The early members have eluded all efforts to identify
their names and arrival in America. The record starts at the
very end of the 18th Century at a place no longer found on maps
of the area.
HENRY LAURENS GRAY, born Oct. 17, 1799, Popular Corner, Haywood
Co., TN, died Mar. 24, 1823 probably in Rutherford Co., TN,
married Apr. 4, 1820 Rutherford Co. (Book 1804-1837, p. 64) Mary
Henrietta Dyer, born Oct. 14, 1804 Haywood Co., died Mar. 28,
1844, the daughter of Joel Dyer and Sarah (Sallie, Sally) Ann
Dyer Family Addendum)
Their only child:
James William Gray, M.D., born Aug. 19, 1822 Rutherford Co., TN,
died Dec. 28, 1907 Holly Springs, Marshall Co., MS, buried Holly
Springs Cemetery, married (1) Dec. 3, 1844, Mary Glover
Cottrell, daughter of Thomas Cottrell and Mary Ann Dabney
Dabney Family Addendum)
Their only child:
Benjamin Cottrell Gray, married 1866,Cordelia Scales, born
Jul. 18, 1843 "Woodlawn" OPrange Co. VA, daughter of Peter
Scales (born 1790 Patrick Co. [old Henry Co.] VA, died 1863
Marshall Co., MS, mar. Jun. 25, 1827) and Ann "Nancy"
Married (2), Jun. 3, 1856, Cordelia Lewis Dabney (Aunt of his
first wife), born May 13, 1839, died Jul. 31, 1895 Marshall Co.,
MS, buried Holly Springs Cemetery, the daughter of Samuel Hopson
Dabney and Cordelia Lewis Minor
Minor Family Addendum).
Lillian Gray, died Oct. 24, 1962, married Frank Wall,
And their daughter:
Ann Dabney Wall, married Herbert Clopton Murdaugh who
supplied much of the material on the families from
Virginia in this record. Our Thanks.
The descendants of this marriage are eligible for
Children: (number unknown)
1. Colonial Dames of America, through line of Gov. Edward Digges of
2. Daughters of the American Revolution, through John Hopson
3. The Dames of the Magna Charta, from several of the
Surities for the
Magna Charta, through Wm. Clopton and Margaret
4. Americans of Royal Descent, through the Clopton, Knevet,
Lunesford, Echyngham, Arundelline and through the
St. Leger, Nevill line.
5. Society of the Descendants of the Royal Bastards of
through the first line in 4 above.
The descendants of the following marriage are also eligible
6. United Daughters of the Confederacy, through Mathew
Willis who served in the Confederate States Army.
Annie, born 1862, married Mr. Roberts
SAMUEL DABNEY GRAY SR., born Jan. 8. 1871 Holly Springs,
Marshall Co.. MS, died Jun. 3. 1903 Holly Springs, MS, married
Feb. 4, 1895 Holly Springs, Corrine (Corrie) Willis, born Oct.
17, 1870 in Cornersville (near Holly Springs), MS, died May 28,
1964, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, interred (Lot 5,
Sec.12232, Blk. 1) Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, Los
Angeles Co., CA, the daughter of Mathew Franklin Willis and
Julia F. Hoke.
Nellie D, born 1864, died May 2, 1946, buried Holly Springs
James William Jr., born 1866
Rivers, born 1868
SAMUEL DABNEY, born Jan. 8, 1871
Henry, born ca. 1873
Willis Family Addendum)
SAMUEL DABNEY GRAY JR., born Apr. 23, 1896 Holly Springs,
Marshall Co., MS, died Mar. 7, 1949 Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Co., CA, interred (Lot 6, Sec. 12232, Block. 1 with his brother)
Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, Los Angeles Co., CA.
He served as a Sargeant in Headqurters Troop, 3rd. Army, in
World War I and was with the Army of Occupation after the war in
Germany. He married Nov. 20. 1920 Tempe. Maricopa Co., AZ,
Velma Louise Clanton, born Mar. 14, 1901 Arlington, Maricopa
Co., AZ, died Dec. 10, 1980 Tucson, Pima Co., AZ, the daughter
of Joel Elmer Clanton and Mary Sue Douglas.
SAMUEL DABNEY JR., born Apr. 23, 1896
Henry Willis, born 1901, died 1957
Clanton Family and
MARY CORRINE (PATTI) GRAY. born Nov. 19, 1921 in Phoenix,
Maricopa Co., AZ, died May 22, 1996, Los Angeles Co., CA,
married (1) Dec. 11, 1941, Yuma, Yuma Co., AZ (Vol.76, p. 599)
Russell Morris Wood, born Mar. 29, 1908, the son of Wade Wood.
born Mar. 2. 1873 Allendale. MO. died May 23. 1961 and Flora
Margaret Neiger, born Mar. 28, 1882, Denver, MO, died Jan. 31,
Curtis Wilson, born Nov. 21, 1943,
died April, 2016
Married (2) Sep. 9, 1945 Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, (Vol. 51, P.
363) Earl Kenneth Steiert.
(Birth record # 1978-704 Los Angeles Co, CA)
Birth registered as son of her mother and Cleo Wilson. He
later changed his name to Dawn as a transgender.
Barbara Lynn, born July 17, 1949, Yuma, Yuma Co., AZ, died
Married (3) Dec. 26, 1955 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA,
(Santa Barbara Co. Marriage record Vol. 1300, p.429) Owen Roy
Aylesworth, born Jan. 21, 1926 Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI.
1953 Upland, San Bernardino Co. , CA.
# 7A-2 General text Ninth Generation)
Nancy Denise, born Apr. 23, 1957