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Jacob Gray
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Birth: Apr. 22, 1793
Montgomery County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 15, 1862, USA

Son of Samuel Gray & Catherina Sutz.

Father of John Jost Gray (2 July 1814-1 Jan 1899) by first wife Hannah Everson.

Father of Hannah Gray Carpenter and Silas Gray, by second wife Mary S./May unknown, born about 1812 in New Hampshire.

Married Eliza McDaniel [sic], (widow of Archibald MacDonald), in 1857, Kane Co., IL. Stepfather of Daniel Donald MacDonald & Flora MacDonald Kennedy.

Eliza was Zoe "Sophie" Beaulieu dit Lebelle. She remarried on 19 Sep 1863 in Kane Co., IL, as Eliza Lebelle, to John H. Smith. He was born in Illinois c.1842; enlisted in Co. B, 156th IL US Infantry as Pvt., Civil War. Residence Aurora. Mustered out 20 Sep 1865 in Memphis, TN.

Nicholas Gray

Daniel S. Gray

1840 Census, Kane Co., Illinois, shows Jacob Gray's household, with 1 male under 5, 1 male 40-50, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 20-30.

1850 Census, Chicago, ward 6, lists Jacob, 57, born NY, is a blacksmith, May, 38, born NH, Hannah, 16, born NY, and Silas, 11, born IL.

Jacob Gray and Mary S. Gray purchased land in Kendall Co., IL in 1843.

A very small cemetery was re-discovered a few years ago on land near Aurora, purchased 19 March 1841 by Jacob; he no longer owned it at the time of his death, however. Only one interment was marked, and was moved. The other remains were removed and are stored by the state of Illinois, in Springfield.

Another possible burial site - also destroyed - would be the original Catholic cemetery in Aurora. (As of 28 May 2014, I am working on proving its existence & location; most likely in the area bounded by Illinois, Broadway & Aurora avenues in Aurora, extant from about 1849/50 to between 1867/71.) However, there is no evidence that Jacob himself was ever a member of the Catholic church. Third wife Eliza was, and the children of her subsequent marriage were raised in the church, although their father does not seem to have been Catholic, either.

One volunteer gave the information that Jacob Gray, 1793-1862, was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Cook, Illinois, plot: Section 28, Block 3, Lot 123 [no marker]; however, another volunteer has found that this is not the same Jacob Gray. So this memorial has been removed from Mt. Carmel. 
Family links: 
  Eliza Beaulieu dit Lebelle Smith (1831 - 1887)
  Hannah C. Gray Carpenter (1835 - 1855)*
  Silas Gray (1839 - 1910)*
*Calculated relationship
Body lost or destroyed
Created by: Lisa Gerald
Record added: Jun 19, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112583173


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