Ancestor Stories - Nance Family

Nance Family Genealogy

My Nance research began with Mary Magelena Nance Ray, August 1856 - July 31, 1919. This is my Great Grandmother. "Maggie" married James Buchanan Ray and had 5 children. Only 3 lived to adulthood, Elmer, Lew, and Ruby. George Lee Ray and Tommie Ray died as children. The Nance family can be traced back to Rueben Nance who like the Ray family came from Virginia. Allen Nance was in Wayne County, Tennessee about the same time as some of the Ray family was in Wayne County, as well.

But James Buchanan and "Maggie" Nance lived and married in the Marshall County, Kentucky area. At some point in time, this family moved to Camden, Arkansas and this is where "Maggie" died in 1919. She was buried in Camden and I have a copy of the death certificate but do not know what cemetery she was buried in. With her death, James Buchanan Ray moved onto Texas to be near other Ray relatives, but I have not been able to locate him. James died 15 June 1922 according to Great Aunt Ruby's notes.

Lew lied about his age and joined the Navy. Elmer cared for the youngest child, Ruby. Ruby eventually was placed in a girl's boarding school (Valshti Memorial School) in Georgia - not because she was a "bad girl" but because her mother had died. Some think that her Aunt Rosa Ray Crawford paid the costs of Ruby's education. No one is really sure why she was sent to Georgia, but I believe that some of the Nance family had been in Georgia at one point in time.

James Buchanan Ray and wife Mary

The Nance family is well documented and there are several books written on that family.

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Husband: JAMES BUCHANAN RAY

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Birth: 31 Jul 1856 Place: Marshall, KY

Death: 15 June 1922 Place: Texas?

Father: JAMES CARROLL RAY (1820-1893)

Mother: LUCINDA ATTILLA WADE (1825-1901)

Marriage: 20 Feb 1893 Place: Marshall, KY

Wife: MARY MAGELENA "Maggie" NANCE

Birth: Aug 1856 Place: MARSHALL CO, KY

Death: 31 Jul 1919 Place: Little Rock, Pulaski Co, Arkansas

Burial: Place: Camden, Ouashita County, Arkansas

Occupation: House Wife

Father: WILLIAM H. NANCE (1845-1922)

Mother: LUCY ANN BLUITT (1835-1932)

Children...

1. M Child: GEORGE LEE RAY

Birth: Dec 1893 Place: Marshall, KY

Death: Circa 1902

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2. M Child: THOMAS RAY

Birth: 1897

Death: Circa 1898

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3. M Child: ELMER Garland RAY

Birth: 27 Feb 1900 Place: Marshall County, KY

Death: Jan 1981 Place: Detroit, MI

Burial: Jan 1981 Place: Detroit, MI

Spouse: Opal NICHOLSON

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4. M Child: LEW WADE RAY Birth: 2 Dec 1902 Place: BENTON, Marshall, Kentucky, USA

Death: 23 Apr 1960 Place: Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

Burial: 27 Apr 1960 Place: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, MI, USA

Occupation: At Time Of Death, Baggage Clerk, Railway Express

Spouse: EMMA MALVINA COOK

Marriage: 25 Dec 1935 Place: Metropolis, ILLINOIS

Divorced: 19 Aug 1943

Other Spouses: Maurine and Mary

Divorced: 9 Apr 1931

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5. F Child: RUBY RAY

Birth: 1907 Place: Marshall, KY

Spouse: Clyde CHAMBERS

Spouse: John Jack Blackhurst


Ahnentafel Report

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First Generation

1 MARY MAGELENA "Maggie" NANCE. Born Aug 1856 in MARSHALL CO, KY. Died 31 Jul 1919 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co, Arkansas. Buried in Camden, Ouashita County, Arkansas. Occupation House Wife.

MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER. "Maggie" died in 1919 and is buried in Camden, Arkansas. She died at the State Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas of myocarditis. According to the death certificate the family lived in Arkansas for about 1 year prior to her death. Shortly after her death, her husband left Arkansas and moved to Texas where other relatives were located. Ruby, the youngest, lived with her brother, Elmer. Lew enlisted in the Navy. "Maggie" must have been a seamstress, or at least owned her own sewing machine and taught Ruby some of the basic skills of sewing. This skill followed Ruby throughout her life.

Medical: Had a heart attack.

Research: Death Certificate. Anna Ray told me about the fate of the children as she had been told by her mother-in-law, Opal Ray and some of the stories that Ruby had told her.

She married JAMES BUCHANAN RAY, 20 Feb 1893 in Marshall, KY.

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2 WILLIAM H. NANCE. Born 14 Aug 1845 in Kentucky. Died 16 May 1922 in MARSHALL CO, KY. Buried in Oak Level Methodist Ch Cemetery, Oak Level, Graves Co, KY. Religion Methodist. Death Certificate

MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER

He married LUCY ANN BLUITT.

3 LUCY ANN BLUITT. Born 25 Dec 1835 in GEORGIA. Died Dec 28, 1932 in Palma, Marshall County Kentucky. Buried in Oak Level Methodist, Graves County, KY. Religion Methodist or the Bluitt Cemetery at Palma Death Certificate

MY GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER

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4 ALLEN P. NANCE. Born 3 Feb 1818 in Tennessee. Died 22 Jan 1893 in Kentucky. Buried in Oak Level Cemetery, Oak Level, Graves Co, KY. Religion Methodist.

MY GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDFather.

A visit to Oak Level Cemetery found a second wife - Mary Susan Nance - Headstone reads wife of A. P. Nance July 24, 1835 - Jan 25, 1923.

Allen's tombstone states: Professed faith in Christ 1872.

He married ELIZABETH J. WALDRAN.

5 ELIZABETH J. WALDRAN. Born 7 Apr 1820 in Tennessee. Died 10 Oct 1866 in Kentucky. Buried in Oak Level Methodist Cemetery, Graves Co, KY. Religion Methodist.

MY GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDMA

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8 JOSEPH NANCE. Born 5 Feb 1790. Died in PEEDEE, HERNDON, Cadiz, Hopkinsville, KY.

May have died at PeeDee, or near Herndon, Caciz, Hopkinsville, KY.

He married POLLY (Mary) PHILPOTT, 25 Oct 1810.

9 POLLY (Mary) PHILPOTT. Born 17 Sep 1788 in Frederick Co, MD. Died 21 Mar 1850 in KY?.

10 William WALDRAN. He married Elizabeth (WALDREN).

11 Elizabeth (WALDREN).

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16 RUEBEN NANCE. Born 8 Jul 1745 in BRUNSWICK CO VA. Died 13 Jan 1812 in HENRY CO, VA.

Rueben Nance was born in the Brunswick/Mecklenburg district of Virginia, and was a surveyor. He served as an Engisn in the Revolutionary War and is said to have been a neighbor of Patrick Henry. He died 13 Jan 1812 in Henry Co, VA. He lived in the eastern section of Henry Co, near the Pittsylvania line, at a place called Leatherwood. He married twice--first to Amy Williamson and second to Nancy Brown who was only two months older that Reuben's eldest child, Sarah (or Sally).

He married AMY WILLIAMSON, in BRUNSWICK CO VA?.

17 AMY WILLIAMSON. Died in VA.

FIRST WIFE OF RUEBEN NANCE

18 CHARLES PHILPOTT. Born in ENGLAND?. Died 1828 in UNKNOWN.

LITTLE KNOWN

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32 WILLIAM NANCE. Born 1714 in Bristol Parish Area, Prince George Co, VA. Died Feb 1771 in BRUNSWICK CO VA. Occupation Afn:1hgb-Dx.

information source on this family from Ellen R Hirschy, 7874 E 850 S 90, Geneva, IN 46740 documentation includes excerpts from books Nance Register, and the Nance Memorial

He married Ann Epes, 1735 in BRUNSWICK CO VA?.

33 Ann Epes. Born Circa 1714 in Prince George Co, VA. Occupation AFN:24H3MK.

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64 THOMAS NANCE. Occupation AFN:BLZ2-HF. He married TINSELY.

65 TINSELY.

66 ISHAM EPES. Occupation AFN:BLZ2-JL.

Here are tidbits of information on the Nance family. Researchers and internet links:

URL's for Nance data: Old List

Nance Family Genealogical Forum; http://www.genforum.com/nance

Nance Family History Page http://www.nancepub.com/history

Nance Genealogy Clearinghouse http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/dnance/nancegen.htm

Robert Nance's Genealogy Page http://www.why.net:80/users/rnance/

Here are e-mail addresses of a few nance researchers

Barbara Nance Cope, bndcope@unidial.com [Leodnuis Nance}

Althea Haggard, alblh2813@aol.com [Leondnuis Nance]

Rebecca Bangsund, Rlaneb1@aol.com, [David Nance line-wife Crenshaw, he was murdered]

Dave Nance, nance@danenet.wicip.org [he descends from William Howe Nance's line]

Ed Nance, Rnance1044@aol.com [researches Nances in US & Cornwall]

Jay Garner, jgarner@ns.fcic.usda.gov [On the John Nance Garner line]

Alex R. Orr, Jr.; aro@tyler.net [descends from Wm Nance, Reuben, Bird]

Joni Mueller; mueller@micron.net [desc. from Edmund Nance/Anna Simms]

Dr. Elsie Wright; rwright@jsucc.jsu.edu [descends from Eliz. Sanders Gilliam and Clement Nance]


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