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Littleberry Peter Bray, Sr.

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Brunswick, VA, USA
Death: circa December 1813 (64-72)
Pulaski, KY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Bray Sr. and Martha Bray
Husband of Sarah Bray
Father of WILLIAM BRAY; LITTLEBERRY BRAY, JR; John Bray; William Bray; Isaiah Bray and 4 others
Brother of Peter bray, jr; David Bray, Sr.; Stogner Bray; Bryant Bray; Peter Bray and 1 other

Managed by: Thomas Smith
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About Littleberry Peter Bray, Sr.

Notes from Edna Bray Reece from her research on the Brays of Fisher River, NC.


Littleberry Bray was probably the first of the name to settle in what is now Surry/Yadkin Co., North Carolina. In 1792 Littleberry Bray took a grant of land on Rocky Creek, Iredell Counytm NC. Most of his holdings were in Surry County, on Bull Run, a tributary of the Ararat River. He also traded land with other Brays on Cody's Creek and Fisher River, and he was on the first Federal Census, 1790, Surry County, Salisbury District. He listed his family as one male over 16, 7 males under 16, 4 females , no ages..., so he had a large family. His last NC land transaction was when he sold lands on Cody's Creek to David Bray, Jr. This was in the 1810 NC Census. First settled in Knox County, Kentucky, but was in Pulasky County, Kentucky when he appointed Peter Bray to have power of Attorney for his affairs in North Carolina. He died in 1813.

November 18, 1823, Littleberry Jr. and Sarah bought 50 acres on the waters of Buck Creek, Pulasky County, Kentucky for $350 from Giles Whitaker. This land was a grant, south of Green River. Gile received on September 29, 1813. In the same area of Buck Creek a Nathan Bray and his wife Caty took a grant of 125 acres in September 7, 1819. This was not the Nathan Bray, son of David Bray, Sr., who seemed to stay in Surry County, North Carolina and was married to Judith Horne, This is Nathan Bray who sold Littleberry Bray 50 acres in Surry and this was on the Tax List of 1812. This was Nathan's last transaction in Surry, at the time he had moved to Virginia. Then on September 7, 1819 Nathan entered a grant of 125 acres in Pulaski County, Kentucky on the water of Buck Creek south of Green River. Don't know if Giles Whitaker was one of the Surry County, North Carolina Whitakers, but he attracted some of the Fisher River Brays to the Buck Creek are in Pulaski County.

Littleberry Bray is listed in a notebook by William Robert Bray, a tailor from Mount Airy. He said his grandfather, David Bray, was a Native American, but his great grandfather was a small redheaded Englishman. He said David Bray had four brothers; Peter, Berry, Stogner, and John. He said Berry went to Kentucky and he thought the rest went to Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. The sons of David Bray, Sr. were; William, b. 1772, Nathan, b. 1773, David Jr. b. Feb. 22, 1779, This William Robert was son of the eldest, William Bray.

Peter Bray, born in England, married Martha Scott, daughter of Abraham Scott of Norh Hampton County, North Carolina. Their children were: Littleberry - went to Kentucky, David, Sr., Stogner - went to Tennessee, Bryant Peter - went to Kentucky, and John.

Littleberry is listed in the 1786 Taxables of Surry County, Captain Atkin's Districts, southern area of the county along the Yadkin River. Has 100 acres. Also listed is John Hannon Bray, no acreage.

Not certain if Littleberry is the father of Isaiah (Josiah Bray)...could be an uncle. Josiah Bray bought 50 acres on April 6, 1849 on the waters of Buck Creek. John Bray bought land adjoining Josiah's, 35 acres on May 27, 1857. A letter from Marshall Davenport, County Clerk of Pulaski County dated November 26, 1971, says there is a record of Josiah Bray married to Phebe Brinson on August 7, 1824

with the consent of Littleberry Bray for "Josiah Bray has lived with me for two years." Surety was signed by James Hargis.

Littleberry mentioned above who gave consent for the marriage of Isaiah could not have been Littleberry Sr., since he died in 1813 and Isaiah was married in 1824.

     Children of LITTLEBERRY BRAY and SARAH UNKNOWN are: 

12. i. WILLIAM3 BRAY, b. Abt. 1774, Surry County, North Carolina; d. 1861, Gallia County, Ohio, Long Cemetery.

13. ii. ELIZABETH 'BETSY' BRAY, b. July 30, 1776, North Carolina; d. November 20, 1873, Green County, Indiana.

iii. JOHN BRAY, b. Abt. 1778, North Carolina; d. Pulaski County, Kentucky.

14. iv. ISIAH BRAY, b. Abt. 1780, Surry County, North Carolina; d. Aft. 1837, Pulaski County, Kentucky.

15. v. NATHAN BRAY, b. Abt. 1780, Surry County, North Carolina; d. Monroe County, Indiana.

16. vi. PETER BRAY, b. Abt. 1781, Surry County, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1830, Jackson County, Alabama.

17. vii. BENJAMIN BRAY, b. Abt. 1784, Surry County, North Carolina; d. Bef. 1860, Rockcastle County, Kentucky.

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Littleberry Peter Bray, Sr.'s Timeline

December 1745
Brunswick, VA, USA
Age 28
Surry, NC, USA
July 30, 1776
Age 30
Age 31
Surry, NC, USA
Age 32
May 30, 1780
Age 34
Age 34
Surry Co., North Carolina, USA
Age 35
Surry, North Carolina, USA
Age 38
Surry, NC, USA
December 1813
Age 68
Pulaski, KY, USA