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Peter Bray, Sr.

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: England
Death: 1790 (72)
Rowan, NC, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Bray and Mary Bray
Husband of Martha Bray
Father of Peter bray, jr; David Bray, Sr.; Littleberry Peter Bray, Sr.; Stogner Bray; Bryant Bray and 2 others

Managed by: Thomas Smith
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About Peter Bray Sr.

  1. Peter BRAY
  2. Surname: BRAY
  3. Given Name: Peter
  4. _AKA: Peter BRAY, Sr.
  5. Sex: M
  6. Birth: ABT 1718
  7. Death: AFT 1790 in , Rowan/Surry, North Carolina, USA
  8. Note:
   According to some researchers he was a Protestant minister, but according to others he was a Quaker. His wife Martha SCOTT was the daughter of Abraham SCOTT, "a free person of color".
   PETER BRAY was born abt. 1718 (estimated, but this date has become accepted by tradition), and he died in Rowan/Surry Co, NC. Peter Bray was described in a piece of manuscript from Hancock County, Tennessee records as a short, red-headed Englishman (but this may pertain to his son, Peter Bray Jr., who was the one who migrated to Tennessee). Many of Peter's descendants had red hair, as shown by their WWI draft registration cards and other sources.
   Some researchers say that Peter Bray (Sr.) lived in Maryland before coming to North Carolina. He married MARTHA SCOTT abt. 1742 in Bertie Co, NC. She was the daughter of ABRAHAM SCOTT and UNKNOWN. She was born before 1730, perhaps in Bertie Co, NC, and died in Rowan, Surry Co, NC. Most researchers list the children of Peter Bray and Martha Scott as being born in Brunswick Co., VA, although some say North Carolina. It is known that Peter had lived in Pasquotank Co., NC. In the 1790 census three of Peter and Martha's sons, Peter, Benjamin, and Bryant, were living in Sampson Co., NC.
   It is quite puzzling that many family trees report that Peter Bray was born in England and came to America in the 1840's. Obviously, if he was born about 1718, he had already died long before 1840. And he married Martha Scott about 1742 in Bertie Co., NC according to most researchers, so was obviously in America long before the 1840's. Perhaps they meant to say 1740's?? (perhaps whoever submitted the first family tree in this line mistakenly wrote down 1840's then everyone else copied it??) Otherwise it is completely baffling.
   I have also seen no proof for the claim that he was born in England. It is quite likely that he was born in Virginia or one of the other colonies, and that the description "Englishman" described his ethnic origin rather than his birthplace. Thomas Bray "of Virginia" bought land in Bertie Co., NC in 1718, and that is where Peter Bray also lived. Thomas may have been some relation to Peter, because no other Brays are listed as owning land there in the early years. Thomas Bray was of the Williamsburg, VA Brays. Peter Bray may also be related to the Camden/Currituck/Pasquotank Co. NC BRAYs. It is known that Peter Bray, Sr. had lived in Pasquotank Co, North Carolina, and that he was a minister. He probably had more children, but these are the only ones I know of that have been proven.
   Notes from Edna Reece,THE BRAYS OF FISHER RIVER:Peter Bray and his wife, Martha moved to Sampson County, North Carolina by 1761 and they were listed on that County's Tax List.
   Research that may (or may not) connect to Peter Bray who married Martha Scott:28 Mar 1666 - Surry Co.,Va. - William Knott, 312 acres p. 482(588). 112 acres on S. side of James Riv. on S. Side of upper Chipoake River, bounded NW on land of Edward Oliver, N. upon Wm. Thomas, E. on George Gibson & S. E. on Mr. Fisher; 200 acres on S. side of sd river, Wly. on Jeremiah Clements, N. W. on Edward Oliver, Nly, on Wm. Thomas, George Gibson & Edward Minter, Ely. on Wm. Gabins land & Mr. Thomas Busbie & S. E. on Mr. RICHARD HILL, 122 acres granted to Wm. Knott, decd., 20 Nov 1653 & 200 acres in sd. Knotts name 14 October 1657 & now due him as son & heir of sd.Wm. Transportation of 4 persons: PETER BRAY, Wm. Hawking, Sarah Willis, Mary Jones.6 Jun 1666 - N. side of Rappa. Riv. 2100 acres in the freshes p.510(626). Bounding on land of Mr. Charles Grimes, running S. S. E. &c.
   Transportation of 42 persons: Wm. Watts, Jno. Dawning, Wm. Deane, Tho. Rogers, Jno. Saxby, Robt. Staple, George Fuller, Jno. Dent, Thomas Wells, Ralph Tedman, Samll. Raynolds, Wm. Wise, Edw. Godlar, Jno. Lambe, Joane Mead, Thomas Tolter, Jno. Well, Jos. Farrant, Tho. Twig, George Stead, Jno. Maning, CHARLES BRAY, an Belthar, Jno. Tratam (?), Eliz. Paine twice, Jno. Harmon, Jno. Jones, Jno. James,Henry Woolock, Robert Broker, Margtt. Pollard, James Jnoson, 2 negros; Wm. Watts, PETER BRAY, Susan Cant, Mary Adams, Peter Store, Wm. White, Tob. Short.
   Bertie County, NC RESEARCH NOTES:3 Jan 1718 - Bertie Co.,NC - Book A., page 424 - Samuel Woodward to THOMAS BRAY - I do make over to THOMAS BRAY the lands mentioned in within Deed. Wit: Wm. Shorpe, Thos. Crank. Chowan July Court 1719. R. Hicks C/C. Registered in Chowan Precinct August 24, 1719. 23 Jan 1718 -Bertie Co.,NC - Book A, page 424- THOMAS BRAY to Robert Forster. - N.B.(so far new registered before November Court 1796) This following assignment and the above assignment this same page, page 406, seems to be assignments of the Deed of Sale & conveyance No. 56, page 404. 215 Jul 1719 - Bertie Co.,NC - Book A, page 425 - Sarah Smith, widow, to THOMAS BRAY. 50 lbs for 150 acres now occupied by me & whereon Treddle Keefe lately dwelt on Wicacon Creek adj. Thomas Man, James Boon. Wit: Abraham Blewlett, John Ramsey(?), John Sawyer. N. C. General Court July 20, 1719. Robert Hicks by virtue of power of atty. to him directed by Sarah Smith, ack. within deed. Robert Hicks Cl. General Court. Registered in Chowan Precinct, October 3, 1719/ Robert Hicks, C/C. 213 Aug 1723 -Bertie Co.,NC - Book A, page 158 - John Bryan, son of Edward Bryan to Lewis Bryan, 37 lbs for 640 acres on St. John s Neck on Chinkopin Creek adj. THOMAS BRAY, William West. Wit: Edward Howard, James Reek(?). August Court 1723. JohnSutton D. C/C. 21 Apr 1725 - Bertie Co.,NC - Book A, page 424- THOMAS BRAY to Robert Forster. 20 lbs for all my right title. . . to within mentioned tract unto Robert Forster. . . Wit: J. Clayton, Thomas Parvis. April 1, 1725. Thomas Pollock. John Winns D. C/C. 21 Apr 1725 - Bertie Co.,NC - Book A, page 427 - THOMAS BRAY OF Virginia to Robert Forster - 50 lbs for 150 acres. Wit. J.Claytonn, Thomas Pairis. April 1, 1725. Thomas Pollock C. J.(Chief Justice).John Winns D. C/C. 2from Judy S. Cardwell, Descendants of Peter Bray, November 1999her resources were:1. The Brays of Fisher River by Edna Reece, cpy 1982.2. Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina
   see also "Descendants of Peter BRAY, Sr." at

Marriage 1 Martha SCOTT b: ABT 1722 in , Bertie, North Carolina, USA

   * Married: ABT 1742 in , Bertie, North Carolina, now USA


  1. Has Children Peter BRAY b: ABT 1742 in , Brunswick, Virginia, now USA
  2. Has Children David BRAY b: 1743 in , Brunswick, Virginia, now USA
  3. Has Children Littleberry BRAY b: ABT 1745 in , Brunswick, Virginia, now USA
  4. Has No Children John Hannon BRAY b: ABT 1750 in , Brunswick, Virginia, now USA
  5. Has Children Stogner BRAY b: ABT 1752 in , Brunswick, Virginia, now USA
  6. Has Children Benjamin BRAY b: ABT 1755 in , Brunswick, Virginia, now USA
  7. Has Children Bryant BRAY b: ABT 1758 in , Brunswick, Virginia, now USA


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Peter Bray Sr.'s Timeline

Age 24
Burnswick Co., GA
Age 25
Brunswick, VA, USA
December 1745
Age 27
Brunswick, VA, USA
Age 32
Brunswick, VA, USA
Age 40
Brunswick, VA, USA
Age 72
Rowan, NC, USA