Shepherd Gray

9 April 1814–
Thomaston, Knox, Maine, United States

The Life of Shepherd

When Shepherd Gray was born on 9 April 1814, in Thomaston, Knox, Maine, United States, his father, Leverett Gray, was 37 and his mother, Rebecca Sears, was 30. He married Hannah Thorndike on 5 November 1835, in St. George, Knox, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in South Thomaston, Knox, Maine, United States in 1860 and Rockland, Knox, Maine, United States for about 10 years.

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Shepherd Gray
Hannah Thorndike
Marriage: 5 November 1835
Charles Gray
Frederick Gray
Elizabeth Gray
Son Gray

Spouse and Children

5 November 1835
St. George, Knox, Maine, United States


    Charles Gray


    Frederick Gray


    Elizabeth Gray


    Son Gray


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 5

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. 

Age 6

Maine is the 23rd state.

Age 32

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Shepard Gray in household of Abijah Sherman, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Shepard Gray, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Shepherd Gray, "United States Census, 1860"

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