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George Weedon GRAY II, 3086, Jefferson Co.

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George Weedon GRAY II, 3086, Jefferson Co.

Sandi Gorin (View posts)
Posted: 27 Apr 1999 6:00AM GMT
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Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:32AM GMT
Surnames: Gray, Canant, Thompson, Scott, Monroe, Taylor, Strothers, Washington, Reade, Maribiau, Ormsby, Neal, Camp, Walker, Holloway, McCrum, McConnell, Stewart, Moorman, Jones, French, Moore, Miller, Balfour, Presnell, Slaughter
Captain George Weedon Gray, II Louisville, Jefferson Co, Ky., Written by a direct descendant, Judith Presnell Canant, of Lakeland, FL Captain George Weedon Gray, born 1748 in Stafford Co, VA, became a resident of Jefferson Co, Kentucky after the Revolutionary War, when he was granted a 4000 acre parcel of land in what is now a part of Louisville, KY. He brought with him 40 slaves to the land was then a wilderness, and Capt. Gray was one of the early settlers who helped to make the city what it had become in the early 1800s. He and his wife, Mildred Rootes Thompson, had twelve (12) children, all of whom married in Louisville, Jefferson Co, KY. Capt. George and Mildred Gray and their children are buried in graves which are now a private plot on Floyd St. between Ormsby and Oak Sts., Louisville, KY which was, at one time, a part of his farm. Captain Gray died on his farm. which he called "Ft. George", 12-2-1823 & was buried with military honors. Among his pallbearers were Gen. Winfield Scott, Pres. James Monroe, Gen. Zachary Taylor, all his cousins. Captain GrayÂ’s grandchildren willed his home to Bishop Dudley and the Diocese of Kentucky to be used as an Episcopal Church, called "All Saints". Sadly, the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky, after receiving the gift of this piece of property which included the graves of the Grays, did not tend the graves and when the DAR approached them in the 1930's or 40's, showed no interest in caring for them and, so, deeded the small patch of property - then between two roads - to the DAR to care for them. The John Marshall chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had charge of ceremonies of rededication of the burial ground of Capt. Gray which included the unveiling of DAR markers on property. The chapter also had a new fence built around the plot and beautified it with shrubbery. Capt. George Weedon Gray was a charter member of the Order of the Cincinnati. The military record of George Gray: Ens., Lt, Capt. in 3rdVA Reg. Continental Line 5/9/1776;Lieut.4th Cont .Dragoons 1-10-1777 Capt.12/7/1777, resigned 5/12/1779;awarded 4000 acres; died 1823.As officer he equipped his company and supported it at his own exp. during Rev. War. His cousin, James Monroe(later Pres.) - (related through Strothers on Gray side - JPC) was a Lieut. in his Co. Capt. Gray and his Lieut., James Monroe were with Gen. Geo. Washington when he crossed the Delaware River. Gen. Washinton later gave Capt. Gray a gold masonic badge, which was, in the 1940Â’s, in the possession of Henry Weedon Gray, Jr. of KY. George Gray, II, b 13 May, 1748, and his wife (m ca 1781 VA), Mildred Rootes Thompson, b 12 Sept 1761, daughter of The Rev John Thompson and Elizabeth Rootes- (whose lineage was from Col George Reade of Gloucester, VA and his wife Elizabeth Martiau, {dau of Nicholas Martiau}of York Co, VA, through Mildred Reade who m Major Phillip Rootes, and they were the parents of Elizabeth Rootes), were the parents of the following children: 1. John Thompson Gray- b 1782 Culpeper, VA, d: 1845 (was in Louisville KY in 1830), m in 1807, Mary Ormsby - they had 10 children. 2. George Gray, III Capt. USA,-b ca1783, d after 1830 (was in Louisville in 1830), m Selenah Neal. 3. Mary Strother Gray - b 10 May 1785, VA, d 25 May 1853 Jefferson Co, KY, m

1803 Captain Robert Ambrose Camp. 4. Philip Rootes Gray - b 15 Mar 1792, d 9 Aug 1858 (was in Louisville 1830), m Kitty Walker (Holloway) 5. French Strother Gray - b ca 1793 d aft 1820, m Sarah Strother Taylor (sister of President Zachary Taylor) 6. Eliza Gray - b aft 1793 d aft 1820 Jefferson Co, KY, m aft 1810 James McCrum 7. Angeron Gray - b 28 Aug 1797 d aft 1830 Louisville, Jefferson, KY, m Myra McConnell
8. Horace Minor Gray - b ca 1798 d (was not listed in Jefferson Co in 1820 Census), d unmarried. 9. Weedon Bonaparte Gray (Lt Capt. War of 1812) - b ca 1798 d Not listed in 1820 census. d unmarried. 10. Mildred Thompson Gray - b ca 1799 Jefferson Co KY d unknown m James Stewart 11. Susan Davenport Gray - b ca 1800 Jefferson Co, Ky m James Stewart 12. John Strother Gray, Capt War of 1812 - b ca 1801 - d unmarried
Ancestors of Captain George Gray: *Francis Gray, I, b ca 1600 one of first immigrants to MD - there in 1637. d aft 7 June 1667 in Westmoreland Co, Va, m aft 26 Nov 1638 Alice Moorman *Francis Gray, II, b aft 1647 Machodoc, Westmoreland, Va, d ca 1687 Westmoreland, VA, m Sarah Jones (daughter of Nathaniel Jones) b aft 1650 Westmoreland Co, VA *George Gray, I, b ca 1718 Westmoreland Co, VA d bef 1803 Westmoreland Co, VA m ca 1739, Mary Strother (dau of James Lawrence Strother and Margaret French) b ca 1739 King George Co, VA
The descent of our family is as follows: Capt George Gray/Mildred Rootes Thompson - Mary Strother Gray/Robert Ambrose Camp - Mildred Ann Camp/James Francis Miller (son of Robert Miller and Cassandra Moore) - James Francis Miller, Jr/(1)Marinda B McCarty (2) *Martha “Mattie” Gray - Jane Dugan Miller/Charles Xavier Balfour - Jane Gray Balfour/Hiatt Beeson Presnell - Judith Ann Presnell/Adolph E Canant, Jr
Sources: (NDAR #520812; NSCD XVII Cent.#12805; Nov 1881 Deed book 248, page 33; Slaughter’s Culpeper, VA, p 80-81; W & M (1) Vol 12, p 269-70; VA State Historical Mag.Vol IV, p208; "First Military Directory" page 257; "Hielzipons Historical Register (S.H.P.) Note", verified by DAR registrations #372952, #275216. Huguenot Society of Manikan. © This article is copyrighted 1997 by Judith Presnell Canant and may be used to help others in their genealogy projects but man not be used for financial gain or profit without the Express Consent of the holder of this Copyright.

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