John Edward Gray

August 1861–7 February 1953 (Age 91)
Cass, Indiana, United States

The Life of John Edward

When John Edward Gray was born in August 1861, in Cass, Indiana, United States, his father, James Gray, was 29 and his mother, Eliza Fickle, was 27. He married Jessie Moore Niver about 1892, in United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Lacomb, Linn, Oregon, United States for about 10 years and Salem Election Precinct 15, Marion, Oregon, United States in 1940. He died on 7 February 1953, in Marion, Oregon, United States, at the age of 91.

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Family Time Line

John Edward Gray
Jessie Moore Niver
Marriage: about 1892
Faith E Gray
Harold Niver Gray
Robert Franklyn Gray

Spouse and Children

about 1892
United States



    Harold Niver Gray


    Robert Franklyn Gray


Parents and Siblings

    James Gray


    Eliza Fickle





    Benjamin Franklin Gray


World Events (8)

1862 · The Homestead Act

Age 1

The Homestead Act of 1862 gave each citizen 160 acres of land. The qualified applicants were required to build a home and cultivate the land for five years.  

Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 25

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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)

  • John E Gray, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John E Grey, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John E Gray, "United States Census, 1930"

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