George Wray was born in England in 1728, and settled in New York during the French and Indian War. On June 21, 1765, he married Catharina Ten Broeck (b. 1737), with whom he had at least three children: George (d. 1768), Jennet or Jane (b. 1769), and Maria (b. 1771). In 1772, he was clerk of stores for the Royal Regiment of Artillery, stationed at New York. He followed the British Army to Boston in 1774, and in December 1775, he became commissary of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, in which capacity he assumed control of issuing and receiving all stores for the artillery. Upon the evacuation of Boston in 1776, Wray went first to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then to Newport, Rhode Island. In December 1779, he was sent to Charleston, South Carolina, and remained there until its evacuation in December 1782. Thereafter, he returned to New York, resigned his commission, and settled on land he owned in Fort Ann, Washington County, New York. He died in 1804.