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The entries for people & families with the surname Gray are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

There are many people with this surname, and it is possible that there are duplicate entries for an individual. If you discover any such duplicates, please email me and I shall correct them.

Gray, MrRef 411-26
Landscape gardener who worked on Shibden improvements in the time of
Anne Lister

Gray, DanielRef 411-740
Born in Barrowford, Lancashire [25th December 1829].

He was a furniture broker [1871] with a furnishing business in Bull Green.

The business was taken over by Joseph Farrar

In [Q4] 1846, he married Susannah Ashworth [1829-1890] in Burnley.

Susannah was born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire [12th May 1829]


  1. William [b 1851]
  2. John [b 1854]
  3. Robert [1858-27th March 1866] who was buried with his  parents
  4. Sarah Alice [1861-8th September 1928] who never married,  & was buried with her parents
  5. Albert [b 1864]
  6. Daniel [1866-23rd May 1873] who was buried with his  parents

Susannah died 25th July 1890.

Daniel died 26th February 1898.

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 4267]

Gray, Rev E. G.Ref 411-494
He was at Wirksworth before becoming Minister at
Trinity Road Baptist Church, Halifax [1922]

Gray, Rev EarlRef 411-1100
Minister at
United Methodist Free Church, Sowerby Bridge [1898]

Gray, Elijah JamesRef 411-4610
Son of Elijah Gray, miner.

Born in Warley.

He was a mechanic [1864, 1871, 1881, 1891] / a mechanic iron turner [1901] / a mechanic general [1911].

In 1864, he married Hannah Turner [1843-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Hannah was the daughter of John Turner, mason


  1. Emily [b 1865] who was an operative woollen [1881], a  worsted spinner [1891], a carpet weaver [1901]
  2. Christiana [b 1868] who was an operative woollen [1881],  a worsted spinner [1891]
  3. Elizabeth [b 1871] who was a worsted spinner [1891]

They lived at

  • 10 Fountain Street, Warley, Sowerby Bridge [1871]
  • Hollingworth Bank, Clegg, Butterworth, Littleborough, Lancashire  [1881]
  • 53 Tuel Lane, Warley, Sowerby Bridge [1891, 1901, 1911]

On 31st January 1907, Hannah injured neighbour Mrs Sarah Shepley with a broom.

On 2nd November 1907, Hannah was charged with fortune-telling. The Court heard that she was a Spiritualist. She was fined £2 plus 12/6d costs, or 1 month in prison

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Gray, George AlbertRef 411-459
Son of Matthew Gray, gentleman.

Born in Halifax [7th February 1864].

He was a plumber of Franklin Street, Halifax [1891] / a plumber [1901, 1911].

In 1891, he married Jane (Jennie) Dawkins [1869-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Jennie, of Gerrard Street, Halifax, was born in Reepham, Lincolnshire, on 11th November 1867, the daughter of Harry Dawkins, huntsman [?]


  1. Henry Matthew
  2. Catherine E. [b 1898]

They lived at 16 Lemon Street, Queen's Road, Halifax [1901, 1911].

Living with them [in 1911] was sister-in-law Elizabeth Dawkins [b 1876] (lady's maid) 

George Albert died at 16 Lemon Street [25th May 1940] (aged 76).

Jane died at 52 Willow Bank, Haugh Shaw Road [10th June 1944] (aged 76).

The couple were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley & Glynn Helliwell

Gray, HelenRef 411-356
[19??-] She was a member of Todmorden Golf Club. She won the club's ladies' championship 38 times, and gained a place in the Guinness Book of Records

Gray, Henry DouglasRef 411-54
Born in Birstwith.

In [Q2] 1890, he married Sarah Gregson [1861-19??] in Holbeck.

Sarah came from Standish, Lancashire

They had no children.

In 1911, Henry Douglas was Head master of the Blue Coat School and Sarah was matron

Gray, Henry MatthewRef 411-607
Known as Harry.

Son of George Gray.

He was a member of the Boy Scout movement / a member of Queens Road Methodist New Connexion Chapel / a card setting machine tenter [1911] / employed by John Whiteley & Sons at Brunswick Mills.

During World War I, he enlisted [October 1914] and served as a Lance Corporal with C Company 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was reported missing wounded at Bullecourt, Battle of Arras [3rd May 1917] (aged 23).

The Halifax Courier [19th May 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Gray, IsaacRef 411-711
Illegitimate son of Mary Gray of Shelf.

Baptised at St John the Baptist, Coley [4th August 1876]

Gray, J.Ref 411-441
Furniture dealer at Halifax.

In July 1884, he was declared bankrupt

See Gray's Furniture Stores

Gray, Rev James ComperRef 411-461
He trained at Rotherham College before becoming Minister at
Harrison Road Chapel, Carlton Street [1859, 1865].

In 1867, he published a 4-volume work

The Class and the Desk: a Manual for Sunday School Teachers

He is recorded [1870, 1872] when he performed interments at Lister Lane Cemetery.

In 1873, he moved to Bristol.

He died in South Africa.

See Stoney Royd Cemetery

Gray, JessieRef 411-209
[19??-] Local writer and member of the Halifax Authors' Circle. Her published works include

  • Enjoying Yorkshire's Waters [1978, 1979]

Gray, JohnRef 411-528

In 1906, he married Mary Ann Cunningham in Halifax.

Mary Ann was the daughter of
Peter Cunningham.

She was a filler in carpet printing shed [1911]



  1. Timothy [b 1907]
  2. Thomas Edward [b 1908]
  3. Margaret Ann [b 1910]

In 1911, Mary Ann & the children were living at 51 Stannary Lane, Halifax with her widowed father

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Gray, JonathanRef 411-33
York lawyer for
Anne Lister and Ann Walker.

He advised the couple on legal matters, including the rewriting of their wills

Gray, JosephRef 411-3
Born in Halifax.

He was a farm labourer [1841, 1851].

He married (1) Unknown.


  1. Samuel [b 1826] who was a machine maker [1841], a  journeyman machine maker [1851]
  2. Eliza [b 1830] who was a dress maker [1851]

Some time after 1820, he married (2) Hannah.

Hannah was the widow of
James Mills

They lived at

Joseph died in Halifax [Q1 1863].

Hannah died 28th April 1867 (aged 82).

She was buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax with her first husband

Gray, Rev Joseph WilliamRef 411-469

In [Q3] 1930, he married Edith A. Kilner in Wakefield.

Vicar of Christ Church, Pellon [1945-1967].

The couple retired to Cawthorne [1967]

Gray, PercyRef 411-386
Son of Mary Ellen & John Berdick Gray.

In [Q3] 1937, he married Bessie Townley in Darwen, Lancashire.

They lived in Darwen.

During World War II, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

He died 8th September 1940.

He is remembered at Nottingham Crematorium [Grave Ref: 3], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

This & associated entries use material contributed by Derrick Habergham

Gray, Percy RileyRef 411-639
Solicitor with Ward's End Chambers, Halifax [1934]. He was solicitor to the
Halifax Trade Protection Society.

He qualified in May 1915

Gray, PhilipRef 411-2
Of Halifax.

He married Elizabeth.

Elizabeth was the daughter of
John Holmes

  1. Mary who died 25th July 1794 (aged 6 months) 
  2. George who died 5th January 1798 (aged 2 years 9 months) 
  3. John [1797-27th April 1839]
  4. Sarah who died 1st May 1800 (aged 1 year) 
  5. Abraham who died 6th November 1802 (aged 2 years) 
  6. Elizabeth [1803-27th September 1821]
  7. Jane [1808-19th April 1837]
  8. Matilda who died 28th March 1810 (aged 1 year 3 months) 
  9. George William [1811-31st May 1841]
  10. Hannah who died 20th June 1826 (aged 11 years 10 months) 

Elizabeth died 17th December 1833 (aged 59).

Philip died 29th May 1841 (aged 80).

The couple & other members of the family () were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax [Grave Ref: 43] with Elizabeth's parents; the other Gray children were buried in a separate grave there [Grave Ref: 83]

Gray, RichardRef 411-759
Son of Clara & Samuel Gray of Dyson Yard, Westgate, Elland.

Born in Hebden Bridge [Q2 1894].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

He died 27th October 1914.

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 4], on Elland War Memorial, on the Memorial at Saint Mary the Virgin, Elland, and on the Memorial at All Saints' Church, Elland

This & associated entries use material contributed by Glynn Helliwell

Gray, Colonel W. G.Ref 411-1159

He was a Colonel in the 1st Battalion Duke of Wellingtons West Riding Regiment [1888] and Halifax Volunteers

Gray, Walter GeorgeRef 411-922
Known as Colonel Gray.

Born in Wilberforce.

He was an architect & surveyor [1891] / a partner in Utley & Gray.

On 2nd October 1866, he married Mary Emma Murgatroyd [1835-1913] at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Clement George [1870-1932] who was a surveyor [1910]
  2. Marion Louise [1871-1931]

They lived at

Walter George died 21st November 1910.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £544 12/6d.

Probate was granted to his son Clement George.

See John Sykes

This & associated entries use material contributed by Derrick Habergham

Gray, WilliamRef 411-312
He and
F. Bartram Payton were partners in Bradford architects, Payton & Gray.

Their work included the Chapels in Brighouse Cemetery [1874]

Gray, WilliamRef 411-509
Built the parade of shops which stands in
Rawson Street, Halifax in front of Somerset House

Gray, Rev WilliamRef 411-880
Pastor at
Birchcliffe Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge [1860-1890]. After his resignation, he lived in Halifax before going to live in Chorlton-cum-Hardy where he died


Gray surnameRef 411-1
There are 26 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Gray, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Gray

Marriage 1900


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