Friday, September 7, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 242: #367 Rachel (--?--) Pray (1685-1755) of Providence County, Rhode Island

Rachel (--?--) Pray (about 1685 - before 1755) is #367 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #366  Richard Pray (1683-1755in about 1723 in Providence County, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #183 Sarah Pray (1734-1820) who married #182 Nathaniel Horton (1730-1819)  in about 1755.
*   their daughter #91 Phebe Horton (1772 - after 1820) who married #90 Simon Wade (1767-1857)  in 1790.
*  their daughter #45 Miranda Wade (1804-1850) , who married #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                  Rachel --?-- [1]
*  Alternate Name:  Rachel Pray [2]    

*  Sex:                     Female  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                  about 1685, Rhode Island, United States    

*  Misc.:                18 April 1741 (about age 56), admitted to town of Scituate from Smithfield;                                          Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[2]    

*  Death:               before March 1755 (before about age 70), not mentioned in husband's will;                                           Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[3]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                Rachel  (1685-1755)    
*  Marriage 1:             about 1723 (before about age 42), probably Rhode Island, United States[1,4]    

*  Child 1:                  Rachel Pray (1725-    )    
*  Child 2:                  Mary Pray (1728-1800)    
*  Child 3:                  Sarah Pray (1734-1820)  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

The birth date, birth place, and parentage of Rachel (--?--) Pray are not known.  She was probably
born about 1685 in Rhode Island.

Rachel married Richard Pray of Providence in about 1723, probably in Providence[1,4].  They had
three known children, but no birth records are available for them (dates are estimated based on
children marriage dates and spouse's birth dates):

*  Rachel Pray, born in about 1725 in Providence, married William Hines (1715-????) in about 1750.
*  Mary Pray, born in about 1728 in Providence, died about 1800 in Providence, married 21
September 1748 in Providence to Ezekiel Hopkins (1727-1762).
*  Sarah Pray, born in about 1734 in Providence, died after 20 September 1820 in Foster, R.I.,
married about 1753 in Scituate, R.I. to Nathaniel Horton (1730-1819).

The children of Richard and Rachel (--?--) Pray are listed in the book Genealogical Dictionary of
Rhode Island by John Osborne Austin and George Andrews Moriarty[1].

The Richard Pray family resided in what is now Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Rachel Pray and her children were admitted to the town of Scituate, Rhode Island on 18 April 1741. 
The town council record reads[2]:

"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 of 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."

It is not known if Richard Pray accompanied his wife and children from Smithfield to Scituate at the
time of the admission to Scituate.  Perhaps they separated for a period of time. However, he was
"of Scituate" when he wrote his will on 15 March 1755[3].  

The date and place of Rachel (--?--) Pray's death and burial are not known.  Evidently, it is after she
moved with her children to Scituate in 1741 and before Richard Pray wrote his will, since she is not
mentioned in his will[3].

1. John Osborne Austin; George Andrews Moriarty, The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island; comprising three generations of settlers who came before 1690, with many families carried to the fourth generation (Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1969), unmarked page, Richard Pray sketch.

2. "Probate and Civil Records, 1731-1886 (Scituate, Rhode Island)," on 6 FHL US/CAN microfilm reels, citing manuscript records at town hall, Scituate, Rhode Island, Volumes 1-3 (1731-1799), Volume 1, Page 71, Rachel Pray admission to town, accessed on FHL Microfilm US/CAN 0,941,155.

3. "Probate and Civil Records, 1731-1886 (Scituate, Rhode Island)", Volumes 1-3 (1731-1799), Volume 1, Pages 250-252, Richard Pray estate papers, on FHL Microfilm US/CAN 0,941,155.

4. John Osborne Austin, One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families of Rhode Island (Salem, Mass. : Rhode Island Historical Society, 1893), Richard Pray sketch.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2018 to 260 Ancestors in 260 Weeks.

Copyright (c) 2018, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post.  Share it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest using the icons below.  Or contact me by email at

No comments: