|Birth: ||Nov., 1829|
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 1922|
James Malachi Gray was born in November, 1829 in either Fayette or Montgomery County, Alabama. Montgomery, Alabama was listed as his birthplace in his 1913 CSA Application.
In 1848, family trees state that at age 19 James Malachi married Henrietta Elizabeth Williams at Pleasant Hill in Houston County, Texas. Pleasant Hill is referred to as Antrim which was the more familiar name of the community in the late 1800s and early 1900s. in the Handbook of Texas.
In 1850 The U.S. Census shows that James Malachi at age 21 lived in Division 15 in Fayette County, Alabama with his father William Foster Gray, age 46; his mother Rachel Lansdale Brady Gray, age 46; his brother Richard V. Gray, age 17; Isaac Lansdale Gray, age 15; William Foster Gray, age 13; Sarah Gray, age 11, and David Andrew Gray, age 9. The father, James, and Isaac were farmers.
James Malachi stated that he resided continuously in Texas since 1854 in his Soldier's Application for a Pension in 1913.
In the 1860 U.S. Census on August 6th, James Malachi and his wife Henrietta "Annette" Elizabeth lived at Beat 12, Elkhart, listed in Houston County with Elkhart listed as the post office. Elkhart is located in Anderson County. Many of James Malachi's family crossed over the county line and lived in both Anderson and Houston Counties, Texas. Three sons lived with them: John William, age 8; Richard "Dick" Lusky, age 6; and Benjamin "Benjin" S., age 5, Gray. James Malachi's occupation was listed as overseer.
In June of 1862, James Malachi Gray enlisted in the Confederate States of America (CSA) at Tyler, Smith County, Texas and was a private until the end of the Civil War with Company K, Walker Division, 22nd Texas Regiment in the Battalion as a sharpshooter in the Infantry and never transferred.
On April 9, 1865 James Malachi "enlisted and served in the military service of the Confederate States during the war between the States of the U.S., and that he did not desert the Confederate service,". He was honorably discharged at Bryan, Texas at the close of the Civil War.
In the 1870 U.S. Census on November 25th, James Malachi, age 43, lived with his wife Henrietta Elizabeth Williams Gray, age 44, his sons: John William, age 19; Richard Lusky, age 17; Benjamin S., age 15; James Frank, age 10; and his mother-in-law Nancy Smith Williams, age 59. James and his three oldest sons were farmers. His wife and mother-in-law kept house. The family lived in Precinct 5, Houston County, Texas and the post office was Crockett. James Malachi's land was valued at $500.00 and his personal estate was valued at $200.00
In the 1880 U.S. Census on June 10-11th, James Malachi, age 50, and Henrietta "Hannah" Elizabeth Williams Gray, age 50, lived with their son, Benjamin S. age 24, ; two nieces, Ellen, age 20, and Annie, age 9, Williams and three nephews, farmers George, age 17, William, age 13, and James Williams age 11.
In 1884 at age 54, James Malachi stated that he had resided in Anderson County for the past 30 years when he applied for the Soldier's Application for a Pension in 1913.
In 1897 at age 68, James Malachi's wife Henrietta Elizabeth passed away in Grapeland, Houston County, Texas. She was buried at Kyle Cemetery, Anderson County, Texas.
In 1900 on June 14th, at age 70, James Malachi, lived with his son John William, age 48, and Elizabeth Gray, age 39, two grandsons Wilbert, age 13, and Paxton Gray, age 7, and one stepson, Arthur Strickland, age 12.
By July 5, 1900, James Malachi, age 70, was a boarder in District 8, Elkhart in Anderson County and used his most observed correct birth date. He lived with eight members of the Shaver family.
On December 1, 1913, at age 84 James Malachi applied for Soldier's Application for a Pension in Texas for the CSA. On February 24, 1914 his application was approved. His application was allowed on March 1, 1914 as File number 24698. Two witnesses said of James Malachi, "He made a good soldier. He never deserted or left part of duty…"
On January 26, 1920 in the U.S. Census, James Malachi lived with his grandson-in-law John D. Campbell, a rural mail carrier, wife Katy E., two daughters Zelma and Willie M., and four sons: Arnold S., J.D., James I. and Robert G. Campbell. They lived on Tennessee Colony Road, Justice Precinct 1, Anderson County, Texas.
James Malachi Gray died February 19, 1922 near Elkhart, Anderson County, Texas at the home of his grandson-in-law John D. Campbell who lived on Route 8, Palestine, Anderson County, Texas. A Mortuary Warrant Account was issued to James Malachi Gray's grandson-in-law John D. Campbell, in the amount of $45.00 for a coffin and $25.00 for the doctor.
James Malachi Gray is buried at Kyle Cemetery near Elkhart, Anderson County, Texas. James Malachi Gray's known family survivors included his son James Frank Gray.
W. F. Gray (1802 - 1885)
Henrietta Elizabeth Williams Gray (1828 - 1897)
Benjamin S. Gray (1856 - 1904)*
James Frank Gray (1860 - 1944)*
Maintained by: Linda Robbins
Originally Created by: Frank Edens
Record added: Dec 20, 2001
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