m. 2 May 1703
Facts and Events
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.