Emma C McClenathan1

F, #6610, b. 30 March 1895, d. 16 March 1937
Father*Charles McClenathan2
Mother*Allice Beck2
Last Edited10 Nov 2018
     She was born on 30 March 1895 at Arkwright, Chautauqua County, New York, USA.1,3,2 Emma married Hugh Allen Gilray on 26 April 1918.1,4
     She died on 16 March 1937 at Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, USA, at age 41.1,3,2
     The following selected information is extracted from her obituary. Survivor(s): Charles McClenathan, Allice Beck, Hugh A Gilray and Carlton Gilray.2 Emma C McClenathan was buried on 18 March 1937 at Sheridan Cemetery, Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, USA, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38449855.1,3
     The following obituary appeared Dunkirk Evening Observer published in Dunkirk, New York 19 March 1937:
Mrs. Hugh A. Gilray Dies at Sheridan Home
Born in Town of Arkwright, Rev. O. L. Winger Officiates At Funeral
Sheridan, Mar. 19

Mrs. Emma McClenathan Gilray, wife of Hugh A. Gilray passed away at her home on Tuesday morning at two o'clock after an illness extending over a period of two years.

Mrs. Gilray was born in the town of Arkwight on March 30, 1895 and was a daughter of Charles and Alice Beck McClenathan. On April 26, 1918, she was married to Hugh A. Gilray, who survives her.

Mrs. Gilray was a devoted member of the Sheridan Methodist church and True Union Rebekah lodge.

Besides her husband Mrs. Gilray is survived by a son, Carlton Gilray at home, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McClenathan, and the following brothers and sisters: William McClenathan, Smith Mills; Clarence McClenathan, Buffalo; George McClenathan, Washington; Raymond McClenathan, Erie, Pa; Walter McClenathan, and Mrs. Abba Hurd, Buffalo; Mrs. Leah Whittaker, Silver Creek; Mrs. Olive Aiff, Hamlet; and Mrs. Margaret Margeson, Irving.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gilray were held from her home on Thursday afternoon. The Rev. O. L. Wingar, pastor of the Cherry Creek Methodist Episcopal church, officiated assisted by the Rev. V. H. Oviat. Interment followed in Sheridan cemetery.2




The following biographical information appeared, 22 November 1998:
Emma was born in Forestville, NY and attended school there. She married Hugh "Shorty" Gilray in 1919. They first lived in Baltimore, MD where Shorty worked as a machinist. They came back to Sheridan in 1921 and Shorty built the Sheridan Garage. He was in partnership with a Mr. Reed whom he bought out around 1926.

Emma had a small restaurant built directly across from the Sheridan Garage called the "Jap-E-Land". At one time, she had two waitresses. Florence Cook Crawford was one of the waitresses. Emma and Shorty had one son, Carlton, born November 13, 1921 in Sheridan. Emma was well liked in the community; active in church, Rebecca's and other women's organizations. A good mother, she could do many things exceptionally well such as cooking, sewing, housework, canning and gardening. A very ambitious lady--she was never idle. Emma was ill the last three years of her life. She had cancer and was bed ridden the last six months of her life.
Marjorie (Gilray) Crosgrove.1

Family

Hugh Allen Gilray b. 26 Apr 1896, d. 22 Oct 1953
Marriage*Emma married Hugh Allen Gilray on 26 April 1918.1,4 
Child

Citations

  1. [S871] David Bolling, email attachment, David Bolling (Maryland), received Nov 22 1998.
  2. [S7109] Mrs. Hugh A. Gilray Dies at Sheridan Home, Dunkirk Evening Observer, Dunkirk, NY, Mar 19, 1937, Page 5, column 6 viewed at Newspapers.com. Hereinafter cited as Evening Observer.
  3. [S4199] Find A Grave memorial page , Find A Grave, Find A Grave search page; "A database submitted by individuals supposedly of cemetery interments, often from grave memorials or cemetery records and often supplemented by other information, generally without identification of the sources except when a tombstone photo is included."; cited as "Find A Grave., http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  4. [S4199] "Find A Grave", online Find A Grave search page: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Carlton Frederick Gilray1

M, #6611, b. 13 November 1921, d. 12 July 1995
Father*Hugh Allen Gilray2,3 b. 26 Apr 1896, d. 22 Oct 1953
Mother*Emma C McClenathan2 b. 30 Mar 1895, d. 16 Mar 1937
Relationship3rd cousin of Richard Graeme Moffat
Last Edited7 Mar 2018
     He was born on 13 November 1921 at Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, USA.2
     He died on 12 July 1995 at Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, USA, at age 73.2
     Pvt Carlton Gilray ended his military service on 1 November 1945 at Camp Dix, New Jersey, USA,
End of Military Service section.4

     He was Baptised/Christened at United Methodist Church, Sheridan, New York, USA.2
     In the obituary of Emma McClenathan Gilray who died 16 March 1937, Emma's son, Carlton Gilray was listed as a survivor.5
     The following newspaper article appeared in the Dunkirk, New York Dunkirk Evening Observer 17 July 1945 :
PFC. Carlton Gilray Wins Bronze Star
Pfc. Carlton F. Gilray, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Gilray of Sheridan, has been awarded the bronze star medal for heroic achievement in action. He is a member of the 91st Infantry Division.

The incident for which Pfc. Gilray was cited occurred April 28, 1945 near Barbarana, Italy. His Battalion, advancing rapidly along the highway toward Treviso, Italy, was suddenly halted by heavy machine gun fire from enemy positions in the hills flanking the roads. The commendation roads.

"With this strong enemy force threatening their progress, Pfc Gilray and another soldier, without thought for their personal safety, immediately volunteered to reach the hills and destroy the enemy. Disregarding the intense enemy machine gun fire, Pfc Gilray advanced forward and with hand grenades destroyed the machine guns and forced the enemy to surrender.

"Then Gilray placed accurate rifle fire on an enemy mortar position and after wounding one of the crewmen, the remaining enemy troops surrendered. His courageous initiative and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and on the armed forces of the United States."

Pfc. Gilray's wife and two children are residing in Buffalo.3

     The following newspaper article appeared in the Dunkirk, New York Dunkirk Evening Observer 19 October 1945 :
Pvt. Carlton Gilray is home on a 30-day furlough and will return to Camp Dix, N.J., November 1, when he will receive his discharge. He served in the European theater of war for two years.4

     In the obituary of Hugh A Gilray who died 22 October 1953, Hugh's son, Carlton Gilray was listed as a survivor.6

The following biographical information appeared, 22 November 1998:
Carlton was born at home.

Carlton was a 1939 graduate from Silver Creek High School and then attended Dunkirk Business Institute. He was a streetcar driver before entering the army to serve in WWII as a member of the 91st Infantry Division. He received the Bronze Star while serving in Italy. [See newspaper account above.] Carlton returned home to Sheridan with his family and ran the Sheridan Garage with his father for many years until he became Postmaster of the Sheridan Post Office. He retired in November of 1987. - Marjorie (Gilray) Crosgrove.2


External link for Carlton Frederick Gilray on his WeRelate Wiki Person Page.7

Citations

  1. [S162] David Bolling, "David Bolling, Seamer Parish Records Film 0919209," e-mail message from (email address withheld for privacy) (Maryland) to Rick Moffat. Hereinafter cited as "David Bolling, Seamer Parish Records Film 0919209."
  2. [S871] David Bolling, email attachment, David Bolling (Maryland), received Nov 22 1998.
  3. [S6001] Pfc. Carlton Gilray Wins Bronze Star, Dunkirk Evening Observer, Dunkirk, NY, Jul 17, 1945, Page 8, column 6 viewed at Newspapers.com, Dunkirk Evening Observer (Dunkirk, New York); 17 Jul 1945, Tue.; Page 8, column 6
    Pfc. Carlton Gilray Wins Bronze Star. Hereinafter cited as Dunkirk Evening Observer.
  4. [S6002] (none), Dunkirk Evening Observer, Dunkirk, NY, Oct 19, 1945, Page 9, column 6 viewed at Newspapers.com, Pvt. Carlton Gilray home on furlough & discharge. Hereinafter cited as Dunkirk Evening Observer.
  5. [S7109] Mrs. Hugh A. Gilray Dies at Sheridan Home, Dunkirk Evening Observer, Dunkirk, NY, Mar 19, 1937, Page 5, column 6 viewed at Newspapers.com. Hereinafter cited as Evening Observer.
  6. [S7105] Hugh Gilray of Sheridan Dies, The Grape Belt and Chautauqua Farmer, Dunkirk, NY, Oct 30, 1953, Page 1, column 3 viewed at Newspapers.com, Obituary: Hugh A. Gilray. Hereinafter cited as Grape Belt & Chautauqua Farmer.
  7. [S2] Personal knowledge/research of Rick Moffat (Mesa, AZ 85207).

John V Christy1,2,3

M, #6619, b. 15 June 1889, d. 10 October 1975
Father*George Christy3 b. c 1865
Last Edited1 Nov 2016
     He was born on 15 June 1889 at New York, USA.4,1,2,3 John married Ruth M Gilray on 20 April 1921, according to the 1930 census, he was 31 and she was 27 at the time of their marriage.1,5,3
     He died on 10 October 1975 at New York, USA, at age 86 Jack worked at S. Howes Co. in Silver Creek. He was a bookkeeper.1,4 John V Christy was buried at Hanover Center Cemetery, Hanover, Oneida County, New York, USA.1

Census Data

     John V Christy and Ruth M Christy appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Silver Creek, Hanover Twp., Chautauqua County, New York, enumerated 19 April 1930, enumerated as a book-keeper in a Dining Car Factory.5
John V Christy and Ruth Christy appeared on the 1940 U.S. Federal Census of Silver Creek, Hanover Twp., Chautauqua County, New York, enumerated 17 April 1940, enumerated as "clerical" in the trucking industry and she was a stenographer in the manufacturing industry. Their children John were listed as living with them. As was his father, George Christy.3
     He also went by the name of Jack.1

Family

Ruth M Gilray b. 22 Jun 1893, d. 23 Jan 1959
Marriage*John married Ruth M Gilray on 20 April 1921, according to the 1930 census, he was 31 and she was 27 at the time of their marriage.1,5,3 
Child

Citations

  1. [S871] David Bolling, email attachment, David Bolling (Maryland), received Nov 22 1998.
  2. [S1644] John V Christy household, April 19, 1930 U.S. Census, Provo, Utah, USA, Hanover, Chautauqua, New York ; Page: 17B; Enumeration District: 109, Ancestry.com Roll: 1412;; Image: 502.0., Household Members: Name Age
    John V Christy 40
    Ruth M Christy 36
    Mary L Christy 1 4/12.
  3. [S7098] John V Christy household, April 17, 1940 U.S. Census, Washington, DC, USA, Silver Creek, Chautauqua, New York ; Page: 10B; ; Enumeration District: 7-59, United States of America, Bureau of the Census; National Archives and Records Administration Roll: T627_2510.
  4. [S537] U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, online 1935-2014, JOHN CHRISTY 15 Jun 1889 Oct 1975 12043 (Cobleskill, Schoharie, NY) (none specified) 094-01-1160 New York. Hereinafter cited as SSDI.
  5. [S1644] April 19, 1930 U.S. Census, Provo, Utah, USA, Hanover, Chautauqua, New York ; Page: 17B; Enumeration District: 109.