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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

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Joseph Howard Gray

Joseph was born to Edward (35), and Mary Francis Hugo (26) in 1779. The family lived in Pennsylvania. He was born just as America won it’s indolence from Great Britain. His father Edward was a loyalist, in fact he went to jail for his beliefs. He would not renounce Great Britain.

By the time Joseph was 22, he was ready to leave Pennsylvania, and head to uncharted territory for the white man. He met Anna Custer in Rockbridge County, Virginia, and married her in 1802.

After 10 children were born he and Anna were on the move again. This time they moved to Montgomery County, Virginia. There Anna gave birth to three more children.

Their last move was to Floyd County, Virginia, by this time Joseph is 56 years old. He goes on to found a town “Graysville”.  The family is set up with property all around the town, and they are the carpenters of the town. Meaning, they are the ones that make the cribs, and the coffins. In fact they go on to make many different furniture items. He is the first one in the area to build a three story house. Anna dies at the age of 69.  Joseph goes on to live to be 84 years old.

Here is a photo of the house he and his children built.



Here is a map of Graysville, and where each family member lived…

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