Joseph C. Gray was born
in Pennsylvania, on March 3, 1823. He arrived at Sacramento, California
in 1849. He enlisted into the Mexican War being mustered out with the rank
of Sergeant. Gray and two companions walked overland from Mexico City to
San Gabriel, California.
Joseph C. Gray
Annie Jeanette Scott
? - 1913
Shortly after Joseph
worked his way north to Sacramento, he became a partner of James McClatchy,
the founder of the Sacramento Bee Newspaper. It is not known if this partnership
was with the newspaper or not. It remains a mystery and this information
have not been confirmed by the newspaper company its self. It is believed
to be a partnership on the old McClatchy Ranch in Sacramento.
On May 30, 1851, Joseph
C. Gray married Annie Jeanette Scott, a daughter of Walter William and
Elizabeth Crawford Scott. Her father Walter reached California, possibly
as early as 1847, was an early pioneer of the state. To this marriage twelve
children were born.
The family lived in several places
in California, one of the being, Washington, Yolo County. His father-in-law
Walter William Scott was driving the pack trains and freighting in the
merchandise for a store located in Shasta City.
|Mary (Phillip Hatter)
|Araminta (Chauncey Stewart)
|Katie (Joe Randles)
|Alice (Campbell Hagen Schooling)
|Annie Elizabeth (A. J."Bud" Fowler)
|Grace Gertrude (Herman Meyer)
|2 children died at birth
This store was owned
and operated by the Callaghan brothers of that city. There was a family
dispute within the Callaghan brothers, and two of the siblings left. Jeremiah
Callaghan kept the business going promoting Walter W. Scott to become a
store clerk and part owner.
This gave a chance for
Scott to tell Gray about the opening within their company. Joseph C. Gray
Sr., took the job and began driving the pack trains and freighting in the
merchandise for this pioneer company. The Gray family arrived in Shasta
County in 1872.
After the retirement
of Walter W. Scott from this company, Gray left and began to farm his property
on North Cow Creek in Eastern Shasta. Gray died on his farm on October
9, 1883, and is buried in the Millville Masonic Cemetery. His wife Annie
Jeanette Scott Gray, moved to Bella Vista, and lived in that section of
Shasta County for forty years.
Mrs. Gray then moved
to live in Oakland, California for a while. She took ill and died at the
home of her grandson, W.E. Gray, at 5766 Vicente Street. Mrs. Gray was
buried in the Millville Masonic Cemetery, next to her husband. The descendants
of Joseph and Annie Jeanette Scott Gray Sr. still live in present day Shasta
Contributed by Jeremy M. Tuggle
Resource "Rooted In Shasta County" by Jeremy M. Tuggle
published by Preserving Memories in 2003, 2nd Edition 2004.
Walter William Scott Pioneer Plaque folder on file at
Shasta Historical Society.
Joseph C. Gray Sr., Pioneer Plaque folder on file at
Shasta Historical Society