About Jacob I Gray
- Gray genealogy : being a genealogical record and history of the descendants of John Gray, of Beverly, Mass., and also including sketches of other Gray families (1887)
- .... The records show that there were two brothers, John and Henry Gray, among the first settlers, in 1643. They had married sisters, daughters of William Frost, who and his family had come with them from Nottingham, England. Henry is said to have been a man of consequence, and represented his town at the General Court. He had married Lydia Frost, and was in middle life when he migrated to this country. He died about 1658, aged probably fifty years. He left four sons: Jacob, Henry, Levi and William Gray. John Gray, brother of Henry, had married Elizabeth Frost, but the names of his children cannot be definitely determined.
- .... The records show that William Frost, as well as his sons-in-law, the brothers Gray, were owners of large estates, which they distributed by gift and by will among their children and descendants. William Frost's will was made Jan'y 6, 1644. It is a unique document, and is published in full in Trumbull's Colony Records, I., p. 465. The names of the three children of his daughter Elizabeth by a previous marriage are therein mentioned, viz: Luke, Susannah, and Johanna Watson. He also remembers "John Gray's own two children," without naming them. He mentions his sons Daniel and Abraham, and a daughter Mary, to whom he gave all the goods and estate he had in "old England." ....
- Henry Gray, mar. Lydia Frost; d. at Fairfield, Conn., 1658; issue:
- Jacob Gray.
- Henry Gray (2).
- Levi Gray.
- Mary Gray.
- William Gray.
- Sarah Gray.
- The Frost genealogy : descendants of William Frost of Oyster Bay, New York : showing connections never before published with the Winthrop, Underhill, Feke, Bowne and Wickes families (1912)
- WILLIAM FROST, according to Lechford's notes, came from Nottingham, England, for he mentions of meeting in 1638, in Boston, Mass., "his old acquaintance, Master Frost, sometime of Nottingham, England, with his sonnes, John and Henry Grey." William settled in Fairfield, Conn., as a very old man, and was evidently of good family, who from religious principles and perhaps to escape persecution, sought to end his days peacefully in New England. All his children were born in England, and all came to America except his daughter, Mary Rylie. Whom his wife was is not known.
- "WILLIAM FROSTE his laste will and testament, wherein the said Wm. doth give and bequeth all his lands and goods now injoying, the 6th of January 1644
- "I give and bequeth to my eldest sonne Daniell Frost, two parts of my meadowe and upland outte and to lay oute (the home lotte excepted) and also to the said Daniell Froste all my parte of the swampe and Redye ponds, and also fifteene acres of meadowe that I bought of John Graye, lying att Muchuncohsor Sasqug, comonly so called, and also my claoke and warmeing pan, I give to the said Daniell Frost his heires forever; I give and beqeth to Rebecka and Sarah Frost that blacke heiffer that Daniell Frost hath to wynter; I give and bequeth to my son Abraham Frost all that lotte and howse, with all the land laid out and to be laid out, that I bought of John Stickling, with those mouealls I bought of him, and also those cloathes on my bedde and my little chest, and also my two greate yeareling Calves, with all that is in my little chest, and one third part of my howshold goods. I give and bequeth to my daughter Elizabeth and John Graye the sowe that he hath to winter and all her increase and (the third part of my howshold goods; & to Luke Watson) the two yeare old blacke heifer that goodman Close hath to the halfes for fower yeares, the profile to be for the said Luke. And to Susanna and Johana
- Watson, daughters to Elizabeth Graye, one blacke heifer that John Graye hath to the halves for fower yeares, and the profit to them both equally. And the red heifer that Daniell Froste wintereth, I give to John Grayes owne two children, and the profit equally to them both. I give and bequeth to Henry Graye and Lydea Gray for their lives and after them to their sonne Jacob, all my howse and home and lott, with that part that I chanynged with John Foster, and their parte of my meadowe and upland, laid out and to lay out; and to Mary Graye, daughter of Henry Graye, I give and bequeth my redde heifer that Goodman Close hath to winter. And to Mary Rylie and her children, I give and bequeth all my goods and lands that I have in Old England. And to the Towne of Uncowah, I give and bequeth ten pounds, in good pay, towards the building a Meeteing howse, to be paid when it is halfe built. Furthermore, I ordeyne and make Henry Graye of Uncowah, my lawful executor, to pay and discharge my legacies & debts, and also power to receave what is duw me, and I give the foresaid Henry Graye full power to sue and dischardge for any debts or goods, that there presents should stand in force, after my decease and not before, and I entreat Ephraim Wheeler and Daniell Frost to be my Overseers to see my will performed according to the intent thereof, and they are to have ten shillings for their paynes. Where to I have set my hand and seale, the day and date, hereof.
- "WILLIAM FROSTE." .....
- Second Generation.
- (2) Daniel; (3) Rebecca; (4) Sarah; (.5) Abraham, who may have settled in Hempstead, L. I.; (6) Elizabeth, who m., 1st, John Watson of Boston and had Luke, Susan and Johanna. She m., 2nd, prior to 1638, John Grey, a tailor of Boston. They must have moved to Lynn, Mass., for Jan. 6, 1639, they sell to Valentine Hill their home, etc., in Lynn, and either followed or accompanied William Frost to Fairfield; (7) Lydia, m. prior to 1638 Henry Gray, brother to John, and the Frost homestead became their property and was sold by their son Jacob to Rev. Samuel Wakeman; (8) Mary, m. ____ Rylie.
Jacob I Gray's Timeline
of Fairfield, CT
January 1, 1670