|Birth: ||Mar. 24, 1833|
|Death: ||May 26, 1920|
Son of Thomas J. Bray and Martha A. Bray.
Co.A 5th Va. Cav. CSA. Elisted 6-4-1861 at Gloucester Point. Wounded - POW - Paroled at Gordonsville 5-26-1865.
The Gloucester (Virginia) Gazette,
Thurs, 24 June 1920, p5, c3
Mr. John Thomas Bray, a native of Gloucester county, well-known and highly esteemed by many of our older citizens, died at his home in Stanardsville, Va., on May 20th, aged 81. Among the surviving relatives are two sisters, both residents of Gloucester county, Mrs. W. M. Hogg and Mrs. M. B. Rolph.
From the Greene County Record we condense an extended and appreciative obituary notice of Mr. Bray:
His illness dated from Easter Monday, when he fell in the yard at his home in Stanardsville and broke his right hip. Although of slight stature Mr. Bray was splendidly robust and enjoyed the boon of excellent health the greater part of his long life - a half century of which he spent in Greene county, occupying a position of prominence and affectionate esteem upon the part of his fellow citizens.
Mr. Bray was born March 24th, 1839, at Severn Hall, Gloucester county, and was a son of Thomas J. and Martha Hogg Bray, having been of Scotch descent on his parental side. He grew to manhood on his father's plantation, attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with high honors, taking law under the illustrious John B. Minor. From the University he went to Harvard to pursue law studies under Prof. Parsous, and was there when the civil war started. With difficulty he succeeded in getting through the lines and reached his home county to offer his native State his services. He found Capt. Ware organizing a cavalry company of the flower of young manhood of Gloucester and to this command he was attached. The operations of the regiment to which he belonged brought him to Greene county and the romance of his life. He met Miss Helen Mundy, who became his bride immediately at the close of the conflict. Mr. Bray served with conspicuous daring during the war and was wounded once. As soon as he was able to ride a horse again he rejoined his company.
For several years after his marriage Mr. Bray followed the avocation of a farmer in his native county. The couple then decided to return to Greene, and Mr. Bray took up the practice of his profession, and so long as he chose to do so he occupied an enviable position at the county bar. Mr. Bray served 20 years as Commonwealth Attorney, was suceeded by another for 12 years, and then Mr. Bray was accorded four years more in the office. He had the happy faculty of making friends and holding them, and he possessed the warm affection of everybody in his acquaintance. He was true in type of the old Virginia gentleman, unaffected, noble hearted and very fond of his fellow creatures. In spite of his long service as a prosecutor, it is the opinion of the Greene County record that he died without an enemy, a remarkable tribute to the character of the man.
Mr. Bray is survived by his widow, the two sisters already named, eight children and a number of grandchildren. The deceased was buried with Masonic honors in Woodson cemetery, and the mound was completely hidden with the floral tributes of affectionate friends.
*courtesy of Sara (egg and dart)
Thomas J. Bray (1804 - 1885)
Martha A. Hogg Bray (1819 - 1889)
Stanardsville Public Cemetery
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Oct 02, 2006
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