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Capt. William Gray, of James City

Birthplace: James City, Virginia
Death: June 16, 1719 (69-71)
Surry, Virginia
Place of Burial: Surry, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Gray, Ancient Planter and 4th wife of Thomas Gray
Husband of Elizabeth Gray
Father of Alice Dunn; Lydia Gray; John Gray; Sheriff William Jarrett Gray, Jr.; Elizabeth Gray and 9 others
Brother of John Gray and Thomas Gray
Half brother of Jane (Jone) Hux; William Gray; Thomas Gray; Rebecca Gray and Capt. Francis Gray, of Charles City

Occupation: captain of a sailing vessel
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About Capt. William Gray, of James City

royal descent - [NO]

Children of THOMAS GRAY and his 4th wife are:

8.    vi.    WILLIAM5 GRAY, SR., CAPTAIN, b. Bet. 1648 - 1649, James City Co., Virginia; d. Bef. 18 Nov 1719, Surry Co., Virginia.

  • He signed a will on 3 Jun 1719 in Surry Co. Virginia. proved 11-18-1719 , surry co., va. left legacies to his sons, william, robert , joseph, ant thomas gray. to gilbert, his son and to dau mary gray, priscilla gray, and faith ruffin, andto his grandchildren Wm ANDREWS, elizabeth Edwards., wm. Gray, and William Ruffin.

He was married to Elizabeth JARRETT (daughter of Richard JARRETT and Margery) in 1673 in Surry Co. Virginia. surry co B 2 p 33 Elizabeth JARRETT was born about 1658 in Surry Co. Virginia. She died about 1714 in Surry Co. Virginia. guardian is robert castle of children. he may have md elizabeth as 2nd husband

Capt William GRAY and Elizabeth JARRETT had the following children:

  1. +19 i. William GRAY.
  2. 20 ii. John GRAY was born in 1679 in VA. He signed a will on 23 Jun 1708 in Surry Co. Virginia. probated 11-9-1708 He died before 9 Nov 1708 in Surry Co. Virginia. probated 11-9-1708
  3. 21 iii. Thomas GRAY was born about 1679 in VA. He died before 1719 in VA.
  4. +22 iv. Elizabeth GRAY.
  5. +23 v. Lucy GRAY.
  6. +24 vi. Faith GRAY.
  7. 25 vii. Mary GRAY was born in 1690 in Surry Co. Virginia.
  8. +26 viii. Priscilla GRAY.
  9. +27 ix. Gilbert GRAY.
  10. 28 x. Lydia GRAY was born about 1681 in VA.
  11. 29 xi. Joseph GRAY was born in Surry Co, Va.


  • The family tree gets rather confusing with him. Several sources listed his date of death as 6/16/1679. This would have meant that he died at the age of 18 and having fathered 10 children. His marriage date is listed as 1682, further leading me to conclude that the 1679 date is inaccurate. I found another source listed his date of death as 1719.
  • There is also some confusion as to whether he married Elizabeth Jarret of Mary Foster. Most sources list his wife as Elizabeth and I found another source listing Mary Foster as his mother. I'm wondering if someone got them confused.
  • Then there is the confusion as to whether his father is Francis Foster or Thomas Foster. Still researching that one. Okay, figured it out. Francis is his father, Thomas is his grandfather. Whew! Are we back to Europe yet?


According to "Historical Southern Families," Vol. XVII (available for viewing at VA State library in Richmond), Thomas Gray, Sr, ancient planter of Surry County, VA was married four times:

  • first to Anis or Avis Valentine, children Joan Gray (b.1618) and William Gray (b. 1621 and died as a young man/older teen);
  • second to Margaret ____ (no children listed
  • third to Rebecca _____, children Thomas Gray (b. 1625), Rebecca Gray (b. 1628), and Francis Gray (b. 1630);
  • and fourth, to unknown wife who mothered William Gray (YES - a different one, b. 1648), John Gray (b. 1651), and Thomas Gray (YES - also a different one, b. 1652). There are many records indicating this at the State Library

William Gray ( m. Maudlin Ingram m. Elizabeth Unknown ) is the father of 6 children and the grandfather of 9 grandchildren.


Name: William Gray Sr. Surname: Gray Given Name: William Suffix: Sr. Sex: M Birth: 1648 in James City County, Virginia Death: BEF 18 Nov 1719 in Surry County, Virginia _UID: 4F014543B6105C47BA22F86807585671A352 Birth: 1648 Event: Fact BET 1710 AND 1712 Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses Death: 3 Jun 1718 in Surry County, Va Note:

   ----- Original Message -----
   Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 5:11 AM
   Subject: [southamptonhistory] William GRAY of Surry Co.
   The information below was gleaned from secondary sources. It all needs to be checked. My interest was in the HOLT connection.
   "It is not me who is crazy;
   it is I who am mad." - Ren Hoek
   Family Group Record
   Husband: William GRAY
   Birth: abt 1676/77 B:
   Death: bef 16 Jun 1736Surry Co., VA E:
   Occupation: Planter, Burgess, Sheriff SP:
   Marriage: bef 3 Mar 1701/Surry Co., VA SS:
   Father: William GRAY (b abt 1648/49)
   Mother: Elizabeth JARRETT
   Wife: Mary HOLT
   Death: BY 20 DEC 175 Surry Co
   Father: Randall HOLT (b abt 1629)
   Mother: Elizabeth HANSFORD
   Other spouse: John SEWARD SS:
   1 M William GRAY
   Birth: 1703 B:
   Death: AFT> 1754 not in VA E:
   Occupation: Justice,Burgess,Vestryman SP:
   Spouse: Elizabeth LITTLEPAGE SS:
   2 M Robert GRAY
   Birth: 1704 B:
   Death: 18 Aug 1781 Edgecombe Co., NC E:
   : SP:
   3 M Joseph GRAY
   Birth: 1707 B:
   Death: by 13 Jun 177 Southampton Co., VA E:
   Occupation: Colonel of Militia SP:
   Spouse: Sarah SIMMONS (m 14 Dec 1729) SS:
   Spouse: Sarah (m abt 1748) SS:
   4 M Thomas GRAY
   Occupation: AttorneyB:
   5 F Lucy GRAY
   Birth: 1711 B:
   Death: JUN - FEB 177 Sussex Co., VA E:
   : SP:
   Spouse: Howell BRIGGS SS:
   6 M Edmund GRAY
   Birth: aft 1710 B:
   7 M James GRAY
   Death: 25 Sep Surry Co., VA B:
   Birth: AFT> 1710
   : SP:
   Spouse: Sarah --- SS:
   Prepared 16 Feb 2005 by:
   Matthew W. HARRIS
   930 S. Providence Rd.
   Richmond, VA 23236-2650
   General: 1704- Owned 1050 acs. in Surry Co. (Quitrents)
   1713-14, 1723-26, 1730-34- Member of the House of Burgesses
   18 Jun 1718- Sheriff of Surry Co.
   19 Nov 1725- Deeded the 800 acs. orig. granted grandfather in 1652, by William
   Dennis of NC, likely widower of his cousin, dt of John GRAY (Surry 7:621)
   16 Jun 1736- Probate of will, dated 10 Mar 1731/2
   General: 5 Mar 1698/9- Appointed administratrix of estate of 1st husband, John SEWARD
   She is not listed in Boddie, "SVF", which gives a sister named Elizabeth, not
   listed in "Adventurers of Purse & Person".
   20 Dec 1757- Probate of will, dated 31 Mar 1756
   General: 29 Jun 1739- Patented 5000 acs. in New Kent Co., VA (Pat.Bk.18:291-92)
   4 Dec 1744- As resident of New Kent, sold land inherited from father
   1742- Justice of New Kent Co., VA
   1742-47- Burgess representing New Kent Co., VA
   1745-48; 1751-54- Vestryman of St. Peter's Parish, until reported in 1754 as
   having "Removed out of this Colony" (Chamberlayne, "St. Peter's Parish",
   pp. 287, 293, 306, 309, 316).
   General: 18 Feb-Aug 1781- Date given in "Adventurers of Purse & Person" for will, yet
   they also give 1777 as date of death. Check primary sources.
   General: 26 Sep 1745- Purchased land in Isle of Wight Co from bro James of Goochland Co
   1742-49- Burgess from Isle of Wight Co. (Leonard, pp. 79 & 81.)
   1749- Justice
   1751- Sheriff
   1755-69- Burgess from Southampton Co. (ibid, pp. 85, 87, 93, 96.)
   13 Jun 1771- Probate of will, dated 30 Aug 1769, naming 2nd wife Sarah
   General: 19 Sep 1745- Admitted to practice as an attorney in Surry Co., VA
   General: Check primary source. Elsewhere is given "1764-71" as the range of Will Bk C.
   The will of William BROWNE II (p. Jan 1747) left, "To grandaughter, Lucy GRAY,
   daughter of William GRAY, 50 lbs." Boddie identifies this William GRAY as
   Burgess for Surry 1723-26; i.e., identical to husband of Mary HOLT, not ---
   25 Jun 1778- Left will, probated 18 Feb 1779
   General: 26 Sep 1745- As resident of Goochland Co., he sold to his bro Joseph land in
   Isle of Wight Co. given to him by their father, William GRAY
   1. Sussex Co., VA, Will Book C.
   PAGE: 323.
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   ID: I12225
   Name: *Captain William Gray , Sr. 1
   Sex: M
   Birth: 1648 in James City County, Virginia
   Death: BEF 18 NOV 1719 in Surry County, Virginia
   The will of William Gray of Surry County is dated 03 June 1719, and proved 18 November 1719.
   He served as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1710-1712.
   Father: *Thomas Gray , Ancient Planter b: 1593 in England
   Mother: Unknown
   Marriage 1 Elizabeth Jarrett b: in Surry County, Virginia
   Married: 1681 in Surry County, Virginia
   Daughter Gray
   Daughter Gray
   Gilbert Gray b: in Surry County, Virginia
   John Gray
   Mary Gray b: in Surry County, Virginia
   Priscilla Gray b: in Surry County, Virginia
   William Gray , Jr. b: 1676 in Surry County, Virginia
   **Faith Gray b: 1688 in Surry County, Virginia
   Title: Adventures of Purse and Person, 1987, page 339

Change Date: 9 May 2008 at 20:10:08

HintsAncestry Hints for William Gray Sr.

   1 possible matches found on

Father: Thomas Gray b: 1593 in England

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Jarrett b: ABT 1665


   Has No Children William Gray Jr
   Has Children Faith Gray b: 1685 in Surry County, Virginia

Marriage 2 Elizabeth Jarrett b: ABT 1648 in Surry County, Va

   Married: 1681 in Surry County, Va


   Has No Children William Gray Jr b: 1676 in Surry County, Va
   Has No Children Daughter Gray b: ABT 1677
   Has No Children Daughter Gray b: ABT 1678
   Has No Children John Gray b: ABT 1680
   Has No Children Mary Gray b: ABT 1681 in Surry County, Va
   Has No Children Priscilla Gray b: ABT 1682 in Surry County, Va
   Has No Children Faith Gray b: 1688 in Surry County, Va
   Has No Children Gilbert Gray b: ABT 1690 in Surry County, Va

  • Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5: Families G-P edited by John Frederick Dorman. Page 200. GoogleBooks

CPT William Gray I BIRTH 1648 Surry County, Virginia, USA DEATH 1719 (aged 70–71) Surry County, Virginia, USA BURIAL Southwark Parish Cemetery Surry County, Virginia, USA MEMORIAL ID 82935657 · View Source

Son of Thomas and Mary (Foster) Gray, Sr.

Husband of Elizabeth (Jarrett) Gray

The will of William Gray, dated: June 3, 1719 and Proved: November 1719, Surry Co., VA. Son, Gilbert Gray (son-in-law of Ann MNU Taylor Maget, as shown by her will of 1752). Exec., Nicholas Maget (2nd., husband of Ann MNU Taylor, widow of John Taylor, d. 1725) and Robert Judkins.

Capt. William (I) and Elizabeth (Jarrett) Gray's children were:

1. Alice Gray 1670-1733 (m. William Dunn) 2. William Gray, II 1671-1736 (Mary Crawford) 3. Lydia Gray 1672-? 4. Joseph Gray 1674-? 5. Gilbert Gray 1678-1764 6. Thomas Gray 1680-1719 (m. Bathya Crook) 7. John Gray 1682-1719 8. Elizabeth Gray 1684-? (m. William Andrews) 9. Lucy Gray 1686-? (John Edwards) 10. Faith Gray 1688-1719 (William Ruffin) 11. Mary Gray 1690-? (m. William Edmunds) 12. Priscilla Gray 1694-1761 (m. Capt. Thomas Hill)

William Gray born 1648. Served as a Burgess, Sheriff and Justice."

"If you haven't seen them yet, there is a lot of information about him, his parents and his descendants in Adventures of Purse and Person (page 200 for example) and Historical Southern Families (vol. 17, p. 83-87 for key data), as well as other books." I hope you'll have time to consider adding at least the names of his children.

Informant: Beth Ullman (#48495409) ~ 2017

Family Members Parents Thomas Gray 1593–1658

Mary Foster Gray 1625–1654

Spouse Photo Elizabeth Jarrett Gray 1642–1701

Siblings Lydia Gray Pittman 1635–1678

Children Alice Gray Dunn 1670–1733

Thomas Gray 1680–1719

Sheriff William Gray 1682–1736

Elizabeth Gray Andrews 1684 – unknown

Lucy Gray Edwards 1686–1736

Faith Gray Ruffin 1688–1719

Mary Gray 1692 – unknown

Priscilla Gray Hill 1694–1761

Gilbert Gray 1696–1764

NOT the same as William Gray who married Elizabeth Jarrett

I make Ordaine and appoint my Son in Law James Bowler and my beloved wife Maudlin Gray Executor & Executrix of this my will In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seale the 20th of July 1673 /s/ William G Gray /w/ Warwick Camock, Francis Sterne his mark (Francis Sterne aged about 35 years & Warwick Cammock aged about 37 years deposed..Wm Gray in perfect Sence etc)

Wills of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia [William Montgomery Sweeny] GRAY, WILLIAM, 20 July, 1673; 3 September, 1673. Sick and weak but of perfect memory. To sons John and Warwick Gray equally to be divided between them the tract of land I now live on containing 728 acres with houses edifaces thereunto belonging. To sons William and Abner Gray 461 acres of land adjoining to Occupancy Run equally to be divided between them and if either of my sons die before they reach the age of twenty one that then that moyity or half of land to return to the Survivor which did belong to him. My will is that my Executor and my Executrix or either of them shall buy a young mare for my sons- in-law Toby and Thomas Ingram between this and the last of April 1675 with the increase of the said mare. To son Abner a black mare and all her increase which was purchased with a gift from Mr. Abernethy. To daughter Mary Gray the first mare colt that my mare brings. To my grandchild Elizabeth Bowler a cow called Mad Buck. To wife Maudlin and son-in-law James Bowler Executrix and Executor. Wit. WARWICK CAMMOCK, aged about 37 years, Signum FRANCIS STERNE, aged about 35 years. Page 143.

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