Mary Gray

1798–1876 (Age 78)
Boothbay, Lincoln, Maine, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Gray was born in 1798, in Boothbay, Lincoln, Maine, United States, her father, Amos Gray, was 32 and her mother, Mary Ball, was 31. She married John Alley III on 5 June 1817, in Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 11 April 1876, in Bath, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

Mary Gray
John Alley III
Marriage: 5 June 1817
Rebecca Anne Alley
Reuben Alley
Albion Alley
Mary Alley
Samuel Alley
Thomas Alley
Orin Alley
William H. Alley
Mary Lydia Alley

Spouse & Children

5 June 1817
Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln, Maine, United States


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Parents & Siblings

  • Amos Gray


  • Mary Ball




  • Female1790–1825Female

  • Francis Gray


  • Henry A. Gray


  • Josiah B. Gray


  • Female1798–1876Female

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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 2

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1804 · Whitehead Light

Age 6

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson authorized the creation of a light station on Whitehead Island. The light house went into service by 1807. It is the third-oldest light house in Maine. Whitehead Light still exists as the private property of Pine Island Camp, a non-profit organization.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 21

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from Old English græg ‘gray’. In Scotland and Ireland it has been used as a translation of various Gaelic surnames derived from riabhach ‘brindled’, ‘gray’ ( see Reavey ). In North America this name has assimilated names with similar meaning from other European languages.2 English and Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Graye in Calvados, France, named from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gratus, meaning ‘welcome’, ‘pleasing’ + the locative suffix -acum.3 French and Swiss French: habitational name from Gray in Haute-Saône and Le Gray in Seine-Maritime, both in France, or from Gray-laville in Switzerland, or a regional name from the Swiss canton of Graubünden.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Mary Alley in household of John Alley, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Miss Mary Gray, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"
  • Miss Mary Gray, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"

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