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Rhonda has a son now 14yrs old named Matthew Johnson who would like to meet his grandfather
Ronnie Lee Gray who he has never met. Rhonda was raised in Los Angeles and only got to meet Sybil Ann Gray when she was a small child in Memphis. Rhonda"s aunt, Wilma L Johnson would appreciate anyone who has information about the wherabouts of Ronnie Lee Gray as this would make Matthew very happy to find his relative from Memphis and hopefully get to meet his grandfather. Please contacy me at 323-291-2707 in Los Angeles, CA or write to me at 1750 W. M L King Blvd # 307
Wilma L. Carnegie
SPOUSE: JOICE LANGSTON (dau of JAMES LANGSTON 1791-1879 and NANCY BURROUGHS b. 1798- d. aft 1880)
1. WILLIS GRAY b: 1847 d: aft 1887
Marr: Louisa Elizabeth _____
1.1 JAMES R GRAY b: 1869 AL
1.2 ZACHARIAH M GRAY b: 10 Sep 1870AL d: Jefferson County, AL. ZACHARIAH marr: Cecil Niles in 1898.
1.3 CHARLES GRAY 1871 AL
1.4 ROSA GRAY b: 1878 AL
1.5 EPHRAIM D GRAY b: 1883
1.6 MARIA ROMA GRAY b: 1887 AL
2. WILLIAM L GRAY b: 1849 AL d: abt 1877 GA
Marr: ELIZABETH GOULD (b: 1848 GA)
2.1 ELIZABETH CAROLINA GRAY b: Mar 1871 GA d: Aug 1969 Phoenix, AZ. Elizabeth married: THOMAS LEACH BRAKEBILL
2.2 MARGARET GRAY b: 1871 ga
2.3 MARY GRAY b: 1875
2.4 WILLIE GRAY(female) b: 1877 GA
3. HENRY GRAY b: abt 1852 in AL or SC D: 10 Nov 1918 Blount County, AL bur: Antioch Cemetery in Blount County, AL. (with parents (Joseph W GRAY and JOICE LANGSTON)
HENRY GRAY and LUCY MARRIED: abt 1890
LUCY RUTH (MNU) Born: 15 Jul 1861 GA. DIED: 9 Dec 1935 Gadsden, Etowah County, AL. Her parents were born in GA. (no other info is known about her parents).
1. OLA Born: 1889 AL Died: abt 1906
2. EMMA Born: March 1892 Blount County, AL DIED: 24 Apr 1966 St. Petersburg, Pinellas, FL.
EMMA GRAY married:
LEE WILSON PATTERSON Born: Jan 1901 Wilson County, TN and Died: 27 Dec 1951 Tuscaloosa County, AL(Bryce Mental Hospital).
HENRY and LUCY GRAY/GREY moved to Blount County, AL via wagon, approximately 1889 and they settled with a family named Solomon H Murphree of Murphree Valley, Blount County, AL. HENRY and LUCY RUTH worked on their farm for many years.
4. JAMES GRAY b: 1853 AL d: after 1896. Married: LUCINDA D.E.
4.1 JOICE GRAY b: 1872
4.2 JOHN GRAY b: 1878
4.3 LUCINDA D GRAY b: 1879
4.4 JAMES B GRAY b: 1881
4.5 LAWSON M GRAY b: 1885
4.6 LIM L GRAY b: 1889
4.7 BESSIE M GRAY b: 1892
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Karen Williams (Gray)
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Jacob Gray was said to have come from Barnwell County South Carolina (son of Harold J. Gray).
Jacob Gray, Males, One 50 - 60, two 20 - 30; Females, one 40 - 50, three 15 - 20, and one 5 - 10.
South Carolina 1830 Census, Barnwell County
Jacob Gray was born on 7/3/1825 in Aiken, Barnwell County, SC and this is verified in the 1880 Tennessee Census. In 1850, he was living in Alabama, where he married Amanda Ross on 4/21/1850 at Deka AL . She was listed as age 15 in the Alabama 1850 census and Jacob as 20 years old. Both born in S.C. The head of house was listed as Mary H. Ross, 39; Elizabeth J. Ross, 13; Celia Ross, 2:
Alabama 1850 Census, Dekalb County, District 25, Post Office Fort Payne.
They had three children, William Alexander Gray (b 1852, d 1925 - AL), James Pinkney Gray (b 1855. d 1937 - Fayetteville, TN) and Oliver Perry Gray (b 1858, d 1913 - Fayetteville, TN). After his sons were born, the Civil War started. He was a Confederate soldier having enlisted with Company "B" 3rd Confederate Calvary in 1862 and discharged on April 15th, 1865. While in the service of the Southern forces his wife, Amanda Ross Gray died. Then the Yankees came and burned down his home.
After the war ended, Jacob Gray married again to Marry (Mary) Archer (b 10/28/1836, d 2/8/1882 - from Cemetery headstone) of Etowah County Alabama in 1865. Due to a great deal of friction or inimical feelings between Marry and the sons, the youngest two sons, James Pinkney and Oliver Perry went to Fayetteville Tennessee to stay with their aunt who married Tom Burgess . William Alexander Gray went to Jefferson, Shelby County. Rev. and Mrs. Jacob (Marry) Gray moved to the Liberty community where he started preaching at Liberty Baptist Church of Christ and Prospect Baptist Church of Christ. They are listed in the Tennessee 1880 Census. Jacob and Marry had two sons, Jimmy A Gray (b 1866, d ? Texas) and Samuel Sanford Gray (b 4/20/1869, d 5/1/1956). They moved back to Etowah County where Marry died and was buried in Lees Cemetery off Gallant Road about three tenths of a mile from their home at Brasher Springs near Ivalee Community, Atalla, AL.
Years later he moved back to Etowah County, AL, and married for the third time to Margaret Elizabeth Taylor (16) (b 4/11/1866, d 11/7/1936). They had four children, Leola M. Gray (b 1885, d ?), Harold J. Gray (b 1887, d ?), Clara Pallie Gray (b 1890, d ?) and Benjaman (Benjamin) Burl Gray (b 1895, d ?). Following Jacobs death, Elizabeth filed an amended application for Confederate Relief Pension in 1936 (original filed by Jacob in June 1899). She stated that Jacob was not wounded or captured. The Post Office named in the amended application - Nash was next door to Jacobs 40 acres of land. A new home was built on the same Nash site by James & Jean Walker. James Mother was a Conn and Samuel Sanford Gray married Susie Conn in 1889.
I have no record as to when Jacob was ordained as a Baptist Minister. He is listed in the Alabama State Convention annuals on page 177 as: J. Gray….Gadsden….1868 - 1871, and is listed in the Etowah Baptist Association annual reports 1896 - 1902 as an ordained minister, no church identified.
Jacob died (date ?) and was buried in Lee Cemetery, west of Atalla, AL.
Children of Jacob and Amanda Ross (Parents - William Alexander and Marry Watson Ross S.C.)
William Alexander Gray , Wife unknown had George William Gray (b 12/21/1878, d 8/10/1950) who married Bernie Estelle Gray (b 2/3/1880, d 2/12/1968). Their children are: Lola Belle Gray Gunn (b 3/1903, d 2/21/1987, Paul William Gray (b1905, d 1973 ?), George Lee Gray (b 9/9/1906, d ?) Gladys - Infant deceased.
NOTE: Will and Bernie buried at Gunn plot, Okland Cem. & Paul buried at Vallaha cem. Birmingham AL
James Pikney Gray, Wife Era Hicks (b 1860, d 1900). Children are: Herbert Hick Gray (b 2/16/1947, Bertha Gray (b 3/5/1885, d 4/15/1956), Staley E. Gray (b 1/31/1891, d 6/1/1956), Amanda Lou Gray (b 10/13/1894, d 6/14/1980), Walter Lee Gray (b 8/31/1896, d 10/16/1970) who married Eula Steadman (b 11/11/1877, d 12/14/1959) (2nd wife). Their children: Celia Gray (b 1/7/1909, d ?), Elizabeth Gray (b 3/27/1911, d ?), and J. P. Gray (b 10/8/1917, d 1/15/1963).
Oliver Perry Gray (b 5/27/1858, d 3/1/1913) married Elizabeth Bell Smith (b 10/7/1864, d 5/12/1935). Children: Edgar D. Gray (b 1883, d 1922), and William Riley Gray (b 11/13/1885, d 7/8/1967.
NOTE: Information on James Pinkey & Oliver Perry Gray's descendants from Bob & Leland Gray, 303 Green Street, Fayetteville, TN 37334.
The children of Jacob and Marry Archer:
Jimmy A. Gray (b 1866, d ? Texas) wife 7 children unknown. Jimmy left for work at the sawmill in the Ivalee Community, Etowah County one morning leaving a wife and two children and ended up in Texas. The family in Alabama never heard from or about him until after he died.
Samuel Sanford Gray (b 4/20/1869, d 5/1/1956) married Sussie Conn (b 8/16 1869, d 9/29/1960) on 7/24/1889. Children: Earl C. Gray (b 5/24/1890, d 8/26/1916), Henry W. Gray (b 2/8/1893, d 5/8/1960), Earah M. Gray Cornelius (b 1/9/1895, d 1975), Owen Nelson Gray (b 4/11/1897, d 6/27/1955), Hershel Gray (b 11/21/1901, d 1/7/1994), Howard Gray (b 7/20/1904, d 4/28/1963), Thomas S. Gray (b 7/12/1914, d 7/4/1986)
Transcribed by: Robert F. Gray 4/5/2003