1st MA Hvy Art Batt. Company E
Son of William (b.~1787 MA, d. 1870-1880 MA) and Lydia Hoyt (b.~1797 MA, d. 1880 MA) Gray
John B. Gray, and honest and well esteemed old man who has lived on the old Cramer premises opposite the fairgrounds this year, died Monday morning. He had been sick or failing for some time. Mr. Ruhl says that he found him early last week evidently showing symptoms of paralysis in his left side. He spoke to the old man about it, but he did not think it was anything like that, though admitting that he had not the full use of his left arm and leg. Mr. Ruhl and other neighbors called on the old gentleman frequently, for he lived alone and they felt concerned about him. Finally Mr. Ruhl obtained the sick man's consent to call a doctor which he did, but there was no help for him. He lingered along till Monday morning when he died at 3 o'clock. His burial occurred on the afternoon of the same day. Rev. M.T. Stiffler preached the sermon at the house and the services were otherwise in charge of the G.A.R. of which organization he was a member.
The services were remarkable on account of the fact that not a relative was present at the sad services.
The deceased was born in Merrimac, Mass., about 64 years ago. He lived at his native place till the outbreak of the war of the Rebellion when he enlisted in Co. E. first regiment, Massachusetts heavy artillery, July 5, 1861. He served till April 2, 1865, when he was wounded at the battle of Petersburg and sent to the general hospital and discharged there from July 20, 1865, after the close of the war.
In 1887 he came to Blaine County and made himself a home where he resided till this spring, when he moved to Ord. He was a near neighbor of Mr. Baker there who speaks highly of him, as do all who have become acquainted with him.
A.C. Cleary of North Loup is the only person near by who knew the deceased for any length of time. They have been acquainted from Mr. Cleary's childhood, having lived in the same town in Massachusetts.
From The Ord Quiz, Ord, Valley County, Nebraska, Friday, September 21, 1900, Pg 9, Col 4
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