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William Pitman, Mary? Wray, 1731, Sury Co VA
Posted by: Guy (ID *****2524) Date: November 19, 2010 at 03:12:36
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Please correct errors.

William Wray was listed many times in Surry Co VA taxables starting on 10 Jun 1679 (at least 16 in 1679, born in or before 1663); no other Ray/Rhea/Rey/Wray listed. Similar names: Regan, Reynolds, Rachel.

William Wray, Sr., born in or before 1663, married (before 23 Oct 1690) Martha Whitson, born in June 1671.** William Wray, Sr., died 1735-1736, before 21 Jul 1736, Surry Co VA.


1_William Wray, Jr., born in or before 1696 (at least 21 in 1717, deed/grant) married Elizabeth ___ (per Goodwynne deed); he died Jun-Oct 1731, Surry Co VA.

2_(Mary?) Wray married William Pitman, Jr.,* before 1 Jun 1731. He was recorded with wife Mary on 17 Apr 1743. He was recorded with son James Pitman on 4 Apr 1753.

3_Lenard Wray – deed, 21 July 1736, Leonard Wray to William Fitchett sold 90 acres "whereon my father (brother?) William wray, dec'd, lately lived" on Johnsahukin Swamp (50 acres of the land was bought by William Wray, dec'd, from Robert Owin and the other 40 acres from Edward Newby).

*Note: this Wm Pitman was recorded as “junior” in a grant on a 9 Jul 1724; I have this Wm Pitman as the son of the Wm Pitman born about 1678; a published genealogy has the older 1678 Wm Pitman as the husband of (Mary?) Wray (and having no son named William). I estimate Wm Pitman, Jr., to have been born in or before 1703.

**Note: granddaughter of Capt John Spencer, per deed of 5 Sep 1671, birth per 4 Dec 1685 court order.

Various postings:

10 Jun 1721. Surry County, VA., Deeds and Wills, 1715-1730, page 342. Nuncupative Will of Joseph Ray. Heirs: Brother, Francis Ray and to Harry Floyd, all estate in the hands of Thomas Farmer. Signed Joseph (Z) Kenebrew. Wits., William Kenebrew, William Barton, and Elizabeth Partin. Probated on 21 Jun 1721 at Southwark.

1 Jun 1731. Surry County, Virginia, Wills, Estate Accounts and Inventories, 1730-1800, by Lyndon H. Hart, III, 1983, pg 4. Page 138. William Ray. Will. Date: 1 June 1731. Rec.: 20 Oct’r. 1731. William Ray, Executor. (torn). Eldest son: William. Wife: ----. Brother-in-law: William Pittman. Witnesses: Howell Briggs, William Clary and Richard Parker. Surry Co., VA., Deeds & Wills, 1730-1738, page 138. William Ray, will dated 1 June 1731: ((Entire will only about 6-8 inches long, torn out at center, sides and edges water-damaged and faded.)) Only words that can be read:---my Brother in Law---Pittman--- (and right before that looks like the word “Father”)--- these were to be Executors.

19 Jan 1731/2. Surry County, Virginia, Wills, Estate Accounts and Inventories, 1730-1800, by Lyndon H. Hart, III, 1983, pg 4. Page 150. William (W)Ray. Inventory. Date ordered: 20 Oct 1731, Rec: 19 Jan 1731. William Wray, Executor. John Deberry, Nicholas Porter and Roge Williams, Appraisers.

9 Dec 1735. Surry County, Virginia, Deeds & Wills, 1730-1738, page 613. Will of William Ray. Heirs: wife, Martha, use of plantation at Copahonk and land thereunto belonging, then to son, Lenard Ray. Signed William Ray (Sealed with black wax). Wits., Henry Sowerby and Benjamin Sowerby. Probated 21 Jul 1736.

#2 - Cavaliers and Pioneers - Volume II by Nell Marion NUGENT, published 1977 by The Virginia State Library, Richmond, pg 351 ..... Whereas John WHITSON, of Surry Co., purchased of Richard WELBECK 200 acs, in sd. county, near head of Greye's Cr., 14 Sept. 1672, to be held by him & his heirs forever; & whereas sd. WHITSON was seized in his demesne as of fee of & in sd. 200 acs., & being so seized committed rebellion & high treason & was for the same legally convicted & executed & also legally attainted, as appears by Act of Assembly of 1680 whereby all his estate both real & personal became forfeited to his Majesty; & whereas .................."WM WRAY & MARY, his wife, the only dau of sd. WHITSON" ................. hath made composition for sd. land & payed what by the Charter, Law & Custome of Virga. is required in such cases; know yee, therefore, &cc., give & grant unto sd. Wm WRAY & "Martha", his wife, all the aforesd. 200 acs., &c., 23 Oct. 1690, p 88

21 July 1736 Leonard Wray to William Fitchett sold 90 acres "whereon my father William wray, dec'd, lately lived" on Johnsahukin Swamp (50 acres of the land was bought by William Wray, dec'd, from Robert Owin and the other 40 cares from Edward Newby).

William Wray (died 1735) left his plantation at Coperhonk to his wife Martha (Whitson) and at her death to his son Lenard (Leonard).

From Surry co Va Deeds and Estate Accounts 1734-1755 p 20 - 18 Sept 1738 Leonard Ray and wife Jane sold 83 acres to John Cooper on Reedy Branch land that his mother lived on in Southwarke Parish in Surry co Va. All the deeds I found where William Wray bought land it was in Southwarke Parish in Surry co Va. Martha Whitson Ray or Wray must have died by 1738. The land was originally 1/2 patent to John Rose in 1724.

Posting (not mine) - I found a deed where where William Wray or Ray of Southwarke Parish, Surry co Va bought 175 acres on south side of Three Creeks from Thomas Goodwynne but it does not say which county but I believe it was Brunswick co Va but it might have been Surry co Va at that time and that part of Surry co Va became Brunswick co Va. I will research that. It was witnessed by Edward Goodrich, Arthur Kavanaugh and Marmaduke Johnson.Lois had posted that William Wrey (Wray) received a patent 18 March 1717 for 175 acres in Surry co Va on the south side of the Three Creeks adjoining Maj Charles Goodrich's land. As noted this patent was witnesee by Edward Goodrich. This must have been the same land. Maybe it was recorded in 1720. this was from the Virginia Land Patent Book No. 19 page 370 or 373. The only problem with this deed is it lists William Wray's wife as Elizabeth. Was it a mistake?

3. Capt. Robert Spencer. It is uncertian just what relationship was between Robert Spencer, and William and Nicholas. In a deposition dated Octobr 16, 1660, Robert Spencer gave his age as 30, showing his birth as 1630 (D. &W. 1645-71 p.166). He may have been a son of Nicholas. He took a prominent part in the affairs of Surry County and was Sheriff in 1675 (D. & W. 1671-1684, p.74), as well as a Justice of the County. His first wife was probably a sister of Thomas Taberer of Isle of Wright Co., as the latter wrote to home in 1672 calling him "Brother Spencer" (id., p. 14). By his first marrige he had two daughters, Anne and Elizabeth. The former married John Whitson and was dead by September 5th, 1671, when Robert Spencer deeded goods to his granddaughter Martha Whitson, child of his deceased daughter Anne Whitson who married John Whitson (D.&W> 1645-71, p. 390) John Whitson seems to have been a somewhat turbulent character. In 1672 he was hailed before the court for abusing Capt. Robert Spencer, calling him among other epithets "Welsh rogue" and "Welsh dog" (D.&W> 1672-84, p. 17-18). This is of interest as indicating that William, Nicholas and Robert Spencer came from Wales. Later, Whitson got into trouble in Bacon's Rebellion, and was dead by 1678 when Capt. Spencer wrote his will. Martha Whitson the granddaughter, was born in June 1671 (Ordr 1671-90, p. 500 December 4th, 1685, Martha Whitson orphan of John Whitson being 14 years of age June last choses John Watkins her gaurdian). Capt. Spencer's daughter Elizabeth married John Watkins of Surry Co. (D. & W. 1645-1671, p. 24). The latter's widow, Elizabeth Watkins, married Thomas alias Sackford Brewster, Gent., of Sackford Hall in the County.

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