Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Gray / Grey


The  Shelbyville  News
May 20, 1971
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Harry Gray, 86, Found Dead
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          Harry J. Gray,  86, a former resident of Shelbyville, was found dead by his family today at 7:45 a.m. in his bedroom at the home of his son and daughter-in-law,  Mr. and Mrs. Norman W. Gray  in Columbus.  He had resided there since 1969.  Bartholomew County Coroner Dr. Kenneth Schneider ruled death was due to suicide by a self-inflicted knife wound, which apparently occurred Wednesday evening.
          A resident of Shelbyville and Shelby County most of his life, Mr. Gray was a retired cabinetmaker and had been employed in several local furniture factories.  He was last employed with Sta-Tite Snath Co. here for 15 years until his retirement in 1955.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church.  Born in Fairland Feb. 18, 1885, Mr. Gray was the son of  John M. and  Katherine (Morganthaler) Gray.  On Oct. 17, 1916, he married  Marcia M. Keeling,  who died Feb. 1, 1969.
          Surviving with the son are three grandchildren.  Services will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Sleeth Funeral Home, with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 5:00 p.m. Friday.
Contributed by Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, Feb. 3, 1969
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Rites Tuesday For Mrs. Gray
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          Services will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Sleeth Funeral Home for  Mrs. Harry J. (Marcia M.) Gray,  74, of 808 Meridian St., who died Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at her home.  She had been in failing health several months.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. Jack E. Jones officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home after 5:00 o'clock this evening.
          Mrs. Gray spent most of her life in Shelbyville and was born here Jan. 31, 1895, the daughter of  John R. and  Allie (Spellman) Keeling.  On Oct. 17, 1916, she was married to  Harry J. Gray,  who survives.  Also surviving are a son,  Norman W. Gray  of Columbus, and three grandchildren.
          Mrs. Gray was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Bethany Class and Women's Mission Society of the church, and the Juanita Club.
Contributed by Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, October 2, 1954
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DEATH  CLAIMS
GEORGE  W.  GRAY
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          George W. Gray Jr.,  45 [incorrect, see birthdate], died at 7:30 this morning in the Warsaw Hospital of injuries received in an explosion at his home in Leesburg.
          Bron October 28, 1928, in Adams township [Decatur County], he was the son of  George W. and  Rosa (Neukam) Gary.  He was married to  Esther Green  who survives.
          Other survivors are two chldren,  Larry Gene  and  David Gray  both at home; four brothers,  Walter  and  Robert Gray  of this city,  Bernard Gray  of St. Paul and  Paul Gray  serving with the Air Force in South Carolina; two sisters,  Mrs. Betty Wilson  of St. Paul and  Mrs. Mildred Frank  of Columbus; and the mother and father.
          Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Carmony Funeral Home in St. Paul.

Ibid.
Monday, October 4, 1954
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GRAY  FUNERAL
IS  ARRANGED
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Explosion Victim's
Wife, Son Hospitalized
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          Funeral rites have been arranged for  George W. Gray,  25, who died Saturday at a Warsaw hospital of injuries received in an explosion at his home in Leesburg.
          The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Carmony Funeral Homes in St. Paul with Revs. G. L. Pickett and G. B. Forbes officiating.  Burial will be at Paul Hill cemetery with graveside rites in charge of Victory Post No. 70, American Legion.  The casket will not be opened but the afmily will receive friends at the funeral home until time of the last rites.
          Mr. Gray's wife,  Esther (Green) Gray,  and their three-year old son  Larry,  were injured in the explosion and were brought to Major Hospital where their conditions were listed as satisfactory today.  Also injured in the accident was Mrs. Gray's brother,  Raymond Green,  27, of St. Paul, who is confined to the Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis.
          The accident occurred when a gas burner exploded in the basement of the Gray home.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, April 7, 1947
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DEATH  CLAIMS
MRS.  GRAY,  82
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County Woman Succumbs
After Long Illness
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          Mrs. Jennie Gray,  82, widow of  Joseph H. Gray,  died Saturday night at the home of  Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Leclerc,  east of Shelbyville, after long illness.
          Born October 1864, she was the daughter of  Levi H. and  Margaret Jane Parrish.  Her husband,  Joseph H. Gray,  died in 1936.  Mrs. Gray was a member of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist church.
          SHE  IS  SURVIVED  by a nephew,  Oral Jones,  of Shelbyville.  A son died in infancy.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist church at 2:00 p.m. today with the Rev. James Paddock officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ewing mortuary.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


Jennie Gray
         

Joseph H. Gray

From Boetcker's  Picturesque Shelbyville,  "C. of H." photograph, page 74


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, July 12, 1938
Page 1, column 8
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RITES  SET  FOR  JOSEPH  H. GRAY
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County Resident's Funeral
to Be Held Wednesday Afternoon
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          Joseph H. Gray,  died at his home near the Mt. Pisgah church at 12:30 a.m. Monday, at the age of seventy-four years.  He had been in ill health for several years.  Death was due to complications.
          Mr. Gray was born in Ripley County, Indiana, the son of  Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Gray, on September 4, 1863.  On January 13, 1887 he was married to  Jennie Parrish,  and to this union was born one child.  The child died in infancy.
          Mr. Gray was a widely known farmer.
          Survivors are the widow, and four brothers,  George, of Sugar Creek township;  Richard, of Brandywine township;  Harry  and  Wallace,  both of California.
          The body may be viewed at any time at the late home.  Mr. Gray had been a member of the Mt. Pisgah church since 1896.  Funeral services will be held at the church at 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Rev. James Paddock officiating.  Charles M. Ewing in charge of burial which will be in the Mt. Pisgah cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, November 2, 1936
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JOHN  M. GRAY  DIES  AT  HOME
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Man, 81 Years Old, Passes Away
After Illness of Month
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          John M. Gray, 81 years old, died at his home, 319 West Franklin street, at 8:50 o'clock Sunday night, following an illness of one month.  Funeral services will be held at the Loren H. Murphy funeral home with Dr. A. E. Cowley, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
          He was born in Waldron February 10, 1855, the son of  James and Eliza Gray, having moved to Brandywine township at the age of eleven.  His marriage to Miss Katherine Morganthaler, of Marissa, Illinois, took place in 1884.  She died March 13, 1930.  In 1890 Mr. Gray moved to Shelbyville.
          Survivors are an only child, Harry Gray, of Shelbyville; two sisters, Mrs. John Nail and Mrs. George Bassett, of near this city, and a grandson, Norman Gray, of this city.  Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.  Mr. Gray was a contracting carpenter by trade.  He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge of this city.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, January 12, 1933
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WILL  HOLD  GRAY  FUNERAL  FRIDAY
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Cassius Gray 68, Former County Resident
Succumbs At Home In Carthage
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FOUR  CHILDREN  SURVIVE
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          Funeral services for Cassius Gray, whose death occurred at his home in Carthage Wednesday night, will be held at 1:00 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Friends church in that community.  Burial will take place in the Forest Hill cemetery here at 2:30 o'clock.
          Mr. Gray was born in Shelby county sixty-eight years ago.  His first marriage was to Miss Clara McDonald in 1896, her death occurred in 1926.  Four children, Ralph, of Detroit, Michigan; George, of Chicago;  Mrs. Robert Stanley, of Cincinnati, and  Miss Harriett Gray, at home, survive from this union.  On February 20, 1932, Mr. Gray was married to  Mrs. Alice Leisure, who survives.
          The deceased also leaves one brother, John M. Gray, of this city; two sisters, Mrs. George Bassett and  Mrs. John Nail, both from here, and  Mrs. Margaret Wyllie, of New York.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday March 14, 1930
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DEATH  SUMMONS  MRS.  JOHN  GRAY
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Shelbyville Woman Passes Away
After Several Months' Illness
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HUSBAND,  SON  SURVIVE
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          Mrs. Catherine Gray, 70 years old, wife of  John Gray, died at 6:30 o'clock last night at her home, 319 West Franklin street, after an illness of several months with a complication of diseases.
          She was born in New Athens, Illinois, June 14, 1859, the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. George Morganthaler.  Her marriage to Mr. Gray took place on December 17, 1888.  Surviving her besides the husband, is a son, Harry Gray, of Shelbyville; also two sisters and four brothers;  Mrs. Elizabeth Outhouse, of Indianapolis;  Mrs. Theressa Jackson,  of Indianapolis; William Morganthaler, Hallsville, Missouri; George and Charles Morganthaler, of Marissa, Illinois, and Henry Morganthaler, of Indianapolis.
          Mrs. Gray was a devoted member of the First M. E. church of this city.  Funeral services will be held at the house where she died, Saturday afternoon at 2 :00 o'clock, Dr. L. T. Freeland officiating.  Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery, with Ralph J. Edwards in charge.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday July 12, 1926
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GOITRE  CAUSED  WOMAN'S  DEATH
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Mrs. Clara Gray, Formerly Of Near Fairland,
Died Saturday Night
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FUNERAL  SERVICE  TUESDAY
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          Mrs. Clara M. Gray, who formerly lived west of Fairland, and who was well known through that section of the county, died Saturday night at St. Vincent's Hospital at Indianapolis.  Mrs. Gray had been taken to the hospital from her home, three miles west of Carthage, for an operation for a goitre.
          Mrs. Gray was a sister of  W. A. McDonald, of Shelbyville; Ream McDonald, of Fairland, and Charles McDonald, of near Boggstown.  She also leaves her husband, Cash Gray, and two sons, and two daughters.  Mrs. Gray was fifty-one years old.
          The body was moved to the home west of Carthage, where funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman


A  Shelby  County  Newspaper
Thursday, May 6, 1926
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HAD  BELIEVED        
        BROTHER  DEAD
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No  Word  Received  For  Fifteen
Years  Until  Message  of
Death  This Week.
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ATTENDED  FUNERAL  TODAY
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          Mrs. Mayme G. Cauzzort,  and her son,  Paul Hall,  of East Mechanic street, were in North Madison today, where they attended funeral services for her brother,  Edward Gray.  Mr. Gray was formerly a resident of North Madison.
          Until a message was received by Mrs. Cauzzort this week stating that her brother had died in Minnesota, and that the body was being taken to North Madison for funeral services and burial, Mrs. Cauzzort had had no word from Mr. Gray for fifteen years.  He was known to have been in San Francisco at the time of the earthquake and fire, and was believed to have met his death at that time.  Until then his relatives had received letters from him at intervals.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, August 8, 1925
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WILLIAM  R. GRAY  DIED  SATURDAY
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Well Known Resident Made His Home In County
For Seventy Years
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FUNERAL  SERVICE  MONDAY
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          William R. Gray, age seventy-two, a resident of Shelby county for seventy years, died Saturday morning at 8:35 o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. George Bassett, north of Shelbyville.  His death was caused by a complication of diseases, and followed an illness of a year.  Mr. Gray had been living with his sister, Mrs. John Nail, until recently, when he was taken to the home of Mrs. Bassett.
          He was born October 27, 1852, in St. Clair county, Illinois, and was the son of  James and Eliza Gray.  When he was two years old his parents came to Shelby county, settling in Waldron.  They left Waldron in 1867, moving to Brandywine township.  Mr. Gray had made his home in that community most of the time since.  He lived in Shelbyville for a time.
          Mr. Gray is survived by two brothers, John Gray, of Shelbyville, and Cash Gray, of near Carthage; and three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Riley, of Indianapolis;  Mrs. Laura Nail, and  Mrs. Rose Bassett, both of Shelby county.  Funeral services will be held at the home of Mrs. Bassett, in Marion township, Monday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery, Ralph J. Edwards in charge.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, July 17, 1924
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FORMER  RESIDENT
DIED  AT  MADISON
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Redin Gray, 74 Years Old
Died Tuesday -- Funeral
Was Held Today At
Greensburg.
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          Redin Gray,  formerly a resident of this city, and for the past number of years, a well known Greensburg resident, died at 9:00 o'clock Tuesday morning in a Madison, Ind., hospital of a complication of diseases.
          Funeral services were held at the late home in Greensburg at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon.  Interment was in charge of C. F. Fix & Son, of this city.
          Mr. Gray was a native of Ripley county.  He was the son of  Isaac and  Melinda Gray  and was born in 1850.  At the time of death he was 74 years old.  For several years he was a resident of this city.
          Redin Gray is the first of ten brothers to die, and his death is felt keenly in this section.  He leaves the wife, one daughter,  Mrs. Rosamond Bolby,  four sons,  Frank,  Edmond,  Ralston  and  Giles;  nine brothers,  John,  James,  Richard,  George,  W. Charles,  Will,  and  Joseph,  of Shelby and Decatur counties, and  Harry  and Wallace  of California.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, July 17, 1924
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MARGARET  T.  GRAY
DIED  THIS  MORNING
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          Mrs. Margaret T. Gray,  wife of ex-county commissioner  George W. Gray,  died at her home in Sugar Creek townshio, three miles northwest of Fairland, at 1:45 o'clock this morning.  A complication of diseases was the cause of Mrs. Gray's death.
          Mrs. Gray had been in failing health for six months, having been seriously ill for the past ten weeks.  Her death is the second cause for sorrow in the family in the last two days.  Redin Gray  of Greensburg, and a brother of George W. Gray, died at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning, at a Madison hospital.
          Funeral services for Mrs. Gray will be held at the Fairland Baptist church at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  The Rev. P. O. Duncan, assisted by the Rev. J. S. Riser, will officiate.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son, funeral directors.
          Mrs. Margaret Gray was well known and loved thruout this county where she had resided for fifty-two years.  She was the daughter of  John and  Mary Yelton  and was born on March 15, 1861 in Campbell county, Ky.
          In 1870 with her parents, she came to Indiana.  She was married to George W. Gray on October 11, 1881.  To this union three children were born all of whom survive the mother.  Mrs. Gray was a devoted mother and was prominent in church work at Fairland, where she was a member of the Fairland Baptist church.  She was also a member of the Fairland Literary Society.
          Besides the husband, two daughters,  Mrs. Carrie Pursinger,  of Shelby township and  Mrs. Mary Howard,  of Sugar Creek township, one son,  Roy A. Gray,  of Sugar Creek township, one brother,  Hamp Yelton  of Hendricks township, one sister,  Mrs. John Clark,  of Franklin, Ind., and thirteen grandchildren survive.
          Friends may call at the late home at any time up to the hour of the funeral.  The casket will not be opened at the church.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The Shelbyville  Republican
Monday November 26, 1917
Page 1 column 6
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DIED  AT  COUNTY  FARM
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           Robert Gray an inmate of the county infirmary, having entered that institution from Brandywine township, died there Sunday morning.  His age was 50 years and his death was caused by pneumonia.  He was sick only five days.  He was a native of North Carolina and lived about Fairland for 20 years.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday August 3, 1911
Page 3 column 3
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MRS. MALINDA GRAY
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          Mrs. Malinda Gray, mother of County Commissioner  George W. Gray, died at the home of her son  William Gray, in Sugar Creek township, last night at eight-thirty o’clock, her death being due to a complication of diseases from which she had been suffering for several years.  She was aged eighty-five years and was the widow of the late  Isaac Gray, a prominent and well-known farmer resident of this county.
          Mr. and Mrs. Gray came to Shelby township, this county, from Ripley county, in 1876, and remained there for twenty years.  They later lived in this city till the death of Mr. Gray thirteen years ago.  Since then Mrs. Gray had been making her home with the children.  She was a kind-hearted Christian and was loved and honored by all who knew her.
          She was the mother of thirteen children, ten of whom survive.  They are  James Gray, of Noble township;  John Gray, of VanBuren township;  George,  Charles  and  William Gray  of Sugar Creek township;  Joseph Gray, of Addison township;  Richard Gray, of Marion township;  Redding Gray, of Greensburg;  Wallace Gray, of Irvington, and  Harry Gray, of Bakersfield, California.  There are a large number of grandchildren.
          Two sons died in infancy, May 22, 1868, and the only daughter died February 19, 1885.  The husband and father died June 24, 1898.  Mrs. Gray was born in Nicholas county, Kentucky, February 26, 1827.  She came to Indiana with her parents in 1835 and was married to Mr. Gray, September 22, 1846.  She had been a member of the Methodist church for seventy-five years and was a member of the West Street M. E. church at the time of her death.
          The funeral services will be held at the Lewis Creek Baptist church at one o’clock Friday afternoon.  The funeral cortege will leave the house at ten o’clock Friday morning.  Interment will be made in the church cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, May 13, 1897
Page 3, column 3
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          Eliza Gray, widow of the late James S. Gray, died at her home in Brandywine township at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 9, age sixty-five years, seven months and twenty-nine days.  Mrs. Gray was the daughter of Aaron VanPelt, one of the pioneers of Shelby county.  She was married to James S. Gray September 9, 1849.  To them were born seven children, six of whom survive her, three sons and three daughters, namely:  William,  John  and  Cassius Gray,  Mrs. Maggie Wyllie, of Indianapolis, Mrs. John Nail  and  Mrs. George Bassett, of this county.  Mrs. Gray was an estimable Christian lady, a kind neighbor and an affectionate mother, and will be missed by a large circle of friends.  Funeral services were held at her late residence at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, Rev. Guthrie officiating.  Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, January 2, 1896
Page 3, column 3
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          The death of James Gray, of Brandywine township, recalls the fact that in the year 1859, thirty-six years ago, he was one of a party of eight who left this place for Pike's Peak, suffering intensely with that dangerous disease "gold fever."  The party was composed of Messrs. Thomas James, James Gray,  Thomas McLane,  Captain Ensley,  William Hankins,  Willard and Frank Hubbel  and  Wesley Wise.  The party was absent eight months and in returning had a hard time, especially in passing through Missouri, owing to the fact that the war was about to break out, and every stranger was looked upon with suspicion. They finally got home, however, but didn't bring any gold with them. One of the Hubbel boys, who was a rebel sympathizer, stopped at a town in Missouri and enlisted in the army from that State, and was killed during the war.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman


The  Semi-Weekly  Republican
Friday December 27, 1895
Page 4 column 2
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          James S. Gray  died at his home in Brandywine township at 10 o'clock p.m. Tuesday, December 24, of inflammation of the bladder, aged 74 years 11 months and 4 days.  Deceased was born in Preble county, Ohio.  At the age of 17 he moved with his parents to Illinois, was married to Emily Vanpelt September 9, 1849, came to Shelby county in 1854.  He leaves a wife and six children, three sons and three daughters.  He was an honest, upright citizen, a good neighbor and a kind husband and father.  In politics a staunch Republican. Funeral services will be held at his late residence at 10 o'clock a.m., Friday, December 27, Rev. F. A. Guthrie officiating.  Interment in Forest Hill Cemetery by Cummins & Edwards.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  Democrat  
Thursday, December 26, 1895
Page 3, column 3
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          James S. Gray died at his home in Brandywine township, at ten p.m. Tuesday, December 24, of inflammation of the bladder, aged seventy-four years, eleven months and four days.  The funeral services will be held at his late residence at ten a.m., Friday December 27, Rev. Guthrey officiating.  Interment in Forest Hill cemetery.  Funeral in charge of Cummins & Edwards.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Republican
August 23, 1877
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LOCAL  NEWS.
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DIED.  -- Aug. 21st, in Waldron, of flux,  Mrs. Margaret Grey,  Grand mother of the wife of  Capt Wilkes,  aged 87 years.  Mrs. Grey was an old inhabitant, and highly respected by all who knew her.  She was perhaps the oldest woman in the county.  Funeral took place at Waldron at 10 o'clock Wednesday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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