Posted By:ross smith
Subject:Re: John Bigfoot Ray who died in 1930's in Rogers (Taylor co)
Post Date:August 04, 2006 at 18:16:04
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Forum:Taylor County, TX Genealogy Forum
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Hi Betty
Thanks again for all the help with the John Rays in Taylor co Tx in the 1930's. I saw all the work you have done to help people with their native American heritage. Would you mind helping me with mine? It is very interesting in that it is a chaloenge to find information.
Briefly my ancestors were Solomon Ray who married Jane Echols in 1796 in Wilkes co Ga. They went to Clarke co Ga then to Jasper co Ga where Solomon Ray Sr died in 18132. They had a number of children and Solomon Ray Jr was one of them. He was born in 1811 in Jasper co Ga. He married Jane Church in Henry co Ga in 1829. They all moved to Meriwether co Ga abou 1830 and were in Tallapoosa co Alabama by 1836. Solomon Ray Jr and Jane Church had a number of children in Tallapoosa co Al and Lucinda Ray born in 1837 was one of their children and my ancestor. She married Thomas M Abel or Ables in 1862 in Winston co Al. Thomas M Abel was born in 1832 in Tenn. but his family went to Randolph co Al (eastern Al) when he was a boy. Thomas M Abel moved to Winston co Al in the late 1850's. He and Lucinda Ray had a number of children and Sarah Elizabeth Ables born in 1877 in Winston co Al was my ancestor. She married Lloyd Costello Smith in 1892 in Monroe co Mississippi. They were my great grand parents. I have heard for years that my great grandmother Sarah Elizabeth Ables Smith was part native American. I don't know what kind of indian she was. Could you help me? The Bigfoot Ray or John Bigfoot Ray I emailed you about was supposed to have been Sarah Elizabeth Able's cousin or Lucinda Ray's cousin but I think Bigfoot Ray would have been to young to have been Lucinda Ray's cousin. He was probaly Lucinda Ray's nephew which would mean he was Lucinda Ray's daughter Sarah Elizabeth Able's cousin. That is just a guess. That would mean also that if Sarah Elizabeth Ables was part indian then one of her parents or maybe both of them were native American. Either Lucinda Ray or Thomas M Abels. I have hear the Abels were Irish and that Lucinda Ray was part indian. I have hear family storieds that say Coushatta and Cherokee and Choctaw and Shoshone (plains indian-very little chance and a few other tribes. You know how family stories are. They seem to change sometimes over the generations. The Alabama-Coushatta indians did live in Tallapoosa co Alabama but Solomon Ray and Jane Church who went there in 1836 were not really from there. That is when the county was opened to settlers. They were from northeast Georgia and Va and NC or SC before 1790. I know that is not much to go on but that is all I have. Could you give me some guidance to help me find what my native American heritage is and who my indian ancestor was? Thanks,Ross