Wilson-Mitchell-Gray-Thompson families from Attala & Chickasaw Counties in Mississippi

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This is a memory book completed by Anna Belle Gray Wilson, circa 2000. She died in 2002.



 [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.

If you are a member of this Gray family line, you might be interested to know that it looks as though our roots trace back from Mississippi to South Carolina to Ireland. If the research another family historian has done is correct and belongs to our John Gray, we also have another Revolutionary War patriot. At this point, it would be wise to take all of this information with a huge grain of salt.

John Gray B. 1735, Laurens County, SC; d 1806; m.  Ailse Hiatt 1761

He served in the militia as a horseman during 1780-1782.  The Tories burned his house.  At sometime, he was in Sumter’s brigade and was also under Colonel Hammond. John Gray-served in the light dragoons under Capt Samuel Martin, Lt. Col. William Polk, and General Sumter during 1781. John Gray, served as a captain in the militia under Col Winn. Source: Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution.

Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia Vol II:

John Gray, B. abt 1735, Laurens Co., SC; d. at the same place 1806; married 1761, 96th Dist. SC, Ailse Hiatt B. SC 1740, Died SC 1787.
He was a Revolutionary Soldier of S.C., served as a member of the S.C. militia and as a Patriot, supplied provisions for the State Soldiers.  His home was burned by the Tories.  (Ref Indents of S.C. Rev. Claims by Sailey, Book R, p. 184, N.S.D.A.R. 171971)

Children: Hezekiah, b. 1763, mar. Demaris Dulin [If this is our Hezekiah, he was the father of Coleman Gray, the father of Lott Dulin Gray, father of our Annabelle Gray Wilson]

In genealogy, following only the mother-daughter connections in your ancestry is called your umbilical genealogy.

For the female descendants of Anna Belle Gray Wilson, it looks like this:

R & A, daughters of →

Robin, daughter of →

B.A., daughter of →

Anna Belle Gray Wilson (1907-2002), daughter of →

Alice Madora Thompson Gray (1880-1907), daughter of →

Anna Harriet Gordon Thompson (1859-1915), daughter of →

(This is where it gets fuzzy; more confirmation needed)

Mary Francis Hughes Gordon (1833-after 1919) daughter of →

Nancy Catherine Devall Hughes (1800-1851), daughter of →

Elizabeth Hill Devall (1775-?)…

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Thompson Everett “Tip” Gray was born on a Tuesday the week before spring in 1905 in Chickasaw County, Mississippi. He was the second child and only son of  Lott Dulan (sp) Gray and his wife Alice Madora Thompson Gray. His mother died a few months after giving birth to his younger sister Anna Belle (Annabelle Gray Wilson). Tip was 2 years old and his older sister Edna (Nancy Edna Gray Trussell) had recently turned 6.

During Alice’s illness or perhaps upon her death, Tip and Edna and their father moved in with one of his older sisters, Belle Gray Houston, and her family. Baby Anna Belle was taken in by her mother’s parents, who still had several children at home. The siblings would live in separate households for seven years until their father married Lessie Baine, a stepmother they did not remember fondly.

In 1985, Tip died several weeks before his 80th birthday. His ashes were scattered beneath the Turner Oak in Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Texas. [During the Civil War, early Fort Worth settler Charles Turner buried gold under this tree on his farm rather than purchasing Confederate notes. This gold was later used to provide financial aid to Fort Worth during the reconstruction period.]

Tip’s widow, Sabella, kindly sent me a letter about 10 years ago about her beloved husband (transcribed below):

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“…Tip was a wonderful person and a good husband. His only fault was he loved to gamble, but I must admit, hard to beat.

I met Tip in Corpus Christi Texas in late summer of 1937 – He was manager of coffee co that territory, seemed lonely, and we fell in love.  Just before our planned wedding date the company transferred him to West Virginia. He stayed there about a week, quit his job and returned. we married March 26, 1938. We went to Houston, Tx and he started working for Real Silk Hosiery Mills out of Indiana – direct selling – men and women clothing. The coffee co offered him a good deal and we moved to Tyler, Texas in 1941.

He again went back with Real Silk, transferred to Texarkana with them as manager. Within a year he was transferred to Harlingen, Texas and we stayed there until he went to the Navy in Dec 1942 – to boot camp in San Diego and then to Aviation Mechanics school in Norman, Oklahoma. Then Olathe, Kansas. Then Miami, Florida – then Kingsville, Texas. All the while he worked on Navy plane. He never went to sea. We bought a small mobile home, and I was able to be with him the whole time.

After war he went back to work for Real Silk as manager of Ft Worth Tex territory. There we stayed until his death in 1985. He was cremated and ashes scattered in a garden at Greenwood Cemetery in Ft Worth.

His hobbies = He loved golf, cards, hated the beach, we traveled a a lot in the U.S., took cruises, and enjoyed life and each other.

His favorite food – seafood – and apple pie = He was very patient until I learned to cook.

Never lost his temper – very gentle, shy in a way. Loved selling – loved me and I still miss him…'”

Mollie Gray was the oldest daughter of Coleman C. Gray and Nancy Moorhead/Morehead Gray. She was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi and died of acute indigestion in February 1929 while living with her younger brother Robert Benton Gray in northeast Texas. (Click here for more about Mollie’s siblings)

Her younger brother Lott Dulin Gray, father of Annabelle Gray Wilson, would pass away the following year.

Sadly there is no tombstone for Mollie, perhaps a sign of the time (Depression). Amazingly, a metal marker still stands. She is buried in the Itasca Cemetery in Itasca, Texas.

Mollie D. Gray: January 5, 1860 - February 2, 1929