Nellie M. Gray

10 July 1886–1963 (Age 76)
Ovid, Clinton, Michigan, United States

The Life of Nellie M.

When Nellie M. Gray was born on 10 July 1886, in Ovid, Clinton, Michigan, United States, her father, Otis Arthur Gray, was 23 and her mother, Margaret Levilla Glassbrook, was 17. She married Floyd Pierce on 30 August 1905, in Ithaca, Gratiot, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Detroit Ward 21, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1920 and Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1930. She died in 1963, in Michigan, United States, at the age of 77.

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Family Time Line

Floyd Pierce
Nellie M. Gray
Marriage: 30 August 1905
Irene Margaret Pierce
Frank Pierce
Irvine Pierce
Donald Pierce
Roy Pierce
Leonard Pierce

Spouse and Children

    Floyd Pierce



30 August 1905
Ithaca, Gratiot, Michigan, United States


    Irene Margaret Pierce


    Frank Pierce


    Irvine Pierce


    Donald Pierce


    Roy Pierce


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Alsinus Gray




    Ferdinand Gray


+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1889 · The first Skyscraper in Detroit

Age 3

The Hammond Building was a high-rise building completed in 1889 and was 151 feet tall. It's considered the first skyscraper in the city and was the tallest in Michigan after it was built. The Hammond Building was demolished in 1956 to make way for the National Bank of Detroit Building.
1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 4

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 21

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.

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)

  • Nellie Pierce, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Nellie Pierce in household of Loyd Pierce, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Nellie Pears in household of Arthur O Gray, "United States Census, 1910"

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