Person:John Gray (125)

John Alman Gray
m. Abt 1828
  1. Elizabeth GrayAbt 1829 -
  2. Sarah GrayAbt 1832 -
  3. John Alman Gray1834 - 1921
  4. Cynthia GrayAbt 1835 -
  5. William GrayAbt 1835 -
  6. Samuel GrayAbt 1840 -
  7. Frances Gray1845 - 1904
  8. James GrayAbt 1849 -
m. 17 Jan 1856
  1. Nancy Elizabeth Gray1856 - 1945
  2. William Michael Rufus Gray1856 - 1940
  3. Sarah Zorada Gray1859 - 1941
  4. Mollie Ann Gray1862 - 1949
  5. John C Gray1863 -
m. 14 Aug 1883
  1. Charles F Gray1884 - 1961
  2. Thomas Nelson Gray1886 - 1960
Facts and Events
Name[11] John Alman Gray
Alt Name[1][11] John Almond Gray
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 25 May 1834 Monroe, Tennessee, United StatesAlabama Death Certificates
Census[2] 1850 DeKalb, Alabama, United States
Marriage 17 Jan 1856 Abt Georgia, United States Family Bible Record
to Loretta Jane Keith
Census[3] 1860 DeKalb, Alabama, United States
Military[6] 12 Jun 1862 Jackson, Alabama, United StatesCaperton's Ferry
Census[4] 1870 Dade, Georgia, United StatesMilitia Dist. 1129
Census[7] 1880 DeKalb, Alabama, United States
Census Population Schedules
with Loretta Jane Keith
Census Population Schedule
with Loretta Jane Keith
Marriage 14 Aug 1883 DeKalb, Alabama, United Stateslisted as I J Harrell, Bk C p289, Marriage abstract book
to Isabella "Ibey" Jane Howell
Census[8] 1900 DeKalb, Alabama, United States
Census[9] 1910 DeKalb, Alabama, United States
Death[1] 7 Jan 1921 DeKalb, Alabama, United StatesFt. Payne
Burial[1] 9 Jan 1921 Fischer Cemetery, DeKalb, Alabama, United StatesAlabama Certificate of Death


John A Gray Biography

John Almon(d ?) was born 25 May 1834 in Monroe County Tennessee, the son of William Michael Gray and Mary “Polly” Cross. Little is known of the family in Tennessee except that William and Polly are shown on the 1830 Census for Monroe County with a daughter in an age bracket of their only child at that time, Elizabeth. Then they are found on the 1850 and 1860 censuses in DeKalb County, AlabamaS2,S3. John married Loretta Jane Keith on 17 January 1856 according to a family Bible of their oldest son William Rufus Gray.

Civil War Service

John enlisted in the confederate army about June 12, 1862 at Caperton’s Ferry (in adjacent Jackson County, Alabama) in the 18 Battalion, Alabama Volunteers, Company A as a PrivateS6. His battalion was later merged with the 33rd Alabama Infantry Regiment. He served under Captain G E Cowan for two years and was present at the battle of Chickamauga Creeks6.

Confederate Record

Please see the following article for additional information on this battle and on John’s confederate service:
John A Gray Confederate ServiceS6

After the War

After the war, John returned to live in Dade County Georgia right across from DeKalb Co Alabama where he is found on the 1870 census in the Georgia Militia District 1129 with his wife Loretta and five children: Buchannan, William Rufus, Nancy, Sarah, Mollie and John. Loretta died 11 Jan 1878 and it is not known where she is buried.

He is found on the 1880 census back in DeKalb County, Alabama shown as a widower living with daughters Nancy and Mary and son John.

John's Second Marriage

On 14 August 1883, John married his second wife, Isabella (Ibey) Jane Howell. They had two sons, Charles and Tom Nelson Gray. On the 1910 U. S. Census for DeKalb, Alabama, Ibey, even though she was 35 when they married, shows that she is the mother of only two children.

John filed for a Confederate pension from the state of Alabama on 28 May 1907. It appears from file documents that he had a problem proving his age, and the law at the time required you to be above 70 years to draw the pension. It took him 7 years to finally produce the family Bible record proving his birth and age. He was able to get his confederate pension on 2 June 1914. The file does not say how much he drew.

They lived in the Fort Payne, Alabama area (When he died he lived on Rt. 1, Ft Payne) in DeKalb County until his death on 7 January 1921. Ibey died 8 April 1929. They are both buried in Fischer Cemetery, 1-1/2 miles east of Fort Payne on Hwy 35, then 2-1/2 miles N.E. of Hwy 89, which is now in Fort Payne city limits.

Minnie Treadaway Letter

On May 5, 1946, Minnie Rush Treadaway sent a letter with invaluable family history information to Mrs. Maggie Adcock. Please click the following link for additional information on this letter:S10

Minnie Treadaway Letter

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 John Almond Gray, in Alabama, United States. Death Certificates
    468-1921, 7 Jan 1921.

    John Almond Gray, Ft Payne, Alabama, Birthplace, Monroe County, Tennessee, Father: Michael Gray, b Virginia, mother, unknown. Informant, T N Gray. Burial: Fisher Cemetary, Jan 9, 1921.

  2. 2.0 2.1 John Gray, in DeKalb, Alabama, United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication M432)
    p. 414, Roll 432_5.

    Michael Gray, Age 46; Mary Gray, Age 36; Elizabeth Gray, Age 21; Sarah Gray, Age 18; John Gray, Age 16; William Gray, Age 14, Cynthia Gray, Age 14; Samuel Gray, Age 9; Fanny Gray, Age 5; James Gray, Age 1.

  3. John Gray, in DeKalb, Alabama, United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication M693)
    p 25, Roll M653_9.

    John Gray, Age 27, Ritty Gray, age 22, Bucannan Gray, age 6, Nancy Gray, age 3, Nancy Gray, age 9/12 months.
    Note: last child is Sarah Gray. Census taker left name out.

  4. Dade, Georgia, United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule
    M593-146 p 508.

    John A Gray, Milita District 1129, b. abt 1834, TN
    Loretta J Gray, age 32; William M R Gray, age 13; Nancy E Gray, age 12; Sarah Z Gray, age 10; Polly Ann Gray, age 7; John C Gray age 5.

  5.   John A Gray Confederate Service.
  6. John A Gray, in United States. Adjutant General's Office. Consolidated index to compiled service records of Confederate soldiers. (Washington [District of Columbia]: National Archives. Central Plains Region, 1957).
  7. DeKalb, Alabama, United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication T9)
    Roll 12, P 565B.

    John Gray, b. Abt 1835, Alabama, Enumeration District 54, DeKalb, Alabama
    John Gray, Township 6, Range 9, age 45, farmer, widower, b. Alabama, mother and father born in Tennessee, Nancy Gray, age 22, daughter Mary Gray, age 18, John Gray, age 16

  8. DeKalb, Alabama, United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication T623)
    Roll T623_14, P10A.

    John A Gray, Enumeration District 66, b. May 1834, TN, 66, married 17 years
    Ibbie J Gray, b. Apr 1848, age 52, AL, married 17 years, mother of 2 children
    Charles F Gray, b. Dec 1884, age 15, AL, single
    Thomas W Gray, b. July 1886, age 13, AL, single

  9. DeKalb, Alabama, United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication T624)
    Roll T621-12, P8B.

    John A Gray, Enumeration District 50, Fischers Mill, b. abt 1835, TN
    John A Gray, age 75, Iby J Gray, age 59, Charles F Gray, age 25, Thomas N Gray, age 23

  10.   Minnie Treadaway Letter. (Family Letter).
  11. 11.0 11.1 Regarding John's middle name of "Alman" or "Almon", it is not known what the correct spelling for John was. He is listed in several documents as "Almon" and there are several of his descendants who used the spelling "Alman" or "Almon". John's death certificate shows "Almond".