|Birth: ||Aug. 23, 1853|
|Death: ||Feb. 7, 1917|
Richard L. "Dick" Gray was born on August 23, 1853 in Alabama to James Malachi (1830-1922) and Henrietta E. Williams Gray (1828-1897).
He was a farmer all his life that began in Alabama, but he lived about the last 50 years of his life in Houston and Anderson Counties in east Texas, mostly in the rural area soutwest of Palestine and Elkhart, in a community called Antrim where he and his wife Mary raised their nine children.
By 1870, Dick, 17, moved with his family to Houston County, Precinct 5, Texas near Grapeland, Texas. The nearest post office was Crockett, Texas. Dick was a farmer, along with his father, James Malachi Gray, 45, and his older brother, John Williams Gray, 19, and younger brother, Benjamin "Bennie" S. Gray, 15. His youngest brother, James Frank Gray, was 10. The father's real estate was valued at $500.00 and personal estate was valued at $200.00. Nancy Smith Williams (1810-1870), 59, born in Alabama, also lived with the family. She was Richard L. Gray, father's mother-in-law. Her daughter was Henrietta Elizabeth Williams Gray.
In 1877, Dick, 24, married Mary Ellisor, 18, whose parents were Joshua Malachia 1833-1876) and Lucy Ann Chaffin Ellisor 1837-1908).
By 1880, Dick, farmer, 26, moved with his wife Mary, 21, and two daughters, Linnie, 1, and Mary Etta, 6 months, to Anderson County, Texas near Elkhart, Texas to what they knew as Antrim Community.
By 1900, Dick, farmer, 47, lived at Elkhart, Texas in District 8 Enumeration District, Justice Precinct 2, Voting Precinct 5, with his wife Mary and children, Linnie, 19, James, farm laborer 16, John Edward,farm laborer, 13, Luna Lenora, 10, Ethelinda, 8, Richard Lusky, 6, Bennie C., 3, and Nora Azalee, 1. Dick stated he was unemployed for 4 months.
By 1910, Dick, farmer, 56, lived with his wife Mary, and daughters Luna Lenora, public school teacher, 20, Ethelinda, 19, Richard Lusky, farm laborer, 17, and Nora Azalee, 16.
Many of the relatives mentioned in Richard L. Gray's biography are buried at Antrim Cemetery, Houston County, Texas or at Kyle Cemetery, Anderson County, Texas.
Mary Ellisor Gray (1858 - 1943)*
Lennie Simpson (1878 - 1924)*
James Malachi Gray (1882 - 1964)*
Luna Lenora Gray Streetman (1889 - 1971)*
Ethel Gray Willis-Hicks (1891 - 1965)*
Maintained by: Linda Robbins
Originally Created by: Joel Farringer
Record added: Jul 01, 2004
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