Allen Co, Ky Research Notes for the Ray / Wray Family
It was Nathaniel Ray Jr whose estate was settled in Allen County, KY in 1823. We find Nathaniel in the county in 1820 with other Ray family members. But how do they all connect? Nathaniel's children spread out to Tennesse, Kentucky, Texas and even Missouri. My best guess is that Nathaniel may have traveled with his brothers or cousins to Allen County, KY.
Allen County, KY was formed in 1815 from parts of Barren and Warren counties.
1820 Allen Co, Kentucky Census
1820 Census Note:Listed in order by the census taker is: Noah Ray, Baxter Ray, Dennis Mize [Son of Jeremiah Mize and Edy Wray Mize, Grandson of John Wray d. 1774 Brunswick Co, Va. Married Amy Ann Ray Surry Co, VA], John Pearson, John Herman / Harmon [may be connected to the Harmon / Herman named in Thomas Franklin Ray, d 1940 family history], Nathaniel Ray.
1830 Allen Co, Kentucky Census
Jeremiah R Ray
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2
The 1840 Allen Co, Kentucky census only shows:William Ray 00130000 - 10000
check film for accuracy, surely there were some women in the group!
1850 Allen Co, KYName: John Lightfoot (likely son of Clairborne and Elizabeth "Betsy" Wray, see below)
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1797
Birth Place: Virginia
Family Number: 1052
Household Members: Name Age
John Lightfoot 53
Sally Lightfoot 48
William Lightfoot 23
J M Lightfoot 77
S E Lightfoot 16
C S Lightfoot 14
E J Lightfoot 11
Early Allen County, KY Marriages
Marriage Source: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyallen
Elizabeth Ray Lightfoot is named in this biography
ELISHA C. MOORE was born in Warren (now Allen) County, February 9, 1815, where he has since resided, except for the period from 1839 to 1844, when he lived in Washington County, IL. His father, Wade, was born November 25, 1785; he was a son of Wilson Moore, who was a Virginian, born about 1760, and who served as a soldier in the Revolutionary war, for which he was a pensioner of the Government up to the time of his death.
Wilson was reared by his grandfather, Thomas Moore, who was born in Pittsylvania County, Va., he was a son of John Moore, who emigrated from England in the latter part of the seventeenth century.
Wade Moore was married in the year 1812, to Meda, daughter of Clayburn and Elizabeth (Ray) Lightfoot. Her family was among the oldest in Virginia.
From this union sprang George W., Elisha C., John J., Minerva (Beed), Narcissa (Robinson), Samuel (deceased), and Henry. Mrs. Meda Moore departed this life in 1845; her husband four years later.
Elisha C. has been twice married; first, November 21, 1837, to Frances, daughter of William and Martha (Jackson) Dixon, who bore him one son - Hosea S., now living with his family, farming and preaching near his father.
Mrs. Frances Moore departed this life October 16, 1838, and Mr. Moore next married, September 12, 1841, Malinda, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Justice) Blackburn. To them have been born John B. (deceased), Asbury G., Tilman B., Frances J. (Dixon, deceased), Sydney J. (deceased), Lourana N. (Hinton), Symantha H., Henry M. (deceased), and Thomas C. (deceased).
Mr. Moore is a farmer but is of a mechanical turn of mind, and has, in connection with his farm work, engaged in carpentering, blacksmithing, teaming, and other mechanical pursuits. He had to go in debt for the furniture with which to begin housekeeping, but by economy, and notwithstanding that he has paid nearly $2,000 in security debts, he has become the owner (including amounts settled on his children, and sold for their benefit) of lands amounting to 475 acres.
He was for six years a magistrate, and a member of the court of claims of Allen County. He is a member of the Baptist Church, and in politics is a Democrat.