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Re: William Ray in 1790 Wake co NC census
Posted by: ross smith (ID *****1423) Date: January 29, 2013 at 16:11:42
In Reply to: Re: William Ray in 1790 Wake co NC census by Maurice Woolsoncroft of 1372

Hi Maurice,
My ancestor was Geroge wray born probably in the 1740's in Va. I have found inforamation that shows his parents were William and Anne Wray who lived in Brunswick co Va. They had sons Baker,William Jr. and I believe George Wray. William Wray's brother was John Wray who died in I believe 1774 in Brunswick co Va. William wray (son of William and Anne) left Brunswick co Va and was in Johnston co NC in 1771. He lived in the part of Johnson co NC that became Wake co NC. He would have been George's brother. The Allens from Brunswick co Va and Lunenburg co Va went to Johnston co NC also. William Wray lived near them. He was married to a Mary or Mary Ann. I am trying to find if that William Wray who was in Johnston co NC was the same William Wray or Ray who was listed in the 1790 Wake co NC census. Was there more than one William Ray or Wray in the 1790 Wake co NC census? this is where it gets interesting. George Wray sold his Brunswick co Va land in 1777 and was in Bute co NC in 1778. Bute co NC was the county just south of Brunswick co Va. Bute co NC became Warren co NC in 1779. George sold his Warren co NC land in 1788 and went to Chatham co NC which is next to Wake co NC. Why did he go there? IF the william Wray or Ray listed in the 1790 Wake co NC census was his brother maybe that is why he went there. A William Ray bought land in Chatham co NC in 1790 (I think that is right). I think he lived in Wake co NC before he bought the land in Chatham co NC. A Baker Ray and a Mark Ray witnessed the deed. Baker Wray had gone to Warren co NC with George. Mark Ray was the son of George. I think they might have been brothers. I don't know who this William Ray was. He died I believe in 1792 in Chatham co NC. Were George and Baker related somehow to thse Rays? Is that why they went to Chatham co NC. the land William Ray bought was in Western Chatham co NC near the wake co NC border. What do you think? Thanks, Ross

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