Mary Eliza Trent

#64, b. 3 December 1871, d. 14 February 1957
Father*William Clough Trent b. 15 Sep 1824, d. 22 Jul 1886
Mother*Mary Virgin Bonner b. 26 Dec 1830, d. 5 Feb 1888
     Mary Eliza Trent was born on 3 December 1871 Somerville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of William Clough Trent and Mary Virgin Bonner. Mary Eliza Trent married John Taylor Gray, son of John Taylor Gray and Julia Randolph Trent, 12 October 1910 Claybank, Buckingham County, Virginia. They were third cousins.
In 1910, J Taylor Gray was living in "Curdsville, Buckingham County, Virginia," with his mother Julia Randolph Page. Presumably this was at Claybank.

37.50859, -78.34482.1,2 Mary Eliza Trent died 14 February 1957 , in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii at age 85, and was cremated.

Mary Trent Gray

Mrs. Mary Trent Gray, 85, who made her home in Honolulu almost 50 years, died Thursday night at Queen's Hospital after a short illness.

Graveside services at Oahu Cemetery will be held Monday at 3 p.m. with Dr. W. H. Fry officiating. Williams Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

Mrs. Gray was born Dec. 3, 1871 in Somerville, Tenn. Her husband was the late John Taylor Gray, who died in Honolulu two years ago at the age of 84. He worked with island finance firms. Mrs. Gray was a member of the First Methodist Church.

She was the sister of the late Richard H. Trent and Mrs. Lucy T. Shelton.

She is survived by her daughter Mrs. Harriet Guthrie of Phoenix, Ariz., two grandsons, Richard and John Guthrie of Phoenix; a nephew, Richard T. Shelton of Honolulu, and two nieces, Lucy T. Shelton of Honolulu and Mrs. Hugh C. Rea.3 She was buried Section 11, Lot 17, Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.
     As of 12 October 1910, her married name was Gray (Trent). She DAR Nat'l No 308351 - April 25, 1938.

From the local newspaper:

Reporter and Falcon, Somerville, Tenn. Wednesday, July 12, 1899.
"[']--- . . . above complimentary [ ] is by Richard E. [sic] Trent, editor of the Memphis Messenger to whom, and to his most excellent sister, Miss Mary Trent, the editor [writer of this article] and daughter owe much of their pleasure at the recent outing of the Tennessee Press Association. Miss Trent is one of the most accomplished teachers in the Memphis City Schools and as the recent examination. . .she made the L...] Paris Post Intelligence.[']

The young lady referred to, Miss Mary Trent, was born and raised in Somerville and has many friends here who are glad to know that she stands so high in the educational world." She was a teacher in Memphis, Tennessee according to the 1910 census, living with her sister Lucy and Lucy's husband Cooper Shelton's family. Cooper is listed as Hagin C, and is in real estate. in 1910. She appeared on the census of 1880 in the household of William Clough Trent and Mary Virgin Bonner West Street, Somerville, Fayette County, Tennessee; According to the 1880 census of District 17, Somerville, Fayette, Tennessee, the family of W C and Mary V Trent lived on West Street.

W C was a Livery Keeper. Mary V is keeping house.

Children are listed as:
William 26, at home
Bettie, 24, School Teacher
Royal, 20, at home
Lucy, 16, at school
Richard, 13 [or 15] at school
Mary 9 at school.

It is clearly West Street -- not Depot Street.

Family of Mary and John

Last Edited=4 Feb 2020


  1. [S168] Trent Gray Randolph, Randolph family Bible Record, King James (No 14 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Grambo & Co.,, 1851); Betty Gray Hardy, copy at Library of Virginia.
  2. [S395], online, Mary Trent and John Taylor Gray in the Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940.
  3. [S274] Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2/16/1957; 6:2
    Honolulu Advertiser

    Printed from microfilm at the
    Hawaii State Library
    478 South King St.
    Honolulu, HI 96813-2901