Allen David Gray, cashier of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company, at Topeka, is a native of Annapolis county, Nova Scotia, having been born within a few miles of old Port Royal, now the town of Annapolis, Sept. 8, 1856. He is a son of Archibald Gray and wife, whose maiden name was Ann Ellis, both of whom were born in Nova Scotia and died there when their son, Allen, was a mere youth. Of the children born to these parents but three are now living: Allen David; John, of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; and Leander, of Brockton, Mass. The family is of Scotch-English descent; Ann Ellis, mother of Allen D. Gray, was a descendant of English ancestors and his grandfather Gray came to Nova Scotia from Edinburg, Scotland.
Allen David Gray was reared to manhood in the town of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, and obtained his early education in the schools of that place. At the age of fifteen he entered a large general store at Liverpool, where he was employed as clerk and bookkeeper for ten years; then in 1881, when twenty-five years of age, he came to Kansas, where, after a brief stay of two months in Jackson county, he entered the employ of the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company at Topeka as a statistical clerk in the car accountant's office and has been in that company's employ continuously from that time, a period of thirty years. For the past twenty-seven years he has been employed in his present department. After holding the position of statistical clerk in the car accountant's office between two and three years, he, in March, 1884, was transferred to the cashier's department of the treasurer's office. His first position in that department was that of bank clerk, from which he was promoted to the office of assistant cashier, and still later was promoted to his present position, that of cashier.
Mr. Gray was married in Topeka, Kan., Oct. 21, 1885, to Miss Anna Deming, a native of Topeka, where she was born, April 6, 1862. She is a daughter of Dr. Augustus E. Deming, a physician by profession, who served in the Union army as surgeon of a Kansas regiment and died at Fort Leavenworth before the close of the war from sickness contracted in the service. Mr. and Mrs. Gray have four childrenthree sons and one daughter: Arthur DeWolfe, born July 26, 1886, who spent three years at the University of Kansas and is a member of the junior class of the medical department of Washburn College; David Deming, born Nov. 10, 1888, who is now in his senior year in the Kansas State Agricultural College at Manhattan; Phillip Augustus, born June 25, 1892, who is a senior in the Topeka High School; and Miss Gertrude Caroline Gray, the daughter and the youngest child, born July 30, 1894, is a junior in the Topeka High School. Mr. Gray is a Republican in politics. Both he and his wife are members of the First Congregational Church of Topeka. He is also a member of the Topeka Commercial and the Fortnightly clubs, the latter of which he was one of the organizers.Pages 639-640 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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