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Anna Custer

My fourth great grandmother on my fathers side of the family. She was born on March 1, 1780, in New Jersey. So far, I haven’t been able to find her parents.

Was she an orphan after the revolutionary war?

A couple of months after her birth the skies of Eastern Sea Board were blackened, and people of the time were not sure why. It turned out to be a fire in Canada, and the wind drifted to the south. Many people were convinced that the world was ending, even George Washington wrote about it in his diary.

By the time Anna was three our nation was signing the “Treaty of Paris”. the United States and Great Britain were in peace talks.

In May 1802 she marries Joseph Howard Gray, in Rockbridge, Virginia. During the next 24 years she has 15 children with him. She would help her husband found a town “Graysville”.

On Jan. 3rd, 1850 Anna passed away, she was 69 years old. 047e7425-ad92-41e9-8b66-3c7280e2c4ab

2 thoughts on “Anna Custer”

  1. Mind you, this is all unsourced speculation, but I found two possible leads: First, Anna Gray’s father might have been Abraham Custer/Küster/Kuester, or her maiden name might have been Howard instead of Custer (which she would have gotten from a previous marriage.)

    The Custer family goes pretty fair back in eastern Pennsylvania and eastern Maryland. (Their ancestors immigrated from the Rhineland in the late 1600s/early 1700s. (FYI: Gen. Armstrong Custer’s family came from Maryland and Pennsylvania.)

    Hope this helps! Good luck!

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