Person:John Gray (158)

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m. 2 May 1703
  1. John Gray1704 - 1790
  2. Ann Gray1705 - 1709
  3. Elizabeth Gray1706 -
  4. William Gray1708 - 1708
  5. William Gray1710 - 1717
m. 1 May 1733
  1. Elizabeth Gray1734 - 1818
  2. John Gray1736 -
  3. Edward Gray1739 -
  4. William Gray1741 -
  5. Mary Gray1743 -
  6. Ann Gray1748 -
  7. William Gray1752 -
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Name John Gray
Gender Male
Birth[1] 5 Feb 1704 Heckington, Lincolnshire, England
Christening[1] 9 Feb 1704 Heckington, Lincolnshire, England
Marriage 1 May 1733 Heckington, Lincolnshire, Englandto Mary Whitehead
Burial[2] 25 Jul 1790 Heckington, Lincolnshire, England

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.

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Church of England. Parish Church of Heckington (Lincolnshire). Parish registers, 1559-1968. (Lincoln, England: Lincoln Archives Office, 1993), Primary quality.

    1703
    John the Son of William Gray Labourer & Elizabeth his wife born Feb[ruary] 5 and baptised Feb[ruary] 9 [i.e. born 5 Feb 1703/4 and baptised 9 Feb 1703/4]

    This baptism has been linked to the John Gray who married Mary Whitehead in 1733 on the basis that the adult John's burial implies he was born around 1703, and the 1704 baptism is in the same parish in which John married, had his children and was buried. No evidence has been found suggesting that the John born in 1704 died young or married anyone else.

  2. Church of England. Parish Church of Heckington (Lincolnshire). Parish registers, 1559-1968. (Lincoln, England: Lincoln Archives Office, 1993), Primary quality.

    Burials Anno 1790
    John Gray Farmer eighty seven years of Age buried July 25th

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