Captain Joseph Ogle Chapter
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John Gray
06 Jan 1764 - 29 March 1868

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Patriotic Service
  John Gray II served two enlistments during 1781.

First Feb 1781, enlisting in Fairfax County, VA, to early May 1781. His officers were Colonel Church, Major Ramsey, Captain Robert Sanford, Lieutenant Edward Sanford, Ensign James Neal. He was discharged at Richmond.

Second, he enlisted in later June 1781, again in Fairfax, VA. He served through October 1781, and James Neal, Ensign during his first enlistment, was his Captain. John Gray II served at Williamsburgh, Richmond, Major Ramsey's Expedition, and at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.

Altogether, his service lasted a little more than 10 months. He was granted a pension of $500 by special Act of Congress, approved February 22, 1867.

When asked why he enlisted at so young an age (barely seventeen), he said, "I lived and was born at Mount Vernon, the home of Washington; how could I do otherwise?" He remembered also the death of his father, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of White Plains in 1776. John Gray was not yet 13 at that time, yet, as the oldest of eight children, he supported his family until the time of his enlistment, a little more than 4 years later.

John Gray died at the age of around 105 years old. At the time of his passing, he was reported to be the second oldest surviving Revolutionary War soldier.

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