AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 923
HENRY McCRAY came from an old Scotch-Irish family, who settled in Ellington,
Conn., about 1750. This had been a
numerous family, but at the present time has only a few representatives in the
town. The McCray family has
inter-married with the best families in this part of the State.
first of the name in this country was William McCray, who was born in 1702, and
came from the North of Ireland to Mansfield, Conn., in 1759, and later moved to
Ellington, locating on the farm now occupied by Wilbur F. Chapman.
He was an extensive land owner in Ellington, and died in 1776.
Mr. McCray was married to Margaret McMaster, who was born in southern
Scotland in 1724, and died Sept. 16, 1804; both she and her husband were buried
in Ellington. Their children were:
William, born in 1750, died in 1836;
Elizabeth, born in 1752; Reuben,
born in 1754, died in 1811; David,
born in 1755; Eleanor, born in 1757,
married Samuel Thompson, Jr., the first of his family to locate in Ellington;
John, born in 1759; Isaac,
who married Roxanna Olmstead; Sally,
born in 1764; Calvin.
McCray, the grandfather of J. Henry, was born June 12, 1768, in Ellington, died
Dec. 7, 1836. His first wife was
Betsy McKinney, who was born in 1769, and died March 7, 1814.
To them were born: Horatio,
born 1788, Calvin, born 1789, both went West where they died in 1849.
Lathrop was physician of South Hadley, Mass.
He was born in 1803, and died in 1867.
Warren was a physician of Springfield, Mass., where he practiced for many
years, and then returned to Ellington, where he died in 1876, aged seventy-eight
years. Philo was a farmer in
Ellington, where he died in 1883; Maria
married Ebenezer Stacey, and on his death William McNall.
She died in Manchester, Conn., in 1880.
Chloe married Abraham Allen, and had her home in Enfield, Conn., where
she died in 1849.
McCray, for his second wife, married Mrs. Sarah (Hill) Rogers, who survived him.
Their children were, (1)
John; (2) Henry, who married Roxanna
R. Kimball, carried on the tinning and plumbing business in Rockville, where he
died October, 1887; (3) Samuel, who
married Catherine White, was a commission merchant many years in New York, and
returned to Ellington, where he died October, 1887;
(4) Betsy, who died in 1843, at the age of twenty-three years;
(5) Ann Eliza, who died May 4, 1840, at the age of eighteen years;
(6) Jane, who died in Pittsfield, Mass., the wife of Charles G. Blackman.
For many years he was engaged in business in Rockville with his
brother-in-law, Henry McCray. Mr.
Blackman died in January, 1891.
McCray, the father of J. Henry, was born Jan. 30, 1816, in Ellington, and lived
on the old homestead. He died Jan.
16, 1866, and was a respected citizen of the town.
On May 17, 1743 (** see footnote), Mr. McCray was married to Lora Ely,
born in East Windsor, Oct. 1, 1815, the daughter of Ephraim and Lora (Foster)
Ely. Previous to her marriage she
had been a teacher for many years. Mrs.
McCray died Jan. 9, 1879, and was the mother of the following children, (1)
Charles D., born Feb. 24, 1844, died in Ellington, Sept. 4, 1873.
(2) Frederick E., who married Miss F.R. Cook, was born Jan. 3, 1846, and
follows farming in Ellington; their children are Emma R., wife of Henry Chapman,
born April 24, 1870; Walter F., born
Feb. 18, 1873; Charles H., born Jan.
15, 1877. (3) Ferdinand, twin
brother to Frederick E., died March 8, 1846.
(4) Eliza, born Feb. 27, 1848. She
was educated at the Ellington high school and was a teacher.
She is now the widow of Rienzi Hamilton, and resides at Ellington.
The names of the children born to this family are Earl B., born Dec. 4,
1876; Jessie F., born Aug. 4, 1879,
died Feb. 25, 1883; Lizzie E., born
Dec. 31, 1882. (5) Sarah R., born
Aug. 20, 1850, taught school for fifty-four terms in Ellington and the
surrounding towns, being very successful in her work.
She was married April 6, 1890, to Josiah H. Hall, a man of deep religious
convictions. He died April 23, 1899.
Henry McCray was born in Ellington, Sept. 10, 1855, where he spent the early
part of his life on the farm, and later was a carpenter, working for some time
in Springfield, Mass. In 1885 he
came to Rockville, entering the employ of Belding Brothers & Company, where
he had charge of the woodwork at their silk mill, during which time he drafted
plans for several residences. In
1902 he resigned his position at Belding Brothers that he might devote his whole
time to architectural work. He
prepared plans for the Tolland county Temporary Home for Children at Vernon
Centre, Conn., the Prescott Block, Rockville, and many private residences in
that locality. Mr. McCray was
married Oct. 27, 1885, in Bernardston, Mass., to Minnie R. Hare, born in
Guilford, Vermont, June 13, 1860, the daughter of Albert L. and Matilda L.
(Barber) Hare, and the granddaughter of Stephen A. and Lois (Sperry) Hare, of
L. Hare when a young man went to Louisiana and spent about twenty years of his
life there. He returned to
Bernardston, Mass., in 1864, living there until his death, Feb. 10, 1900, at the
age of seventy-one years. His wife
died Nov. 17, 1887, at the age of fifty-six years.
Mrs. McCray was the oldest of four children:
Minnie R.; Alcide B.,
born June 28, 1862, died July 10, 1864; Albert
P., born June 28, 1862, of Springfield, Mass., where he is engaged in business
as a merchant; F. Belle, born June
5, 1868, who is the wife of Arthur G. Gordon, of Hazardville, Conn.
Mrs. McCray was a teacher previous to her marriage.
their marriage Mr. and Mrs. McCray located at St. Bernard’s Terrace, in
Rockville, Conn. In 1891 they
removed to North Park Street, Rockville, where they have since resided.
Their children are: (1)
Burton H., born April 2, 1888, died Aug. 18, 1888;
(2) Bernice H., born April 2, 1888, died Aug. 24, 1889;
(3) J. Stanley, born June 6, 1892; (4)
Christine Lois, born April 15, 1900.
McCray is a Republican, and at the present time is a member of the City Council.
obviously this is a typo error, but “1743” is the published date in
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