Columbus B. and Amanda L. Gray

Submitted by
Terry Jenkins

Columbus B. “Lum” Gray was born on 01 November 1828 in Meriwether County, Georgia. He was the oldest of six children born to Samuel Gray Jr. and Mahala McBurnett. The family moved to Tallapoosa County, Alabama around 1835.

On 08 September 1852 in Tallapoosa County, he married Amanda Lucy Pattillo. Amanda Lucy Pattillo was born on 21 January 1833 in Georgia, the daughter of John Robert Pattillo and Emily Payne. The Pattillo family moved to Tallapoosa County, Alabama before 1840. Her father died in 1849 and the family was enumerated on the 1850 census without him.

Columbus joined Company B, 47th Alabama Infantry Regiment and fought four years in the Civil War. He participated in many major battles and his regiment surrendered at Appomattox in 1865. The major battles that the regiment participated in were: Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Wilderness, and Cold Harbor. In all, the regiment participated in more that fourty-five various engagements during its career.

The Columbus Gray family lived in Tallapoosa County until 1884. At that time, they loaded their possessions and migrated to Texas and finally settled in the Runnels - Coleman County area. They were early settlers in the area.

Columbus had been riding horses with one of his granddaughters on Christmas Eve 1900 when he got down to open a gate. He stuck his finger with a barb from the fence. He tried to suck the blood out but it wouldn’t bleed. He died the next day, Christmas, of blood poisoning. He was buried in the Midway Cemetery in northwestern Coleman County. In the same plot as Columbus and his wife, lies his brother, Johnathan.

Amanda lived fourteen more years. In early 1914, she applied and was accepted for Confederate Pension from the State of Texas. She died on 02 September 1914 and was buried in the Midway Cemetery in northwestern Coleman County beside her husband.


  1. Texas Ann Gray, b. 1854, m. William A. Scott
  2. Georgia Ann Gray, b. 1855, m. John T. Spain, buried Northview Cemetery, Winters, TX
  3. John Wallace Gray, b. 1859, m. Mollie Johnston
  4. Columbus Gray Jr., b. abt 1861
  5. Thomas Henry Gray, b. 1863, m. Sallie A. Borders in Runnels Co.
  6. Samuel Monroe Gray, b. 1867, m. Nancy E. Borders in Runnels Co.
  7. Ida Gray, b. 1868, m. William P. King, buried Crews Cemetery
  8. William Melvin Gray, b. 1872, m. Sallie Stout, buried Midway Cemetery, Coleman Co.
  9. Lida Gray, b. 1875, d. infancy

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