Saturday, February 19, 2011

Surname Saturday - PRAY (England > Massachusetts > Rhode Island)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week. I am up to number 183,  who is Sarah PRAY (about 1734- after 1819), one of my 5th-great-grandmothers. [Note: The 5th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts] 

My ancestral line back through five generations of PRAY families is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

10.  Thomas Richmond (1848-1917)
11.  Julia White (1848-1912)

22.  Henry Arnold White (1824-1885)
23.  Amy Frances Oatley (1826-before 1870)

44.  Jonathan White (1806-1850)
45.  Miranda Wade (1804-1850)

90.  Simon Wade (1767-1857)
91.  Phebe Horton (1772-????)

182.  Nathaniel Horton, born about 1730 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States; died 04 May 1819 in Foster, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. He was the son of 364. John Horton and 365. Mary Chase. He married about 1755 in probably Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.
183. Sarah Pray, born about 1734 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States; died Aft. 1819 in probably Foster, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.

Children of Nathaniel Horton and Sarah Pray are:  Nathaniel Horton (1755-1835); Abiel Horton (1756-1842); Katherine Horton (1758-1779); John Horton (1760-????); Chase Horton (1762-????); Ruth Horton (1764-????); Rachel Horton (1766-????); Sarah Horton (1768-????); Freelove Horton (1770-????); Phebe Horton (1772-????); Olive Horton (1774-????).

366. Richard Pray, born about 1683 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; died 10 July 1755 in Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.  He married before 1725 in probably Rhode Island, United States.
367. Rachel, died before 1755 in Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.

Children of Richard Pray and Rachel are:  Rachel Pray (1725-????); Mary Pray (1728-????); Sarah Pray (1734-1819).

732. John Pray, born about 1653 in probably Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; died 09 October 1733 in Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. He married 14 November 1678 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.
733. Sarah Brown, born 18 March 1662 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; died before October 1733 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. She was the daughter of 1466. John Brown and 1467. Mary Holmes.

Children of John Pray and Sarah Brown are:  John Pray (1679-1751); Sarah Pray (1681-1728); Richard Pray (1683-1755); Mary Pray (1685-1765); Hugh Pray (1687-1761); Penelope Pray (1688-1752); Katherine Pray (1689-1728); Martha Pray (1693-1784.

1464. Richard Pray, born about 1625 in England; died 1693 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. He married about1648 in probably Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.
1465. Mary, born about 1629 in England; died about 1686 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.

Children of Richard Pray and Mary are:  Ephraim Pray (1651-1727); John Pray (1653-1733); William Pray (1655-????); Mary Pray (1657-????). 

2928. Quinton Pray, born before 23 November 1595 in Chiddingstone, Kent, England; died 17 June 1667 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. He was the son of 5856. Robert Pray. He married 17 June 1621 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.
2929. Joan Valliance, born about 1599 in England; died 12 October 1664 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Quinton Pray and Joan Valliance are:  Richard Pray (1625-1693); Dorothy Pray (1630-1705); John Pray (1632-1676); Hannah Pray (1634-1656); Ephraim Pray (1637-1710).

This is one ancestral family that I do not have an authoritative source for.  Martin Hollick's useful book, New Englanders in the 1600s, lists one recent work that provides information on the earliest generations:

Edmund K. Swigart, Ph.D., An Emerson-Benson Saga: The Ancestry of Charles F. Emerson and Bessie Benson and the Struggle to Settle the United States Including 194 Allied Lines (Baltimore, Md. : Gateway Press, 1994), pages 462-466.

I don't have that book yet, but I've put it on my "to-do" list for the next trip to Carlsbad Library, NEHGS or the FHL. 

There are, of course, numerous derivative sources, including many websites, that provide some details for each of these families. 

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