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[LA] GRAY, Martin ~ Grant Parish abt 1841

Researching Martin Gray of Grant Parish, Louisiana born about 1841-1848 MS. Martin is believed to be the son of Sarah.

In 1842, Levie (Levi Adams), Mingo (Mingo Adams, my great grandfather), and Sarah were deeded as gifts to Henry Cato from Burrell Cato November 4, 1842. The next day on November 5th, 1842, Henry Cato deeded as gifts slavs Levi and Sarah to Frances Cato. On January 27, 1849, Sarah, about 16 or 17 years and her 5 or 6 months child Martin were deeded as gifts to Mahala Gray from Frances Cato. The Negro boy Levi about 16 years was deeded as a gift to Sterling Cato from Frances Cato on January 27, 1849.
Information from Jefferson County Deed Book E – Pages 451 & 452 (Deeds of 1842) Microfilm Number 12012 and Jefferson County Deed Book G – Pages 89 & 125 (Deeds of 1849) Microfilm Number 12013. Information is through the courtesy of Linda Durr Rudd (cousin) who obtained copies of the documents for me through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and through Carolyn Benua, a descendant of the Cato family through contact with Linda Durr Rudd.

My research shows a Martin Gray listed on the 1870 Census for Grant Parish, Louisiana in the household of Thomas Curtis and his wife Martha J. Curtis. Mahala Gray, to whom Sarah and Martin were given, is a daughter of Burrell Cato and Frances Cato. Mahala married George W. Gray and they moved to Winn Parish, LA. The 1860 Slave Schedules list a George W. Gray in Winn Parish with seven slaves. George and Mahala had a daughter named Martha Ann. Grant Parish was created out of the southern part of Winn Parish and the northern part of Rapides Parish in 1869. Please contact me if you are researching GRAY in this area of LA.

Ed Adams


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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