Blanche Alma Gray

7 September 1904–22 January 2003 (Age 98)
Sherman, Nebraska, United States

The Life of Blanche Alma

When Blanche Alma Gray was born on 7 September 1904, in Sherman, Nebraska, United States, her father, Andrew Jeordan Gray, was 54 and her mother, Rosa Ella Sickels, was 37. She married David Weakley on 2 May 1935. She lived in Shelton, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States in 1930 and Gibbon, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States in 1940. She died on 22 January 2003, in Kearney, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 98, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Gibbon, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States.

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Family Time Line

David Weakley
Blanche Alma Gray
Marriage: 2 May 1935

Spouse and Children

2 May 1935

Parents and Siblings

    Andrew Jeordan Gray





    Vernon Gray


    Junia Iowa Gray


    Jeordan L Gray


    Mabel Elia Gray



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World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1906 · Licencing Butchers

Age 2

A law that makes it a crime to misbrand meat being sold as food, and ensures that the meat is slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions.

Age 27

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

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)

  • Blanche Henderson in household of Rosa E Gray, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Blanche Weakley in household of David Weakley, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Blanche E Gray in household of Rosie E Gray, "United States Census, 1920"

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