Burial: Sandcreek Cemetery, Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana
The Orginal headstone bears this epitah:
Remember friends as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so you must be
Prepare for death aand follow me.
Information courtesy of John and Marty Green of Indiana.
This information came from "Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County".
The Decatur Bicentennial Committee takes great pride in helping with the piblishing of this pertinent series of articles. The committe feels these fatcs concerning Decatur County's Revolutionary War Soldiers are a very important part our our county's history. Every effort should be made to preserve our heritage, and this record will certainly be of great help.
Signed by Mr and Mrs Van P. Patterson,
co-chairmen, Decatur County
This series of headstones and records of the Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County was started in July 1975, by Smith Monument Works as their project for the bicentennial.
The series would have been impossible wwithout the records kept by the Lone Tree Chapter, D.A.R.
We at Smith Mounment Works would like, once again, to express appreciation to the Lone Tree Chapter D.A.R. for their dedication to the presevation of the history of Decatur County.
We would also like to thank the Bicentennial Commission for preserving this series in booklet form.
Patricia Smith, James F Smith
John Gray was born Dec 11, 1759 aand was 18 when he enlisted for service in the Revolutionary War from his home in the state of Virginia. He served under his older brother Capt David GRAY.
In 1781, Generals George washington, Lafayette and Count Rochambeau surrounded and fought British General Charles Cornwallis' forces at Yorktown, Virginia. Admiral de Grasse prevented as escape by sea. For 21 days the battle raged and ended with Cornwallis' surrender to General Washington. This victory for the Colonies made Independence a certainity.
John Gray fought at Yorktown and for the service he rendered there was agranted pension and 200 acres of land in Virginia.
Eighty-Two years later, Yorktown was again the scene of a great battle.
In 1836, General Santa Anna seiged the Alamo, Decatur County was involved in anAnti Slavery Society, James Elder was this county's State Representative. William Fowler was the State Senator aand John Gray, the 77 year old Veteran of the fight for Independence died. He is buried in Sandcreek Cemetery, Washington Township.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS PATRIOT
I'D APPRECIATE HEARING FROM YOU.Stephen D Franklin
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