Alginon Gray married Theresa India Dortch. He had two daughters, Fannie (my gr. grandma) & Maude. Theresa had epilepsy and died young from it. Then Alginon married Theresa's younger sister Martha Dortch and had Francis & Hoyt. Alginon died in a railroad bridge accident in Oct 1912. He was helping to build the bridge. Not too much later, the boys were adopted by Alice Lucas Johnston & Howard Henry Brown. The boys kept their biological name as their middle name. When the boys were about 21, the Browns brought the boys to meet their mother, Martha Dortch in Winston-Salem, NC. Virginia Oakley, Martha's oldest child with Artie Oakley, spent the summer with the Browns and kept in touch with Francis & Hoyt. Our family unfortunately, had orphan situations, lack of ability to read and write, not much money for letters, and lost touch with most of the family. In about 1950, Fannie asked her daughter Catherine Stowe (in my profile picture) to help her try to find her brothers, and other family from Mecklenburg County, VA. Fannie was born in Mecklenburg & both her parents were raised in the Bracey area of Mecklenburg. Fannie never saw her brothers or Martha again. In about 1945, the boys lived near Washington DC, according to a family letter. So I continue grandma Fannie's search to find her brother's families. I have found Hoyt's family & wish to find Francis family, so I created this page in hopes someone will recognize what I have written.
Note: Alginon Gray's father, John Gray, immigrated to this country from Ireland in 1838. So Francis, Hoyt, Fannie & Maude are second generation American.