Printable Notes from the Ray Page

  1. Sources: James P. RICHARDS, Rusk, Texas 75785; The RAY-REAS Family, William RAY & Florence RAY LEWIS
  2. Volume 22, North Carolina Colonial Records, Page 379.
  3. Rowan County Deed Recrods 3:214-218.
  4. North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal - from warrents to Surveyors, Wilkes County land grants, Land Grant Office, Dept. of Sec. of State, North Carolina.
  5. North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Volume 2, page 83.
  6. North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, VI, 119-124.
  7. Sources include James P. RICHARDS, Rusk, TX; The RAY-Rea Family, William RAY & Florence RAY LEWIS; census records listed; and the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal.
  8. This Revolutionary War Moses LEATHERS who married Sally STAGG had a son Moses born 1790 who married Polly DUKE born 1800, daughter of Walter (?) DUKE. They owned the land where Duke University stands. Mary STAGG, duaghter of Thomas & Judith STAGG (my 4th grand mother) married William RAY. Mary was sister to my Sarah who m. old Moses LEATHERS. The Chapel Hill newspaper had a very nice feature article on the old Stagg 66 acre plantation. The deed you reported to Richard BENNHAN was enlarged to over 2,000 acres and is now owned by Lucky Strike Tobacco Co., still called Stagville Plantation.--Records of H. K. LEATHERS - Muskogee Oklahoma, in RAY-REA materials from Orange County copied by James & Mary RICHARDS.
  9. McNairy County, 1860, p 421.
  10. John R. RAY was the first R.Q.M. Sergeant of the 6th Tennessee Cavalry, organized out of McNairy County, and I am sure is related to the family although at this time I am not just sure on which line. Source: Reminicences of the Early Settlement and Early Settlers of McNairy Co., Tennessee by Gen. Marcus J. WRIGHT, Washington, D.C., Commercial Pub. Co., 1882, Mormon library microfilm.
  11. This is the grandfather of William A. RAY, author of the RAY materials, born in 1908, 1971 or latter address 13 Holly Ridge, Texarkana, Texas 75503.
  12. Source this family: 1850 McNairy County Census, p. 25. Sources in general for the family of Thomas Ray and wife Mary Ann (Polly) WOODS: James P. RICHARDS, Rusk, Texas 75785; The RAY-Reas Family, William RAY & Florence RAY LEWIS; 1800 and 1810 Orange Co., North Carolina census; Orange County North Carolina Marriages 1779 - 1868, edited by Brent H. HOLCOMB. Prairie County Arkansas Cemetery Inscriptions, by Marilyn Hambrick SICKEL.
  13. North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Volume I, page 33.
  14. Sources: James P. RICHARDS, Rusk, Tx 75785; The RAY-REA Family, Pennsylvania, by William RAY & Florence RAY LEWIS; North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal.
  15. Sketches of North Carolina, Historical and Biographical, Illustrative of the principles of a portion of her early settlers, by Rev. William Henry FOOTE, Robert Carter Publishers, New York, 1846, pp 228-229.
  16. Reminicences of the Early Settlement and Early Settlers of McNairy Co., Tennessee by Gen. Marcus J. WRIGHT, Washington, D.C., Commercial Pub. Co., 1882, Mormon library microfilm.
  17. Note: For those of my immediate family reading this, I want to point out that I am faithfully copying the spelling and punctuation in the original letter, not being creative.
  18. If you look at a map, this makes sense. McNairy County, Tennessee, is on the south edge of Tennessee, and Corinth, Mississippi, is just across the border. Memphis, Tennessee, also, is very close to the Mississippi/Tennessee border.
  19. Source: James P. RICHARDS, Rusk, Texas; 1850 Census, McNairy County, Tenn.; The Ray-Raes Family by William RAY & Florence RAY Lewis; grave markers in Cottonwood Cemetery. Notes about burials in Prospect Cemetery made by Mr. & Mrs. James RICHARDS of Houston, grandson of Burrow RICHARDS; Prairie County Arkansas Cemetery Inscriptions by Marilyn Hambrick Sickel; grave markers in Cottonwood Cemetery; Surname Index.
  20. Orange Co. Stack file CR 073.928.5
  21. Deed records, Orange County, North Carolina.
  22. North Carolina Genealoigcal Society Journal
  23. Source: North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, August, 1983
  24. Source: Department of Secretary of State, Land Grant Office, North Carolina.
  25. Reminicences of the Early Settlement and Early Settlers of McNairy Co., Tennessee by Gen. Marcus J. WRIGHT, Washington, D.C., Commercial Pub. Co., 1882, Mormon library microfilm.
  26. Henry M. EARLY, Garland, Texas 75043. Written December 16, 1992.

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