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Gray, John Stewart

Gray, John Stewart

Male 1907 - 1990  (83 years)

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  • Name Gray, John Stewart 
    Nickname Jock 
    Born 12 Feb 1907  Oyne Aberdeenshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Jul 1990  Wivelsfield East Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I497  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2003 

    Father Gray, George,   b. 30 Jan 1860, Little Wardend Parish of Banff Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1935, Strabathie Blackdog Br.of Don Abn. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Florence, Mary,   b. 11 Nov 1864, Ryehill Oyne Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1945, Insch Aberdeenshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 12 Dec 1885  Oyne Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Proclaimed Parish Church of Keithhall December 1885
    Photos
    Harthill Farm
    Harthill Farm
    L to R John Gray, Henry Gray, Robert Lawson Gray, Alexander McIntosh Gray, Mary Ellen Gray and Lucy Gray.

    The three men lying at the front were farm workers
    Documents
    Census Insch 1891 George and Mary Gray
    Census Insch 1891 George and Mary Gray
    Census Insch 1901 George and Mary Gray
    Census Insch 1901 George and Mary Gray
    Family ID F166  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Odenbreit, Lena Cecilia,   b. 12 Oct 1909, Tottenham North London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1972, Hither Green SE London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1932  Deptford East London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Photos
    John Gray and Family
    John Gray and Family
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F175  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Kath,   d. 14 Jul 1991 
    Married 12 Nov 1976 
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F176  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Rin 497 JOCK_GRAY
    Rin 497 JOCK_GRAY
    Harthill Farm
    Harthill Farm
    L to R John Gray, Henry Gray, Robert Lawson Gray, Alexander McIntosh Gray, Mary Ellen Gray and Lucy Gray.

    The three men lying at the front were farm workers
    Robert Catherine and John Gray
    Robert Catherine and John Gray
    In this photograph Catherine is seen with her brothers young John on her right and Robert Lawson on her left The photo is undated and is probably taken at the family farm of Harthill Oyne

  • Notes 
    • John Stewart Gray was born at Harthill Oyne in Feb 1907 the only one of the children to be born there His parents were George Gray and Mary Florence
      John started life working at home on the farm as his brothers had done and then as a farm servant
      He applied to join the police force in Aberdeen only to be rejected due to lack of height being 5ft 11and one half inches whilst the requirement was 6 feet
      He then applied to the Metropolitan police in London and was accepted having grown half an inch on the way south as he himself declared
      He married a London girl Cis although as it transpired she came from a German family who had moved to England The father changed the family name from Odenbreit to Bright except he left out the girls since when they married they would change names anyway
      John was known as "Jock" throughout his life and completed his service with the police serving throughout the blitz in the heavily bombed east end of London
      During those war time years he and Cis kept open house for all members of the family who were serving in the forces and happened to be passing. They were most generous in their hospitality despite food rationing and other shortages
      They brought up their three children in Crofton Park Road Brockley
      When Cis died, the children having fled the coop, Jock remarried in 1976
      He and Kath stayed on at Crofton Park Road Jock found employment as an insurance assessor to supplement his pension and pursued his hobby of growing and showing flowers
      His life style with Kath changed somewhat to include travel and foreign holidays and they seemed to live happily together although after his death she turned against the children and sold the house without their knowledge A neighbour found a bundle of family photographs deposited in the dustbin
      This photograph is added from my mothers collection and is undated