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John Ray

Male Abt 1745 - 1823  (~ 78 years)


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  • Name John Ray 
    Born Abt 1745 
    Gender Male 
    Adopted Adopted by General Stark after parents died aboard ship coming from England was the family story, however, there is no record of General Stark ever being on an ocean voyage so this was apparently untrue. No record is available concerning his birth or adoption. But he was apparently raised by the Stark family.  
    Land 1772  Manchester, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    General Stark's Land

    "In 1772 he [General Stark] deeded to John Ray (traditionally 'brought up from a boy') a part of the home farm, the only family transfer for years to come. 'Johnny Ray' had married 'Mary Russell,' presumably a sister of James [Russell] of Bow [New Hampshire]. In 1801 the General sold to John Stark the 'northerly part of the far I now live on,' reserving 200 acres off the south west side 'which I have willed to my grandson, John Stark, which now lives with me.'

    "In 1806 he deeded this lot to the young man not waiting for the will. The original Stark farm now comprises the finest residential portion of the city of Manchester. Even in 1904 it was estimated to be worth $3,500,000 (Roland Rowell General John Stark's Home Farm, Manchester Historic Association). In 1765 the General was taxed only $6.00 on the whole of it."
     
    Military Service According to an e-mail received from the Daughters of the American Revolution on 26 Jan 2009:

    A search of our Patriot Index provided the information found below.

    RAY, John
    Birth: MA 1744
    Service: NH
    Rank: PS
    Death: NH 22 Jan 1823
    Patriot Pensioned: No
    Widow Pensioned: No
    Children Pensioned: No
    Heirs Pensioned: No
    Spouse: (1) Mary Russell

    He is an established patriot. We cannot tell you if you can be a member [of the DAR] or not -- only the professional genealogists who examine the applications make that decision.  [2
    Died 22 Jan 1823  Manchester, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • According to headstone, died at age 78 on 22 Jan 1823
    Buried Valley Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I025  Walsh - Wilson Family Tree | Carolyn
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2009 

    Family Mary Page Russell,   b. 26 Feb 1755, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Oct 1817  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 1775 
    • Obtained from a family tree on Ancestry.com, attributed to "J. Nelson Howell, grandson of Edith Spidle"
    Children 
     1. Edward Ray,   b. 08 Mar 1776, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary Ray,   b. 28 Mar 1778, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Ray, Jr.,   b. 24 Jan 1780, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1847, Manchester, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +4. James Ray,   b. 20 Mar 1782, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1852, Manchester, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +5. Stark Ray,   b. 18 Aug 1784, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Feb 1866, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     6. Jeremiah Ray,   b. 25 Aug 1786, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Mar 1859, Manchester, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     7. Russell Ray,   b. 1791, Manchester, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Elizabeth Ray,   b. 17 Jun 1793, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Sarah Ray,   b. 07 Oct 1795, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Axie Ray
    Last Modified 31 May 2010 
    Family ID F505778177  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsLand - General Stark's Land "In 1772 he [General Stark] deeded to John Ray (traditionally 'brought up from a boy') a part of the home farm, the only family transfer for years to come. 'Johnny Ray' had married 'Mary Russell,' presumably a sister of James [Russell] of Bow [New Hampshire]. In 1801 the General sold to John Stark the 'northerly part of the far I now live on,' reserving 200 acres off the south west side 'which I have willed to my grandson, John Stark, which now lives with me.' "In 1806 he deeded this lot to the young man not waiting for the will. The original Stark farm now comprises the finest residential portion of the city of Manchester. Even in 1904 it was estimated to be worth $3,500,000 (Roland Rowell General John Stark's Home Farm, Manchester Historic Association). In 1765 the General was taxed only $6.00 on the whole of it." - 1772 - Manchester, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Jan 1823 - Manchester, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Documents
    1790 United States Federal Census - John Ray and John Stark
    1790 United States Federal Census - John Ray and John Stark
    The 1790 United States Federal Census shows John Ray living in Derryfield (Hillsborough County), New Hampshire alongside John Stark.

    Year: 1790; Census Place: Derryfield, Hillsborough, New Hampshire; Roll: M637_5; Image: 0213. Ancestry.com. 1790 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original data indexed from: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States in the Year 1790. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1908.
    1820 United States Census - John and James Ray - Manchester, New Hampshire
    1820 United States Census - John and James Ray - Manchester, New Hampshire
    The 1820 United States Census shows John Ray and James Ray living, with their families, in Manchester [Hillsborough] New Hampshire.

    Year: 1820; Census Place: Manchester, Hillsborough, New Hampshire; Roll: M33_61; Page: 858; Image: 188. Ancestry.com. 1820 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1820. M33, 142 rolls.
    Sworn Statement of John Ray
    Sworn Statement of John Ray
    A signed statement dated 10 April 1818 by John Ray "of lawful age" concerning the service of Ephraim Stevens of Manchester, New Hampshire in 1777-1780. Sworn before John Stark.

    From the collection of The National Archives at www.footnote.com

    Publication Number: M804
    Publication Title: Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files
    Publisher: NARA
    State: New Hampshire
    Veteran Surname Starts With: S
    Veteran Surname: Stevens
    Veteran Given Name: Ephraim
    Pensioner Surname: [BLANK]
    Pensioner Given Name: [BLANK]
    Service: N H
    Pension Number: S. 43988
    Revolutionary War Rolls - John Ray
    Revolutionary War Rolls - John Ray
    According to the official stamp and seal, "This copy was verified [...] in the R & P [Records and Pensions] Office, War Department, in November 1895, by comparing the copy with the original record, which was then returned to the Adjutant General of New Hampshire, by whom it had been loaned to the R & P Department."

    The document indicates, "This may sertify that I Inlisted as a soldier to serve in the American Armey for the term of two months in the year 1776 in Capt. McConnels Company and Cornal Boldens Regiment in the White Plane Expedition which service was done in behalf of the town of Derryfield for which service I Expected as bounty to have £3.0.0 the same as that other Received for the same time. -- John Russ

    "State of New Hampshire, Hillsborough ss - Derryfield December 22 1787 then the above named Jhn Russ made oath that the foregoing Sertificate by him sined is true -- Before me, John Stark, Jus Peace

    "John Ray Enoch Hervey Ebenezer Coston served the same turn for which they expected the like Bounty."

    Publication M246, Folder 180 (via footnote.com) - Page 732-733
    John [Kay] Ray Service Record - Revolutionary War
    John [Kay] Ray Service Record - Revolutionary War
    John [Kay] Ray, McLanghan Company, Stark's Regiment, appears with the rank of Private on a Pay Roll of Captain Henry Dearborn's Company in Colonel Arnold's detachment for Canada, enlisted out of Colonel Stark's and Colonel Poor's Reg't, from the time of entry in said regiments to Sept. 1st, 1775, Revolutionary War.

    Dated: (not dated)
    Time of entry: Apr 22 1775
    Time in service: 4 months 7 days
    Wages per month: 4.0.1 [presumably £4.0.1]
    Amount of wages: £8.9.4
    Coat and blanket: 1 - 16
    No. miles travel at 1d: 48 "4"
    Whole amount: £10 9 4

    Source:

    Publication Number: M881
    Publication Title: Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War
    Publisher: NARA
    Date: 1775-1785
    State: New Hampshire
    Regiment: First (Stark's) Regiment
    Record Type: Individual
    Surname Starts With: R
    Surname: Ray
    Given Name: John

    Obtained from www.footnote.com
    Revolutionary War Rolls - Amount due to the men of Dearborn's Company - John Ray - Page 217
    Revolutionary War Rolls - Amount due to the men of Dearborn's Company - John Ray - Page 217
    "The above is a True Roll of the Company that March'd from Cambridge [Massachusetts] to Quebec with me in the year 1775. Henry Dearborn, Capt."

    According to Wikipedia: "In September 1775, Benedict Arnold led a force of 1,100 Continental Army troops on an expedition through the wilderness of what is now Maine that was part of a two-pronged invasion of the British Province of Quebec. The other expedition, led by Richard Montgomery, invaded Quebec from Lake Champlain.

    "Arnold's expedition was a success in that he was able to bring a body of troops to the gates of Quebec City. However, the expedition was beset by troubles as soon as it left the last significant outposts of civilization in Maine. There were numerous difficult portages as the troops moved up the Kennebec River, and the boats they were using frequently leaked, spoiling gunpowder and food supplies. The height of land between the Kennebec and the Chaudière River was a swampy tangle of lakes and streams, where the traversal was complicated by bad weather; one quarter of the troops turned back at this point. The descent down the Chaudière resulted in the destruction of more boats and supplies as the inexperienced troops were unable to control the boats in its fast-moving waters.

    "By the time Arnold reached the outskirts of civilization along the Saint Lawrence River in November, his force was reduced to 600 starving men. They had traveled over almost 400 miles through untracked wilderness. This did not prevent Arnold's troops, with assistance from the local Canadiens, from crossing the Saint Lawrence on November 13 and 14, and attempting to put Quebec City under siege. Failing in that effort, Arnold withdrew to Point-aux-Trembles until Montgomery arrived to lead an attack on the city."

    Name: John Ray
    Time of first Inlistment [sic]: 24 Apr 1775
    Under whom: McLaughlin
    What Regt: Stark
    Pay received: £6.0.0
    What's due up to first Sept: £2.9.4

    Publication Number: M246
    Publication Title: Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783
    Publisher: NARA
    State: New Hampshire
    Military Org: Arnold's Detachment
    Date Range: 1775
    Folder: 43

    Headstones
    John Ray Headstone in the Garland Plot at Valley Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire
    John Ray Headstone in the Garland Plot at Valley Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire
    Inscription: "In memory of Mr. John Ray who died Jan 22 1823 in the 78 year of his age." Photograph courtesy of Jack Stanton.
    Enlargement of inscription on John Ray's headstone at Valley Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire
    Enlargement of inscription on John Ray's headstone at Valley Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire
    Photograph courtesy of Jack Stanton

  • Sources 
    1. [S4963] Life of General John Stark of New Hampshire, Howard Parker Moore, Page 494 (Reliability: 2).
      By Howard Parker Moore, 1949, self-published. Reprinted by Higginson Book Company, 148 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970. Tel (978) 745-7170 www.higginsonbooks.com

    2. [S4984] DAR Patriot Index, (http://www.dar.org/natsociety/pi_lookup.cfm#lform) (Reliability: 3).