William Francis Gray

23 February 1922–1 June 2002 (Age 80)
Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States

The Life of William Francis

When William Francis Gray was born on 23 February 1922, in Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States, his father, Joseph Frances Gray, was 34 and his mother, Cora Almeda Larry, was 34. He married Virginia Louise Gray on 25 May 1941, in Illinois, United States. He died on 1 June 2002, in Roseville, Placer, California, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States.

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William Francis Gray
1922–2002
Virginia Louise Gray
1921–2010
Marriage: 25 May 1941

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
25 May 1941
Illinois, United States

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siblings

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 1

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1925 · Woman's World's Fair

Age 3

The first Woman's World's Fair was held in Chicago in 1925. The idea of the completely women-run fair was to display the progress of ideas, work, and products of twentieth-century women
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 22

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

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)

  • William Gray in household of Cora Gray, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William F Gray in household of J Francie Gray, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William F Or Bill Gray, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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