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Notable Citizens


Mark Morse’s Pasteboard Box Factory is well remembered by other residents. Mr. Morse grew up and learned carpenter’s trade on old homestead in Gray. He recalls stories told him by his grandfather, a Revolutionary War Veteran.

His father, George Rice, born in Scarborough, Sept. 21, 1780, married Hannah, daughter of Moses and Rebecca (Crockett) Hanscom, of Gorham, Me. She was born Sept. 9, 1788, and died Oct. 20, 1826. He died Sept. 13, 1858. His grandfather, Lemuel Rice, was also born in Scarborough, May 2, 1756, and died Jan. 16, 1827. John, born July 1, 1810, removed with his parents to Durham when two years old. He was educated in the common school, and in the New Gloucester Academy, under the instruction of…

From the American Revolution to the mid 19th century, the McLellan family played important parts in the commercial development of Maine. The first great family enterprise was founded at Portland by Captain Joseph McLellan Sr. (1732-1820) and lasted until the Embargo of 1807. As the Portland business collapsed, the standard was taken up by General James McLellan (1777-1854) at Bath. One of the most curious McLellans, and certainly the family maverick, was Captain Joseph McLellan, Jr. (1762-…

Henry Pennell (6 Jan 1803 – 8 Jun 1884) was born in Danville, ME in 1803.  He was adopted by Stephen and Rebecca (Fletcher) Pennell, who lived on Dutton Hill Road in South Gray.  He was brought up with the Pennell children and attended South Gray School.

Henry started business as a butcher, buying veal calves, dressing them, and carrying them to Portland market.  He was also a drover, buying and selling cattle and sheep.