History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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THOMAS H. GRAY.  For many years Thomas H. GRAY, of Upper Makefield township, was prominently identified with the interests of more than one of the leading railroad companies.  On the paternal side Mr. GRAY traces his descent from an ancestor who emigrated from Scotland to the American colonies.  Abraham GRAY, a descendant of this ancestor, was the grandfather of Thomas H. GRAY.  Dean GRAY, son of Abraham GRAY, was born in Bucks county, probably in Solebury township, and while still a child was deprived by death of both his parents.  He was reared in the family of Joseph SCARBOROUGH, in Solebury township, and on reaching manhood apprenticed himself to the blacksmith’s trade.  Later he purchased a farm on the Buckingham and Solebury line, which was cultivated by his sons, as they became old enough, while he worked at his trade.  He was an active worker in the temperance cause, and although a strong Democrat, was a pronounced anti-slavery man, advocating the freeing of the slaves by peaceable means.  He was a member and officer in the Presbyterian church.  He married Sarah STOCKDALE, and the following children were born to them:  Napoleon B.; William Warner; Rhoda A.; Joseph N.; and Thomas H., mentioned at length hereinafter, who is the sole survivor of this family.  Mrs. GRAY died in 1869, and her husband passed away in 1871, at the age of sixty-seven.

            Thomas H. GRAY, son of Dean and Sarah (STOCKDALE) GRAY, was born April 22, 1838, in Buckingham township, and was reared on the farm.  On reaching his eighteenth year he determined to adopt some other calling than that of a tiller of the soil, and in 1856 went to Philadelphia, where he obtained a position as clerk in a store, and was employed in different clerical capacities for some years.  For eight years he cultivated the homestead acres, and in 1867 the property was advantageously sold.  The family then moved to Brownsburg, where they resided one year, and then removed to the vicinity of Trenton, New Jersey.  There for four years Mr. GRAY was engaged in truck-farming, remaining at home as long as his parents lived.  In the spring of 1872 he accepted a position with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, at Flemington, and one year later was given a position as clerk in the superintendent’s office at Lambertville, where his work was so satisfactory that four months later he was made clerk to the auditor of freight receipts.  His close application to business undermined his health, and in 1881, after eight years in the office, he was obliged to resign.  He was immediately employed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company as traveling car agent for the lines in New Jersey, a position which he held until the Lehigh Valley road came under the control of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, which event took place in 1889.  At this period of his life Mr. Gray purchased his present farm in Upper Makefield township, and settled down to the life of an agriculturist.  Shortly afterward the Car Association was formed for the purpose of tracing the cars of the different lines, and Mr. GRAY was offered a position with them, but this he declined for the reason that his acceptance would have required him to move to New York.  He served one term as a member of the city council of Lambertville, but has never sought or desired office.  In politics he is an Independent.  He and his wife are members of the Thompson Memorial Presbyterian church, in which he is one of the officers.  Mr. GRAY married, in 1869, Louisa, daughter of Francis VARARTSDALEN, and granddaughter of Adrian CORNELL, senior, and two children have been to them.  Mary Frances and William Walter (twins) of whom the latter survives and is at home with his parents.





Text taken from page 691 to 692 of: 


Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

Transcribed April 2007 by Joan Lollis as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html

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