[Many thanks to the unnamed person who shared this information with me on Ancestry.com. Now I know why many of Coleman’s children went to Hill County, Texas]

Demaris Doolin Gray died March 17, 1870 in Anderson County, SC.

If you would like further information on the family at that time, there is a file in the Anderson (SC) Courthouse of a dispute between son Hezekiah H. Gray, who was her heir, and her other children. Of particular interest is the testimony of Edna Jane Gray who stayed with her brother Hezekiah after all the other siblings went to Texas. I don’t know when Coleman and other brothers went to Mississippi.

The dispute seems to be that the others who were away wanted the court to revisit the settlement (in the 1880’s). Edna said that H.H.Gray had had to stay with his mother Demaris when all the others left, so Demaris wanted him to have whatever she had. The court found in H.H. Gray’s favor.

Demaris is listed as “Mary” Gray in the 1860 census (Anderson County, SC). Rebecca Caroline Gray, widow of William Hunter, went to Irene, Texas (Hill County) with her 4 children. You can find her in the 1880 census. She died on October 16, 1890 and is buried at the Salem-Irene Cemetery in Hill County. It is shown online. Hezekiah died October 31, 1920. He was born 18 May 1842. Edna Jane Gray who married Robert Adams Gray, a cousin, (grandfather of Wil Lou Gray) late in life; lived a bit after HH died. She was born April 17, 1839.

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