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Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Gray
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Birth: Feb. 25, 1804
Newberry County
South Carolina, USA
Death: May 20, 1858
Mississippi, USA

Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Gray was the 5th of 10 children of Cloretta (Chloe) Dawkins & Frederick Gray (Rev. War Captain, SC state legislator and planter). His grandfather, William Dawkins, Sr., served as a Captain in the SC Militia during the Rev. War. Jeff's mother died when he was a child; and his father moved the family from the Newberry District of SC, home to "a large family of Grays, Dawkins and Calvert-Harrison-Harris relatives," to the Abbeville District of SC. After the death of Jeff Gray's first wife, he and their 3 children migrated to MS.

Family lore is that he had a store "for a time" at the Agency.

On 5/25/1842 he married Phoebe Carter Brooks Williams, a widow with 2 daughters. Phoebe Carter Brooks was raised "not too far" east of where the Brooks-Henkel Cemetery is located. The cemetery lies on her father's land. Phoebe had a very young daughter, Narcissa; Jeff had a teenage son, Frederick, and a young daughter, Ann Lucinda. Jeff and Phoebe had several children together: T.J. Gray, Jr., Allen, Joseph Brooks, Emma, and John Micajah.

Jeff was a planter. Per descendants, Phoebe and Jeff had plenty of land, a nice big farmhouse with a large porch that went across the front and around the side of the house. During The War Between the States, the Yankees came through and caused much damage, burning their barn that was full of stored cotton. The house is no longer there, but was located shortly to the left (on the part of their land John Micajah inherited) on the rocky road to Agency from the cemetery ... abt. 100 feet north of Robert Lee Gray's home (2000).

Per Joseph Brooks Gray's son, H.C. Gray, who was raised in the area around John Micajah Gray's family and "Aunt Cissy" (Narcissa Williams), Jeff died of "lockjaw." 
 
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 Parents:
  Frederick Gray (____ - 1837)
 
 Spouse:
  Phoebe Carter Brooks Gray (1819 - 1882)
 
 Children:
  Ann Lucinda Gray Red (1821 - 1897)*
  Frederick Cunningham Gray (1826 - 1896)*
  T J Gray (1843 - 1887)*
  Henry Allen Gray (1847 - 1889)*
  Joseph Brooks Gray (1850 - 1933)*
  Emma A Gray (1853 - 1863)*
  John Micajah Gray (1855 - 1931)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Brooks-Henkel Cemetery
Lowndes County
Mississippi, USA
 
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Originally Created by: nut4genealogy
Record added: Feb 07, 2009
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- Kay Parker McCary
 Added: May. 10, 2017
Rest in Peace, love your Gray/Ruff family
- Pattie Bates Knighton
 Added: Jul. 24, 2015
 
 
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