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William Gray SLAY

William Gray SLAY

Male 1882 - 1962  (79 years)

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  • Name William Gray SLAY 
    Born 22 Dec 1882  Bon Secour, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As PaPoo 
    Occupation tugboat captain; owner of tailoring and dry cleaning shop on Howard Ave. (on the Point), Biloxi, Miss. 
    Died 1962  Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • After marriage, lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Captain of tugboat on the Tombigbee River that was owned by his uncle, who paid him $300/month. Later told his children he had been the “richest man in town.” He and Willie lived in the biggest and most beautiful home in Tuscaloosa, high on a hill on the banks of the Tombigbee. Their first two children, Katherine and Marguerite, were born there. When the girls were young, the river flooded and the house was lost, so the family relocated to Biloxi, Mississippi. In Biloxi, the family lived in a big house on Howard Avenue, together with William’s mother, “Grandma Morrison,” and Willie’s mother, Grandma Rafield.

      When the children were in their teens, William bought a house in Fort Pierce, Florida, as a second home. Thereafter, the family divided its time between Biloxi and Fort Pierce, where they would often stay for months at a time.

      Retired at age 50, following a heart attack.

      Lifetime member of Elks Club.

      Lived last years of his life at the old Biloxi Hotel, where he died in 1962.
    Person ID I58  MyFamilyInfo
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2012 

    Father James Lawrence SLAY, Sr.,   b. 24 Mar 1858, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1901, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Mary Aveline BENTON,   b. 9 Jan 1859, Bon Secour, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1942, Fort Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1882  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Lived on the corner of Oak Street and Howard Avenue in the Point Cadet area of Biloxi, Mississippi.
    Family ID F237  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Willie Elizabeth RAFIELD,   b. 27 Oct 1884, Pensacola, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1939  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 18 Aug 1904  Harrison County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. William Gray SLAY, Jr.
    +2. Katherine Evelyn SLAY,   b. 11 Feb 1907, Mobile, Alabama or Tuscaloosa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1979, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +3. Marguerite SLAY
    +4. Lucile Lorraine SLAY,   b. 14 Dec 1912,   d. 12 Jun 2005  (Age 92 years)
    +5. Eunice SLAY,   b. 16 Feb 1915,   d. 5 May 1978  (Age 63 years)
    +6. Shannon Sybil SLAY,   b. 16 Feb 1918, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 2016, Chicago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
    +7. Rafield Laurence SLAY,   b. 23 Dec 1919,   d. Jan 1974  (Age 54 years)
    +8. Lois SLAY,   b. 14 Aug 1921,   d. 9 Mar 1991  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F40  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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