Acton Memorial Library
Civil War Archives
|Co.||Regiment / Ship||From||To||Residence/ Credit||Occupation||Notes|
|E (Davis Guards)||6th MVI
|Private, enl. May 7, 1861; must. May 7, 1861; apptd. Hosp. Steward, May 7, 1861||must. out Aug. 2, 1861||Acton||age 40|
|Non-com. staff||26th MVI||Hospital Steward; enl. Aug. 28, 1861; must. Oct. 18, 1861||dishonorably discharged Nov. 25, 1862||Acton||trader||age 40|
|1st U.S. Colored Cavalry||apptd. 1st Lieut., Asst. Surgeon Dec. 22, 1863.||must. out Feb. 4, 1866||South Acton||
|MASSCW, 1:372, 382, 3:64, 7:298|
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
|Date||September 23, 1890|
Bethel, Oxford, Maine
|Burial||Middle Intervale Cemetery, Bethel, Maine (plot listing, http://www.maine.gov/megis/pdfs/cemeteries/Oxford/Oxford%20County.pdf, p. 130|
According to a family record included in his son's pension file, William H. Gray was born in Reading, Mass. November 25, 1820. He married Mary A. Capen November 4, 1841, in Boston, Mass. Their children were William B. Gray, born Boston, November 7, 1842; and Charles S. Gray, born Acton, Mass., January 14, 1856 (Gray Family Record, William Bailey Gray pension).
William H. Gray, a 29 year old shoemaker, is recorded as an inhabitant of Acton, Mass. in the 1850 census. Also in the household (no. 195/234) was Mary A. Gray, age 26; Abby Gray, age 12, and William B. Gray, age 9 ("1850 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com).
William Howard Gray, a 34 year old shoemaker, is recorded in the 1855 Massachusetts State Census for Acton. Also in the household (dwelling no. 288/298) were Mary Ann Gray, age 30, b. Mass.; and William Bailey Gray, age 12, b. Mass. (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 36).
W.H. Gray, age 40, a store keeper (born Mass.) is recorded as an inhabitant of South Acton in the 1860 federal census (dwelling no. 292), in household with Mary Ann Gray, age 37, and Charles S. Gray, age 4 ("1860 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com).
William H. Gray is recorded as a 49 year old physician in Bethel, Maine in the 1870 federal census. Also in his household were Mary A. Gray, age 46, and Charles S. Gray, age 14. ("1870 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com).
Dr. William H. Gray died September 23, 1890, and is buried in Bethel, Maine. (cemetery listing, http://www.maine.gov/megis/pdfs/cemeteries/Oxford/Oxford%20County.pdf: 130).
Mary Ann Gray died July 16, 1896 (plot listing, http://www.maine.gov/megis/pdfs/cemeteries/Oxford/Oxford%20County.pdf: 130).
The name William H. Gray is included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union."
Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War: 4, 19, 39, 99.
Letter from W.H. Gray to Capt. Daniel Tuttle, April 21, 1861, in: Letters from Acton. Acton Historical Society (1985): 8-9.
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