Feb. 11, 1842
Died Aug. 16, 1893
Kind friends beware as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so you must be
Prepare therefore to follow me
Photo Credit: Rosa G. Gonzales
After a Remarkable Career He Lays Down the burden of Life.
Died, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Aug. 18, 1893, at 4:20 a.m., WELLINGTON SELDON GRAY, Sr.,
A native of Michigan, aged 51 years, 6 months and 5 days. By the death of Mr. Gray Corpus Christi loses an excellent and popular citizen, though his residence here has only been about a year. He had indeed an eventful career. Born in ________ Michigan on Feb. 11, 1842, he emigrated with his father's family when about nine years of age to Australia. On the voyage from New York, which lasted about 110 days and was a stormy one, several men lost their lives. In Australia he lived about eight years and moved to South Africa. There he lived about eighteen years; marrying and settling down near Grahamstown where he had at one time seven different stage line contracts. He ran the first stage line from Grahamstown into the gold fields. Disposing of his interests he left for England, but that did not satisfy him and he came back to the United Sates, settling in Texas at San Marcos in 1878.There he resided for about nine years engaging in the gin business and farming. From San Marcos he moved to Burleson county and there resided for three years. He then was attracted to Central American, where he resided for about one year, meeting with bad luck, losing a son and considerable money. His next and last move was to Corpus Christi about a year ago. Mr. Gray had been in poor health for some time, having had a very bad cough of late. He leaves besides his wife to mourn his loss, two sons W. S. Gray, Jr. and a younger brother. The older one who married a San Marcos lady is conducting a merchandise business on Chaparral Street. The Grays during their residence here has made many friends, who deplore the sad death of Mr. Gray ________ (it appears to be a line about the Caller sympathizing with the family).
Source: Corpus Christi Weekly Caller, August 18, 1893, p. 5, col. 3
Research by: Msgr. Michael A. Howell
Transcription by: Geraldine D. McGloin, Nueces County Historical Commission