GRAY Family

First Generation

1. James K1 Gray was born in Conklin, Broome Co, NY April 8, 1845. James died April 25, 1924 in Litchfield, Sherman Co, NE, at 79 years of age.

He married Laura M Ward in Fort Russel WY, June 16, 1868. Laura was born New York November 19, 1845. Laura died September 14, 1912 in Litchfield, Sherman Co, NE, at 66 years of age. James was a soldier in Sioux wars after the Civil War -- Company G ,Fourth U.S. Infantry. Was discharged Sept. 7, 1869 at Fort Laramie, WY. He lived at Ft. Steel, WY from then to 1873 when he moved family to Bennett, NE. In 1877 they moved to Litchfield, NE where he resided until his death. In 1874 three of his children died in a house fire. He was a teamster for the army in WY and a farmer after leaving WY. He is buried in Fairview Cemetry north of Litchfield. He was an early settler of Sherman County as a homesteader in the Clear Lake area prior to formation of the town of Litchfield. For further information see FTM Volume 29

In the 1910 census Harrison Twp, (Litchfield) Sherman Co, NE page 41, James (age 65) is recorded with his wife Laura (age 64). They have been married for 40 years and have had 10 children with only 2 living at the time of the census.

In the 1920 census Harrison Twp, (Litchfield) Sherman Co, NE page 240, James (age 74) is recorded as widowed. He has the occupation of general farmer.

James K Gray and Laura M Ward had the following children:

child 2 i. Charles2 Gray was born in Wyoming January 12, 1869. Charles died February 14, 1874 in Lincoln, NE, at 5 years of age.

child 3 ii. John Gray was born in Wyoming January 20, 1871. John died February 14, 1874 in Lincoln, NE, at 3 years of age.

child 4 iii. Jennie Gray was born in Wyoming October 20, 1873. Jennie died February 14, 1874 in Lincoln, NE, at less than one year of age.

child 5 iv. Frank Gray was born in Lincoln, NE November 2, 1875. Frank died before 1910.

child 6 v. Mary Gray was born in Lincoln, NE October 10, 1877. Mary died before 1910. FTM Volume 29 has Mary Gray and a Charles Godown being married. There is also research that has Charles P Godown being married to her sister Pearl. I believe that we have the marrage correct with Charles and Pearl.

child + 7 vi. George C Gray was born July 14, 1878.

child 8 vii. James S Gray was born in Litchfield, Sherman Co, NE March 26, 1881. James died January 15, 1885 in Litchfield, Sherman Co, NE, at 3 years of age.

child 9 viii. Jonathan Gray was born in Litchfield, Sherman Co, NE February 5, 1883. Jonathan died January 11, 1885 in Litchfield, Sherman Co, NE, at 1 year of age.

child 10 ix. Pearl Amanda Gray(1956) was born in Litchfield, Sherman Co, NE September 11, 1885. Pearl died June 22, 1945 at 59 years of age. She married Charles Phender Godown in Litchfield, Sherman Co, NE, October 10, 1906. Charles was born Panora, Cass Twp, Guthrie Co, IA September 13, 1874. Charles(1957) was the son of John Ray Godown and Mary Foreman. Charles died April 10, 1948 at 73 years of age. (See Charles Phender Godown for the continuation of this line.)

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