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J. Roy Gray Collection

Identifier: A-0152

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of original deeds and other documents relating to the von der Hoya family in Nacogdoches. One item of interest is a conveyance of property in Nacogdoches from Thomas J. Rusk to Bennett Blake which includes the Red House. The Red House was the Old Spanish Barracks until 1832, and in 1845 it became Nacogdoches University.


  • Creation: 1830-1881
  • Event: Donated in 1960


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

J. Roy Gray, son of Joseph R. and Julia McPaul Gray, was born in Bastrop, Texas, on November 5, 1888. On October 5, 1914, he married Clara Hoya, daughter of Charles and Francis Meisenheimer Hoya. J. Roy Gray served as a prominent businessman and civic leader in the Nacogdoches community. For many years, he was president of the Hoya Abstract Company. He also served as President of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association, as a director of the Stone Fort National Bank, and as a director of the community Hotel Corporation. From the opening of City Memorial Hospital in 1928 until his death, he served on the executive Committee and promoted many Hospital programs. J. Roy Gray died on March 30, 1966, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

("J. Roy Gray Dies Today."Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel 30 March 1966: A1)


0.50 Cubic Feet


This collection is described in 9 folders and housed in a clamshell box.

Related Materials

Nacogdoches University. ETRC Business & Organizational Collection. B-0046


Guide to the J. Roy Gray Collection
Natasha McClanahan
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository