My ancestral line back to Rachel LNU ancestors 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 (1848-1913)
22. Henry Arnold White ((1824-1885)
23. Amy Frances Oatley (1826-before 1870)
44. Jonathan White (1806-1850)
45. Miranda Wade (1806-1850)
90. Simon Wade (1767-1857)
91. Phebe Horton (1772-????)
182. Nathaniel Horton (1730-1819)
183. Sarah Pray (1734-????)
Rachel Pray and her children were admitted to the town of Scituate, Rhode Island on 18 April 1741. The town council record (transcribed from Scituate (RI) Probate Court, Probate and and Council Records Volumes 1-3 (1731-1799), Volume 1, Page 71, on FHL Microfilm 0,941,155) reads:
"Att a Town Council held in Scituate in the County of Providence holden the 18th day of April Anno Domi 1741 Present
Jedidiah Harris / Samuel Cooper
Jeremiah Angell / Henry Whitmore
Thomas Realph / Benjamin Comeau (?)
"Where as Rachel Pray and her Children are Lately Removed unto this Town and have procured a Certificate from the Town Council of Smithfield from whence they Removed in the following words ---
"Att a Town Council held in in Smithfield September the 19th 1740 - Where as Rachel Pray, the wife of Richard Pray of Smithfield, Informed the Council that She hath a mind to Remove her Self and Children into the town of Situate Wherefore it is voted by this Present Council that if the sd Rachel Pray Should Remove her self and Children into the Town of Situate and Should become Chargable to sd Town of Situate: that this Town will Receive them again as Inhabitants of this town again.
"A true Copy as appears of ] Daniel Jenckes Council clerk
Record Examined ................. ]
"Whereupon it is Voted that the sd Rachel Pray and her Children be admited to dwell in this Town untill further orders from this Council."
I wonder why she wanted to leave Smithfield and go to Scituate without her husband in 1741 (Richard Pray died in Scituate in 1755)? Perhaps she had family there.
The probate records of Richard Pray were transcribed in
How will I (or others) be able to solve a research problem like this? I think it is only by finding a reference in a land, probate or town record that refers to Rachel Pray, or her children, in a way that implies a relationship to the subject of the record. My hope is that land, probate and town records on microfilm are digitized and then indexed by FamilySearch in such a way that these records become more available and easier to search.
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