The Gray Family
William James Gray (born January 2, 1832) is believed to be the oldest
child of Reese Gray, and Martha Jane Pratt. William James, a farmer
by occupation, was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a private, first
enlisting in the 9th Battalion, Company D, of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry (Army
of Tennessee), but later he transferred to the 37th Georgia Regiment
(Infantry), Company G, which was nicknamed the "Elbert County Guard." He
married Martha M. Johnson (daughter of Anthony Johnson, and Rebecca Bullard)
on September 23, 1860 (in Elbert County, Georgia). The family moved
to Franklin County, Georgia during the late 1870's, but, shortly thereafter,
William James died, on May 11, 1879. The children of William James Gray,
and Martha M. Gray are as follows:
|Rebecca Jane Gray||June 21, 1861, Elbert County, Georgia||Drewry J. Brown, 1885
|September 28, 1937, Anderson, South Carolina|
|William Tapley Gray||January 21, 1866, Elbert County, Georgia||Eula Herring on November 9, 1902 in Seagoville, Texas
|January 14, 1939, Roscoe, Texas|
|Lindsey A. Gray||January 1868, Elbert County, Georgia||
|1916 (possibly in Nocona, Texas)|
|George G. Gray||1871||
|John R. Gray||August 1872||
|James Wyche Gray||March 8, 1875||Sallie Brasher
|April 15, 1953, Beckville, Texas|
|Martha Lois "Myrtle" Gray||August 14, 1877, Elbert County, Georgia||George W. Brown, on June 2, 1895, in Elbert County, GA
|October 16, 1940|
William James Gray is believed to have had three siblings,
- S. E. Gray (female),
- Thomas L. Gray, born June 26, 1835, and,
Also, through a second marriage of Reese Gray, to Edna L. Ellenburge (on
August 9, 1866, in Elbert County, Georgia), there might be two additional half brothers to William James
Gray. The 1870 Census is difficult to read, but one sibling was born
around 1867, and the other sibling was born in February of 1870.
- John Alfred Gray, born
- Felton I. Gray born around 1867
Reese Gray would have a third marriage to Betsa Summers on December
23, 1874 (in Elbert County, Georgia). It is believed that Reese Gray died before 1880 at the age
of nearly 70. No children are believed to have come from this marriage.
- Henry T. Gray born around 1870
Any information regarding the parentage or families of Reese Gray, or Martha Jane Pratt.
We are searching for any old family photographs.
Are there any photos of Martha M. Johnson (or Martha M. Gray) who
lived to around 1920?
Any old family documentation (family bibles, papers, obituaries, or other) regarding the family.
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