Research/Writing in Progress: Gray

(Last updated 12/24/15)

Research questions:

FROM WHERE AND WHEN DID JAMES EMIGRATE?

WHAT WAS HIS FAMILY’S RELATIONSHIP TO THE BOYDS, WITH WHOM THEY EMIGRATED?

DID THEY KNOW THE NORRISES, MACKRELLS, AND OTHER WEST DEER TOWNSHIP, ALLEGHENY CO, PA, FAMILIES BEFORE COMING?

IS THERE A FAMILY CONNECTION TO THE FERGUSONS AND HAZLETTS OF WEST DEER TOWNSHIP?

WHERE DID JAMES LIVE? WAS HIS WIFE MARY PATTERSON, AS LISTED BY REV. ABRAHAM BOYD? WHERE DID THEY ATTEND CHURCH? DID HE HELP BUILD GLADE RUN U.P. IN BUTLER CO, PA? WHERE ARE THEY BURIED?

WHO WERE THE GRAYS OF GRAY’S MILL (RUSSELLTON, PA)?

WAS WILLIAM, JAMES’ SON, A BUTCHER, AS THE FEDERAL CENSES SAY? HOW DID HE BEGIN FARMING WITH THE LESLIES?

ARE WE CONNECTED TO THE SEVERAL OTHER GRAY FAMILIES OF NEARBY BUTLER CO, PA?

ARE WE RELATED TO THE GRAY’S HILL FAMILY OF BANGOR, NI – JAMES GRAY (1782-1859)? SEVERAL GRAY FAMILIES THERE.

Newly discovered resources:

MANY OLD E-MAILS IN FOLDER FROM POSSIBLE RELATIVES AROUND THE COUNTRY NEED TO BE REREAD AND RECONNECTED WITH, IF POSSIBLE.

SOME OLDER AMERICAN GRAY FAMILY LINKS NO LONGER WORKING. NEED TO INVESTIGATE AND RECONNECT IF POSSIBLE.

Articles begun:

TRANSCRIPTIONS, COMMENTARIES, AND POSTINGS OF DOZENS OF ROBERT P. GRAY ARTIFACTS RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE BY HIS DESCENDANTS.

Speculation:

ROBERT P. GRAY WAS INCLINED TOWARD ENTREPRENEURSHIP BY HIS EARLY CARETAKING OF THE FAMILY FARM WHILE HIS FATHER AND BROTHER WERE AWAY IN THE CIVIL WAR AND LATER IN FLORIDA THROUGH ATTRACTION TO VETERANS’ COMMUNITIES THERE.

Send your questions, corrections, additions, and ideas to me, pearce@atlanticbb.net for inclusion and full credit here and later, when future articles are posted.

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