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|G ("Concord Artillery")||5th MVI (3 months)||enl. April 19, 1861; must. May 1, 1861||must out July, 31, 1861||South Acton||age 18|
|E||24th MVI||Sergt.; enl. Sept. 2, 1861; must. Sept. 19, 1861||discharged for promotion July 6, 1864||South Acton||shoemaker||age 18|
|1st U.S. Colored Cavalry||2nd Lieut, July 3, 1864||must out. Feb. 4, 1866||South Acton|
|MASSCW, 1:290, 2:802, 7:298|
Compiled military service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served with the United States Colored Troops [microform] : 1st through 5th United States Colored Cavalry, 5th Massachusettts Cavalry (Colored), 6th United States Colored Cavalry (1997). Reel 0005 - 1st United States Colored Cavalry Fly, Benjamin - Griffin, Oliver. Online at: http://www.archive.org/details/compiledmili0005akesunit. See pp: n1295-n1355
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
1st U.S. Colored Cavalry
|May 26, 1891||Invalid||1 027 584||810 225||La.|
|May 31, 1907||Widow||870 584||716 629||La.||Marie L. Gray|
|Date||October 16, 1905|
|Survived by||Marie L. Gray|
According to a family record in his pension file, William B. Gray was born November 7, 1842 in Boston, Mass. to William H. Gray and Mary A. Capen.
William B. Gray, age 9, is recorded as an inhabitant of Acton, Mass. in the 1850 census, in the household of William H. Gray, a 29 year old shoemaker. Also in the household (no. 195/234) was Mary A. Gray, age 26; and Abby Gray, age 12 ("1850 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com).
William Bailey Gray, age 12, b. Mass., is recorded in the 1855 Massachusetts State Census for Acton, in the household (288/298) of William Howard Gray, a 34 year old shoemaker, and Mary Ann Gray, age 30, b. Mass. (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton, p. 36).
According to testimony in his pension file William Gray met Missouri Gray while in the service, and lived with her and their children in Mandeville, La. It is not clear if they married. He worked in the charcoal business and was elected a school director of St. Tammany Parish in 1871. Later that year he is reported to have absconded with school funds, leaving Mandeville, the woman Missouri and the children behind.
1870 federal census, Ward 9, St. Tammany, Mandeville, Louisiana, household 77/77: William Gray, 28, laborer, b. Mass.; Missouri Gray, 27, keeping house, b. Virginia; J.M. Gray, age 4; E.F. Gray, age 2; Missouri Gray, age 1/12 ("1870 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com).
According to testimony in his pension file, William Gray married Kate Baum Roberts, August 5, 1873 in Erie, Pa. He lived with her and sometimes with her teenage daughter Geniveve (a.k.a. Vivian) from around 1873 until they separated in 1877. Kate died in 1889 in New York state.
William B. Gray married Marie Louise Markstine October 1, 1878 in Illinois (marriage record in pension file). They settled in Morgan City, La., where they ran a printing office. The pension file indicates they had five children. William B. Gray died in 1905, leaving his widow and one minor child.
The name William B. Gray is included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union" under "Privates."
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