Ray Genealogy - Tennessee

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Descendants of William Ray

Generation 1

Census of 1820 - Overton County, TN
.
Male Age Ranges
Female Age Ranges
Head of Household
<10
10-16
16-18
18-26
26-45
>45
<10
10-16
16-26
26-45
>45
 John Ray
-
-
-
1
-
1
-
1
-
-
-
 Leonard Ray
1
1
1
1
1
-
2
-
-
1
-
 Nelson Ray
3
-
-
-
1
-
3
-
-
1
-
 Richard Ray
3
-
1
1
1
-
3
2
1
1
-
 William Ray
1
-
-
1
-
-
1
-
1
-
-

1. WILLIAM1 RAY

Children of WILLIAM RAY

i. NELSON2 RAY

Census of 1830
.
Male Age Ranges
Female Age Ranges
Head of Household
5-10
<10
10-15
15-20
20-30
30-40
40-50
5-10
<10
10-15
15-20
20-30
30-40
40-50
 Nelson Ray
1
1
2
1
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
2
-
-

2. ii. GEORGE W. RAY b. in 1804 in Virginia


Generation 2

2. GEORGE W.2 RAY (WILLIAM1) was born 1804 in Virginia. He married MARY RAY. Mary was born 1803.

Census of 1830
.
Male Age Ranges
Female Age Ranges
Head of Household
5-10
<10
10-15
15-20
20-30
30-40
40-50
5-10
<10
10-15
15-20
20-30
30-40
40-50
 George Ray
-
-
-
-
1*a
-
-
-
-
-
-
1*b
-
-

*a - 1 male between the ages of 20 and 30 (George would have been 26)
*b - 1 female between the ages of 20 and 30 (Mary would have been 27)

1830 Land Grants

  • June 1836, State of Tennessee to John C. Ray and George W. Thompson 200 acres on the Obey River. (ref. p. 39)
  • July 1837, State of Tennessee to Leonard Ray 50 acres on the West Fork Obey River. (ref. p. 29)
  • October 1837, State of Tennessee to William Ray 100 acres on the Sulpher Creek bordering Richard Ray and George Rayís property. (ref. p. 45)

    George Ray is found in 1840 census records from Tennessee:

    Census of 1840
    .
    Male Age Ranges
    Female Age Ranges
    Head of Household
    <5
    5-10
    <10
    10-15
    15-20
    20-30
    30-40
    40-50
    <5
    5-10
    <10
    10-15
    15-20
    20-30
    30-40
    40-50
     George Ray
    1*a
    2*b
    -
    -
    -
    -
    1*c
    1
    2*d
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    1*e
    -

    *a - 1 male less than 5 years of age (Henry M would have been 3)
    *b - 2 males between the ages of 5 and 10 (Zacchariah would have been 8 and Wm B would have 7)
    *c - 1 male between the ages of 30 and 40 (George would have been 36)
    *d - 2 females less than 5 years of age (Margaret would have been 4 and Nancy would have ~1)
    *e - 1 female between the ages of 30 and 40 (Mary would have been 37)

    1840 Deeds

  • January 1847, George Ray to Walker Brown 150 acres for $150 near Richard Ray and William Rayís property. (ref. p. 273)
  • January 1847, Walker Brown to George Ray 130 acres next to the Maxwellís east side of Lambís Crick. (ref. p. 274-275)
  • January 1848, Richard Ray to William Ray 162 acres in District 2, Overton County. (ref. p. 402)

    George W. Ray is found in the 1850 census from the 6th District, Overton County, Tennessee, Post Office Livingston

    Census of 1850
    Name Relation DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    *Ray, George W. Head - Male White 46 Married Farmer
    Ray, Mary Wife - Female White 47 Married -
    *Ray, Zacchariah Son - Male White 18 - -
    Ray, William B. Son - Male White 17 - -
    *Ray, Margaret F. Daughter - Female White 14 - -
    Ray, Henry M. Son - Male White 13 - -
    *Ray, Nancy F. Daughter - Female White 10 - -
    Ray, George W. Son - Male White 8 - -
    *Ray, Isaac. Son - Male White 6 - -

    Derived dates of birth


    Generation 3

    3. HENRY M.3 RAY (GEORGE W.2, WILLIAM1) was born October 01, 1837 in Overton County, TN. He married MARY RAY. She was born 1834.

  • Henry Ray's Military service: May 20, 2000, Civil War Pension, Overton County, TN, 25th Infantry Pension # S1981

  • Children of HENRY RAY and MARY RAY are:

  • Census records for Henry M Ray are listed below:

    Census of 1850
    Name Relation DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    *Ray, George W. Head - Male White 46 Married Farmer
    Ray, Mary Wife - Female White 47 Married -
    *Ray, Zacchariah Son - Male White 18 - -
    Ray, William B. Son - Male White 17 - -
    *Ray, Margaret F. Daughter - Female White 14 - -
    Ray, Henry M. Son - Male White 13 - -
    *Ray, Nancy F. Daughter - Female White 10 - -
    Ray, George W. Son - Male White 8 - -
    *Ray, Isaac. Son - Male White 6 - -
    * Not found in 1860 census below

    1850 Deeds

  • May 1851, Nelson Ray, son of Elizabeth Ray and brother to Nancy Ray, George W. Ray and Leonard Ray, gave each $20 and 100 acres of land from the Nelson plantation on the waters of the Roaring River. (ref. p. 437)
  • May 1851, Nelson Ray to James Eldridge 155 acres in two tracts of land on the waters of the Roaring River for the payment of $130. (ref. p. 437-438)
  • January 1856, William Ray to Bilbry 50 acres for $20 next to Richard Ray and Bilbrey in District 2. (ref. p. 100)
  • January 1857, Nelson Ray borrowed $1000 on a promissory note for 6 months and used 40-yr. old male Negro slave Peter as security. (ref. p. 430)
  • February 1857, William A. Officer to W. N. Ray 9 acres for $12 in District 9. The property was near the Rayís line on the West Fork of Obey River in Sinking Cain Valey. (ref. p. 474)
  • January 1858, Nelson Ray to Rebecca Gore 155 acres for $600 in District 2 near John Crawford. (ref. p. 97-98)
  • December 1858, Henry Mc Ray to William B. Ray 160 acres for $75 that belong to his father, George Ray, at the time of his death. The land was located on Lambís Crick in District 6.
        (George died, Henry sold his share of land to his older brother William)

    Census of 1860 - Overton County, Tennessee 18-205
    Name Relation DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    Ray, William B. Head - Male White 27 Married -
    Ray, Jane Wife - Female White 35 Married -
    Ray, Infant - - - White 3 mos - -
    Ray, Mary - - Female White 50 - Farmer

    Census of 1860 - Overton County, Tennessee 216-180, District 3 1558/1558
    Name Relation DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    Ray, H.M. Head - Male White 24 Married Farmer
    Ray, Mary Wife - Female White 23 Married Keeping Home

    Census of 1860 - Overton County, Tennessee 216-180, District 3 1522/1522
    Name Relation DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    Ray, George Boarder - Male White 18 - Farm Laborer
    Lives with Owen Brady Family

    Census of 1880 - 145/145 Civil District 6, Overton County, Tennessee, 1 Jun 1880
    Name Relation DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    Ray, Henry M. Head - Male White 42 Married Farmer
    Ray, Mary Wife - Female White 43 Married Keeping Home
    Ray, Willard Son - Male White 21 - Train
    Ray, Martha A. Daughter - Female White 15 - -
    Ray, Johnnie M. Son - Male White 13 - Train
    Ray, Lockie A. Daughter - Female White 11 - -
    Ray, Mary M. Daughter - Female White 6 - -
    Ray, Albert R. Son Mar, 1880 Male White 3 mos - -

    1890 Marriage Records

  • John (H.or M.) Ray to Florence Norris, October 5, 1890

    Census of 1900 - 156/156 Civil District 10, Overton County, Tennessee, 25 Jun 1900
    Name Relation DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    Ray, Henry M. Head Oct, 1837 Male White 62 Married -
    Ray, Mary Wife 1835 Female White 64 Married -
    Ray, Mary May Daughter 1872 Female White 28 - -
    Norris, William H. Grandson Jul, 1892 Male White 7 - -


    Generation 4

    4. JOHNNY M.4 RAY (HENRY M.3,GEORGE W.2, WILLIAM1)

  • JOHNNY M. RAY was born March 01, 1867 in TN. He marriedFLORENCE NORRIS October 07, 1892, daughter of LUKE NORRIS and MARY BROWN. She was born June 11, 1871 in Morgan County, TN, and died July 15, 1940 in Cowan - Franklin County, TN.

    Census of 1900 - 156/156 Civil District 10, Overton County, Tennessee, 25 Jun 1900
    Name Relation DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    Ray, John Head Mar, 1867 Male White 33 Married Farmer
    Ray, Florence Wife Jun, 1871 Female White 29 Married -
    Ray, George W. Son Oct, 1891 Male White 8 - -
    Ray, Laney E. Son Mar, 1895 Male White 6 - -
    Ray, May Daughter Sep, 1896 Female White 3 - -
    Ray, Robert R. Son Dec, 1900 Male White 1 - -

    Census of 1900 - 156/156 Civil District 10, Overton County, Tennessee, 25 Jun 1900
    Name Relation DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    Ray, John Head Mar, 1867 Male White 33 Married Farmer
    Ray, Florence Wife Jun, 1871 Female White 29 Married -
    Ray, George W. Son Oct, 1891 Male White 8 - -
    Ray, Laney E. Son Mar, 1895 Male White 6 - -
    Ray, May Daughter Sep, 1896 Female White 3 - -
    Ray, Robert R. Son Dec, 1900 Male White 1 - -

    Census of 1910 - ???/49 Civil District 10, Overton County, Tennessee, Page 143
    Name Relation Home DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    Ray, John M. Head Rented Male White 43 Married Farmer
    Ray, Florence Wife - - Female White 39 Married -
    Ray, George W.* Son - - Male White 18 - -
    Ray, Lannie** Son - - Male White 16 - -
    Ray, Nedie M. Daughter - - Female White 13 - -
    Ray, Bill Son - - Male White 11 - -
    Ray, Hasale Son - - Male White 8 - -
    Ray, Charley Son - - Male White 6 - -
    Ray, James H. Son - - Male White 18 mos - -

    *i. GEORGE5 RAY, b. October 25, 1891; d. August 31, 1915 and was not found in 1920 census. He would have been 28 years old.

    **ii. LANNIE E. RAY(Social Security #: 408-05-3824), b. March 02, 1895; d. November 1972; m. MARGARET COLE; b. July 24, 1895; d. May 1981. Lannie is not found under the John Ray family in 1920 as he was marrried and had one son.

    1910 Deeds

  • May 1903, John H. Ray, President of the Monterey Stave and Lumber Company, to Davidson, Hicks, Greene, and Benedict, the right to remove timber for 10 years from July 8, 1899. (ref. p. 366)
  • October 1910, H. M. Ray to Amos Paston for $25 in District 6 the same parcel of land formerly owned by Amos Paston and by him and his wife deeded to I.A. Brady and by him and his wife back to me. (ref. 157-158)
  • August 1915, Davidson, Hicks & Greene to P. B. Smith and L. S. Bourne for $1000 land in District 8 near W. B. Ray and Officer heirsí land near the Tennessee Central Railroad. (ref. p. 587-588)

    Census of 1920 - 368/445 District 10, Franklin County, Tennessee
    Name Relation Home DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    Ray, Laney Husband Rented - Male White 22 Married Log Team
    Ray, Margaret Wife - - Female White 22 Married -
    Ray, Herschel Son - - Male White 17 mos - -

    Census of 1920 - 374/451District 10, Franklin County, Tennessee, Page 21B*
    Name Relation Home DOB Sex Color Age Marital Occupation
    Ray, John Head Rented - Male White 44 Married Skidder
    Ray, Florence Wife - - Female White 39 Married -
    Ray, Bill Son - - Male White 20 - Skidder
    Ray, Hasale Son - - Male White 18 - Log Team
    Ray, Charley Son - - Male White 16 - Skidder
    Ray, Hobart Son - - Male White 11 - -
    Winningham, Nelia** Daughter - - Female White 23 Married -
    Winningham, Edward Son - - Male White 3 - -

    *In 1920, the Ray family lived in a logging camp on Lakeview Mountain. The census lists the location to be Davidson, Hicks, and Greene Camp. The Ray family is believed to have migrated from Overton County Tennessee between the census of 1910 and 1920 while working in these logging camps. Lakeview Mountain is part of the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee's mid-south, specifically located southwest of Cowan, TN and northwest of Sherwood, TN. Ona McBee was born and raised in Sherwood, Tennessee. She met, dated, and married Charlie Ray when he worked on Lakeview Mountain (This was given to me verbally by Ona McBee Ray).

    **It is believed (Ona McBee verbal) that Nelia Winningham's husband died in an accident on Lakeview Mountain. She remarried Tom Ledbetter and had a son (J.B. Ledbetter)[BrÝderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 1, Ed. 4, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Social Security Death Index, Surnames from A through L, Date of Import: Dec 27, 1996, Internal Ref. #1.111.4.135914.85]


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