Martha Gray

Hickory Township, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Martha

Martha Gray was born in 1815, in Hickory Township, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States as the daughter of Mary Gray and John Gray. She married Edward Longacre on 22 November 1832, in Chester, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Pennsylvania, United States in 1870 and New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States in 1880.

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Edward Longacre
Martha Gray
Marriage: 22 November 1832
John Longacre
Mary Longacre
William S Longacre
Martha Longacre
Jason C Longacre
Susan C Longacre
Harriet Longacre
Sylvia Longacre
Sarah Longacre
Mandie Longacre

Spouse and Children

22 November 1832
Chester, Pennsylvania, United States


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Mary Gray


    John Gray


World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 4

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. 
1820 · Making States Equal

Age 5

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

Age 31

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)

  • Martha Lengaker in household of Edward Lengaker, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha Longaker in household of Edmond Longaker, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Martha Longacre, "United States Census, 1880"

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