Dorothy "Dolly" Gray

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Wife: Dorothy GRAY

Married 8 Nov 1754 in Pelham, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts his age 19


Husband: Robert GILMORE died at age 61

Born 1735 in Colerain, County Londonderry, Ireland

Died 1796 in Cambridge, Washington Co., New York

Father: James GILMORE

Mother: Jane

Information from Judy Kendall via Jean Gilmore.


F Child 1 Esther GILMORE died at age 51

Born 1760 1

Died c. 1811 in: Auburn?, New York 2

Spouse: Alexander ANDREW b. 1758 d. 20 May 1855

Married 12 Jul 1792 in Cambridge, Washington Co., New York 3

Married by John Dunlap

Died while the family was moving from Cambridge, NY, to Penfield, NY.


F Child 2 Martha GILMORE


 1 1800/1810 NY Censuses

Information from Judy Kendall via Jean Gilmore.


2 Andrew History


3 Records of the Protestant Presbyterian Church In the Village of Cambridge by Royden Woodward Vosburgh


Marriages: Gillmore: Rob't of Roadtown and Dolly Gray, int [intentions] Nov 8, 1754


[From Vital Records of Pelham, Massachusetts to 1850 Boston, 1902]


1774: Her brother William died in Cambridge, NY. At that time her siblings Hugh, Matthew, Jacob, David, Phebe, and Esther and the "indulgent father" were mentioned in William's will and presumably still alive.


Collections of The New-York Historical Society for the year 1899,Abstracts of Wills on file in the surrogate's office, City of New York, Volume VIII. p. 151. p. 151.

"I, William Gray, of Cambridge Township, in Albany County, husbandman, being very sick." I make James Cowden, of Cambridge, sole executor and he is to pay all debts. Of the rest, I leave to my sister, Dorothy Gilmore, 5lb. To my sister Esther, 4lb. I leave all the rest "to my indulgent father," and to my brothers, Hugh, Matthew, Jacob, and David, and to my sisters, Dorothy, Phebe, and Esther.

Dated December 25, 1773. Witnesses, Robert Gilmore, Hugh Gray, John McClung. Proved, February 10, 1774.

BG Note: This quite certainly defines some if not all of Dorothy's siblings. But who is the "indulgent father"? This should pretty well define Dorothy's parents if any serious candidate can be found.

Miscellaneous Gray Stuff

[BG Note:  I have spent a great deal of time attempting to discover the identity of the "indulgent father" but, so far, without success.  The materials below are some of the documents I've perused.  There's a good chance he's in there somewhere and maybe you can dig him out!!!]

[From: Sylvester, N. B., in v.1, p.548…, History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts; 1879]

1738: John Stoddard sold to:

  • William Gray, Jun.: 1/60 parts
  • Andrew McFarland and Matthew Gray, Jun.: 3/60 parts
  • Samuel Gray: 2/60 parts
  • James Gilmore of Boston: 2/60 parts

From ???: GRAY [59] From the Historical Address by Wall p 49

The Grays were among the earliest settlers in Worcester, Mass. They were among the scotch-Irish emigrants of 1718. There were 5 brothers, John, Robert, Matthew, James [the 5th one was missing. BG]

John settled S.E. of Adam's Square. His sons were: Samuel, John Jr., Matthew

Matthew went with his father John Gray, to Pelham.

The earliest Gray families that came to Worcester were among the 140 families who came from the north of Ireland to Boston in the early part of the year. They were Scotch-Irish, whose ancestors in the early part of the 17th century went from Argyleshire in Scotland and settled in the north part of Ireland.

From: Raymond, Marcius Denison, Gray Genealogy…, 1887

pp. 150-151:

Worcester Grays

The most numerous, probably, of all the many branches of the Gray family in America, and not the least in point of interest, is the group of so called Worcester Grays. whether all distinctively of one family is not positively determined, but they were doubtless kindred and closely allied. M. L. Gray, Esq., of St. Louis, who is of that line, and has given much attention to ancestral research, furnishes the following interesting sketch as the results of his investigations:

"Among the emigrants, 140 families, who came from the north of Ireland [Ulster] in 1718 to Boston, was one John Gray. He settled with others of the colony at Worcester, Mass., same year. they were Scotch (called Scotch-Irish) whose ancestors in 1612 went from Argylshire, Scotland, and settled near Londonderry. John Gray bought land in Worcester in 1718, and in 1722-3. there were other Grays: Robert, Samuel, William, Matthew, probably Hugh, and John, Jr., who was the son of the elder John; but whether any or all of the others were sons of John, is not certainly known. a deed made by John and Isobel his wife, conveys land in Worcester which they say was deeded to him by his 'honored father, John Gray.' this proves that John whose wife was Isobel, was the son of the elder John. Of John and Isobel were Daniel, born in Worcester, 1728; Isaac, who commanded a Company in the battle of Bunker Hill, John, Elizabeth and probably Ebenezer. Daniel begat Lamond, John, Joel, Jeremiah, Thomas, Collister, and three daughters, who severally married Amos Blackmer, James Lindsey and Daniel Haskell.

"John Gray, who came over in 1718, was one of a Committee in Ireland who wrote to Gov. Shute of the Mass. Colony in 1717, enquiring as to the encouragement emigrants would receive if they came to this country. From Lincoln's History of Worcester it appears that this elder John occupied one of the 'fore-pews' in the church, from which it may be inferred that he was a man of some position. About 1740, thirty-eight of the emigrants that were in Worcester, bought the township of Pelham, and among them were John Gray, Jr., Samuel, William, Matthew, and probably Hugh. Robert remained in Worcester, and was the ancestor of Prof. Asa Gray, of Cambridge, Mass. Of the descendants of William, Matthew and Samuel, I have no trace (trace however will be found on the following pages of some of them,) nor do I know anything of the descendants of Capt. Isaac or his brother John, both of whom were brothers of my great-grandfather Daniel Gray. I know that between 1785 and 1800, quite a number of families of Grays in Pelham moved to Salem, Washington Co., N. Y. and thereabouts, and that several families scattered further west in New York. Three brothers of my grandfather Lamond, named Joel, John and Colhster settled respectively in Otsego, Madison, and Chenango counties, the former at Cooperstown, where he left children. The other brothers, Jeremiah and Thomas, remained in Massachusetts, and their descendants are in Belchertown, Wilbraham and Amherst. 

"My grandfather settled in Bridport, Vermont. My branch were strong Presbyterians according to the kirk of Scotland - several were Elders, and when they became Congregationalists, were Deacons in the church. Among the names of males I found at Pelham besides those already m entioned, were Aaron, Ebanezer, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Joseph, Amos, Adam C., Eli, Eliot, James, Jonah, &c. Names of females: Elizabeth, Esther, Elinor, Patience, Experience, Jean, Phebe, Martha, Margaret, Sarah, Anne, &c."

(The forgoing is of value as a clear and reliable statement made up from the records after painstaking personal search, and the Worcester Grays and under much obligation to Mr. Gray for it.

p.287: William Gray, born at or near Cambridge, N. Y., was captured at Whitehall, N. Y., when bout 17 years old, and taken to Canada. He afterwards married an Indian girl, and being adopted by the St. Regis tribe, became one of their Chiefs, and continued to reside with them. He was recognized as their representative by the State of New York in treaties afterwards made with that tribe, and a considerable tract of land was ceded to him. He lived at what is now Hogansburgh, N. Y. [in Franklin Co. about 15 miles NE of Massena near the St. Lawrence River], and left descendants. In the war of 1812, he was taken prisoner, and died at Quebec, May, 1814. Lineage not traced, but he is believed to have been of the Worcester Grays. [He is certainly not an ancestor but may be a cousin.]

From: The Ancestry of Samuel, Heda, and John Warner by Frederick Chester Warner, Boston, typescript, 1940:


When King James confiscated the lands of the Irish people in Ulster in an attempt to make Ireland Protestant and, in 1610 and later, granted their lands to Scotch and English, he sowed seeds of bitter feeling that has lasted to the present time. The dissenting Christians, while allowed to retain their form of worship, were compelled to contribute from their resources to the support of another church. They were loaded with tythes of harvests, from lands held by the tenancy under exorbitant rents. The descendants of these grantees, about two-thirds Scotch Covenanters and one-third English, have been known as Scotch-Irish, "Scotch" because of the majority were Scotch, and "Irish" because they were living in Ireland. The Scotch-Irish of Worcester were called "Irish" by other people but insisted they were Scotch. Besides their religious troubles, the winter of 1717-1718 in Ireland, especially in Ulster county, was very trying, with small-pox, fevers, and other diseases. As a result, four Presbyterian ministers, James McGregor, William Cornwell, William Boyd, and John Holmes, from the vicinity of Londonderry, with portions or their congregations, determined to emigrate to America. They sent the following communication: "To his Excellency the Right Honorable Col. Samuel Shute, Governor of New England, - We whose names are underwritten, Inhabitants of Northern Ireland, Doe in our own names and in the names of many others, our Neighbors, Gentlemen, Ministers, Farmers, Tradesmen; Commission and appoint our trusty and well beloved Friend, The Rev. Mr. William Boyd of Macasky, to repair to his Excellency Right Honorable Col. Samuel Shute, Governur of New England, and to assure His Excellancy of our sincere and hearty Inclinations to Transport ourselves to that very excellent and renowned Plantation upon our obtaining from his Excellency suitable incouragement. And further, to act and Doe in our Names as his Providence shall direct. Given under our hands this 26 day of March, Anno Domini 1718". This was signed by 319 men, only 13 of whom made their mark. It is doubtful whether there ever was a company of emigrants to America prior to the Revolution who were as well educated. The original manuscript was preserved in the Massachusetts State Department for 175 years and is now in the possession of the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord. The signatures of two John Gray's appear on it. In the summer of 1718, about 140 families, number 500 to 700 people, with their goods, sailed from Ireland in five small vessels (Brigantines), landing in Boston harbour 4 Ag. 1718. One group of these Scotch-Irish settled in Londonderry, N.H. and another in Worcester, Mass. At that time, Worcester was inhabited by about 200 people living in 58 log houses, one story high with a lean-to in the rear. Most had ample stone chimneys and some who were rich enough to afford such a luxury had windows of diamond glass, but generally light was admitted though oiled paper. The Scotch-Irish were industrious, frugal and peaceful and contributed to the prosperity of the province by their example of diligence and the introduction of useful arts. They brought with them materials for making linen, and spinning wheels turned by foot, a novelty in the country. They also introduced the culture of potatoes. They were Presbyterians and started holding religious services in a garrison-house, it was destroyed by other inhabitants who desired to force all inhabitants to attend and support one church. As a result, in1722, 40 to 50 families moved to a section of town which was incorporated as hutland. About 1730 Those remaining in Worcester again tried to form a church and called Rev. William Johnston as pastor. In 1737, finding it burdensome to support Rev. Johnston and at the same time aid the town's minister, John Clark and nine others petitioned for relief. Receiving none, they moved to Pelham and Colrain

  • REF:
    • Scotch-Irish Pioneers in ____ America, Bolton;
    • History of Worcester and Its People - Marles _____, 1818;
    • History of Worcester, - William Lincoln, 1862

1. JOHN GRAY, b. abt. 1660, near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, d. probably between 4 Ap 1739 & 18 Apr 1740, Worcester, m. Ireland, ELIZABETH _______, b. Ireland, d. after 1 July 1730 (not sure if it is a 3 or 5 or 8), probably Worcester.

John Gray's ancestors are said to have been in Perthshire in 1300 and to have emigrated from Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1612, to the North or [of] Ireland. He is also said to have been one of those who signed the Gov. Shute communication, but land records show that neither he nor his wife could write, both having made their "mark". He came to America with those who landed in Boston 4 Ag 1718 and settled in Worcester where, on 7 Oct 1718, he purchased for £500 lot No, 64 of 30 acres, with dwelling house, located in the north part of town in what is now Holden. His son-in-law William Blair witnessed the deed. He bought additional land on 15 (?) 1723 from Nathaniel Jones and, on 10 Oct 1726, from John Killough. He had 75 acres laid out to him in the second division on 26 N 1718 and had 77-1/2 acres additional, in three parcels, laid out on 10 Ap 1720. It has been stated that he brought with him sons Robert, Samuel, William, Matthew, John and Hugh; and daughters Mary and Sarah. The land records show definitely that he was not the father of Hugh. On 7 Ja 1723-24 he sold land and one-quarter of his rights in undivided lands to Matthew who, on 25 Ag 1739, sold the land which was "mentioned in a deed from my father John Gray". On 28 Oct 1726 he gave land and buildings to his son John, Jr., probably at the time of the latter's marriage. On 1 Jy 1730 he and his wife Elizabeth gave son John additinal land. On 8 Jul 1730 he gave to his son Samuel the land he had bought of Nathaniel Jones and John Killough. This establishes relationship with three sons. Proof of relationship to William and Robert is not so definite but there seems to be little doubt that they also were his sons. On 7 Ja 1733-34, immediately following the sale to Matthew, he sold land to William, some of which William later traded to John, Jr. On 3 My 1725 he sold to Robert three-fourths of his rights in undivided lands, and on the same day Matthew sold to Robert the one-fourth right that he had acquired from his father the year previous. William and John, Jr. sold their Worcester lands in April, Samuel sold his in June, and Matthew sold his in August of 1739, and all moved to Pelham. John Gray, Sr. was one of the first board of selectmen elected 30 S 1722. In March 1723 he was elected sealer of leathers and, in 1724, he was again elected a selectman and also sealer of leathers. The first church in Worcester was built in 1719 in front of the present City Hall. In 1724 he occupied the "foreseat in ye body" while his son Matthew occupied the third seat and William the fourth seat. On 10 F 1724-25 he was one of the committee elected to request the Rev. Mr. Burr to be their minister. In 1733 he still occupied the "fore-seat" in the church. On 10 Mr 1736-37 he and Hugh Kelso purchased land in the south half of Worcester. His son John signed a deed on 4 Ap 1739 as John Gray, Jr. and on 18 Ap 1740 the son signed a deed without the Jr. The father probably died between these two dates. John Gray and his wife Elizabeth probably died in Worcester and were buried in the old cemetery on the Common.


  • Gray Family, M. D. Raymond
  • Worcester Society of Antiquity, Vol. 1, p. 131
  • M.S.C. Thesis, - Margaret Boston, 1932
  • Reminisces of Worcester, - Caleb A. Wall, 1877
  • Records of the Proprietors of Worcester, - edited by ____ Rice
  • History of Holden, David F. Estes, 1894
  • Early Records of the Town of Worcester, Book 1, 1722-1739
  • East Cambridge and Worcester Land Records

Children born Ireland:

  • Matthew: b. ab. 1692; d 21 S 1758, Pelham, m. ab. 1716-8, Ireland, Margaret ___, d. after 1 F 1762, Pelham.
  • Mary: b. ab. 1694, d. , m. (1), ab. 1715, Ireland, William Blair, bur. 23 Ag 1735, Framingham; m(2) 31 Ja 1727, Shrewbury, Matthew Barbour.
  • William: b. ab. 1696, d. 17 Ja 1759, Pelham, m. ab. 1718, Jean Clark, d. 18 Ag 1780, Pelham.
  • Robert: b. ab. 1697, d. 16 Ja 1760, Worcester, m. ab. 1728-0 Sarah Wiley, d. after 10 Ag 1762.
  • John: b. ab. 1700, d. 7 Je 1782, Pelham, m. ab. 1726, Isabel ___, b. 1707, d. 5 Ja 1799, Pelham.
  • Samuel: b. ab. 1702, d. 1748-59, m. ab. 1727, Eleanor McFarland Hood, d. ab. 1770, Pelham, daughter of Daniel McFarland and Widow of David Hood
  • Sarah