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Edward Bray II (abt. 1731 - bef. 1796)

Edward Bray II
Born about in Monocacy Hundred, Prince George's, Marylandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 65 in Surry, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Mar 2016
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Edward Bray II is a Military Veteran.
Served in the North Carolina Regulators 1768-1771
Edward fought in the Battle of Alamance as a North Carolina Regulator.
This profile is part of the Bray Name Study.

Edward BRAY's wife and children were Quakers. Edward BRAY (who married Sarah MAYNARD), had a brother Henry, and a sister Elizabeth. Some have claimed that Edward's father was named Edward, while others say it was Henry. More evidence points to Edward's father being named Henry Bray "Gentleman Henry Bray". See Jacque Hoggard's post Re: Chatham and Surry Brays [1]

LOCATIONS: Prior to 1755 - Edward Bray lived in the area of Fairfax Monthly Meeting (at that time Fairfax (VA) MM also included Monocacy, MD) 1755-1770 - Edward & family appear in Orange County, North Carolina (Cane Creek MM) records 1770-1803 - Edward's family appears in Chatham County, North Carolina (Cane Creek MM) records 1780-1810 - Edward's family appears in Surry County, North Carolina (Deep Creek MM) records Edward Bray was not a Quaker, but his wife Sarah Maynard was. His children became devout Quakers. [2]


  • Married: ABT 1754
Marriage 1 Sarah MAYNOR b: ABT 1733 in of, Monocacy Hundred, Prince: George's, Maryland, USA


  • Children of Edward and Sarah MAYNARD BRAY were born between 1755-1777
  1. Henry BRAY b: 29 Aug 1755 in Cane Creek MM, Orange, North Carolina.
  2. Mary BRAY b: ABT 1757 in, Orange, North Carolina.
  3. Susannah BRAY b: ABT 1759 in, Orange, North Carolina.
  4. John BRAY b: ABT 1761 in, Orange, North Carolina.
  5. Sarah BRAY b: ABT 1763 in, Orange, North Carolina.
  6. Joseph BRAY b: ABT 1767 in, Orange, North Carolina.
  7. Edward BRAY b: 18 Jan 1769 in Cane Creek MM, Orange, North Carolina.
  8. James BRAY b: ABT 1770 in, Orange, North Carolina.
  9. Elizabeth BRAY b: ABT 1771 in, Orange, North Carolina.
  10. Rachel BRAY b: ABT 1773 in, Orange, North Carolina.
  11. Richard BRAY b: 28 Aug 1777 in, Chatham, North Carolina.


Death: 1793/1796 in , Surry, North Carolina, USA [3]

Research Notes

Edward and Sarah Maynard Bray moved to Cane Creek, Orange County, North Carolina from the Fairfax Friends Monthy Meeting, Waterford, Fairfax County, Virginia. Henry Bray (1755) was born in North Carolina, so the family moved before 1755. Sarah Maynard Bray presented the Cane Creek MM with her Quaker credentials from the Fairfax, Virginia MM on 5 January 1760.[4]

There have been a variety of dates given for their marriage: in 1742 in Fairfax Friends, Waterford, Fairfax County, Virginia, or as 27 Oct 1759 in North Carolina, also given as about 1750 in Virginia.[4]

Sarah Maynard died on 15 March 1803 in Deep Creek, Chatham County, North Carolina. She was buried after 15 March 1803 in Deep Creek Cemetery, Chatham County, North Carolina. Sarah Maynard is described as half Indian. Her mother Susannah would have had to be a full-blooded Indian. It seems likely that Susannah was half Indian and that Sarah Maynard was 1/4 Indian.[4]

Conflation of this profile and the son of Henry, Edward's brother at Find a Grave:


  1. [1] Genforum
  2. Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages of America. Vol. 17. pp. 30-35:
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 [2] Rootsweb, sources cited on Rootsweb site: James E. Wall, William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy vol. 1. pgs 375, 528 and F. Douglas Halverson: "County Histories of the United States

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I believe that Susannah Bray was in fact Susannah Maynard daughter of Henry Maynard and wife Susannah Cole , a further study of him indicates by my research a marriage to Susannah Cole ,Susannah I believe to have been the daughter of Joseph Cole of Maryland ,both girls are found in Josephs will , I further believe Susannah Maynard was a sister to Sarah Chammess records indicate Henry Maynard lived and associated wit h the Cole family ,near Baltimore ,Susannah and Sarah were daughters of Joseph Cole ,son of JOhn Cole and Johanna Garrett .Susannah and Sarah were daughters of Joseph Cole and unknown wife Susannah .REcords for this family numerous .John Cole and Johanna Garret left a large family it is unknown who Susannah Cole wife of Joseph was it has been mentioned it was Darwell ,nothing to indicate this is true ,name is not found in these early Md records .Johanna Garret daughter of Dennis Garret and wife Barbara ,some have Barbara as Barbara Stone ,daugter of thomas Stone .I have ruled this out personally .

I believe Sarah Cole married Anthony Chamness and settled in Chatham Co NC . and had large Quaker family ,this couple has an interesting story of its own .I believe Susannah married Henry Maynard .the two women are still found together in Chatham Co .it appears Henry Maynard witness for Anthonys will .going by memory .

posted by Patricia Caviness
edited by Patricia Caviness
The profile now reflects the correct Edward Bray.
posted by Pam Kreutzer
My name is on here as profile manager, but I didn't put the biography or other information on here, if anything is wrong, I don't know what it is because I haven't done any of the posting.
posted by Madge (Franks) Gentry
You may have two Edward Bray's mixed up, there were two Edward Bray's one the brother of Henry and one the son. looking at the bio section you have parents: Henry Bray and Rogers, that would be the Edward who is the brother of Henry, and wasn't married to Sarah Maynard. The Edward who was the son was born abt 1735.
posted by Pam Kreutzer
I see that there is a Bray One Name Studies page and I'd like to add some work there on this line. It is interesting that we have a mix of veterans and Quakers in this line - certainly some philosophical differences. If anyone objects to the sticker, please feel free to remove it.
posted by SJ Baty
Indeed, he was not a Quaker. He and his brother were Regulators: Veterans of the War of the Regulation, and both participated in the Battle of Alamance.
posted by SJ Baty
Bray-2810 and Bray-2097 appear to represent the same person because: Bray 2810, is meant to be the same as Bray-2097, dates of birth differ, but Bray-2097 has info about the difference in dates.
posted by Pam Kreutzer
**Edward Bray who married Sarah Maynard couldn't have been deceased in 1760, because the birth of Edward Bray, son of Edward Bray and Sarah Maynard, was recorded 18 Jan 1769 at Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, Orange Co., NC
      • Fairfax Monthly Meeting included Monocacy, MD as well (see

DOCUMENTATION: William Wade Hinshaw - Vol. 6, p. 474.

posted by Kenneth Shelton