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good morning-
I'm currently researching when the name changed from MacRae to my family name; Ray, and the apparent connection to Scotland.
So far, I understand (learned at my grandfather's knee...)the Ray's of northwestern North Carolina and eastern Tennessee are derived from the MacRae.
The history I have at this time says William and Catherine came to North Carolina by way of Argyll Scotland. I imagine that was only a departure point. We are not 100% sure that his name was William, especially since there appears to also be a Christopher (and Catherine) in the history.
This issue has pretty much held up any further research.
I would appreciate any light on the subject.

I am:
Richard E. Ray, Jr.
son of
Richard Ray (19 Feb 1932, Banner Elk, NC)
son of
Robert Glenn "Jack" Ray (Jefferson, Ashe County, NC)
son of
Thomas Jefferson Ray (20 July 1872, Bald Mountain, Watauga County, NC)
son of
Larkin Ray (4 Oct 1819, Ashe County, NC)
son of
William Ray (20 Oct 1784, Wilkes County, NC)
son of
Jesse Ray (16 Oct 1760, Amhurst County, VA)
son of
William Ray (1700~1710, probably from Argyll, Scotland)

Query posted by : Richard Ray

18 Apr 2004 at 20.11
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The following replies have been posted in response to the above query. They are sorted chronologically according to the time of receipt, with the most recent at the end of the page.
 
 
Richard, I am great-great-great granddaughter of Larkin Ray. I believe you and I are both involved in Warren Houck's my family page. If you find any info on the MacRae connection, could you let me know (all my info is on Hayse's family page). Also, do you know about the MacRae DNA study? I'm not a good candidate because my past two Ray generations are maternal, rather than paternal. It sounds like you are a great candidate since you have a straight paternal shot on the generational trail. Nancy

Reply posted by : Nancy Burton

11 May 2004 at 21.27
 
 
Richard, I need to correct my prior reply. My Larkin (b 1796) was actually the brother of your William (b 1784). My Larkin is still my great-great-great grandfather, though.

Reply posted by : Nancy Burton

11 May 2004 at 22.13
 
 
Richard, Please excuse my using your thread to contact your previous respondent, Nancy Burton - I have failed to find out how to do so any other way(?).

Nancy, please would you elaborate upon "the MacRae DNA study"? Like every DNA study, it could resolve some family questions (or, of course reveal a scandalous hornet's nest of broken bloodlines!)
Jeremy Burnett Rae ( burnettrae@hotmail.com )

Reply posted by : Jeremy Burnett Rae

12 May 2004 at 11.57
 
 
Sorry to trouble you but i've just found this forum and i was wondering if you found out when the name changed and where abouts or any information really,thanks
Aaron Howard Ray

Reply posted by : Aaron Howard Ray

14 Jul 2005 at 02.28
 
 
hello Aaron-
No, I'm sorry to say I haven't found the name change yet. I'm assuming they started spelling the name phonetically when they arrived in America; especially with all the variations on Rae out there.

Reply posted by : Richard Ray

14 Jul 2005 at 20.59
 
 
Hello I am Henderson Dewell Ray II, my dad is from eastern Tenn. (Jacksboro). Grandad Eli Ray, Great Grandad George(Hugh)Ray. I am told that the family is from scotland and the name was once spelled Rhea for a while. Is There any new info on the DNA study?

HDRII (:{)

Reply posted by : Henderson Dewell Ray Ii

16 Nov 2006 at 22.55
 
 
My Dad' line from Col Jesse Ray's son James, Larkin's brother, indicates that William was born in 1734 in Holgate UK. His father Fergus born 1700 in Scotland brought the family there probably related to the Jacobite wars. He took part of his family including William to Amherst, Virginia. William and his wife went to the part of Wilkes that became Ashe County through the efforts of Jesse who was born to William in Amherst. The Ray's in Ashe were numerous owning much of the property in Beaver Creek just south of West Jefferson. There are at least two Ray cemeteries and a number of Rays in Bethany UMC cemetery.

Reply posted by : Steve Ray

24 Feb 2017 at 00.05
 
 
My Dad' line from Col Jesse Ray's son James, Larkin's brother, indicates that William was born in 1734 in Holgate UK. His father Fergus born 1700 in Scotland brought the family there probably related to the Jacobite wars. He took part of his family including William to Amherst, Virginia. William and his wife went to the part of Wilkes that became Ashe County through the efforts of Jesse who was born to William in Amherst. The Ray's in Ashe were numerous owning much of the property in Beaver Creek just south of West Jefferson. There are at least two Ray cemeteries and a number of Rays in Bethany UMC cemetery.

Reply posted by : Steve Ray

24 Feb 2017 at 00.05
 
 
My Dad' line from Col Jesse Ray's son James, Larkin's brother, indicates that William was born in 1734 in Holgate UK. His father Fergus born 1700 in Scotland brought the family there probably related to the Jacobite wars. He took part of his family including William to Amherst, Virginia. William and his wife went to the part of Wilkes that became Ashe County through the efforts of Jesse who was born to William in Amherst. The Ray's in Ashe were numerous owning much of the property in Beaver Creek just south of West Jefferson. There are at least two Ray cemeteries and a number of Rays in Bethany UMC cemetery.

Reply posted by : Steve Ray

24 Feb 2017 at 00.05
 
 
Fergus Ray born 1700 in Scotland father' was John Rae so the name became Ray before 1700

Reply posted by : Steve Ray

24 Feb 2017 at 00.19
 
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