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Families of Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA
Omira Tate WILSON & Silas GRAY Family
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Omira Tate WILSON & Silas GRAY of Sullivan Township

1. Silas1 Gray, son of James A. Gray Sr. and Parthenia White, (#6664) was born in Otsego County, New York 21 MAR 1792. Individual flags: 1817 Tax. Silas died 9 AUG 1846 in Marion, Linn County, Iowa, at age 54.

He married Omira Tate Wilson BEF 1816. (Omira Tate Wilson is #6671.) Myra was born 7 OCT 1795 in Vermont. Myra was the daughter of Noah Wilson and Mary Rowley. Myra died 22 AUG 1860 in Marion, Linn County, Iowa, at age 64.

Silas was listed as the head of a family on the 1820 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Silas was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Silas was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

Silas Gray and Omira Tate Wilson had the following children:

2 i. Hosea Wilson2 Gray (#44056) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 8 APR 1816. Hosea died 28 APR 1885 in Sutton, Clay County, Nebraska, at age 69. He married Ann McQuarry Smith 3 NOV 1840 in Marion, Linn County, Iowa. (Ann McQuarry Smith is #44066.) Ann was born 13 APR 1821 in Washington,Wayne,Indiana. Ann was the daughter of Isaac Smith* and Esther Tharp*. Ann died 19 APR 1869 in Marion, Linn County, Iowa, at age 48.

3 ii. Martha Luzetta Gray (#4877) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 4 OCT 1817. Martha died 14 JAN 1877 at age 59. Her body was interred JAN 1877 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. She married George L. King BEF 1838. (George L. King is #4876.) George was born 1814 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. George was the son of John L. King and Sophia N. Welch. Minnie WELCH (Seymour) work says Luzetta Gray is wife and gives no furher information. 1850 Sullivan Township Census gives wife as Martha. It was typical then for people to interchange first and middle names which sometimes tricks us into thinking there were two people when there was only one.

4 iii. Orlando Noah Gray (#44057) was born in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio 22 OCT 1819. Orlando died 22 DEC 1909 in Jewell City, Jewell County, Kansas, at age 90. He married twice. He married Melissa Pratt BEF 1841. (Melissa Pratt is #44067.) Melissa was born 27 JUN 1817 in Canton, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Melissa was the daughter of Jonathan Rockwell Pratt* and Lovisa Smith*. Melissa died 3 MAR 1844 in Marion, Linn County, Iowa, at age 26. He married Rosina Pratt 6 MAR 1845 in Marion, Linn County, Iowa. (Rosina Pratt is #44068.) Rosina was born 20 SEP 1823 in Canton, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Rosina was the daughter of Jonathan Rockwell Pratt* and Lovisa Smith*. Rosina died 26 Mar 1914 in Jewell City, Jewell County, Kansas, at age 90. Her body was interred Mar 1914 in Jewell City, Jewell County, Kansas.

Orlando was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

5 iv. Argalus White Gray (#44058) was born in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania 30 AUG 1821. Argalus died 16 DEC 1900 at age 79. He married Emmeline Reed Whiterack 3 NOV 1861. (Emmeline Reed Whiterack is #44069.) Emmeline was born 18 AUG 1836 in Benezett, Elk County, Pennsylvania. Emmeline was the daughter of John Flag Whiterack* and Mary Ann Reed*. Emmeline died 15 Mar 1917 in DuBois, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, at age 80.

6 v. Volney Morell Gray (#44059) was born in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania 27 MAY 1823. Volney died 29 JUL 1898 in Plainville, Rooks County, Kansas, at age 75. He married Hannah Pratt 16 AUG 1846 in Marion, Linn County, Iowa. (Hannah Pratt is #44070.) Hannah was born 03 May 1830 in Canton, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Hannah was the daughter of Jonathan Rockwell Pratt* and Lovisa Smith*. Hannah died 31 Jul 1890 in Plainville, Rooks County, Kansas, at age 60. Her body was interred AUG 1890 in Plainville, Rooks County, Kansas.

7 vi. Evalina M. Gray (#21681) was born in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania 03 Apr 1825. Evalina died 12 Jun 1911 at age 86. She married Andrew Jackson King before 1845. (Andrew Jackson King is #21679.) Andrew was born 04 FEB 1822 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Andrew was the son of Simeon King and Achsah Rose.

8 vii. Charles Dighton Gray (#44060) was born in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania 04 Apr 1827. He married Candace Smith*. (Candace Smith* is #44093.) Candace was born about 1827.

9 viii. Omira Melissa Gray (#44061) was born in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania 07 Jun 1829. Omira died 31 Mar 1896 at age 66. She married Jesse Robert Pratt* before 1867. (Jesse Robert Pratt* is #44734.) Jesse was born 20 Jan 1832 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Jesse died 21 Oct 1923 in Jewell City, Jewell County, Kansas, at age 91. His body was interred Oct 1923 in Jewell City, Jewell County, Kansas.

10 ix. Parthenia White Gray (#44062) was born in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania 05 Jan 1833. Parthenia died 20 Apr 1911 in Jewell City, Jewell County, Kansas, at age 78. She married Marion Brown Smith* 15 Sep 1861 in Marion, Linn County, Iowa. (Marion Brown Smith* is #44094.) Marion was born 08 Jul 1835 in Big Bottom, Ohio. Marion died 12 Dec 1890 in Jewell City, Jewell County, Kansas, at age 55.

11 x. James Monroe Gray (#44063) was born in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania 14 Dec 1834. He married Sarah M. Davis before 1860. (Sarah M. Davis is #44103.) Sarah was born 1840 in Indiana. Sarah was the daughter of H. P. Davis*.

12 xi. Willis Wellington Gray (#44064) was born in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania 18 Jul 1836. He married Elizabeth M. Evans BY 1858. (Elizabeth M. Evans is #44104.) Elizabeth was born 18 JAN 1837 in Ohio. Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Mellor Evans* and Mary White*.

13 xii. Martin VanBuren Gray (#44065) was born in Alba, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania 12 Sep 1838.


Gray scrapbook, written on clipping Oct. 15, 1909; [Jewell County, Kansas]
A Trip Across the Century
"Naught treads so silent as the foot of Time."
How would you like to start out on 'a ninety-years' journey without a rag on your back, with no suitcase, toothbrush or individual drinking cup?  That is what Mr. O.N. Gray of this city had the nerve to undertake ninety years ago, and when he got through last Friday he found just about the jolliest crowd and the biggest dinner waiting for him that was ever seen in Jewell City.  Mr. Gray reports a prosperous trip. He had pleasant company, enough to wear after he once got started, plenty to ear, no end of work and considerable fun. He saw a good many stormy days but after each storm the sun came out and shone again. He has no notion either of stopping at this station, but will push right on to the end of the journey where he feels sure there is something a good deal better than anything he has seen yet, waiting for him.  Mr. Gray says he didn't have any particular birth place. His folks were traveling though Wayne county, Ohio, seeking a new home. They were in the vicinity where Wooster now stands when the hour struck and the summons came for him to start on his earthly pilgrimage. The ox-team stopped, and the next thing he knew he was hustling for something to ear, a job which has occupied a good deal of attention ever since.   His boyhood days were spent in Bradford county, Penna. He came from a race of men who had iron constitutions and were innured to toil. He was a willing worker but as a boy never knew what it was to have money to spend; and though he worked hard, and finally taught school, every cent he earned until he was 21 went to his father, to be used in support of a large family. Orlando got his board and his home-made garments, and that was considered a square deal. In those times 50 cents a day was a man's wages except in harvest time, when a bushel of wheat was his pay. After Mr. Gray was 21 years old he saved the first dollar of his own money, and there has never been a day since when he did not know where to find a ready dollar when he needed it.  Young Orlando learned to get along without a great many things that our boys think they must have. What would a Jewell county think, for instance, if he were asked to do without matches, without any kind of lamp or stove -- no cartridges, not even a gun cap? No mowing machine, no threshing machine, no railroad, steamboat, steel pen, postage stamp, envelopes and a thousand other conveniences now considered necessities.  Mr. Gray's father, Silas Gray, was a soldier in the War of 1812 and both his grandfathers were revolutionary soldiers. When Mr. Gray was born this Republic was an infant, too, having had but five presidents. What wonderful things can happen in one man's lifetime!  Soon after he was of age, Mr. Gray was married, and, passing through the little French village of St. Louis, went to the territory of Iowa, where he bought land at $1.25 per acre. While the present Mrs. Gray was getting breakfast in their new Iowa home on the morning they moved into the cabin, Mr. Gray made the table from which they were to partake of that first meal. Here the children were born and reared, and when that place was sold in 1873 it brought $10,000, a comfortable fortune in that day. Then they came to Jewell county and took a homestead.  Mr. Gray has seven brothers and four sisters. Everyone of them lived to see their grandchildren around them. Two of these sisters reside in Jewell county and attended the birthday dinner here last Friday. They are Mrs. Eveline King of Brown's Creek and Mrs. Parthenia W. Smith of this city. Two brothers, James and Martin are still living. Mr. & Mrs. Gray have 6 children, 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  At the [birthday] anniversary gathering last Friday, large picnic tables were stretched through two adjoining houses, and even then some of the rising generation had to do an old-fashioned job of "waiting." The guests from abroad were Mr. & Mrs. J.M. Gray of Sutton, Neb., Mrs. Ada Beemis of York, Neb., Mrs. Sam'l Carney of Sutton, Mrs. Rosaline Jacobs of Albion, Neb., Mrs. Luwissa Berry of Oklahoma and Lieut. O.G. Palmer and family of Ft. Riley.  Mr. Gray had announced that he wanted no presents or post cards, but he got both, and his wife says he was as well pleased with them as anybody. Mr. Gray says he sees no great difference between being 89 and 90 years old but that there is a whole lot of difference between 90 and 25.  The good cheer and the happy faces round them added much to the content and comfort of Mr. & Mrs. Gray and they entered into the spirit of the occasion with all the rollicking youngsters.  As we must all grow old it is fine to thus do so as Mr. & Mrs. Gray are doing, pleasantly and comfortably, -----------
"Touch us gently Time,
Let us glide adown the stream
Gently - as we sometimes glide
Through a quiet dream."
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These Family Histories are brought to you from the database of  Joyce M. Tice's Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project. If you are descended from this family, SRGP wants to know about you and yours. It is expected that all who use this freely available information compiled by and given by JMT are also willing to repay that by sending in any additional information including updates to the PRESENT day on any of these Sullivan Township lines. By using any of this material in your own family research, you are participating in a cooperative two-way exchange. Please pay your dues. 

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