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William GRAY, Sr

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  • Name William GRAY 
    Suffix Sr 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Yeoman 
    Will 27 Jan 1648  Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 3 Feb 1648  Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 3 Feb 1648  Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 4 Jan 1650  Prerogative Court of Canterbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Beers, Josephine W. Beers and Prindle, Paul W., "The Gray or Grey Family," The American Genealogist, Vol. 64 (July 1989), pp. 164-165:

      WILLIAM GRAY, yeoman, of Harrow on the Hill, co. Middlesex, England, was buried there on 3 Feb. 1647[/8]. His wife or wives are unknown.

      In his will, dated 27 Jan. 1647(/8?], William Gray, yeoman, of Harrow on the Hill, co. Middlesex, left to each of his sons John and Henry £20. Son Isaac was to receive a freehold tenement "lying and being in Hobgoblins Lane, near Sudbury Green in the parish of Harrow on the Hill." The testator's son "William Gray of London, merchant taylor," was made sole executor and residuary legatee, and William's wife, Susanna, was to receive £5 "as a token of my love to her." Of the four children of his son William, sons Abraham and Josiah were left 40s. each and the daughter Rebecca and youngest daughter Priscilla were bequeathed all the testator's pewter and kitchen utensils. £5 of a larger debt owing to the testator by his sister Rose Wight was cancelled. £5 "To my cousin Thomas Ashwell and Mary his wife . . . to be distributed among their three children as a token of my love." Two individuals whose relationship to the testator, if any, was not stated, received bequests: Elizabeth Carde, £3, and "William Peache, son of John Peache of Greenford, twenty shillings, to be deducted out [of] a greater sum his father John Peache oweth me." "I further will that the five pounds I give my sister Rose Wight, after her decease shall be given to Thomas Ashwell's children". . . .

      The parish registers of Harrow on the Hill are frustrating. Since they start in 1558 but include no Grays until 1587 (unless the 1575 burial of Henry "Gery" is actually of a Gray), it appears that they moved into the parish from elsewhere. The early baptisms, unfortunately, do not name the parents, but since there were Gray baptisms in Oct. 1589 and Feb. 1589/90, there must have been at least two Gray families in the parish. The Rose Gray baptized in 1587 is surely the one who married Robert Wight in 1609 and is mentioned in William Gray's will as his sister. William and Mary (Button) Gray might be the parents of Rose Gray, who was baptized four months after their marriage, but there is no clear evidence for that.

      Known children (GRAY or GREY) of William Gray of Harrow on the Hill, co. Middlesex, order uncertain: . . .

      i WILLIAM, prob. the William Gray of Sudbery (parentage not stated), bp. Harrow on the Hill 11 Aug. 1611; m. SUSANNA _____. . . .

      ii JOHN; m. ELIZABETH (FROST) WATSON. A John Gray (parentage not stated) was bp. Harrow on the Hill 23 Nov. 1617, but the immigrant to New England seems older. . . .

      iii HENRY; m. LYDIA FROST.

      iv ISAAC, prob. the Isake Grey of Sudbery (parentage not stated) bp. Harrow on the Hill 6 July 1621; mentioned in brother William's will (1657); apparently remained in England.

      (2) Mary Sibyl Gray May et al., A History of One Branch of the Fairfield, Connecticut, Gray Family, Middletown, CT: Godfrey Memorial Libary, 1953, pp. 2-3:

      The first ancestor of which we have any present knowledge was Willlam Gray, yeoman, of Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England. Harrow-on-the-Hill was once about twelve miles from London. Now both have grown until they have grown into each other. We have only William Gray's will to tell us about him but it tells us much.

      From Henry F. Waters Genealogical Gleanings in England in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register v. 47 p. 403 we have the will in full. This will was made 27 January 1647 and proved 1648:

      "To my son John Graye twenty pounds. To son Henry twenty pounds. To son Isaac that cottage or tenement now or lately in the occupation of Michel Anderson lying and being in Hobgoblin Lane near Sudbury Green in the parish of Harrow-on-the-Hill etc. being freehold etc.

      ["]To my daughter-in-law Susanna Gray the wife of my son William five pounds as a token of my love to her.

      ["]To my grandchild Abraham Gray son of William forty shillings, and to Josiah forty shillings and to Rebecca daughter of my son William all my pewter, and to his youngest daughter Priscilla all my brass, as one pot, one kettle, etc.

      ["]To my sister Rose Wight five pounds out of a greater sum she oweth me which five pounds I give her as a token of my love to her.

      ["]To my cousin Thomas Ashwell and Mary his wife five pounds to be distributed among their three children as a token of my love.

      ["]To Elizabeth Corda that three pounds that is in the hands of John Page of Aperton, yeoman.

      ["]To William Peache, son of John Peache of Greenford twenty shillings to be deducted out a greater sum his father John Peache oweth me.

      ["]I make my son William Gray of London, merchant taylor full and sole executor and give unto him all and singular my moneys, cattle, chattels, goods and lands and whatsoever is mine that is not heretofore disposed of etc. I further will that the five pounds I gave my sister Rose Wight after her decease shall be given to Thomas Ashwell's children." . . .

      Mr. Waters says: "The first two sons named in the foregoing will were doubtless the John and Henry Gray who were found in Fairfield, Connecticut A.D. 1643." He says also "See the Will of their Brother William Gray oldest son of the testator." (See New England Historical and Genealogical Register v. 42 p. 72.) . . .

      WILLIAM GRAY'S CHILDREN

      [i] William married Susanna _____; died 1663.

      [ii] John married - 1st Elizabeth Frost (Watson); 2nd _____ Ramsden; died 1665 or 1666.

      [iii] Henry married Lydia Frost.

      [iv] Isaac

      (2) Will of William Gray or Graye, Yeoman of Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex <http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk>:

      Reference: PROB 11/207/32
      Description: Will of William Gray or Graye, Yeoman of Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex
      Date [proved]: 04 January 1649[/50]
      Held by: The National Archives, Kew
      Legal status: Public Record(s)
      Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
    Person ID I43733  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2017 

    Children 
     1. William GREY, Jr.,   b. Bef 11 Aug 1611, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 11 Nov 1663, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 52 years)  [natural]
     2. John GRAY, Sr.,   b. Bef 23 Nov 1617, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 25 Feb 1663, Newtown, Long Island [now Suffolk County, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 45 years)  [natural]
     3. Henry GRAY,   d. Abt Oct 1658, Fairfield County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Isaac GREY,   b. Bef 6 Jul 1621, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1 Sep 1657  (Age > 36 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2017 22:51:11 
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