Papa Westray Grays
Holland No 11
|William Gray||35 years||Orkney|
|Mary Gray||40 years||Orkney|
|Isabella Gray||15 years||Orkney|
|Jane Gray||5 years||Orkney|
|Mary Gray||1 year||Orkney|
|Isabella Gray||70 years||Orkney|
By 1861 they were at Newhouses (which replaced the Holland farm servants' housing), and they were still there at the time of the 1871 census.
Newhouses No 4
|William Gray||Head||66 years||Farm Servant||Westray|
|Mary Gray||Wife||73 years||Domestic Work||Papa Westray|
|Isabella Gray||Dau||45 years||General servant||Papa Westray|
|Mary Gray||Dau||29 years||General Ag. work||Papa Westray|
In 1881 William (whose age was given as 73 years, although he was actually 75), his wife Mary, and their unmarried daughter Isabella were living at East Dykeside (also known as Quarryhouses), and William's occupation was "formerly farm servant".
There is a gap of more than 7 years between the births of David and Jane, which is unusual in families of that period. One possible explanation is that there were some stillborn children. Another possibility is that William was away working somewhere else, where he couldn't get home even for visits for several years. Perhaps he was a seaman before he settled down and became a farm servant, sailing on the long-distance routes, for instance to India and Australia. The Hudson's Bay Company had many Orcadian employees at that time, but the HBC Archives has no record indicating that he was working for the HBC.
Mary Robertson died on 4th January, 1884, at Quarryhouses, Papa Westray. William Gray died 7 years later, on the 12th January, 1891, at Vola, Papa Westray, the home of his son John. On William's death registration form his father's name is given as John, but since other records, in particular the record of William's baptism, indicate that his father was another William, this is likely just a mistake on the part of the informant (his son John). Mary and William were probably buried in St. Boniface churchyard, Papa Westray, but there is no stone there for them.