|OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.||295|
On July 18, 1869, Mr. Gray was united in marriage with Margaret Hibsch, daughter of Adam Hibsch, of Chest township, this county. To their union have been born five sons and three daughters: Etta, John, Irenus, Archie, Bertha, Joseph, Maggie, and Edwin.
Joseph A. Gray is a member of the Roman Catholic church, and in political opinion has always been Democratic, believing that the principles of the party of Jefferson and Jackson are for the best interest of the masses of the people. He has always interested himself in the local political issues of his township and county, never has refused to serve in any capacity required of him by his party, and served as sheriff of Cambria county from 1886 to 1889. His adminstration was conducted on business principles and seven years later he was again called upon by his party to serve as a delegate to the National Democratic convention of Chicago. Sheriff Gray is a pleasant, congenial and successful business man. While alive to every interest of his community and county, yet he has been content to win approval in his chosen and congenial field -- that of a successful business man.
The immigrant ancestor of the Gray family in this country was Caleb Gray, who left Germany and came to Huntingdon county, in which he resided up to 1844, when he settled in Susquehanna township, where he died in 1849, aged eighty-three years. He was an iron-worker while in Huntingdon county, but after coming to Cambria, gave his time and attention to farming. He was reared a Presbyterian, but in later life united with the Catholic church, in which faith he died. He reared a large family, and his youngest child, Phillip Gray, was the father of Sheriff Gray.
Phillip Gray was born in Huntingdon county, February 15, 1814, and died in Susquehanna
township, this county, April 28, 1893. He was an extensive farmer, but at times gave some attention to lumbering, which he made profitable. His integrity and executive ability made him a man of affairs in his community, and caused his services to be frequently demanded by his neighbors and othes who were acquainted with him. He was a democrat in politics, and a useful member of the Catholic church. He married Susan (Lantzy) Nagle, widow of Simon Nagle, and a daughter of Joseph Lantzy, a native of Germany, and a farmer of Susquehanna township. Mrs. Gray, by her first marriag,e had one child, John S. Nagle, who was a Union soldier and is now dead. To Mr. and Mrs. Gray was born a family of five sons and four daughters: Caleb, a Union soldier, who was killed by a train at Hastings, in 1893; Elizabeth, widow of Mathias Huffman; Joseph A.; Mary Ann, wife of Charles C. McCombie; Catherine, married Michael H. Nagle; Daniel, a farmer of Susquehanna township; Philip, now engaged in farming in Allegheny township; Susan, wife of Marcellus McMullen; William, a resident of Hastings, this State; and Rosalie, who passed away in childhood.
WILLIAM P. REESE. Cambria county owes its name, and, in a great measure, its prosperity, to emigrants from Wales and their patriotic descendants. The first Welsh colony settled in what is now Cambria township, one hundred years ago (1796), and gave to their settlement the name Cambria, in memory of their old home in the mountainous part of Wales, the ancient Cymbria. When parts of Somerset and Huntingdon counties were formed into a new county in 1804, the name of the Welsh settlement was given to the county.