Jane Gray

2 November 1798–7 April 1851 (Age 52)
Hardin, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Jane

When Jane Gray was born on 2 November 1798, in Hardin, Kentucky, United States, her father, James Jonas Gray Sr., was 27 and her mother, Hannah Swank, was 28. She married William Smith on 14 November 1814, in Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 7 April 1851, in Hardin, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Maffet Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky, United States.

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William Smith
Jane Gray
Marriage: 14 November 1814
Lucretia Smith
Susan Jane Smith
Cephas Smith
Silas Smith
Malinda Smith
Katherine Smith
America Smith
William T. or Y. Smith
Squire Smith Sr.

Spouse and Children

14 November 1814
Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky, United States





    Malinda Smith


    Susan Jane Smith


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Susannah Gray




    Elizabeth Gray



+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 2

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1801 · Cane Ridge Revival

Age 3

The Cane Ridge Revival took place for six days in Cane Ridge, Kentucky. From August 6, 1801- August 12 or 13, 1801, around 20 thousand people gathered together for what was called the Second Great Awakening.
1818 · Jackson Purchase

Age 20

The western part of Kentucky purchased by Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818. It became known as the Jackson Purchase. This included land that wasn't originally part of Kentucky when it became a state.

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)

  • Jane Smith in household of William Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Jana Gray, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Jane Gray, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

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