The Ancestors of Joyce (McCrory) & Charles Bowman:Information about David I. BRAY, Sr.
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David I. BRAY, Sr. (b. Abt. 1743, d. January 06, 1836)David I. BRAY, Sr. (son of Peter BRAY and Martha SCOTT) was born Abt. 1743 in Brunswick County, Virginia, and died January 06, 1836 in Surry County, North Carolina.He married Amy PACE on Bef. 1772 in Surry County, North Carolina, daughter of John PACE and Sarah BURGH.
Notes for David I. BRAY, Sr.:
David Bray received a Revolutionary Pension. It shows that he was a Private and an Ensign and that he served from North Carolina. He is shown on the pension roll of file #S or 2, 8106 National Archives.
His family initially moved to Northampton County, North Carolina, where David lived until he was 21. He then moved to Bute County, North Carolina and later to Rowan County, North Carolina. During the Revolutionary War , David moved to Surry County, North Carolina. His service asan Ensign was under Captain Robert Moore and Col. Martin. They went to Fayetteville against the Scotts for three months. Next as an Ensign under Captain Moore and Col. James Craig, he marched to Flint River and for nearly three months fought the Cherokees. He later served two additional tours in the War. He was allowed a pension on his application executed August 13. 1832, while a resident of Surry County, North Carolina. His War Pension was #S8106
Early Brays in Surry County by Edna Bray Reece
in beginning the supplement to the Brays of Fisher River, which I published in 1970 let me begin by telling you that any genealogy grows in two way. One by increasing the number of new babies born, and two by learning more about those already born.
I suppose this will be considered the latter, I have gained so much new data on those I have written about in the first edition, I'll just about have what material I can use on the. For instance, the original book was to carry the family of David Bray Sr and his heirs. They were the ones who settled on Fisher River in Surry County NC. The main effort here was to sort out those of this particular set from others of the same name who happened to lice also in the same area of the same county. By reading land records, deeds, wills,etc. and by consulting with the older members and corresponding with others of the same heritage. I was able to put together a volume of interesting and authentic info. about David Bray Sr's family plus land and will records of several in the census records who were of other generations, or of other families of the same roots,
One of the outstanding names was Littleberry. Others were Joseph, Richard, Henry, John, Artha, and LeBannon. Then too I had trouble identifying my own line to the others. This new supplement will seek to carry on the process of further identifying these other Brays.
Let us begin with Littleberry.
The early deeds of Surry and surrounding counties show that Littleberry Bray was probably the first of the name to settle in the region of what is now Surry/Yadkin County. In 1792 Littleberry Bray took up a grant of land on the waters of Rocky Creek, in Iredell County, NC Most of his other holdings were in Surry County, on Bull Run a tributary of the Ararat River. He also traded land with the other Brays on Cody's Creek, and of course land on Fisher River.
Littleberry got on the First Federal census, 1790, Surry County, Salisbury District. In this county he listed one m over 167-m under 16, 4-f no/s. This would indicated a large family. I have identified only one "Beloved Son, William. This quote comes from the deed transaction between Littleberry and Joel Bray when he sold his "Bull Run" holdings to him . Littleberry's last land transaction was when he sold lands on Cody's Creek to David Bray Jr. he was last on the census record in 1810 as Berry Bray with 1-m, 5-16,1-m over 45, and one female 1 over 45.
When the last transaction was made, Littleberry was already in Ky. At that time Knox Co. but this may have been before the counties were divided, for he was in Pulaski Co Ky when he appointed Peter Bray to have Power-Of-Attorney for his affairs in NC. (Deed BK, 3.p.169.
He was in Pulaski Co Ky when all these other transaction were made.
Nov. 18 1823 he and wife Sarah (her mark says Sary) bought 50-a land on the Waters of Buck Creek, Pul Co for $350, from Giles Whitaker.
This Giles whitaker lands sales takes on new meaning when we scout around and find who else is here. He received this land a grant, South of Green River 50-a Sept. 29 1813 (D. Bk 14,p.394 Pul Co Ky) Here on the Waters of Buck Creek Pul Ky nathan Bray and wife Caty took a grant of 125-a (d, Bk 25 p. 182 Sept 7 1819. I do not believed that this Nathan is the Nathan on the census records of Surry Co. who married in Surry County Jan 17 1799 and reared a large family in Surry . He was the second son of David Brays Sr. and was on each Census record from 1800-1830 In the tax list for 1812 Nathan Bray listed 526-A and one Poll. he married Judith Horne in Surry Co as stated above.
Further proof that there were two Nathans is that the Old Tailor (which I shall be quoting from time to time) in his diary account of David Bray's sons says that they all lived and died in Surry Co. except Rubin and he went to Giles Co TN. It makes sense to say that the Ky nathan was the one mentioned in the next paragraph who sold 50-a of land in Surry Co to Littleberry Bray. The other Nathan stayed on in Surry with his large family and his fine acreage of land.
In Surry Co NC on the Tax list for 1812 nathan Bray is taxed for 526/1. He sold 50-A of this to Littleberry Bray. It was his last transaction in Surry Co. At that time he was in Virginia. On Sept 7 1819 nathan entered a grant of 125 acres in Pul Co Ky waters of Buck Creek one of the grants South of Green River (d. Bk 25 p 182) I have no way of knowing if Giles whitaker may have been one of the Surry Co Whitaker or not,but he attracted some of the Fisher River Brays to the Buck Creek area of Ky. Nathan brought and sold property in Pul Co and Rockcastle but this transaction is the most interesting at the moment. Keep in mind the dates. Whitaker there 1813, nathan Bray there 1819, Littleberry there in 1823 Note these land transactions; (d.bk 6p545) Littleberry & wife Sary her x sold to Robert Boyd & wife Dillar 1832, Nathan Bray was one of the signers. (d bk 7-8 p 691) Nathan Bray & wife Catherine sold to James Sears for 30 dollars current money a certain tract on the waters of Buck Creek Pul Co beginning at a black oak and dogwood ,Giles Whitaker corner______etc. (d. bk 5 p 184.185) nathan Bray and Caty his wife sold to James Hargis 25 acres of land waters of buck creek, Pul Co Ky 1832 for $30. One of the witnesses was John Whitaker.What we have here is a settlement of Fisher River Brays on Buck Creek Pul Co Ky. Littleberry was first here when he gave Power-of-attorney to Peter Bray for affairs in NC (d.bk 3,p 169 1816) Two others Brays's as yet unidentified settled in this same area.
Josiah Bray 50-a apr 6 1849 waters of buck creek. John Bray joined the land of Josiah Bry water of buck creek 35-a May 27 1857 and to further bind this settlement together a letter from Marshall Davenport County Clerk of Pul Co Ky dated 26 Nov 1971 regards marriage record of Josiah Bray . I do certify that according to record in my office Josiah Bray married Phebe Brinson on 7 Aug 1824 with the consent of Littleberry Bray for "Josiah Bray has lived with me two years Surety was signed by James Hargis
Littleberry Bray is listed in an old notebook by William Robert Bray, the tailor from MT. Airy who kept a sort of diary on his ancestors in this entry he say; My grandfather David Bray was a native American but my great grandfather came from England I can't give his name but he was a small red-headed Englishman. He emigrated to this country in the Colonies but I can't say when he came,nor can't tell his age as it was lost in the Revolution War.
another page same notebook he records the following;
My grandfather David Bray had 4 brothers Peter, Berry, Stogner, and John. I can't say whee any ot these men went except Littleberry Bray who left this county & went to Ky. I think the rest of them went west South from here and settle in Ga, In, Il, Mo.
Still this other important entry;
Sons of David Bray, Sr.
William Bray 72, Nathan Bray 73, Hanon Bray 75, Rubin 77, David Jr b. Feb 22 1779 the youngest son of the old Revolution David Bray who drew a Pention (Pension) The above writer was the son of the eldest William and he knew what he was talking about.
More About David I. BRAY, Sr. and Amy PACE:
Marriage: Bef. 1772, Surry County, North Carolina.
Children of David I. BRAY, Sr. and Amy PACE are:
- +William Robert BRAY, b. Abt. 1772, Surry County, North Carolina, d. April 26, 1854, Surry County, North Carolina.