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JAMES GRAY OF PORTLAND, MACARTHUR, WARRNAMBOOL AND DROMANA 1859-1951 (VIC., AUST.)

Journal by itellya

JAMES WAS BURIED AT DROMANA CEMETERY. ENTRY FROM MY CHRONOLOGY OF BURIALS AT DROMANA.

4+-10-1951. JAMES GRAY, DROMANA.
GRAY. — On October 4, at Dromana, James, beloved husband of the late Alice Gray, loving father of Alice (Mrs. Hallowell). Ruth (Mrs. Mehegan). Katie and Wallace; aged 93 years. Formerly of Macarthur and Warrnambool. Victoria.(P.2, The Age, 6-10-1951.)
The age was digitised as 98 years but close examination of the page revealed that it was actually 93 as on the “marble on granite” gravestone at Dromana cemetery shown on the ozgen list.
There was no funeral notice.

The death record gave his age as 92, perhaps a typo.
EventDeath Event registration number23297 Registration year1951
Personal information
Family nameGRAY Given namesJames
Father's nameGREY James Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown)*
Place of birthPORTLAND Place of deathDROMANA Age92
*See birth record at end of entry.

I suspected that the maiden name of the late wife of James was Neild and their daughter Alice’s death record did not provide her mother’s maiden name so I tried Ruth’s which confirmed my suspicion. Interestingly Ruth, born at Warrnambool, died at Dromana. Her sister Alice Hallowell (who, like her father, died at the age of 93) had probably married near her death place of Warrnambool.

RUTH’S DEATH RECORD.
EventDeath Event registration number4832 Registration year1965
Personal information Family nameMEHEGAN Given namesRuth
Father's nameGRAY James Mother's nameAlice (Nield)
Place of birthWarrnambool Place of deathDromana Age74
Ruth’s name is not on the ozgen list for Dromana but I wonder if she was buried with her father.

James and Alice were married in 1885.
EventMarriage Event registration number6141 Registration year1885
Personal information Family nameGRAY Given namesJames
Spouse's family nameNEILD Spouse's given namesAlice

A trove search revealed the Hallowell family as early and long-time Warrnambool residents and the NIELDS ditto at Macarthur.

JAMES GRAY’S BIRTH RECORD.
EventBirth Event registration number20242 Registration year1859*
Personal information Family nameGRAY Given namesJames
Father's nameJas Mother's nameCatherine (Black)
Place of birthP'LAND
*The age of 92 on the death record could be right and the age of 93 in the death notice and gravestone inscription wrong.

RUTH’S SECOND MARRIAGE.
She’’d married Alfred Greenwood in 1916 (reg. no.687.)
EventMarriage Event registration number2271 Registration year1941
Personal information Family nameMEHEGAN Given namesJas
Spouse's family nameGREENWOOD Spouse's given namesRuth

James had been a widower for 30 years when he died. He may have been living with Ruth at Dromana.
HIS LATE WIFE’S DEATH RECORD.
EventDeath Event registration number12321 Registration year1921
Personal information Family nameGRAY Given namesAlice
Father's nameNeild (SIC)James Mother's nameSarah (Mitchell)
Place of deathWARRNAMBOOL Age64

Surnames: BLACK GRAY GREENWOOD HALLOWELL MEHEGAN MITCHELL NIELD
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Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.

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