Clara Lavina Gray

10 August 1870–1 May 1956 (Age 85)
Wayne, Illinois, United States

The Life of Clara Lavina

When Clara Lavina Gray was born on 10 August 1870, in Wayne, Illinois, United States, her father, Ephraim Gray, was 23 and her mother, Eliza Peer, was 21. She married Franklin Logan Boswell on 10 August 1894, in Wayne, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Wayne City, Wayne, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Orel Township, Wayne, Illinois, United States for about 30 years. She died on 1 May 1956, in Wayne, Illinois, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Garrison Cemetery, Hamilton, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Franklin Logan Boswell
Clara Lavina Gray
Marriage: 10 August 1894
William J Boswell
Charlie Boswell

Spouse and Children

10 August 1894
Wayne, Illinois, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Ephraim Gray


    Eliza Peer




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World Events (8)


Age 1

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 2

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1893 · The World's Columbian Exposition

Age 23

Also known as the Chicago World's Fair, The Exposition was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The centerpiece of the Fair was a large water pool that represented Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic to the Americas. The Fair had a profound effect on new architecture designs, sanitation advancement, and the arts. The Fairgrounds were given the nickname the White City due to its lavish paint and materials used to constuct it. Over 27 million people attended the fair during its six-month of operation. Among many of the invetions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel built to rival the Eiffel Tower in France.

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)

  • Clara Boswell, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Clara Grey in household of Ephriam Grey, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Clara Boswell in household of Logan Boswell, "United States Census, 1930"

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