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James Gray Family Gravestone (1834)
(Slate headstones in high railed enlosure) Erected by James Gray of Gray's Hill, in memory of his wife Sarah Gray, who died 16th of February 1834 aged 56years. Also two children who died young. Likewise his son Charles Gray, who died 16th of August 1843 aged 24 years. And like wise his son John Gray, who died 16th of August 1844 aged 37 years. Also his grand daughter Sarah McMeekan who died 8th June 1855 aged 17 years. Also the above James Gray who died 6th of March 1859 aged 77 years. Also Margaret, daughter of said James Gray, who departed this life 10th November 1867 aged 67 years.
Marcus Patton - An Historical Gazetteer 1999
A Steep rising from Queen's Parade to Princetown Road; in existence in 1833, but the present houses are late 19th Century in date. The name supposedly came from the original developer of the street, who's houses were later taken down and rebuilt by his son.
the small-scale map information is from an 1833 OS publication showing the street in existence.
Charlie Seyers stated
Robert Neill's... last job was the building of two houses at the corner of Gray's Hill and Kinnegar for Mr George Matthews. One was built for Mr William Abernethy [this would be no.1, built about 1890]. The builder died during the work and the late Lester Irving, who was in charge, finished them and afterwards started on his own account carrying on extensive building operations for many years...
A man called Gray was supposed to be the first to build in Gray's Hill and the street was called after him. His son, however, came in my time and took the houses down and built the two houses now occupied by Dr Bennett and Mrs M'Meekan. Sam M'Cormick looked after the building of them.
There were several Gray families in the town of Bangor. Gray's Hill is still there. The area was a farm owned by James Gray and his wife Sarah in the 19th.C Other Grays farmed in the townland of Ballymagee, now part of Bangor
Will of Lt. Henry Gray 1824 - 1883 (son of James Gray of Gray's Hill)
Owner of 2 properties in Bangor Northern Ireland, Number 9 & 11 Gray's Hill, Bangor.
Will of Elizabeth McMeekan 05-04-1938, 110 Princetown Rd.Bangor, Formerly of 11 Gray's Hill Bangor.
Executor's (her brother) The Right Hon. Hugh M. Pollock (possibly of Gray's Hill). Left all to her daughter Elizabeth McDowell McMeekan, in the wish that she would look after her brother.
The Pollock family are believed to have the Newsagent on Gray's Hill.
1835 Valuation of Bangor (Proni Ref: Val / 1B / 31)
The valuation shows 21 houses on the street, albeit not all are complete at this time. James Gray is registered at number 19 which would be the top of the hill. The document indicates a value of £ 5 s 10 d 0 and comprises a House and a yard. James Gray is the only Gray on Gray's Hill at this point in time. Interestingly enough a David McMeechan lives at No. 12.