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Joe Rhea
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« on: January 02, 2005, 03:36:51 AM »

Please send any pedigrees for this project to:

Please include the following:
•       Name of project
•       Kit Number
•       Name of person posting pedigree
•       Email address to be posted with pedigree
•       Name, birthdate, birthplace, spouse of Earliest Known Ancestor
•       List each succeeding generation, using only those four items of information (or substitute another item of information if missing an item)

Anyone is welcome to post your pedigree for this surname on the Pedigree Forum below, but project members should be sure to send the pedigree by email to the administer's email address listed above.

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2.  When you have logged in, scroll to the last posting on this forum, click "reply" and post your pedigree.
a.  Please do not include names for anyone born after 1910, to protect privacy.
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2006, 01:51:18 AM »

Wm. Morris Ray (Anna Belle Rhodus) was son of
William John Wray (Amanda Francis Hurt) then
Oliver Jackson Wray (Eliza jane Leasure) then
John Wray (Jane Ray) then
Joseph Wray b. abt. 1760 Va. , died in Garrard Co., Ky. abt. 1825 co-founder of Maxwells Station in Garrard Co. in 1779.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2007, 03:14:11 AM »

My father's Ray line hailed from Buncombe County, NC.  I was able to visit there last summer and am still mulling through the data that I acquired.  There were several Ray lines there which I previously knew from prior genealogical research.

In an old family album I have pictures of Wray's in with my Ray's.  Because of this co-mingling of spellings in this album I have long wondered which came first Wray or Ray?  Also was the name changed and if so why?  Or was the name just shortened?
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2009, 01:22:44 AM »

I do NOT have direct male Wray lineage to myself, but I am posting my Wray lineage in hopes that someone from my Wray lineage that is a direct male descendent will post to the site and have the DNA testing done.

Please contact me if you connect to my Wray lineage.

Carrie Bias Hoffert
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Moses Wray Sr b abt 1690-1710 VA, d bef 19 Oct 1780 Amherst Co, VA, married Elizabeth ??

Moses Wray Jr b abt 1735 James River Co VA, d bef 4 Oct 1802 Franklin Co, VA, married Elizabeth Morris abt 1755 Bedford Co, VA

Benjamin Oat Wray b 1757 James River Co, VA, d Apr 1849 Franklin Co, VA, married
Susannah Poteet abt 1777 Franklin Co, VA
Elizabeth Wray b 14 Jun 1795 Franklin Co, VA, d aft 1870 Cabell Co, WV, married Edward Shy on 18 Sep 1810 Franklin Co, VA

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011, 07:20:12 AM »

A male descendant of Nathaniel Wray/Ray, Jr in Allen County, KY has taken the dna test and has upgraded to the 67 marker test.  The Test Kit# is 206654

It is widely accepted that this Nathanie Wray/Ray is the son of Nathaniel Wray of Brunswick County, VA who was the son of John Wray and Frances Bailey.  As of this date, we have not found any papertrail to confirm this.  In 1788 personal return there is a Nathaniel Wray, Sr and Nathaniel Wray, Jr.

Nathaniel Wray/Ray b: unknown and died 1823 in Allen County, KY and left a will
-children of Nathaniel Wray/Ray were James, John, Hix Jones, Eaton and Grevious/Grief Ray

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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2014, 05:31:06 PM »

This was posted at my blog.  I moved it to the Ray Pedigree Forum.  TErry

My DNA says Thomas b. 1726/27 is my closest connection
Is anyone out there with that blood line

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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2016, 12:18:14 PM »

Dwight Ray
originally a member of Ray-Rea-Wray Project on FTDNA
FTDNA Kit 269531

Ambrose Wray b c. 1755 place unknown, d. 1790 in Wilkes County NC, m. Susannah Lycan of Wilkes county, in 1782
- Joseph Wray b. 1782 in Wilkes County NC
--James Ray b in NC c 1814, moved to Pike County, KY abt 1828
---Joseph Ray b 1844 in Pike County, KY, d 1920
----Alec Ray b 1870 in Pike County, KY, d 1922
-----Bradley Ray b 1898 in Pike County, KY, d 1992
------Elmer Ray b 1924 in Pike County, KY, d 1983


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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2016, 11:18:05 AM »

James E. Ray
FTDNA Kit # 341040

I am a direct descendant of James Ray (1756-1834) whose birth place is unknown but died in Henry Co., VA. He married Elizabeth Dula (1768-1830) who was born in Rockingham Co., VA and died in Jackson, NC. My connection to the Dula (aka Dooley) surname has been confirmed through data from my Family Finder test results.

We believe that James Ray was a son of James Rea (1730-1788) who married Johanna Collins Kasoinah (1732-1794) and lived in Henry Co., VA based on the fact that one of their sons was named William Collins Ray. James Ray and Elizabeth Dula mentioned above also had a son named William Collins and we believe this child was named after his uncle, the child of James and Johanna. Two matches in my Y-DNA test results, 135256 and 13689, are descendants of the 1st William Collins Rea and match 63 out of 67 markers with me. In addition to this close match, I find it highly unlikely there would be two men, one generation apart, with exactly the same name that would not be related.

My Pedigree is:

1.   James Ray (1756-1834) Virginia & Elizabeth Dula (1768-1830)
2.   William Collins Ray (b.1797 in Wilkes Co., NC – d. 1879 in Hart Co. GA) & Margaret Walsh (b.1800 in Wilkes Co., NC – d. 1872 in Hart Co., GA)
3.   James Jasper Ray (b. 1828 in Elbert Co., GA- d. 1907 in Hart Co., GA) & Lucinda Skelton (b. 1832 in Elbert Co., GA – d. 1902 in Hart Co., GA)
4.   William Alexander Hamilton Ray (b. 1856 in Hart Co., GA – d. 1901 in Hart Co., GA) & Sarah Elizabeth Myers (b. 1859 in Hart Co., GA – d. 1946 in Hart Co., GA)
5.   James Albert Ray (b. 1878 in Hart Co., GA – d. 1966 in Hart Co., GA) & Essie Adams (b. 1873 in Elbert Co., GA – d. 1938 in Hart Co., GA)
6.   Martin Emerson Ray (b. 1919 in Hart Co., GA – d. 1994 in Hart Co. GA) & Emma Julia Gaines ( b. 1921 in Elbert Co., GA – 1983 in Hart Co., GA)
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