m. 2 May 1703
Facts and Events
There are 21 vital records available on MyHeritage for John Gray, including birth records, marriage records, and death records. Vital records are historical records that are typically recorded around the actual time of the event, which means they are likely accurate. Vital records include information like the event date and place, and the person's occupation and residence. Vital records also often include information about the person's relatives. For example, birth and marriage records include names of parents and divorce records list the names of children.
John Gray was born on 5th February 1704 at Heckington in Lincolnshire, son of Elizabeth Gray, formerly Skelton, and her husband William Gray, a labourer. John was the eldest of the couple's five children, but three of his younger siblings died young. When John was only seven years old his mother died.
By 1713 John's father had married again to a Grace, and John had two half-brothers from his father's second marriage. John's father William died in 1715. John was therefore an orphan from the age of eleven, presumably left to the care of his stepmother Grace.
John was married in 1733, aged 29, to Mary Whitehead. They went on to have seven children baptised at Heckington between 1734 and 1752. The eldest child's baptism describes John as a shoemaker, but most of the later children's baptisms describe him as a farmer.
John's wife Mary died in 1788, aged 80. John survived her by just under two years, and was buried at Heckington on 25th July 1790. He was 86 years old.