Martha "Mattie" Jane Hill

15 March 1878–5 June 1944 (Age 66)
Junction City, Lane, Oregon, United States

The Life of Martha "Mattie" Jane

When Martha "Mattie" Jane Hill was born on 15 March 1878, in Junction City, Lane, Oregon, United States, her father, William Harris Hill, was 33 and her mother, Mary Ann 'Annie' Smith, was 34. She married Samuel Oscar Gray on 10 November 1898, in Palouse, Whitman, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Westlake, Idaho, Idaho, United States for about 10 years and Chattaroy, Spokane, Washington, United States in 1930. She died on 5 June 1944, at the age of 66, and was buried in Elk, Spokane, Washington, United States.

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Family Time Line

Samuel Oscar Gray
Martha "Mattie" Jane Hill
Marriage: 10 November 1898
Elsie Marie Gray
Areta Beatress Gray
William Harris “Bill” Gray
Thelma Elva Gray
Gladys Ruth Gray
Arthur Oscar "Art" Gray
Tempa Valetha Gray
Lorena Pearl Gray
Stanley Owen 'Bud' Gray

Spouse and Children

10 November 1898
Palouse, Whitman, Washington, United States


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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Age 11

Historical Boundaries - 1889: Idaho, Idaho Territory, United States; 1990: Idaho, Idaho, United States
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 18

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: extremely common and widely distributed topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill, Middle English hill (Old English hyll).2 English: from the medieval personal name Hill, a short form of Hilary ( see Hillary ) or of a Germanic (male or female) compound name with the first element hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’.3 German: from a short form of Hildebrand or any of a variety of other names, male and female, containing Germanic hild as the first element.

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

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Story Highlight

Bobbie Gray's Memories of Her Grandma

"I remember Grandma Gray taking my sis (Gracie) and I to the Circus which was down the road. She bought cotton candy, and tore off enough to put a mustache and beard on her face, which made us giggle …

Sources (3)

  • Mattie J Grey in household of Samuel O Grey, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Martha J Gray in household of Samuel O Gray, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Martha J Gray in household of Sam O Gray, "United States Census, 1930"

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