|Birth: ||Apr. 18, 1832|
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 1899|
Death announcement in the Lititz (PA) Record, Friday, 24 Nov 1899. "Recent Deaths Here and There. .... Andreas Kray, at Lancaster, aged sixty-seven years, leaving four children.
From the Biographical annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; containing biographical and genealogical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settlers:
ANDREW KRAY (deceased). One of the most highly esteemed citizens of Lancaster, Pa., was Andrew Krav, whose death took place on Nov. 18, 1899. His life was one filled with good works and kind actions, and his memory is held in reverence by his descendants. He amassed a competency for his family, set them a most estimable example and in every sense was a devoted father and husband, a kind neighbor and friend and a most excellent citizen.
Mr. Kray was born in Waldalgesheim, Germany, on April i8, 1832, and was a son of Peter Kray, who passed his life in Germany. The family of Peter Kray consisted of the following children : Peter, who is a retired shoe manufacturer, in Lancaster; Fred, who was a gardener by trade, died in Coleman, Ala. ; Andrew, of this sketch ; Margaret, who was the wife of Ernest Hankte, died in Germany, while Andrew Kray was on a visit there; Elizabeth, who lives on the old family homestead in the house which was built in 1706.
Andrew Kray served his apprenticeship to the trade of shoe-maker, and followed that in his own country until 1853, when he emigrated to America. He joined other Germans who had previously located in Lancaster, Pa., and worked industriously until within a few years of his death, when he retired from activity. He was a quiet, unassuming man, and was particularly fond of his home and friends. The attachment which continued to exist through life, to his most estimable wife, was a most beautiful trait in his character. For years they were almost inseparable, attending to home duties' and outside business in companionship. The devoted wife was called first from earth, and it seemed as if the strong bond of affection existing between them enabled her to foresee the date of his decease, which took place as she predicted, and the father and mother of the four surviving children, lie side by side in St. Anthony's cemetery.
On June 12, 1855, Mr. Kray married Margaret Kaber, in Lancaster. She was born Dec. 2, 1822, in Braunweiller, Germany, a daughter of John Kaber, who was a farmer there. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kaber were: Elizabeth, who married Peter Sheid, died in Lancaster; Agnes, who married John Kaber, died in Germany; Katherine, who married John Long, died in Germany; Emma, who married Nicolaus Wies, died in Germany; Nicholas, died in Germany; Christian, who died in Germany; and Margaret, who married Mr. Kray. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Kray were: Peter, who died in infancy; John, who died in infancy; Andrew F., who is a retired printer and shoe manufacturer, resides in Lancaster; Mary, who married August Geiger, a confectioner and grocer in Lancaster; John A., who married Helen Hebrank, is a shoe manufacturer in Lancaster ; Barbara and Fred, both of whom died in infancy, and Catherine M., who married Joseph Geiger, who is a shoe manufacturer in Lancaster. Mr. and Mrs. Kray reared this family carefully and well, educated them and lived to see them honored and respected members of society.
Mr. Kray was one of the founders of St. Anthony's church and was always liberal in his benefactions to it. At the time of his death he was connected with a number of beneficiary societies, namely: St. Peter's, St. Joseph's, Conestoga, Shillows and Fulton, thus showing his, interest in the welfare of those to come after him. In politics he was a Democrat. Mr. Kray was very well known in Lancaster and was universally esteemed.
Margaretha Keber Kray (1829 - 1898)
John A. Kray (1865 - 1947)*
Catherine Mary Kray Geiger (1873 - 1960)*
Saint Anthonys Roman Catholic Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 06, 2011
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