/ William Gray and Mary Robertson
/ David Gray and Ann Harcus
William Gray and Catherine Garson
William Gray was the oldest son of David Gray and Ann Harcus, and was born 6th April 1851 at Bolisbel, Papa Westray. He was
recorded in his parents' house in the census of 1861, when he was 10 years old. His whereabouts at the time of the 1871 census, when he was 20 years
old, has not yet been discovered, but when his older half-brother James Foulis died the next year, on 6th May 1872, William was the person who signed the
Death Registration form.
William married Catherine Garson in Edinburgh on 21st December 1877. She was the daughter of Andrew Garson and Mary Aitken, and
was born in Birsay, Orkney, in 1849. William's occupation at that time was "seaman". The couple had 2 sons:
David Gray, born 24th September 1878. He married Jemima Moir in Leith on 29th June 1906. She was the daughter of James Moir and Isabella Wells,
and had been born about 1877. David died in Leith on 18th November 1950; his occupation on the Death registration was "dispatch clerk". Jemima died in
1960. No indication was found that the couple had any children.
William Johnston Gray, born 29th July 1880. In the 1916 Canadian census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, he was listed in Winnipeg, in the
household of James and Mary Macdonald. His occupation was blacksmith, and the record includes the information that he immigrated to Canada in 1912. He
enlisted in the Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force and signed the attestation form on 4th July 1916. His occupation there was "iron chopper", and
his date of birth was given as 29th of July, 1885. In the 1921 census he was again living with the Macdonalds, and his age was given as 30 years. The
Winnipeg city directories show him living the rest of his life in Winnipeg, working mostly in the railway maintenance facilities. He died in Winnipeg on
31st December 1955, and is buried in Kildonan Cemetery, Winnipeg. He had remained close to James and Mary Macdonald, and is buried in the same plot as
they. His will indicates that he was a bachelor, with occupation "machinist's helper".
In the 1881 census the family was living in Leith, and William's occupation was labourer in a paint factory. At the time of the 1891 census, the
family was living at 20 Ferrier St. in Leith, and William's occupation was "sailor (unfit for sea)". In the 1901 census the parents and two sons were
still together at the same address.
|1901 - 20 Ferrier St, South Leith|
|William Gray (1)
|Wm Johnston Gray (2)
(1) Beside William Senior's name, in the column headed "Whether deaf ... " there is the note "paralyzed".
(2) William Johnston's age was unreadable, but he was 20 at this time.
William died in the house on Ferrier Street, Leith, on 2nd February 1916. Catherine died at the same address on 24th January 1924.