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Thomas/Alcey Wray and family
Posted by: Jag Date: February 07, 2002 at 09:33:30
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Thomas Wray & Alcey Wray.
I've seen posts listing their children
but I was wondering why all the kids are not listed in Alcey's will?? i.e.
Luke Wray?? see will at bottom

Alcey mentions her son Joseph Wray and then lists two granddaughters, Ann
and Emily Wray dau. of Joseph.

I've seen this Emily Wray as Emily Wray Covington, wife of William

If Emily was the daughter of Joseph then why does she show up on a
guardianship doc. as the minor heir of Luke Wray along with brother Ellison
Wray?? They were put under the guardianship of Daniel Glenn.
This doc. actually shows James Tipton as the first guardian with his name
crossed off and Daniel Glenn's name written in.

Then you have my people....Ealy/Aley Wray who died in Oct. 1835. She lists
her five children....Didimia Wray Tipton, Carroll, Miniah, Isaac and
Nicholas Preston.
These last four are also put under the guardianship of Daniel Glenn.

In another court doc. Emily Wray Covington contests the will of my Aley/Ealy
Wray....indicating that she does have a connection to these people.

Theory has it that my Ealy/Aley Wray is actually Elly Daniel who married to
Luke Wray, son of Thomas and Alcey Wray. But I'm not sure he would have
been the father of all five children....I think the younger ones were born
after Luke died in 1814. I'm not sure though as thier ages do not appear on
the guardianship papers...all I have is the years that they "became of age"
and where no longer under Daniel Glenn's care....assuming that "of age" was
18 back then, that is how I derived a birth year.
By carefully reading these docs. I've also discovered that Carroll was
actually James Carroll Wray, Miniah was actually Maria/Mariah....Isaac and
Nicholas Preston appear as so.

Another theory....there was a Margaret Glenn who married to ?? Wray some
have said that Carroll, Miniah, Isaac and Nicholas Preston are the children
of these two and that is why Daniel Glenn is the guardian.
Margaret Glenn did appear to have an uncle named Daniel Glenn.

But that still does explain Ellison and Emily Wray and why they are under
the Guardianship of Daniel Glenn.

Is it Possible that Margaret Glenn married to an Ealy Wray?? If so who was
Ealy Wray??? or was Margaret Glenn one of the wives of Luke Wray???

Please find below the wills of Alcey Wray, wife of Thomas and the will of
Ealy/Aley Wray.

Any and all help greatly appreciated

March term 1835 - Alcey Wray Will
Wilson County Tennessee
In the name of God, amen. I Alcey Wray being sound in mind tho affected
in body and believe from the course of nature that I must shortly die
and being desirous to divide my estate that the Lord has blessed me with
among my three children - Jane Eagean, the wife of Hugh Eagean, Willis
Wray, Joseph Wray, and Ann Wray & Emily Wray my grand daughters, the
daughters of my son Joseph Wray - the above named children and
grandchildren having taken care of me in my latter days in a particular
manner I feel it my duty to commit to writing this my last will and
testament...appoint my son in law Hugh Eagean executor of this my last
will and testament...this 9th day of February 1835...her mark - Alcey
[X] Wray Attest Elisha Vaughan, proven; William W. Eagean, proven

The nuncupative will of Ealy Wray. Ealy Wray of the county of Wilson
and state of Tennessee, did in the presence of Milton Taylor, Martha
Taylor and Mary Howell did the 29th day of October 1835 about one hour
before her death, having a knowledge --- neighbours, and answering
questions satisfactory so far as was asked, makes the following
disposition of her property. First that her just debts should be paid
and that her black woman, Ruth and her son Jim an infant should be sold,
Ruth has the priviledge of choosing her master. That which was left
after paying the debt should be equally divided between her five
children, Deddima, wife of ? Tipton, Carroll, Miniah, Isaac, and
Nicholas. This being committed to writing the 1st day of November 1835.

Test: Milton Taylor & Mary Howell

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