha gives him a cup of hot water with one tablespoon of coffee
in it. He likes it strong. Diantha rocks so hard the she falls over. Leslie is tickled to pieces. He went
there today and she scolds James all the time. She got to jawing so Leslie says and rocking so hard to
tipped her chair back and her feet stick up in the air. Leslie helped her up. James told him to leave
April 25. Mrs. Rayburn took another spell. She is crazy-of rocking and over she went. John was
there. Said he never saw such a ridiculous sight. James says she must leave. He stays here most of
the time but John sleeps out there every night as James is afraid to say alone with Diantha. John does
not go until 10 p.m., sometimes as he wants to wait until Diantha goes to bed.
(Compiler’s note-my grandmother did not write anymore. I copied it just as she wrote it. I did not
know why she had some of the years mixed up. I would say she did not have such an easy life. I have
a beautiful dish she left me, a which is painted a blue picture and signed A. Gray, but I do not know
who this might have been. I wrote to much of her life in my “Painter Family Tree.”)
NOTES TAKEN FROM THE THREE DIARIES OF MY GRANDFATHER John Ronald Gray-(Hugh
Gray Sr.-Robert Gray), DIARIES ARE IN THE POSESSION OF THE COMPILER
January Thursday, 4, 1855. I have been thrashing today.
Wednesday, 10. I helped Peden make barn doors.
Friday 12. I helped the boys build the fence around James Vineyard
Sunday 14. At home today. I have read 9 chapters in the Bible.
Monday 22. I went out a hunting today he that did not find anything, snow is on the ground today it is
February, Thursday 1. I and Peden, Hugh went to see if we could find a Fox but we did not, at home
the rest of the date.
Sunday 4. At home to date. I have read twenty chapters in the Bible.
Friday 9. I have been helping James and Hugh Chop would. It has been snow involved a today.
Tuesday 20. I helped Peden and George Chop would today. It is clear today.
April Wednesday 4. I helped Peden, Hugh Pete, James set out some slips. Cold this afternoon and
Saturday 7. All gone to meeting but we and Hugh. I went to where Gibson was feeding his cattle, he
came home with me and et dinner then I went down to Uncle Johns.
Sunday he 22. At home today. I read 27 chapters in the Bible. Warm. Peaches and full boom.
May Monday 14. I went out and shot a squirrel. Dessy Gray, Rachel Gray, Marian Dailey, was up here
today. Helpt Hugh dig some elders. Then we went squirrel hunting.
(Compiler’s note-Peden, Hugh, James are John’s brothers. George was his brother also. Gibson was
no doubt John Gibson Gray Jr. — (John Gibson Gray Sr. — Robert Gray.) Marian Dailey I have
explained before. Dessy and Rachel were Mary Dessie Gray and Rachel Gray-John Gibson Gray Sr.-
Wednesday 16. I have been plowing today. Very warm. I broke my cultivation tooth. Whent up to
the city of Vienna and got it mended. Came back and went to plowing. Samuel McKee the black-
July Tuesday 10. Round fleet this afternoon rained last night so we went to plowing, this afternoon as
we could not do anything this forenoon.
Monday 23. Went over to John Rayburn’s state most all-day rained.
Aug. was 829. At home today Purdy will not doing anything. Thursday 30. Went down to Uncle
John’s with Dessie Gray. Came home and not very well.
(Compilers note — Uncle John with no doubt be John Gibson Gray Sr.)
Sept. Saturday 22. Went over to John Rayburn’s was Hugh, stayed there are while, got some apples,
came home, did not do anything.
Oct. Thursday 4. I have been helping Peden today. Warm, rained this evening.
Friday 5. Went to the city of Fayetteville an got my boots. It has been missting raining all-day.
(Compiler’s note-Vienna is today Glenwood, Indiana. Fayetteville is today Orange. Indiana.)
Oct. Monday 22. Went to Fayetteville, took a sack of flower, then went down to Uncle John’s. Joanna
and Desy was there today.
(Compilers note-Joanna a was Joanna Gray — (John Gibson Gray Sr. — Robert Gray.)
Nov. Tuesday 6. St all-night at J. Rayburns, took Robert to Connersville the next morning, rained.
Wednesday 28. Went to school today.
December Wednesday 26. Went to school today. Desy, Rachel and Joanna were here last night.
Friday 28. Went to school today. Snowed to. Sally Rayburn was here today first time she was since
she went to Oxford.
February. Scared of a mink in a hollow log and while we was getting it, it slipped out and went off.
Friday 22. Went to school. It is the last day. Spoke a piece and was in a dialogue. We had a spelling
match that night. Mrs. Joe Little was the teacher. In
Saturday 23. Went over to Jim Rayburn’s with James, Wily, Hugh, and Cos Martin. Had a good time.
Sept. Thursday 3. Went down to a party. That home at 4:00 in the morning. Talked some to J. R. P.
Sunday six. At home today. Met Cos Joe and Lizzie down in the sugar camp.
Monday seven. Cool. Went down home with Cos Lizzie Pumphrey.
Thursday 10. Went to the fair, so Cos Gip, great many people there.
Friday 11. Went to the fair today he, took Sally Rayburn. Very warm.
Tuesday 15. Cos Martin started home to — — — I had a good time last night set out all-night with
Wednesday 16. Went a hunting. Me and Cos Jo set out all-night last night. She started to Oxford to
school at the Western.
July Monday 23. Went to the funeral Cos Rachel died last night about 10 o’clock. She had the con-
December Friday 25. Christmas day.
(Compilers note — wily was John’s brother George Wiley Gray.
I cannot place a cousin Lizzie Pumphrey. I cannot place the name Pumphrey at all. I cannot place
cousin Martin either*. I spelled the words as my grandfather did. Some of the writing I could not
read. I copied only some notes from his diaries but the entirety of my grandmother’s.
*could have been Martin Gray, son of Robert.
There is another tale told me by my mother of my grandmother. Long ago a woman was having a baby
out of wedlock. It was winter and this woman went to a little out house and gave birth to the baby.
When they found the woman she was dead and the baby frozen on one side. Minnie took the baby as
no one else wanted it. The Dr. said it would not live but she nursed it and named it Marvel because
she considered it a Marvel that the baby lived. I don’t know how long she kept it but it was eventually
adopted by the people who started Ball State College at Muncie, Indiana.
My grandfather wrote some of his diary upside-down and backwards.
My mother did not think might grandmother was quite as a overworked as he said in her diary has she
like to do things for people. She was one of the best dressed woman in the neighborhood and wore
$25 shoes. Hal Henderson, son of Agnes Gray Henderson-(Hugh Gray Sr.-Robert Gray.), thought the
world of her.
My grandmother was buried in a pink dress and wore her heavy golden wedding ring. She looked very
much as she did in her younger days, calm and peaceful and very handsome.)
COPY OF THE HEADSTONES IN THE GRAY-RONALD CEMETERY
(Compilers note — when my mother first came to Indiana some 30 odd years ago she said that there
were many more stones but they disappeared through the years. In 1965 the stone of our progenitor,
Robert Gray, was stolen and later was found by a road crew down the road in a ditch and returned.
The Gray-Ronald Cemetery may be found about 10 miles from Connersville, Indiana, in Fayette
County, on the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. Is found on the land left today to the Audubon Bird Society
by Finly Gray-(John Gibson Gray Jr.-John Gibson Gray Sr.-Robert Gray), and named for is only
daughter, Mary Gray. He left a will which may be found at the main building and it is stipulated that
the Cemetery is to be kept up.
I am convinced that there are several more people buried there than there are stones. I have often
wondered if my great grandfather Hugh and his wife might not be there.
We did find several pieces of stone with very faint letters on them. Just initials and we cannot deci-
R. P. Gray 1822-1908
(This would be the son of John Gibson Gray Sr.-namely Robert Patton Gray.)
died Dec. 21, 1843
in the 99th
year of his age
(This is our progenitor, our first ancestor in America.)
In memory off
died Sept. 22, 1821
in the 61 year of his age
and also of James Ronald
his son aged 13 years
(Two head stones reading exactly the same. This would be George Slater Ronald and his last son, who
died of pneumonia within a week of each other. George Ronald was born in 1759 in Scotland and
came to Fayette Co. in 1820. He is the father of the two Ronald sisters who married the two Gray
R. P. G.
This would be Robert Patton Gray — (Hugh Gray Sr. — Robert Gray.)
E. J. L.
(This so far I have not been able to identify, but I imagined the L. would stand for Little. My father
said that the family lawyer was Little and this may be seen in my grandmother’s diary).
John G. Gray
in Mifflin Co. Penn.
Aug. 17, 1789
died Nov. 9, 1870
wife of John G. Gray
born May 12, 1795
died Feb. 27, 1879
Memory of Elizabeth R.
who died Dec.
21, 1845 age
twenty-one years five months
and 26 days
Elizabeth Jane daughter
of the _____ Elizabeth
who was born March
3, 1821 and Chester
district S. C. and departed
this live Sept. 3,1836
age 15 years 6 months
If a man die, shall he live again?
All the days of my appointed time
will I wait, till my change come.
Job 14 — 14
(No name, only the Bible Verse).
(This is John Gibson Gray, son of
Robert and his wife Mary Ronald
Gray. This is the central stone and
quite a large one.)
She would be Elizabeth Gray —
(John Gibson Gray Sr. — Robert
(I cannot place her either. In the last
pages of the Ronald family we will
fine mention of Chester district, S.
C., so there may have been some
connection. The black space before
Elizabeth history peculiar it looks
like this — a design of some
In the Connersville public library I found a book listing people buried in the old cemeteries. They
called our cemetery the Grey Cemetery. They can be noticed that it differs from what I have and they
make no record of Robert Gray.
Gray — John G..
Born Mifflin Co. Pa. 8 — 17 — 1784 died 11 — 9 — 1870
Gray — Mary his wife
5 — 12 — 1795 died 2 — 27 — 1879
(* they had 1784 but it should be 1789.)
Gray — R. P.
1822 — 1908
Gray — Ruth E. daughter of John and Martha
Gray — Ronald
Little — Elizabeth Jane, daughter of Thos and Elizabeth Little 1821died 9 — 3 — 1836
Little — Elizabeth P. consort of Robert Little 21y 5m 26da
died 12 — 21 — 1845
Ronald — George age 61
died 9 — 22 — 1821
Ronald James son of George Ronald age 13 yr
It can be seen that I found no stone for Ruth Gray, nor is the name John and Martha familiar to me. It
could possibly be Rosanna a Gray daughter of John and Mary Gray.
The name Ronald Gray is not familiar to me either.
It could be that I mistaken on my interpretation of the stone of Elizabeth Jane. It looks like The to me
but it is very possible that it is Thomas &, & being the design I could not decipher.
On the stone of Elizabeth, consort of Robert Little the initial appears to me to be R. While to whoever
wrote the book it looked like P. The writing on this stone’s was very hard to read so it could be
understood why different people would see it in different ways.
In the history book of Fayette County there is mention of Samuel Little born in Chester, S. C., moved
to Orange Township from Ohio. The Cemetery is in Orange Township, he is quoted as saying in 1879;
“this is what I recall of the way things were in western Fayette County in 1833 when I located among
you” ——— then he goes on to tell of the life of the people. It would seem evident that the Little’s
buried in the Gray-Ronald Cemetery were connected to him.
Ref: public library, Conneville, Indiana.
In the census book of the United States of 1790, for Pa., Mifflin County, that portion South of the river
Juniata, on page 151 there appeared the following:
Robert Gray 1 white male over 16 including head of household
4 white males under 16
3 white females including head of family
I believe this to be our Robert Gray. While there should be 5 white males at that time under 16 it
could be that when they were making the senses that John Gibson Gray Sr. born in 1789 was too late
to be in the census. The one white male over 16 would of course be Robert. It gave no name of white
or children. The 2 white females would be Agnes the wife, and Mary the daughter and they might
have had another lady living with them. There was no other Robert living and Mifflin County listed
him from all reports that is were Robert was in 1790.
There was that John and Hugh Gray listed as head of households but that could hardly be any of ours.
The correct spelling as listed in the book for Juniata is Juniata. The judge spelled that Junita.
1790 census of Pa., Mifflin County also listed at Matthew Atkins.
In Juniata is James Atkins and Samuel Atkins.
I mention these past sometimes it is said that Agnes, the wife of Robert bore the maiden name of
Atkins. Yet, some said she bore the same name, Gray, but was no relation.
In my possession are three books of Mifflin County history.
Public library records of Rushville, Indiana as copied by Mrs. Melvin Gray, wife of Melvin Gray-
(Wendell Phillips Gray-Judge George Law Gray-John Gibson Gray Jr.-John Gibson Gray Sr.-Robert
Roll on Cpt. Robert Gray’s Co., March 1, 1777 to May 1, 1777 mustered at Red Bank, May 9, 1777.
Gray, Cpt., former quarter master of Col. Alee battalion.
Penn. of Rev. 1775 — 83, Vol. 1.
Married Penn. 1769, Nov. 21, Robert Gray and Mary Connan.
Courts and Lawyers of Ind., by Monks.
Gray — Finly H. Page 452.
Gray — George L. page 320 — 670 — 671 — 688 — 1049 — 1050.
Gray — Isaac page 428
Gray — Walter page 1293.
Gray — Hon. George Gray IIII off Philadelphia. His ancestors and descendants by Mary S. F. Liddell
1940 $17.00 100 copies.
On the preceding page I tried to show to the reader were some of the old locations existed in Fayette
County, though I am no expert on drawing maps. To also give the readers some idea of the distance it
is about ten miles from Connersville, is my mother’s house and about two miles from highway 44 to
Data on Cedar Lodge, home of the Ronald family.
Cedar Lodge was located on a beautiful site. It was on the first rise of the hills on the north side of
that Creek Valley. Here the son in the Ronald family erected largely with his own hands a splendid
house for those early times. The structure was two stories high, the main body of the house was
constructed of perfectly hewn timbers, and mitred the quarter intersections. The joists of the upper
floor also served as the ceiling joists of the lower story-making that as is now thought to be a repro-
duction of early methods of architecture, a commodeusthe double porch extended around the building
of the south, east and north sides, with pillars and turned banisters and railing enclosing the porch
both on the lower and upper story and the roof that covered the building. At the west side of the porch
was a large open fire place and a heavy stone chimney. The joists were fastened with wooden pins
instead of nails and the roof made of oak clapboards.
Melvin Gray-(Wendell Phillips Gray-Judge George Law Gray-John Gibson Gray Jr.-John Gibson Gray
Sr.-Robert Gray) has in his possession several old pictures of the cabin.
(Compilers note-I remember many times when I was quite young that I would go to visit Wendell
when he lived in the log cabin and sometimes he would let me look through the attic which always
fascinated me. Today almost all trace of the cabin is gone with the exception of where a few stones
remain of the huge stone chimney.)
A history of the John Gibson Gray Jr. homestead, destroyed by tornado in 1963.
Copied from the Oh Yez! Oh Yez! column in the Connersville News Examiner written by Candace
The old Gray homestead on the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary grounds, demolished by the storm, was one
of the most unique houses in the county. Two level, its living room, with a fireplace, nestled into a
bank and the living room and the kitchen open into flagstones shaded by tall trees. A short flight of
stairs led to an outside door on the second floor, which was on a level with the grassy and tree shaded
yard on that side. An interior stairway off the living room led to the second floor landing, a long
narrow room with windows at the front, jutting out over the first story, and on the outside vines grew
on a lattice. Years ago there was an elevator, had operated in a shaft just inside the living room door.
My mother remembers being fascinated by it when she was a child.
It was Gibson and Mercy Gray who built the house, over a hundred years ago. They were the parents
of Finly, who was a baby when his father carried him from the place the Borders have now, to the new
home; and a judge George L., Fletcher, who taught school, Mabel, Willie, and Quincy. The Quincy
Grays were the last of the family to occupy the house. Time was when the spacious grounds surround-
ing the gray house were beautifully landscaped and dear were kept there. Tall pines, cedars and stately
hardwoods that stood as reminders of the reverence the Gray family had for trees were victims of the
(Compilers note-the tornado missed the Border home by a very little margin and made a wide path
through what used to be the lovely grounds of the home that was destroyed. Today is all grown over
and sad to see, with only the foundation remaining).
NOTES TAKEN FROM THE CONNERSVILLE NEWS-EXAMINER CONCERNING THE OLD
TOWN HOME OF FINLY GRAY.
Local citizens long have held the hope of restoring the building along the lines accomplished by the
late Mr. and Mrs. Finly Gray. The Grays left it to the Indiana Audubon society, along with of 654 acre
tract in Orange and Columbia Townships that now is the Mary Gray Bird sanctuary, and had hoped
that the Society could use it as headquarters. But Audubon officials felt that proceeds from the sale of
the building were needed for development of the sanctuary, and put it and some of its authentic fur-
nishings up at auction.
It was bought by he that VFW. which made some changes to fit their organizations needs, but basically
the sturdy and handsome structure stands at it was built as headquarters for the Whitewater Canal
Company. After it had housed a bank, interior was adapted for residential purposes and was occupied
as a dwelling for many years. But before Mrs. Grays long cherished dreams materialized, it had served
as a dog and cat hospital, and was being considered for a creamery when the Grays rescued it.
(Compiler’s note-the outside of the house is stil beautiful but the inside has been very neglected by
that VFW. and bears not a trace of the beautiful interior of old. A movement is now underway by
historical Connersville to purchase the home and restore it once more.
It may be noted on the map that opposite the Dailey home on top of the hill today stands a barn and
right next to it used to stand the stone house off Peden Gray. I remember going into the cabin. It
began to cave in on one corner and is long been completely gone. Further up the road was the home
of James Gray but I have never ascertained which house it my have been or in it to is still there at all).
HISTORY OF THE HUGH GRAY HOMESTEAD
(JOHN R. GRAY FARM)
Connersville’s News — Examiner, Dec. 3, 1949
One of the county’s landmarks, another of Fayette County century-old houses is this ancestral home of
the late John R. Gray, three miles southeast of Glenwood. It is in an excellent state of preservation,
and the only change made since it was erected more than 100 years ago has been the replacement of
the original stone steps in front with the present concrete steps. Shown and front of the house are Mr.
Grays widow, Mrs. Minnie Gray Trebley, who has lived there since her marriage to Mr. Gray, a grand-
daughter, Diane Joy Gray, and her brother, Prof. H. R. Painter, now of Long Beach California. Also
shown is the late Mr. Gray, a picture taken not long before his death Nov. 11, 1929. He was nearly 90
when he died, and his grandfather had lived to the age of 99.
Mrs. Trebley the tells the history of the house; “Two men who lived in Vermont started on horseback,
seeking a place to locate, forded the Ohio River and came to this part of Indiana about 1817. They
were Hugh Gray Sr., and John G. Gray Sr., grandfather of the late judge George L. Gray. Hugh Gray
Sr., father of the late John R. Gray, first built a log house and a few years later began the building of
another and more commodious house, the one of which I write. The house is 44 by 38 feet, con-
structed of material taken from this farm, with the exception of the fret work grills. The brick was
manufactured and burned in the field north of the house by Col. Hibbs, the stone was taken from the
quarry here, and the lime burned from stone from the quarry.
The basement underlies the entire house, it is 8 feet high, and is walled with stone all in which the
foundation and house rest. The heavy sleepers which are hand hewn are spaced close together and
support smooth, even floors seldom seen in old houses. An architect from New York, named Smith,
contracted to build the house for $400. It was finished in something over five years from the time it
was started. All doors and windows hand made, with few exceptions their original window panes are
intact. On each side of the fireplace are built in bookcases and drawers. Under one bookcase is a
secretary, built in the wall. In this room a mental reaches across the room. It is handmade, of one
inmense plank. When the site for house was cleared a large elm tree was left, and it still standing. A
large maple at the north side of the house I had cut down as its leaves were reaching over the roof.
The tree which was large when I came here fifty years ago, was beginning to decay.
The roof on this house is off pressed tin soldered together and is the original roof. It has been well
painted each year, which must account for its excellent state of preservation. There have been only a
few minor repairs either on the exterior or Interior of this house. There are ten rooms, three halls, a
pantry, and a south and front porch. My brother remarked of this house, “it was built on honor, in
Long Beach we build with paper.”
(Compiler’s note-the homestead has twice appeared as house of the month in the Connersville News-
Examiner. Once in the possession of the second owner after the death of my grandmother and again in
1967 under the possession of the third owner. It is to be recorded in the Library of Congress. I lived
the first 12 years of my life in this house until my mother and father were divorced and my mother
purchased part of the homestead and built a home just down the road from my grandmother.)
ANOTHER STORY APPEARED IN THE PAPER LATER.
JOHN R. GRAY FARM IN ORANGE TOWNSHIP QUALIFIES FOR CENTENNIAL AWARD
Orange Township first report of the Centennial family farm, to add to the list being compiled in
response to the joint request of Purdue, and the Indiana Historical Society, was made today by Mrs.
Minnie J. Gray who writes:
In 1817 two brothers, John and Hugh Gray, whose home was in Vermont, started east on the hunt of
land on which to locate. They rode horseback, forded the Ohio River somewhere near Cincinnati.
They made their way to this locality where they remained overnight with a family by the name of
Ronald, who lived where now stands the old log house where John Gray, grandfather of Filnly Gray,
the only surviving member of that generation, lived. They continued their journey to Indianapolis, but
returned here and married two of the Ronald sisters, Mary, the grandmother of Finly Gray, married
John, and Susan married Hugh. The later were parents of my husband, John R. Gray. Another daugh-
ter married a Reid. She was Whitelaw Reid’s mother.
I have three patents signed by James Monroe on sheepskin, and to by Andrew Jackson. As the family
of my husband’s father increased the commenced the building of a ten room house which was not
completed until about 1827. The brick was burned in a field close by the house; they still looked
practically new. The foundation is from stone quarried in the farm. The basement eight feet the is
under the entire house which is I believe 40 by 42. The roof is of pressed tin soldered together in
squares, and is the original roof. It has been kept well painted, and it does not leak. Most all the panes
in the windows are the original glass, except a few lower ones which have been replaced. The Interior
woodwork is all handmade from timber on the farm. The doors are massive, and the floors are in
wonderful condition for such an old building. There is little deterioration after so many years.
I have an only son, Leslie R. Gray, we uses part of the farm (the other part I rent) and works at
carpinteering. I have a granddaughter, Diane Joy Gray, who, I hope will someday care for the old
home as I have. My husband died at the age of 90 years. He and the brother, Hugh Gray Jr., inherited
that 156 acres their father bought little by little.
The Grays originated in Scotland.
(Compilers note — the log cabin she mentioned were John Gray lived was Cedar Lodge and the Girl
Scout Camp today.
I do not have the patents she mentioned but I do have a very old paper granting land to Thomas R.
Stevenson, dated Aug. 5, 1834 signed by Andrew Jackson. This was however in Ohio and may have
belonged to her ancestors. Also a patent granted October 19, 1847 to Hugh Gray for a saw mill. A
photostatic copy of a land grant Dec. 1823 to John Coley signed by James Monroe. Mrs. Hougland,
present owner of the house said this appears on the abstract so Hugh Gray must have bought the land
from John Coley shortly thereafter. The copy is dated June 7, 1913. These papers are in my scrap-
In the back of my grandmother’s diary appears the following statement —
Dec. 25 — — —, received of Hugh Gray one hundred and thirty two dols on the building of hiz house
J. T. Smith.
January 11, 1851. Received of Hew Gray on house building the sum of ninty nine dollars and 4 centz.
J. T. Smith
I spelled it as he did. I think the book my grandmother kept her notes in was there long before she was
as there were many farm reports and the such entered on dates before she married my grandfather.
I copied from my scrap books that two stories that appeared in the paper I believe my grandmother was
confused when she said the Grays came from Vermont, due to the Ronald’s coming from there. From
all stories, I am sure to Grays came from Pa. to Ohio to Indiana.
Before the brick house was built there was a log cabin in back of were Hugh and Susan lived. I re-
member the day the roof fell in with a loud crash. There was a well inside the cabin that later caved
in. In the year 1965 I visited the site of the cabin and there were no remains to be found it slowly
rotted away and at one time it was used as a barn by my father.
After my grandmother died the house was sold to Ozro Thompson. When he died in 1964 it was
purchased by County School Supt., John Hougland. There were many changes in the house when I
entered it again in 1964 for the first time since my grandmother passed away. The floors were pol-
ished, woodwork all white, where it used to be varnished, two bathrooms, there were none before,
furnace, none before, electric, none before, one hallway was gone and in its place was a closet and
bathroom. There were many other improvements that all only served to make the old home only more
A picture of the home appears in Indiana Houses of the 19th century by Wilbur D. Peat, published by
Indiana Historical Society of Indianapolis 1962.
Roll McLaughlin of James Associates Architects of Indianapolis took a picture of the house for plac-
ing in the Library of Congress.
In my possession is a certificate of recognition presented to my grandmother from the Indiana Histori-
cal Society for Centennial Farm Family where possession of the home has remained in the family for
over 100 years. Dated January 1948. She fought through many hardships to keep the home for she
was quite poor in her later years but to no avail as my father did not care for the home and had settled
in Florida, so he sold the homestead. I will always regret that I could not buy it.
FROM ABSTRACT OF THE BRICK HOUSE
Vote west have of the South was were of section 1,township 13 North range 11 east, was entered by
John Coley, Nov. 15, 1822 — a contains eight he acres. See book of land intrigue in Fayette County,
Indiana page 1. The United States of America By James Monroe, presidents and G. Graham Commis-
sioner of general land office. Patton recites that as shown by the certificate of the register of the land
office at broke little, Indiana full payment had been made by said John Coley to the provision of the
act of Congress of the 24th day he of April 1820 for the land described above. (Compilers note that
should this is the Graham that I have a copy are.)
Warranty deed Dec. 15, 1828-John Coley and Martha Coley his wife for $100 to Enos Carter, heirs and
assigns for ever. Nov. 24, 1829 in deed record D, page 367.
Land grant by James Monroe to John Coley Nov. 15, 1822.
Land grant by Andrew Jackson to Thomas R. Stevenson Aug. 5, 1834
(compilers note — this is the grant that I have.)
John Coley and Martha Coley to Enos Carter Dec. 15, 1828
Enos Carter and Anna Carter to Philip Richee April 16, 1833
David Steele and Bethshebe Steele to Hugh Gray Jan. 2, 1836
Philip Richee and Anna Richee to Thomas Little Oct. 20, 1835
Thomas Little and Elizabeth to Robert Little June 24, 1842
Robert Little and Mary A. Little to William Reid Aug. 24, 1848
Thomas R. Stevenson and Sarah Stevenson to James Lathers Jan. 13, 1835
James Lathers and Elizabeth Lathers to Hugh Gray Feb. 27, 1837.
(17th transaction) John Ronald and Martha Ronald to Hugh Gray Aug. 4, 1825
John Ronald and Martha Ronald to Elizabeth Ronald Aug. 131824
Elizabeth Ronald to Hugh Gray May 29, 1835
Hugh Gray Sr. and Susannah a Gray to Hugh Gray Jr. and John R. Gray Sept. 14,
Hugh Gray and Fannie M. Gray to John R. Gray and Minnie Gray as tenants June 8, 1903.
Hugh Gray to Frances Brown Sept. 24, 1842 mortgage
William Reid to Robert Little Aug. 24, 1848
John R. Gray and Minnie Gray to James A. Clifton May 29, 1913 mortgage
James H. Clifton to John R. Gray may 29, 1913.
John R. Gray and Minnie Gray to Elizabeth Stockton may 29, 1913
John R. Gray and Minnie Gray to the Federal Land Bank off Louisville, Kentucky Sept. 18, 1917
John R. Gray to Minnie Gray Oct. 8, 1917.
Minnie Gray and John R. Gray to H. H. Henderson July 15, 1927 mortgage
Minnie Gray to Arthur George and Walter Emsweller Dec. 28, 1929.
Minnie Gray Trebly and William Trebly Jan. 6, 1932 Lease
Minnie Gray Trebly to Harvey Snyder and Asher Sizemore Oct. 19, 1945 oil and gas lease
Minnie Gray Trebly and William Trebly to Carl C. Smith mortgage Aug. 22, 1934
Minnie Gray Trebly and William Trebly to Horatio R. Painter made to the 8, 1934 mortgage
Horatio R, Painter to Minnie Gray Trebly and William Trebly mortgage release Sept. 27, 1947.
Minnie Gray Trebly a widow to the Federal Land Bank of Louisville, Kentucky mortgage Sept. 15,
Minnie Gray Trebly to Indiana and Midwest Electric Co. Deed of Easement Aug. 26, 1948.
The Federal Land Bank of Louisville Kentucky to John R. Gray and Minnie Gray mortgage for lease
Sept. 18, 1947
Minnie Gray Trebly to Leslie R. Gray Oct. 15, 1949 Deed
Minnie Gray Trebly to Benjamin Roots de Oct. 8, 1949
Minnie Gray Trebly to James R. Dunbar and Georgia Dunbar Aug. 24, 1951 Deed.
Harry W. DePrez First National Bank of Connersville, Indiana judgment docket Dec. 11, 1935 re-
ceived by Estelle Gray
Estelle Gray vs. Leslie R. Gray divorce April 1, 1942.
Leslie R. Gray and Emeline Gray to Ozro H. Thompson and Anita W. Thompson deed March 28, 1953
Ozro H. Thompson and Anita W. Thompson the Federal Land Bank of Louisville Kentucky mortgage
Oct. 15, 1963.
John M Hugland and Rublea Hugland to Fayette Bank and Trust
THE ABOVE TRANSACTIONS ARE FOR DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE PROPERTY AS THE
ABSTRACT OF ESTELLE GRAY WAINWRIGHT, OWNER OF PART OF THE GRAY HOME-
United States of America by James Monroe, President, to John Ronald recorded June 7, 1913.
John Ronald and Martha Ronald to Elizabeth Ronald May 2, 1824
Elizabeth Ronald to Hugh Gray May 20, 1835
Hugh Gray Sr. and Susanna Gray to Hugh Gray Jr. and John R. Gray Sept. 14, 1870.
Hugh Gray and Fannie M. Gray to John R. Gray and Minnie Gray as tenants June 17, 1903.
James Clifton unmarried to John R. Gray May 29, 1913
Minnie Gray to Arthur George and Walter Emsweller lease Mar. 10, 1928
Last Will and Testament of John R. Gray. He leaves all of his property to his beloved wife Minnie,
June 14, 1913
Minnie Gray Trebly and William Trebly to American Industrial Gas Corp. Co. Jan. 6, 1932
First National Bank vs. Minnie Gray Trebly to foreclose mortgage Nov. 7, 1935.
Joseph B. Oser sheriff to Estelle Gray Apr. 3, 1941
Estelle Gray vs. Leslie R. Gray divorced April 1, 1942
History of Fayette County, Published 1917
Page 214 Laad Entries
Section 7 (fractions) sold in 1817, 1830 and 1832 to s. Todd, William C. Drew , Thomas & John C.
Sec. 19 sold in 1818 and 1820 and 1835 ——————— John G. Gray-Leslie Ronald
Page 218 — probably the first school in the nordern part of the Columbia township was held in the
little log house on the form of Hinkson Halstead. John Ronald was the first teacher.
Page. 256 — orange Township, named in honour of a county in S. C. From which many of this early
settlers came, was organized out off parts of Columbia and Connersville townships of Feb. 18, 1822
Township 13 North, Range 11 East
Sec. 3-sold in 1820, 1821 and 1822 to Aaron Betts, George Ratcliff, John Russell, Susannah, Marga-
ret, Marion and Regannah Ronald, David Hill.
Section 12 — sold and 1820, 1831 and 1834 to John Ronald and — — — — —
page 258 — during the period from 1820 to 1830 the following persons settled north and east of
Fayetteville, Hugh Allen, John Russell, Samuel Hornaday, John Coley, James Lather and Mr. Perkins.
Page 325 — the official careers of all the lawyers of the county as far as they have been connected
with the local courts is given in discussion in the later part of this chapter. The bar in 1917 is com-
posed of the following members-Finly H. Gray-a total off 24.
How the older attorneys — George L. Gray — maybe mentioned.
Page 326 lists lawyers who have been residents of the county for a time at least. The list included
Finly H. Gray and George L. Gray.
Page 331 — George L. Gray became judge of the Circuit Court in 1904 and served two full terms.
Page 333 — list of prosecuting attorneys. George L. Gray Oct. 22, 1893
Oct. 22, 1895, George L. Gray Oct. 22, 1897 — Jan. 1, 1902.
Page 340 — subject Dr., mentions Dr. S. N. Hamilton (his name is mentioned Perhaps in the Ronald
tree as Dr. Newell Hamilton) year 1879.
Page 342 list includes Dr. Samuel N. Hamilton
page 361 Columbia township
The second schoolhouse built in the township was situated one mile north of the village of Alpine and
erected about 1821. Daniel McIntyre and Dr. Philip Mason were two of the early teachers in this
school. Another one of the schoolhouse built at an early date was the one on the farm of Hickson
Halstead. John Ronald was the first teacher.
Page 396 — artists
Among the younger generation of artists the name E. Pierre Wainwright is probably the best known.
While his work thus far has been largely of commercial nature some of it in the shape of newspaper
cartoons, yet he has shown considerable native talent. He is now giving most of his time and attention
to interior decorative work for a Chicago firm.
Page 446 — Churches of Christ Scientist.
Page 938 — Wainwright family.
(Compiler’s note-I made mention on the above three things because they had bearing on my life. I am
a Christian Scientist, and my mother married Emmet Pierre Wainwright.)
Reference another history of Fayette County.
Land sales — section 1 sold in 1822 — 1825 — 1830 and 1831 to — John Coley — —
Section 3 — 1820 — 21 — 11 to marry, Susannah, Margaret, Marion and Regannah Ronald — —
District 1 was organized in 1824 under the law. The tax levied was nearly all paid in labor or material.
The ground upon which it stood is situated on the Hill north west of Gray’s sawmill was donated by
(Compiler’s note-there was a Gray Robinson school in the neighborhood.)
Mills, Distilleries etc..
— — On the North side of Garrison Creek Hugh Gray built a sawmill very early — prior to 1833 —
(Compiler’s note-I have a patent granted to him in 1847 concerning some things he used in is saw
Churches and burying grounds
— — — among the early members of the New School Church were — — John G. Gray — —
(Compiler’s note-my most treasured mementos of the Hugh Gray homestead where I was raised are a
bed, chest of drawers, dresser and marble top table.)
George Ronald emigrated from Scotland to the United States sometime before the American Revolu-
tion. On the 14th day of February 1789, he married Elizabeth Smith of Connecticut, and afterwards
made their home at Ryegate, Caledonia County, Vermont. Here they resided for a period of 19 years.
In 1820 George Ronald with his family and others, emigrated from Vermont to Indiana, four years
after the state had been adopted into the Union. They began their journey to the then far West on
about the first they of July 1820. They passed down the valley of the Connecticut River, turned West,
crossed the Hudson at Lansingburg, New York, traveled on West through the Mohawk Valley to
central New York, and reached Canandaigua on the 23rd day of July. From this point their course lay
through Batavia and westward to Buffalo, and from there along the shore up lake Erie until they
arrived at Salem in northeastern, Ohio. Traveling southward they passed through the town of Warren,
Youngstown, New Lisbon, Somerset, Richmond and Cadiz to Cambridge; then westward by way of
Zanesville, Somerset, Lancaster, Jefferson, Greenville, Fort Vincent and Lebanon, reaching the Big
Miami at Middletown, Ohio Aug. 28, 1820.
Fragments of notes taken by Mary Ronald on trip from Vermont to Indiana. (compiler’s note-I do not
know who might have original notes.)
1820, July 22 — — 26 miles of fine country called crossed the Caugus Lake upon a bridge a mile
July 23 — — 26 miles, stayed over Sabbath in Canandague two miles west of the village.
July 25 — — Come 30 miles last week. Our family were almost all sick with very bad colds, and we
are not well yet.
July 26 — — 27 miles.
July 27 — — 27 miles.
July 28 — — came 14 miles, 8 of which was upon the Lake Shore. This is the first date that I have
been really tired since I left home.
July 29 — — after traveling 11 miles off the worst road you’d ever saw we put up very much fatigued.
July 30 — — 7 miles more bad road, then we crossed the Catensugua Creek and came in seven miles
farther and put up at the Pierce Inn, were we expect to rest from our toil until Monday.
Aug. 2 — — Came 18. Stop to get our carriage mended and our horses shod which took until most
noon the next day which was rainy.
Aug. 3 — — The shoeing of the horses and going to see the burning prevented our traveling more
then six miles.
Aug. 4 — — 25 miles through quite a muddy road.
Aug. 5 — — 25 miles very bad road. Were overtaken by dark a mile before were reached the Inn.
Aug. 6 — — 23 miles. All well, and the roads much better than they were yesterday.
Aug. 7 — — today Mrs. Thompson is sick.
Aug. 8 — — Sabbath of rest.
Aug. 9 — — 21 miles on the turnpike road, some mudd.
Aug. 10 — — Very rainy. Traveled 20 miles.
Aug. 11 — — 20 miles.
Aug. 12 — — 23 miles. Broke our carriage axletree, however we got it mended without much delay.
Aug. 13 — — 20 miles of very hilly roads.
Aug. 14 in — — Two miles very rainy day.
Aug. 15 — — Sabbath off rest. Today we are in a private house with an old gentleman and lady in the
township of Galena. The weather is both wet and cold.
Aug. 16 — — 20 miles.
Aug. 17 — — 18. Very hilly road.
Aug. 18 — — 11 miles. All well. The weather is dry and pleasant.
Aug. 19 — — 20 miles. Fine whether.
Aug. 21 — — 22 miles.
Aug. 22 — — 22 miles.
Aug. 23 — — 25 miles. All well.
Aug. 24 — — Sabbath. Today we stopped in a cabin and are well treated.
Aug. 25 — — 26 miles.
Aug. 26 — — 19 miles. This is gone from the house to the wagon. I slipped and sprained my ankle
Aug. 27 — — 24 miles. Roads very good.
Aug. 28 — — 24 miles. Crossed the Great Miami at Middletown, Ohio.
Aug. 29 — — 23 miles. My ankle is still lame but is getting better.
Aug. 30 — — 12 miles through wooden country. The roads however are not very bad.
(Compilers note — the miles mention when added equal 644 miles.)
Copy of this original letter is in the possession of Robert K. Gray — (Quincy Demaree Gray — John
Gibson Gray Jr. — John Gibson Gray Sr. — Robert Gray.)
Bethel, Randolph County, June 2nd , 1821
Knowing that in the wilderness the countenance and passing company of a Covenanter will be gratify-
ing to you, I take the liberty of introducing to your acquaintance, my friend, the bearer, Mr. John Gray,
a young men of fine untarnished character, amiable deportment and exemplary piety. He returned with
me from Ohio, has since purchased land here within one mile of my house and intends returning to
settle in this congregation. Of Mr. Gray you can obtain a living history of us, our prospects, country,
May the Good Shepherd find you in your lonely situation with the — — — ordinances and comfort
you with his presence.
I anticipate the pleasure of seeing your family in the beginning of Sept.
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald
According to the facts contained in the above letter we can arrive at the following possible the auction.
(Compilers note — I did not know who wrote to below. Perhaps it was the judge.)
If apparently Sam Wylie of Bethel, Vermont, (Bethel is a town not far from Ryegate, the former home
of the Ronald’s who left there in 1820), while in Ohio met John Gray and they became friends, Mr.
Wiley possibly extolled the virtues of Vermont life to young John, who decided to travel back to
Vermont with Sam. Upon arriving there he purchased some land within one mile of Wiley’s own
house. John then returned to his home in Ohio possibly to pack up his belongings preparatory to
returning to settling in Vermont, while at home he naturally discussed the letter of introduction he had
from Sam Wiley, with his brother, Hugh and they undoubtedly decided to go together and visit Mr.
Wiley’s dear friends, the Ronalds, who lived in Fayette County, Indiana. There they met the Ronald’s
daughters Mary and Susanna, fell in love with them, John marrying Mary and Hugh marrying Susanna.
The elder Ronald, George, gave his daughters land as was accustomed when they married and there
they made their homes. John evidently not going back to Vermont. John and Mary had nine children.
Their son Gibson Gray married Mercie Demaree, the parents of Quincy Gray, father of Jane, Sabra,
Robert K., and Archibald Gray.
Copy of a postcard and its reply, the originals are both in possession of Robert K. Gray-(Quincy
Demaree Gray-John Gibson Gray Jr.-John Gibson Gray Sr.-Robert Gray.)
Ms. Mae Jones
323 North Waller Ave.
Feb. 24, 1942
(Compilers note — for May Jones, see John Ronald descendants.)
The years there;
Our cousin Rev. D. E. Smith has told me you would like a copy of “The Ronald Family”. I am send-
ing you one under separate cover. Cousin Roy Ronald, Mitchell, S. Dak., printed the books. He said
he would not charge for them but if anyone care to remit 50 cents it would repay him for the work. I
am the daughter of Marian Emily Ronald Jones. My mother died in 1922. Since 1925 I have lived
here in the family of __________ Chambers Skiles.
(Compiler’s note-Rev. D. E. Smith-seeing Margaret Ronald descendants. I could not make out the
name of the people may kid he was living with that it looked like Nerma or Nema so must be a descen-
dant of John Ronald’s 4th daughter, Roseanna Marilla who married Samuel Chambers.)
The above card was written to Finly Gray-(John Gibson Gray Jr.-John Gibson Gray Sr.-Robert Gray.)
This is the reply.
March 3, 1942
Dear Ms. Jones,
Your card of the 24th ultim was received in the course of mail and the book “The Ronald Family” was
received a few days ago. I greatly appreciate the family history and I thank you very much for the
favor. I am enclosing 50 cents for you to forward to the writer of the book.
I have a little family history here in which you may be greatly interested. The five sisters (compilers
note — Mary, Susanna, Margaret, Marian, Rosanna.) of John Ronald in 1823, entered 160 acres of
land in Fayette Co., and some 10 or total years later all this five sisters conveyed the land with her
husband joining. I will try and secured at an abstract of this entry of land and the deeds conveying the
land with her husband’s joining and send it to you.
I am sending you here with a copy on article showing that the old family burial place on the Ronald
land in Orange Township is being restored for preservation. This burying ground includes, I under-
stand a number of the George Ronald family, the father of John Ronald.
Finly H. Gray
THE BOOK SPOKEN OF WAS NAMED “THE RONALD CLAN” AND IT IS IN THE POSSESION
OF ROBERT K. GRAY- (Quincy Demaree Gray-John Gibson Gray Jr.-John Gibson Gray Sr.-Robert
Gray) I COPIED ALMOST THE ENTIRE BOOK. THE NAMES AND DATES I ARRANGED IN
MY OWN STYLE. THEY DID HAVE SOME ERRORS IN THE FAMILY OF HUGH GRAY AND
JOHN GIBSON GRAY SR., WHICH IT TOOK ME A YEAR TO DISCOVER. BOTH VERSIONS
Published 1927 Mitchell, S. D.
It is almost entirely due to the loyal faithfulness of the late Emily Ronald (Jones) Walker, (compiler’s
note-see John Ronald descendants.) that this work has been made possible. For years she kept a
written record of family data, adding to it as she remembered or acquired more facts. Whenever
relatives visited the neighborhood he would say “Let us have a gathering of the Clan.” During this
pleasant date together, she would review the known family history and confer about securing more.
To carry on her work has been a labor of love on the part off her daughter and her niece. They wish to
thank the cousins who have helped with information and to call the special notice of all concerned to
the generous gift of William Roy Ronald (compiler’s note-see John Ronald descendants.) For the
“Clan” grateful acknowledgments are hereby made to him for his help.
For the incompleteness of the genealogy and for probable errors the compilers ask your forbearance.
Annabel Ronald Barber (compilers note-
see John Ronald descendants, Annabel
is Emily’s niece.)
M. May Jones (compilers note-see
John Ronald’s descendants, she is
Book written by Annabel Ronald Barber and my Myra May Jones. Information obtained from records
of Marian Emily Ronald (Jones) Walker.
May Jones — “I was seven when my grandfather John Ronald died. Because of my father’s death
when I was an infant and mothers having to earn our living I was with him more than the other grand-
(Compiler’s note-Emily he was the seventh child of John Ronald. Annabel was the daughter of Will-
iam James Ronald, sixth child of John Ronald and her brother was publisher.)
Our branch of the family
As, in course of time the highland clan systems dissolved, many highlanders removed to the lowlands
Southern Scotland were there was more arable land and milder climate. From the time of this changes
genealogical records became very deficient, so information of the Ronalds at this period is lacking.
There are references to a Lord Ronald in Robert Burns published letters. Burns mentions visiting a
Lord Ronalds home near Glasgow and of writing a poem to his daughter Janet and her sister.
Our knowledge of our own branch goes back no farther than to the farther of the founder of our Ameri-
can line — Robert Ronald of old Kirpatrick Dunbartonshire, Scotland besides George Slater Ronald,
our progenitor, he had a son named John and two daughters — Margaret and Janet. John was George’s
half brother and it is surmised that the girls were George’s half sisters. There may have been other
children of Robert Ronald. The following incident indicates that there was another son —
In 1903 Carrie Ronald Lily (compiler’s note-9th child of Margaret Caraline, daughter of John Ronald
and Lily he being spelled Lilly and Lily in the book) who was living in Chicago was stopped one-day
by a lady who lived near. “What was your maiden name?” She asked. “My name was Ronald.” “I
knew it! You are the very picture of my sister. Your face has haunted me since I first saw you.”
This Mrs. Arnold’s maiden name was Ronald. She said they had tried to trace their family through
Whitelow Reid (compiler’s note-Marian Ronald Reid’s son) and got back to two brothers-Whitelow E.
coming from one (George) and Mrs. Arnold’s from the other.
Mrs. Lilly he said this lady looked more like her own father John Ronald than any of his own daugh-
George Slater Ronald’s half brother John followed him to this country and died living one daughter.
In the life of Whitelow Reid by Royal Courtissey is found the following paragraph:
Robert Ronald a farmer and cattle racer of old Kirkpatrick near Glasgow strongly objected to the
immigration of a son George Slater Ronald to America and only consented in the long run when
persuaded that the leader who was to have oversight of him on the voyage was a prudent man. This
sponsor was general James Whitelow one of the two commissioners sent out by the Scotch American
Company of Farmers to select a town site for a body of colonists. The commissioners for the company
after much travel and chaffering fixed upon Ryegate in Vermont for the Scotch settlement. Here
George Ronald established himself, here he married and here all his children were born.
We note that George was 27 when his father permitted him to come to this country on condition that
he would be carefully chaperoned. This was in 1786. He dropped the “Slater” from his named after
coming here as is shown by the deeds we have.
The forgoing comprises all that we know of our people in Scotland except that a later to George from
his sisters in Scotland in 1822 mentions “your cousins George, John and Janet Ronald.” In 1820
(when George Ronald was 61) he and his entire family came west seeking relief from the long cold
winters of Vermont. They had meant to settle in Southern Illinois but for some reason unknown to us
they got no further than Connersville, Fayette Co., Indiana. George Ronald was a Col in the
Blackhawk war. His grave and that of his son James are in the Ronald — Gray cemetery, both died in
the same year 1821. The family went to Indiana in 1820 settling on Garrison Creek in Fayette Co.,
and the next year the father and the youngest son died in one day and the mother in 1826 while resid-
ing with the youngest daughter. Father and son had pneumonia.
(Compiler’s note-there was a write up about their coat-of-arms but I did not copy that.)
GENERATION: Robert Ronal-Old Kirkpatrick, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. There were other chil-
dren of Robert Ronald but the only one we can be sure of is-
GENERATION: George Slater Ronald, born in Scotland in 1759, went to Ryegate, Vermont in
1786, to Connersville, Ind., in 1820. Died Sept.22 1821 at age 62, buried Gray-Ronald Cemetery.
Married Feb.17, 1789 to Elizabeth Smith born ________ died 1826. She was the daughter of Joseph
and Naomi Smith and Elizabeth had a sister named Rhoda and one named Ruth, and a brother named
James and there may have been others.
WOMEN DESCENDANTS OF ELIZABETH SMITH RONALD ARE ELEGIBLE FOR MEMBER-
SHIP IN D. A. R.
All children born in Ryegate, Vermont.
1. Janet Ronald, born Feb. 4, 1790, died Feb. 3,1812 at age 22 of typhoid fever — buried Ryegate.
2. Elizabeth Ronald, born Aug. 18, 1791, died — —, buried Nauvoo, Ill.
3. Robert Ronald, born March 6, 1792, died Sept. 19, 1798, age 5.
4. Mary Ronald, born May 12, 1795, died Feb. 27, 1879, age 83, buried Gray-Ronald Cemetery. (For
her descendants see John Gibson Gray Sr. chapter.)
5. Susanna Ronald, born March 13, 1797, died Aug. 8, 1878. (For her descendants see Hugh Gray
6. John Ronald, born July flow of, 1799 died March — — 1873, age 73. Went from Indiana to Iowa.
7. Margaret Ronald, born March 14, 1802, died — —
8. Marian Whitelow Ronald, born March 18, 1804, died — —. She was the mother of Whitelow
Reid, ambassadors to the court of St. James. His daughter Jean Templeton married Sir John Ward,
second son of Wm. first Earl of Dudley.
9. Rosanna Ronald, born May 4, 1806, died — —
10. James Ronald, born May 30, 1808, died — — 1821, age 13. Buried Gray-Ronald Cemetery.
ELIZABETH RONALD’S DESCENDANTS
Elizabeth Ronald married Daniel Thompson who died May 1834.
This eldest living daughter of George Ronald was married at Ryegate. She and her husband came west
about 1820. They stayed a year in Ashtabula, Ohio, then made their home in Ft. Madison Iowa. When
on a visit to her brother John at Nauvoo, Ill., she died suddenly.
THEIR CHILDREN: 4
1. Susanna Thompson, married William Reed, farmer, at Knoxville, Ia., when she was sisteen.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. John Reed, married Mina Collins, lived at Knoxville, Iowa — lawyer.
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Frederick Reed
2. William Reed
3. Emerson Reed
4. Susan Reed, married — — Smith
2. William Reed
3. Mary Reed, married — — Colin, died in Arizona
4. Preston Reed, died in the Federal Army.
5. Albert Reed-, lawyer, Marysville, Kans. County Judge 7 consecutive times.
6. Jesse Reed, married Anson Pringle, Des Moines, Iowa.
7. Oscar Reed, went to Oregon.
8. Otho Reed. Oscar and Otho were twins.
2. Jacob Thompson, died in Ashland, Oregon.
3. Amos Thompson, Settled in Oregon, no further data.
4. Elizabeth Thompson, married _______ Tuttle, Natches, Miss.
5. Gilbert Thompson, died unmarried in Oregon.
JOHN RONALD’S DESCENDANTS
John Ronald married Martha Kilough, Oct. 10, 1822 in Preble Co., Ohio. John died in March 1873.
Martha died in 1880 age 80.
THEIR CHILDREN: 4
1. Eliza Ronald, born June 13, 1823, married G. Humphrey Crow on July 1, 1846.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. John Ross Crow married a knee strong, died Dec. 1899
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Opal Crow married Leroy Biddle
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Wesley Leroy Biddle
2. Martha E. Crow, married Alpheus Latta
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Ray Latta married Sarah ___________
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. William Latta
1. Arlene Latta
2. Faye Latta, married Will Hesse, no children
3. Marie Latta
4. Don Latta, Married Lynne ____________
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Eugene Latta
5. Karl Latta, married Bertha ___________
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Karl Latta
3. J. Harvey Crow, married Hettie Mallory
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Harmon George Crow, married Ivy Myers
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Lilias Harvey Crow
2. Ivan Crow
3. Sadie Crow
4. Jean Crow
2. Mary Crow, married Arch C. Vandever
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Naomi Lucille Alexander
3. Gavin Lee Crow
4. Winnie Crow, Married Charles James
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Helen James
2, Harvey James
4. W. Gavin Crow, married Lousa Townsend
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Harold Crow, married Leona Brown-two daughters
2. Marie Crow, married Rusell Bretz
5. George R. Crow, married Ella Davidson
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Mabel Crow, married twice. First husband died in accident, second husband named
6. Emily Isabelle Crow, married Ernest Herdman
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Charles Herdman, Married __________ , one son
2. Mary Herdman, Married Bruce Scott
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Mary Anabelle Scott
2. James Scott
3. Ronald Scott
3. James Herdman
4. Paul Herdman, married and one son
5. Ruth Herdman
6. Ralph Herdman
7. Dorothy Herdman
SECOND DAUGHTER OF JOHN RONALD
2. Martha Ann Amanda Ronald, born Feb. 23, 1825, died April 13, 1913 married Joseph B. McDill,
on October 2, 1850.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. Lelia McDill, born Oct. 11, 1851 died Oct. 26, 1851
2. John McDill, born Oct. 17, 1852, died March 20, 1877, unmarried
3. Mary Bell McDill, born June 7, 1855, died July 8, 1913, married Lewis Agnew, Pawnee
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Florence Agnew, died in infancy
2. Hellen Agnew, married _________ Blaney, and aviator, died 1923
3. Gertrude Agnew, married William Fraters, los Angeles, California.
4. William McDill, married Alice Agnew
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Irene Elizabeth McDill
2. Florence Margaret McDill
3. Edna May McDill
5. T. Chalmers McDill, married Jesse ___________ on May 26, 1915
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Chester Ronald McDill
6. Florence E. McDill, married William Curtis, Columbus Junction, Iowa. She died July 31,
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Balle Curtis, died in infancy
2. Florence Curtis
3. Ronald Curtis, died in childhood
7. George R. McDill, married Elizabeth Dodder. Lived at the John Ronald homestead.
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Marian McDill
2. Joseph McDill, died in infancy
3. Faith McDill
THRID DAUGHTER OF JOHN RONALD
3. Ruth Emmeline Ronald, born March ________ 1827, died 1830 (?)
FOURTH DAUGHTER OF JOHN RONALD
4. Roseanna Marilla Ronald, Born Jan. 18, 1829, died July 11, 1890 married Samuel G. Chambers
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. Sarah Emily Chambers (Chicago) born April to, 1853, died June 3, 1938. Married on all
this 27, 1879 Dr. H. P. Skiles
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Vera Gertrude Skiles, married Harry West
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Emily West
2. Hellen West
3. Ruth West
2. Claire Josephine Skiles, died in early childhood
3. James Hubert Skiles, M. D., married Edna Rauch
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. James Skiles
2. Mary Skiles
3. Eleanor Skiles
4. Robert Skiles
4. Frank Chambers, married Pauline Rock
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Virginia Chambers
2. Hugh Porter Chambers
3. Frank Chambers Jr., married Elta Hedges
5. Florence Margaret Chambers, married Don Riley
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Margaret Riley, married Joel Hadley Jr.
2. Clinton Riley, married Dorothy Spiker
3. Jean Riley
4. Allan Riley
6. Arthur Chambers, born 1893, died 1915
2. John Enox Chambers, born Oct. 19, 1855, died July 4, 1923, married Dec. 20, 1886, Anna
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Mary Fern Chambers
3. Josephine Martha Chambers, born Feb. 15, 1858, married James Carson
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Fannie Carson, married ________ Nelson
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Howard Nelson
2. Hellen Nelson
2. Bertha Carson, married __________ Wheeler, no children
3. Fred Carson, married and no children
4. Elva Carson, died in childhood
5. Lelia Carson, married ________ Long, no children
4. William Ellsworth Chambers, born May 10, 1861 married Bessie Moore
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. William Chambers, married Roberta __________, two daughters
2. Harriet Chambers, married Ray Gardner
5. Samuel Emerson Chambers, born Nov. 6, 1866 married Celia Carson
THEIR CHILDREN: 6TH GENERATION
1. Mae Chambers, married Earl Baumer
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Earleen Baumer
2. Gertrude Chambers, married Elton Hatton
3. George Chambers, married?
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Robert Chambers
THE FOREGOING FOUR CHILDREN OF JOHN RONALD WERE ALL BORN IN FAYETTE
FIFTH CHILD OF JOHN RONALD
5. John McMaster Ronald, born Sept. 1833 died July 1834. Ford and died in Hancock County
SIXTH CHILD OF JOHN RONALD
6. William James Killough McLeod Ronald, born Oct. 9, 1830 in Hancock Co., Illinois, died Feb. 28,
1882, married Mary Joyce Smith, on Oct. 6, 1863. Mary died two weeks after he did on March 7,
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. Annabel Ronald, (WRITER OF THE BOOK) born Sept. 30, 1864, married on Sept. 14,
1887, George Barber
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Edith Adah Barber, married Theron Byrne of Arizona
2. Hellen Grace Barber, died in infancy
3. John Ronald Barber
4. Bertha Mabel Barber, married Harold Mitchell, Arizona
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. John William Mitchell
5. Hugh Herbert Barber, Mc Gladys Harper
THEIR CHILDREN: 7
1. Frances Barber
2. Martha Eva Ronald, born March 30, 1866, died Sept. 1869
3. Bertha Bicinti Ronald, born Oct. 13, 1868, married June 7, 1888 to Benj. Lieberknecht.
He died March 1908, she then married 1910 George W. Lang no children.
4. Helena Regina Ronald, born Oct. 13, 1871, married David Kirk
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Jean Ronald Kirk
2. Randolph Kirk
5. John Theodore Ronald, born April 1, 1873, died Oct. 30, 1890
6. Adah Pauline Ronald, born May 9, 1876, died May 23, 1890
7. William Roy Ronald (publisher of the book “The Ronald Clan,” from which I obtained this
names and dates. As of 1964 there was a W. R. Ronald, 704 E. 2nd, Mitchell S. D., to whom I
wrote with no answer, also a Florence Ronald, 620 Mitchell Blvd., Mitchell S. D., whom I also
tried with no answer.) Born June 1,1879, married Ethel Baldwin, she died Nov. 11, 1925, he
then married Mrs. Mabel Kelly Stagsdill on June 24, 1926.
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
GENERATION (I imagine they mean children of William and
1. Malcolm Ronald married Florence Kings, (could be the above Florence Ronald)
2. John Sanford Ronald, died in infancy
3. Mary Joyce Ronald
8. Ethel Marianne Ronald, married James Osborne Reid a Nov. 24, 1917
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Annabel Reid, died in infancy
2. Alan James Reid
3. Rosemary Reid
SEVENTH CHILD OF JOHN RONALD
7. Marian Emily Ronald, born Dec. 3, 1836. First white girl born in Louisa County, Iowa. Died
March 12, 1922. Married Dr. Samuel E. Jones on Oct. 10, 1863, he died May 30, 1866. (She kept the
record from which the book was written.)
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. Infant son — died
2. Myra May Jones (one of authors of the book) born Jan. 25, 1866. She wrote the card to
Finly Gray then lived in Chicago.
Marian Emily Jones later married on Dec. 28, 1881 J. P. Walker
EIGHT CHILD OF JOHN RONALD
8. John Knox Ronald, born Dec. 1839, died about 1842
NINTH CHILD OF JOHN RONALD
9. Margaret Caroline Ronald (probably the Carrie mentioned in the book) born May 30, 1845, mar-
ried Dr. Melvin W. Lily on June 1872 and they lived in Chicago.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. Rachel Rutharvah Lily born June 16, 1873, died April 7, 1891
2. John Lily, died in infancy
3. Paul Lily, died in infancy
4. Ralph Lily, died in infancy
5. Faith Lily, born Oct. 26, 1878, teacher
6. Mark Lily, born April 6, 1886, married Anne Lewis Sheets
JOHN RONALD INFORMALLY ADOPTED Mary Munsey, born April 9, 1847, died July 18, 1883
she married Alcanzar Edwards.
MARGARET RONALD’S DESCENDANTS
Margaret Ronald Married Jacob Smith
THEIR CHILDREN: 4
1. George Smith, married ________ Hamilton. He died in Kansas.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. Adelaide Smith
2. a daughter
2. Mary Jane Smith, married Elijah Hamilton
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. a son who died in the Civil War
2. Newell Hamilton, a physician of Connersville, Indiana
3. Alfred Smith, married Mary Miller, near Des Moines Iowa
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. a son died in childhood
2. a daughter died in childhood
3. Miller Smith, married and land where he. He was a U. P. Minister. (This must be there
Rev. D. E. Smith mentioned in the card to Finly Gray.)
4. Calista Smith, married Hamilton Sprague. She died in Minneapolis.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. Daniel Sprague, drowned in Lake Michigan
2. Frank Sprague, married and lives and Los Angeles
3. Ellsworth Sprague, married, died in Spokane, Wash.
4. Newton Sprague, married, lives and San Diego, Calif.
5. Rosanna Smith, married John Sturgeon
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. A son living near Keota, Iowa
2. Chalmers Sturgeon, Keota, Iowa
6. Edwin Smith, went West building bridges and disappeared.
7. Nelson Smith, married ________ Crawford, lived at Dutch Creek, Ia.
8. Rhoda Smith, married Aaron Schofield. She died at Windom, Minn.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. Nora Schofield, married at Presbyterian minister in Minn.
2. Georgianna Schofield, married _________.
3. Bertha Schofield, married _________.
4. Mira Schofield, married, lives near Windom, Minn.
9. Austin Smith, married ______ Hamilton. Lived at Pawnee City, Neb.
MARIAN RONALD’S DESCENDANTS
Marian Ronald married Robert Charlton Reid, farmer of Cedarville, O. and 1826.
THEIR CHILDREN: 4
1. Gavin McMillan Reid, born April 8, 18208, married ________; died when his children were
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. Carrie Reid, brought up but uncle, Whitelow Reid, she died in 1876.
2. Ella Reid, brought up by uncle, Whitelow Reid, she married _________ Harrison and she
died in San Francisco.
2. Whitelaw Reid, named after General James Whitelow. Married Julia Mills. He died in London on
December 15, 1912, where he was Ambassador to the court of St. James. He was born Oct. 27, 1837.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. Ogden M. Reid, died 1947, married Helen Rogers, Racine, Wis. owner of New York
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Whitelaw Reid
2. Ogden Reid
2. Jean Templeton Reid, married John Ord, younger son of the Earl of Dudley who has now
succeeded to the title.
3. Chastina Reid, b. June 12, 1844. Married Robert Smith, she died 1876 (compilers note — I have
a picture of her.)
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
1. A son who lives in New Hampshire
DATA OBTAINED IN 1965 FROM COLLEGE OF ARMS, LONDON, ENGLAND.
In Burks Peerage it says — Sir John Hubert Ward K. C. B. O. 2d son of William first, Earl of the
Dudley, married on June 23rd 1908, Jean Templeton C. B. E. daughter are of the late Whitelaw Reid.
Sir John Ward died on the 2nd of Dec., 1938 leaving two sons.
K. C. B. O. means Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
C. B. E., means Commander of the Orders of the British Empire.
I would be the third cousin of Whitelaw Reid.
More on the life of Whitelow Reid may be found on the following pages sent to meet by the Green
County Historical Society of Xenia, Ohio, the New York Tribune and James J. Ripley. Also in my
possession are two pamphlets about him. And a copy of part of the live up Whitelow Reid by Royal
Courtissoz, volume 1.
The book “The Ronald Clan”, or the “Ronald Family”, named Whitelaw’s mother Marion, which is
the masculine form of the name. It should be Marian.
On a trip through Ohio taken in 1966, I so the Reid homestead at Cedarville, an enormous beautiful
Notes from a letter written by my cousin, James J. Ripley about Whitelaw Reid —
A I understand his name is not pronounced white, rather it is pronounced hwit, as in it. Hence witlaw.
The name originated in Scotland. There are mountains in Scotland by that name.
Whitelaw Reid, U.S. Journalist and diplomat, Ambassador to Great Britain prior to World War I, was
born near Xenia, Ohio on Oct. 27, 1837. He graduated from Miama University, Oxford, Ohio in 1856
and spoke frequently in behalf of John G. Fremont, the Republican candidate for the presidency in that
year. In 1860 he became legislative correspondent at Columbus for several Ohio newspapers, includ-
ing the Cincinnati Gazette, of which he was made city editor in 1861. He was war correspondent for
the Gazette in 1861-62, serving also as volunteer aid-de-camp to Gen. Thomas A. Moris and to Gen.
William S. Rosencrans in West Virginia, and was Washington correspondent of the Gazette in 1862-
68. And 1868 he became a leading editorial writer for to New York Tribune, in the following year was
made managing editor, and in 1872, upon the death of Horace Greeley, became the principal propri-
etor and editor-in-chief. In 1905 Reid relinquished his active editorship of the tribune, but retained
financial control. He served as minister to France in 1889-92, and in 1892 was the unsuccessful
Republican candidate for vice-president on the ticket with Benjamin Harrison. In 1897 he was special
ambassador of the United States at the coronation of King Edward VII; and in 1905 he became Am-
bassador to Great Britain. He died in London Dec. 15, 1912.
Data on Whitelaw Reid may be found in Funk and Wagnall’s Encyclopedia.
WHILE WATCHING TELEVISION ONE NIGHT I SAW SIGN THAT SAID “XENIA, OHIO, HOME
OF WHITELOW REID”. I WROTE TO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE THERE THEY FOR-
WARDED MY LETTER TO GREEN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. BELOW APPEARS A
COPY OF THE LETTER AND I LETTER GAVE THEM DATA ON THE RONALD FAMILY.
March 31, 1965
Dear Mrs. Witt;
Your letter of the 23rd addressed to the Chamber of Commerce has been forwarded to us for reply.
We were interested in the contents of your letter and to know of your relationship to Whitelow Reid.
For your information and files, we are enclosing a copy of our bulletin No. 3 which featured Whitelow
Reid. I believe most of your questions are answered and this leaflet.
You mention the information you have on the Ronalds family. Our genealogical records are not as
complete we would like to have them and we do not have this information. If you would care to send
us some information, we would be glad to add it to our genealogical library.
Also enclosed is a recent bulletin describing our work on our present museum system. A part of the
King-Moorehead Laseum will be used as our library.
If and when you are in this area, we would be glad to have you stop and visit with us.
Yours very truly,
W. A. Hammond, president.
AND THIS LETTER IN THE BULLETIN THE NAME IS CALLED RONALDS. I MENTIONED
THIS TO THEM AS I ALWAYS KNEW IT TO BE RONALD, AND IT IS SO ON THE TOMB-
I WROTE TO THE NEW YORK HERALD FOR MORE DATA ON WHITELOW REID AND ALSO
FOR FRANK GRAY (see page 8).
April 13, 1965
Dear Mrs. Witt,
In answer to your recent inquiry, we are enclosing a copy of the historical data sheet on the New York
Herald Tribune. In it you will find the information you seek concerning the Tribune, Whitelow Reid,
Ogden M. Reid and Helen Rogers Reid.
As for the Frank Gray whom you mention in your letter, we have been unsuccessful in finding any
record of him or his descendants in our library files here.
We regret we could not be of further help to you in this instance.
Mrs. Mae W. Stabler
New York Herald Tribune
founded April 19, 1841
Past Editors: Tribune, Horace Greeley, Whitelow Reid, Ogden Reid, Whitelow Reid, Ogden R. Reid;
Herald, James Gordon Bennett Sr. and Jr.
On April 10, 1841, Horace Greeley started the New York Tribune. Following the Civil War Whitelaw
Reid, a war correspondent from Ohio, became a staff member. Upon Greeley’s death in 1872, Mr.
Reid was named editor and, with Jay Gould’s aid, bought control of the paper which in time was to
become the nation’s spokesman for independent Republicanism. On Whitelaw Reid’s death in 1912
the son Ogden M. Reid became the Tribune’s owner and editor.
On May 6, 1835, James Gordon Bennett Sr. founded the New York Herald. It was Bennett who
inaugurated the nation’s first financial page (gathering and writing Wall Street News himself) and who
pioneered Sunday supplements. After his death in 1872 his 31 your old successor son extended the
full news coverage policy—sent Henry M. Stanley to find Dr. David Livingstone in darkest Africa—
and employed mark Twain, Richard Harding Davis and other great names to write for the paper. In
1887 Bennett Jr. moved to France inaugurated the Paris Herald which in December 1944, following
wartime suspension, emerged as the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune.
In 1924 the Tribune’s Reid’s purchased the Bennett’s Harold for $5 million, absorbed it, and joined its
name and fame to the New York tribune. Then new Herald Tribune began to grow.
When Ogden M. Reid died in 1947 his widow, Helen Rogers Reid, who served as publisher and
chairman of the board until 1955, entrusted the editorship to her son Whitelaw in 1953, retiring as
chairman in favor of Whitelow Reid in 1955-at which time her song Ogden R. Reid assumed control
as President and Editor.
In August 1958, John Hay Whitney, U. S. Ambassador to the court of St. James acquired control of the
New York Herald Tribune and its European edition. With Ogden R. Reid’s resignation on December
30, 1958, Howard D. Brown the, a former partner in J. H. Whitney and Co., was named president by
the Board of Directors.
The New York Herald Tribune circulated throughout north and Central America-over a third of a
million copies weekdays, over half a million Sunday’s — while the European edition of the Herald
Tribune circulates some 60,000 copies in 71 countries.
With a staff of close to 2,000 with its own news bureaus in Washington and throughout the major news
capitals of the world, and with the Herald Tribune syndicate and news service serving other leading
newspapers across the nation and around the world, the New York Herald Tribune is the editorial
standard-bearer America’s Independent Republican forces while the European edition of the Herald
Tribune serves as America’s Journalist Ambassador overseas.
An article appeared in Life magazine in 1966 telling of the end of the Herald Tribune which occurred
in the spring of 1966. It made mention of Whitelaw Reid and a picture of him was shown and also
mention was made of his two sons. In my possession is a picture of Whitelow.
ROSANNA RONALD DESCENDANTS
Rosanna Ronald married Gavin McMillan 1823 at Morning Sun, Ohio.
THEIR CHILDREN: 4TH GENERATION
1. Jane Harvey McMillan, married Samuel Edgeworth 1844. She died Feb. 22, 1871.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5TH GENERATION
1. Robert Edgeworth, printer, married in died in Kansas
2. “Agnes” Edgeworth, baptized Nancy Jane, died unmarried
3. Dianetha Mary Edgeworth died unmarried
4. James Edgeworth, died in Kansas 1886
5. Rosanna Catherine Edgeworth unmarried
6. Gavin Harvey Edgeworth, married Emma
7. Samuel Edgeworth, married Belle Lybrook, Fair Heaven, Ohio
2. James Renwick McMillan, died 1849 unmarried
3. Elizabeth Marilla McMillan, died
4. Mary Diantha McMillan, died
5. Margaret Louisa McMillan, married Robert Bratton, Oct. 19, 1860 at Clarinda, Ia.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5TH GENERATION
1. James Henry Bratton, born 1861, died unmarried
2. Rosanna Catherine Bratton, married Benton Barber
3. Edith Jane the Bratton, unmarried
4. Mary Angeline Bratton, unmarried
6. Martha McMillan, died
7. John Ronald McMillan, married Hattie McCrory, Oct. 23, 1872. She was a friend and classmate of
Mary Smith who married Wm. James Ronald sixth child of John Ronald. John Ronald McMillan died
March 4, 1900.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5TH GENERATION
1. Wm. Gavin McMillan, dental surgeon at Wellsville, Ohio, married
2. Edward Ernest McMillan, teacher Omaha, Nebr., married
3. John Herbert McMillan, Omaha, Nebr.
4. Rosanna McMillan, married _______ Butler
5. Isabel McMillan, teacher, Omaha, Nebr.
8. Hugh Henry McMillan, died 1865, unmarried
9. Susanna Angeline McMillan, died 1862, unmarried
10. George Melcancthon McMillan, married Mattie McMillan
THEIR CHILDREN: 5TH GENERATION
1. Riley Scouler McMillan
2. Minie Rosanna McMillan, married E. E. Smith. He died and she married Archibald D.
11. Catherine and Amanda McMillan, died 1864 unmarried
12. Marion Tirzah McMillan, unmarried
13. Daniel Addison McMillan, married Elizabeth Talbot 1892. Teacher and died 1906 in Missouri.
All trace of the present Ronald’s has been lost with the exception of the following —
William C. Couch 71008 Calumet Ave. Couch Adjustment Co., Inc. Hammond, Ind. He is a descen-
dant of their reads being in the branch coming from a brother of Whitelow Reid’s father. He gave me
some data on Whitelow.
In Richmond, Indiana there is supposed to be one of the Ronalds but he made no reply to my letter.
James H. Ronald 2015 S. E. Richmond, Ind.
New Englander P. O. box 787 North Adams, Mass., as the following item for sale — item G. 323
vindication of the “Clan Ronald of Glengary” against attacks upon them and that Inverness Journal
with remarks as to dissent of the family, Edinburg 1821, Chart.
ADDITIONAL DATA COPIED FROM RECORDS of Melvin Gray-(Wendell Phillips Gray-Judge
George Law Gray-John Gibson Gray Jr.-John Gibson Gray Sr-Robert Gray.)
Joseph Smith came to Ryegate in 1784 and bought eight lots of land from Patrick Lara. Smith had 248
acres of while land and 15 cleared set to his name in the grand list the Ryegate for 1789.
Cemetery at Ryegate have tombstones of the following inscriptions:
Robert Ronalds, born March 6, 1793, died Sept. 3, 1798.
Jennet Ronalds, born Feb. 4, 1790, died Feb. 3, 1812.
Spellings listed the name as Roinals, Reynolds, or as they used it, Ronalds. Somewhere along the line
the S must have been dropped as I found it always as Ronald.
Ref.: History of Ryegate, Vt. 1774 — 1912 copyright 1913 by town of Ryegate.
Book also in possession of Melvin Gray.
Page 1 — General James Whitelaw was the founder of the town and its historian.
(Compilers note — the following may differ some from mine but I entered it so it could be compared.)
George Ronald, born Scotland 1759. According to Mr. Miller and Mr. Mason he came to America and
Ryegate in 1786 in company with Robert Brock Sr., and family. But the by the recollection of his
daughter Marion Ronalds Reid he came about 1774 and general Whitelaw was his guardian was home
he lived several years. He ran the first mail at Boltonville for some time for Deacon Brock. He mar-
ried about 1788 Elizabeth, daughter out Joseph Smith of Bath, N. H., who lived and Ryegate 1784-95.
He bought the farm afterwards partly owned by William Henderson and now by H. H. Gibson the
buildings stood on the old Turnpike. In 1819 his inventory shows that he was in comfortable circum-
stances. The family went to Indiana in 1820 settling on Garrison Creek, Fayette Co., and the next year
the father and the youngest son died in one day, and the mother in 1826 (further data said father and
son both had pneumonia), while reciting with her youngest daughter. Children all born in Ryegate.
1. Janet Ronald, born Feb. 1790, died Feb., 3, 1812.
2. Elizabeth Ronald, born Aug. 18, 1791.
3. Robert Ronald, born March 5, 1793, died Sept. 3, 1798.
4. Mary Ronald, born May 12, 1795, married John Gray of Fayette County, Indiana and died there.
5. Susannah Ronald, born March 13, 1797, married Hugh Gray of Fayette County, Indiana and died
6. John Ronald, born July 12, 1799 removed with parents to Fayette County, Indiana 1820 and
settled. He married in 1822 Martha Killough of Preble Co., Ohio, moved about 1828 to Hancock Co.,
Ill., and entered land adjoining the city of Nauvoo. Capt., in the Black Hawk War., and brevetted
Colonel, moved 1836 to Louisa Co., Iowa. Member of the first constitutional convention of Iowa and
one of three commissioners chosen by the Legislature of 1838 to locate the capitol of the territory-
moved 1869 from his farm to Grandview where he died 1873., Covenanter, but after moving to Iowa
joined the Associated Ref. Presbyterian Church.
1. Eliza Jane Ronald, born 1823, married G. H. Crow of Wapello, Louisa Co., Iowa — 8
2. Martha A. Ronald, born 1825 married J. B. McDill of Wapello, Iowa — five children
3. Rosanna Ronald, born 1829 married de G. Chambers of Richmond, Ohio, who moved to
Wapello, Iowa — 5 children.
4. William J. Ronald, born 1835 married Mary Smith of Grandview, Iowa — seven children.
5. Marion E. Ronald, born 1836 married Dr. S. D. Jones who died 1866 and second 1881
John P. Walker of Grandview, Iowa.
6. Margaret C. Ronald, born 1845 married and W. Lily. Lives Chicago.
7. Margaret Ronald, born March 141801.
8. Marion Ronald, born March 18, 1803, married Robert C. Reid Q. V.
9. Rosannah Ronald, born May 4, 1805 married chair 8th for 1824 Rev. Deion McMillan son of
Hugh and Jane (Harvey) McMillan, born Dewack, Co. Anhim, and Ireland, and Feb. 6, 1807. Came to
America with parents same year settling and the Chester district, S. C. graduated 18 — SC college.
Columbia studied theology in Philadelphia ordained by the Pittsburgh Presbyterian, Ref. Presbyterian
Ch., and inst. Pastor of the Beech Woods congregation, Morning Sun, Preble County, May 71823.
Remaining their tilt died generate 25, 1867. Moderator of the General Synod of 1839 and 1861 —
Glasgow History of the Ref. Presbyterian Churches in America.
10. James Ronald, Born May 30, 1807, Died 1821.
In the Chicago Tribune, Nov. 30, 1967, Appeared quite a long article about the different Clans in
Scotland. Mention was made of Clan Ronald. A map of Scotland was shown and Clan Ronald ap-
peared twice in the map.
END OF THE RONALD CHAPTER.
REVOLUTIONARY RECORDS OF ROBERT GRAY
In talking with a lady who belongs to the Daughters of the American Revolution she explained that in
order to belong to this organization you must be able to prove you had an ancestor that taught in the
Revolutionary War. I believe we who are descendants from Robert Gray can claim this honor. She
said if his name appears in a history book that states he fought in the war, or if someone else went in
under his name and was accepted then others would be also. I believe in the following pages that I can
offer enough proof so as to leave no doubt that Robert Gray fought in their Revolutionary War for his
In my possession is part of the it DAR Patriot Index National Society of the Daughters of the American
Revolution, Diamond Jubilee administration Mrs. William Henry Sullivan Jr. President General
Washington: 1966 page 282-Gray, Robert: b. 1747 d. 12-21-1843 m. Agnes Atkins Pvt. CT.
The following bears an over a seal for Rush Co., Indiana and the original is in my possession. It was
given to meet by Herman Wyman Gray-(Henry Pigman Gray-James Gray-Martin Gray-Robert Gray.)
This paper was found in the belongs of his father.
This statement was sworn to by my grandfather John Ronald Gray-(Hugh Gray Sr.-Robert Gray.)
State of Indiana S. S.
County of Fayette
I, John R. Gray, on oath being duly sworn depose and say I am 86 years of age and a resident of Fayette
County, Indiana. That I am a grandson of Robert Gray, who emigrated to America in 1764, coming
from Londonderry, Ireland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he taught school for a living — he
was there a soldier in their Revolutionary War, having being called to the service three times-he served
under General Israel Putnam and under General Watts of the militia line and was attached to a number
of regular troops to attack the British at Sandyhook. He also served under Captain Turbett and Captain
Jonathon Robinson. The company was discharged by General Putnam with great applause.
He married Agnes Gray, a lady of English descent and moved up the Juniata River Valley, 65 miles
west of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, near Lewistown and Mifflin County, to a farm owned by his brother,
Elisha Gray, and there the following children were born to them —
James Gray born March 13 — 1776 — died March 22 — 1776
James Gray born March 1 — 1777 — died April 12 — 1777
William Gray born July 20 — 1778 — died
Richard Gray — born Oct. 28 — 1780 — died
Robert Gray — born — April — one — 1883 — died
Mary Gray — born — April — 10 — 1785 — died Nov. 27 — 1843
James Gray — born — May 7 — 1787 — died Sept. — 3 — 1820
John G. Gray — born — may 7 — 1789 — died 1871
Hugh Gray — born — may for — 1792 — died 1874
John upon Gray — Warren Jan Gray — 14 — 1794 — died
Martin Gray — born — Nov. 4 — 1796 — died Sept. 18 — 1876
Grandfather Robert Gray came with his family from Pennsylvania to Ohio in 1807, purchased and
located on a farm 7 miles out of Hamilton, Ohio. Two of his sons Robert and Martin Gray emigrated
to Iowa about 1837 and located in Louisa County, on farms near Grandview, Iowa.
My father, Hugh Gray, son of Robert and Agnes Gray, married Susanna Ronald and located on a farm
nine miles from Connersville, Indiana, where I was born and or I have spent my entire life and the
beautiful part of it is, that as the sunset of life draws nigh, this is still my home.
Signed — John R. Gray
County of Rush
State of Indiana
Subscribed and sworn before me a Notary Public in and for Rush County Indiana this 26th day of
Witness my hand and seal this date.
V. E. Lewark
Notary Public my com. ex. Nov. 23, 1928
Robert Gray born 1744
Robert Gray died-Dec. 20 1843 age 99 years
Agnes his wife died March 21-1831 age 78 years
Ref. Indianapolis, Indiana Public Library: History of Butler County, Ohio. 1882 page 481. #G 977.101
B 985 h.
Robert Gray was born in Ireland in 1744 and died in 1843 in Fayette County, he came to the American
Colonies in 1763. He joined American Army and the War of the Revolution having taken the oath of
allegiance and was in several engagements. He served under General Putnam, first in the militia and
afterwards in the regulars at Sandy Hook. He also served under General Watts and Captain Jonathon
Robinson’s company and received his discharge from General Putnam. After his discharge he settled
in Pa. where he married Agnes Gray, born in Pa. in 1753, d. in 1851 in Fairfield Township and this
County. He had 11 chil., James who died in infancy, b. March 13, 1776; James, the second b. March
1, 1777; Wm. b. July 20, 1778; Richard b. Oct. 29, 1780; Robert b. Apr. 17, 1783; Mary b. Apr. 10,
1785; James the Third, b. May 7, 1787; John G. b. Aug. 1789; Hugh b. May 1792; Jonathon b. Jan. 14,
1794; Martin b. Nov. 4, 1796. Mr. Gray came to this state about 1814 and purchased 160 acres of land
in Fairfield Township were he lived till the time of his death. He taught school for some years, his
sons carrying on the farm. Of his children Jonathon was the only one who remained in Butler County.
He was born in Philadelphia Jan. 14, 1794 and was married in 1825 to Mary Woods born in Warren
County, Ohio 1803. They had six chil. of whom 4 are living. Alexander and Marilla are dead; Will-
iam is married and lives in Chicago; Mary H. is the wife of Andrew Ritchie and lives in Cincinnati;
Johanna lives in Fairfield; and John is married living in Fairfield. Jonathon Gray was a member of the
Presbyterian Church at the time of his death and had been a member of the Associate Reform Church
previous to joining the other. He died in 1870, in Fairfield and his wife in 1880.
Soldiers of the American Revolution buried in Ohio published 1959 p. 147-Robert is listed as born
1747-d. 1831. This is taken from S. A. R. records in Washington D. C. Reference 1958 lineage book
S. A. R. Cincinnati, Ohio Chapter, p. 58.
(Compilers note — we may notice that there are several different dates listed as the year that Robert
removed to Ohio.
Some of the above dates of birth Robert’s children do not agree with mine.)
Ref. Indianapolis, Indiana State Library: Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in Ohio. #G 973.
Thirty-four — 0370 B. 1 — 1929 p. 163.
Gray, Robert (Warren Co.)
Mil. Under Gen. Putnam and Gen. Watts. Attached to regiment who attacked British landing at Sandy
Hook; served against Indians up Juniata River. Capts. Swilertt and John Robinson. Br. 1747,
Moneagle, near Londonderry, Ireland. Parents: Rev. William Gray, (son of Rev. Neil Gray) (Press.)
Married Agnes Gray, Mifflin County, Philadelphia, (not relation, though the same name) d. 1831.
Children; two named James, d. soon; William, Richard, Robert, Marg., James, John G., Hugh,
Jonathon, Martin. D. 1843 near Franklin, Warren Co. an uncle reared him, gave him passage to
America were he landed in Philadelphia 1764. In 1806 moved to Ohio, taking out of farm in Butler
County S. A. R. descendants, J. Edward Ritchie, Cincinnati, Ohio. Fur. infor. Cin. Chapter.
(Compiler’s note-I checked with Cincinnati D. A. R. and after research there, they could not clear up
the discrepancies on Robert’s burial place. I contacted Warren County Historical Society and they had
no record of any kind on Robert. Neither did Butler County Historical Society.)
In the possession of Mary Alice Smith French-(Mary Eliza Herron Smith-Rachel Gray Herron-Martin
Gray-Robert Gray) is the following data sent to her from Mrs. Hamilton, Piedmont CA, on May 5,
From New York library-Genealogy Department.
Robert Gray who fought in the Revolutionary War was born in 1747 and emmigrated to America in
1764. His father was the Rev. William Gray, assistant pastor to his father, the Rev. Neil Gray, they
having charge of Moneagle Presbyterian congregation six miles from Londonderry, Ireland 1691-1728.
Dr. William C. Gray, son of Jonathon Gray and grandson of Robert Gray, obtained copies of this and
gave to the different relatives. He was chief editor of “The Interior,” a Presbyterian paper published in
Chicago for years and at the time of his death which occurred at Oak Park, Chicago his home on Sept.
Robert Gray is buried at Connersville, Indiana. Mrs. John Gray lives in the old Gray home and can
(Compiler’s note-in the back of the Jonathon Gray chapter may be found notes taken from my copy of
“The Interior” wherein William C. Gray states that Robert Gray fought in the Revolutionary War.)
Reference Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, D. A. R. Lineage Book 1909
Vol. LXXVII pge 160-61.
Mrs. Mary Agnes Daly Spurrier #76426
born in Fayette County, Indiana
the life of John Addison Spurrier, descendant of Robert Gray, daughter of Jesse Dailey (1827 — 1903)
and Mary and Gray (be. 1830) his wife, m. 1850.
Granddaughter of John G. Gray 1789-1870 and Mary Ronald’s 1795-1879 his wife, m. 1821. Great
granddaughter of Robert Gray and Agnes ______, his wife. Robert served as a private under Turbett,
Pa., troops. He was born 1743 in Ireland.
Mrs. Hazel D. Spurrier Swihart #76427
Born in Rushville, Indiana
Wife of James Wilbur Swihart, desc. of Robert Gray, dau. of John Addison Spurrier, b. 1847 and Mary
Agnes Daly b. 1851, his wife, m. 1868-see #76426.
Mrs. Ida M. Spurrier McDaniel #76428
Born in Fayette Co., Indiana.
Wife of Marion Ross McDaniel, desc. of Robert Gray, dau. of John Addison Spurrier b. 1847 and
Mary Agnes Daly b. 1851, his wife m. 1868.
By sending two daughters to the national D. A. R., Washington D.C. you may of cane the copy of the
occasion for membership. I chose to send for copy it of hazel Wagner had an — (had a Gray Wagner
— James Armstrong Gray — Martin Gray — Robert Gray.) Her number is 296590. Address 5915
Rose Street, Oakland, California.
It states that Robert Gray was born in Londonderry, Ireland and 1747 and died in Connersville, Indi-
ana, on December 21, 1843, that a married Agnes Atkins about 1773 — 74 and that she was born
1753, died April 21, 1831.
It states that Robert was the son of William Gray son of Neil Gray.
Reference is given R.; 1790 census of Mifflin County.
Gray genealogy by and D. Raymond.
D. A. R. lineage book vol. LXXVII p. 160 — 161.
Copy of a letter written by Robert which I will present later. (See below.)
Copy of a letter written by Judge George L. Gray which I will also present later (see p. 222.)
It states at the time of the Revolution he lived in the Juniata River Valley 65 miles west of Harrisburg,
Philadelphia and that he was a private. It also gives the list of his children as I have them.
This is to certify that I, the subscriber, came from Ireland to America two years before de Revolution-
ary War, was obedient to all its requirements as militiamen, and was called three different times, each
time two months to go against the British forces and took the oath of allegiance to the United States as
was required by law at that time and was fully determined to seal with my blood, if it was my lot. I
served under General Putnam and under General walks of the militia lag, and was attached to a num-
ber of regular troops to attack the British that was landed at Tandy hook and one retired, we obtained
our discharge from General Putnam with great applause.
I served under Captain Swilertt and under Captain Jonathon Robinson.
Given under my hand, this third they all of ______ 1843.
The third Captains name was Boal, if I remember right, against the Indians out the Juniata River.
(Compilers note-from the above we may see more discrepancies in dates. According to what Robert
wrote he would have been born in 1747. Yet he died in 1843 and on his stone it states that he was and
his 99th year. From what he said it would seem he came to America in 1763. My own grandmother
said that he lived to be 99, I remember her telling me this.)
A copy of the following may be found in the possession of Opal Maud Douglas McKeen-(Mabel L.
Gray Douglas-James Gray-Richard Gray-Wm. Gray-Robert Gray.)
Robert Gray, a soldier in American Revolution was born at Moneagle near Londonderry, Ireland in
1747. His father was the Rev. William Gray, son of Rev. Neil Gray, in turn pastors of the Presbyterian
congregation at that place.
Robert’s father, having died when the boy was a young lad, he was raised by an uncle and at 18 years
of age was given on outfit and passage to America. He landed at Philadelphia in 1764.
Robert Gray served in the war as militia man, being called three times. He served under General
Putnam and under General Watts. He was attached to regular troops who attacked the British landing
at Sandy Hook and served against the Indians out the Juniata River. His captains were Captain
Sweilertt and Captain Jonathan Robinson. The Captain on the Junita River was Captain Boal or some
Robert Gray married and lived in Mifflin County, Philadelphia where his children were born. In 1806
he moved to Ohio taking up a farm in Butler County. This farm is now owned by inheritance and by
will by Edwards and Melville Ritchie, sons of Mary Gray Ritchie, daughter of Jonathon Gray, young-
est son of Robert Gray.
Robert Gray went to Mifflin County to see a family of the same name. He found they were not related
but stayed on, married the daughter Agnes Gray and settled. Robert and Agnes Gray were buried near
Franklin, Warren County, Ohio. There seen to have been relatives of another branch of the family
(Compilers note — to about says he was brought up by an uncle yet in another history it states that
Robert named one of his children Robert Patton after his maternal grandfather. The township of
Fairfield Ohio has been documented but no person named Gray was in any cemetery there.)
Following is the letter I received from the Mifflin County Historical Society, Lewistown Pa.
Jan. 15, 1966
Dear Mrs. Witt:
Regarding the residence of Robert Gray I am certain that your information is correct and that he was
living in what now is Juniata County, then in Cumberland County. Mifflin County was formed from
Cumberland County in 1789 and included what is now Juniata County. In 1830 Juniata County was
formed from part of Mifflin County. Hence from 1789 to 1830 it would have been called Mifflin
County. I find that in our publication “Heads of Families in Mifflin County, Philadelphia, 1790” a
Robert Gray was living in Lack township, now part of Juniata County but then Mifflin County. This
information comes from the first federal census of 1790. He had a family including himself, one male
over 16,four males under 16 and three females.
Lack township in which this Robert Gray lived at the time of the census would have been in Mifflin
County, near Lewistown (not Lewiston), at least “near” for those pioneer days, Perhaps 20 miles
distant. As that area is not now in our County we do not have any more records of the residence than I
have quoted. I would not know of the cemeteries which the two children might have been buried, but
I doubt that they would be in marked graves in any present cemetery. Before mailing this letter I will
check the Pa. archives to see of Robert Gray is listed as having served in the Cumberland County
J. Martin Stroupe, Co. Sec.
In Pa. Archives, Series 5, Volume XI, (p. 249) our Robert Gray was in Captain Andrew McKee’s Co.
of the 4th battalion of Cumberland County militia, Nov. 1777; (p. 379) Robert Gray in Lt. David
Sheld’s Co. 6th Batt. July 1778; (p. 499) Robert Gray in Captain William Campbells Co. May 1781 as
1st St.; (p. 311) Robert Gray, Captain Samuel Patton’s Co. of 4th Batt. Sept. 1782;. All this services
were in Cumberland Co. militia, but it’s not certain that they were all the same man, although the fact
that the dates did not overlap may indicate so.
For the sum of one dollar I received the following certificate under seal which I copy exactly as it is. I
believe that this is our Robert Gray.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM COMMISSION
BUREAU OF RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS, AND RECORDS
WILLIAM PAN MEMORIAL MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES BUILDING
To whom it may concern:
This is to certify that one Robert Gray was enrolled as a private in sixth class, sixth company, 4
Battalion, Cumberland County militia, in which capacity he served a tour of active duty in Captain
Jonathan Robinson’s company of the Sixth Class, under order of Council dated January 1778, accord-
ing to the evidence of the fine book of John Carothers, County Lieutenant Page 152.
William H. Work
Division of Public Records
The gold seal is here
Authority: military Accounty
(militia), records of the
Comptroller General, at that
Division of Public Records.
Summary: today that place where Robert Gray lived in Philadelphia, would be Junita County. Before
1789 it was Cumberland County formed in 1789 into Mifflin County and in 1830 part of Mifflin
County was formed into Juniata County. Hence from 1789 to 1830 it would have been Mifflin County
and before 1789 it would have been Cumberland County. So today Juniata County is the Mifflin
County of then, Mifflin County still exist a part of it was formed into Juniata County.
Lack township was in Mifflin County (or Cumberland County in 1789) so from the Pennsylvania
Archives Series 5, Vol. XI p. 249 as to the Robert Gray in Captain Andrew McKee’s Co. of the fourth
Battalion of Cumberland County militia, Nov. 1777, must be the same as the certificate for Jan. 1778,
Robert Gray in 4th The, Cumberland County Militia under Captain Jonathan Robinsons Co., for
though the Captains be of different names the other records are too similar and the Cumberland
County Militia would have been named the name of the County then.
Of the other records of service from the Archives I would say since he was to have served three times,
that the one on p. 499 was not him as that was a 1st Lt. and the certificate says he was a private and he
probably remained so.
Reference: 200 years, a chronological list of events and history of Mifflin County Pennsylvania.
1778. Petitions circulated and presented to the Legislature asking for the erection of a new County
from Cumberland County, to be named Mifflin, after General Thomas Mifflin.
It has been said that Robert was bound out has first three years in America
As I have said before there are many different birth dates immigration dates and different places of
burial for Robert. So that we may compare each story I list the pages of which they may be found.
p. 15 — 1747
p. 21 — 1743
p. 79 — 1744
p. 88 — 1747
p. 80 — 1743
p. 81 — 1747
p. 82 — 1747
p. 6 — 1764
p. 16 — 1765
p. 17 — 1760
p. 21 — 1764
p. 78 — 1764
p. 79 — 1763
p. 80 — 1764
p. 81 — 1773
p. 82 — 1774
DIED all dates agree on December 21, 1843
Letter and the back of the Martin Gray chapter written by Judge George L. great stating that Robert
was best thing his son Hugh and Indiana when he passed away and was buried there.
Summary: I would say that Robert was born in 1744 according to Stone or 1747 according to Robert
himself. The date of immigration is rather uncertain they of death is certain and I feel sure he is buried
in the great rivals ancestral Cemetery. The Cemetery is about 800 feet of the road down a gentle
inclined on and all. It is fenced in and entered by an iron gate. Myrtle grows there and many trees
shade our progenitors final resting place.
Rev. James Neil Gray, born, I would say, about 1619 (in Scotland?) died March 3, 1714 age 95, at
Londonderry, Ireland. He and his son William are interred in the same grave which is at the East
Gable of the Episcopal Church at Monreagh, Carrigans, Co. Donegal Eire, Ireland.
Rev. William Gray, born about 1672. Probably married a woman with the maiden name of Patton. If
more on this woman or the wife of James Neil had been known we could lay claim to more relation.
Not sure of the date of Williams’s death.
THEIR CHILDREN: 3
1. Richard Gray.
2. William Gray. These names may not be correct as one history said one of these two was named
Elisha. It is said these two emigrated to Boston or Philadelphia and all trace was lost and also that
they have married.
3. Robert Gray, born about 1744 or 1747 in Londonderry, Ireland. A Revolutionary Soldier. Emi-
grated to America, but not sure of date. Died Dec. 21, 1843, and according to his tombstone he
was in the 99
year of age. Buried in the ancestral Gray-Ronald Cemetery near Orange Ind.,
Fayette Co. He married about 1773-74 (according to the D. A. R. report in my possession) Agnes
Gray or Atkins. If Gray was her maiden name she was no relation. She may be buried near
Franklin, Ohio in Warren Cemetery. She is said to be a lady of English descent. I could never
discover her exact maiden name or parentage. She was born in 1753 in Pa., and died March 21,
THEIR CHILDREN: 4
GENERATION-ALL BORN MIFFLIN CO., PA.
1. James Gray, b. March 13, 1776, d. March 22, 1777.
2. James Gray, b. March 1, 1777, d. Apr. 12, 1777
3. William Gray, b. July 20, 1778, d.____, 1833
4. Richard Gray, b. Oct. 28, 1780, d. May 16, 1812. Only data is below.
5. Robert Patton Gray, b. Apr. 1, 1783. Believed to have died leaving no living descendants. Only
trace of him, to be found in the latter part of the William Gray Chapter.
6. Mary Gray, called Polly, b. Apr. 10, 1785, d. Nov. 27, 1842 or 1843. Unmarried.
7. James Gray, b. May 7, 1787, d. Sept. 3, 1820. In the possession of the compiler is an aged paper
listing birth and death dates of our progenitor Robert and his wife Agnes, also listing three of
Robert’s sons, Hugh, James and Richard and several of their children. The paper was arranged in
such a form as to lead me to believe that it might have been part of a family bible. It stated the son
of James Gray, son of Robert Gray, was Robert Wiley Gray, b. June 12, 1819. On the same paper it
stated the children of Richard Gray, son of Robert Gray, were Rachel Gray, b. Nov. 2, 1807 and
Robert Gray b. Apr. 22, 1911. No other trace o these two sons of Robert, namely Richard and
James has been found.
8. John Gibson Gray Sr., b. Aug. 17, 1789, d. Nov. 9, 1870.
9. Hugh Gray Sr., b. May, 1792, d. 1874 or 75,
10. Jonathon Gray, b. Jan. 14, 1794, d. July 29, 1871.
11. Martin Gray, b. Nov. 4, 1796, d. Sept. 18, 1876.
(compiler’s note-throughout the “tree”, the name Marian-Marion caused me some difficulty. I realize
the feminine is usually Marian and male Marion but I enter it as I found it in the old writings. So
sometimes we will find the female as Marion. I always listed the name as I found it. In the genera-
tions of the present years the name for the female was sometimes sent to me as Marion. Some data
was sent to me by some one else in the family. Some of the people sending me the data may have
misunderstood a name or spelling but I have always entered a name or date as it was sent to me. There
may have been times when I have misunderstood part of the data.
In the foregoing list of Robert’s children, the dates of birth that I present are the same as I found listed
in the copy of the application to D. A. R. mentioned on page 81.)
“WILLIAM GRAY CHAPTER”
son of Robert Gray)
On Aug. 20, 1967 Mr. And Mrs. Granville McKeen-Opal Maud Douglas McKeen-(Mabel L. Gray
Douglass-James Gray-Richard Gray-Wm. Gray-Robert Gray)and Mr. And Mrs. Roy Moore-Coral Kate
Douglass Moors-(Mabel L. Gray Douglass-James Gray-Richard Gray-Wm. Gray-Robert Gray), on
their way to Michigan, stopped to pay me a visit. Needless to say I was overjoyed to meet some of the
people from far away that I had written to. We noted that we were 5
cousins. They were very lovely
people. While showing them my photograph albums they were surprised to see that I had a picture of
their mother’s house dated 1941. This had been in my grandmother’s belongings and evidently she
had been writing to some members of this family.
In 1966 Ogallala, Neb. was starting a museum and they have given a room to be known as the Clark,
Gray, Douglass room. Among the things to be placed in the room are-a hundred year old bed, a quilt
that was made before the Civil War, and wreaths of hair and one of yarn that are close to one hundred
Descendants of WILLIAM GRAY, (3
child of Robert Gray.)
WILLIAM GRAY, b. July 20, 1778, Mifflin County, Pa., d.___, 1833, m. Mary Hanna.
THEIR CHILDREN: 5
To try to establish the children of this generation I present the family history in possession of Opal
Maud Douglass McKeen-(Mabel L. Gray Douglass-James Gray-Richard Gray-Wm. Gray-Robert
“Robert Gray, founder of the Gray family in America served throughout the War of Independence
under Washington, Putnam and others. President Madison signed the transfer of a ½ section of land
on which the ancestral home still stands near Hamilton, Ohio. He is buried near Glenwood, Ind., on
land that belonged to Judge George Gray and is now a part of his estate. Wm. Gray was Robert Gray’s
eldest son. His children were as follows: John Gray-Nancy Gray-Richard Gray-Rachel Gray-Robert
Gray-Mary Gray-Margaret Gray and James Gray. Two died before maturity.” I have an old picture
given to me by Opal. Written on the back is James H. Gray, Dallas, Texas-Jas. Gray son of Robert
Gray son of Wm. Gray son of Robert Gray-founder of the family. I tried with no success to locate
someone in Dallas.
All trace of the children of Wm. Gray has been lost to the compiler with the exception of Richard
Gray. In the history the judge wrote he gave us the following, “Wm. Gray had two sons, James Gray
and John Milton Gray, John Milton Gray marrying and having two sons, John Munson Gray, and
Philibus Gray. Philibus Gray was wounded at the battle of Stone River, Tenn., died at the Union
hospital in Nashville, Tenn., and was brought home and buried by his brother John M. Gray who was
in the same battle. He goes on to say that James located in Miss., and was there elected to Congress
and John Munson Gray established his home in La. Where he died in 1924 at the advanced age of
Descendants of RICHARD GRAY, (__child of Wm. Gray-Robert Gray.)
RICHARD GRAY, b. Nov. 15, 1815, Cincinnati, Ohio, d. Sept. 24, 1896, bur. Ogalla, Neb., m. Mary
Milligan Webb., Oct. 23, 1813 or 1824, d. Aug. 18, 1860, Pleasant Plain, Louisa Co., Iowa. All data
does not agree on Mary Milligan Webb. Father’s name was Peter or Wm. Webb. Other conflicting
Birth; Oct. 23, 1813 or Oct. 23, 1824
Place of birth; Hagerstown, Maryland or Indiana.
Date of death; Aug. 18, 1860, 1863 or 1865.
THEIR CHILDREN: 6
1. Anna Gray, b. Nov. 14, 1844, d. July 27, 1932, bur. Ogallala, Neb.
2. James Gray, b. Jan. 4, 1854, d. Dec. 9, 1938
3. Mary Gray, no further data.
Ref.: Data in possession of Opal Maud Douglass McKeen-(Mabel L. Gray Douglass-James Gray-
Richard Gray-Wm. Gray-Robert Gray.)
Some interesting facts in regard to the occupations of the Gray family are: Robert Gray served seven
years in the Revolutionary War, and became a Comissioned Officer. He was an early settler in Ohio.
William Gray was a lawyer.
Richard Gray was a farmer.
James Gray was a farmer, and stock raiser-specializing in fine hogs. He was also very public minded.
Mabel Gray Douglass owns farm property.
Anna Gray Clark was interested in education, and became a teacher, and County Superintendent of
Schools in both Polk and Keith Counties. She had a homestead. She purchased and operated the
Keith County News for nearly five years, and was a writer, as well as an organizer.
The Gray family is connected to Whitelaw Reid and Congressman Woods of early Indiana and Ohio
history, ex-congressman Gray and Judge George L. Gray of Indiana, and W. C. Gray, a prolific writer.
The family has Revolutionary War fame. It can be said that the Gray family history is very interesting
and merits much respect.
James Gray is one of the enterprising and reliable citizens of Polk county who has borne his part in the
upbuilding and development of this region by the improvement of a fine farm on section 8, township
13, range 1. He is one of Ohio’s honored sons, his birth occuring in Butler county, that state, January
4, 1854. His father, Richard Gray, was born in the same county, in 1815, and on reaching man’s estate
married Miss Mary Webb, who was born in Indiana, in 1813, a daughter of Rev. William Webb, a
pioneer Baptist minister of the Hoosier state. The paternal grandparents of our subject William and
Mary (Hanna) Gray, were early settlers of Ohio, where the former died in 1833. From Butler County,
Ohio, our subject’s parents moved to Louisa County, Iowa, at a very early day, and later to Jefferson
County, the same state, where from the wild land the father developed a good farm, making it his home
until called to his final rest in 2896. The mother passed away many years previous, dying in 1863.
She was a consistent member of the Baptist, and he held membership in the United Presbyterian
Church from the age of eighteen years. There were three children: Mary, deceased; Anna; and James.
The boyhood and youth of James Gray was principally passed in Iowa, where he also acquired his
literary education and obtained a good knowledge of farm work in its various departments. On
attaining his majority he started out to make his own way in the world, and for some time engaged in
farming in Jefferson County, Iowa.
On the 16
of March 1876, Mr. Gray was united in marriage with Miss Zaluma Spencer, who was born
July 3, 1853, in Washington County, Iowa, to which locality her parents, William and Lizala (Wilcox)
Spencer, had removed from Vermont at an early day. Her mother died in 1888, and her father de-
parted this life in 1895. Both were earnest and consistent members of the Methodist Church. In their
family were eleven children: namely, Mrs. Triphena DeHart, Jasper, Samantha, Elivira, Albert, Mrs.
Rozelpha Gibson, William, and Mrs. Zaluma Gray, and three (Deflura, Nuton, and Ida) that died in
infancy. Of these, Albert was a soldier of the Civil War. To Mr. and Mrs. Gray have been born four
children: Maud, now deceased, Mabel L., Guy and Robert.
It was in 1876 that Mr. Gray and his bride located upon their present farm in Polk County, Nebraska,
on which a sod house had previously been erected and a few acres broken. Ten years later their
primitive dwelling was replaced by their present comfortable home, and Mr. Gray has placed acre after
acre of his land under the plow until today he has one hundred acres under a high state of cultivation,
leaving only twenty acres unimproved. Besides this valuable property, he owns a fine farm of one
hundred and sixty acres in Deuel County, Nebraska, which place he has also improved. He is engaged
in both farming and stock raising, making a specialty of a fine grade of hogs. His political support is
always given the merit and measures of the Democratic party, and in his social relations he is an
honored member of the Blue Lodge of the Masonic Order, at Osceola. He has been a member of the
school board in District No. 30, and his sister, who is now serving as County Superintendent of
schools in Keith County, Nebraska, held the same position in Polk County for two years. Public
spirited and progressive, he takes a deep interest in all enterprises calculated to advance the intellec-
tual, moral, or material welfare of his township and county.
Ref.: Memorial and Biographical Record, illustrated 1899.
Published by: Geo. A. Ogle & Co. Chicago, Ill. Pages 556-557
ANNA GRAY CLARK
Anna Gray Clark was born at Oxford, in Butler County, Ohio, daughter of Richard and Mary Milligan
(Webb) Gray. Her father was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 15, 1815, and died at Ogallala,
Nebraska, September 24, 1896. Richard Gray was Scotch, the son of William Gray, who was the son
of Robert Gray, who served seven years in the Revolutionary War under Putnam, Washington, and
others. He made three enlistments, went up the hill at Stony Point and often made up regimental
accounts by the dim light of Torries windows. As commissioned officers were not paid at the close of
the war, he received no remuneration until years afterward, when he was allowed to purchase land
between Cincinnati and Hamilton at the rate of $1.25 per acre. The transfer was signed by the Presi-
dent of the United States. This land is still retained in the family and the buildings have been pre-
served. He married a woman of the same name but no relation, making the subject of this sketch
related to two families of Revolutionary fame. Ex-congressman Gray and Judge George L. Gray, both
of Indiana, and W. C. Gray, a prolific writer, now deceased, of Chicago, were paternal relatives of
Richard Gray. He also connected to Whitelaw Reid and Congressman Woods of the early history of
Indiana and Ohio. Richard Gray’s father was a lawyer and his great grandfather one of the earliest
teachers in Cincinnati, after he purchased land there in 1804. Mary Milligan Webb was born near
Hagerstown, Maryland, October 23, 1824, and died at Pleasant Plain, Iowa, on August 18, 1860. She
was the daughter of Peter Webb, a Baptist minister of much respect in the South.
Her family has become almost extinct since the Civil War. Two of her uncles served in the War of
Mary M. Webb was an educator, especially strong in English and technical grammar. She was edu-
cated under the governess regime of the South, and spent much time aiding students in Ohio Univer-
sity. She died in 1865. Anna Gray Clark began her education with her mother after the southern
system and knew but little of public school life until she began to teach which was at a very early age.
Thereafter she took post graduate work in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, languages in Howes Academy and
science in Wesleyan University. College societies were little known when she made her greatest
efforts. Through life she has held positions usually filled by men. She has studied hard to attain them
and keep abreast of the age. She has had charge of Madrid, Grant, Big Springs and other schools.
While supervising the Stromsburg Schools she observed the rapid advance in Nebraska land and
through a syndicate formed by C. H. Morrill of that city she aided in selling tracts of Union Pacific
lands. In the meantime she taught in Summer Schools and Normal Institutes. Before she taught in
these schools she left Polk County and served two terms as County Superintendent of Schools after
which she joined the western procession and located in Keith County where she followed the advice
she had given others and filed a Homestead. Since that time she purchased and operated the Keith
County News for nearly five years. She is a Jefferson Democrat and has been honored of State Com-
mittees. She served as Chairwoman on the Tax Revision of Woman’s League Voters. In faith she is a
United Presbyterian, but she worked with the Congregational Church in later years. She has enjoyed
aiding and fostering a Woman’s Library Association of which she became a charter member twenty-
seven years ago when women drove over ungraded roads for twenty miles to attend a meeting. The
activities of this little band of women were far reaching in their results. At first they organized as a
Woman’s Club for mutual improvements and a closer relationship between neighbors and friends.
They were cultured women and soon planned a course of study. Mrs. W. A. Paxton, a woman whose
generosity was only equaled by her ability to organize gathered the young girls of these families into a
King’s Daughters Circle, and the foundation of a prosperous village was established. A post office, a
church, and library building which is now supplied with nearly 2600 books with a paid librarian, and
many other acessories which pertain to the public good have put the village of Keystone on the map.
Aside from other duties of a business life, Mrs. Clark has written for Short Story Magazine, also Poetry
Daily Drify an old time history of life on the plains. Though practicly retired she coninues to write
of the West as she saw it first before it was despoiled by Civilization. Residence: Ogallala.
Refi: page 241 ofthe NEBRASKANA 1932. The NEBRASKANA contains biographical sketches of
Nebraska men and women of achievement who have been awarded life membership in THE
NEBRASKANA SOCIETY. The NEBRASKANA was edited by Sara Mullin Baldwin and Robert
Morton Baldwin. Copywright 1932. Robert Morton Baldwin. Hebron, Nebraska, The Baldwin Co.
Anna Gray and Sennica Cark were uthted in marriage November 1885. There were no children.