Edward Gray Sr.

Edward Gray Sr.

Stapleford Tawney, Epping Forest District, Essex, England
Death 30 Jun 1681 (aged 58)
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 9304188 View Source
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A Landowner and merchant in Plymouth Colony. Immigrated to America in 1642 with his brother Thomas on the ship "Recovery' out of London. This ship was owned by his uncle Alexander Graie. To Plymouth in 1643. In 1651 he married Mary Winslow, daughter of John and Mary (Chilton) Winslow. Their children were: Desire 1651, Mary 1653, Elizabeth 1657, Sarah 1659, and John 1661. After Mary's death in Plymouth in 1663, Edward married in 1665 Dorothy Lettice. Their children were: Edward II 1666, Susanna 1668, Rebecca 1670, Thomas 1669 (see site #36257503), Hannah1673, Anna 1671, Lydia 1677, and Samuel 1682 (see record# 20495342). Dorothy died in Little Compton, Rhode Island in 1726. Plymouth records show Edward became a merchant, and among the wealthiest in Plymouth Colony. He was a key investor in lands south of Plymouth to Newport Harbor. He died at age 52, young for a time when 70 was not uncommon. He lived to see peace restored with the Indians, but not long enough to see the development of his lands in what is now Rhode Island.


The inscription on Edward's stone reads: "Here Lyeth ye Body of EDWARD GRAY Gent Aged About 52 years & Departed this life ye Last of June 1681" This is the oldest known burial from a stone that can still be read in Burial Hill.

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