BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
(1867 GA d. 1919 AL)
Jefferson County, Alabama
Henry Bramlette Gray was born in Calhoun, Ga., Feb. 8, 1867. He was the son of Zachariah Thompson Gray and Elizabeth Annie (Kiker) Gray, who lived in Calhoun, Gordon County Georgia. Zachariah was born March 11, 1836 to John and Chloe Gray. Z. T. Gray died March 17, 1904 at Gordon Co., Georgia and was buried at Chandler Cemetery, Gordon Co., Georgia. Z. T. Gray enlisted in Co., G 2nd Georgia Volunteers, C.S.A. and rose to the rank of Captain in that Company.
Elizabeth Annie (Kiker) Gray was born Nov 2, 1837 NC and died Oct 11, 1917 at Calhoun, Gordon County, Georgia. Elizabeth was the daughter of Evan Alexander and Jane (Smith) Kiker.
They had five known children:
- James Andrew Gray
- Hannah Alice Gray
- John William Gray
- Jeffie Gray
- Henry Bramlette Gray born Feb. 8, 1867 at Gordon County, Georgia.
Henry was educated in the public schools of Atlanta, and graduated from the high school of that town. He was connected with the Atlanta Constitution for some years, and afterward with the Birmingham Age-Herald, in the capacity of business manager of the latter. In 1895 he became president of the People’s Savings Bank & Trust Company.
In 1891, he married Miss Sarah “Bessy” Elizaberth Martin daughter of Col. Alberto Martin of Birmingham, Alabama and Harriet Louise Mudd. Bessy was born March 23, 1871 and was the granddaughter of John Martin and Judge William S. and Florence (Earle) Mudd.
They had son Henry Bramlett Gray, Jr. (b. March 17, 1892 AL) who married Dorothy Roden Davis Nov. 17, 1920.
In 1902 Mr. Gray was president of the People’s Savings Bank & Trust Co., vice-president of the People’s Home Telephone Co.. treasurer of Jefferson county, a member of the board of aldermen, member and treasurer of the board of education. He was a member of the Masons, being a Knight Templar and Shriner, and of the Elks, Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows. He was treasurer of the Knight Templars, and also of the Shriners. He was a member of St. Mary’s on the Highlands (Protestant Episcopal) Church.
Mr. Gray moved from Atlanta to Birmingham in 1887 and died there on Feb. 28, 1919 and was buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama. He was the son of a Confederate veteran, and up to the time of Gen. John B. Gordon’s death was an aid upon his staff with rank of captain, having been appointed from the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was also a member of the staff of Gov. William Jelks of Alabama, with the rank of colonel where he served as inspector general of rifle practice from 1901 to 1906. Gray was a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee from 1896 to 1900 and was chairman of the campaign committee in 1898. He served as the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1907 to 1911.
Henry Bramlett Gray died February 28, 1919 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Jefferson County, Alabama.
- Notable Men of Alabama edited by Joel Campbell DuBose Volume III
- Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1907, 12.
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