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Abner Ray
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Birth: 1792
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 10, 1864
Phelps County
Missouri, USA

•Name: Abner RAY 1 2 3 4
•Sex: M
•Birth: 1792 in Tennessee, USA 2
•PROP: BET 1815 AND 1837 Grainger, Tennessee, USA 5
•Residence: 1860 Massey, Phelps, Missouri, USA 6
•Burial: Ray Cemetery Rolla, Phelps, Missouri, USA
•Military Service: 4 REG'T (BAYLES') EAST TENNESSEE MILITIA 1812 4 7
•Death: 10 NOV 1864 in Rolla, Phelps, Missouri, USA 1
•Name: A Ray 6
•Birth: 1790 in Tennessee, USA 6
•Residence: 1850 District 24, Crawford, Missouri 2
May be listed in 1840 as A B Ray in Pike Co, MO ( 1 male 40-49, 1 female 40-49, 1 female 15-19, 2 females 10-14). The A Ray listed in Polk Co., MO is too old to be our Abner Ray
Will Book A & B pages 57-58
"In the Name of God Amen"
I, Abner Ray of the county of Phelps and state of Missouri being of sound mind and memory, considering the uncertainty of this frail and Transitory life do there make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament that is to say first of all my just debts is paid and discharged the residue of my estate real & personal I, give bequest to and dispose of as follows:

My son David Ray, my son G.W. Ray and my son Abner Ray to have my real estate to be divided equally between them. that is to say my land lying in the county of Phelps in the state of Missouri known as the Abner Ray lands the remainder of Estate of property and money I desire shall be equally divided between my children, that is to say, David Ray, my son George W. Ray, my son Abner Ray my daughter Tabbitha Sisco, my daughter Mary Hill my daughter Rebecca Gaddy, my daughter Martha Rodgers and my daughter Rutha Ray.

Likewise I make, constitute and appoint my son David Ray and George W. Ray executors of this my Last Will and testament and hereby revoke all former wills by me made witness whereof have hereunto set subscribed my name and affixed my seal this the 20th day of November in the year of Our Lord 1864.

Abner Ray
James H. Dyer)
Wiley Lacock)

State of Missouri)
County of Phelps)
Be it remembered that on this day personally appeared before me the undersigned clerk of the county court with in and for said county James H. Dyer and Wiley Lacock to me personally appeared to be the identical persons whose names are signed to the above foregoing will as subscribing witnesses thereto and being by me duly sworn according to law, on oath depose and say they and the subscribing witnesses to said will that they signed the same as such witnesses at the request of the said testator that they each so subscribed their names in manner aforesaid in the presence of said testator Abner Ray and in the presence of each other that at the date of said will and at the time of the beginning the some the said Abner Ray was of sound and disposing mind and memory & further say not that they are not related to the said Testator

J.H. Dyer.
Wiley Lacock.

Sworn to and subscribed before me.
In testimony whereof I have here unto signed my name officially and affixed the seal of said court at my office in Rolla MO this 26th day of November 1864

C.P. Walker
(filed for record Nov. 26, 1864
(recorded Nov. 30, 1864.

C.P. Walker clerk)
by C.H. Frost DC.)

The final settlement of G.W & D. Ray executors of the estate of Abner Ray Dec .... Amount for distrubution $1093.72 The executors report above amount of one thousand and ninety three dollars and seventy two cents to be divided between nine heirs-being one hundred and twenty one dollars and fifty two & 4/9 cents. Each of the names of the heirs are as follows:
Hill Rebecca Gaddy David Ray Abner Ray Rhoda Smith (dead) Rutha Ray

And that Rhoda Smith one of the heirs died leaving five children (to wit) John Helton [I can't read this surname for sure, but it looks like Rhoda was married before she married Sterling] Jackson [same-can't read Helton?] & Anderson Ray, Samuel Ray and Hardin Ray as her heirs. The two last named are minors. The shares being divided to wit. $121.52 between five heirs [I guess Ruth, her child on a census, has died also Sterling must have died since she married a Smith] makes the sum of Twenty four dollars and thirty cents due each. They further report that they have fully settled with each heir and paid them their full legacy by purchase of their interest in said estate except the 2 minor heirs Samuel Ray and Hardin Ray-and Jackson Helton which is still due them to wit twenty four dollars and thirty cents each. They further report as shown by this will to the court have shown that the Real Estate in said will mentioned was willed to David Ray G.W. Ray and Abner Ray -which they ask to be turned over to said heirs all of which is Respectfully submitted June 17th 1868
Info provided to Velma Sue Sisco from William Ray

1815 - Abner Ray on tax list for 50a and 1 white poll (Grainger County Tax list WPA records 1939)

1815 - Abner Ray sold 50a to Robert Massengill, North side of Holston River on Buffalo Creek, D--- Ray's line. Grainger County; deed V.F., roll 38 (must have been recorded much later, because in V. which included 1829-1834)

1817 - Abner Ray bought from Abner Low 150a north side holston River, below Buffalo Creek, stake on James Richerson's line. Grainger County, Tennessee deeds V.D. p. 437 roll 37

1820 - Abner, Samuel Ray, Ann (Ray) Sparkman sold land to Joseph Arnett, $100.00 in hand, 240a on Buffalo Creek, lines David Ray Sr. and Stephen Tunnel Recorded 20 Sep 1837. Grainger County deeds bk. G. p. 399 roll 38.

Thomas Ray, Joseph Ray, David Ray, Benjamin Ray, Lewis Sparkman, John Ray, Abner Ray and Samuel Ray sold land for $50.00 to each hand for 266a on the north side of the Holston River on head of Buffalo creek, lines between David Ray and Stephen Tunnel.

(Grainger County, Tennessee deeds v. e. p. 71)


Abner served in the War of 1812 and fought at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Enlisting in Grainger County, TN and mustered in at Knoxville. Moved to Missouri in 1840, settling in Dallas County. He made application for Bounty Land in Crawford County, now Phelps County, on 15 Feb 1851 (Phelps County was established in 1857 from Crawford, Pulaski & Maries ... SB). On 26 Apr 1855 Abner's land was 2 miles northwest of Rolla on Vichy Road.

Abner was with the 4th Regiment (Bayles) East Tennessee Militia, War of 1812, card # 38571056 or 38511056 and 1137. Capt Joseph B Bacon's Company of East Tennessee Militia in regiment commanded by Col. Samuel Bayles. He appears on Company payroll card for 13 Nov 1814 to 18 May 1815. Expiration of service 26 May 1815. Roll dated Knoxville, 18 May 1815. Abner went to New Orleans with Andrew Jackson. Source: Eileen Ray (This information was received from Bill Ray, Reno, NV on 24 Oct 1998)
Father: David Ray b: ABT 1754 in North Carolina, USA
Mother: Tabitha Unknown b: BEF 1759

Marriage 1 Ruth SPARKMAN b: 1793 in North Carolina, USA
•Married: 29 JAN 1811 in Grainger, Tennessee, USA 3
•Married: 08 JAN 1811 in Grainger, Tennessee, USA
1. Tabitha RAY b: 1815 in Tennessee, USA
2. David Ray b: 08 JAN 1817 in Grainger, Tennessee, USA
3. George Washington Ray b: 28 MAY 1828 in Tennessee, USA
4. Abner Ray Jr b: 13 AUG 1819 in Grainger, Tennessee, USA
5. Mary Polly Ray b: 1813 in Tennessee, USA
6. Rebecca Ray b: 1814 in Tennessee, USA
7. Martha C Ray b: 1832 in Tennessee, USA
8. Ruth Ray b: 1825 in Tennessee, USA
9. Rhoda Ray b: 1822 in Tennessee, USA
10. O E Wilson b: 1846 in Missouri, USA

Family links: 
  Rutha Sparkman Ray (1793 - ____)*
  Rebecca Ray Gaddy (1815 - 1892)*
  David Ray (1817 - 1880)*
  Abner Ray (1819 - 1880)*
  George Washington Ray (1828 - 1901)*
*Calculated relationship
Ray Cemetery
Phelps County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Linda
Record added: Oct 16, 2011
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