|Born||January 6, 1764|
|Died||March 29, 1868(aged 104)|
|Place of birth||Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, Virginia, British Empire|
|Place of death||Noble County, Ohio, United States of America|
|Years of service||1780 (served 6 months at the end of the war)|
|Battles/wars||American Revolutionary War|
John Gray (January 6, 1764 – March 29, 1868) was one of the candidates for last surviving U.S. veteran of the American Revolutionary War. He was advertised as such by journalist James Dazell and as of 1876 was believed by the Pension Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior to be the last surviving veteran.
His claim to the "last surviving veteran" of the War depends primarily on the failure of his competitors Daniel F. Bakeman and George Fruits, who died a year, and several years, after him. Bakeman and Gray had been granted pensions, by special act of the (on February 14, 1867, retroactive to June 1, 1866). The special act was required because the two had not previously applied for pensions or service land grants and Bakeman was unable to prove his service; Gray, while able to prove his service, had only served six months; Fruits had never had any pension.
Gray was born on Mount Vernon plantation, home of George Washington, "hero of the Revolution." His father fought in the war and was killed in the Battle of White Plains. Gray joined at age 16 in 1780, and was eventually present at the Battle of Yorktown. After the war he moved to the Northwest Territory, and lived out most of his life in Noble County, Ohio. He had three wives during his life and fathered at least four children. He died at age 104 years, 2 months, 23 days.
A memorial to Gray is located along State Route 821 in Noble County's Noble Township.
- Dalzell, James McCormick: His Autobiography; poems and comic war papers; sketch of John Gray, Washington's last solder 1888
- John Gray (1764-1868) The Last Surviving Soldier of the Revolution
- John Gray Memorial in Noble County, Ohio
- John gray at Find A grave
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