Facts and Events
William Gray was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
William Gray's land (Borden Tract SW, 300 acres, 1754) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 413.--21st August, 1754. Same (From Borden's Executors) to William Gray, £9, 300 acres, part of 92,100; corner Moses Whiteside's new survey; Moses McClure's line and new survey, adjoining Moses' old land. Delivered to Benjamin Gray. 26th September, 1773.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 518.--4th October, 1773. William Gray and Katharin to Moses Whitesides. Delivered to James Love, June, 1780. (Note: the number of acres or location were not listed in this record; it is assumed to be all or part of the 300 acre tract acquired in 1754).
Will of William Gray
In WILLIAM GRAY'S will, dated 1794, he names as his heirs: James, William, Isaac, Jesse, Joseph, Thomas, Samuel, Mary Brown, ELIZABETH RAPER, and Lydia.
Records of William Gray in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 396.--23d April, 1751. John Gray's will, yeoman--Wife, Agness; son, Jacob; son, William; son, David; son, Joseph; son, Benj.; daughter, Ann Gray; son, Saml.; son, John; daughter, Elizabeth. Executors, son Samuel and John Lyle. Teste: Archd. Alexander, James McClung, Daniel Lyle. 27th November, 1751, proved by all witnesses, and both executors qualify, with sureties Archd. Alexander and James McClung.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 15, 1754 - (118) George Robinson--Captain of Foot; Wm. Gray--Lieut. of Foot; Wm. Dyer--Lieut. of Foot.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 21, 1754. - (118) George Robinson, qualified Captain of Foot; Wm. Gray, qualified Lieutenant of Foot; Wm. Dyer, qualified Lieutenant of Foot.
- Page 339.--20th August, 1754. David Kerr and Catherine, plantationer, to Arthur Kennedy, taylor, £57, 168 acres on Joseph Kennedy's Mill Creek, part of 368 acres purchased by David from Kerr; corner to Robt. Gray, who possesses the other part of the tract; McNut's line; corner Francis Beaty. Teste: John Wardlaw, William Gray.
- Page 339.--21st November, 1759. William Gray's bond (with Patrick Hays, Saml. Paxton) as guardian (?) to Benj. Gray, orphan of John Gray.
- Page 228.--21st November, 1759. William Gray's bond (with Patrick Hays, Samuel Paxton), as guardian (chosen) to Benjamin, orphan of Jno. Gray.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 21, 1759. - (318) Benj. Gray, orphan of John Gray, aged 14, chose William Gray his guardian. (Note: Benjamin was William's younger brother).
- Page 168.--29th January, 1761. Same (From Borden's Executors) to David Gray, £__, 100 acres of 92100, James Greenlee's cor. on John Davidson's line; Moses Whiteside's line, William Gray's cor.
- Vol. 1 - JUNE 20, 1764. - (500) Wm. Gray exempted from County levy.
- Page 348.--10th May, 1768. David Gray and Ruth (mark) to James McCrosky, £18, 100 acres; James Greenlee's corner on John Davidson's line; Moses Whiteside's line; William Gray's corner. Teste: Moses Whitesides. John Carouthers. Benj. Gray. Delivered: Jas. McCoskry, son to James, 27th March, 1788.
- Vol. 2 - Hunters' Heirs vs. Gray's Executors and Devisees--O. S. 103; N. S. 35--Bill, 15th November, 1803. Orators are Moses, David and Ann Evelina Hunter, infants, heirs of Moses Hunter, deceased. That father of orators in 1785 bought a tract in Berkeley County from Hugh Gray, deceased. Hugh Gray died March, 1787, testate, will in Berkeley. Wife Alice, sons William and James. Moses Hunter died August, 1798, intestate, leaving orators his only children and heirs. Answer by Alice Gates, late Alice Gray, executrix of M. Hunter. Hugh Gray's will in Berkeley County dated 7th March, 1787. Wife, Alice; sons, James and William; brother, William; daughter, Sally; daughter, Alice; daughter, Jane. Proved in Berkeley, 17th April, 1787. (Note: not sure this is a record of this William Gray. Possible brother Hugh Gray in Berkeley County (not named in John Gray's will)? More research necessary to prove any relationship).