Civil War Records of William H. Gray


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
E (Davis Guards) 6th MVI
(3 months)
Private, enl. May 7, 1861; must. May 7, 1861; apptd. Hospl. Steward, May 7, 1861 must. out Aug. 2, 1861 Acton   age 40
Non-com. staff 26th MVI Hospl. 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

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): 8 Pages (PDF*)

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: See pp: n1357-n1395
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): page  26-27, 28-29, 46-47 (PDF)


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks



Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  x

Grand Army of the Republic



Date September 23, 1890

Bethel, Oxford, Maine

Burial Middle Intervale Cemetery, Bethel, Maine (plot listing,, p. 130
Survived by  

Additional Information

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,"

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,"

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,"

Dr. William H. Gray died September 23, 1890, and is buried in Bethel, Maine. (cemetery listing, 130).

Mary Ann Gray died July 16, 1896 (plot listing, 130).

The name William H. Gray is included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union."


See also:

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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