Don Gray's Blog (10)

Fort Niagara returns fire on Fort George at daybreak Nov 21st, 1812

Fort Niagara - Betsy Doyle carries red hot cannon balls

Betsy Doyle married Andrew Doyle, a private in the First United States Artillery Regiment. "Private Doyle was with the U.S. forces when they invaded Upper Canada. He was captured in the Battle of Queenston and…

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Added by Don Gray on December 14, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Nicholas Gray: Seeking 'Liberty To Recruit a Regiment of Irish'

In 1798, the new Oaths issued by the Wexford Council had good effect. As Crown forces gathered on Wexford’s borders for the showdown, Nicholas Gray, Secretary of the Council, wrote on 16 June to Fr. Philip Roche, the new commander‑in‑chief. Gray was desperate for reinforcements for his Southern Army, which had…

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Added by Don Gray on September 28, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Wexford's Thomas Gray: Rebellion of 1641's Siege of Fort Duncannon

Irish loyalties in the Rebellion of 1641 were intertwined between religion and the destabilization of English politics. "The Catholic  landowners desire to recover their lost land was one main reason for the rebellion. The rebellion started eleven years of war between 1641-52 in Ireland and was…

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Added by Don Gray on June 2, 2017 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Sir David Goodall: Irish Genealogist

David Goodall was born in 1931. One side of his family had Wexford ancestors who were on both sides of the 1798 Rising. Though he had no professional involvement in Anglo-Irish relations until 1982, Goodall had a lifelong scholarly interest in Irish and, especially, Wexford history. He was president of…

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Added by Don Gray on August 14, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Nicholas Gray Jr: The Wexford Lodge Survives a Yankee Siege

The Mississippi Territory existed from April 7, 1798, until December 10, 1817. The Territory had the usual frontier problems of land claims and the establishment of law. The attraction of vast amounts of high quality, inexpensive land ideal for growing cotton attracted hordes of settlers. From 1798 through 1820, the…

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Added by Don Gray on March 7, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Emma Kline: Hoop-Skirt Smuggler During the Siege of Vicksburg

In 1864, 20-year-old Vicksburg resident Emma Kline was arrested by Union officials, who were then occupying the city, perched above the Mississippi River in the state bearing the same name. She was charged with the crime of smuggling, one of a group of women engaged in smuggling much-needed supplies out of Vicksburg and into the…

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Added by Don Gray on February 6, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

American Saga of Wexford-Born Immigrant Loftus Crosier Gray

The above is a picture of Loftus and Mary Gray, my great-great grandparents. Jack Holt, the husband of Mrs. Billie Jo Holt (who provided the above photo) is also a descendant of Loftus Gray. Jack's maternal grandfather was Walter Gray. The picture was given to Mrs. Holt by Anne Holt and later verified by…

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Added by Don Gray on January 30, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

'I Sleep Every Night Almost at the Muzzle of the British Cannons' -- 1812's Battle of Queenston Heights

In 1812, in the first summer of America's 'second War of Independence' with Britain, a valuable survey describing the whole Niagara Frontier was made by Irish immigrant Nicholas…

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Added by Don Gray on September 17, 2015 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Nicholas Gray: Irish Rebel - War of 1812 - Land Office

I believe the portrait at left is Nicholas Gray.

Nicholas Gray was an attorney in Co. Wexford, Ireland and in 1795 married Elinor Hughes. His life changed dramatically when he took part in the 1798 Rebellion as the Secretary to the Rebel Council of Wexford and also as Aide -de-Camp to Beauchamp Bagenal Harvey in 1798.  Mrs Patricia De Bernardi was a genealogist who…

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Added by Don Gray on September 21, 2013 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Gray Family of Wexford Ireland

My family visited Wexford in June of 2008. We rented a car while in Wexford and on the second day drove out to see the Jamestown House Stud Farm. My ancestor Joseph Gray built the house at the farm in 1811. Another Gray house is located at Whitefort. The ruins can be seen on the website of Tarquin Blake, "Abandoned Ireland." We enjoyed driving around Co.Wexford to view the…

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Added by Don Gray on July 29, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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