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Joseph RASEY I
NOTICE:  patrilineal (direct male line) descendants of our subject are participating in the RASEY Y-Chromosome DNA Surname Project.  Anyone who suspects he is a patrilineal descendant of our subject can support that connection with a Y-DNA test.  Descendants of Joseph RAZEE I have also been tested, and results indicate they are not closely related to these RASEYs, disproving the assertion that he is our subject's father.  Our descendants' test results have also debunked the myth of a connection to Malcolm MacLEOD of the Isle of Raasay, Scotland.  These MacLEODs are Haplogroup R1b, while our subjects are Haplogroup I2, meaning they cannot have shared a common ancestor for tens of thousands of years.
Husband:  Joseph RASEY / RAZEY / RAZY I
Birth:  ca. 1728 based on the average of a male being 4 years older than his wife
Y-DNA Haplogroup:  I2-CTS1977
Parents:  unknown
Marriage:  6 May 1757, Town of Mendon, Worcester Co., MA
Wife:  Mary HOLLON
Birth:  1732, Mendon, Worcester Co., MA
Death:  1810, Cheshire Co., NH
Disposition:  buried Homestead Cemetery, West Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH
born in Mendon, Worcester Co., MA:
1.  Pelatiah RASEY, b. 25 Jan 1758; d. 10 May 1758, Mendon, Worcester Co., MA
2.  Pelatiah RASEY, b. 17 Feb 1759 
3.  Robert RASEY, b. 15 Jan 1761
4.  Joseph RASEY II, b. 6 Jan 1763
5.  Tryphena RASEY, b. 28 Jun 1765

said to be born in Richmond, Cheshire Co., NH:
6.  Asahel RASEY, b. 29 Apr 1767
7.  Molly RASEY, b. 14 Sep 1768; m. 11 Oct 1790, Townsend, Windham Co., VT, Ephraim WOOD
8.  John RASEY, b. 7 Mar 1771
9.  Silas RASEY, b. Oct 1773

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont


1.  Marriage Index: Massachusetts, 1633-1850 (GenealogyLibrary.com):
Rasey, Joseph Hollon, Mary 6 May 1757 Uxbridge, Worchester Co., MA LDS Film #0758485
Rasey, Joseph Hollon, Mary 6 May 1757 Mendon, Worchester Co., MA LDS Film #0599198
The record is actually for a marriage in the Town of Mendon, with a groom resident in Uxbridge and the bride resident in Mendon.

2.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Joseph RASEY
Spouse: Mary HOLLON
Marriage: 06 May 1757, Uxbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts
Source: Film #0874034 (Item 2): Vital Records of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. Baldwin, Thomas W. (Thomas Williams), b. 1849
Joseph RASEY
Spouse: Mary HOLLON
Marriage: 06 May 1757, Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts
Source: Film #0599198 (Item 1): Vital Records of Mendon, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. Baldwin, Thomas W. (Thomas Williams), b. 1849
Pelatiah RAZEY
Birth: 17 Feb 1759, Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts
Father: Joseph RAZEY; Mary
Source: Vital Records of Mendon, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. Baldwin, Thomas W. (Thomas Willaims), b. 1849
It seems unlikely they recorded their marriage twice in one day in two different towns, so it appears the screw-up was made by Baldwin in compiling his notes.  Until someone re-checks the town records, all we can say, for certain, is they were married in Worcester County on 6 May 1757.

3.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):/
1776 Razey, Joseph NH Cheshire Co. Richmond

4.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Name Mrs. Mary Hollon Razy
Birth 1732
Death 1810
Burial Homestead Cemetery
West Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH
Contributor William Clouse, 26 May 2011
Memorial # 70396055
There's an image of the stone in files among the 
Public Member Trees at Ancestry.com.  It reads:
Relict of 
Joseph Razy,
Died 1810,
Ages 78 y'rs.

5.  Broderbund.  World Family Trees.  Vol. 11, Pedigree #3354.

6.  Lucinda C. Durbin.  Rasey Roots!  (online at www.paperdolls.org).

7.  Dallas G. McColley.  Ancestors of Alexander Grant McColley.  Family Tree Maker User Home Pages (online at familytreemaker.genealogy.com).

8.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).  A file there gives Joseph's wife as Thankfull PERKINS.

9.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com):  a tree there has an image of Mary's gravestone.

10.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com). 

11.  Messages posted to the Rasey Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

12.  Messages posted to the RASEY Surname Board (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

13.  Messages posted to the MacLEOD Surname Board (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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