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WILLIAM GRAY of Yoeman Neighborhood Dies at Age 91 Years - Born in Ireland
William Gray, a retired farmer and stock raiser of Morgan county, residing three miles northeast of
Franklin in the Yoeman neighborhood, died at 3:30 o'clock Monday morning, November 15th, at the age of
Mr. Gray was born in Cavan county, Ireland May 30, 1829, the eighth child of Robert and Jane Gray,
on the little farm, situated in one of the best counties in Ireland. Mr. Gray grew to manhood, possessing that
sturdy vigor peculiar to the Irish people, and to better his condition in life in the spring of 1849 he sailed for
Arriving in New York he made his way into the state of Ohio remaining two years. He then plunged
farther westward, and settled in Morgan county, Illinois, where he first worked by the month, and also
became employed as a school teacher. In 1854 he was united in marriage to Mrs. R. M. E. Stewart of this
county. She formerly was a resident of Tennessee. Shortly after the marriage Mr. Gray bought land in
Sangamon comprising 70 acres, where he lived seven years, and then moved back to Morgan county on the
property he now owns.
Wishing to give his son the advantage of a college education he moved to Lincoln, Logan county,
Illinois, where he resided seven years.
In the autumn of 1875 he returned again to Morgan county and settled on the farm property
heretofore mentioned, and has become a most extensive land owner.
Three children blessed this union. Albert H. and Nora preceded their father in death. The wife and
one son John E. survive him. John E. lives on the home place, having the confidence of the community. He
has had several offices, township treasurer, etc.
The decedent was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Funeral services will be held
at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Franklin Methodist church. Interment will be in the Franklin
cemetery. Friends are requested to omit flowers.
Jacksonville, Ill., November 16, 1920
The funeral was held Wednesday at 11:30 a..m. in the Baptist church at Franklin. Rev. Asa Stamper
of Girard officiating, assisted by Rev. Asher of Jacksonville. Interment was in Franklin cemetery.
(Waverly Journal, Friday, Feb. 28, 1913)
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