Frances Gray1

F, #66, b. circa 1740, d. 21 February 1783
Last Edited: 4 Apr 2021

Family 1:

(?) Gray d. b 12 Feb 1772

Children:

Elizabeth Gray+1 b. c 1760, d. 9 Dec 1832
Catharine Gray+1 b. c 1763, d. 2 Aug 1843
Ann Gray1 b. c 1769, d. 19 Jul 1843
Robert Gray+1 b. bt 1769 - 1771

Family 2:

James Moore of Convoy b. c 1745/46, d. 23 Feb 1824

Children:

William Moore of Lebanon2,3 b. 1 Dec 1772, d. 9 May 1841
John Moore of Philadelphia+2 b. 3 Dec 1774, d. 1830
Frances Moore2 b. 1 Jan 1777, d. 18 Aug 1858
Lydia Moore2 b. 2 Apr 1779, d. 29 Jan 1839
Rosanna Moore2 b. 1 Jan 1781, d. 10 Jul 1829
Esabella Moore2 b. 13 Feb 1783, d. 17 Feb 1783
Jean Moore2 b. 13 Feb 1783, d. 17 Feb 1783

Notes

  • Married Name: 12 February 1772; Moore2
  • Note: James Moore and Frances Gray were married 12 February 1772. Both resided in Convoy in the County of Donegal, Ireland.

    On that same date, widow Frances Gray, along with James Moore and others, was party to a "Deed of Settlement on the Intermarriage of James Moore and Frances Gray". That document provided for her minor children Elizabeth Gray, Catharine Gray, Ann Gray and Robert Gray.

    No other children are known of. Given her year of birth, about 1740, Frances Gray would not have had adult children at the time of her marriage in 1772.

    After marrying James Moore, Frances had seven more children. She died shortly after delivering twins.


    Regarding the four Gray children:

    Daughter Elizabeth Gray married a Love, and they ended up in the Sharpsburg region of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

    Daughter Catharine Gray while in Ireland married John Henderson, and after having several children, immigrated to America, and located in Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio.

    Daughter Ann Gray immigrated, and lived out her life unmarried in Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pennsylvania, living with her step-father and half-sisters.

    Son Robert Gray had children living in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. But we know no more of him. He may have been the Robert Gray of Reading, merchant, who died in 1806. Also, the 1841 will of half-brother William Moore of Lebanon names a John L?. Gray in Nanticoke, Upper Canada, along with others. His connection is unknown. By pure speculation, with no evidence, John could be a son of Robert Gray.

    Nothing more is known of the son Robert Gray. Seven individuals named in his siblings' wills may have been his children and grandchildren, some residing in the Ontario Canada area, one in Lebanon Pennsylvania.
  • Note*: The maiden name of Frances (------) (Gray) Moore is unknown. In this database, simply for convenience, she is called Frances Gray.

    One is tempted to speculate that Frances Gray was a Moore, based on the fact that the Deed of Settlement names "William Moore and Andw. Sawyers...as trustees for said minors". They held the children's £120; perhaps they were her brothers. But this is purely speculation; there is no evidence.

    Also daughter Ann Gray in her will gives legacies to four generations of Moores, relatives of William Moore of Reading. But the will does not use relationship terms, such as cousin, as used for most other beneficiaries. So there is no evidence of relationship.

Citations

  1. [S42] Deed of Settlement on the Intermarriage of James Moore and Frances Gray, dated 1772. Two page manuscript in family possession.
  2. [S78] James Moore's Family Bible: Family record pages, presumably cut from a bible, starting with the 1772 marriage of James Moore of Convoy, and documenting his children's events. Consists of three loose pieces of paper, six sides, kept inserted into the Dr. Wm Moore Family Bible.
  3. [S173] William Moore of Lebanon Family Bible. Published Philadelphia, M. Carey, 1814. In possession of descendants of Dr. Wm Moore; sold in 'Seyler Auction', lot #66. Title page inscribed 'Willm Moore Lebanon'. The 'Family Record' page records: the marriage of William Moore & Elizabeth Groffn 23 Nov 1800, and their deaths, and the marriage of their nephew W. Moore Guilford & Ann Mary Elder, 10 July 1834. Pasted in a front leaf are obituaries of sisters Catharine Elizabeth (Doll) Guilford and Mary Ann (Doll) Moore.