Laura Ann Gray

12 August 1864–8 December 1953 (Age 89)
Hampstead, Pender, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Laura Ann

When Laura Ann Gray was born on 12 August 1864, in Hampstead, Pender, North Carolina, United States, her father, Jesse William Gray, was 26 and her mother, Serena Elizabeth Foy, was 24. She married Lafayett Boney Southerland on 5 November 1885, in Pender, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Beaver Creek, Jones, North Carolina, United States in 1870 and Stump Sound Township, Onslow, North Carolina, United States in 1880. She died on 8 December 1953, in Wauchula, Hardee, Florida, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Wauchula, Hardee, Florida, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Harry Bowman
Laura Ann Gray
Marriage: 1896
Virgie Lee Bowman
John Harry Bowman Jr.
Elizabeth Gray Bowman
Clarence J. Bowman

Spouse and Children

    John Harry Bowman





Parents and Siblings

    Jesse William Gray


    Serena Elizabeth Foy




    Gabriel W. Gray



    Joseph E. Gray


    George M. Gray


    Delilah Gray


World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1865 · Battle of Bentonville

Age 1

The Battle of Bentonville took place in Johnston, North Carolina from March 19, 1865- March 21, 1865. It was considered the bloodiest battle of North Carolina, with around 4,000 casualties.

Age 24

Historical Boundaries - 1888: DeSoto, Florida, United States; 1921: Hardee, Florida, United States

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)

  • Laura Gray in household of Jessie W Gray, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Laurie Gray in household of Jesse Gray, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Laura A Bowman in household of J H Bowman, "United States Census, 1900"

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