About the will of David Gray (date June 2 1836). I don't know if he is John Gray father or not,
But must be some how related since his will was in the safe.
The will of David Gray is falling apart. and very hard to read.
I David Gray of Ballintaggart in the parish of Aghaderg Barony of Upper Iveagh, County of Down. it goes on to talk of debt and funeral expenses. .
To his son William Gray four Acres of land that is the old house blank with as much land adjoining to the (to make out four acres.
To David Gray the two fields at the back of the meadow together with the farm I bought from James Hanna(Sanna not sure first letter) with the bog belonging Sara fwim (can't read) and all the houses theron on the remaining part of my Mansion farm.
Son John Gray with all the spent bog now belonging to said farmwith the house I live in at the present,
Robert and Joseph Gray to be put to trades. And one hundred pounds each.William Gray is not to get possesion of the aforesaid four acres till age 21. I will my son James Gray five (can't read) shilling. I will to Daughter Elizabeth Dunlop(or Dunlap) one shilling. I will to my daughter Mary Burnett (or Barnett) one shilling , Sara Jane fifty pounds at age of 21.
John Gray and William Donaldson Of Brickland to be my Executors.
2 day of June 1836
Mary lee Woodburn, Jack Roberts & James Gray
This John Gray is not yet 100% confirmed as the same one who is the father to James Gray b. 1846.
We found that the name used for our family in County Down was Miscampbell.
We had a reference to the Crossle manuscripts at PRONI in which Robert Gordon deeded (lease) to a Gray and John Miscampbell and Andrew Miscampbell a portion of the townland of Ballintaggart in County Down in 1714. We got a copy of that deed from Dublin. John's signature when his family interest in the land was sold was John McSkamell.
Hope this is of help.
Robert Gordon leased land to James Gray in 1714 (and Jojhn & Andrew Miscampbell, all of Ballintaggart. By deed on 21 August 1736 James Gray assigned to his son Robert Gray, his interest in the lease
Letters of Administration of the Personal estate of John Gray late of Ballinteggart in the County of Down Farmer a Widower deceased who died 12 October 1858 at same place were granted at Belfast to David Gray of Ballinteggart aforesaid Farmer the paternal Uncle and Curator of the minor children only next of kin of said deceased during their minority.
Date Of Death: 24/05/1871
Date Of Grant: 11/12/1871
Effects: Effects under £100
The Will of Agnes Gray late of Ballinteggart County Down Widow deceased who died 24 May 1871 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of James Gray of Ballinteggart Farmer and Nathaniel O'Flaherty of Loughbrickland Merchant both in (Loughbrickland) said County two of the Executors.