Ansel Parrish (1780-1860) & Winifred Cashatt (1785-1875)

Updated August 2020

Ansel Parrish and Winifred Cashett are Todd’s 4x Great Grandparents.

Ansel Parrish was born about 1780 in North Carolina. He is thought to be the son of Edward Parrish and  Susanna Wright. Edward fought in the the American Revolution. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here.

Winifred Cashatt was born in about 1785 in North Carolina. She is thought to be the daughter of Jacob Cashatt and wife Mary of Randolph County, North Carolina. Their Find A Grave memorials are here.

Ansel Parrish and Winifred Cashett took out a marriage bond on June 27, 1805 in Randolph County, North Carolina. Bondsmen were Joshua and P. Wright probably uncles or cousins of Ansel through his mother Susannah Wright. According to “When planning to marry, the prospective groom took out a bond from the clerk of the court in the county where the bride had her usual residence as surety that there was no legal obstacle to the proposed marriage.”

On the 1830 US Census, Ansel was head of a household of 10 people in Davidson County, North Carolina: 1 male under age 5 (Ansel was 4); 2 males aged 10-14 (Benjamin was 9, Simeon was 14; 1 male aged 15-19 (William Sumner was 17); 1 male aged 20-29 (Willie was 20); 1 male aged 50-59 (Ansel was 50); 1 female under age 5 (Elizabeth was 4); 2 females aged 5-9 (Sarah was 9, Judah was 7); 1 female aged 40-49 (Winifred was 45).

On the 1840 US Census, Ansel was head of a household in Davidson County, North Carolina. It was a household of 8: 1 male aged 10-14 (Ansel was 14); 2 males aged 20-29 Benjamin was 19 and Simeon was 24); 1 male aged 60-69 (Ansel was 60); 1 female aged 10-14 (Elizabeth was 14); 2 females aged 15-19 (Judah was 17 and Sarah was 19); 1 female aged 50-59 (Winifred was 55). The household includes 1 blind person (Winifred.)

On the 1850 US Census, Ansel was 70 and Winifred was 65. They lived in Davidson County, North Carolina. Winifred was blind. Also living in the house were son Ansel, age 24; Mary Van Carmon, age 24 and of unknown relation; and Emsley Harris, age 11, also of unknown relation.

Ansel died in January 1860 in Davidson County, North Carolina, and probate records are available at Those records indicate that he owned 400 acres on Lick Creek. I found notes about this family and it includes a transcript of court proceedings regarding Ansel’s land after his death, and his children are listed. (The notes also indicate that this family owned enslaved people, but I haven’t found record of this. There was an Ansel Parrish in Georgia who shows up on Slave Schedules.)

On the 1860 US Census, Winifred, age 75, was living with son Ansel, age 34, and his family in Davidson County, North Carolina. Emsley Harris, age 21 and going to school, lives with the family.

I can’t find Winifred on the 1870 US Census. She died in 1875 and probate records are available at

The children of Ansel Parrish & Winifred Cashatt:

Lucy Parrish – Lucy was born about 1806. She married Redmon Pierce on December 12, 1822 in Rowan County, North Carolina. They had at least 7 children.

Winifred Parrish – Winifred was born around 1808. She married James Pierce on November 30, 1823 in Davidson County, North Carolina. They had at least 5 children.

Willey Parrish – Willey was born September 10, 1809. He married Mary Dorsett. They had at least 5 children. Willie died July 9, 1875. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Sumner Parrish – Sumner was born in 1813 in Davidson County, North Carolina. He married Mary Deliah Jones on December 19, 1829 in Guilford County, North Carolina. He died on November 15, 1854 in Randolph, North Carolina.

Simeon Parrish – Simeon was born in 1816. He married Elizabeth Stevenson on July 9, 1850 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 3 children. Simeon was appointed Postmaster of Tarkio, Holt County, Missouri on June 21, 1851. On the 1860 US Census, Simeon is listed as a farmer. On the 1870 US Census, he is listed as a Physician. When Simeon’s sister Judah Arena Parrish Gray, and her husband Franklin William Gray, died in 1864, Simeon raised their sons. He died April 25, 1872 in Craig, Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Benjamin Parrish – Benjamin was born about 1821/1822 in North Carolina. It’s possible that he was Sarah’s twin. He married Frances Harris on September 10, 1843 in Davidson County, North Carolina. They moved to Missouri and had 4 children. He married Nancy Hicks on August 2, 1860 in Buchanan County, Missouri.

Sarah Ann Parrish – Sarah was born December 8, 1821 in North Carolina. She married Robert Holmes and they moved to Missouri. They had 7 children, and she raised her sister Judah’s daughter Sarah after her parents died in 1864. She died April 27, 1900 in Buchanan County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Judah Arena Parrish – Judah is Todd’s 3x Great Grandmother. You can read about her here.

Ansel Parrish – Ansel was born in 1826 in North Carolina. He married Nancy Malinda Davis. They had 6 children. He died June 26, 1905 in Davidson County, North Carolina. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elizabeth Parrish – Elizabeth was born about 1826, so perhaps a twin of Ansel. I can’t find record of Elizabeth except on various trees posted on I include her only because 1840 US Census for her parents indicates there was a female between the ages of 10 & 14, and Elizabeth would have been 14.

Alexander Gray (1856-1940) & Rose Althea Browning (1854-1938)

Updated October 2020.

Alex & Rose are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of his great grandfather Franklin Edgar Gray.

GRAY Alexander BROWNING Rose Althea PortraitAlexander Gray was born on June 24, 1856 in Buchanan County, Missouri. His parents were Franklin William Gray & Judah Arena Parrish. I wrote about them here. He was the 4th of their 6 children.

Rose Althea Browning was born on August 25, 1854 in Holt County, Missouri. Her parents are Elias William Browning and Anna Elizabeth Galloway. I wrote about them here. She was the 2nd oldest of their 15 children.

On the 1860 US Census, Alex was 4 and lived with parents Franklin, age 38 and Judah, age 36, farmers in Buchanan County, Missouri. Other siblings in the home were William age 12, Benjamin, age 10, and Simeon age 8. Others in the house were Martha Wiese, age 17, and William Cooley, age 45, a traveling merchant from York State.

Rose was 5 and lived with parents Elias, age 28 and Elizabeth, age 25, farmers in Holt County, Missouri. Other siblings in the house were John Francis, 7, Louisa Jane 4, William Allison 3 and Isabella, age 3 months.

Both of Alex’s parents died in 1864. On the 1870 US Census, Alex was 13 and lived with his uncle Simeon Parrish and family. His brother Simeon, age 17, also lived with them. His sister Sarah, age 10, lived with her uncle Robert Wadsworth Holmes. I haven’t found brothers William Linsey Gray and Benjamin Franklin Gray in 1870 but they were 22 and 20 by then.

On the 1870 US Census, Rose was 16, her father William was 39, and her mother Elizabeth was 36. John Francis was 17, Louisa Jane was 14, William Allison was 12, Isabella was 10, Florence Letta was 8 and Emma was 1. They were in Holt County and Elias’ occupation was “labour.” It had been a rough year for the family. Two sons, James M., born in 1864, and Robert Lee, born in 1866, died within 5 days of each other in May of 1870, and daughter Kitty (Robert’s twin, born in 1866) died that year too, sometime prior to August when the family was enumerated on the census.

Rose married Alex on July 18, 1877 in Sharps Grove, Holt County, Missouri. She did this against her father’s wishes, because he didn’t care for Alexander Gray.

Their son Franklin Edgar was born in 1878.

On the 1880 US Census, Alex, age 24, and Rose, age 26, were farming in Atchison County, Missouri, right next to Alex’s brother Simeon. Son Franklin Edgar was 2.

Daughter Lula was born in 1881, and daughter Bernice Erma was born in 1889.

On the 1900 US Census, Alex was 43 and Rose was 45. They had been married for 23 years, and Rose had given birth to 4 children, 3 living. Daughter Lula was 19, and daughter Erma was 10. Son Edgar, age 21 and a newlywed, was in the next house over, with wife Maude. They were all farming in Holt County, Missouri. Daughter Orpha Evelyn was born and died in 1894.

GRAY Alexander Family Portrait

(Photo: A portrait of the Gray family in front of the home Alex had just built in Craig, Missouri in 1894. Left to right: Rowdy the horse, Franklin Edgar Gray, Erma, Alex, Lula, Rose holding Orpha who died shortly after the photo was taken.)

On the 1910 US Census, Alex was 54 and Rose was 55. Daughters Lula, age 28, and Erma, age 21, lived at home. Alex was farming and Erma was a teacher at a rural school.

On the 1920 US Census, Alex was 63 and Rose was 64. Daughters Lula, age 38, and Erma, age 30, lived at home. Lula was a saleslady at a drug store and Erma was a telephone operator.

(Photo: Alex & Rose celebrating an anniversary.)

On the 1930 US Census, Alex was 73 and Rose was 75. Daughters Lula, age 48, and Erma, age 40, lived at home. None were employed.

Rose died November 30, 1938 in Craig, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The family was enumerated on the 1940 US Census on April 20, 1940. Alex was 83 and daughter Erma was 51. Neither was employed. Alex died on December 31, 1940 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Alexander Gray & Rose Althea Browning:

Franklin Edgar Gray – Franklin is Todd’s great grandfather. You can read more about him here.

Lula Gray – Lula was born on May 4, 1881 in Craig, Missouri. She married Allen Elisha Bowersox on February 18, 1933 when she was 51 years old. She died February 1, 1973 in Fairfax, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bernice Erma Gray – Bernice was born on October 25, 1888. She died on January 21, 1981 in Craig, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Orpha Evelyn Gray – Orpha was born on February 17, 1894 and died on November 12, 1894. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Under the Postcard & Letters category, you’ll find many postcards written to this family by friends and relatives, and some they wrote to each other.