An American Family History

Dorothy Collins Gray

Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled by English Puritans in 1629 and was first incorporated in 1631 as Saugus.
Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

Dorothy Collins Gray was born on March 6, 1675 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Joseph and Sarah Collins.

When she was 25, she married Robert Gray on October 19, 1700 in Lynn. 

Their children included:
Dorothy Gray Tarbox (August 23, 1701, married John Tarbox),
Deborah Gray Tarbox (November 24, 1704, married Benjamin Tarbox),
Robert Gray (June 27, 1708), and
Sarah Gray (November 25, 1713). 

In the Lynn records on January 8, 1729/30

Nathaniel Evans of Reading forbids the banns of matrimony of Robert Gray, jr., of Lynn.

To forbid the banns is to raise an objection.

Robert had a second wife named Abigail. He made his will on September 5, 1731.
Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
was captured by Native Americans
during King Philip's War (1675-1676).
Children of Joseph
and Sarah Collins
  • Sarah Collins
  • Joseph Collins
  • Henry Collins
  • Ann Collins Ingalls
  • Dorothy Collins Gray
  • Sarah Collins Eliot Richards
  • Esther Collins
  • and Maria Smith
  • Ruth Collins Graves
  • Mary Collins
  • William Collins
  • Elizabeth Collins Graves
  • Joseph Collins
  • Ezekiel Collins
  • Martha Collins Odell
  • Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    A Dower is a provision for a wife's support should her husband die before her. Her dower right was the use of ⅓ of her husband's estate. The dower was settled on the bride at the time of the wedding.

    The town common (commons) was a small, open field at the center of the town which was jointly owned. It was used as a marketplace, a place for the militia to drill, or for grazing livestock.




    Essex Institute Historical Collection published by Essex Institute, 1916

    There is nothing which shows whether or not, William Gray had any connection with Robert Gray of Lynn, whose marriage intention is recorded at Lynn, Oct. 19, 1700, to Dorothy Collins.



    Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 42 by Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, New England Historic Genealogical Society

    Ebenezer Tarbox (John,2 John1), born Jan. 4, 1678, was united in marriage, April 15, 1700, with Mary Brean, of Boxford. They lived in Lynn.

    i. John [Tarbox], b. Feb. 7. 1702; m. Dorothy Gray.
    ii. Nathaniel, b. March 20, 1701: m. Ruth Frail, of Salem.
    iii. Jacob, b. June 14, 1707; m. Abigail Baxter, of Lynn.
    iv. Ebenezer [Tarbox], b. June 14, 1709; m. Mary Rand, of Lynn.
    v. Jeremiah, b. 1711? m. Joanna Cook.
    vi. Sarah, b. 1713? m. John Hewitt, of Lynn
    vii. Noah, b. 1715? m. Hannah Burrows, of Ipswich
    viii. Benjamin [Tarbox], b. 1717? m. Deborah Gray of Lynn.

    Ebenezer Tarbox, Sen., died Dec. 2, 1723, and letters of administration were granted July 6, 1724 to "Mary, Relict Widdow of Ebenezer Tarbox late of Lynn." The estate was divided by order of the Probate Court, each child receiving £17 20s. 6d., except that John the eldest received a double portion, £34 5s. 6d. The whole amount given to the eight children was £154 4s. 9d., and the widow had her portion.

    English colonists from Salem were the first settlers in Lynn.


    Bauman & Dreisbach

    ©Roberta Tuller 2017