Thanks to my brother Steen for the family geneology he wrote including the Heards and the Grays,
much of the background material is drawn from his research. Thanks to my late cousins Arthur Meeker Gray and Joan Gray for their reminiscences of Amy Heard and many of the letters presented here.
Thanks to the grandson of my grandmother's sister, Peter Alexander von Schimpff, who provided the photos of Max Heard as an adult.
Many thanks to
Annamarie Gosnell and her son William Rostek for having rescued from a Baltimore dump several of the photos of
Amy, Jane, and Max Heard that appear in these pages.
Robert M. Gray, September 23, 2005