James Gray, merchant and participant in the battle of San Jacinto, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on November 9, 1815. He fought in William Warner Hill's company at San Jacinto. In 1850 he was living in San Antonio, where he was a tinsmith, and in 1860 he was a merchant in San Antonio. He married Simona Seguín, the daughter of Emeregildo Seguín, and developed the town of Graytown on property that she inherited. Gray died at Floresville on September 12, 1884, and was buried in the city cemetery there.