John Gray and Caty Buntin family - Norfolk, Virginia - Results

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Gray Family Genealogy – work in progress – updated Jan. 1, 2014


Compiled by

Jud Campbell (b. 1984)

H. Gregory Campbell, Jr. (b. 1952)

Hugh G. Campbell (b. 1932)

Allen (Loy) Campbell (b. 1932; d. 2010)

 

 

First Generation

 

1. JohnGray, parentage unknown, born unknown.  He married circa 1794, likely in Norfolk County,Virginia, to Catherine “Caty” Buntin.[1]  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.[2]  Catherine was born circa 1765.[3]  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.[4]  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.”[5]  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.[6]  The note says that “the above couple were married the same day by Thomas T. Jones, a local Methodist elder.”[7]  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.[8]  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.”[9]  The entry for 1806 states: “Gray, John, shopkeeper, 10 [Union street].”[10]  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.[11]

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.[12]  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.[13]

Catherine died August 9, 1850.[14]  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.”[15]

Children of John Gray and Caty Buntin:

2.     i.  EllenGray, 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.+

 

Second Generation

2. Ellen2 Gray (John1) was born circa 1798, probably in Norfolk County, Virginia.[16] She married in Norfolk County on September 18, 1821 to John Ferris.[17]  Their marriage bond in Norfolk was dated the same day, and security was James Alexander.[18]

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.”[19]  According to John’s estate records, his funeral expenses were paid on October 13, 1826.[20]

Ellen married second circa 1828, likely in Norfolk County, to James W. Doland.[21]  Their marriage bond in Norfolk County was dated July 31, 1828, and the security was William Barnard.[22]  James was born circa 1807 in Bristol, Maine, and was the son of Dennis Doland and Jane Meagher.[23]  Jane died in Norfolk in March 1842.[24]  Her mother died in Norfolk in December 1843.[25]  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.”[26]  Ellen died in May 1852, probably on May 27, 1852,[27] and her funeral took place in the Catholic Church in Norfolk.[28] 

James remarried February 13, 1883, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Henrietta Sykes, daughter of M. and Margaret Sykes.[29]  James and Henrietta were living together and listed as married in the 1880 census,[30] but their marriage was not recorded until 1883. Her name at marriage was “Henrietta Dense”; apparently she was a widow.[31]

James Doland died July 21, 1884, in Norfolk, Virginia.[32]  His funeral was held on July 22, 1884, at the Catholic Church in Norfolk.[33]  He is apparently buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norfolk.[34]  Henrietta died December 17, 1899, aged 79, and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk.[35]

Children of Ellen Gray and John Ferris:

8   i.  Sarah A.Ferris, b. Aug. 29, 1822, m. Oct. 31, 1844, to John Holmes. +

    ii.  Unknown Ferris,[36] probably d. before 1830.[37]

Children of Ellen Gray and James W. Doland:

9  ii.  Jane E.Doland, b. 1829, m. 1844 to William H. Lewelling. + 

10  iii.  Ellen Frances Doland, b. circa 1836, m. Marshall P. Jordan.[38] +

   iv.  James T. Doland, b. December 25, 1837, at Norfolk, Virginia.[39]  He served in the Confederacy from Virginia.[40]  He applied for a passport several times in New York City in 1866, 1870, and 1871.[41] We don’t know anything else about him.

 

3.Catherine Gray (maybe John1), b. circa 1800 to 1804.[42]  She married December 24, 1829, at Portsmouth,Norfolk County, Virginia, to Andra (or Ardray) McCoy.[43]  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.”[44]  Rev. Smith was presumably Rev. William A.Smith, a Methodist minister.[45]  Their marriage bond in Norfolk County was dated the same day, and the surety was “Michael Dorsey,” presumably her brother-in-law.[46]  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.[47] 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.[48]  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.[49]  Nothing further is known of this couple.

 

4.Elizabeth Gray (John1) was born circa 1800 to 1804.[50]  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.”[51]  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.[52]

“Michael Dorsey (or Darcy)” appeared as security to a marriage bond in 1826.[53]  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.”[54]  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.  HenryDorsey.  We know nothing about him and have been unable to find him in any census.

    ii. Michael Dorsey,b. circa 1835.[55]  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,[56] but we do not know if this is the same person.

 

5. John2 Gray (probably John1), b. circa 1804 to 1810.[57]  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.”[58]  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.[59]  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.[60]

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.[61] 

Based on a much later marriage record of his son, it appears that James first married Julia (--?--), perhaps in about 1825.[62] 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.”[63]  Their marriage bond in Norfolk City was dated January 16, 1836, and James Doland was security.[64]  James Mitchell was a Baptist minister.[65]  We have never been able to locate a“Princeton, Ct.,” nor have we ever found a confirmed reference to our James Gray in Connecticut.[66]   

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,[67] perhaps on February 28, 1790,[68] and died in Boston on July 14, 1823.[69]  He was buried in the old burial ground on “C. Hill,”[70] which is perhaps Copp’s Hill, though the latter has not been confirmed.  Margaret Meagher was born circa 1792 in Maine.[71]  She married Richard Runnells Jones on December 6, 1813 in Boston.[72]  They had three children: Jane J. Jones, William Rodney Jones, who died June 17, 1874, at Norfolk, Virginia,[73] and George Whitfield Jones, who was born about 1822 in Boston and died about 1859.[74] 

Richard Runnells Jones died July 14, 1823, at Boston.[75]  His widow, Margaret (Meagher) Jones, remarried to Warren Ketchum on April 6, 1836, in Boston.[76]  They apparently moved to Norfolk, Virginia, that year.[77] Warren died in September 3, 1844 in Norfolk.[78]  Margaret died February 6, 1871, in Norfolk, Virginia.[79]

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.[80]  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.”[81]  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,[82] 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.[83]

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.[84]  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.[85]  James B. Gray apparently returned home to Norfolk from Boston on November 24, 1842.[86]

James Gray purchased property on Church Street in Norfolk on July 10, 1839, from William T. Foster.[87]  The same day, James Gray executed a deed of trust to William T. Foster.[88]  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.”[89]  Gray was apparently only partially insured.[90]

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,[91] but on July 12, 1852, he and his wife defaulted on loans made in 1844 and 1846 and were forced to sell the machinery.[92]  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.”[93]  James B. Gray then bought property on August 25, 1852, in Charleston at the southwest corner of Meeting and Ann Streets.[94] James B. Gray, with wife Jane J. Gray also signing the deed, sold the same property on July 27, 1853 for a $200 profit.[95]

Meanwhile, court records in Norfolk show that James B. Gray was living outside of the state in both January 1853 and June 1853.[96]  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.”[97]  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.[98] 

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. . . .”[99]  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.[100]

In April 1854, the Charleston Courier announced that “James B. Gray” had established a bakery at 161 King St.[101]  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.[102]  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.”[103]  The listing states that James was buried in a Catholic Cemetery—an intriguing fact given that James’s wife, Julia Jones, was Catholic.[104]  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.[105] 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.”[106]  Her funeral was held February 9, 1859, at the Catholic Church in Norfolk.[107]

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,[108] d. June 1, 1862 at Henrico County, Virginia, in the Battle of Seven Pines.[109]  He appears in the 1850 census living with his father,[110] and in the 1860 census living with his uncle, William Rodney Jones.[111]  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.[112]

   iii.  John Edward Gray, b. circa 1839,[113] at Norfolk, Virginia.[114]  He appears in the 1850 census living with his father,[115] and in the 1860 census living with his uncle, William Rodney Jones.[116]  He served in the Confederate military in the same unit as his brother, Thaddeus Gray, starting in 1862.[117]  He seems to have been admitted to a hospital in Richmond on January 26, 1863, and died February 23, 1863 at Richmond.[118]

12  iv.  William R. Gray, b. circa 1841 at Norfolk.  +

    v.  George Warren Gray, b. circa 1843 at Norfolk, Virginia,[119] d. October 9, 1854, at Norfolk, Virginia, at age 10.[120]  He appears in the 1850 census living with his father.[121]

 

7. Sarah Gray (John1) was born circa 1812 in Deep Creek, Virginia.[122]  She married circa 1830, probably in Norfolk, to James Joseph Ferris.[123]  Their marriage bond in Norfolk was dated November 25, 1830, and the security was James Gray.[124]  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.[125]  They were living in Norfolk in 1850.[126]  The 1851 Norfolk City Census lists: “Ferris James, grocery, 57 James.”[127]  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.[128]  Her burial record in the St. Patrick’s Catholic records states: “Sarah Ferris, 44 [years old].”[129]

The 1859 Norfolk City Census lists: “Ferris, James, house carpenter, h 4 Talbot.”[130]  James appears in the 1860 census in Norfolk,[131] but we do not have any information about his whereabouts after this date.

Children of Sarah Gray and James Ferris:

     i.  JohnFerris, b. circa 1835 in Canada.  He appears in the 1850 census living with his parents,[132] and in the 1860 census living with his dad.[133]  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.”[134]  We do not know if this refers to the same John Ferris.

13   ii.  Eleanor Catherine Ferris,[135] b. November 1837 in Canada,[136] 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,[137] 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.[138]  She is listed as Louvina in the 1850 census.[139]  He is listed as a “painter” in the 1867 Norfolk directory.[140]  They were living in New York City in 1880.[141]  We have no further record of them.

   vi.  Peter Ferris, b. circa 1847 in Virginia.[142]  He might have died July 29, 1874.[143]  He is listed as a “boilermaker” in the 1866 Norfolk directory.[144]

 

Third Generation

 

8. Sarah A.3 Ferris (Ellen2Gray,John1) was born August 22, 1822, in Virginia.[145]  She married John J. Holmes October 31, 1844.[146]  Their marriage bond in Norfolk City was also dated October 31, 1844, and the surety was James Doland.[147] 

The 1851 Norfolk City Directory lists “Holmes John, plasterer, r. 22 S. Duke.”[148]  He was also listed as a plasterer in the 1850 census.[149]

John Holmes died in about 1888.[150]  Sarah died September 9, 1913.[151]

Children of Sarah A. Ferris and John J. Holmes:

     i.  Ellen J.Holmes, b. November 3, 1845, d. November 9, 1913,[152] m. October 23, 1876, at Norfolk, Virginia, William F. Fitzgerald,[153] b. September 10, 1842, d. August 28, 1887 at Norfolk, Virginia.[154]  They had child Mary Cora Fitzgerald, b. July 1878, m. February 11, 1903, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Regnaleon Delewan Sessoms.[155]

    ii.  John J. Holmes, b. April 1850,[156] May 28, 1905,[157] presumably without children.[158]

   iii.  Clifford Holmes, b. circa 1851, d. July 12, 1860, at Norfolk, Virginia.[159]

   iv.  Alfred F. Holmes, b. February 10, 1852,[160] d. March 21, 1935,[161] m. March 17, 1902, at Norfolk, Virginia,[162] to Eleanor Graham, b. June 18, 1865, d. March 16, 1952.[163]  Based on the census records, they did not have children.

    v.  Robert Francis Holmes, b. February 18, 1856,[164] d. April 3, 1931.[165]  Based on the census records, he did not have children.

   vi.  Adelaide “Addie” C. Holmes, b. August 1857,[166] d. July 30, 1931.[167]  Based on the census records, she died without children.

  vii.  William Marshall Holmes, b. December 6, 1858,[168] d. September 10, 1941,[169] m. Pauline (--?--), b. August 1864.[170]  They had children[171] (i.) George E. Holmes, b. February 1883; (ii.) Lelia Holmes, b. March 4, 1885, d. July 1973 in Norfolk, Virginia,[172] 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.[173]

viii.  Lelia Bernadine Holmes, b. August 20, 1863,[174] d. July 16, 1926.[175]  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.[176]  He was born in 1823 and died in 1856.[177]  He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk.[178]

The 1851 Norfolk City Directory lists: “Lewellin William H. grocer, 8, corner Roanoke Square and Littlewater, r. 11 E. Bute.”[179]  A guardianship matter relating to their minor children was addressed in 1865.[180]  Jane died June 29, 1893, in Norfolk,Virginia.[181]  She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk.”[182]

Children of Jane E. Doland and William H. Lewelling:

     i.  Josephine C.Lewelling, b. February 10, 1845, at Norfolk, Virginia,[183] m. October 28, 1863, at Norfolk, Virginia, to William Wilson Calwell,[184] b. September 3, 1836, d. January 27, 1882.[185]  He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk.[186]  Josephine remarried December 17, 1884, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Sandusky Dozier,[187] b. June 10, 1848, d. March 4, 1944.[188]  He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk.[189]  Josephine d. August 2, 1908.[190]  Josephine had children by first marriage (i.) William L. Calwell, b. ca 1870[191]; (ii.) Henry Bourne/Barrone Calwell, b. July 19, 1878, d. January 10, 1954.[192]  Josephine had child by second marriage (iii.) Marion Lewelling Dozier, b. July 1886, m. George N. Rogers.

    ii.  William D. Lewelling, b. ca 1848.[193]

   iii.  Calvert H. Lewelling, b. August 10, 1851, d. July 26, 1898.[194]  He is buried with his parents in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk.[195]

   iv.  Ella S. Lewelling, b. June 1854,[196] at Farmville, Virginia,[197] d. 1914,[198] m. October 16, 1884, at Norfolk, Virginia, to George R. Whitehurst,[199] son of Wilson L and Susan Whitehurst.[200]  They had children[201] (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.[202]

 

10. Ellen Frances3 Doland (Ellen2Gray,John1) was born circa 1836 in Virginia.[203]  She was living in 1850 with her sister and brother-in-law.[204]  She married on April 1, 1858, at Baltimore, Maryland, to Marshall P. Jordan.[205]  He died of Yellow Fever on July 24, 1865, in Havana Cuba.[206]  In 1870, the Norfolk City Directory lists: “Jordan Mrs. Ellen, bds 11 E. Bute.”[207]  In 1880, the Norfolk directory lists: “Jordan Ellen Mrs, wid Marshall, h 75 Holt.”[208]  She died August 11, 1880.[209]  Her funeral record in the local Catholic Church lists her full name “Ellen Frances Jordan.”[210]

Children of Ellen Frances Doland and Marshall P. Jordan:

     i.  James F.Jordan, b. ca 1859 in Virginia,[211] d. 1884.[212] 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,[213] d. June 27, 1899, at Huntersville neighborhood, Norfolk, Virginia.[214]  He is listed in the 1898 Norfolk directory as an assistant engineer.[215]  Based on his death notice and his burial next to his mother and brother, we suspect that he died single and without children.[216]

   iii.  Nellie Jordan, b. ca 1863 in Virginia.[217] 

 

11.Thaddeus Sylvester3 Gray (James2, John1) was born circa 1826 in Norfolk,[218] and died June 5, 1895, in Norfolk, Virginia.[219]  During the Civil War he went by Thaddeus S. Gray and Thad K. Gray.[220]

We have not located Thaddeus in the 1850 or 1860 census. However, Thaddeus appears as “T.S. Gray” in a passenger list arriving in Charleston in January 1853.[221] 

Thaddeus enlisted in Company H of the 12th Virginia Infantry at Norfolk on April 19, 1861.[222]  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.[223]  Battley was born in Norfolk circa 1828, married Alice Blakely in Savannah, Georgia, in 1853,[224] lived in Savannah in 1860,[225] lived in Norfolk in 1870,[226] and died in Norfolk on April 14, 1873.[227]

Thaddeus married May 12, 1869, at Volusia County, Florida, to Nancy A. W. Jenkins.[228]  Nancy was born circa 1825 to 1828,[229] and had previously married September 15, 1850, at Dooly County, Georgia, to Thomas Martin McDaniel.[230]  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.[231]  The head of household was John K. Morse, who performed her first marriage to Thomas Martin McDaniel just a couple weeks later.[232]  Morse moved to Harris County, Texas, before 1857.[233]  In 1850, Thomas M. McDaniel was aged 22, living by himself as a merchant in Dooly County, Georgia.[234]  The deed records of Dooly County, Georgia, record a marriage contract dated September 30, 1850, between Nancy Jenkins and Thomas M. McDaniel.[235]  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.[236]

The 1850 census for Houston County, Georgia, also shows a Nancy “Jenkins” or “Jerkins” aged 18, living in the household of John S. Taylor.[237]  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.[238]  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.[239] 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.[240]  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 fas[241] in 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.”[242]  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.”[243]  A jury of 12 members found Thomas M. McDaniel guilty of a misdemeanor in that same term.[244]  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.[245]

Thomas M. McDaniel appears in 1860 to 1865 as the sheriff of Brevard County, Florida.[246]  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:[247] “Thomas McDonald, aged 30, male, farmer, 450, 500,[248] 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.[249]

On May 4, 1869, “T. S. Gray and Nancy W. McDaniel” obtained a marriage bond in Orange County, Florida.[250]  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.[251]  “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 1882[252] and was still living there in 1900.[253]

Thaddeus and Nancy appear in the 1870 census in Orange County, Florida.[254]  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.[255]  The death record for Leonora states that her mother’s name was “Anna Snow.”[256]  The death record for Elida states that her mother’s name was “Anne Snow.”[257]  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.[258]  Also entering the orphanage at this time was Zilpha Anderson.

Thaddeus later married Zilpha W. Anderson on August 13, 1893, at Norfolk, Virginia.[259]  She was born July 16, 1871 [or possibly 1870 or 1872], died May 2, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[260] and was apparently the daughter of William Anderson and Margaret A. Snow, although we have never been able to locate this couple.[261]  We think that Zilpha may have been a relative of Lenora and Elida at the time they entered the home.[262]  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,[263] d. June 19, 1912, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[264] m. June 11, 1902, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Leo Nicholas Ornston,[265] b. August 9, 1874, son of Samuel and Sophia Ornston.[266]  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,[267] d. October 26, 1960, at Henderson, Vance County, North Carolina,[268] 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.[269]  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.[270]

 

Children of Thaddeus Sylvester Gray and Zilpha W. Anderson:

     i.  Leila T.Gray, b. October 7, 1893, in Virginia,[271] d. March 12, 1918, at Biltmore, Buncombe County, North Carolina.[272]  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,[273] and died between 1868 and 1883.[274] 

William appears in the 1850 census living with his father.[275]  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.[276]  He deserted in June 1862 at the Charles City Road,[277] 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.[278]  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.”[279]  Alice did, in fact, remarry on September 18, 1883, at Boston, to Henry D. Reed.[280]  He died May 20, 1894, at Boston, after being thrown from his carriage in a collision.[281] 

After Henry’s death, Alice lived for a time at 91 Appleton,[282] and then at 1186 Harrison Ave., Boston,[283] where she died on September 30, 1905.[284]  Her son, David R. Gray, also lived at these locations.[285]

Children of William R. Gray and Alice C. Haynes:

     i.  David RodneyGray, b. February 1869 at Boston, Massachusetts,[286] d. after 1951, when he appears in the Boston directory.  He married on January 10, 1905, at Boston, Massachusetts, to Josephine V. Bonier,[287] 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.  JaneGray, (?).[288]  We know nothing about this child.

 

12.Eleanor Catherine3 Ferris (Sarah2Gray,John1) was born November 1837 in Canada.[289]  She married July 4, 1864, at Norfolk, Virginia, to William G. Webb.[290]  He was born circa 1833 in Portsmouth, Virginia, son of William and Mary Webb.[291]

William G. Webb was listed as a “caulker” in the Norfolk directory in 1867, and a “shipcarpenter” in the 1869 and 1870 directories.[292]

He died December 26, 1880.[293]  She died April 24, 1912, in Norfolk.[294]

Children of Eleanor Catherine Ferris and William G. Webb:[295]

     i.  Henry J.Webb, b. ca 1860, d. November 29, 1899.[296]

    ii.  William Thomas Webb, b. March 21, 1865,[297] d. March 16, 1918,[298] m. November 10, 1892, at Portsmouth, Virginia, to Nannie Lee Williams,[299] b. November 20, 1861, d. September 27,1929.[300]  By 1910, they had five children,[301] but only one had lived to adulthood: William Hilary Webb, b. Apr 1898.[302]

   iii.  George Webb, b. ca 1867, d. May 25, 1876.[303]

   iv.  Cora Elizabeth Webb, b. February 17, 1869, in Norfolk, Va.  She apparently died prior to 1900.[304]  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,[305] m. December 9, 1889, at Norfolk, Virginia, to James Henry Trower,[306] b. 1855, at Eastern Shore, Northampton County, Virginia,[307] d. 1936,[308] buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia.[309]  They had children (i.) William Douglas Trower, b. January 2, 1891; (ii.) Eleanor V. Trower, b. November 22, 1892, d. February 1983,[310] m. January 12, 1926, at Norfolk, Virginia, to John Williams Peoples,[311] both buried at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake, Virginia[312]; (iii.) Cora Elizabeth Trower, b. February 16, 1897, d. July 2, 1961, at Raleigh, North Carolina,[313] m. William W. Parker; (iv.) Beulah E. Trower, b. June 15, 1900, d. June 13, 1992,[314] m. Charles F. Kroboth; (v.) George C. Trower, b. December 25, 1901, d. September 9, 1992[315]; (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.[316]  He married September 13 or 15, 1865, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Mary J. McGee,[317] daughter of James and Mary McGee.[318]  She was born August 1842 in Ireland, daughter of James and Mary McGee, and died March 29, 1904,[319] buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia.[320]  He died October 10, 1923,[321] buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia.[322]

Children of James Joseph Ferris and Mary J. McGee:

     i.  SarahFerris, b. June 3, 1876, d. October 17, 1910,[323] buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia.[324]  She died single without children.[325]

    ii.  Mary Ferris, b. November 28, 1881, at Norfolk, Virginia,[326] d. November 8, 1952,[327] buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia,[328] m. Charles Edward Flaherty.[329]  He was b. July 3, 1882, at Baltimore, Maryland,[330] d. August 15, 1969,[331] buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia.[332]  They had children: (i.) James Louis Flaherty, b. May 13, 1910,[333] was an auxiliary bishop in the Catholic Church,[334] d. August 9, 1975[335]; (ii.) Mary Elizabeth Flaherty, b. May 8, 1912,[336] d. February 7, 1947[337]; (iii.) Winifred Flaherty, b. ca 1915[338];(iv.) Charles Edward Flaherty, Jr., b. September 20, 1918,[339] d. June 1980[340]; (v.) Leo Ferris Flaherty, b. February 10, 1924,[341] d. March 12, 1986.[342]

   iii.  Julia Ferris, b. March 10, 1886, at Norfolk,[343] d. February 1960 in Brooklyn, New York,[344] m. August 11, 1906, at Norfolk, to Harry Bernard Curry.[345]  He was b. September 29, 1881 in Pennsylvania, d. September 1956 in New York.[346]  They had children:[347] (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.[348]; (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.



[1] Wingo’s Marriages of Norfolk County, vol. II, p. 51.

[2] Ibid.

[3] The American Beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, Monday morning, August 12, 1850, p. 2, col.6. 

[4] Tucker’s Marriages of Norfolk City, p. 3.

[5] Edward W. James, ed., Lower Norfolk County Virginia Antiquary, vol. 2, p. 94-95.

[6] Tucker’s Marriage Bonds of Norfolk City, p. 42.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Research of H. Gregory Campbell, Jr. in the Norfolk tax returns.

[9] 1801 Norfolk Directory, available online at http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/history/1801dir/1801dir1.html

[10] 1806 Norfolk Directory, available online at http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/history/1806dir/1806.html

[11] Sharon Rea Gable and Truitt M. Bonney, Norfolk County Virignia (Extant) Administrator Bonds 1711-1850, p.63.  “Administrator John Jarvis with additional security provided by James Jarvis for a bond of $1,500.”

[12] 1820 U.S. federal census, household of Catharine Gray, Norfolk County, Virginia.

[13] 1830 federal census, household of Catherine Gray, Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia.

[14] Her death date is based on her death notice, which states that she died on the preceding Friday.  The American Beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, Monday morning, August 12, 1850, p. 2, col. 6.

[15] The American Beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, Monday morning, August 12, 1850, p. 2, col.6.  Apparently a card catalogue item in the Norfolk City Library lists “Mrs. Catherine Gray 85th year funeral from her son-in-law James Doland printed in the Southern Argus newspaper August 10, 1850.”  This quotation is taken straight from Allen Loy Campbell’s notes, although we do not know whether it is a quotation from the newspaper.  Upon a quick inspection in 2012, Jud was not able to locate this listing.  The Norfolk Public Library has put its newspaper card file into storage until renovations to the downtown library are complete [noted in 2012].

[16] Catholic Records, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Norfolk Public Library, Reel 67, Funerals from 1842.  This listing says: “1852 May 28 Ellen Doland, 54.”  This puts her birth year as circa 1798.  According to Application of Calvert S. Whitehurst, dated 1929, Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, database online at ancestry.com, viewed February 25, 2012, her year of birth was 1800.  Both these dates are consistent with the 1820 U.S. federal census, household of Catharine Gray, Norfolk County, Virginia, which lists 3 girls aged 16 to 25.  According to the 1850 federal census, household of James Doland, Norfolk, Virginia, Ellen was aged 43 and therefore born in the latter part of 1806 or early part of 1807.  This is likely wrong, though, given the aforementioned sources as well as her first marriage having taken place in 1821, which would make her only 14 or 15 years old.  It seems likely, though we don’t know for sure, that James Doland listed her birth year as being the same as his both in 1830 and 1850.

[17] Accordingly to the Library of Virginia catalogue, their marriage announcement appears in the Norfolk & Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, October 22, 1821: “Married- On Sept. 18, Mr. John Ferrise to Miss Ellen Gray, all of Norfolk. (p. 2, c. 1) Publication Monday, October 22,1821.”; Tucker’s Marriage Bonds of Norfolk City, p. 90.

[18] Tucker’s Marriage Bonds of Norfolk City, p. 90.

[19] American Commercial Beacon and Norfolk & Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, Saturday, October 14, 1826, p. 3, column 2, viewed at the Norfolk Public Library.

[20] Norfolk Corporation Court Will Book 4, p. 372. His estate records list “Helen Farris” as his administrix.  It seems likely that this was his wife Ellen and the name was simply misreported.

[21] Wingo’s Marriages of Norfolk County, vol. 3, p. 30. His middle initial comes from Application of Calvert S. Whitehurst,dated 1929, Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, database online at ancestry.com, viewed February 25, 2012.

[22] Ibid.

[23] Death Record of James Doland; Marriage License of James Doland and Henrietta Dense; 1850 federal census, household of James Doland, Norfolk City, Virginia; 1880 federal census, household of James Doland, Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia.

[24] Catholic Records, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Norfolk Public Library, Reel 67, Funerals from 1842.  This listing says: “1842 Mar 14, Jane Doland, (widow), 61, widow.”

[25] Catholic Records, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Norfolk Public Library, Reel 67, Funerals from 1842.  This listing says: “1843 Dec 21 Lydia Meagher Gmother of James Doland, 84 – widow.”

[26] 1851-52 Norfolk City Directory, p. 53, available at http://www.npl.lib.va.us/smrt/directories2/1851-1852NorfCD-web.pdf

[27] This date is estimated based on her funeral date; most funerals in the Catholic Church records seem to have taken place on the day following a person’s death.

[28] Catholic Records, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Norfolk Public Library, Reel 67, Funerals from 1842.  This listing says: “1852 May 28, Ellen Doland, 54.”  Her year of death also appears in Application of Calvert S. Whitehurst, dated 1929, Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, database online at ancestry.com, viewed February 25, 2012.

[29] Norfolk Marriage License of James Doland and Henrietta Dense, February 13, 1883, viewed on microfilm at the Norfolk Public Library.

[30] 1880 federal census, household of James Doland, Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia.  For James’s appearance in prior censuses, see 1860 federal census, household of J. Doland, Norfolk, Virginia; 1870 federal census, household of James Doland, Third Ward of the City of Norfolk, Virginia.

[31] Norfolk Marriage License of James Doland and Henrietta Dense, February 13, 1883, viewed on microfilm at the Norfolk Public Library.

[32] The death record of James Doland, available online at ancestry.com, lists his death place as “Chapel,” which seems to have been an area of Norfolk. 

[33] Catholic Records, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Norfolk Public Library, Reel 67, Funerals from 1842.  This listing says: “1884 July 22, James Doland, 79 years.”

[34] http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/stmarys/sm-do-dr.html.  This tombstone reads “James Dolan” [not “Doland”] and does not list a death date. I’m not sure why his surname would be misspelled on his tombstone, and I haven’t made any attempt to verify why the referenced website thinks that this tombstone belongs to our James Doland.

[35] Mrs. Terry H. Davis, Jr., Burials in Norfolk,Virginia (1990), not paginated; http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/elmwoodcedargrove/elmcg08-di-ep.html

[36] The death notice of John Ferris states that he had two children.  American Commercial Beacon and Norfolk & Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, Saturday, October 14, 1826, p. 3, column 2, viewed at the Norfolk Public Library.

[37] As mentioned in the previous footnote, John Ferris apparently had two children.  However, only two children are listed in the 1830 federal census, household of James Doland, Norfolk, Virginia.  Because Jane Doland was alive by 1830, this suggests that the other child of John Ferris had died by 1830.

[38] 1850 federal census, household of John J. Holmes, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[39] 1850 federal census, household of James Doland, Norfolk City, Virginia.  His exact date of birth and birth place come from his numerous passport applications. See http://www.fold3.com/image/#69733613.  These applications, made in New York, were dated July 16, 1866; March 2, 1870; February 25, 1871, and December 7,1871, the latter of which provides his middle initial.

[40] Confederate Military Records, James T. Doland, Virginia, see http://www.fold3.com/image/#9756917; Confederate Navy Subject File, http://www.fold3.com/image/#280468763

[41] See http://www.fold3.com/image/#69733613.  These applications, made in New York,were dated July 16, 1866; March 2, 1870; February 25, 1871, and December 7, 1871.

[42] Birth year estimation based on her age in the 1820 and 1830 censuses.

[43] Wingo’s Marriages of Norfolk County, vol. 3, p. 59: “24 December 1829.  McCoy, Andra and Catharine Gray.  Sur. Michael Dorsey.”

[44] Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald, Wednesday, December 30, 1829, p. 2.

[45] Harrison W. Burton, The History of Norfolk, p. 8.

[46] Wingo’s Marriages of Norfolk County, vol. 3, p. 59. “24 December 1829. McCoy, Andra and Catharine Gray. Sur. Michael Dorsey.”

[47] Tucker’s Marriage Bonds of Norfolk City, p. 99.

[48] Wingo’s Marriages of Norfolk County, vol. 3, p. 60.

[49] Wingo’s Marriages of Norfolk County, vol. 3, p. 82.

[50] Birth year estimation based on her age in the 1820 and 1830 censuses.

[51] Tucker’s Marriage Bonds of Norfolk City, p. 99.

[52] Ibid.

[53] Ibid., p. 105, marriage by Thomas T. Jones between Edward Ford and Mrs. Mary Lawton, May 16, 1826.

[54] Norfolk City Deed Book 29, p. 327.

[55] This age maybe incorrect; it is based on the Civil War enlisted record that seems to fit his description.

[56] Mrs. Terry H. Davis, Jr., Burials in Norfolk,Virginia (1990), not paginated; also available at http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/elmwoodcedargrove/elmcg08-di-ep.html

[57] Birth year estimation based on his age in the 1820 census and a guess that he is the male living with Catherine Gray in the 1830 census.

[58] Norfolk City Deed Book 19, p. 82.

[59] Tucker’s Marriages of Norfolk City, p. 110.

[60] Wingo’s Marriages of Norfolk County, vol. 3, p. 35.

[61] 1850 federal census, household of James B. Gray, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[62] Marriage record of Thaddeus Gray and Zilpha Anderson, 1893, Norfolk Register of Marriages, Virginia State Library. Thaddeus lists his parents as James B. and Julia Gray.  There is a transcription of this marriage record online listing her name as “Julia J.,” which we need to verify.  https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR99-XYY.

[63] American Beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, Saturday, January 23, 1836, p. 3, col. 3, Film 1346 Norfolk Public Library.  An identical announcement appears in the Norfolk &Portsmouth Herald, January 25, 1836, p. 3.

[64] Tucker’s Marriage Bonds of Norfolk City, p. 143. The original is in Norfolk City Marriage Bonds, vol. 5, p. 247.

[65] Correspondence in 2013 with the Virginia Baptist Historical Society did not reveal any new information.

[66] 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 sWoodstock 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. 

[67] Date of birth of Richard Runnells Jones is based on his age at death.

[68] Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, membership no. 90064, databaseonline at ancestry.com.  The accuracy of this date has not been confirmed by primary sources.

[69] He was buried on July 16.  One record of his death from the North District files states: “[Died] July 14 [1823], [buried on July] 16], [age] 35 yrs, [family] Runnells Jones, [cause] Fever & Ague,[Car.] 1, [expense] 2.00, [undertaker] Cate, [burial in Old Ground] No.37.”  The original record is available at http://interactive.ancestry.com/2495/40400_274797-00403/43791062.  Another listing of deaths and internments in Boston reads: “1823 July 14 Jones, Runnels, 35, Runnels Jones [family], Fever& Ague [disease], 37 C. Hill O.G. [Place of Internment].”  Original record available at http://interactive.ancestry.com/2495/40400_274790-00396/43724070.

[70] Ibid.

[71] This place and approximate date of birth comes from her death record in Norfolk,Virginia.  Her approximate age differs in various census records.  1850 federal census, household of William R. Jones, Norfolk, Virginia, lists Margaret Jones,age 52, born in Massachusetts; 1860 federal census, household of W. R. Jones, Norfolk, Virginia, lists Margt. Ketchum, age 66, born in Maine; 1870 federal census, household of William Jones, lists Margaret Ketchum, age 76, born in Maine;

[72] Boston Vital Records.

[73] Death Record in Norfolk, Virginia.

[74] His approximated birth and death dates are based on the 1850 and 1860 censuses in Norfolk, Virginia, including the ages of his children.

[75] Boston deathrecords, online at ancestry.com; One descendant apparently thought that he died July 15.  See Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, membership no. 90064, database online at ancestry.com.

[76] Boston Vital Records.

[77] Tombstone of Warren Ketchum, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61716700.

[78] Tombstone of Warren Ketchum, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61716700.

[79] Death record in Norfolk, Virginia.  He death record states that she was aged 79, born in Maine, widowed, and her parents were Richard and Lydia “Magher.”  A death listing is online at http://nyvagenealogy.homestead.com/VD1871.html stating “On Feb 6th at 10:30 am Mrs Margaret Ketchum age 79.  Funeral will take place from the residence of her son William R. Jones. No. 40 South Catharine St.”

[80] http://edison.rutgers.edu/latimer/glatcase.htm (visited March 5, 2012).  Many related documents are also reported in Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia, available at http://books.google.com/books?id=KABQAAAAYAAJ (visited March 5, 2012).

[81] Ibid. (quoting Boston Atlas, November 21, 1842).

[82] William R. Carpenter was a relative of James B. Gray’s wife, Jane J. Jones.  Carpenter was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in about 1815, and died December 7, 1894, in Norfolk, Virginia.  See Death Record of William R. Carpenter, listing his parents Jacob and Ann, birthplace of Boston, and age of 79.  Jacob Carpenter and Ann Meagher were married in Boston on December 19, 1813.  See Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, database on ancestry.com.  William R. Carpenter was living in New York City in 1850, see 1850 U.S. federal census, Ward 11, New York, New York, and then moved to Portsmouth for the duration of his life.  Ann (Meagher) Carpenter was the daughter of Lydia (Yates) Meagher.  See Revolutionary War Pension Application for Lydia Maigher, wife of Richard Maigher, available on fold3.com.  James B. Gray was in business with another cousin of Jane named John T. Redmond, who was the son of Thomas Redmond and Catherine Meagher, who was daughter of Lydia (Yates) Meagher.  See id.  John T. Redmond later conducted business with Thaddeus Gray after he returned to Norfolk in the 1880s. 

[84] Ibid.

[85] Ibid.

[86] Charleston Courier, Nov. 28, 1842, p. 2: “Norfolk, Nov. 24 . . . Our townsman, Mr. Jas. B. Gray, returned home yesterday morning, after a long, harassing and expensive attendance on the course of Justice (!!) in the law-loving city of Boston, in the hope of having his runaway slave Geo. Latimer, returned to him.”

[87] Norfolk [County?] Deed Book 23, p. 479.

[88] Norfolk [County?] Deed Book 23, p. 429.

[89] Charleston Courier, Jan. 5, 1843, p. 2.

[90] Ibid.

[91] Allen Loy Campbell notes record that this transaction appears at “33-195,” which presumably refers to Norfolk City Deed Book 33, at p. 195.

[92] 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.

[93] Charleston Courier, Aug. 12, 1852, p. 3.

[94] See Charleston “Titles to Real Estate,”Book S12, page 509; Book W12, page 25. The property fronted 60 feet on Meeting Street and 100 feet on Ann Street.  At least one building is visible in this location on the 1852 street map of Charleston.  In 2012, this is a parking lot.  The City of Charleston Tax Assessor’s Ward Books, 1852-1856 (Ward 5, page 24) shows the property in the name of Thomas Bennett (the seller to James B. Gray) and then later A. Bischoff (the purchaser from James B. Gray). 

[95] Charleston “Titles to Real Estate” Book A13, page 231.

[96] 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).

[97] Charleston Courier, Jan. 24, 1853, p. 4.

[98] Charleston Courier, Nov. 21, 1853, p. 4.

[99] Charleston Courier, Jan. 10, 1854.

[100] Charleston Courier, Jan. 10, 1854.

[101] Charleston Courier, April 12, 1854, p.2; Charleston Courier, April 14, 1854, p. 5.  The announcement stated:“CITY BAKER, 161 KING-STREET.  THE undersigned has established a BAKERY in the above named house, where he intends to try and conduct the business, so as to give general satisfaction in all its various branches.  BREAD, BISCUIT, ROLLS,RUSKS, AND TEA CAKES, of every description. He hopes by strict attention to business to merit a liberal share of public patronage.  JAMES B. GRAY.  Families wishing to be served with BREAD please leave their orders at the store. A p 10.”

[102] Charleston Courier, Jan. 23, 1855, p. 2.

[103] This is from a copy of a typewritten sheet labeled p. 36 of “Savannah Newspaper Digest Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 1855,” in Allen Loy Campbell’s files.

[104] A death record exists for a “Mr. Gray” in Norfolk on September 27, 1855, but his age is listed as 56, thus making it unlikely that this was James B. Gray. 

[105] 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.

[106] The Southern Argus, Wednesday morning, February 9, 1859, p. 3, col. 3, viewed at the Norfolk Public Library.

[107] Catholic Records, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Norfolk Public Library, Reel 67, Funerals from 1842.  This listing says: “1859 Feb 9 Mrs. Jane Grey, [age] 45.”

[108] 1850 federal census, household of James B. Gray, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[109] James R.Gray’s Confederate service record, p. 6, states: “Promoted from ranks to Sergt. May 1, ’62.  Killed in battle Seven Pines June 1, 1862.”  Available online at http://www.fold3.com/image/10242670/.  According to Ellen E. Bowden’s deposition, June 14, 1909, James Gray died in the war. Her deposition reads as follows: “Q. Is James Gray living?  A. No, sir, he was killed in the war. Q. Were either [him or his brother Edward] married? A. No, sir. Q. Both of them were unmarried and without issue? A. Yes, sir.” The index entry for this partition case in Norfolk County, Virginia, dividing the property of John T. Redmond, is available online at http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=902-1909-211.  The original case file is available at the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

[110] 1850 federal census, household of James B. Gray, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[111] 1860 federal census, household of W. R. Jones, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[112] James R. Gray, Confederate service record, p. 4, available at http://www.fold3.com/image/10242660/.

[113] 1850 federal census, household of James B. Gray, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[114] Civil War Confederate File for John E Gray, Co. A, 24 Battalion, Virginia Partisan Rangers.

[115] 1850 federal census, household of James B. Gray, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[116] 1860 federal census, household of W. R. Jones, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[117] Civil War Confederate service record for John E. Gray, available at http://www.fold3.com/image/6991246/.

[118] Civil War Confederate service record for John E. Gray, available at http://www.fold3.com/image/6991246/.  His death during the Civil War is also confirmed by Ellen E. Bowden’s deposition, June 14, 1909.  Her deposition reads as follows: “Q. Is Edward Gray living?  A. No, sir, he was killed in the war. … Q. Were either [him or his brother James] married? A. No,sir. Q. Both of them were unmarried and without issue? A. Yes, sir.”  The index entry for this partition case in Norfolk County, Virginia, dividing the property of John T. Redmond, is available online at http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=902-1909-211.  The original case file is available at the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

[119] 1850 federal census, household of James B. Gray, Norfolk City, Virginia; Norfolk Death Records, 1853-1871, p. 7, line 39, microfilm at Norfolk Public Library (see footnote below).

[120] Norfolk Death Records, 1853-1871, p. 7, line 39, microfilm at Norfolk Public Library.  His death record lists “Geo. Warren Gray, w[hite], m[ale], [died] Oct. 9, [at] Norfolk, [aged] 10, [parents] Jas. B. & Jane J. Gray, [born] Norfolk, [reported by] Wm. R. Jones, brother.”  The fact that William R. Jones reported this death likely signals that James B. and Jane J. (Jones) Gray were not in Norfolk in 1854, which is consistent with other information we have.

[121] 1850 federal census, household of James B. Gray, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[122] 1850 federal census, household of James Ferris, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[123] Tucker’s Marriage Bonds of Norfolk City, p. 122.

[124] Ibid. The original is in Norfolk City Marriage Bonds, vol. 5, p. 60.

[125] Elizabeth B. Wingo and W. Bruce Wingo, Naturalizations and Declarations of Intention…, p. 12.

[126] 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.

[127] 1851-52 Norfolk City Directory, p. 55, available at http://www.npl.lib.va.us/smrt/directories2/1851-1852NorfCD-web.pdf

[128] Norfolk Register of Deaths (transcribed volumes), Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk’s Office,p. 39, line 145, “Sarah Ferris, w[hite], f[emale], 9/4/1856, consumption, 44[years old], Jasper Ferris [husband], [born] Deep Creek, [information given by] John Gray [relationship:] Friend.” Surely the “Jasper” is an erroneous transcription of “Jas.”—an abbreviation for “James.”  I did not check the original listing for Sarah, but a similar error did appear in the death record of George Warren Gray.

[129] Catholic Records, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Norfolk Public Library, Reel 67, Funerals from 1842.

[130] 1859 Norfolk City Director, p. 61, available at http://www.npl.lib.va.us/smrt/directories2/1859NorfCD-web.pdf

[131] 1860 federal census, household of James Ferriss, Norfolk City, Virginia.  The household included James, John, Aleanor, James, William, and Peter.

[132] 1850 federal census, household of James Ferris, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[133] 1860 federal census, household of James Ferriss, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[134] The Navigator (Norfolk Genealogical Society, 1988), p. 80.

[135] Her middle name comes from a letter to Allen Loy Campbell from Bob Parker, date unknown, stating that Eleanor Catherine Ferris was his ancestor.

[136] The date of her birth comes from a letter from Bob Parker. See ibid.

[137] 1900 federal census, household of James J. Ferris, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[138] Marriage record, available at https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR4N-Z12 (viewed March 6, 2012).

[139] 1850 U.S.federal census, household of Amanda March, Gates County, North Carolina.

[140] 1867 Norfolk directory, p. 61, “Ferris William, painter, h 18 S Cumberland.”  This is the same address where other members of his family also lived.

[141] 1880 U.S. federal census, household of William Evans, New York City, New York.  William Evans had married to Leana’s sister, Maria March, on August 20, 1865, in Portsmouth, Virginia.  https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRSG-ZM2

[142] 1860 U.S. federal census, household of Jas Ferriss, Norfolk City, Virginia; 1850 U.S.federal census, household of James Ferris, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[143] Death Notice, unknown newspaper, transcribed online at http://nyvagenealogy.homestead.com/ “In Washington on the 29th of July, Peter Ferris of Norfolk Va. Age 23. NY Papers P/C.”

[144] 1866 Norfolk Directory, p. 37, “Ferris Peter, boilermaker, bdd 18 S Cumberland.”  This address was where other members of his family also lived.

[145] 1850 federal census, household of John J. Holmes, Norfolk City, Virginia; 1900 federal census, household of John J. Holmes [Jr.], Norfolk, Virginia; Tombstone, St.Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=67289457

[146] George Tucker, Abstracts from Norfolk City Marriage Bonds 1797-1850, p. 175.

[147] Ibid. According to the marriage record, the couple “were married the same day by the Rev. Alexander Histelberger, pastor of the Norfolk Catholic Congregation.  James Little, Mary A. Leighton and the Misses Hall and Lewelling are listed as witnesses.”

[148] 1851-52 Norfolk City Directory, p. 61, available at http://www.npl.lib.va.us/smrt/directories2/1851-1852NorfCD-web.pdf

[149] 1850 federal census, household of John J. Holmes, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[150] The 1888 Norfolk directory lists “Holmes John, plasterer h 156 Duke,” and the 1889 Norfolk directory lists “Holmes Sarah A wid John, h 156 Duke.”  See also 1880 federal census, household of John Holmes, Norfolk, Virginia; 1900 federal census, household of John J. Holmes [Jr.], Norfolk, Virginia.

[151] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GScid=52016&GRid=67289457&

[152] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65933100.  His birth month also appears in 1900 federal census, household of John J. Holmes [Jr.], Norfolk, Virginia.

[154] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65933189

[156] 1900 federal census, household of John J. Holmes [Jr.], Norfolk, Virginia; 1850 federal census, household of John J. Holmes, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[157] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=67289201

[158] 1900 federal census, household of John J. Holmes [Jr.], Norfolk, Virginia.

[159] Death record from Virginia, Deaths and Burials Index, online at ancestry.com.

[160] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80536451; 1900 federal census, household of John J. Holmes [Jr.], Norfolk, Virginia.

[161] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80536451

[162] Marriage record, available at https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR6W-B4C (viewed March 10, 2012).

[163] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80536500.

[164] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=67289388; 1900 federal census, household of John J. Holmes [Jr.], Norfolk, Virginia.

[165] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=67289388

[166] 1900 federal census, household of John J. Holmes [Jr.], Norfolk, Virginia.

[167] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=67288783

[168] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=67289570; 1900 federal census, household of William Holmes, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[169] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=67289570

[170] 1900 federal census, household of William Holmes, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[171] 1900 federal census, household of William Holmes, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[172] Social Security Death Index.

[173] 1930 federal census, household of Marshall Holmes, Norfolk, Virginia.

[174] 1870 federal census, household of John Holmes, First Ward City of Norfolk, Virginia; 1900 federal census, household of John J. Holmes [Jr.], Norfolk, Virginia.

[175] Tombstone,St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=67289238

[176] Marriage record, available at https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR4J-BPG (viewed March 6, 2012).

[177] Mrs. Terry H. Davis, Jr., Burials in Norfolk, Virginia (1990), not paginated, lists “Lewellyn, Wm. H. [aged] 33  1823-1856.”  See also Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, SAR# 48083, database on ancestry.com (viewed March 6, 2012).

[178] Mrs. Terry H. Davis, Jr., Burials in Norfolk, Virginia (1990), not paginated, lists “Lewellyn, Wm. H. [aged] 33  1823-1856.”  http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/elmwoodcedargrove/elmcg08-ki-lip.html

[179] 1851-52 Norfolk City Directory, p. 65, available at http://www.npl.lib.va.us/smrt/directories2/1851-1852NorfCD-web.pdf

[180]http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038624/1865-10-24/ed-1/seq-3/ (viewed March 6, 2012).

[181] Death record, available online at ancestry.com, database for Virginia, Deaths and Burials; Mrs. Terry H. Davis,Jr., Burials in Norfolk, Virginia (1990), not paginated, lists “Lewellyn, Jane E.  [aged] 64    29 Jun 1893.”

[182] Her burial listing online states: “Lewelling, Jane E I14889 Section ELM, Block 4THA E, Lot 15, Space 10 0 06/29/1893; http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/elmwoodcedargrove/elmcg08-ki-lip.html

[183] Her birth date comes from her tombstone, available at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62570019 (viewed March 6, 2012).

[185] These dates appear on his tombstone, Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62573310

[186] His burial listing states: “Calwell, Wm W I32271 Section ELM, Block 4TH A E, Lot 15, Space 17 0 01/29/1882.”  http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/elmwoodcedargrove/elmcg08-bud-ca.html  This is the same burial plat where the Lewellings are buried.

[188] These dates appear on his tombstone, Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62570017

[190] This date appears on her tombstone, Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62570019.  She is buried in the same plot as her sister, both of her husbands, and several other relatives.  http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/elmwoodcedargrove/elmcg08-di-ep.html

[191] 1880 federal census, household of J.E. Llewellyn, Norfolk, Virginia.

[192] This date appears on his tombstone, Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62570010; He is buried in the same burial plot as his parents.  http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/elmwoodcedargrove/elmcg08-bud-ca.html

[193] 1850 U.S. federal census, Norfolk, Virginia, household of James Doland.

[194] Mrs. Terry H. Davis, Jr., Burials in Norfolk,Virginia (1990), not paginated, lists his burial; 1860 U.S. federal census, Norfolk, Virginia, household of Jane Lewelling; 1870 U.S. federal census, Norfolk Ward 2, Virginia, household of Jane Lewellen.

[195] His burial listing states: “Lewellyn, Calvert H I14892 Section ELM, Block 4TH AE, Lot 15, Space 9 0 07/26/1898.” http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/elmwoodcedargrove/elmcg08-ki-lip.html

[196] 1860 U.S. federal census, Norfolk, Virginia, household of Jane Lewelling; 1870 U.S.federal census, Norfolk Ward 2, Virginia, household of Jane Lewellen; 1900 U.S. federal census, Norfolk, Virginia, household of Geo Whithurst.

[198] Sons of the American Revolution application, member no. 48083, available online at ancestry.com.

[200] Ibid.

[201] 1900 U.S. federal census, Norfolk, Virginia, household of Geo Whithurst.

[202] United States Passport Application, issued June 1, 1923, to James B. Lewelling, online database at ancestry.com.

[203] 1850 U.S. federal census, Norfolk, Virginia, household of John J. Holmes.  Her full name comes from her funeral record.

[204] 1850 federal census, household of John J. Holmes, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[205] A listing of this marriage is in the Library of Virginia catalog, from the Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser,April 6, 1858, p. 1, column 5: “Married – In Baltimore, on Apr. 1, by Rev. Wm.C. Rane, Marshall P. Jordan, U. S. Navy, to mIss Ellen F., dau. of James Doland of Norfolk.”  http://lva1.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/F/X2SINJJGLY97LHYCTGF2GCRQAHTDXLCRG6EAUEIBRECI19SNLS-65435?func=full-set-set&set_number=004389&set_entry=000001&format=999.  1860 U.S. federal census, Norfolk, Virginia,household of Jane Lewelling.

[206] Norfolk Post, August 05, 1865.

[208] 1880 Norfolk directory.

[210] Catholic Records, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Norfolk Public Library, Reel 67, Funerals from 1842.  This listing says: “1880 August 11, Mrs Ellen Frances Jordan, 45 years.”

[211] 1860 U.S. federal census, Norfolk, Virginia, household of Jane Lewelling; 1870 U.S.federal census, Norfolk Ward 2, Virginia, household of Jane Lewellen.

[212] Tombstone, Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/stmarys/sm-i-j.html His burial listing states: “Jordan, James F. d. 1884, OL s 4b-5.”

[213] 1870 U.S. federal census, Norfolk Ward 2, Virginia, household of Jane Lewellen.

[214] Tombstone, Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62580042;http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/stmarys/sm-i-j.html.  His burial listing states: “Jordan, Walter F., Age 38, d. 6-27-1899, 6-29-1899, OL s 4b-5.”  His correct date of death is June 27, 1899, based on his death notice in The Virginian-Pilot, June 28, 1899, p. 6, stating that “Mr. Walter F. Jordan, son of the late Marshall P. and Ellen F. Jordan, departed this life at his residence, No. 6, Washington avenue, Huntersville, at 8:45 p. m. yesterday, aged 38 years.  The funeral will be solemnized from St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 9:30 o’clock Thursday morning,” available at chroniclingameria.loc.gov.

[215] 1898 Norfolk directory, “Jordan Walter, asst engnr Norfolk St Ry Co h Johnson ave, Huntersville.”

[216] Ibid.

[217] 1870 U.S. federal census, Norfolk Ward 2, Virginia, household of Jane Lewellen; 1880 U.S. federal census, Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, household of Ellen Jordan.

[218] Thaddeus Gray’s death record says he was born circa 1826; 1870 U.S. Census, household of Thaddeus Grey, Division 17, Orange County, Florida, lists “Grey, Thaddeus, 45, male, white, Farmer, 200 [personal property], 300 [real property], Virginia.”  His birth place comes from his marriage record to Zilpha Anderson in 1893. See Norfolk Register of Marriages, Virginia State Library.  His middle name comes from his burial record.

[219] Thaddeus Gray death record, Norfolk Death Records, p. 108, line 414, “Gray, T.S., w[hite], m[ale], June 5 [1895], [cause of death] mitral inefficiency, [aged]69, [born] Virginia, married, [informant] C.F. Newbill.”

[220] Civil War Confederate File for Thad K Gray, Co. A, 24 Battalion, Virginia Partisan Rangers.  Thaddeus signed a document in this file dated July 17, 1862, with his signature clearly “Thad K Gray.”  His signature in this file clearly matches other known signatures that he made with middle initial “S.”

[221] Charleston Courier, Jan. 24, 1853, p. 4.

[222] Civil War Record of Thaddeus Gray.

[223] Savannah, Georgia, Court Records, Civil Minute Books 1860-1866, available online at ancestry.com.

[224] Georgia Marriage Record, available on familysearch.org.

[225] 1860 federal census, household of Francis S. Battley, Savannah District 1, Chatham, Georgia, p. 21.

[226] 1870 federal census, household of Francis S. Battley, Norfolk Ward 2, Norfolk, Virginia, p. 113.

[227] His obituary in the Norfolk Virginian, April 15,1873: “On the evening of the 14th instant APRIL 1873 After a long and painfull illness which he bore with christian fortitude. FRANCIS J. BATTLEY Leaving a devoted wife and 2 children. His funeral will take place from the residence of his brother George W. Battley, 149 North Cumberland Street at 4 pm of the 15th instant to which his friends and these of his brother are respectfully invited to attend.  Baltimore and Savannah papers please copy.”

[228] Original Marriage Bond, Orange County, Florida. The full information on this bond is repeated below.  The bond was issued May 4, 1869, and lists “T. S. Gray and Nancy W. McDaniel.” James E. Spencely—one of Thaddeus’s friends and fellow soldiers during the Civil War—was a witness.

[229] She is listed as being 25 in the 1850 Census. 1850 U.S. Census, household of John K. Morse [indexed as Mosse], District 24, Dooly County, Georgia. This census was taken September 2, 1850.  She is listed as being 42 in the 1870 census.  1870 U.S. Census, household of Thaddeus Grey, Division 17, Orange County, Florida.

[230] Dooly County Marriage Book A, p. 62.  Their marriage license was issued on the preceding day, September 14, 1850.  The license was signed by Alexander Merriwether.  Francis T. Ingmire, Dooly County, Georgia Marriage Records 1839-1884 (1985), p. 15, states that they were married 9/15/1860, but this is a mistake, as shown by our examination of the original record in 2008.

[231] 1850 U.S. Census, household of John K. Morse [indexed as Mosse], District 24, Dooly County, Georgia. This census was taken September 2, 1850.  The members of the household were:

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

[232] Dooly County Marriage Book A, p. 62.

[233] Dooly County Deed Book E, p. 212.

[234] 1850 U.S.Census, household of Thomas M. McDaniel, District 24, Dooly County, Georgia. This census was taken September 3, 1850.

[235] Nora Powell and Watts Powell, Historical and Genealogical Collections of Dooly County Georgia, Vol. 1 (1973), p. 215, with citation listed as Deed Book B, p. 319. We have a copy of this original record from Dooly County, Ga.

[236] Orange County, Florida, Deed Book D, p. 424, copy made of original record.

[237] 1850 U.S. Census, household of John S. Taylor, District 14 (Lower), Houston County, Georgia.  John S. Taylor seems to have been John Seals Taylor, b. May 12, 1807, who married Sarah Elizabeth Hall in 1833.  He was extraordinarily wealthy and owned over 50 slaves.

[238] 1850 U.S.Census, household of Luke M. Jenkins, District 24, Dooly County, Georgia.

[239] A mitochondrial DNA test from Deb Edmondson in 2008 confirmed that Allen Loy Campbell, who has a strictly maternal descent from Elida Virginia Gray, is not a match with Deb Edmondson, who has a strictly maternal descent from Martha F. Jenkins, who was the daughter of Luke M. Jenkins and wife of Henry F. Simmons.  This means that Nancy L. Jenkins is not our ancestor, though it does not explain why.  Perhaps Nancy L. Jenkins was a different person than Nancy A. W. Jenkins, who married Thomas M. McDaniel.  It is also possible that Thaddeus married Nancy Jenkins but later remarried to someone else (perhaps Annie Snow?) and therefore the DNA test did not match with the Jenkins line.

[240] Dooly County Deed Book C, pp. 382-383.

[241] Fieri facias, meaning there is an execution being made on a judgment.

[242] Dooly County Minutes of Civil and Criminal, Superior Court, 1852-1857, p. 187.

[243] Dooly County Minutes of Civil and Criminal, Superior Court, 1852-1857, p. 210.

[244] Dooly County Minutes of Civil and Criminal, Superior Court, 1852-1857, p. 228.

[245] Dooly County Minutes of Civil and Criminal, Superior Court, 1852-1857, p. 230.

[246] Joan Heller, History of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department, 1845-1960 (compiled January 2000), found on books.google.com.

[247] 1860 U.S. Census, household of Thomas McDonald, Brevard, Brevard County, Florida. This census was taken June 28, 1860. The nearest post office is listed as Orlando, Orange County, Florida.

[248] Personal property and real property, respectively.

[249] Note, however, that there is a Thomas McDaniel who was granted land in Orange County Florida, on December 20, 1873. He was married to Lucy A. McDaniel and they were from North Carolina. It is unknown if he had any relation to Thomas Martin McDaniel.

[250] Original Marriage Bond, Orange County, Florida.

[251] Ibid.

[252] Spencely (or Spenceley) was listed in the Signal Corp rolls for Norfolk, Virginia, on April 25, 1862, and he remained on muster rolls in the area until 1864. See Confederate Service Records, original images on ancestry.com.  See Savannah Georgia City Directory in 1883 and the census records in 1870 and 1880 to show that this same person moved to Savannah before the directory was published (thus indicating he moved to Savannah in 1882).

[253] 1900 U.S. Census, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, listing for James Spencley, born Sep 1830, widowed, born England, Watchman [at the hospital, since everyone above him is listed as a nurse].  This is consistent with his prior listings as a nurse in the Savannah city directories.

[254] 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.

[255] Marriage record for Leo Nicholas Ornsten married Leonora Margaret Gray, June 11, 1902, Norfolk Register of Marriages, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Reel No. 62, line 218.

[258] The Savannah Home for Girls record books.

[259] Norfolk Register of Marriages, Virginia State Library. He is listed as T.S. Gray, age 66, widowed, born in Norfolk, parents James B. and Julia Gray.  She is listed as Z. W. Anderson, age 24, single, born in Georgia, parents William and Margaret A. Anderson.

[260] Zilpha’s death record in 1915 in Pennsylvania states that she was born 7/16/1872, her place of birth was Georgia, her mother’s maiden name was Snow, and her parents were both born in Georgia. The information was supplied by her daughter, Leila.

[261] Ibid. Also see her marriage record [cited above] to Thaddeus Gray listing her parents.  The Savannah Home for Girls records lists her birth as 7/16/1870. The 1900 U.S. Census, household of Zeepha [should be Zilpha], Norfolk City, Virginia, states she was born July 1871.

[262] From the Savannah Home for Girls minutes of Thursday, December 1, 1892: “Mrs. Weed had received a letter from Zilpha Anderson which was read.  Zilpha expresses herself as being much pleased by her new home and that Mr. Gray had been much kind to her.  Desires that Nora and Lida may be allowed to come to Norfolk in January and insists most positively that Nora will be 18 in December which does not agree with the age given when she entered the home and set down in the record book making her 17 in December.  It was decided that Mrs. Weed should consult with the attorney for the home and send such an answer as should be thought best.”  Later on: “Mr Gray writes Nora that as soon as the Christmas holidays are over he will send money and she and Lida must come at once.  Nora has been completely spoiled by Zilpha Anderson telling her that she was 18.  She loves to think that the board has robbed her of a whole year of gay society life.”

[263] Norfolk Register of Marriages, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Reel No. 62, lists on line 218: June 11, 1902, Norfolk; white; Leo Nicholas Ornsten married Leonora Margaret Gray; husband age 31, wife age 26, both single, husband born Russia, wife born Mandarinan [sic], Fla., their residence was Norfolk, Virginia, he was son of Samuel and Sophia Ornsten and she was daughter of T.S. and Annie Gray. Lenora’s death record states that she was born in Florida, her mother was born in Florida, and her father was born in Virginia; the information was supplied by her husband. The 1900 U.S. Census, household of Zeepha [probably should be Zilpha], Norfolk City, Virginia, states that Leonora Gray, border, was born December 1875 in Florida, her father and mother born in Virginia and Georgia, respectively. The Savannah Home for Girls record books lists her birth date as December 28, 1873. This seems to be the wrong year.  Her grave stone says she was born in 1874, which is more likely.

[264] Leonora Ornston death record.  She is buried at Westminster Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=86623830

[265] Norfolk Register of Marriages, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Reel No. 62, lists on line 218: June 11, 1902, Norfolk; white; Leo Nicholas Ornsten married Leonora Margaret Gray; husband age 31, wife age 26, both single, husband born Russia, wife born Mandarinan [sic], Fla., their residence was Norfolk,Virginia, he was son of Samuel and Sophia Ornsten and she was daughter of T.S. and Annie Gray.

[266] Ibid. His birth date comes from his World War I draft registration card, which is available on ancestry.com (viewed March 5, 2012).

[267] 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.

[268] Virginia Gray Thigpen, North Carolina Death Certificate.

[269] William Jordan Thigpen, North Carolina Death Certificate.

[270] Personal knowledge of Allen Loy Campbell; Alice Whitley Smith, The Thigpen Tribe (1961).

[271] Leila T.Gray, North Carolina Death Certificate.

[272] Leila T.Gray, North Carolina Death Certificate.  The informant was Elida (Gray) Thigpen.

[273] 1850 federal census, household of James B. Gray, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[274] This range for his date of death is based on the birth of his son in 1869, and the marriage of his wife in 1883.

[275] 1850 federal census, household of James B. Gray, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[276] William Gray confederate file, Company H, 12 Regiment Virginia Infantry.

[277] William Gray confederate file, Company H, 12 Regiment Virginia Infantry.

[278] Marriage Record of William R. Gray and Alice C. Haynes, Massachusetts Marriage Records,1840-1915, online database of original records at ancestry.com.  The marriage record states that William R. Gray, aged 24 years, was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and was the son of James B. and Jane J. Gray.

[279] Ellen E. Bowden’s deposition, June 14, 1909.  The index entry for this partition case in Norfolk County, Virginia, dividing the property of John T. Redmond, is available online at http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=902-1909-211.  The original case file is available at the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

[280] Marriage Record of Alice C. Gray and Henry D. Reed, Massachusetts Marriage Records, 1840-1915, online database of original records at ancestry.com.

[281] Death Record of Henry D. Reed, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915, online database of original records at ancestry.com.

[282] 1897 Boston Directory, p. 1299, available at http://www.fold3.com/image/233/80023910/, lists “Reed, Alice C. widow of Henry D. h. 91 Appelton.”

[283] 1902 Boston Directory, p.1412.

[284] Death Record of Alice C. Reed, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915, online database of original records at ancestry.com.

[285] 1897 Boston Directory, p. 659, available at http://www.fold3.com/image/233/80022922/, lists “Gray, David R. electrician, rms. 91 Appleton”; 1902 Boston Directory, p. 715, available at http://www.fold3.com/image/233/85599693/.  “Gray, David R. electrician, h. 1186 Harrisonav.”

[286] His age and place of birth are provided on his marriage record, available at https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N4HC-XPD.  His full name is provided at http://books.google.com/books?id=gBcWAAAAYAAJ.

[287] Marriage record of David R. Gray to Josephine V. Bonier, available at https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N4HC-XPD

[288] The presence of an additional child named Jane is speculative but based on the receipt of a Bible from “cousin” Jane Gray by a member of the Jones family.

[289] 1900 federal census, household of Elenor Webb, Norfolk, Virginia. 

[291] Ibid.

[292] 1867 Norfolk Directory, p. 113: “Webb, William G., caulker, h 18 S Cumberland.”  1869 Norfolk Directory, p. 99: “Webb W. G., ship carpenter, h 18 S. Cumberland.” 1870 Norfolk Directory: “Webb W. G., ship carpenter, h 18 S.Cumberland.”

[293] Mrs. Terry H. Davis, Jr., Burials in Norfolk, Virginia (1990), not paginated: “Webb, Wm. G. [aged] 47   26 Dec 1880.”

[294] Death Record.

[295] 1870 federal census, household of William E. Webb, Norfolk, Virginia; 1880 federal census, household of William Webb, Norfolk, Virginia.

[296] Mrs. Terry H. Davis, Jr., Burials in Norfolk, Virginia (1990), not paginated.  He died aged 39.  He is buried in the same cemetery lot as his parents.

[297] His full name is from a chart in Allen Loy Campbell’s handwriting.  1900 federal census, household of Elenor C. Webb, Norfolk, Virginia; Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=66989370

[298] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=66989370

[300] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=66989363

[301] Nannie lists having had four children, one living, in 1900, and five children, one living, in 1910.  See 1900 federal census, household of Elenor Webb, Norfolk, Virginia; 1910 federal census, household of William T. Webb, Norfolk, Virginia.

[302] 1900 federal census, household of Elenor Webb, Norfolk, Virginia; 1910 federal census, household of William T. Webb, Norfolk, Virginia; 1920 federal census, household of Nannie Webb, Norfolk, Virginia.

[303] Mrs. Terry H. Davis, Jr., Burials in Norfolk, Virginia (1990), not paginated, lists that he was age 8.  Additionally, he does not appear in the 1880 census with his parents and other siblings. 1880 U.S. federal census, household of William Webb, Norfolk, Virginia.

[304] Eleanor lists 2 living children in 1900 and 1910. See 1900 federal census, household of Elenor Webb, Norfolk, Virginia; 1910 federal census, household of William T. Webb, Norfolk, Virginia.

[305] Her birth and death information are from a chart in Allen Loy Campbell’s handwriting.

[308] Tombstone of J H Trower, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=41512498

[309] Tombstone of J H Trower, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=41512498

[310] Social Security Death Index.

[315] Social Security Death Index.

[316] 1900 federal census, household of James J. Ferris, Norfolk City, Virginia.  His tombstone seems to have inverted his birth year, as it reads “April 22, 1834.” http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65890444

[317] Marriage records, available at https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR9Z-R35,and https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR4N-95M;1900 federal census, household of James J. Ferris, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[319] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65890452

[320] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65890452

[321] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65890444

[322] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65890444

[323] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, for “Sallie Ferris,” http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65890471

[324] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, for “Sallie Ferris,” http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65890471

[325] 1910 U.S. Federal Census, household of James Ferris, Norfolk Ward 1, Norfolk, Virginia.

[327] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62822171

[328] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/stmarys/sm-fl-fu.html

[329] 1920 federal census, household of Charles E. Flaherty, Tanner’s Creek, Norfolk, Virginia.

[330] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/stmarys/sm-fl-fu.html

[331] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62822158 

[332] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/stmarys/sm-fl-fu.html

[333] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11391504

[334]http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bflaherty.html

[335] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/stmarys/sm-fl-fu.html

[336] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62822169

[337] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62822169

[338] 1920 federal census, household of Charles Flaherty, Tanner’s Creek, Norfolk, Virginia.

[339] 1920 federal census, household of Charles Flaherty, Tanner’s Creek, Norfolk, Virginia; Social Security Death Index.

[340] Social Security Death Index.

[341] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62822166

[342] Tombstone, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62822166

[343] Information supplied to Jud Campbell by Theresa Gabriel Hendricks, on September 20, 2013, stating: “Julia Ferris was my great grandmother, and I can provide info on her. We believe she was born in Norfolk, VA on March 10, 1884.”  1900 federal census, household of James J. Ferris, Norfolk City, Virginia.

[344] Information supplied to Jud Campbell by Theresa Gabriel Hendricks, on September 20, 2013, stating: “Julia was crippled from polio.  She died in February 1960 in Brooklyn, NY.”

[345] Information supplied to Jud Campbell by Theresa Gabriel Hendricks, on September 20, 2013, stating: “Julia married Harry Bernard Curry (b September 29, 1881 in PA; d September 1956 in NY) on August 11, 1906 in Norfolk, VA.”

[346] Ibid.

[347] Information supplied to Jud Campbell by Theresa Gabriel Hendricks, on September 20, 2013, stating: “Julia and Harry had four sons. My Grandfather, James Ferris Curry was born July 22, 1907; married Margaret McDonnel on August 12, 1928; had nine children; and died on August 26, 1967. Julia also had Harry B Curry, Jr in 1915, Robert F Curry in 1917, and Charles E Curry in 1919. Harry and Charles never married nor had children. Bob had two children, Cheryl and Robert Jr.”