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Dr Alfred William Gray
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Birth: Apr. 15, 1802
Sherburne
Chenango County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1874
Milwaukee
Milwaukee County
Wisconsin, USA

Alfred W., who removed to Sheridan with his father at the age of 16, in 1818 read medicine with Dr Orin CROSBY of Fredonia, and Dr WHITMAN of Madison Ohio, and was licensed by the Ohio Medical Soc. He practiced in Madison, then returned to Sheridan where he married to Valeria DODD, and after a few months practice at Silver Creek, removed to Brownsville, Jefferson Co NY, and was there from 1825-1832, there he was an elder in the Presbyterian church, and in May 1832 ordained as a minister and gave up his medical practice.

He came back to Chautauqua Co NY and preached with acceptance at Ashville, Panama and Portland, for about 12 years, when from a diseased throat his voice failed and he was compelled to leave the ministry and return to medicine , he eventually removed to Milwaukee where he for many years had an extensive practice.

Alfred William Gray, M. D., third son of John Gray (5), was born in Sherburne, N. Y., April 15, 1802, and spent his youth and early manhood in that place. His father was for many years Associate Judge of Chenango County, and prominent among the early settlers there. His mother was the daughter of a Presbyterian clergyman of note, and a lady of character and culture.

Dr. Gray's early education was acquired in the public schools of the County, and after graduating from them he was placed under the care of a valued friend of the family practising medi- cine in the neighborhood. From the office of that physician, after a tutorship of four years, he passed the examination of the Chenango County Medical Society, and received the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He afterwards practised his profession at Sacketts Harbor, N. Y., and there married Valeria EUzabeth Dodd, in 1823. He was appointed Surgeon in the N. Y. State Militia, by Gov. De Witt Clinton, and after a few years' service, he resumed private practice at Jamestown, Chautauqua County, N. Y., from whence he removed to Milwaukee, Wis., in 1856, where he practised his profession until the time of his death, Jan. 8, 1873.

Dr. Gray was a skilful Surgeon, and while residing at Jamestown, he successfully performed the very difficult and hazardous operation (the second of the kind it is said that was performed in the United States,) of removing an ovarian tumor, a very large one, assisted only by one of his medical students. Years afterwards, in remarking upon his emotions on that occasion, he stated that before the patient went on the table, he shook like a leaf in the wind, for he was about to cut where, if the knife swerved a hair's breadth, it might be fatal. " But after prayer with the patient, I was as steady as a rock, and I could then have cut her into pieces without a quiver, if it had been ne- cessary to do so." Dr. Gray was a devoted Christian, and his faith in God was something wonderful. He was a man of pronounced religious principle, and a light in the Presbyterian faith, in which church he officiated as pastor for a period of two years during his residence in Chautauqua Co., N. Y.
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Gray (1769 - 1859)
  Diantha Burritt Gray (1776 - 1846)
 
 Spouse:
  Valeria Elizabeth Dodd Gray (1802 - 1856)*
 
 Children:
  Mary E Gray Crosby (1829 - 1898)*
  Nathaniel Alfred Gray (1841 - 1915)*
 
 Siblings:
  Nathaniel Gray (1794 - 1872)*
  Blackleach Burritt Gray (1797 - 1870)*
  Diantha Eloise Gray Sackett (1799 - 1880)*
  Alfred William Gray (1802 - 1874)
  John Franklin Gray (1804 - 1882)*
  Patrick Wells Gray (1806 - 1865)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Home Cemetery
Milwaukee
Milwaukee County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Created by: dran
Record added: Sep 10, 2010
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Dr Alfred William Gray
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Dr Alfred William Gray
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