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Charles McCRAY
Rebecca Elizabeth DEAKINS
Husband:  Charles McCRAY
Birth:  ca. 1769, prob. Loudon Co., VA
Death:  14 May 1812, Washington Co., TN
Disposition:  buried Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Washington Co., TN
Father:  Daniel McCRAY
Mother:  Sarah NODDING
Marriage:  25 Mar 1788, Washington Co., NC [now TN]
Wife:  Rebecca Elizabeth "Betsy" DEAKINS / DICKENS
WARNING:  there is no proof these are their children; the evidence is entirely circumstantial.

born in Washington Co., NC [now TN]:
1?  Charles McCRAY, Jr., b. ca. 1789?

born in Washington Co., NC:
2.  Stacy McCRAY, b. 15 Jul 1797 
3.  Daniel McCRAY, b. 1798 
4.  Achsah McCRAY, b. 1801/2 
5.  William McCRAY

As Peter and Joseph RUBLE were brothers, it is extremely likely that their wives, Achsah and Stacy McCRAY, were sisters.  As Stacy was born in 1797 (assuming that date is correct I do not know its source), then only the two eldest sons of Daniel & Sarah (NODDING) McCRAY could be their father, namely:  Charles or Henry.  However, Henry had a daughter named Achsah who has otherwise been accounted for, leaving only Charles as their possible father.

Year Location Event
c1769 VA? birth of Charles McCRAY
    birth of Betsy DEAKINS
1788 NC [now TN]: Washington Co. marriage of Charles McCRAY & Betsy DEAKINS
1790 NC cedes her western territory, which becomes the "Southwest Territory"
1790 Census no extant schedules for Washington Co.
1791 SWT [now TN]: Washington Co. Charles McCREE on tax list
1792 SWT [now TN]: Washington Co. Charles McCRAY on tax list
1792 SWT [now TN]: Washington Co. Charles McCRAY mentioned in will of uncle, Wm. NODDING
1796 SWT [now TN]: Washington Co. Charles McCRAY on tax list
1796 SWT [now TN]: Carter Co. formed from Washington Co.
1796 Tennessee achieves statehood
1797 TN: Washington Co. Charles McCRAY on tax list
1797 TN birth of daughter?, Stacy
1798 TN birth of son?, Daniel
1800 Census no extant schedules for Tennessee
1801/2 TN birth of daughter?, Achsah
1810 Census no extant schedules for Tennessee (except for Rutherford Co. and parts of Grainger Co.)
1812 TN: Washington Co. death of Charles McCRAY


1a.  Dodd, Jordan R, ed.  1993. Tennessee Marriages:   Early to 1850.  Liahona Res., Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Mccrea, Charles Dickens, Betsy 25 Mar 1788 Washington Co.

1b.  LDS, Family History Resource File: Vital Records Index - North America, CD-ROM, FHL No. 825507:
Charles MCCREA Betsy DICKENS 25 Mar 1788 Washington, Tennessee

2.  Goldene Fillers Burgner.  1992.  Washington County Tennessee Wills, 1777-1872. Southern Historical Press, Greenville, SC, p. 5.  In his will dated 15 Sep 1792, William NODDING, brother of Sarah (NODDING) McCRAY, mentions his nephew, Charles McCray, so we know that Sarah had a son, Charles.

3.  Byron Sistler & Barbara Sistler.  1990.  Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations, 1779-1861.  Byron Sistler & Assoc., Inc., Nashville, TN.  No will of any Charles McCRAY and not under any spelling variation that I can imagine.  (The book claims to have indexed all wills recorded in county courthouses for the State of Tennessee prior to 1862 where those county records have survived.)

4.  Marjorie Hood Fischer.  1996.  Tennesseans before 1800, Washington County.  Frontier Press, Galveston, TX.  Anyone with kin in Washington Co., TN, before 1800 needs this book!  The book is an index, not the records themselves, but the entries are voluminous and exhaustive and include many for the McCRAYs.  These records are available on microfilm at the Tennessee State Library in Nashville and the LDS Family History Library.  The book, page, and microfilm roll numbers are given by Fischer for each entry.  I'm here condensing those for Charles, as found on pp. 188 and 200-201:
Name Record Type Number
M'Rea, Charles Sup Court Minutes 1
McCrae, Charles Co Court Minutes 1
McCrary, Charles Co Court Minutes 3
McCray, Charles Will 2
McCray, Charles Inventory 1
McCray, Charles Deed 1
McCray, Charles Tax List 1792, 1796, 1797
McCray, Charles Co Court Minutes 24
McCray, Charles A & E Settlements 1
McCray, Charles County Pleas 45
McCray, Charles Marriage 1
McCray, Charles Sen. Co Court Minutes 1
McCray, Charley Co Court Minutes 1
McCray, Chas. Co Court Minutes 1
McCrea, Charles Co Court Minutes 1
McCrea, Charles Sup Court Minutes 27
McCrea, Charles Marriage 1
McCree, Charles Tax List 1791
McCroy, Charles Co Court Minutes 1
There are more court records regarding Charles than any other McCRAY in Washington Co., possibly more than all other McCRAYs combined, which suggests he may have been an officer of the court (e.g., a J.P.).  The presence of a "Charles Sen." raises an interesting question.  For there to have been a Charles Sr., there must have been a Charles Jr.  I would think they wouldn't have bothered to call the elder one "Sr." if the younger one wasn't of age to go on record as "Jr."  However, no Jr. appears in the records.  Other than our subject, no other Charles McCRAY is known in Washington Co., TN, before 1800, and only Daniel McCRAY and our subject were old enough to have a son requiring the distinction of "Jr." before 1800.  And as our subject is Daniel's son, that leaves only Charles to be the father of Charles Jr., who would have to have been one of his earliest children.

5.  Philip Roger McCray.  1993.  McCrays of America.  2nd ed.  Heritage Books, Bowie, MD.

6.  WorldConnect (online at RootsWeb.com).

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