Ancestor Stories - Ray Family

Clairborne Lightfoot and Elizabeth Betsy Wray

I am working on the various family ties to the Ray / Wray Family in early Brunswick Co, VA. When I stumbled upon a Chacey Record in Brunswick Co, VA, the name Lightfoot looked very familiar to me. I opened up my genealogy program and found this Lightfoot family. Over the years I have become better at documenting who provided information to me but I do not know who the source of this information is. Also, in my notes, it would appear that the Lightfoot family was in Warren Co, KY and Allen Co, KY. Allen Co, KY is the estate / death location of Nathaniel Ray Jr.

John Lightfoot pedigree chart


  • 1865 - Clairborne Lightfoot born to John Lightfoot (1737-1806) and Ann Elizabeth Claiborne (1729-1778)
  • 1768 - Elizabeth Betsy Wray born to John Wray Jr. (1727-1790) and Martha Jarrett
  • 27 Nov 1786 - Elizabeth and Clairborne married Brunswick Co, VA
  • 1787 - Son, William M. Lightfoot born Brunswick Co, VA
  • 22 July 1793 - Son, Henry Jarrett Lightfoot born Brunswick Co, VA
  • 30 March 1797 - Son, John Lightfoot, born
  • 19 Jan 1807 - Son, Robert David Lightfoot, born Hawkins Co, TN
  • 1809 - Claiborne Lightfoot died (Allen County, KY?)
  • 1816 - John Lightfoot, son of Elizabeth "Betsy" Wray only 19 years old.
  • 1816 - John Lightfoot named in Brunswick Co, VA Chancey Record Index Number: 1816-055, Plaintiff(s)John WRAY;
  • 16 Jul 1823 - Son, John Lightfoot married Sarah Sherry, Allen Co, KY
  • 1850 - John Lightfoot, born 1797 VA, enumerated in Allen Co, KY
  • April 1860 - John Lightfoot, age 62, farmer died consumption, Butlersvlle, Allen Co, KY
  • 22 July 1861 - Son, Henry Jarrett Lightfoot, died Adonis, Polk County, MO (spouse Barbara)
  • 1864 - Elizabeth "Betsy" Wray Lightfoot buried at Old Drake Cemetery Warren Co, KY
  • 1876 - Son, William Lightfoot died in Warren County, KY (spouse Sarah Wright m. 19 Sep 1810)
  • 1877 - Son, Robert David Lightfoot died and buried at Old Drake Cemetery Warren Co, KY

There are likely a number of daughters but I have not had the time to fully build out this tree.

Census Records

1810 Meherrin Township, Brunswick Co, VA

John Lightfoot (unknown connection to Wray / Ray family)
Free White Males Under 10: 2
Free White Males 16 to 25: 1
Free White Males 26 to 44: 1
Free White Females Under 10: 2
Free White Females 10 to 15: 2
Free White Females 26 to 44: 1
Numbers of Slaves: 2
Number of Household Members Under 16: 6
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 11

1850 Allen Co, KY

Name: John Lightfoot (son of Clairborne and Elizabeth "Betsy" Wray)
Age: 53
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1797
Birth Place: Virginia
Gender: Male
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

Cemetery Information

According to Elizabeth Wray Lightfoot is buried at Old Drake Cemetery, Drake, Warren Co., Kentucky.
Birth: 1768
Warren County
Kentucky, USA
Death: 1864
Warren County
Kentucky, USA

Elizabeth was the daughter of John Wray, Jr. of Virginia and Martha Jarratt. She married Claiborne Lightfoot, in Brunswick Virginia, on 24 Nov 1786. They lived their lives in Kentucky until their deaths.

Family links:
William M Lightfoot (1787 - 1876)
Henry Jarrett Lightfoot (1793 - 1861), check out his photo
John Lightfoot (1797 - 1860)
Robert David Lightfoot (1807 - 1877)