Lecture Presents the Search for an Early Settler of Old Berwick and his Descendants

John Gray
John Gray 1896

On Thursday, January 24, John Demos, an archivist for the Counting House Museum in South Berwick, will present a talk on researching a line of the Gray family of South Berwick. Learn about the discovery of a 17th-century Scottish homestead location and a 19th-century sawmill site.

The lecture is hosted by the Old Berwick Historical Society and begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Center at Berwick Academy in South Berwick. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.

George Gray, born in Scotland, is believed to have fought the English in the battle of Dunbar in 1650. After the battle, some of the Scottish prisoners were sold into indentured servitude to English possessions, including the English colonies. Historians believe that was how George Gray arrived in New England, and went on to settle in South Berwick.

Sparked by an interest to find more information about his own house in South Berwick, once in the Gray family, Demos spent a year looking through documents and maps. During this lecture, titled “George to John - Six Generations in South Berwick: Digging in the Archives and the Ground,” Demos will talk about the Gray family history and discuss his search in archives at the Counting House Museum, in county records, and the surprising discovery he found in his own yard. An exhibit of his findings can currently be seen at the South Berwick Public Library.

The Counting House Museum is currently closed for the season, though appointments can be requested. The museum is open June - October on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-4pm. The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2019 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors. More information is available at www.oldberwick.org.

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