James Gray Jr.1

M, b. circa 1660
Father*James Gray Sr.1 b. 9 Jul 1629
Mother*(?) unknown2 b. c 1629
ChartsThelma L. Gray Pedigree Chart
     James was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, circa 1660.3 He married Elizabeth unknown say 1685 at perhaps, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Family

Elizabeth unknown
Child

Citations

  1. [S22] IGI, LDS.
  2. [S292] Noel Atlee Nugent, Information gathered by Noel A. Nugent during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The originals for these notes are in the possession of Noel's niece, Sue Ann Nugent Russell of Charleston, SC.
  3. [S22] IGI, LDS , The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "International Genealogical Index (IGI)," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:9NW9-128 : accessed 2016-06-25), entry for James Gray.

Elizabeth unknown1

F
ChartsThelma L. Gray Pedigree Chart
     Elizabeth unknown married James Gray Jr. say 1685 at perhaps, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1 As of say 1685,her married name was Gray.1

Family

James Gray Jr. b. c 1660
Child

Citations

  1. [S22] IGI, LDS.

James Gray Sr.1

M, b. 9 July 1629
Possible Ancestral Home of James Gray
Father*Robert Gray2 b. c 1600
Mother*Janet Lorimer2
ChartsThelma L. Gray Pedigree Chart
     James was born at Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, before 9 July 1629.
Problems with the Scottish and Royal Scottish ancestry of the Grays

The first James Gray to reach America, according to Noel Nugent, was a Scottish prisoner of war from the battle of Dunbar, Scotland, 1650, who was transported to New England as part of 150 such prisoners. Those 150 prisoners were transported to America aboard the Unity, for which there is no complete listing of those aboard. We do have two articles penned by Diane Rappaport that appeared in New England Ancestry, the 2003 Winter and Holiday issues, that list a number of those prisoners who were sent to lumber mills of coastal Maine and New
Hampshire. One such prisoner was George Gray who, Noel surmises was the brother of our James, although there is no proof of any such relationship. Because of the lack of a complete listing of the prisoner aboard the Unity, our James could well have been aboard. Lack of proof does not prove that a person did or did not exist.

Noel turned up a Gray family who was living in Edinburgh, Midlothian Scotland – one Robert Gray and wife Janet Lorimer, who had two sons George, born in 1624 and James born in 1629. Noel also connected this Robert to Scottish lords and I fleshed it out with documentation and connections to Scottish royalty.

Both Robert Gray’s sons would have been old enough to have fought in the Battle of Dunbar, which took place very near to Edinburgh. I have shown James as the brother of George Gray, who was also transported to New England, however, George might well be James's cousin, rather than his brother.

As to whether or not our Grays were descended from the royal Scots Grays is not proven and remains in the realm of supposition. There is no proof for the hypothesis, but there is also nothing to disprove it, either. So, until someone offers solid proof that there is no royal connection, I will offer the pedigree that connects our Grays to the Scottish King Robert I, the Bruce and to the early Stuart Kings.

John Roger Wood
Roswell, GA
20 Sep 2016.1,2,3 He was baptized on 9 July 1629 at St Cuthberts Parish Church, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.1 He married (?) unknown before 1660 at probably, Berwick, York, Maine.2

Family

(?) unknown b. c 1629
Child

Citations

  1. [S22] IGI, LDS.
  2. [S292] Noel Atlee Nugent, Information gathered by Noel A. Nugent during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The originals for these notes are in the possession of Noel's niece, Sue Ann Nugent Russell of Charleston, SC.
  3. [S596] Analysis of existing data by John Roger Wood.

(?) unknown1

F, b. circa 1629
ChartsThelma L. Gray Pedigree Chart
     (?) was born at probably, Maine, circa 1629.1 She married James Gray Sr. before 1660 at probably, Berwick, York, Maine.1 As of before 1660,her married name was Gray.1

Family

James Gray Sr. b. 9 Jul 1629
Child

Citations

  1. [S292] Noel Atlee Nugent, Information gathered by Noel A. Nugent during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The originals for these notes are in the possession of Noel's niece, Sue Ann Nugent Russell of Charleston, SC.

daughter Gray1

F, b. circa 1717
Father*James Gray III1 b. c 1691, d. c 1758
Mother*Tamsin Hillary1 b. c 1695
     She was baptized circa 1717 at Newington, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 284.

George Gray1

M, b. 1720
Father*James Gray III1 b. c 1691, d. c 1758
Mother*Tamsin Hillary1 b. c 1695
     George was born at probably, Newington, Rockingham, New Hampshire, in 1720. IGI says he was b. Berwick, Maine, but Maine & NH Gen. Dict., says that his father lived in Newington from 1717-1723, and perhaps longer..1,2 He married Martha James circa 1742 at perhaps, Maine.2,1

Family

Martha James

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 284.
  2. [S22] IGI, LDS.

Martha James1

F
     Her married name was Gray.1 Martha James married George Gray circa 1742 at perhaps, Maine.1,2

Family

George Gray b. 1720

Citations

  1. [S22] IGI, LDS.
  2. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 284.

James Gray1

M, b. circa 1723
Father*James Gray III1 b. c 1691, d. c 1758
Mother*Tamsin Hillary1 b. c 1695
     He was baptized circa 1723 at Newington, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 284.

Samuel Foss Jr1,2

M, b. say 1701
Father*Samuel Foss Sr3 b. s 1660
Mother*Mary unknown3
ChartsThelma L. Gray Pedigree Chart
     Samuel was born at probably, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, say 1701. Although the IGI says he was born ca 1682, I am guessing that, because that date would have made him some 24 years older than his wife, he was born much later, perhaps as late as 1701..1,2 I couldn't find any record of Samuel's children except the entries for the IGI, and those entries varied all over the place as to dates and places of birth. What is entered here are my best guesses based on the Genealogical Dict. of Maine and NH entries that give the date of Samuel's marriage and that he and Abigail had eight children.

The names and dates of birth are from the IGI, and the birthplaces are based on residence dates in the Genealogical Dict. of Maine and NH . in December 1726 at About Samuel's children.2,1 He married Abigail Dowse on 29 December 1726 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.4 Samuel Foss Jr lived on 10 March 1731/32 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire. He was listed as a carpenter.2 He lived circa 1735 at Barrington, Strafford, New Hampshire.2

Family

Abigail Dowse b. c 1703
Children

Citations

  1. [S22] IGI, LDS.
  2. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 241.
  3. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.
  4. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 204.

Abigail Dowse1

F, b. circa 1703
Father*Samuel Dowse1 b. c 1665, d. b 1717
Mother*Sarah Berry1 b. c 1668, d. a 1717
ChartsThelma L. Gray Pedigree Chart
     Abigail was born at possibly, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, circa 1703.1 She married Samuel Foss Jr on 29 December 1726 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1 As of 29 December 1726,her married name was Foss.1

Family

Samuel Foss Jr b. s 1701
Children

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 204.
  2. [S22] IGI, LDS.
  3. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 241.

Samuel Foss Sr1

M, b. say 1660
Father*John Foss1 b. c 1636
Mother*Mary Berry1 b. c 1644
ChartsThelma L. Gray Pedigree Chart
     Samuel was born at perhaps, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, say 1660. This birthdate is only a guess..1 He married Mary unknown circa 1682 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Family

Mary unknown
Children

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.
  2. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 241.

Mary unknown1

F
ChartsThelma L. Gray Pedigree Chart
     Her married name was Foss.1 Mary unknown married Samuel Foss Sr circa 1682 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Family

Samuel Foss Sr b. s 1660
Children

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.
  2. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 241.

John Foss1

M, b. circa 1636
ChartsThelma L. Gray Pedigree Chart
     John was born at possibly, England, circa 1636. The IGI calls him Johan Foss of Holland..1 He married Mary Berry before 1660 at probably, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.2 None of the supposed, or guessed birthdates for the children of John, and his son Samuel make any sense. They are listed here only as a supposition. after 1660 at The birth dates of this family's children.1

Family

Mary Berry b. c 1644
Children

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.
  2. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 90,240.

John Foss1

M, b. circa 1660, d. 5 April 1752
Father*John Foss1 b. c 1636
Mother*Mary Berry1 b. c 1644
     John was born at Rye, Rockingham, New Hampshire, circa 1660.1 He died on 5 April 1752 at Greenland, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.

Elizabeth Foss1

F, b. circa 1666
Father*John Foss1 b. c 1636
Mother*Mary Berry1 b. c 1644
     Her married name was Batchelder. Elizabeth was born at Rye, Rockingham, New Hampshire, circa 1666.1 As of circa 1685,her married name was Bachelder.2 She married Nathaniel Bachelder circa 1685 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.2

Family

Nathaniel Bachelder b. 25 Jan 1659

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.
  2. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 81.

Nathaniel Bachelder1

M, b. 25 January 1659
Father*Nathaniel Batchelder2 b. c 1630
Mother*Deborah Smith2 d. 8 Mar 1675/76
     Nathaniel was born at Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, on 25 January 1659.2 He married Elizabeth Foss circa 1685 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Family

Elizabeth Foss b. c 1666

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 81.
  2. [S667] Charles Batchelder, Batchelder/Bachilder Genealogy Through Rev. Stephen Bachilder's Son Stephen Bachilder (A Correction of the Work On This Family By Pierce), 7.

Martha Foss1

F, b. say 1673
Father*John Foss1 b. c 1636
Mother*Mary Berry1 b. c 1644
     Martha was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, say 1673.1 As of circa December 1693,her married name was Goss.1 She married Richard Goss circa December 1693.1

Family

Richard Goss

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.

Richard Goss1

M
     Richard Goss married Martha Foss circa December 1693.1

Family

Martha Foss b. s 1673

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.

Thomas Foss1

M, b. say 1671
Father*John Foss1 b. c 1636
Mother*Mary Berry1 b. c 1644
     Thomas was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, say 1671.2 He married Abigail Cole on 5 February 1696 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.3

Family

Abigail Cole

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.
  2. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240, 241.
  3. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 241.

William Foss1

M, b. say 1675
Father*John Foss1 b. c 1636
Mother*Mary Berry1 b. c 1644
     William was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, say 1675.1 He married Sarah Busler on 29 November 1700 at Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.2

Family

Sarah Busler

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.
  2. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 241.

Joshua Foss1

M
Father*John Foss1 b. c 1636
Mother*Mary Berry1 b. c 1644
     Joshua was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1 He married Sarah Wallis ? before 1731.1

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.

Zachariah Foss1

M
Father*John Foss1 b. c 1636
Mother*Mary Berry1 b. c 1644
     Zachariah was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.

Hannah Foss1

F, b. say 1681
Father*John Foss1 b. c 1636
Mother*Mary Berry1 b. c 1644
     Hannah was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, say 1681.1 As of June 1702,her married name was Jeness.1 She married John Jeness in June 1702 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Family

John Jeness

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.

John Jeness1

M
     John Jeness married Hannah Foss in June 1702 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Family

Hannah Foss b. s 1681

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 240.

Isaac Foss1

M, b. circa 1683
Father*Samuel Foss Sr1 b. s 1660
Mother*Mary unknown1
     Isaac was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, circa 1683.1 He married Abigail Hinkson on 5 December 1717 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 241.

Hinkson Foss1

M, b. before 1712
Father*Samuel Foss Sr1 b. s 1660
Mother*Mary unknown1
     Hinkson was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, before 1712.1 He was baptized in 1712 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 241.

Mary Foss1

F, b. before 1715
Father*Samuel Foss Sr1 b. s 1660
Mother*Mary unknown1
     Mary was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, before 1715.1 She was baptized in 1715 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 241.

Ichabod Foss1

M, b. before 1716
Father*Samuel Foss Sr1 b. s 1660
Mother*Mary unknown1
     Ichabod was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, before 1716.1 He was baptized in 1716 at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.1

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 241.

George Foss1

M, b. 10 May 1724
Father*Samuel Foss Sr1 b. s 1660
Mother*Mary unknown1
     George was born at Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, on 10 May 1724.1

Citations

  1. [S547] Sybil Noyes et al, GDMNH, 241.