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Name Jesse GRAY
Birth Date 9 Sep 178915
Birth Place Newberry, SC
Death Date 18 Aug 1871 Age: 81
Death Place Noble Twp, Jay Co, IN
Occupation Hunter, Trapper, Farmer
Father John GRAY
Spouses
1 Sarah A. BUNCH6
Birth Date 1812
Birth Place Ohio
Father William BUNCH (ca1780-)
Mother Margaret (ca1789-)
Marriage Date 1 May 18428
Marriage Place Jay Co, IN
Children Louisa (1842-)
Joseph (1845-)
Hesekiah (1847-)
William F. (1849-)
Minerva (1853-)
Nancy M. (1859-)
2 Sarah STONE15
Birth Date 7 Aug 1788
Birth Place SC
Death Date Oct 1841 Age: 53
Death Place Jay Co, IN
Father William STONE
Marriage Date 1808
Marriage Place SC
Children Hannah (1810-1901)
Elizabeth (1812-1848)
William (1814-)
Mary (1817-)
Amelia (1819-1893)
Jesse (1821-)
Dorothy (1824-)
John Wesley (1826-1907)
Nelson (1829-)
Notes for Jesse GRAY
Jesse Gray was one of the most picturesque figures of the Mississinewa Country in the early days of settlement. He was an Indian fighter, one of the best hunters and a very skillful trapper. Deer hunting, bear killing, Indian shooting and such were events of his every day life as he moved through Wayne, Randolph and Jay Counties.
Jesse was born Sept. 9, 1789 in Newberry, South Carolina, son of John Gray of Maryland. His mother was a native of Ireland. Jesse married Sarah Stone, in 1808, the daughter of William Stone. In 1811, Jesse, Sarah and a brother-in-law set out for Indiana. Wives, children and all movables were brought upon horses equipped with packsaddles. They did not sleep under a roof, but enroute they stopped in Knox County, Kentucky and stayed with relatives as the Indians were not friendly and the War of 1812 was impending.
Jesse volunteered in the first Volunteer Company from Kentucky and was placed under the command of General Harrison at Cincinnatti. He served all over Northwestern Ohio.
After the war, they moved to Wayne County, Indiana, then Butler County, Ohio and in 1820 to the banks of the Mississinewa River in Randolph County. He considered this his happiest years.
About 1824 Jesse Gray and Smith, a Mulatto, killed Fleming, an Indian, in the house of Lewallyn. Both were indicted in 1825 for this, so Jesse left the state and resided near Hill Grove, Ohio on a farm of 100 acres. No special pains were taken to find them since everybody was glad the "Vicious Indian" was out of the way. Fleming had made attacks on some of the white people and was very much disliked both by the whites and the Indians.
In 1836, Jesse entered land near the Wells and Adams County lines in Jackson Township. At this time, the Methodist Episcopal Class was organized at a Mr. Marques house. This was the first religious organization and made up of ten members. Jesse Gray and his wife were two of those. The first temperence meeting was held at the same place in 1837.
His first wife, Sarah, died October 1841, at the age of 53 years. In 1842, Jesse married Sarah Bunch. He died August 18, 1871 near Camden and is buried in Old Hillcrest Cemetery. At the top of the marble marker is a carved hand pointing upward and above the hands are the words "Pioneer of Jay".
Jesse's children by Sarah Stone were: Hannah married Joseph Mason, Elizabeth married John Barnes, William married Bridget McKinsey, Mary, Amelia married Samuel Kile Williams, Jesse Jr. married Hezziah Swallou, Dorothy married Rev. James Metheney, John Wesley married Caroline Huey, Nelson, William T., John W., Minerva married John Kirkwood, and Nancy.
Jesse's children by Sarah Bunch were: Louisa, Joseph, Hezesakiah, and William. (Submitted by Audrey Kennedy)15

In his early years a renegade band of Indians attacked and Killed his entire family except himself. This shocking experience is no doubt the determining reason for his attitude toward Indians. After Jesse Gray learned who the Indians were he hunted them down one by one and each diappeared. (from Audrey Kennedy, for Triad CATV of Indiana)

John Gray b1767 MD>Newberry,SC> 1808@ stopping in KY, went to Randolph and Wayne Co., IN. In 1812 near Fountain City, Wayne Co. his wife and children were killed in an Indian massacre. John and his oldest son Jesse survived. First wife, unknown except that she was from Ireland. The second wife is also unknown. However, the childrens names follow through the families: Mary,Elizabeth, Nancy, William, John. 16


Mr. WILLIAMS was born on a farm in Wayne township, this county, November 10, 1845, and is a son of Samuel K. and Emelia (GRAY) WILLIAMS, the latter of whom was born in the vicinity of Greenville, in Darke county, Ohio, and was a daughter of Jesse GRAY, Indian fighter, mighty hunter and skillful trapper.
Jesse GRAY was one of the most picturesque figures of the Mississinnewa country in the days when orderly settlement was being effected throughout this region. He died at his home in Noble township, this county, in 1872, he then being eighty years of age, and was buried in the old cemetery at Camden, now Pennville, and concerning whom further and interesting details are set out elsewhere in this work, the older chronicles of the county having had much to say of his activities hereabout in pioneer days.17

Found this, not sure how it relates:
Gray, Jesse m. Sheridine, Mary Ann
20 May 1819 Belmont Co, OH (Bk.B  p.191)
Notes for Sarah A. (Spouse 1)
Source for Children of Jesse and Sarah (BUNCH) GRAY - Audrey Kennedy, Portland, IN 47371, a Grandaughter of Emelia Gray (b. 1819). It was submitted May 1988.
Notes for Sarah (Spouse 2)
Source for Children of Jesse and Sarah (STONE) GRAY - Audrey Kennedy, Portland, IN 47371, a Grandaughter of Emelia Gray (b. 1819). It was submitted May 1988.
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