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William M Gray 1816 TN - Gray's from Montgomery County TN
Posted by: Rebecca Gray (ID *****2976) Date: April 17, 2012 at 08:44:13
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Looking into the Gray's from Montgomery County Tennessee – they also spent time in Williamson County Tennessee. Our current research ends @ William Gray. He was born in TN abt 1816 to a Sarah. We know from a later census after he's a widower and living with a son in Illinois that he lists his father from SC and mother from GA.

William Gray married 1940 in Illinois a Mary "Polly" Abney, who also born in TN abt 1816 and ¼ Cherokee. We think that William's middle initial may be M.
William and Polly’s children:
Mildred
Victoria
Isabelle
Francis Marion
Udora
James Madison
David Shelton
Thomas Franklin

Polly Abney parents are Sarah Cannady/Canada/Kanada (1/2 Cherokee) and Nathaniel Abney III.

We are certain that William had two brothers: Mathew T bn 1819 and Vincent bn 1826.
Mathew M. Nancy Walker:
Pinkney
Eli

Vincent M. Martha McDaniels
Archer
Samuel
Jane
Joshua

We found the family starting in the 1840 census where we know Sarah is listed as the head of the family and there is also a daughter aged 10 to 14. By the 1850 census we know that Sarah is living with Mathew and there is no record of the daughter...so a Gray girl from Montgomery County got married between 1845 and 1850.

In the Montgomery voting records for District 4 we have a John Gray and Nathaniel Abney listed... Polly's father was a Nathaniel Abney and I cannot image this is a coincident. Wondering if John Gray was Sarah’s husband although he would’ve already or just passed by this time but could John have been her husband? Can these things even be inferred from voting records?

More importantly we’re wondering if any other Gray’s have any information on this branch of the family. Any and all thoughts, comments and conjecture is appreciated.


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