|Death: ||Sep. 14, 1861|
James was born about 1805 in Virginia, son of William Wray and Nancy Phelps. He moved with his parents to Stokes County, NC where he married Magdaline Glenn on August 18, 1828. By Magdaline he had two children: Julia Ann and Pleasant B. After the death of his first wife he married Parnel Hamons on July 22, 1837 in Stokes County. James had four children by Parnel: Joseph H., Thomas, James H., and George W. Wray.
Between 1830 and 1840 James and his family moved to Rockingham County where he farmed until the outbreak of the Civil War. At the age of 56, James enlisted in Co. L, 21st NC infantry on June 3, 1861, along with his first son Pleasant Wray. On June 25 he moved to Danville with his company, to Richmond on July 13, and to Manassas on July 17. He fought at Manassas on July 21, and moved with his company to Camp Hardee in Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia.
Along with many members of his regiment, James contracted typhoid. He died from the disease on September 10, 1861 at Camp Hardee, where he was buried. Son Pleasant survived until July 2, 1863, when he went missing at the battle of Gettysburg.
Pleasant B. Wray (1835 - 1863)*
Camp Hardee, Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia
Created by: Barry James
Record added: Aug 12, 2012
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