NameHenry BRAY III
Birth1742, Orange Co, NC [324]
Move1754, Matthews Twp, Chatham, NC
Will4 Jan 1812, Chatham Co, NC [1006], [1038]
Death7 Jan 1812, Chatham Co, NC [324]
BurialBray Cemetary, Chatham, NC
AFN8S9L-1H
FatherHenry BRAY II (1681-1794)
MotherMary Wilson (~1705->1794)
SpouseSarah Yokley
Birthabt 1743
Deathaft 1818
Children
1 MJames Bray
Birthabt 1763 [324]
Death14 Apr 1857, Chatham Co, NC [324]
Death MemoAge 94
SpouseAnne Welch
Birth1764, Orange Co, NC [751]
DeathFeb 1846, Siler City, Chatham, NC [751]
Marriage1789, Chatham Co, NC
3 MMathias Josiah Bray
DeathOct 1825 [1038]
BurialBray Cemetary, Randolph Co, NC [1038]
SpouseIsabel Edwards
4 MHenry Bray
Birth7 Apr 1768, Orange Co, NC [324]
Death7 Dec 1854, Chatham Co, NC [324]
SpouseSarah McCastlin
SpouseElizabeth Lane
5 FMary Polly Bray
Birthabt 1770, Chatham Co, NC [1038]
Deathaft 1850 [1038]
SpouseJohn Lambert
6 MEdward Bray
7 MJohn Bray
Birthabt 1774
Deathabt 1821, Randolph Co, NC
8 MJesse Bray
Birthabt 1775, Chatham Co, NC [1038]
Deathabt 1845, Randolph Co, NC [1038]
SpouseNancy Jones
9 MEli Bray
Birth28 Feb 1778, Chatham Co, NC [1038]
Death19 Oct 1855, Chatham Co, NC [1038]
BurialBray Cemetary
SpouseMary Hadley
10 FSarah (Sally) Bray
Death5 Jun 1837, Chatham Co, NC [324]
Birthabt 1767, Chatham Co, NC [324]
SpouseMichael Welch
11 MSoloman Bray
SpouseHannah Craven
Marriageabt 1802
Divorce4 Oct 1815, Chatham Co, NC [1038]
Notes for Henry BRAY III
Henry Bray was a Regulator as is revealed by entries in The Colonial Records of North Carolina, in the counties of Mecklenburg, Granville, and Orange. They were organized shortly before the American Revolution to protest against unjust taxation and official extortion.

Served in Chatham County Militia 1772 in Capt. Jeduthan Harper’s company with Thomas Brooks, James McDaniel, WIlliam Harris, Isaac Jones and others.

In 1773 Henry was one of the commissioners appointed to lay out a public road that was to run from a point on the Dan River to Campbelton near Fayetteville. It was to pass through Guilford, Chatham and Cumberland counties. Henry lived in western Chatham County, through which the road passed.

Henry was also part of the construction of a road in Chatham from the Piney Mountain to the iron works on Deep River in 1775. On October 9, 1769 Herman Husband made over to Henry Bray 480 acres on Love's Creek, being part of the Granville Grant of August 5, 1758. This tract is near the southern part of Siler City. Grant No. 30 from Orange County, issued June 30, 1762, went to Henry Bray for land on the south side of Rock River (later in Chatham County). [1019]
Will notes for Henry BRAY III
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Woods/2543/HenryBrayWill-2.html

Born 1741. Died Jan. 1, 1812
Wife: Sarah M. Yokley
Chatham Co. NC
Will Book A, pg. 198


In the Name of God amen, I Henry Bray, of the County of Chatham and State of North Carolina being weake and infirm of Body But of perfect Mind and Memory thanks be To God calling to Mind the Mortality of My Body and knowingly that it is appointed once for all Men to die Do Make and ordain this My Last Will and Testament That is to say principally and first of all give and Recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God that give it and My body I Recommend to the Earth to be Buried in a decent Christian burial at the Discretion of My Executors and as touching Such worldly Estate whare with it has Pleased God to Bless Me in this Life I give dispose in this following manner---

Item, I give and bequeath to Sarah Bray My Dearly beloved wife one Negro wench By the Name of Harry also one Negro Boy by the Name of Elisha, also one horse by the Name of Buck and one Mare By the Name of Ball, Bridle and Saddle, two ploughs and gears, four hoes and Two matticks and other articles such as is Needful about Farming, Six head of Cattle, Six head of Sheep and as Many hoggs as will be Sufficient for hur also the plantation whare She Now Lives or as Mutch of it as will be sufficient for to support hur also Two Beds and Furniture also as mutch House Hold Furniture as she see caus to keep---

Item, I give and bequeath unto My Son John Bray one Tract of Land where his son Henry Now lives price seven Hundred Dollars also one Tract whare the Said John Bray Now Lives two Hundred and fifty acres price five Hundred Dollars also one Negro Woman by the Name of Cate, price, Two Hundred and Twenty five Dollins also one Negro Boy by the Name of Ephrem, price three Hundred Dollins also one Hundred and fifty three acres and a half of the Mill whare John Lambirt has the other half price one thousand Dollins to him and his heirs for Ever---

Item, I give and bequeath unto My Son Mathias Bray one Tract of Land whare he Now Lives Containing three Hundred acres price six Hundred Dollins also two Tracts adjoining price five hundred Dollins, also Tract of Land whare Thomas Younger yous to Live price five Hundred and Twenty five Dollins also one Negro woman by the Name of Plisent price three Hundred and Seventy five Dollins also one Negro Boy by the Name of Jacob price three Hundred Dollins to him and his heirs for Ever---

Item, I give and bequeath unto My Son James Bray one Tract of land containing four Hundred and forty five acres whare he Lives price nine Hundred Dollins also one Tract of Land whare Edward Bray (Seur) youse to Live Containing Two Hundred and Seventy five acres price four Hundred Dollins also one Hundred acres adjourning the other containing one Hundred acres price one Hundred Dollins also one Negro Woman by the Name of Hannes price Three Hundred and Seventy five Dollins also one Negro Boy by the Name of Duk price three Hundred Dollins to him and his heirs for Ever---

Item, I give to My Son William Bray one Track of Land Containing one Hundred and sixty five acrres whare he lives price Six Hundred and fifty Dollins also one Tract adjoining the other one Hundred and Ten acres price Two Hundred and Twenty Dollins also one Tract of Land Beginning at the Head of a glade known By the Name of the Big Glade down said Glade to the rod that Leads from Jesse Brayes to John Silers thince East to Smith's Line thence North Round for to (connect) the store place price five Hundred and fifty Dollins also one Negro Woman By the Name of Diley price three Hundred and Seventy five Dollins also one Negro Gairl name Nancy price 125 dollars also one Negro Man by the Name of Joe price four Hundred and Seventy five Dollins to him and his heirs for Ever---

Item, I give and bequeath unto My Son Henry Bray one Tract of Land whare he now Lives containing Six Hundred and forty acres price Eight Hundred Dollins and two tracts whare he use to Live and Grandfathers old place price Seven Hundred Dollins also one Negro Woman by the name of Chelse price Three Hundred and Seventy five Dollins also one Negro boy by the name of Jurden price one Hundrd and Twenty five Dollins also Two Tract of Land adjoining his other tract whare he now lives containing three Hundred and forty four acres price Seven Hundred Dollins to him and his heirs for Ever---

Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Lambert Three Notes principle one Thousand Dollins interst thirty six Collins (4/6) also one Tract of Land whare Benjamin Johnson Now Lives price four Hundred Dollins also one Negro Woman by the Name of Jude price three Hundred Dollins---

Item, I give and bequeath unto My Daughter Sarah Welch one tract of Land whare she now live Hur Lifetime Lying on the Herdon Branches beginning at a Rock near the ford of the Branch then up the Branch to the fork thens up the North fork Branch then up the branch to a nather foerd thens North to the East and West Line of --tract runing East in Cluding the Burr place Containing five Hundred and Eighty acres price Seven Hundred Dollins the Right of the Said Land to remain in the Hands of the Executors to be made to the heirs of Hur Body But to Remain in possession of the Said Sarah and Michel hur Husband hur lifetime and then to disint to Hur Heirs also one Negro Girl by the Name of Agge price three Hundred Dollins which shall Remain in the power of the Executors to Lend to the Said Sarah and Michel Hur Husband Hur Lifetime except bad abuse and if so to be taken and hired and the Monay to disen to Hur Heirs at Hur Decease also one Tract adjoining the---other lans containing two Hundred acres, price Seventy five Dollins also apart of the Tract whare I now live Beginning at Lanes Line alittle below the old Bridge that is on the south prong of Little Brush Creek Running Down Said Creek till it comes Near the Saw Mill then excepting one acre of Land the Most Convenient for the Mill yard and Privledge for a rode through to the Said Mill Now for the Balance of the Rest look above for to the Lift-The Rest and then to the creek and then with the varieses courses of the crek to Gillilands Line then South with Said Line to the corner pine then East to Hardens Branch to a Rock the first Station of the above mentioned Tract of 580 acres then up the Branch with the varies courses of the other Tract to the North Corner then West to Lanes Corner then North to the creek the beginning price Seven Hundred and fifty Dollins all writes and previledges with Held from Hur and Hur Husband till the death of her Mother and then previledge given to hur Life Time and to Descent to the Heirs of the Body also I give to her son Henry one Mare which is to be in the power of the Executors to prevent any defraud or Sale of the Said Mare till the Said Henry Shall Come of age but that she Shall have the use of the Said mare till the Said Henry is of age price sixty five Dollins which is to be Reduced out of her part of the Estate and the Balance of Hur part to make hur Equal with the Rest of My Heirs is to be paid in good property and Money---

Item, I give and bequeath to My Son Jesse Bray one tract of Land whare he now lives Containing Two Hundred and fifty acres price Twelve Hundred Dollins also part of another Tract Lying Between his other Tract and William Brayes Line price four Hundred and fifty Dollins also one Negro Man by the name of Dave price four Hundred and fifty Dollins to him and his heirs for Ever---

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Eli Bray one Tract of Land and Mills Containing four Hundred and Eight acres price Eleven Hundred Dollins also one tract adjoining the other---two Hundred and Thirteen acres price three Hundred Dollins also one Negro Man by the name of George price four Hundred and fifty Dollins also one Negro Gairl by the Name of Betty two Hundred Dollins to him and his heirs for Ever---

Item, I give and bequeath to My Son Solomon Bray his Equal part of My Estate with the Rest of My Heirs only that thare shall be a reduction of Three Hundred Dollins which is to be Paid to his Daughter Polly that he had by His Wife Hannah the Daughter of Peter Craven of Randolph County the said Three Hundred Dollins to be Left in the Hands of my Executors till the said Polly shall arrive at Lawful age and then due to her and also a Reduction of the Debts Due from him to My Estate. I give unto the Said Solomom on Negro Man by the Name of Caster at the price of four Hundred and fifty Dollins in part Payment of the above sum one Half of the balance to be paid in cash and the other Half to be paid in property when Leagally Demanded by my Executors---

Item, I give and bequeath to My Son Edward Bray Two Thousand Dollins out of my hole Estate to be paid when collected and called for and if the Said Edward Bray should die without Lawful heirs I Desire this Money should be Equally Devided as to Make their Sums Equl Except Edwards also it is My Desire that the property that I left to My Wife at hur decease shall be Equal Divided among my Heirs.

Again I do hereby Nominate and appoint my Son (Henry) Jesse and Eli My Whole and Soul Executors of this My Last Will and Testament also reasonable alliance to Be made to them for their trouble and if any despute should arise it to be Left to one Magistrate and two or three free Holders to state the same in witness whearof I have hereunto set My Hand and a fixed My Seal this fourth day of January 1812.

Henry Bray {Seal}

Signed and Sealed,
in the presence of
Isaac Johnson
A. Lane (Abner Lane)
Thomas Vaugh, Clerk
Notes for Sarah Yokley
Always mentioned as Henry’s wife, but no one ever offers a theory as to her ancestry.
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