Robert Gray


Robert Gray is said to have been born in New Jersey in September 1745.

He also is said to have been one of five brothers from Essex County, New Jersey who served in the Revolutionary army and settled elsewhere afterwards. A number of same-named contemporaries beyond the American sea captain are at risk and we must exercise caution in fleshing out his life.

Service in the Revolutionary army brought Robert Gray to Albany. In May 1777, he married Susanna La Grange at the Albany Dutch church. Both partners were identified as single people "of this county." By 1800, the marriage had produced at least six children.

In 1788, his house and property were listed on the first ward assessment roll. The census in 1790 noted that his Southside household included eight members. As late as 1799, his first ward house and lot were valued on the city assessment roll.

By 1800, he had left Albany and was settled on what is today Settles Road in Guilderland. In 1809, he became the fourth town supervisor.

According to Episcopal burial records, Robert Gray died in February 1834 and was buried at the farm in a cemetery 200 feet from the house. This Revolutionary War veteran had lived eighty-eight years. His wife died at the end of the month. Robert Gray's will passed probate in April.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Robert Gray is CAP biography number 8258. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 6/10/10