m. abt 1852
Facts and Events
Little is known about Joseph's origins, he never talked about his childhood perhaps because it was so unhappy. He was born to Scottish parents in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. His mother died when he was very young. His father remarried, but Joseph did not get along with his step-mother. He was apprenticed to a farmer who apparently abused him. He ran away at the age of 9 and somehow boarded a ship to Canada where he had a married sister living in Montreal. eventually he found his way to the United States and settled in Brass Ball, Wisconsin and married there. He ended up with a farm in Lake Villa, IL in Antioch Twp. He was said to be a shrewd investor and left substantial real estate holdings.
From 1880 U.S. census: Joseph GRAY Household Male Other Information: Birth Year <1828> Birthplace IRELAND Age 52 Occupation Farmer, Marital Status M <Married> Race W <White> Head of Household Joseph GRAY Relation Self Father's Birthplace SCOTLAND Mother's Birthplace SCOT
Source Information: Census Place Antioch, Lake, Illinois Family History Library Film 1254221 NA Film Number T9-0221 Page Number 632D