Biography of Isaiah Gray


Gray, Isaiah, eldest child of Abijah and Dolly (Foster) Gray, was born in Tisbury, Mass., April 29, 1793, came with his parents to Evans, Erie county, and died there February 18, 1839. He was a farmer, like his father, and also had contracts for the construction of the Hamburg turnpike and a part of the Erie Canal in Buffalo. He married Mary, daughter of Joshua and Eunice (Wilber) Morgan, pioneers of Buffalo, and a sister of Joshua P. Morgan, who resides in Elgin, Ill., at the age of ninetyfour. She was born in 1801 and died in Evans, June 29, 1849. Her parents were natives of Wales, Great Britain. Their children were Raselus Morgan Gray, a prominent farmer and politician of Quindaro, Kan.; Dr. Eldred P. Gray, noticed later; Alfred Gray, born December 5, 1830; Corydon L. and Corrington Gray, twins; Americk and Americus Gray, twins, born February 4, 1833; and Mary Ann Gray. Alfred Gray, the third son, was a regimental, brigade and division quartermaster in the Union army from April, 1862, to March, 1864, and served as chief clerk of the last territorial House of Representatives of Kansas. He was afterwards an influential member of the first Legislature of that State, and was a director of the State Agricultural Society of Kansas from 1866 to 1872, when he was chosen the first secretary of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, which position he held until his death at Topeka on January 23, 1880.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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