JOHN M. GRAY
JOHN M. GRAY, deceased, was born in Buckingham township, Bucks county,
August 16, 1836. He was a son of Samuel and Julia Ann (ROBINSON) GRAY.
John GRAY, the grandfather of John M. GRAY, was a native of
Ireland, and came to this country soon after 1800. In 1813 he purchased a farm
of sixty-five acres near the southern base of Buckingham mountain, and followed
farming until his death in 1845. He had five sons; John, who died in 1875;
William; Joseph: Samuel and George, the latter of whom is still living in
Buckingham; and two daughters, Martha Heyde and Rachel Blaker.
Samuel GRAY, the father of John M. GRAY, was a blacksmith in
early life, but later followed farming. He died in 1882, aged about seventy-five
years. His wife was Julia Ann ROBINSON, a native of New Jersey. She
survived him, and died January 10, 1894. Samuel and Julia Ann GRAY were
the parents of three children: John M. Ellis, and Sarah Ann, all of whom are
John M. GRAY was reared on his fatherís farm and attended the
schools of the neighborhood. He was married in 1861 to Rachel FELL,
daughter of Jesse and Priscilla (SANDS) FELL, an account of whose
ancestry is given on another page of this work. On his marriage, Mr. FELL
settled on the farm devised to him by his uncle John GRAY in 1875, and
followed farming until 1876, when, having purchased a lot in the village of
Forest Grove, he erected substantial buildings thereon and made it his home for
the remainder of his days. He died August 30, 1900. Mr. GRAY was a
prosperous and successful man, and left his family in comfortable circumstances.
In politics he was a Republican, but never held other than township offices; he
was for many years a member of the school board, and was one of the best known
men in his neighborhood. He was a member of Warrington Lodge, I.O.O.F., and for
many years was treasurer of that organization. At his death he devised to the
lodge $5,000 to enable them to erect a building for lodge purposes. Mr. and Mrs.
GRAY were the parents of two children: George Henry, deceased; and Samuel
Scott GRAY, a sketch of whom follows. Mrs. Gray resides at Forest Grove.
Samuel Scott GRAY, son of John M. and Rachel (FELL) GRAY,
was born in Buckingham township, Bucks county, November 14, 1867. He was reared
on his fatherís farm and attended the public schools, after which he took a
full course at Pierceís Business College. Arriving at manhood he engaged in
the butchering business at Forest Grove, and continued there for four years. He
then removed to Newtown and opened a meat store and conducted it for two years.
In 1898 he returned to his ninety-acre farm near Forest Grove and has since made
his home thereon, and is recognized as one of the best farmers of the
neighborhood. He married, June 14, 1898, Elizabeth M. KIRK, daughter of
Charles Johnson and Lydia (SCARBOROUGH) KIRK. In politics Mr. GRAY
is a Republican. He is a member of Doylestown Lodge, No. 245, F. and A. M.,
Doylestown Chapter, No. 270, R. A. M., a Philadelphia Commandery, Knights
Templar, and of the Philadelphia Consistory. He is also a member of Warrington
Lodge, No. 447. I.O.O.F. and Newtown Lodge, K. of P. Mr. and Mrs. GRAY
have no children.
Test taken from page 355-356 of:
Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New
York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed May 2002 by Joan Lollis of IN.
as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project,www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.htm
Published June 2002 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at