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Re: John Whitson/Whittson 1680's Surry
Posted by: ross smith (ID *****1423) Date: May 03, 2012 at 08:21:56
In Reply to: John Whitson/Whittson 1680's Surry by Ria Hendrix of 699

Ria,
You were nice enough to help me with a look up a few years ago. Would you help me again?
There was a William Ray or Wray who died in 1731 in Surry co Va and a William Rayor Wray that died in 1735 in Surry co Va. I have found wills for botgh of them. The will for the William ay that died in 1731 is torn and tattered and is veryhard to read and mentions his son William as executor and mentions a William Pitman or Pittman as a brother in law and that is all that can be read. The William Wray or Ray who died in 1735 left a will that named his wife Martha Whitson Ray and his son Lenard or Leonard Ray as executor. I don't know if they were related. Would it be possible if youhave time to tell me the land patents or land grants a William Ray or Wray received in tghe late 1600's to the 1730's and if you have the resources any land bought or sold by a William Rayor ray which would of course include both. Maybe I can find if they were related using deeds and who witnessed the deeds.
This is what I am trying to accomplish. George Wray was my ancestor. He bought land in Brunswick co Va in 1769 and received a land patent in 1771. I am trying to find who his father was and I believe it was the William Wray who received a land patent in the late 1720's in Brunswick co Va and a John Wray also received land that joined William's land. I think they were brothers. William Wray owned land on Coldwater Run in Brunswick co Va in tghe 740's. Years later George bought his land very close to William's land. I think this William was George's father. I am trying to prove that. I believe there is a good chance tghat the William Wray who owned land in Brunswick co Va was the William Wray who was executor of the will of the William ray or Ray that died in 1731 in urryco va. I know thisis a bit confusing but if youcouldhelp me it would be greatly appreciated. ross


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