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Wife of Maj. Joseph Scoott Cray, Esq.
Posted by: George Page (ID *****8465) Date: January 17, 2004 at 08:44:24
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Does anyone know who Maj. Joseph Scott Cray of Onslow Co., NC married? He was b. in 1749 - d. before 5 Jul. 1800.
He may or may not have married Fanny Howard in accordance with the following marriage contractL

On Dec. 31, 1786, Articles of Agreement between Joseph Scott Cray, merchant, James Howard and Andrew Blanchard, Esq. recorded (p. 345, item 53, Deed Book O, Onslow Co., NC, Vol 1, Onslow Co. Records (G.S. film 0982472)). Marriage agreement was with the uncle (James Howard) of his intended wife Frances ("Fanny") Howard, dau. of John Howard, deceased, and her guardian, Andrew Blanchard so that her fortune which exceeded 1000 pounds, (she a minor 17 years old) would not go completely to him. She owned 21 slaves which were to remain as her property and be placed with her uncle, James Howard, for the sole use of Frances Howard and Andrew Blanchard, also a trustee of said property. She agreed to leave to her husband one third of her property and also to her children or any other person in existence or to whom she pleases-but if he die first then all to hers. The Negros were delivered-July 11, 1787. Test: Lott Williams, Josiah Howard, Ann M. Williams, Elizabeth Howard, John Splender, Jr., Thomas Edwards.

Does anyone recognize the last name of HERRIN as being a possible wife of Joseph Scott Cray, Esq.?

Originally it was thought that Joseph's wife was a Howard girl, or someone he met while serving in the war. His probable son, William H(errin) Cray(s), was born in 1780, and his probable father, Joseph Scott Cray, was captured on 16 Aug. 1780 at the Battle of Camden, SC, and held prisoner for the rest of the year.

There is a record of two NC (No SC) Herrin entries from Census/Tax data prior to 1790, both from Surry Co., NC in 1771: Lenny Herrin and Moses Herrin/Herren. There was a Benjamin Herrin in Middlesex Co., VA in 1783 (CDROM GRS 2.61 - Hereitage Books, Inc.). A John Herrin was in Craven Co. in 1779, and a Wm. Herrin was in Bladen Co. in 1784 (p. 92 "North Carolina Taxpayers 1679-1790" by Clarence E. Ratcliff).

There is a record of a Sally Crays marring a Cullen Cornet in Lincoln Co., NC on 16 Nov. 1808. Sally could have been a daughter of this woman and Joseph Scott Cray, and step sister to William H. Crays, whose step mother was Frances ("Fanny") Howard, who married Joseph Scott Cray in 1787. There is no known record of her marriage to Joseph Scott Cray. This fact could account for the name change from Cray to Crays by William H. (and Sally) Crays.

George W. Page
Researching CRAY/CRAYS of NC, IL, PA, OH, IN, KS


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