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Gray Family Genealogy – work in progress – updated Feb. 13, 2015
Jud Campbell (b. 1984)
H. Gregory Campbell, Jr. (b. 1952)
Hugh G. Campbell (b. 1932)
Allen (Loy) Campbell (b. 1932; d. 2010)
1. John1 Gray, parentage unknown, born unknown. He married circa 1794, likely in Norfolk County,Virginia, to Catherine “Caty” Buntin. Their marriage bond in Norfolk County was dated May 24, 1794, Robert Start swore that Caty was of lawful age, and the surety was William Deacon. Catherine was born circa 1765. Her parentage is unknown.
A marriage bond in Norfolk City between John Gray and Mrs. Nancy Coates is, dated November 10, 1797, with security John Abbott. There is no known relationship between this John Gray and our ancestor. However, another published version of this marriage bond lists three sureties: “Alex Moseley John Gray John Abbott.” Perhaps the middle surety was the same John Gray that married Caty Buntin.
Another marriage bond in Norfolk City is dated March 3, 1810, between Robert Shannon and Miss Sally James to which a John Gray was security. The note says that “the above couple were married the same day by Thomas T. Jones, a local Methodist elder.” This is the same person who married Michael Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Gray.
John Gray appears in the Norfolk County personal property tax lists starting in 1794. His 1794 listing shows one white male over 16 (himself) and two horses. From then through 1818, he shows up in the listings almost every year with one white male over 16 and two or three horses. In 1815, he also had three cattle.
The 1801 and 1806 Norfolk directories each list one person with surname Gray, and both of them are named John. The entry for 1801 states: “Gray, John, tin plate worker, 13 Calvert’s lane.” The entry for 1806 states: “Gray, John, shopkeeper, 10 [Union street].” It is unknown at present whether John Gray could have lived in Norfolk County (presumably at Deep Creek) and also managed to work in the city of Norfolk. There is also a “John Gray” in the 1810 census in Norfolk Borough, living on Church Street, with 1 white male over 45 and 1 white female 26 to 44, but this would seem to be a different person than our John Gray, given the higher number of children that our John Gray had at the time.
Presumably, John Gray died around 1819, the first year in which he does not appear on the tax list. No will or probate appears in Norfolk City or Norfolk County. An administrator bond appears for a John Gray dated March 18, 1822, in Norfolk County, but we do not know if this relates to the same person.
In 1820, “Catharine Gray” appears in the census in Norfolk County with two males age 10 to 16, one female under 10, three females between 16 to 26, and one female over 45. In 1822, “Mrs. Catherine Gray” appears for the first time on the tax list. She appears as “Caty Gray” in 1823, as “Katherine Gray” in 1824, and “Mrs. Catherine Gray” in 1825. 1825 is the first year in which a male greater than 16 appears in her household—which likely reflects James B. Gray turning 16. The 1825 tax list also states her residence as “D.C.,” which almost certainly stands for Deep Creek. She never is listed again, possibly because James left the household. In 1830, Catherine Gray appears in the census in Norfolk with one male, age 20 to 30—possibly son John or James.
Catherine died August 9, 1850. Her death notice in the The American Beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth Daily Advertiser states: “DIED. On Friday, after a long illness, Mrs. CATHARINE GRAY, in the 85th year of her age, leaving a large circle of children, grand children and great grand children to mourn her death.”
Children of John Gray and Caty Buntin:
2. i. Ellen2 Gray, b. ca 1798, m. first John Ferris and second James W. Doland.+
3. ii. Catherine Gray, b. ca 1800 to 1804, m. Andra McCoy. +
4. iii. Elizabeth Gray, b. ca 1800 to 1804, m. Michael Darcy. +
5. iv. John Gray, b. ca 1804 to 1810. +
6. v. James B. Gray, b. circa 1809. +
7. vi. Sarah Gray, b. circa 1812 in Deep Creek,Virginia, m. James Joseph Ferris.+
2. Ellen2 Gray (John1) was born circa 1798, probably in Norfolk County, Virginia. She married in Norfolk County on September 18, 1821 to John Ferris. Their marriage bond in Norfolk was dated the same day, and security was James Alexander.
John Ferris died October 13, 1826. His death notice in the American Commercial Beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth Daily Advertiser on October 14, 1826, stated: “DIED, yesterday morning, at 10 o’clock, of malignant fever, Mr. JOHN FERRIS, retail Grocer, in Little Water near Main street, in his 29th year. He was taken sick on Tuesday at 3 o’clock P.M.—a native of Cork, (Ireland) but had resided in this place the last 9 years. He was a very industrious and honest man. He has left a wife and two children to lament a severe deprivation. His remains were interred with military honours by the ‘Independent Volunteers,’ of which he was a member.” According to John’s estate records, his funeral expenses were paid on October 13, 1826.
Ellen married second circa 1828, likely in Norfolk County, to James W. Doland. Their marriage bond in Norfolk County was dated July 31, 1828, and the security was William Barnard. James was born circa 1807 in Bristol, Maine, and was the son of Dennis Doland and Jane Meagher. Jane died in Norfolk in March 1842. Her mother died in Norfolk in December 1843. Jane was also the sister of Margaret (Meagher) (Jones) Ketchum, who was the mother-in-law of James B. Gray (John1).
Ellen and James appear together in the 1850 federal census. In 1851 the Norfolk Directory lists: “Doland J. refectory, 175 N. Church.” Ellen died in May 1852, probably on May 27, 1852,and her funeral took place in the Catholic Church in Norfolk.
James remarried February 13, 1883, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Henrietta Sykes, daughter of M. and Margaret Sykes. James and Henrietta were living together and listed as married in the 1880 census,but their marriage was not recorded until 1883. Her name at marriage was “Henrietta Dense”; apparently she was a widow.
James Doland died July 21, 1884, in Norfolk, Virginia. His funeral was held on July 22, 1884, at the Catholic Church in Norfolk. He is apparently buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norfolk. Henrietta died December 17, 1899, aged 79, and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk.
Children of Ellen Gray and John Ferris:
8 i. Sarah A.3 Ferris, b. Aug. 29, 1822, m. Oct. 31, 1844, to John Holmes. +
ii. Unknown Ferris,probably d. before 1830.
Children of Ellen Gray and James W. Doland:
9 ii. Jane E.3 Doland, b. 1829, m. 1844 to William H. Lewelling. +
10 iii. Ellen Frances Doland, b. circa 1836, m. Marshall P. Jordan. +
iv. James T. Doland, b. December 25, 1837, at Norfolk, Virginia. He served in the Confederacy from Virginia. He applied for a passport several times in New York City in 1866, 1870, and 1871. We don’t know anything else about him.
3.Catherine Gray (maybe John1), b. circa 1800 to 1804. She married December 24, 1829, at Portsmouth,Norfolk County, Virginia, to Andra (or Ardray) McCoy. A newspaper announcement of their marriage states: “In the same place, on the same evening [meaning Portsmouth on Thursday evening last], by the Rev. Mr. Smith, Mr. ARDRAY McCOY to Miss CATHARINE GRAY,all of that place.” Rev. Smith was presumably Rev. William A.Smith, a Methodist minister. Their marriage bond in Norfolk County was dated the same day, and the surety was “Michael Dorsey,” presumably her brother-in-law. The 1830 federal census in Portsmouth, Norfolk County, lists “Idrea McCoy,” with one white male between 30 and 39, and one white female between 20 and 29. Presumably this is the same couple as married in 1829. Nothing further is known of this couple.
A Richard McCoy, possible a brother of Andra, is listed on the same 1830 census page aged 20 to 29. Richard McCoy—perhaps the same person—married on August 25, 1824, in Norfolk City to Miss Ann Lewelling, with George Edmonds as security. The Norfolk County marriage bonds also record a bond dated April 7, 1829, between Richard McCoy—perhaps the same person—and Eliza W. Dameron, with Clark Hitchcock as surety. There is also a marriage bond dated August 1, 1838, at Norfolk County, between James Scaff and Mrs. Elizabeth McCoy, and someone named Richard McCoy was surety. Nothing further is known of this couple.
4.Elizabeth Gray (John1) was born circa 1800 to 1804. She married on November 16, 1824, in Norfolk City, to Michael Dorsey (or Darcy). The marriage was performed by “Thomas T. Jones, a local Methodist elder.” Their marriage bond in Norfolk City was dated a week earlier, November 9, 1824, and the surety was John Ferris, presumably her brother-in-law.
“Michael Dorsey (or Darcy)” appeared as security to a marriage bond in 1826. The 1830 federal census in Portsmouth, Norfolk County, lists “Mikiel Dorsey,” with one white male between 30 and 39, one white female less than 5, one white female between 15 and 20, and one white female between 20 and 29. The 1840 federal census in Norfolk County lists someone whose name might be “M. Darsey,” with two white males less than 5, one white male between 5 and 9, one white male between 40 and 49, one white female between 30 and 39, and one female slave.
On December 20, 1848, a deed between J.R. Hubard of Norfolk and Joel Callis mentions that Michael Dorsey and Elizabeth his wife had executed a deed of trust to Hubard. The deed mentions “Henry Dorsey, Michael Dorsey, and George Dorsey infants under the age of twenty one years [by] James Doland their guardian and next friend.” Based on this deed, we suspect that Elizabeth Gray and Michael Darcy both died between 1840 and 1848.
Children of Elizabeth Gray and Michael Dorsey:
i. Henry3 Dorsey. We know nothing about him and have been unable to find him in any census.
ii. Michael Dorsey,b. circa 1835. On November 1, 1859, a “Michael Dorsey,” aged 24, born in Portsmouth, Virginia, enlisted in the military at Norfolk. We do not know whether this is the same person. We have not been able to find him in any census.
iii. George Dorsey. We know nothing about him and have been unable to find him in any census. There is a George M. Dorsey, d. March 20, 1900, aged 66, who is buried in Norfolk,but we do not know if this is the same person.
5. John2 Gray (probably John1), b. circa 1804 to 1810. Information about this person, including his name, is highly speculative. This entry lists information leading us to suspect that one John Gray and Caty Buntin’s children was a son named John.
On February 20, 1829, “James Doland of the Borough of Norfolk” sold to “John Gray late of Princess Anne County and now of the Borough and state aforesaid” “all my stock of groceries, consisting of sugar, coffee, rum, gin, brandy . . . and also all my household and kitchen furniture, consisting of tables, chairs, beds . . . on the premises occupied by me in Little Water Street.” This may be the same John Gray who was security for the marriage bond of Amos Moore and Miss Kitty Gilbert in Norfolk County on September 18, 1827. There was also a John Gray who was the security for the marriage bond between Tatem Forbes and Mrs. Fanny Higgins, dated December 11, 1828, in Norfolk County.
The death notice information for Sarah Ferris, who died September 4, 1856, was given by “friend” John Gray. It is unknown whether this was her brother or perhaps other relative.
6.James B. Gray (John1) was born circa 1809, likely in Norfolk County, Virginia.
Based on a much later marriage record of his son, it appears that James first married Julia (--?--), perhaps in about 1825. We know nothing about her.
James married second on January 21, 1836, in Norfolk, to Jane J. Jones. A marriage notice in the American Beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, stated: “On Thursday 21st inst. by the Rev.James Mitchell, Mr. JAMES GREY of Princeton, Ct. to Miss JANE J. JONES of Boston, Ms.” Their marriage bond in Norfolk City was dated January 16, 1836, and James Doland was security. James Mitchell was a Baptist minister. We have never been able to locate a“Princeton, Ct.,” nor have we ever found a confirmed reference to our James Gray in Connecticut.
Jane J. Jones was born circa 1814 in Boston and was the daughter of Richard Runnells Jones and Margaret Meagher. Richard Runnells Jones was born circa 1788,perhaps on February 28, 1790,and died in Boston on July 14, 1823. He was buried in the old burial ground on “C. Hill,”which is perhaps Copp’s Hill, though the latter has not been confirmed. Margaret Meagher was born circa 1792 in Maine. She married Richard Runnells Jones on December 6, 1813 in Boston. They had three children: Jane J. Jones, William Rodney Jones, who died June 17, 1874, at Norfolk, Virginia,and George Whitfield Jones, who was born about 1822 in Boston and died about 1859.
Richard Runnells Jones died July 14, 1823, at Boston. His widow, Margaret (Meagher) Jones, remarried to Warren Ketchum on April 6, 1836, in Boston. They apparently moved to Norfolk, Virginia, that year. Warren died in September 3, 1844 in Norfolk. Margaret died February 6, 1871, in Norfolk, Virginia.
James Gray first appears in the Norfolk personal property tax lists in 1837 with one slave and one horse. In 1841, James B. Gray had three slaves. He last appears in the Norfolk tax lists in 1850.
One of James B. Gray’s slaves was George Latimer, whom Gray purchased in December 1839, and who soon became the subject of a famous fugitive slave case after escaping in 1842. Gray apparently went to Boston in October 1842 and had Latimer arrested, which prompted an outcry by abolitionists, including William Lloyd Garrison. The situation diffused after abolitionists agreed to pay for Latimer’s freedom. According to Gray’s lawyer, Elbridge Gerry Austin, “Mr. Gray is a young man, who, by his own exertions, has earned a legitimate mercantile business and competence. He is a married man, with a family of children and he enjoys the respect and esteem of the citizens of Norfolk. He is no slave breeder or slave dealer . . . under the laws of his native state, he holds to his service and labor some three or four persons to assist him in carrying on his business.” Latimer himself offered a far less sympathetic account:
J.B. Gray was a store keeper. I manned his store as a clerk, and did everything but reading and writing. He treated me very badly—as I was knocked and kicked about by him—beaten with a stick and cowhides. About two months before I left he thumped me with his fists about my head several times, for not going to the store early enough. About a month ago as I was returning from my wife, early in morning, half an hour before sunrise—I met him in the market—where he struck me with a stick across my jaw, which bruised the skin, so I had to cover my jaw. He did this because he said it was late. He followed me to store, and ordered me upstairs—beat me with stick across arm and back, fifteen or twenty times. He ordered me to store in Roanoke Square, after beating me with stick, in order to beat me with a cowhide. I would not go. I did not go to Roanoke Square until evening, and he sent for me round to help hoist up meal. Did not say anything about the scrape in morning. He was a very passionate man, and would strike a white man as soon as a colored. He has made all his money by selling liquor to colored people. He has bought stolen goods from colored people. I know this. Mr. Gray knows I know it. I first ran away about two years ago—overtaken before arriving in Baltimore. Gray put me up for auction, but he then bought me in for $750. Treated me same as ever, or with rather more severity as he had a dislike for me. On 4th last month [October] I started to run away again with my wife. I had been saving for some time. I arrived in Boston 7th last month [October]—and on the same day I met William Carpenter,who had lived with Gray as tender in his store. I think he sent word to Gray. He [Carpenter] kept a rum shop in Norfolk. I was married nine months ago [i.e., January]. I have thought frequently of running away even when I was a little boy. I have frequently rolled up my sleeve, and asked—'Can this flesh belong to any man as horses do?' Very few others would stay if they could get away. Some few, however, say they did not wish to leave their masters. I expected if I was carried back, I would beaten and whipped 39 lashes, and perhaps to be washed in pickle afterwards.
Latimer, whose father was white, was apparently able to escape on a boat to Boston by pretending that he was white and that his wife was his servant. As noted in the passage above, Latimer was caught because of tragically unfortunate luck. James B. Gray’s wife was from Boston, where Latimer sought refuge, and Gray’s nephew, William R. Carpenter, happened to see him and reported the sighting back to Gray. Latimer later recalled that James B. Gray had kept a saloon. James B. Gray apparently returned home to Norfolk from Boston on November 24, 1842.
James Gray purchased property on Church Street in Norfolk on July 10, 1839, from William T. Foster. The same day, James Gray executed a deed of trust to William T. Foster. The deed of trust mentions James R. Hubard, who also had a deed of trust with Michael and Elizabeth Darcy. He also owned properties on Calvert Lane, Duke Street, Roanoke Square (including warehouse), Princess Anne Road, and Reed’s Road. In Norfolk County he owned land in St. Brides Parish, on the main road from Great Bridge to Kempsville.
On New Years Eve in 1842, a fire destroyed “the building occupied by Mr. Jas. B. Gray, as a grocery store.” Gray was apparently only partially insured.
In 1851, James B. Gray is listed in the Norfolk City Directory as “Gray J. B. steam sawmill, S. Duke, near w. end of Upper Wash.”
James B. Gray came upon financial trouble in 1852. He apparently bought some machinery to make lumber on April 26, 1852,but on July 12, 1852, he and his wife defaulted on loans made in 1844 and 1846 and were forced to sell the machinery. They soon left the state, arriving in Charleston, South Carolina, on August 12, 1852. The passenger list for the steamer Wilmington from Wilmington, N.C., to Charleston, S.C., listed “J. B. Gray, lady and 3 children.” James B. Gray then bought property on August 25, 1852, in Charleston at the southwest corner of Meeting and Ann Streets. James B. Gray, with wife Jane J. Gray also signing the deed, sold the same property on July 27, 1853 for a $200 profit.
Meanwhile, court records in Norfolk show that James B. Gray was living outside of the state in both January 1853 and June 1853. When James and Jane’s son, George Warren Gray, died in 1854, the informant for the death was William R. Jones, presumably because the parents were no longer living in Norfolk. Perhaps George had stayed back in Norfolk, as the passenger list in Charleston in 1852 stated that only three children were travelling.
Within a few months of the family’s relocation to Charleston, a passenger list of the steamship Gladiator from Wilmington, N.C., to Charleston in January 1853 listed “T.S. Gray,” immediately followed by “Mrs. Ketchum.” T. S. Gray was surely Thaddeus—James B.Gray’s son—and Mrs. Ketchum was surely Margaret Ketchum, who was James B. Gray’s mother-in-law. It is unknown at this time whether the pair were simply visiting or were planning a longer stay.
“J. B. Gray” is listed in another passenger list of the steam Governor Dudley arriving in Charleston from Wilmington in November 1853.
On January 10, 1854, the Charleston Courier reported that “About 2 o’clock this morning, an alarm of fire was given, which was found to proceed from a building on the West side of the Bay, a few doors South of Tradd street, owned by Mr. Jno. McNellage, occupied on the first floor, by Jas. B. Gray, a Grocery, and otherwise by private families as a residence. . . .” The passenger list of the Marion, which was a U.S. mail steam ship that had come from New York City, included “J. B. Gay,” which is presumably James B. Gray.
In April 1854, the Charleston Courier announced that “James B. Gray” had established a bakery at 161 King St. In January 1855, the Charleston newspapers announced that on January 22 the Law Court of Appeal, by Judge John B. O’Neall, had dismissed the appeal in the case of Cornelius G. Whitney v. James B. Gray. We currently know nothing about this case. Presumably these records all refer to the same James B. Gray.
A death record for a James B. Gray appears in a Savannah newspaper on September 13, 1855 that reads “James B. Gray, 50 yrs. – Bilious Fever, Virginia.” The listing states that James was buried in a Catholic Cemetery—an intriguing fact given that James’s wife, Julia Jones, was Catholic. We have not been able to confirm whether this is the same James B. Gray as lived in Norfolk.
Jane (Jones) Gray died February 8, 1859 in Norfolk, Virginia. Her death notice in the Southern Argus states: “DIED. On Tuesday morning 8th inst, Mrs. JANE J GRAY, in the 45th year of her age. The funeral will take place this morning at 8 o’clock from the Catholic Church. The friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully invited to attend.” Her funeral was held February 9, 1859, at the Catholic Church in Norfolk.
Children of James B. Gray and Julia (--?--):
11 i. Thaddeus S.3 Gray, b. circa 1826 at Norfolk. +
Children of James B. Gray and Jane J. Jones:
ii. James R. Gray, b. circa 1837,d. June 1, 1862 at Henrico County, Virginia, in the Battle of Seven Pines. He appears in the 1850 census living with his father,and in the 1860 census living with his uncle, William Rodney Jones. He enlisted for service in the Civil War on April 19, 1861, at Norfolk, Virginia, and served in Company H of the 12th Virginia Infantry.
iii. John Edward Gray, b. circa 1839,at Norfolk, Virginia. He appears in the 1850 census living with his father,and in the 1860 census living with his uncle, William Rodney Jones. He served in the Confederate military in the same unit as his brother, Thaddeus Gray, starting in 1862. He seems to have been admitted to a hospital in Richmond on January 26, 1863, and died February 23, 1863 at Richmond.
12 iv. William R. Gray, b. circa 1841 at Norfolk. +
v. George Warren Gray, b. circa 1843 at Norfolk, Virginia, d. October 9, 1854, at Norfolk, Virginia, at age 10. He appears in the 1850 census living with his father.
7. Sarah Gray (John1) was born circa 1812 in Deep Creek, Virginia. She married circa 1830, probably in Norfolk, to James Joseph Ferris. Their marriage bond in Norfolk was dated November 25, 1830, and the security was James Gray. Based on the birth places of their children, they moved temporarily to Canada, probably living there from at least 1835 to 1843.
James Ferris was an immigrant from Ireland and took the oath of allegiance on November 30, 1843. They were living in Norfolk in 1850. The 1851 Norfolk City Census lists: “Ferris James, grocery, 57 James.” It seems likely that James was a relative of John Ferris, who married Sarah Gray’s sister Ellen.
Sarah Ferris died September 4, 1856, in Norfolk of consumption. Her burial record in the St. Patrick’s Catholic records states: “Sarah Ferris, 44 [years old].”
The 1859 Norfolk City Census lists: “Ferris, James, house carpenter, h 4 Talbot.” James appears in the 1860 census in Norfolk,but we do not have any information about his whereabouts after this date.
Children of Sarah Gray and James Ferris:
i. John3 Ferris, b. circa 1835 in Canada. He appears in the 1850 census living with his parents,and in the 1860 census living with his dad. We have no further information about him. The Norfolk Corporation Court records contain a listing for “Ferris, Elizabeth, dau. of John J. and Mary Ferris born __ Sep. 1880.” We do not know if this refers to the same John Ferris.
13 ii. Eleanor Catherine Ferris,b. November 1837 in Canada,m. William G. Webb. +
iii. Jonas Ferris, b. circa 1840 in Canada. He appears in the 1850 with his family, but we have not found him in 1860 and have no further record of him.
14 iv. James Joseph Ferris, b. April 1843 in Canada,m. Mary J. McGee. +
v. William E. Ferris, b. circa 1844 in Virginia, m. July 3, 1867, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Leana March, b. circa 1846 at Gates County, North Carolina, daughter of Bernard and Amanda March. She is listed as Louvina in the 1850 census. He is listed as a “painter” in the 1867 Norfolk directory. They were living in New York City in 1880. We have no further record of them.
vi. Peter Ferris, b. circa 1847 in Virginia. He might have died July 29, 1874. He is listed as a “boilermaker” in the 1866 Norfolk directory.
8. Sarah A.3 Ferris (Ellen2Gray,John1) was born August 22, 1822, in Virginia. She married John J. Holmes October 31, 1844. Their marriage bond in Norfolk City was also dated October 31, 1844, and the surety was James Doland.
The 1851 Norfolk City Directory lists “Holmes John, plasterer, r. 22 S. Duke.” He was also listed as a plasterer in the 1850 census.
John Holmes died in about 1888. Sarah died September 9, 1913.
Children of Sarah A. Ferris and John J. Holmes:
i. Ellen J.4 Holmes, b. November 3, 1845, d. November 9, 1913,m. October 23, 1876, at Norfolk, Virginia, William F. Fitzgerald,b. September 10, 1842, d. August 28, 1887 at Norfolk, Virginia. They had child Mary Cora Fitzgerald, b. July 1878, m. February 11, 1903, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Regnaleon Delewan Sessoms.
ii. John J. Holmes, b. April 1850,May 28, 1905,presumably without children.
iii. Clifford Holmes, b. circa 1851, d. July 12, 1860, at Norfolk, Virginia.
iv. Alfred F. Holmes, b. February 10, 1852,d. March 21, 1935,m. March 17, 1902, at Norfolk, Virginia,to Eleanor Graham, b. June 18, 1865, d. March 16, 1952. Based on the census records, they did not have children.
v. Robert Francis Holmes, b. February 18, 1856,d. April 3, 1931. Based on the census records, he did not have children.
vi. Adelaide “Addie” C. Holmes, b. August 1857,d. July 30, 1931. Based on the census records, she died without children.
vii. William Marshall Holmes, b. December 6, 1858,d. September 10, 1941,m. Pauline (--?--), b. August 1864. They had children(i.) George E. Holmes, b. February 1883; (ii.) Lelia Holmes, b. March 4, 1885, d. July 1973 in Norfolk, Virginia,m. William Henry Jordan; (iii.) Pauline Lena Holmes, b. January 18, 1889, at Norfolk, Virginia, d. September 11, 1977, at Solano, California, m. October 27, 1909, at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to Robert Edward Moreland; (iv.) Frances Holmes, b. October 1895, m. Holt Fairfield Butt Watts.
viii. Lelia Bernadine Holmes, b. August 20, 1863,d. July 16, 1926. Based on the census records, she died without children.
9. Jane E.3 Doland (Ellen2Gray, John1) was born 1829. She married in April 11, 1844, at Norfolk,Virginia, to William H. Lewelling. He was born in 1823 and died in 1856. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk.
The 1851 Norfolk City Directory lists: “Lewellin William H. grocer, 8, corner Roanoke Square and Littlewater, r. 11 E. Bute.” A guardianship matter relating to their minor children was addressed in 1865. Jane died June 29, 1893, in Norfolk,Virginia. She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk.”
Children of Jane E. Doland and William H. Lewelling:
i. Josephine C.4 Lewelling, b. February 10, 1845, at Norfolk, Virginia,m. October 28, 1863, at Norfolk, Virginia, to William Wilson Calwell,b. September 3, 1836, d. January 27, 1882. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk. Josephine remarried December 17, 1884, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Sandusky Dozier,b. June 10, 1848, d. March 4, 1944. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk. Josephine d. August 2, 1908. Josephine had children by first marriage (i.) William L. Calwell, b. ca 1870; (ii.) Henry Bourne/Barrone Calwell, b. July 19, 1878, d. January 10, 1954. Josephine had child by second marriage (iii.) Marion Lewelling Dozier, b. July 1886, m. George N. Rogers.
ii. William D. Lewelling, b. ca 1848.
iii. Calvert H. Lewelling, b. August 10, 1851, d. July 26, 1898. He is buried with his parents in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk.
iv. Ella S. Lewelling, b. June 1854, at Farmville, Virginia,d. 1914,m. October 16, 1884, at Norfolk, Virginia, to George R. Whitehurst,son of Wilson L and Susan Whitehurst. They had children(i.) Lewellyn Whitehurst, b. October 2, 1885 at Norfolk Virginia, d. October 2, 1956, m. December 9, 1914, at Crewswell, North Carolina, to Harriett Ella Snell; (ii.) Calvert Stanhope Whitehurst, b. September 11, 1888, d. April 8, 1944, in Belgium during WWII; (iii.) Jane C. Whitehurst, b. April 1890; (iv.) George Reynoldson Whitehurst, b. May 4, 1891, d. May 1945.
v. James B. Lewelling, b. September 1, 1856, at Norfolk, Virginia.
10. Ellen Frances3 Doland (Ellen2Gray,John1) was born circa 1836 in Virginia. She was living in 1850 with her sister and brother-in-law. She married on April 1, 1858, at Baltimore, Maryland, to Marshall P. Jordan. He died of Yellow Fever on July 24, 1865, in Havana Cuba. In 1870, the Norfolk City Directory lists: “Jordan Mrs. Ellen, bds 11 E. Bute.” In 1880, the Norfolk directory lists: “Jordan Ellen Mrs, wid Marshall, h 75 Holt.” She died August 11, 1880. Her funeral record in the local Catholic Church lists her full name “Ellen Frances Jordan.”
Children of Ellen Frances Doland and Marshall P. Jordan:
i. James F.4 Jordan, b. ca 1859 in Virginia,d. 1884. We presume that he died with children since he is buried along next to his mother and brother.
ii. Walter F. Jordan, b. ca 1861 in Virginia,d. June 27, 1899, at Huntersville neighborhood, Norfolk, Virginia. He is listed in the 1898 Norfolk directory as an assistant engineer. Based on his death notice and his burial next to his mother and brother, we suspect that he died single and without children.
iii. Nellie Jordan, b. ca 1863 in Virginia.
11.Thaddeus Sylvester3 Gray (James2, John1) was born circa 1826 in Norfolk,and died June 5, 1895, in Norfolk, Virginia. During the Civil War he went by Thaddeus S. Gray and Thad K. Gray.
We have not located Thaddeus in the 1850 or 1860 census. However, a newspaper in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, lists undelivered mail for a “Thaddeus S. Gray” in 1849, and Thaddeus appears as “T.S. Gray” in a passenger list arriving in Charleston in January 1853.
Thaddeus enlisted in Company H of the 12th Virginia Infantry at Norfolk on April 19, 1861. He served in the Signal Corps as a spy. The Confederate Navy files list the following on April 13, 1865: “Gray, Thadeus S., Now in prison for an extensive felony against the Confederate States in stealing and selling mules and wagons placed in his charge by Tattnall. From report of Flag-officer W.W. Hunter...”
After the war, in May 1866, Thaddeus sued Francis S. Battley in Savannah over a debt of $105 that they had contracted in March 7, 1866. Battley was born in Norfolk circa 1828, married Alice Blakely in Savannah, Georgia, in 1853,lived in Savannah in 1860,lived in Norfolk in 1870,and died in Norfolk on April 14, 1873.
Thaddeus married May 12, 1869, at Volusia County, Florida, to Nancy A. W. Jenkins. Nancy was born circa 1825 to 1828,and had previously married September 15, 1850, at Dooly County, Georgia, to Thomas Martin McDaniel. In the 1850 census, she appears as “Nancey Jenkins,” aged 25 and born in Georgia, and living in District 24, Dooly County,Georgia. This census entry was recorded on September 2, 1850. The head of household was John K. Morse, who performed her first marriage to Thomas Martin McDaniel just a couple weeks later. Morse moved to Harris County, Texas, before 1857. In 1850, Thomas M. McDaniel was aged 22, living by himself as a merchant in Dooly County, Georgia. The deed records of Dooly County, Georgia, record a marriage contract dated September 30, 1850, between Nancy Jenkins and Thomas M. McDaniel. A copy of this contract was made in Dooly County on March 30, 1854, and that copy was then entered in Orange County, Florida, on November 24, 1860, in Deed Book D, page 424.
The 1850 census for Houston County, Georgia, also shows a Nancy “Jenkins” or “Jerkins” aged 18, living in the household of John S. Taylor. This census was taken September 18, 1850, which militates against it being the same person, but technically the 1850 census taker was supposed to record everyone living at that location on June 1, 1850, so it is possible that the same Nancy Jenkins was listed with both John S. Taylor and John K. Morse. Another Nancy Jenkins in the Dooly County census, “Nancy L. Jenkins,” aged 15, was living in the household of her father, Luke M. Jenkins. We do not know if this is the same person as either of the aforementioned persons, but we do know from DNA testing that this person is not the mother of Thaddeus’s children. We suspect that the Nancy Jenkins who married Thomas McDaniel might have been a daughter of Martin Jenkins and a granddaughter of William Fiveash Jenkins, but we don’t have any evidence to document that relationship. Perhaps DNA testing by other descendants of William Fiveash Jenkins could document this relationship.
On February 12, 1852, “Thomas M McDaniel trustee for his wife Nancy A. W. McDaniel” sold to William McDaniel, all of Dooly County, Georgia, for 350 dollars, land in the 7th district of Dooly County, containing 202.5 acres, known as lot 42, witnessed by W. I. Brown and Robert B. Davies, notary public. Recorded April 26, 1853. Nancy’s middle initials, A. W., are repeated throughout the deed.
Thomas M. McDaniel had several legal problems around 1853. The Macon Messenger on Wednesday, February 23, 1853, records the following: “Lot No. 42/7 dist…levied on as the property of Thomas M. McDaniel to satisfy executions or fi fasin favor of George T. Rogers (signed) Philemon Bohannon, Sheriff.” Then, in November, 1853, the Macon Messenger stated: “Lot No. 42/7 dist…levied on as the property of Thomas M. McDaniel to satisfy executions or fi fas in favor of George T. Rogers; pointed out by John C. Mounger.” In Superior Court, Dooly County, October term 1853, there is a claim withdrawn against Thomas M. McDaniel, and it states “It is Ordered by the Court that the Execution be allowed to proceed.” In April term 1854, the Superior Court records include the following: “William McDaniel vs. Thomas M. McDaniel. Loam Brown Jackson Self Seth Martin and Allen Cowart became bail for the defendant in the above stated case and having tendered the person of the said Thomas M. McDaniel to the Sheriff in open court it is ordered that the Sheriff take into his custody the person of the said Thomas M. McDaniel and that said Loam Brown Jackson Self Seth Martin and Allen Cowart be released and exhonerated [sic] from liability in said bail bond.” A jury of 12 members found Thomas M. McDaniel guilty of a misdemeanor in that same term. It was ordered that he “pay a fine of Fifty Dollars and further that he be imprisoned in the common jail of Bibb County” for thirty days.
Thomas M. McDaniel appears in 1860 to 1865 as the sheriff of Brevard County, Florida. This is presumed to be the same Thomas Martin McDaniel as married Nancy Jenkins. A soundex search for McDaniel in Orange County and Brevard County, Florida, for 1860, returned only the following entry: “Thomas McDonald, aged 30, male, farmer, 450, 500,Georgia; Nancy, aged 30, female, Georgia; Robert, aged 12, male, Georgia.” This entry does not match the surname or exact age. If this census entry is for the same Thomas and Nancy McDaniel, possibly Robert was a child with a mistaken birth year. There is no 1870 census record in Florida for a Robert McDonald born between 1845 and 1855. There is no record for him in 1880 either. We cannot find Thomas McDaniel in 1870 or 1880 either. Presumably he died, since it seems that his widow remarried.
On May 4, 1869, “T. S. Gray and Nancy W. McDaniel” obtained a marriage bond in Orange County, Florida. The original bond also shows that “Nancy McDaniel and T. S. Gray” were married on May 12, 1869, in Volusia County,Florida, by I. [?] A. Richards. “Jas. E. Spencely” was the witness. James was a fellow soldier with Thaddeus in the Confederate Signal Corps and seems to have moved to Savannah Georgia in 1882and was still living there in 1900.
Thaddeus and Nancy appear in the 1870 census in Orange County, Florida. We have no further record of Nancy. We have not been able to find them in the 1880 census. Thaddeus had two daughters born in 1875 and 1878—perhaps in Florida—but we do not know for certain whether Nancy Jenkins was their mother, though on Lenora’s marriage record, her mother is listed as “Annie,” which could be a variation of the name Nancy. The death record for Leonora states that her mother’s name was “Anna Snow.” The death record for Elida states that her mother’s name was “Anne Snow.” Obviously Thaddeus’s daughters seem to have thought that their mother’s name was Annie Snow, but we have never been able to identify whether someone of that name married Thaddeus.
Thaddeus Gray took his two daughters to the Savannah Home for Girls in 1882, and they were baptized December 31, 1882. Also entering the orphanage at this time was Zilpha Anderson.
Thaddeus later married Zilpha W. Anderson on August 13, 1893, at Norfolk, Virginia. She was born July 16, 1871 [or possibly 1870 or 1872], died May 2, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,and was apparently the daughter of William Anderson and Margaret A. Snow, although we have never been able to locate this couple. We think that Zilpha may have been a relative of Lenora and Elida at the time they entered the home. We have never been able to locate Zilpha or her parents in the 1870 or 1880 census.
Children of Thaddeus Sylvester Gray and, perhaps, “Annie Snow”:
i. Leonora Margaret4 Gray, b. December 28, 1875 [or possibly 1873 or 1874], perhaps in Mandarin, Florida,d. June 19, 1912, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,m. June 11, 1902, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Leo Nicholas Ornston,b. August 9, 1874, son of Samuel and Sophia Ornston. They had children (i.) Darius Gray Ornston, b. March 20, 1904, m. Marie Wallace; (ii.) Leo Nicholas Ornston, b. November 5, 1905, d. December 11, 1905; (iii.) Aileen Ornston, b. May 18, 1908; (iv.) Leonora M. Ornston, b. October 12, 1909, m. Edwin Virgil Huggins.
ii. Elida Virginia Gray, b. March 16, 1878, perhaps in Florida,d. October 26, 1960, at Henderson, Vance County, North Carolina,m. October 3, 1903, to William Jordan Thigpen, b. June 5, 1875, at Edgecombe County, North Carolina, d. September 20, 1929, at Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, son of Franklin Lafayette Thigpen and Martha Jane Thigpen. They had children (i.) Virginia Gray Thigpen, b. October 27, 1904, m. William Webb Loy; (ii.) Martha Jane Thigpen, b. July 23, 1906, m. James Rose; (iii.) Annie Snow Thigpen, b. August 20, 1908, m. John Huske Anderson.
Children of Thaddeus Sylvester Gray and Zilpha W. Anderson:
i. Leila T.4 Gray, b. October 7, 1893, in Virginia,d. March 12, 1918, at Biltmore, Buncombe County, North Carolina. Her death certificate states that she died of pulmonary tuberculosis that was contracted in Virginia. She never married.
12.William R3 Gray (James2,John1) was born circa 1841 in Norfolk, Virginia,and died between 1868 and 1883.
William appears in the 1850 census living with his father. We have not located him in the 1860 census,but he reappears in Norfolk in 1861, when William Gray, saddler, enlisted May 4, 1861, at Norfolk, aged 20. He deserted in June 1862 at the Charles City Road, just days after the death of his older brother, James.
William reappears in Boston in the 1864 directory in Boston, as “Gray Wm. harnessmaker, boards 13 Lincoln.” The following year, he is listed in the directory as “Gray, William R. harnessmaker, boards 13 Lincoln.” He married February 25, 1865, at Boston, Massachusetts, to Alice C. Haynes. She was born circa 1843 at Nova Scotia, Canada, daughter of Patrick and Alice Haynes.
Although he apparently lived until at least 1868 based on his son’s date of birth, and died before 1883 based on his wife’s remarriage, William’s whereabouts are unknown after 1865. In 1909, one of his cousins reported that William “lived in Boston, after the war,” but had since died, and that his widow “had married again after Mr. Gray’s death.” Alice did, in fact, remarry on September 18, 1883, at Boston, to Henry D. Reed. He died May 20, 1894, at Boston, after being thrown from his carriage in a collision.
After Henry’s death, Alice lived for a time at 91 Appleton,and then at 1186 Harrison Ave., Boston,where she died on September 30, 1905. Her son, David R. Gray, also lived at these locations.
Children of William R. Gray and Alice C. Haynes:
i. David Rodney4 Gray, b. February 1869 at Boston, Massachusetts,d. after 1951, when he appears in the Boston directory. He married on January 10, 1905, at Boston, Massachusetts, to Josephine V. Bonier,who was born circa 1872. Her obituary on October 22, 1951, in the Daily Boston Globe states: “GRAY—In Roxbury, Oct. 21. Josephine V. (Bonier) Gray, wife of Rodney D. Gray of 123 Brook av., sister of Alfred Bonier, 207 Blue Hill av. and Joseph N. Bonier, Woonsocket, R. I. Funeral from the Wm. J. Mahoney & Co. Funeral Home. 598 Dudley st. (near Cottage st.). Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. Solemn High Mass of Requiem in St. Patrick’s Church at 9 o’clock. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 p. m. Interment Most Precious Blood. Woonsocket R.I.” Based on the census records, David Rodney Gray did not have any children.
ii. Jane4 Gray, (?). We know nothing about this child.
12.Eleanor Catherine3 Ferris (Sarah2Gray,John1) was born November 1837 in Canada. She married July 4, 1864, at Norfolk, Virginia, to William G. Webb. He was born circa 1833 in Portsmouth, Virginia, son of William and Mary Webb.
William G. Webb was listed as a “caulker” in the Norfolk directory in 1867, and a “shipcarpenter” in the 1869 and 1870 directories.
He died December 26, 1880. She died April 24, 1912, in Norfolk.
Children of Eleanor Catherine Ferris and William G. Webb:
i. Henry J.4 Webb, b. ca 1860, d. November 29, 1899.
ii. William Thomas Webb, b. March 21, 1865,d. March 16, 1918,m. November 10, 1892, at Portsmouth, Virginia, to Nannie Lee Williams, b. November 20, 1861, d. September 27,1929. By 1910, they had five children,but only one had lived to adulthood: William Hilary Webb, b. Apr 1898.
iii. George Webb, b. ca 1867, d. May 25, 1876.
iv. Cora Elizabeth Webb, b. February 17, 1869, in Norfolk, Va. She apparently died prior to 1900. We do not know whether she married or had children.
v. Sarah Catherine Webb, b. March 12, 1873, in Norfolk, Va.; d. November 10, 1913,m. December 9, 1889, at Norfolk, Virginia, to James Henry Trower,b. 1855, at Eastern Shore, Northampton County, Virginia,d. 1936,buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia. They had children (i.) William Douglas Trower, b. January 2, 1891; (ii.) Eleanor V. Trower, b. November 22, 1892, d. February 1983,m. January 12, 1926, at Norfolk, Virginia, to John Williams Peoples,both buried at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake, Virginia; (iii.) Cora Elizabeth Trower, b. February 16, 1897, d. July 2, 1961, at Raleigh, North Carolina,m. William W. Parker; (iv.) Beulah E. Trower, b. June 15, 1900, d. June 13, 1992,m. Charles F. Kroboth; (v.) George C. Trower, b. December 25, 1901, d. September 9, 1992; (vi.) James L. Trower, b. ca 1906; (vii.) Madeline N. Trower, b. ca 1909, m. (-?-) Vandergrift.
13.James Joseph3 Ferris (Sarah2Gray,John1) was born April 22, 1843 in Canada. He married September 13 or 15, 1865, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Mary J. McGee,daughter of James and Mary McGee. She was born August 1842 in Ireland, daughter of James and Mary McGee, and died March 29, 1904,buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia. He died October 10, 1923,buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia.
Children of James Joseph Ferris and Mary J. McGee:
i. Sarah4 Ferris, b. June 3, 1876, d. October 17, 1910,buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia. She died single without children.
ii. Mary Ferris, b. November 28, 1881, at Norfolk, Virginia,d. November 8, 1952,buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia,m. Charles Edward Flaherty. He was b. July 3, 1882, at Baltimore, Maryland,d. August 15, 1969,buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia. They had children: (i.) James Louis Flaherty, b. May 13, 1910,was an auxiliary bishop in the Catholic Church,d. August 9, 1975; (ii.) Mary Elizabeth Flaherty, b. May 8, 1912,d. February 7, 1947; (iii.) Winifred Flaherty, b. ca 1915;(iv.) Charles Edward Flaherty, Jr., b. September 20, 1918,d. June 1980; (v.) Leo Ferris Flaherty, b. February 10, 1924,d. March 12, 1986.
iii. Julia Ferris, b. March 10, 1886, at Norfolk,d. February 1960 in Brooklyn, New York,m. August 11, 1906, at Norfolk, to Harry Bernard Curry. He was b. September 29, 1881 in Pennsylvania, d. September 1956 in New York. They had children:(i.) James Ferris Curry, b. July 22, 1907, d. August 26, 1967, m. August 12, 1928, to Margaret McDonnel; (ii.) stillborn child, b. on February 17, 1910, in Washington, D.C.; (iii.) Harry Bernard Curry, Jr., b. 1915, never married and died without children; (iv.) Robert Francis Curry, b. January 14, 1916 in Wheeling, WV, d.October 29, 1961, at Farmingdale, New York, had two children named Cheryl and Robert Jr.; (v.) Charles E. Curry, b. 1919, never married and died without children.
The Vital Records of Woodstock, Ct., p. 406,include the following: “Woodstock December 8th 1826 this may Certify that James Gray of Teverton State of Rhods Island & Zulia Williams of sd Woodstock were Lawfully Joined in Marriage at sd Woodstock by me Luther Rawson Justice of Peace the above is a true record of the original Certificat attest J. Fox T.C.” The original record says:
Woodstock December 8th 1826 this may Certify that James Gray of Teverton State of Rhode Island + Zulia Williams of sd Woodstock were Lawfully Joined in Marreage at sd Woodstock by me
Luther Rawson Justice of Peace
The above is a true record of the original Certificat
attest John Fox T C [or T G?]
Woodstock Vital Records (Microfilm of Original Woodstock Town Hall Records), vol. 3, p.145 (film #1376372 at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City). We have never been able to connect these individuals to our family.
Allen Loy Campbell’s notes state: 12 July 1852 [33-280] James B. and wife defaulted on a loan of $1000 made 30 December 1844 and due 1 January 1846 to William W. Sharp. The trustees, A. T. Leonard and A. A.Conway sold land at auction to Barnabus Baker and wife for $5000. Land was on west side of Duke Street and on creek. Mill machinery was included.” Presumably “33-280” refers to Norfolk City Deed Book 33, at p. 280. Additionally, an accounting filed by the trustee in November 1852 shows a foreclosure. Norfolk City in Hustings & Corp. Ct. Inventories, Appraisements, Accounts No. 1, 1850-1856, p. 113.
Notes of Allen Loy Campbell, taken from the Norfolk City Circuit Court Common Law Order Book 5, pp. 48, 109, and 156, all of which pages related to the suit of James B. Gray v. Wilson Williamson (or Williams – see book 4, p. 423).
The Southern Argus, Wednesday morning, February 9, 1859, p. 3, col. 3. Her death record in the Norfolk Deaths, 1853-1872, p. 43, line 32, at the Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, states: “Gray, Jane, W[hite], F[emale], 01/08/59, [cause of death] Not Known, [age] 46, [consort of] James Gray, [information given by] Jones, William, Brother.” The month of her death is clearly wrong, as shown by the newspaper death notice that appeared in February, but the error could have been with the transcription rather than the original death listing.
1850 federal census, household of James Ferris, Norfolk City, Virginia. Their household in Norfolk City included James Ferris, age 42, Sarah, age 38, and children John, age 15, Ellen, age 12, Jonas, age 10, James, age 8, William, age 6, and Peter, age 3.
John K.Morse, 42, male, Taylor, 800, Connecticut
Caroline A., 30, female, South Carolina
Mary Ann, 12, female, Georgia
Eugenia M., 7, female, Georgia
D. B. P., 2, male, Georgia
Nancey Jenkins, 25, female, Georgia
1870 U.S. Census, household of Thaddeus Grey, Division 17, Orange County, Florida. “Grey, Thaddeus, 45, male, white, Farmer, 200 [personal property], 300 [real property], Virginia; Nancy, 42, female, white, Keeping House, Georgia.” The next entry on this census page is for William McDonald, age 18, born in Florida. We do not know whether he is of any relation.
A family bible listed her birth as March 16, 1878, in Mandarin, Georgia [sic?], but Mandarin is crossed out[seemingly by the same person] and overwritten is “Marietta”. The 1900 U.S.Census, household of Zeepha [probably should be Zilpha], Norfolk City,Virginia, states that Virginia E. Gray, border, was born March 1878 in Florida, her father and mother born in Virginia and Georgia, respectively. The Savannah Home for Girls record books list her entry into the orphanage in 1882: Lida Gray, born March 16, 1878, she was four years old when received in the home, mother dead, father still living, mother’s name Annie, father’s name Thaddeus.