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James Franklin (Polk) BRAY. James F
“Polk” Bray born in 1839 died 1925. He is buried Old Pisgah Cemetery in
Chester Co TN. “Polk” married Eliza Adeline “Addie” Ewing in 1865
in Madison Co TN. Addie was born 1842 in Madison Co and she died 1928.
Children: (1) Lorado Bray born 1863 married a Buchanan (2) Laura
Bray born 1868 married a Couch (3) Lela S Bray born July 2 1870 in TX
married Alfred J Reid (4) Franklin P “Frank” Bray born 1874 (5) James
Bray born 1876 (6) Joe Bray born 1880 died 1917. He is also buried Old
Lela S BRAY REID
One of Chester Co's most loveable citizens is Mrs A. J. H. (Lela S) Reid
of Henderson. Mrs Reid celebrates her 90th birthday on July 2 of this
year (1960). The parents of Mrs Reid, Mr & Mrs James Franklin "Polk"
Bray were enticed by friends to move to Texas shortly after the town of
Henderson was organized. It was while the Brays were in Texas some time
later that Mrs Reid was born. However the Brays returned to Henderson
when Mrs Reid was 3 1/2 years old and she has made this her home since
that time. The father was known in the community as Polk Bray.
This name came about due to the fact that Mr Bray was born on the day
James K Polk was elected president of the United States. Mrs Reid's
mother was before her marriage to Mr Bray, Miss Adeline Ewing.
Mr Bray, too was a native son of Henderson. Following the Civil War Mr
Bray erected the 1st business house here in Henderson in 1860 on what is
now known as Front Row. He was a contractor and following erector of
his 1st store building, he erected several other buildings on Front Row
and ran a grocery store, a drug store, a dry goods store and a hardware
as the 1st business to be operated in Henderson. Mr Bray
served 4 years of active duty in the Civil War. The couple had 6
children, 3 boys & 3 girls, Mrs Lorado Buchanan, Mrs Laura Crouch,
Mrs Lela Reid, Frank Bray, James Bray & Joe Bray. Mr Bray died in
1927 and Mrs Bray 3 years later. In Sept of 1892 Mr & Mrs A. J. H.
Reid were married here in the Baptist Church. Mr Reid was a native
Mississippian and following the wedding the couple moved to Heidelberg
Miss, but only remained in Miss for one year. Mr Reid returned to
Henderson and entered the grocery business. Mrs Reid was engaged in
ladies ready to wear & millinery in a building on S Washington St,
the location of the present (1960) Reid Building. The Reid's had 3
children, Max Reid, born 1895, Ewing Reid born 1896 & Furlow Reid
born 1911. These sons died last year and the early part of this year
(1960), all within 8 months time. Max Reid was an attorney in Arkansas.
Ewing Reid was a musician & composer - died Oct 1 1959 in Jackson
TN. Furlow Reid, successful grocery business before moving to Florida
where he was successful in the automobile business. He died this year.
Oct 21 1960 issue of Chester Co (TN) Independent
John R. BRAY, 1830. John R Bray was born 1830 in
NC, the son of Matthew Bray, 1806 & Nancy McDaniel. John
married his 1st cousin, Mary Catherine Bray, 1833. John & Mary had
no children but they left a diary and ledger. Parts of the Bray Diary
& ledger are quoted in THE BOOK,"PEDDY 270 YEARS" published by
Glendel W Peddy. During the Civil War the Forked Deer Company was formed
at Mifflin in Henderson Co in May 1861, J. R Bray was 3rd Sgt. The Capt
was G. L. Ross. The 1st Lt was B. M. Bray. John had a
cotton gin and an apple orchard. The Bray School was on John's
farm. John died Dec 29 1905 in Chester Co TN. John and
Mary Bray are buried Friendship Cemetery in Chester County TN.
His sister, Hulda Bray Rooks inherited the farm on hwy 200 after John
died. Hulda sold the farm to Frances “Frant” Bray (grandfather of Hattie
Lee Bray Arnold Cone). Frant Bray willed the farm to his grand
daughter, Hattie Lee Bray Arnold Cone provided that she had issue.
John R BRAY continued. John R Bray was
born in North Carolina in 1830, and is one of nine children born to the
union of Matthew and Nancy McDANIEL BRAY. The father was born in North
Carolina in 1806, and was reared in his native state, and received a
fair English education. He was married at the age of 21 and in 1837
removed to Middle Tennessee; settled near Lewisburg, where he remained
for two years. He then came to Henderson county, and followed
agricultural pursuits until the time of his death, which occurred in
1848. Mrs Bray was born in North Carolina in 1812 and died about
1844 in Texas. Both father and mother were devout members of the
Missionary Baptist Church. Our subject received a good practical
education, and November 18 1850, was married to Mary Bray, (his 1st cousin),
a native of North Carolina, born in 1833, and the daughter of Samuel
and Mary Bray, both natives of North Carolina. Mr Bray, our
subject, has a fine farm of 379 acres, all under a good state of
cultivation, and six miles northeast from Henderson. In 1862 he enlisted
in Company A, Twenty-first Tennessee Calvary, under Capt W. H. Bray,
and remained in service until the final surrender, being engaged in the
quartermaster's department. He returned home and resumed his farming,
after an absence of over three years. Politically Mr Bray is a
life long and ardent Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for
Franklin Pierce in 1852. He and his wife are active members of the
Missionary Baptist Church. CHESTER COUNTY History of TENNESSEE, The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887
SARAH ELIZABETH "SALLIE" BRAY
Sarah Elizabeth "Sallie" BRAY was born April 3 1844 in TN, daughter of Elijah Bray, born 1809 and Elizabeth PATTERSON, born 1811.
Sallie married Andrew Jackson PEDDY in TN between May 3 1869 & June 12 1869. This
time period is determined from two census records where the number of
years married is shown and from the Andrew J Peddy will.
Sallie taught school - probably at the Buckley School and paid farm debt
with her teacher salary. Sallie owned land and she loaned money to her
sons to buy property - money that she had inherited from her parents.
Sallie owned & played an organ. [The organ was passed on to daughter, Cora Peddy SEATON.] Sallie worked hard & farmed while her husband was traveling to Nashville TN or out to TX. Andrew engaged in politics, land speculation in TX & visited relatives in TX.
Between 1902 and 1910 son, Hubert Peddy was
murdered in New Mexico (or Texas). Because of the animosity between
Hubert and his father, Andrew J did not go and retreive the body. Sallie
was very upset that Andrew J would not go and retreive the body.
Hubert's burial place is now unknown to living Peddy descendants in
Children: (1) William Franklin Peddy Feb 28 1870 -
Nov 29 1870 (2) John Allen Peddy Feb 23 1872 - July 11 1952
(3) Hubert Ellis Peddy July 25 1875 - (1902-1910). (4)
Elma Elizabeth Peddy May 30 1877 - Sept 30 1893 (5) Luther Lee
"Luke" Peddy Mar 26 1879 - March 15 1955 (6) Ollie Mae Peddy Aug
20 1882 - Aug 8 1905 (7) Minnie Orrah Peddy Feb 17 1884 - July 23
1916 (8) Cora Eva Peddy Feb 4 1890 - Dec 1 1977. Many
years after Hubert E Peddy was murdered Sallie gave her grandson,
Herschel H Peddy a pocket watch, a knife and a Mexican Silver dollar
that Hubert had in his pocket when he was murdered.
In their later years when they could no longer
care for themselves Andrew J Peddy went to live with his son, James E.
"Jim" Peddy and Sallie went to live with her daughter, Cora E Peddy
Sarah Elizabeth "Sallie" BRAY PEDDY died Nov
20 1921. She is buried at New Friendship Cemetery in Chester Co TN
beside her husband, Andrew J Peddy. They have seperate tombstones, but
Sallie's tombstone does say "Wife of A. J. Peddy".
Henderson Co TN Chancery Court Book 7 (1880-1882),
pages 59, 139-144, April 1 1880. Sallie Peddy and husband, Andrew
Peddy and others verses A. E. Bray, Polk Bray, and others. It appears
in court that Elizabeth Bray died in her residence in Henderson Co TN in
Sept 1878 and she left 6 tracts of land, all adjoining Clarks Creek in
Civil District 4 in Henderson Co TN. She had been survived by her
husband, Elijah Bray and children; Sally, wife of Andrew Peddy; Amanda
Price, wife of James Price; A. E. Bray; Sam Bray; G. B. Bray; a son
William Bray died in 1879 leaving his widow (p 60) Adaline Bray and
children Maggie and James Bray. S. Polk Bray had sold his
interest to John M Taylor. A. E. Bray sold his interest to Ellen and
Mollie Bray. The court ordered the 6 tracts of land sold for the
benefits of the heirs. On July 17 1880 the Bray land was sold at the
residence of Elijah Bray, widower of Elizabeth Bray of Civil District 4
in Henderson Co TN. 81 acres sold to J. M. Taylor for $100. 112
acres sold to J. M. Taylor for $100. The other acreage, 321 acres
designated as the "old homestead" found no bidders. The heirs believed
that better bids could be obtained for the land and the court ordered a
rebidding of the tracts. [In 2000 this land is in Chester Co TN on the Rabbit Ranch Road.]
In the 1880's in Chancery Court Minutes, Book 8, in
Henderson Co TN there are court records: BRAY, A. E. and
others vs SALLIE PEDDY and others 74, 75, 158, 159, 160, 161, 278, 279,
280, 299, 300, 301, 373-376. PEDDY, SALLIE and
others vs A. E. BRAY and others 74, 75, 278, 279, 280, 299, 300, 301,
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Elijah Bray born May 18 1809 in Chatham Co NC
died Aug 25 1881 in Henderson Co TN (now Chester Co). Elijah Bray of
Chatham Co NC married Dec 27 1832 Miss Elizabeth Patterson of Orange Co
NC. (See "The Greensborough Patriot" issue of Jan 16 1833)
Elijah Bray was the son of Eli Bray*
born Feb 28 1778 in Chatham Co NC one source shows 1762
Eli died Oct 19 1855, probably in Randolph Co NC. Eli
married Mary Cox about 1801 in Chatham Co, North Carolina.
Eli Bray was the son of Henry Bray born about
1742. Henry died after Feb 1812 in Chatham Co NC. He is buried in the
Bray Cemetery at Siler City NC. Henry married Sarah "Sally" Yokely.
Elijah Bray is NOT listed in Eli Bray's will. BRAY NOSTALGIA
Vol 2 no 1, June 1986 in an article submitted by Steven McDaniel, 1550
California St, Suite 6113, San Francisco CA 94109 shows Elijah Bray as a
son of James & Ann WELCH BRAY. Other children of James &
Ann Welch Bray were Elisha Bray, Henry Bray and several daughters
including Nancy Bray born about 1797. (James Bray is a son of Henry & Sarah "Sally" YOKELY BRAY.)
Children of Elijah Bray born 1809 and his wife,
Elizabeth Patterson: (1) Alson Bray born June 12 1834 in NC (2) William H
"Billy" Bray born Oct 26 1835 in Chatham Co NC married Margaret Adeline
Hunter (3) Isaac Manley "Ike" Bray born June 13 1838 (or 1839)
in TN married Mary Ann McKnight (4) James Franklin "Polk" Bray born 1839
married Eliza Adeline "Addie" Ewing. (5) Martha J A Bray born Jan 5
1842 TN married C C Gattis and later married R W B Fisher. (6) Sarah
Elizabeth "Sallie" Bray born April 3 1844 TN married Andrew Jackson
PEDDY. (7) Amanda E Bray born Sept 28 1846 married James W Price. (8)
Rhoda E "Puss" Bray born Jan 5 1849 TN married Richard M "Dick" Price.
(9) George P "Dock" Bray born Aug 18 1851 TN married Rozelle A Davis.
(10) Mary Evylin "Molly" Bray born Jan 31 1854 married David M Marsh.
Elijah BRAY, M, W, 71, NC, NC, NC,
Farmer; Allison E. BRAY, son, single, 46, NC, NC, NC,
Overseer; Rhoda E. BRAY, dau, 31, TN, NC, NC, Keeping
House; Mary E. BRAY, dau, 26, TN, NC, NC, At Home. . . . . . .
1880 Henderson Co TN census page 329 B.
HATTIE LEE BRAY
Chester County 1910 Census, A. Homer Bray, head, m, w, 26
, married 1 year, TN, TN, TN, farmer; Annie M BAIN Bray, wife, 21
TN, TN, GA; Infant (not yet named) dau, 1/12, TN.
Chester Co TN 1930 census, ED 12-6 sheet 9 A page 42, 5th
Civil District, Samuel Tolbert, head, m, w, 64, married age 24, TN, NC,
VA, farmer; Annie Tolbert, wife, 42, married age 20, TN, TN, GA;
Hattie L Bray, step daughter, 26, single, TN, TN, TN. . . (census taken April 24 1930 by Allen Arnold.)
Hattie Lee Bray was born March 13 1910 in
Chester Co TN, daughter of Asa Homer Bray and Annie Mae Bain - their
only child. Hattie Lee married Millard Arnold after the
1930 census and he died in 1935. She married Oscar Wright
Cone on Nov 3 1951 in Corinth Miss. He died Jan 15 1995.
Hattie Lee Bray Arnold Cone kept and preserved the
Mary Bray diary and the John Bray Ledger. She has lived in the John Bray
house, (on hwy 200 in Chester Co TN in the Friendship Community)
which she inherted from her grandfather, for many years.
Both Millard Arnold and Oscar Cone were farmers. By 2004
she has been in the Chester Co Nursing Home, Henderson TN for several
years. NO children. Hattie Lee has been a
wonderful source of history and information for me and many others for
information on the Friendship Community of Chester Co TN and the people
that lived there. The Bray School was on the John
Bray farm, near where Hattie Lee Bray lived for many years.
Hattie Lee BRAY ARNOLD CONE died, Monday, Jan 3 2005. I,
as well as a whole host of friends will miss Hattie Lee very much.
Hattie Lee Bray Arnold Cone was buried in The New
Friendship Cemetery. She is buried between her husbands and at the
double stone for Millard Arnold. The stone reads Hattie Lee Arnold,
1910. Oscar Cone's tombstone, beside her reads "Husband of Hattie Lee".
Hattie Lee Bray Arnold Cone age 94 died
January 3 2005 at Chester County Healthcare. She was born and reared in
Chester County the daughter of the late Homer and Annie Bain Bray. She
attended school in Chester County and worked on the family farm. She was
married to Millard Arnold and they made their home in the Friendship
Community. Mr. Arnold died in 1935. She later married Oscar Cone and Mr.
Cone died in 1995. She was a very intelligent lady and remembered so
much of the early history of Chester County. She was a homemaker and an
active member of the Friendship Baptist Church for over 80 years. She
was a Sunday school leader and helped organize the first Bible School at
the church. A journal that she had kept from 1983 to 2001 was found and
published in 2002 and was entitled "Precious Memories". She was
selected as servant of the month for the Chester County Lions Club July
21 2003. She is survived by a host of cousins who were very attentive to
Mrs. Hattie Lee. Funeral services Wednesday from the Chapel of Casey
Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Sells and Rev. Fred Morris officiating
with burial to follow in Friendship Cemetery.
Hattie Lee Bray
Mary Bray born May 20 1833 was a daughter of Samuel
Bray born April 6 1806 in NC and his wife, Mary Polly Hutson, born
April 24 1807 NC. (Samuel Bray married Feb 26 1826 Mary "Polly"
Hutson). Mary Bray born 1833 married Nov 18 1850 in
Tennessee her 1st cousin, John Bray, born 1831, son of Matthew Bray.
Mary and John had no children.
John R. BRAY, M, W, 49, NC, NC, NC, Farmer; Mary C. BRAY, Wife (& 1st cousins)
, 47, NC, NC, NC, keeping house;
Eliza BRAY, B, F, 46, NC, NC, NC;
Rye BRAY, B, F, 21, NC, NC, NC;
Matilda BRAY, B, F, 18, TN, TN, NC;
Delema BRAY, B, F, 16, TN, TN, NC. (These last four were formerly slaves)
. . . . . . . Henderson Co TN 1880 Census page 322 A.
Eli Coe BRAY, M, W, 39, TN, NC, NC, Farmer;
Martha C. BRAY, wife, 36, TN, NC, NC, Keeping House;
Albert L. BRAY, son, 7, TN; Marietta BRAY, dau, 1, TN. . . . . . . Henderson Co TN 1880 census page 321 D
M. D.(Matthew Day)
BRAY, single M, W, 33, TN, NC, NC, Farmer;
Nancy (McDANIEL) BRAY, Mother, widow, (widow of Matthew Bray - they married March 21 1829, Randolph Co, North Carolina)
67, NC, NC, NC;
E. M. BRAY, Brother, 40, NC, NC, NC, Farmer,
Delina BRAY, Sister, single, 27, TN, NC, NC, Keeping
Jas. BRUMETT, laborer, single, M, W, 22, farm laborer, IN,
IN, IN. . . . . . . . 1880 Lamar Co TX CENSUS, page 148 B.
[ED 78 page # 23, house 189/197, precinct 4, enumerated by
J H L Bray.]
Nancy Bray's Cemetery Record - Sylvan Cemetery, Lamar Co TX.
Matthew & Nancy Bray
Some Bray Information
Matthew Bray was born April 6 1806 in North
Carolina. He died 1848 in Henderson Co, (now Chester), TN. He
is buried in the New Friendship Cemetery, Chester Co, TN.
New Friendship Cemetery
Chester Co TN.
Children of Matthew Bray 1806 NC - 1848 TN and
Nancy McDaniel Bray were: (1) John R Bray 1830 NC - Dec 29 1905 Chester
Co TN married his 1st cousin Mary Bray. (2) Elijah Bray 1832 NC (3)
Elisha Bray 1835 NC (4) Frances A "Fannie" Bray born Sept 27 1836 died
June 12 1895 Chester Co Tn. She married Cornelius "Neal" Latham. (5)
James Bray born 1838 TN died young. (6) Eli Coe Bray born April 22 1841
TN died July 1 1906 Chester Co TN. He married Martha Carolina Seaton.
(7) Francis Marion "Frant / Frank / F M" Bray born 1843 TN died 1927 TN.
(8) Martha Bray Jan 22 1844 - (Never married) (9) Matthew Day "M D"
Bray born Dec 28 1845 TN died May 9 1926 at Moran, Shackelford Co TX.
His wife was Brown Bray (nee, Mary Brown Edwards)
. (10) Hulda D Bray born 1849 TN married J W Rooks.
Samuel Bray born April 6 1806 in NC died Jan 12
1870 in Henderson Co TN. He is buried in New Friendship Cemetery,
Chester Co TN. Samuel married Mary Polly Hudson born April 24
1807 in NC. She died Oct 26 1858 TN. Children: (1) Basil Manley
Bray born March 7 1830 NC died Oct 14 1896. (2) Mary Catherine Bray May
20 1833 - Feb 9 1888 Chester Co TN married her 1st cousin, John Bray
(No children). (3) Jeremiah Randolph Bray Nov 12 1835 NC - March 10 1863
Henderson Co TN (4) John C Martin Bray Sept 30 1841 NC - June 11 1848.
BRAY FAMILY REUNION picture.
BRAY CENSUS DATA
Also some BRAY Census records above
Elijah BRAY, M, W, 71, NC, NC, NC,
Farmer; Allison E. BRAY, son, single, 46, NC, NC, NC,
Overseer; Rhoda E. BRAY, dau, 31, TN, NC, NC, Keeping
House; Mary E. BRAY, dau, 26, TN, NC, NC, At Home. . . . . . . 1880 Henderson Co TN census
BRAY, head, M, W, married, 32, TN, NC, NC, farmer;
Tabitha J. BRAY, wife, 39, TN, NC, NC, keeping house;
Thomas D. BRAY, son, 8, TN;
Nancy A. BRAY, dau, 4, TN. 1880 Henderson Co TN Census
, Civil District 2,
M. D. BRAY, head, single, M, W, 33, TN, NC, NC, farmer;
Nancy BRAY, mother widow, 67, NC, NC, NC;
E. M. BRAY, brother (?)
, single, 40, NC, NC, NC, farming;
Hulda Delina BRAY, sister, single, 27, TN, NC, NC;
Jas. BRUMETT, laborer, single, M, W, 22, IN, IN, IN, farm labor; 1880 Lamar Co Texas Census
Precinct 4, ED 78 sheet 148 B, page 23, house 189/197.
Submitted to Family Findings, Nov 2013: John R Bray was born in
North Carolina in 1830, and is one of nine children born to Matthew and
Nancy McDANIEL BRAY. They came to Henderson County TN in 1839. On
November 18 1850, he married his first cousin, Mary Bray, daughter of
Samuel and Mary HUDSON BRAY . In May 1861 the Forked Deer Company,
Confederate Calvary was formed at Mifflin in Henderson County, John R
Bray was 3rd Sgt. The Captain was G. L. Ross. The 1st Lt was B. M. Bray.
(B M is Basil Manley BRAY son of Samuel and Mary HUDSON BRAY.) In
1862 or 1863 he was in Company A, Twenty-first Tennessee Calvary, under
Captain William H. Bray, and remained in service until the final
surrender, being engaged in the quartermaster's department. He returned
home and resumed farming on his farm of 379 acres, after an absence of
over three years in the Civil War. (In 2013 the farm is on Hwy 200 in
Chester County.) John also had a cotton gin and an apple orchard. The
Bray School in the Friendship Community of Chester County was on John's
farm. They were active members of the Friendship Baptist Church where
John was a Deacon. John died Dec 29 1905 in Chester Co TN. John and
Mary Bray had no children and they are buried in the Friendship Cemetery
in Chester County TN.
Sources: CHESTER COUNTY History of TENNESSEE, The Goodspeed Publishing
Co., 1887, Personal knowledge from interviews with Hattie Lee BRAY
ARNOLD CONE. (Hattie Lee eventually inherited the John and Mary Bray
farm and had possession of the Mary Bray Diary and the John Bray
Ledger.) and Family Search.
Matthew BRAY married Nancy MCDANIEL. One of their children was:
Elli Coe BRAY born April 22 1841 and died July 1 1906. He married
Martha Caroline SEATON born January 22 1844 and died June 21 1938. Their
1. Albert L. BRAY born 1872 died 10 February 10 1940, married
Mary Algie PEARCE born 1882 died May 23 1954
2. Mary Etta BRAY born September 21 1878 died February 8 1897, married Charlie DAVIS born 1873 died 1956
3. Nancy Homer BRAY born 1880 died 1938, married William Frank PEARCE born 1875 died October 8 1957
4. Martha Lanora BRAY born January 3 1884 died February 26 1934,
married J. Lucus SELLS born September 26 1877 died January 8 1963
4. Ella M. BRAY born May 27 1886 died March 29 1975, married Caleb F. COLLIE born February 22 1884 died February 24 1959
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