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

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Note: The information below was copied from Ancestry.com. If you are a descendant of Annabelle Gray Wilson, this is how we are related to John:

Annabelle Gray Wilson (1907-2002) — Lott Doolin/Dulan Gray (1873-1930)– Coleman C. Gray (1819-1891) — Hezekiah Gray (~1774-1853) — to John Gray


John Gray and Ailsey Hyatt Gray immigrated to America in 1771 with five  children.

John Gray (1735-1806) was on Duncan’s Creek of Enoree  River, in  what later became Laurens County by 1771.  He obtained a warrent  for 200 acres of land on the south fork of Duncan’s Creek and it was delivered to him in 1773.

Numerous Gray Revolutionary War service records are found in the SC State Archives.  Also, there were several Loyalist Grays, and several John Grays served, but it is fairly easy to identify  which John is which by their associates and localities.  See Revolutionary War folder AA3049 also shown in S.E. S-502.   Descendants have joined NSDAR in Washington, DC on his record.

John Gray’s home was burned by the Tories (Gray Family Journal, 1937). This researcher has heard the story many times: While John Gray was serving as a horseman in the SC Militia, his wife Ailesy came to the time of her fulfilment and her husband came home on leave of absence.  He was tracked there by the Tory band  who were followers of Bloody Bill Cunningham.  They were infuriated because John has escaped into the woods in view of  them.  They entered the house where Ailsey was confined and  plundered it of portable valuables.  They scattered to the four  winds the feathers of the bed, and only gave her enough time to  grab the infant and a satchel of baby clothes.  They then burned the house to the ground.

Ailsey died about 1795, and John married a second time to Rebecca Bishop, sister of Martha Bishop who was later the wife of Jesse Gray.  Both were sisters of Nathan Bishop who married Manima Gray.

John Gray died probably in 1806.  He is reputed to have had a life of integrity, initiative, industry, faith and conviction.



Location: Warrior Creek Baptist Church, Gray Court, SC

(Photo originally posted by Janice Loy on Ancestry.com)


A related post on one of my other blogs, Granny Hall:

In the Book of Genesis, Nimrod was a fearless hunter. Since the early 1700s, “nimrod” was used as a synonym for “hunter”. Somehow this transitioned to “idiot” or “jerk”, primarily thanks to Bugs Bunny. In one particular 1940s cartoon, Bugs sarcastically referred to the hapless hunter Elmer Fudd as “Poor little Nimrod.” [Source: WordDetective.com – “Support the Right to Bear Arms”]

My father is the great-great-great-great grandson of a Nimrod. Nimrod Mitchell to be exact. Not only was his name Nimrod, but there was a Nimrod Jr. too. When I read the Mitchell family history a few years ago and came upon these names I remember wondering, “Why would anyone name their child NIMROD???”

Obviously, their names were bestowed BEFORE Bugs Bunny cartoons.

Below is how I came to be born to the “mighty hunters” of the Mitchell family:

Nimrod Mitchell Sr., the son of Benjamin and Keziah Hunter Mitchell, was born in Edgecombe County, NC on April 21, 1743. Nimrod (Sr.) was a Revolutionary War patriot. He died at the age of 47 leaving his wife of 23 years (married Christmas Day 1766), Mary Elizabeth Ann Penn Mitchell, 3 daughters and 5 sons, one of whom was…

Nimrod Mitchell Jr. who himself had 3 daughters and 4 sons by his wife Lucy Reeve Mitchell. They resided in Abbeville County, SC. Their son…

Albert Washington Mitchell moved to Attala County (near Kosciusko), MS with his wife Susan Ann Cone Mitchell. They are buried in the Shady Grove Church cemetery. One of their children was Albert Pierce Mitchell, a Confederate soldier who fought and was perhaps injured in the jaw in the Battle of Kennesaw (GA). He married and was later divorced from Fannie Hines. They had only one child together, Leona.

Leona Mitchell married William Ransom Wilson. Leona was in her early twenties when, pregnant with her third child, her daughter Hattie (about 4 years old) and son Pierce (almost 2) died of influenza within days of each other. Their youngest child was my grandfather, who died a few months after my father graduated from high school.

Willie Arnold Wilson was a newspaperman, like his 3 older brothers L.A., Frank and Roy. He was working for the local paper in Houston, MS when he courted Anna Belle Gray. They married on June 6, 1926. In 1929 their first child arrived.