George Reay (1808 - 1882)

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Birthplace: Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Kanosh, UT, USA
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REAY HISTORY (taken from Birth of Kanosh)

NOTE: Three children, John, George and Elizabeth are not mentioned (?)

George Reay and Mary Ann Moralee both were of New Castle, Northumberland, England. She was born 24 November 1808 at Battle, Sussex, England, to Miles and Mary Browell Moralee. They married and raised a family of six children. One of the six was named Mary. Eventually they became converts to the LDS religion and like other converts had a great desire to go to Utah, in America. It required about nine years of saving before they had the funds to do so.

In 1862 they sailed from Liverpool on the ship William Tap Scott. With them were their married daughter, Ann Guthrie, and her husband; their daughter, Mary, who later married Thomas Richardson Greener; and their two sons, Alexander and Miles Reay. Miles later became a school teacher in Kanosh. He married Emily Abraham, daughter of James and Martha Phelps Abraham and moved to Arizona.

At Florence, Nebraska, George and Mary Ann joined the Henry Miller Company for the journey across the plains. The company arrived in Salt Lake City in 1862.

Shortly thereafter on 1 November 1862, Mary married Thomas Richardson Greener in the Endowment House. He also was born in her home town of New Castle-on-Tyne, Northumberland, England. He had arrived in Utah two years earlier. The record does not state whether they were acquainted in England. From Salt Lake City they were assigned to go to Toquerville. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Parowan and joined with others who were called to leave Parowan and settle Panguitch.

The party arrived at Panguitch on 16 March 1864, and built a stockade of log cabins.

In 1865 the Blackhawk Indian War started and was quite severe in the area around Panguitch. The settlers went down stream about eight miles and built a fort at Lowder Springs. The fort was named Fort Sanford and was located between Panguitch and Circleville, at what is now the intersection of highways 20 and 89. A stream of water there is known today as Sanford Creek.

Finding the weather too cold for many crops the pioneers departed. Many of them, including the Reays, came to Kanosh.

There probably was contact between the Reays and their children, Thomas and Mary Greener, as both families arrived at Kanosh at about the same time.

George and Mary Ann Reay lived in Kanosh for several years and then moved away. She died on 12 April 1897. Their son, Alexander, married Mary Katherine Bowles.

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George Reay's Timeline

1808
December 10, 1808
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1830
September 19, 1830
Age 21
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1839
June 28, 1839
Age 30
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1844
April 22, 1844
Age 35
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1848
August 26, 1848
Age 39
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom