Rachel was born in 1789. She passed away in 1862.
"Joseph W. and Rachel Fulkerson Gray purchased 2,285 acres in 1838 and established the Vaughn family farm, located five miles northwest of Cumberland City. The Grays’ property, which yielded corn, wheat, cotton, tobacco, swine and cattle, was on of the largest antebellum landholdings in Stewart County. Joseph owned a large number of slaves and according to family tradition, his son Peter Fulkerson Gray died in Dover in 1860 in a fight over the issue of slavery.
Nancy Gray Weaks, the daughter of the founders, received 300 acres of the farm as a gift in 1844. Nancy and her husband William B. Weaks managed a successful farm of corn, tobacco, wheat, cotton and livestock. At an undetermined time before the Civil War, so states family tradition, the Weaks freed their slaves. The Weaks were the parents of eleven children and approximately 184 acres of their land passed to their son Joseph Henry Weaks in 1909. Joseph and his wife Mollie Sikes raised corn, tobacco, swine and cattle and had a difficult time surviving the hard times of the 1920s and 1930s. To raise money during the Great Depression, Joseph was forced to mortgage the farm, but he later repaid this debt."
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