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William Henry McCRAY
Macedonia Alice WILLIAMS
Husband:  William Henry McCRAY
Birth:  21 Mar 1825, Washington Co., TN
Death:  6 Jun 1900, Cloverdale, Sonoma Co., CA 
Father:  William McCRAY
Mother:  Sarah "Sallie" HENDRY
Wife:  Macedonia Alice WILLIAMS
Birth:  1829/30, Prince Edward Co., VA
Death:  15 May 1897, Cloverdale, Sonoma Co., CA 
Father:  Royal T. WILLIAMS
Mother:  Delilah Sampson GAULDING
born in Middlebury, Mercer Co., MO: 
  1.  William Lafayette McCRAY, b. 14 Aug 1848 
  2.  Virginia Ann "Jennie" McCRAY, b. 1850/1 
  3.  Louisa McCRAY, b. 1853; m. G.V. DAVIS of Santa Rosa
  4.  Minerva McCRAY, b. 1855; m. I.E. SHAW
  5.  Cestius Florus McCRAY, b. 1855
  6.  Amanda McCRAY, b. 1857; m. C.P. BUFFET of Los Angeles
  7.  Armond Wynn McCRAY, b. 1859; d. 1899, WA
  8.  Lawrence Winn McCRAY, b. 1859/60; d. bef. 1865
  9.  Delilah "Lila" McCRAY, b. 1861/2
10.  Monroe McCRAY, b. 1863/4

born in Cloverdale, Sonoma Co., CA:
11.  Lawrence F. McCRAY, b. 1865/6
12.  George L. McCRAY, b. 1867/8
13.  Catherine "Katie" McCRAY, b. Aug 1869; m. John WINTER
14.  Logan McCRAY, b. 1871/2
15.  Bertha "Bertie" McCRAY, b. 1874/5 or Aug 1876; m. Oliver WILLIAMS


1.  Family Group Sheet by Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati and her grandmother, Maude Irene (Thompson) Rose.

2.  Marriage Record:

3.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image # of 66):  District 56, Mercer Co., MO, p. 391A, 230/3, enumerated 5 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Wm Mccray 25 M   Farmer   Tennessee
Massadonia 20 F       Virginia
Saffell  2 M       Mo
Living next door to William's brother, George C. McCRAY, who is married to Macedonia's sister, Elizabeth WILLIAMS

4.  1860 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #7 of 14):  Middlebury P.O., Washington Twp., Mercer Co., MO, p. 193, PN 93, 674/674, enumerated 18 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
W H      McCray 35 M   Farmer 1500 500 Tennessee
Macadina      " 27 F         Virginia
Layfayette    " 11 M         Missouri
V A           "  9 F         "
Louisa        "  7 F         "
Minerva       "  5 M         "
Cestious      "  4 M         "
Amanda        "  3 F         "
A W           "  1 M         "
Larrance Winn " ?/12 M         "
Lawrence's age could be 8/12 or 9/12.

5.  Family Quest Archives:  California Federal Census 1870:  Sonoma County.  Heritage Quest CD M593-91:  Cloverdale Township, Sonoma Co., CA, pp. 267AB, 20/20, enumerated 21 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
McRay Wm H 45 M W Farmer 4000 1000 Tenn
  "   Macedona 39 F W Keeps house     Va
  "   Lafayette 21 M W At Home     Mo
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McCray Virginia 19 F W At home     Mo
  "    Louisa 16 F W At home     Mo
  "    Cestius 15 M W At home     Mo
  "    Minerva 14 F W At home     Mo
  "    Amanda 12 F W At home     Mo
  "    Orman 10 M W At home     Mo
  "    Delila  8 F W At home     Mo
  "    Munroe  6 M W At home     Mo
  "    Lawrence  4 M W At home     Cal
  "    George  2 M W At home     Cal
  "    Katie 8/12 F W At home     Cal
Living next door to Macedonia's mother, Delilah (GAULDING) WILLIAMS, and eight doors down (in the other direction) from Macedonia's sister, Amanda (WILLIAMS) THOMPSON

6.  1880 United States Census and National Index (LDS Family History Resource File: CD-ROM Library):
Census Place: Cloverdale, Sonoma, California
Source: FHL Film 1254084; NARA Film T9-0084; Pg 170B
  Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace Occupation Fa Mo
William H. MC CRAY Self M M W 55 TN Farmer TN TN
Macedonia MC CRAY Wife F M W 50 VA Keeping House VA VA
Lila MC CRAY Dau F S W 18 MO At Home TN VA
Lawrence F. MC CRAY Son M S W 14 CA Laboring TN VA
George L. MC CRAY Son M S W 12 CA   TN VA
Katie MC CRAY Dau F S W 10 CA   TN VA
Logan MC CRAY Son M S W  8 CA   TN VA
Bertha MC CRAY Dau F S W  5 CA   TN VA

7.  1890 Census:  the 1890 census population schedules were destroyed.

8.  1900 Census Index/Microfilm (online at Genealogy.com):  West Street, Cloverdale Town, Cloverdale Township, Sonoma Co., CA, p. 70B, SN 7/15, SD 3, ED 158, enumerated 15 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27
370 370 McCray William L Head W M June 1824 75 Wd TN TN VA Farmer 6 Y Y Y O F F
    ______ Lila Daughter W F May 1867 33 S CA TN VA     Y Y Y      
    ______ Bertha A Daughter W F Aug 1876 23 S CA TN VA School Teacher 0 Y Y Y      
    ______ Cestus F Son W M May 1862 38 S CA TN VA Day Laborer 0 Y Y Y      
The enumerator screwed up Lila's and Cestius's birthdates, birthplaces, and ages.  William died on 6 Jun 1900, so he while he is listed because he was alive on the official enumeration date, 1 Jun 1900, he was deceased when the family was enumerated, which means he was not the informant.  One suspects Bertha was the informant because she was the only one of the children whose data appear correct.

9.  J.M. Guinn.  1904.  History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California.  Chapman Publ. Co., Chicago.   Biographical sketch of William Lafayette McCray. 

10.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: Ancestral File.

11.  Emails from Carol Mahoney, Phyllis Houlding.

12.  Archives of the TThompson Mailing List.

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