Biography of Luther S. Gray
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LUTHER S. GRAY, ex County Auditor, is a native of Warren County, Ohio, and was born in 1824. His parents, Lemuel and Mary (Roberts) Gray, natives of New Jersey, were early settlers of Ohio, coming to that State in 1809. His grandfather, Daniel Gray, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He was a strong, healthy man, never having a spell of sickness in his life and lived to the good old age of ninety five. He always lived an examplary Christian life, and although not united with any church, he always held family worship. His last words were that he had lived a good many years, and the future had nothing but peace for him. Luther S. Gray came to Howard County in 1852, locating in Greentown, where he worked at his trade until 1866, when he discontinued that business on account of his health. In 1849, he was married to Miss Rebecca Oxley, of Wayne County, Ind. The result of this union has been fifteen children, eight of whom are living; Jessie L., Luther O., Julia E., William R., John H., Marietta R., Warren E. and Clara B. In 1867, Mr. Gray was elected County Auditor, and in the fall of 1870 was reelected. He served seven years, having resigned before his term expired, on account of ill health. He has held the office of Township Trustee for six years, and four years has been Clerk of the Township, having no opposition. These offices have been given him without any solicitation on his part. When he was sixteen years old, he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, but four and a half years later he withdrew and united with the United Brethren Church. His reasons for the change were his views of baptism and the anti_slavery question. His wife is also a member of this church. Mr. Gray has been in poor health for a number of years, and has retired from business. He is a highly respected citizen, and a man of Christian principles and integrity.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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