Bessie Marian Gray

29 March 1915–4 September 2001 (Age 86)
Snow Creek Township, Stokes, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Bessie Marian

When Bessie Marian Gray was born on 29 March 1915, in Snow Creek Township, Stokes, North Carolina, United States, her father, James William Gray, was 22 and her mother, Lelia Jane Mabe, was 19. She married Ira Carlton Joyce on 28 June 1947, in Rockingham, Richmond, North Carolina, United States. She lived in Madison Township, Rockingham, North Carolina, United States in 1940 and Madison, North Carolina, United States in 2001. She died on 4 September 2001, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Ira Carlton Joyce
Bessie Marian Gray
Marriage: 28 June 1947

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    Ira Carlton Joyce



28 June 1947
Rockingham, Richmond, North Carolina, United States

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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1916 · No-Ni-Shee Arch

Age 1

The No-Ni-Shee Arch was a temporary archway near the intersection of Main Street and South Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. The archway was built in 1916 for the Wizard of the Wasatch festival. The name No-Ni-Shee was derived from a mythical American Indian Salt Princess. Her tears caused the Great Salt Lake to be salty. The arch was dedicated to her and sprayed with salt water so that salt eventually crystallized on Main Street. The Wizard’s carnivals enlivened Utah’s summers for several years. The last Wizard of the Wasatch carnival was held in 1916, on the eve of World War I.

Age 26

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

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)

  • Bessie M Gray in household of John F Cannon, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bessie Gray in household of James W Gray, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie Gray in household of Jim Gray, "United States Census, 1920"

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