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Bray Name Study

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Surname/tag: Bray
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How to Join

Open to everyone at any participation level. To join, ask to be added to the trusted list (right column), then just click the edit button of this space page and add your name to the bottom in the === Member list and what we're working on === section. Be sure to add what you're working on. You can come back and edit or update your efforts at any time.

In the === Family research projects === section you can post any brick wall ancestors or areas where you need help with research or if you are seeking collaboration on projects. Feel free to edit this area and update it as you see fit.

Another easy way to collaborate and stay connected on Bray surname topics is to add Bray to your followed tags, and put the Bray One Name Sticker on your Bray ancestor profiles.

Please contact the project leader SJ Baty or post a comment at the foot of the page if you have any questions. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Bray and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.


If you would like to add your Bray profile, add this code above the
== Biography == line:

{{One Name Study|name=Bray}}

Your profile will be added to the study and this sticker will appear at on the top of the profile:
This profile is part of the Bray Name Study.

Bray name resources

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Project Activities

Project Task List

Ongoing project tasks and goals:

  1. Add {{One Name Study|name=Bray}} to profiles of Bray families.
  2. Monitor the Bray Surname Activity Feed.
  3. Monitor the Bray Surname dbErrors page.
  4. United States Research:
    • First occurrence of Surname?
    • Locate, catalog and share immigration arrival information for Bray families.
    • Track the Bray migration westward from the original colonies.

Family research projects

If you have a specific category that would like added, please put it here. Brick wall ancestors are welcome!

Member list and what we're working on

Please post a quick introduction of yourself and list what Bray research interests you have and your current Bray Genealogy interests.

SJ Baty - I am currently researching the Bray line back to England.
Sarah (Barrila) Fergione - I am currently researching the Bray family from Deer Isle, Hancock, Maine.

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I have limited information on James Bray who came to Nova Scotia as loyalists in 1783.

The profile is Bray-3375 Does anyone have more info on this line ?

posted by Alan Stevens
My name is Justine Bray Broyles and I am researching my father's side of my family. I have hit a brick wall with my 2nd great grandfather Milton Bray. He and his brother Clinton are the only relatives he for sure remembered. He was born in Grainger County, Tennessee. Sometime between 1848-1851. On his death certificate his father's name was listed as Johnathan. He lived with the families Sam Riffey and Preston and Rutha Holt. Clinton married a Holt.
posted by Justine (Bray) Broyles
Hi All

Im on the hunt for my ancestors parents to continue building this line of the tree. Ive hit a solid block with one John Lovelace Augustin Bray (1829-1872).

Locations for this line of the Bray name would include St Giles in the Fields, St Martin in the fields, Middlesex, London.

Information currently at hand shows him living in London, Married in 1849 to Rosa Jemima Martin and having several children (John Charles, Rosa Kate, Charles Lovelace, Florence Lizzie, Frederick Augustus, Ernest Walter, Laura Helena, Eveline Emma and Alfred Herbert before passing away in 1872 - while living at 32 Stepney Green, St Clement Danes, Middlesex.

His marriage certificate to Rosa Jemima shows his fathers name as John, a grocer.

If anyone happens to have some corresponding information, I would be most grateful!

posted by Andrew Bray
edited by Andrew Bray
My family is descended from Bray and they lived in Cornwall. I have also got Cornish-Breton links.

The Brays were in my mother's lineage. I would love to hear from others researching this part of my family tree. I visited Cornwall many times as a child but was unaware of my connection. I live on the outskirts of Manchester in the UK. Many of my ancestors were miners and quarrymen

posted by [Living Leyland]
Hi All,

Looking for any Brays who had relatives in the Leicester, Surrey area. Bray’s i’m Looking for worked on the railroads, so they were constantly moving. Currently stuck on Bray from Leicester, Born 1857, married Emma Warden. If anyone can help that would be great. Also if anyone need help drop me a an email. thanks, Richard

posted by Richard Bray
Hi, I have an old photo labeled "John Bray" that is in my ggg grandmother's photo album: Rhoda (Holt) Maupin's Photo Album

This was in Missouri and she apparently started it in 1876. So, he could have been born in the range 1850-1870

John Bray

Does he look familiar to anyone? I would love to know who this is. I have no idea what her connection to him was.

posted by Bartley McRorie
I'm fairly sure I've found him: John Bray. His family knew Rhoda (Holt) Maupin's family in Franklin County, Missouri. More details are on the profile. He is a grandson of William Eckley Bray Sr.
posted by Bartley McRorie
Mr McRorie, I find this photo seems to look like my Bray relatives. My 2nd great grandfather Milton

born 1848-1851 was orphaned at a young age and went to live with uncle and aunt Preston Holt and Rutha Holt. He sqid he thought his father's name was John. Could there be a connection? Would like to learn more!!!!

posted by Justine (Bray) Broyles

I am interested in participating, I am new to this forum and I hope I am doing this correctly.

posted by [deleted]
Hi, I'm interested in participating - I sent a trusted list request and I want to make some additions/improvements to the page. Please contact me if you have any objections.


posted by SJ Baty
Hi Michael - I've added three Bray ancestors by way of stickering their bios. Please let me know if it would be OK for me to add some things to this ONS. For example: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Baty_Name_Study

Nothing sudden but I'd like to add a bit here and there.



posted by SJ Baty
Hello. I am very interested in joining the "Bray Project" and helping those in the Project. My Bray Ancestors were born/lived/died in England (Bedfordshire, Cornwall, Yorkshire, Devonshire, Surrey). "Eaten Bray" is one my Ancestors residences. My 7th Great Grandfather (Thomas Bray II, 29 Jan 1615-30 Nov 1691) arrived in Massachusetts, mid 1600's. The Family lived in Massachusetts, Maine (State border changes), Nebraska, and Oregon. Some of the Family migrated, West, from Massachusetts and Maine, to Nebraska (Great Grandfather Jacob Wellcome Bray, 4 Nov 1849 (Maine)-2 Apr 1912 (Oregon) and on to Oregon. There are my Bray Branch Ancestors who stopped and lived in States along the way. Thank you for consideration.
posted by Gene Bray
Hi Gene,

My family also originated from Cornwall and many moved to Yorkshire. Mining and working in quarries was a feature of my family tree

posted by [Living Leyland]
Hi Michael, my Bray family come from Cornwall, mainly around Gwennap. I'd love to be part of your name study. Thanks for getting it going! I'd be happy to work with you to start creating a few Bray Name Study categories.
posted by Gillian Thomas
Hi! I created the companion category for your name study (Category:Bray Name Study). Feel free to edit it. The default for the template is to add the main category, but you can add a line to have a different category. See the ONS template page for details. Give me a holler if you have any questions about categorization.

I also created a redirect, so Project:Bray (the link for the button from the Bray surname page) brings you to this page.

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett