Lula Virginia "Ginny" WILLIAMS (1874-?)

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LINTON & BIRD CHRONICLES, Volume V, Issue 1, Spring 2010, ISSN 1941-3521

Lula Virginia "Ginny" WILLIAMS (1874-?)

(Profile)

Terry Louis Linton © 1995

Linton Research Fund Inc., Publication © 2010

LINTON & BIRD CHRONICLES, Volume V, Issue 1, Spring © 2010, ISSN 1941-3521

Updated March 27, 2010

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Clara Myrtle GRAY’s (1900-1988) mother, was Lula Virginia "Ginny" WILLIAMS (1874-?). Ginny was the second of five children born to John WILLIAMS (1840-1943) and Sarah A. CAPPS (1846-1943). John was born, November 26, 1840, on his father’s farm, in Seaboard, Princess Anne County, Virginia. Sarah was born in 1846, on her father’s farm, in Pungo, Princess Anne County, Virginia. 1

Ginny was born in 1874 , on the William’s Farm, in Seaboard, Princess Anne County, Virginia (now Virginia Beach City). Ginny married George Charles Godwin GRAY, some time in 1894, in Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia. George was born, in 1874, in Pennsylvania. 2 Clara Myrtle GRAY wrote on the back of her father's picture: "George or Charles Godwin Gray", "I don't know where he is from. He left when I was 4 weeks old to see about a job. "We think he must have gotten a steady job as no one never saw him again." 3 After Ginny’s husband, George, left in July of 1900, Ginny put all of her children up for adoption, in the Saint Mary's Infant Home, located on Chapel Street, 4 except her oldest daughter, Susie. Nothing else is known about Ginny.

George and Ginny had five children:

I. Susie GRAY (1895-?) was born in 1895, in Princess Anne County, Virginia. 5 Susie was raised by her mother until she "went bad" and ran away from home in her early teens to New York City. 6

II. Ivy Lee GRAY (1896-1930) was born in 1896, in Seaboard, Princess Anne County, Virginia 7 and died in 1930 in Norfolk, at age 34. Ivy Lee was raised by her grand- parents, John WILLIAMS (1840-1943) and Sarah A. CAPPS Williams (1846- 1943). Ivy Lee married Raymond B. MURRAY, the son of John T. MURRAY (1837-?) and Alice S. unknown, (1837-?), in 1915, in Virginia. Raymond was born in 1893, in Norfolk County, Virginia and died in 1963, in Norfolk, Virginia, at age 70. 8

Raymond and Ivy Lee had known nine children: Ivy Lee MURRAY (1916-1991), Ruth MURRAY (1917-1975), Alice MURRAY (1919), Margaret MURRAY (1921), Raymond John MURRAY (1923), Olivia MURRAY (1924), John MURRAY (1926), Catherine MURRAY (1928), and Bruce Jay MURRAY (1929). 9

III. Edward Luxford GRAY Sr. (1897-?) was born on September 20, 1897 in Seaboard, Princess Anne County, Virginia. 10 Edward was raised by his grandparents John WILLIAMS (1840-1943) and Sarah A. CAPPS (1846-1943) on their farm in Seaboard. 11 According to his World War I Draft Registration Card, which he signed on September 12, 1918, states that he is of medium height, small built, brown eyes, black hair and age twenty-one. He was living at 739 North Malthy Avenue, City of Norfolk, Virginia. Edward was working as a machinist, employed by the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia. Edward listed his nearest relative as R. G. Williams at the same address. 12 Russell G. Williams (1881-1942) was Edward’s uncle. Also living there were is aunt Edith Oliva SADLER Williams (1886-1979) and their son Clarence Miller WILLIAMS (1912-1987) 13

 

Edward first married, circa 1919, in Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia, to a unknown girl, born in 1897. Edward next married Ethel Meredith Etheridge, daughter of Thomas E. ETHERIDGE (1879-?) and Annie (1880-?) unknown, on April 18, 1927, in Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia. Ethel was born in 1903 and died in Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia. 14

Edward and Ethel had three known children: Edward Luxford GRAY Jr., (1917), born in Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia. Carol GRAY, born in 1919, in Seaboard, Princess Anne Co., VA. Olivia Paige GRAY, born in 1924, in Princess Anne Co., VA. 15 Olivia married Roy CLAY circa 1944.

IV. Bruce GRAY (1899-?) was born in 1899, in Seaboard, Princess Anne County, Virginia. Bruce was raised by his uncle and aunt, Peter DYLK (1877-?) and Mary WILLIAMS (1882-?), of Princess Anne County, Virginia. 16

V. Clara Myrtle GRAY was born on June14, 1900, in Seaboard, Princess Anne County, Virginia., Clara was adopted and raised by her uncle, Annas Nias SADDLER and Margaret Eddie CURLING of Great Bridge, Norfolk County, Virginia. Clara married Jeff Augustus "Gus" BIRD (1893-1954) on August 7, 1917, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Clara and Gus had sixteen children: Guy Edward "Eddie" BIRD (1918-1957); Earl Alford BIRD (1919-1991); Myrtle Elizabeth BIRD Dougall Holzapfel (1921-1996); Evelyn Virginia "Polly" BIRD Linton (1922); J. A. "Jeff Augustus" "Snookum" "Jimmie" BIRD (1923); Albert Irvin BIRD (1925- 2008); Donald Milton BIRD (1926-1999); Margaret Drusilla BIRD Norwood (1928); Iva Lee BIRD Bryant (1930-1993); Carlton Norris Bird (1931-2002); Franklin Delano "Buddy" BIRD (1934); Frances Dell BIRD Shivers (1934); Mary Louise BIRD Gill (1936); David Brewer Bird (1938-1997); Patricia "Pat" Margie BIRD Bronstad (1941); Beatrice "Betty" Jean BIRD Jensen (1942)

Jeff Augustus "Gus" BIRD died on June 12, 1954, in his home, on Meadow Oaks Drive, in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, at the age of 61. On June 15, 1954, Gus was laid to rest in the Blue Bonnet Garden Section, of Mount Olivet Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX.

Clara Myrtle GRAY Bird died on December 27, 1988, in the Haltom City Central Hospital, Haltom City, Tarrant County, Texas, at the age of 88. On December 31, 1988, Clara was laid to rest next to her husband, of some thirty-seven years, in the Blue Bonnet Garden Section, of the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. 17

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Above photo: Lula Virginia "Ginny" WILLIAMS Gray with her children, Edward, Susie and Ivy Lee in 1898.....Below photo: George Charles Godwin Gray (1874-?) Photo taken in 1895 in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Source Citations

1. Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1880 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).

2. Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006).

3. Original photo in the possession of the Linton Research Fund Inc.

4. Chapel Street, Local History, Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service © 2004, pp 1-2.

5. Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006).

6. Oral interview with Olivia MURRAY Kluck (1924), and Clara Myrtle GRAY Bird (1900-1988) in Norfolk, Virginia, 1969.

7. Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006).

8. Oral interview with Olivia MURRAY Kluck (1924), and Clara Myrtle GRAY Bird (1900-1988) in Norfolk, Virginia, 1969.

9. Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006)

10. Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006).

11. Oral interview with Olivia MURRAY Kluck (1924), and Clara Myrtle GRAY Bird (1900-1988) in Norfolk, Virginia, 1969.

12. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918: Source Information: Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

13. Ancestry.com, 1920 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006).

14 Oral interview with Olivia MURRAY Kluck (1924), and Clara Myrtle GRAY Bird (1900-1988) in Norfolk, Virginia, 1969.

15. Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006)

16. Oral interview with Olivia MURRAY Kluck (1924), and Clara Myrtle GRAY Bird (1900-1988) in Norfolk, Virginia, 1969.

17. The Direct Ancestral Lineage of Evelyn Virginia Bird Linton, The Daughter of Jeff August Bird (1893-1954) And Clara Myrtle Grey (1900-1988) (Book, Terry L. Linton © 1987, Linton Research Fund Inc., Publication © 1987, printed in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA.) (First Revision, January, ©1989)

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