I know I was supposed to do the Family Tree Friday post last Friday, but I was having body-aches and feeling very tired and wasn’t up to doing it. So here it is a week late this month! (Plus, Josh and I had just gotten some happy news that kept us busy…)
Reverend John Bancroft Gray was the brother of Dr. Joseph Gray who I wrote about last month. I don’t know much about him except that he was born on March 28 in 1790, and he died at the age of 33. I hope someday I can find out more: how he died, and whether or not he was married and had children, and also where or if he had a church he preached at regularly. It might be somewhere in New Hampshire, which is where his parents lived after they were married.
An interesting side note…Dr. Joseph Gray and Rev. John Bancroft Gray had a famous cousin, George Bancroft (son of Dr. Aaron Bancroft, Joseph and John Gray’s uncle). George Bancroft was a famous historian who, among many other things, created the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis while he was Secretary of the Navy. He was also asked by Congress to eulogize Abraham Lincoln. Interestingly, his father (who, among other things, was a minuteman present at the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill in the Revolutionary War) wrote a eulogy for George Washington.