Searching for the connection between the CHESLEY and RAY families of Virginia and North Carolina.
In March 1792 Thos. RAY of Franklin Co., NC, produced a certificate wherein William RAY and CHESLEY RAY certified that they gave up their right of administration on the estate of Hudson RAY, dec'd, to said Thomas RAY. [Franklin County North Carolina Court Records 1785-1794, p. 292.]
We know from the Revolutionary War pension application of Thomas’ wife Elizabeth RAY that Hudson RAY, dec’d, was a brother of Thomas.
We know from land records that Thomas RAY’s father was named William.
We assume that the right of administration referred to the father and the son of Hudson, who ceded the right to Thomas, the brother of Hudson RAY, dec’d.
We suspect that CHESLEY, being a surname in early Virginia and Maryland records, indicates there was a marriage between a male RAY and a female CHESLEY, perhaps the wife of Willliam RAY or Hudson RAY.
We suspect that Chesley RAY of Franklin Co., NC in 1792 is the same Chesley RAY who appears in Wilkes Co., GA tax records the following year, 1793, and in multiple years thereafter.His age reported in the 1820 and 1830 census records for Wilkes Co. implies that he was born 1770-1775.