Maine baby is island's 1st in 93 years -- since her great-grandfather
An island off the coast of Maine celebrates the birth of a child - the first to be born there in more than nine decades.
Erin Fernald Gray and Aaron Gray recently welcomed a daughter, Azalea Belle Gray, to their home in Islesford, Maine, a hamlet on Little Cranberry Island, one of five islands that make up the town of Cranberry Isles.
The last person actually born on the island was Warren Fernald (1927), the grandfather of Erin Fernald Gray.
"I love the connection with my grandfather," Gray told Good Morning America. "And both my grandmother and I had six babies."
PHOTO: Erin Fernald Gray and Aaron Gray welcomed their sixth child, a daughter named Azalea Belle Gray, to their home in Islesford, Maine. (Erin Fernald Gray)
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Gray said her grandfather was a lifelong lobster man and died in 2005 at the age of 77. Graus' children - the other five were born on the mainland - belong to an eighth generation of lobster fishermen.
PHOTO: Erin Fernald Gray and Aaron Gray welcomed a daughter named Azalea Belle Gray to their Islesford, Maine home in September. Azala is photographed here with her siblings River, Zinnia, Briggs, Pheobe and Quinn. (Erin Fernald Gray)
Denise McCormick, the city clerk of the Cranberry Isles, told "GMA" that about 115 to 120 people live there. There are two schools - one on Islesford with nine students and one on Great Cranberry Island with three students.
PHOTO: Erin Fernald Gray and Aaron Gray welcomed a daughter named Azalea Belle Gray to their Islesford, Maine home in September. Azala is photographed here with her great-grandmother Anna Fernald. (Erin Fernald Gray)
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"In September we had our first birth on the island since 1927," said McCormick. "Our new baby is the sixth baby in her family, so she lives in a house full of love."
PHOTO: Erin Fernald Gray and Aaron Gray recently welcomed a daughter named Azalea Belle Gray to their home in Islesford, Maine. Here Azalea is shown with her older sister Phoebe. (Erin Fernald Gray)
Gray said she never expected how much attention her family story would get.
PHOTO: Lobster people climb into a row boat on Little Cranberry Island, April 29, 2016, in Islesford, Maine. (Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images, FILE)
"It's a connection [but] I didn't think it would make me that famous," she said. "Holy cow!"
Maine Baby is the first on the island in 93 years - since her great-grandfather originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com
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