Ancestor Stories - Ray Family

Nathaniel Wray Sr.

Nathaniel Ray Sr.and wife Mourney I believe that he had at least 2 children:

Zebeedee is identified in a book called Nannie Smith's Book of Ancestory and Genealogy. I have a one page extract from that book. I have never had any luck finding Uncle Zebeedee. Does anyone have a copy of this book? If so please contact me.


  • Born to John Wray and Frances Bailey
  • 27 June 1764 - Title to Land Grant, 400 acres Brunwick County
  • Oct. 30, 1766 - Nathaniel Wray of Meherrin Parish, Brunswick Co to Nathaniel Edwards Junr. of same; for 5 l - 100 A.; Beg. Allens line,Tatums (?) line, to Beg. on southside of 400 A. granted to Nathaniel Wray June 27, 1764. source: Brunswick Deed Book 8, page 444
  • 24 November 1766 - Nathaiel Ray of Meherrin Parish Brunswick Co. to William Ray of same; Nathaniel Ray and wife for 5 L sold to William Ray and wife - 100 A. on southside Meherrin River, Brunswick Co, it being part of tract of land granted to said Nathaniel Ray.... William Randle Senr and Joseph Yearbrough, to said William Ray's line...source: Brunswick Deed Book 8
  • 12 July 1750 - John Ray Senr. of Meherrin Parish, Brunswick County to Nath1 Ray of same for natural love etc. towards said Nathaiel Ray and for 20 sh. by the sd Nathaniel Wray; 150 A. part of tract granted said John Ray July 12, 1750 Beg. on Colo Allens line to Walls line to Wessons line, to Beg. on both sides of great Creek.....
  • Feb 23, 1767 - Nathaniel Wray of Meherrin Parish, Brunswick Co to Jeremiah Mise of same; for natural love and affection and 20 sh; 150 A. in Meherrin Parish, part of land granted to said Nathaniel Wray June 27, 1764. Beg on the Deep branch onDunn's line, to Wray corner, to Edwards's corner, to head of the Deep Branch to the Beginning...
  • Feb. 23, 1767 - Nathaniel Ray of Meherrin Parish, Br. Co., to John Ray Senr of same for natural love and affection and 30 sh,; tract ofland - 50 A. in Meherrin Parish; part of tract of land granted to said Nathaniel Ray June 27, 1764; Beg. on the Deep Branch on Dunn's line, Allens line to Edwards corner to head of the Deep Branch to Beg....
  • Nov. 18, 1771 - Nathaniel Wray of Meherrin Parish, Brunswick County, for 100 l - 150 A. to Allan Love of same; all that tract of land where the said Nathaniel Wray now lives on, in Brunswick Conty adjoining the lands and bounded by John Warren,William Allen, Jesse Tatum and Henry Wesson. also 13 head of cattle, 3 beds and furniture, a bay horse, etc. to be soldat public auction to pay for debt to Love; anything over debt to go to Nathaniel Wray; Nov. 18, 1771...
  • 1774 - Named in father's will JOHN WRAY, Brunswick Co, VA
  • 28 June 28 1779 - Nathaniel Wray and Mourney his wife of Meherrin Parish, Brunswick Co. to John Jones, Benjamin Hicks, BeverlyBrown and John Greenhill (or Joseph?) 150 A. purchased by Joseph Philips of the said Nathaniel Ray... Joseph Philip shaving departed this life without taking any deed in law for conveyance of said land; but in last Will and Testament devised the same to his wife Elizabeth Philips; money to be equally divided among his children: Mary, Elizabeth, John W.,Hannah(?), Martha, William, Sterling and Josias. Land bounded by lines of William Allen, Benjamin Warren and William Wesson...
  • 21 June 1788 - Nathaniel Wray of Meherrin Parish, Br. Co., to Fredrick Wray of same for 80L - 120 A. Beg on Country line (N.C.?Va.) along Cettle's (?) line to Mosley's corner, to the great path, a new line to Country line to Beg.....
  • 1787 - Listed in the Brunswick County, VA tax list
Notes on Nathaniel Ray: From the Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society Volume 21, 1923 :

"1789, Oct. 24 - Petition of inhabitants of Nelson County that they are very inconvenient to an inspection and from the badness of the roads labor under many inconveniences in carrying their produce to market. They ask an Act to establish a warehouse and inspection on the Beech fork at the mouth of Cartwright's creek on the land of Richd. Parker." Among those signing the petition is Nathaniel Ray and William Ray. I suspect this might be referring to Nathaniel Ray Jr.

Land Grant:

Source: URL: Patent Author Ray, Nathmiel. grantee.
Title Land grant 27 June 1764.
Summary Location: Brunswick County.
Description: 400 acres adjoining the land of Dunn, and of Allen.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 35, 1762-1764 (v.1 & 2 p.1-556), p. 518 (Reel 35).
System Number 000812124