GEORGE C. GRAY. The hardware interests of Saybrook are most worthily represented by the subject of this sketch,
who has a complete stock of everything in his line, and is one of the leading merchants of the kind in this community.
His business was established in 1886. In early life Mr. Gray followed farming in this county, having come to Illinois
with his parents when a child, in 1842. In early manhood he purchased eighty acres of land in Cheney's Grove Township,
upon which he operated until 1856, and then coming into Saybrook purchased a heavy stock of hardware, in which
trade he has been remarkably successful. He still retains his farm property. In connection with his town business
he carries on a tinshop, and his agricultural and trade interests contribute to make his life a busy one, with
little time for idleness. He is still in the prime of life, and has already built up for himself a reputation as
a reliable business man and a valued factor of the community.
Mr. Grey was born Sept. 27, 1840, near Akron, Ohio, and is the son of Thomas J. and Emma (Little) Gray, natives respectively of Connecticut and New York. His father was a carpenter by trade, which he followed the greater part of his life in Ohio; his death took place in this county Dec. 15, 1879, when seventy-one years of age. He was an excellent citizen and business man, and politically affiliated with the Democratic party. The mother was born in 1823 and died in 1867. She was a most excellent and worthy lady, and a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The parental household included seven children, who are recorded as follows: Calista was first married to Daniel Mathews, who died in Hennepin, Ill., and she then married A. C. Coles; Cornelia was united to A. C. Coles, and about nine years later Calista and A. C. Coles were married, Cornelia having died; Temperance became the wife of Allen Morse; John married Miss Gulliford, who is now deceased; George C., our subject, was the next in order of birth; Frances became the wife of Samuel Wood, and Julia married William Hamilton.
Young Gray remained with his parents during childhood and youth, and in 1872 was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Crocker. Mrs. G. is of English birth and parentage, and came to the United States with her father and mother when a child. Of her marriage with our subject there have been born a son and daughter William J. and Alice A. Mr. G. is a Democrat in politics, and a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 639. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.