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From: "Bernie Moore-Knowles" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Wash Gray - Wilma
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 08:25:30 -0700
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I learned of this man's tragic end from Betty Mc last year.......
Subj: [ARIZARD-L] Old Article from Melbourne Times
Hi: Was going thru my obituary files this afternoon and ran across the
following which I thought might help someone. It is interesting, but very
tragic and sad. Although this happened in Texas, it was Izard County people.
August 3, 1902
Editor, Melbourne Times:
Through the columns of your paper I wish to tell the people of that country
about the death of Mr. G.W. Gray (familiarly known as Uncle Wash Gray) and
his daughter, Mrs. Martha Johnson, which occurred on Saturday morning,
August 2, 1902, at about six o'clock. I desire to tell what I saw and heard
without passing judgement. Mr. and Mrs. Gray, and Earl Johnson and wife,
(whose maiden name was Martha Gray) were living together in a house which
stands about one hundred yards from my house. They had rented a house in
Bartlett and were preparing to move to
it on the fatal day on which the sad affair took place. On Friday they
packed their household goods, so as to get off early next morning, and
arranged with my wife (who is also a daughter of Mr. Gray) to take
breakfast with us, but when morning came Martha didn't come with the others
for breakfast. They told us that she said she didn't wish any, so we sat
down to the table. I asked Mr. Gray to give thanks, which he did in almost
an inaudible voice, and then told me he could hardly talk. I asked him to
take some meat. He said, "No, I'll make out my breakfast." He ate a
biscuit, some molasses and drank a cup of coffee, then without another word
got up from the table and left the room. I thought he was yet in the house,
when I heard a report which sounded like the sound produced by striking a
board against a house. Someone said, "Who is that shooting?" Then another
report convinced me that it was some one shooting, and fearing that
something might be going wrong, I started at once to their house. I did not
run but went in a fast walk. When I got near I saw the dead body of Martha
lying in the cook room. I did not go to her then, for not knowing what had
happened to Mr. Gray, I thought it would be a rash act. I passed on, looking
into the other rooms through a window in the eastend of the building. I
still neither saw nor heard anything of him, but when I got to where I could
see on the porch, which is on the south side, I saw all was
over for there he lay on the floor, dead, with his head at the door of the
west room and his old cap and ball Colt's navy near his feet, pointing
toward his body. They were both shot inthe right side of the head - she in
the back part of the head about even with the top of the ear, and he just
above the ear. It was an unerring deadly aim. He told me on Friday morning
that he was going crazy, and said that he could not keep his mind on one
thing half a minute at a time. Also Friday evening he told me that if it was
the Lord's will he had rather go to his grave than move to Bartlett. I
tried to get him to stay where he was and not go. Mrs. Gray was excited
from the time the first shot was fired and is almost prostrated with grief.
Johnson insisted that Mr. Gray was shooting at a rabbit and didn't start
till I got there and beckoned to them to come. Then it seemed he could not
bear it. Their remains were shipped to Theo, Tex. for burial. I know his
old friends will be greatly shocked, but surely not as we are. I have read
of such things happening, but then it was somebody else who bore it.
Now it seems to me that SuziQ is a researcher of the Bylers, so she may know
more (knowmoore?), alos.
Descendants of George Washington "Wash" Gray
1 George Washington "Wash" Gray b: November 24, 1824 in Izard Co.,
Arkansas d: August 02, 1902 in Granger, Williamson Co., Texas Burial: Theo,
.. +Barbara Hannah Byler b: May 18, 1831 in Rover, Bedford Co., Tennessee
m: November 01, 1848 d: February 1853 in Lunenburg, Izard Co., Arkansas
......... 2 Sarah J./P. Gray b: 1850 in Arkansas
......... 2 Martha Gray b: 1852 d: August 02, 1902 in Granger, Williamson
Co., Texas Burial: Theo, Texas
............. +Earl Johnson
*2nd Wife of George Washington "Wash" Gray:
.. +Orpha Elizabeth Black b: January 21, 1835 in Bedford Co., Tennessee m:
1855 in Izard Co., Arkansas d: January 20, 1876 in Izard Co., Arkansas
Burial: Lunenburg, Izard Co., Arkansas
......... 2 Mary Frances "Fannie" Gray b: March 24, 1856 in Arkansas d:
October 22, 1898 in Izard Co., Arkansas Burial: Lunenburg Cemetery-Izard
............. +Joseph Luther "Joe" Landers
......... 2 Thomas Owen Gray b: 1858 in Arkansas
............. +Allie Landers
......... 2 Elizabeth Boyd Gray b: 1860 in Izard Co., Arkansas
............. +Henry Owens
......... 2 Emma Jane Gray b: October 17, 1862 in Izard Co., Arkansas d:
July 24, 1960 in Bell Co., Texas
............. +Tasso Burns Linn b: December 05, 1860 m: February 07, 1884
in Izard Co., Arkansas d: May 14, 1928 in Bell Co., Texas
......... 2 Maggie Love Gray b: 1866 in Izard Co., Arkansas
............. +Burse Copas
......... 2 John William Gray b: November 13, 1869
......... 2 Knoxie Orpha Gray b: February 1873 in Izard Co., Arkansas
............. +Mahlon F. Hill
*3rd Wife of George Washington "Wash" Gray:
.. +Sarah Ann "Sally" Landers b: February 12, 1838 m: Aft. 1873 d: July 07,
1916 Burial: Lunenburg Cemetery-Izard Co., Arkansas
Isn't that a sad story?
"I have Indian blood in me. I have just enough White blood for you to
question my honesty." ........Will Rogers
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wilma Norton" <>
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2001 7:04 AM
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Landers, Horn and Gray - Wilma and Vera
> Yes, Sarah Landers Luckett married Geo. Washington Gray -- what is the
> on the "awful" death?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Bernie Moore-Knowles <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 9:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Landers, Horn and Gray - Wilma and Vera
> > Wilma
> > Glad you brought this family to light.
> > Recently I was visiting in Dallas with my sister-in-law; Patricia
> > Knowles. Patricia's mother was from Strawberry in Arkansas (Isn't that
> > Lawrence Co.?) and Mrs. Brigham's grandparents was a George Washington
> > and Virgie Horn.
> > Now, this Sarah Landers Luckett married a Wash Gray, didn't she?
> > him at the time of his awful death?
> > Wonder if there is a connection to these two Grays named George
> > or should I dismiss it as every family had a George Washington in it?
> > And the Horn?
> > There was a Robert Berryman Horn that married into my Sinor family in
> > Co. Vera, know anything about these Horns?
> > Appreciate it girls and by the way, I received four or five of the
> > viruses and boy........do I feel lucky and honored?
> > Bernie Moore-Knowles
> > Phoenix, Arizona
> > "I have Indian blood in me. I have just enough White blood for you to
> > question my honesty." ........Will Rogers
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Wilma Norton" <>
> > To: <>
> > Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 8:05 PM
> > Subject: [ARIZARD-L] Landers/Luckett
> > > In the 1860 Rocky Bayou Twp. I found Sarah A. Luckett living with her
> > parents Roland and Martha Landers. She has a child named Harvey H.
> > 1 AR.
> > >
> > > In the 1870 Rocky Bayou Twp. she is listed with her parents as Sarah
> > Landers. Also in the same household is Harvey Landers 10 AR and
> > Landers, 1 AR.
> > >
> > > In Carroll Haydens cemetery book there is a T.T. Luckett 1868-1899
> > would seem to be Theodore.
> > >
> > > Anybody know what happened to Sarah A. Landers first husband?
> > >
> > > Wilma
> > >
> > >
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