Thomas Gray

18 March 1859–
Gillingham, Dorset, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Gray was born on 18 March 1859, in Gillingham, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, his father, Charles Gray, was 41 and his mother, Letitia Fowles, was 34. He married Elizabeth Ford on 26 October 1882, in Brampford Speke, Devon, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom in 1901 and Parkstone St Peter, Dorset, England, United Kingdom in 1911.

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Thomas Gray
Elizabeth Ford
Marriage: 26 October 1882
Franklin Tom Gray

Spouse and Children

26 October 1882
Brampford Speke, Devon, England, United Kingdom


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+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

Age 21

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

Age 25

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1904 · The Entente Cordiale

Age 45

The Entente Cordiale was signed between Britain and France on April 8, 1904, to reconcile imperial interests and pave the way for future diplomatic cooperation. This ended hundreds of years of conflict between the two states.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from Old English græg ‘gray’. In Scotland and Ireland it has been used as a translation of various Gaelic surnames derived from riabhach ‘brindled’, ‘gray’ ( see Reavey ). In North America this name has assimilated names with similar meaning from other European languages.2 English and Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Graye in Calvados, France, named from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gratus, meaning ‘welcome’, ‘pleasing’ + the locative suffix -acum.3 French and Swiss French: habitational name from Gray in Haute-Saône and Le Gray in Seine-Maritime, both in France, or from Gray-laville in Switzerland, or a regional name from the Swiss canton of Graubünden.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Tom Gray, "England and Wales Census, 1891"
  • Thomas Grey in household of Charles Grey, "England and Wales Census, 1861"
  • Tom Gray, "England and Wales Census, 1911"

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