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also
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ARMISTEAD
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Westwood
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Reuben
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Robert  
Sir John 
Thomas

OUTLAW
 
Martha
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 John
 Edward
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 Afr-Am 
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RASCO
Penelope
James 
 James I 
 Rasco
 also
Frances
Arthur

PERRY
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CHAPPELL
 
Judith 
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WALSTON
 
Judith
 Phillip 
 Phillip 
 William

MOORE
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JONES
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ASHLEY
 
Ann 
 Thomas 
 Thomas 
 Thomas

HENDRICKS
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 Daniel 
 Daniel

BENTLEY
 
Elizabeth 
 William

WOOD
 Judith
 Thomas
 Arthur
also
 Mary
 Edward

HUNTER
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 Henry
 Robert
 William

WHITMELL
 Sarah
 Thomas
 Thomas

BRYAN
 Elizabeth
 Lewis

BREWER
 
Patience 
 Thomas

SUTTON

Sally's great-great Grandparents:

James Rasco Rayner 1807 - 1852his parents 
& 1831 Frances Florenteine Levana Lawrence 1813 - 1847her parents
& 1850 Mary Elizabeth Collins How [Mebane] 1805 - 1855 her parents
of near Windsor, Bertie County, North Carolina


          This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!! 

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James Rasco Rayner

 - James Rasco Rayner, son of Enoch Rayner and Penelope Rasco his wife, was born 31 August 1807 in Bertie County, NC. They were members of Cashie Baptist Church near Windsor. 
 - Frances Florentine Lawrence, daughter of Rev. Reuben Lawrence and his wife Frances was born 29 October 1813.
 - James' father Enoch died in Dec 1823.
 - James received his education at Columbian College in Washington, D.C. [At a very extravagant cost according to his Uncle Elijah Rayner, executor of his father's estate,   in his deposition in a court case.]
 - James Rasco Rayner and Frances Florenteine Levana Lawrence were married in Bertie County NC 27 February 1831.  [Marriage Bond 26 Feb 1831;  Henry D Johnston, bondsman.]
 - James served in the House of  Commons 1838 and again in 1842. 
 - From a letter from James Rasco Rayner in Raleigh to his wife dated Nov 24, 1842:
"I hope you will endeavor to manage to the best advantage.  Have the pork killed as soon as the acorns are gone. You must get your father to get salt for you or if you will send to Windsor to Roulhacs you can get it. Keep Rose ploughing all the time that the weather will admit of it. Inquire about those staves at Mr. Riddick's if they are not in danger of being stolen. If your father sells his see if you can get him to sell ours. When Ganza and Dick are done getting those dead trees up make Dick plough and Ganza clear up that piece of land on the road. . . get James Mack to build that house I was talking to him about."
 - From another letter to his wife dated 13 Jan 1843 from Raleigh:
"I would rather that you would attend to the instruction of the children than anything else in the world.  I know our children are not lacking in sense but it is the lack of instruction that makes them behind others that I have seen here."
 - On 14 Feb 1844 he certified a document signed by Jon S Tayloe, clerk of the court as James R Rayner, Chairman of the County Court of Bertie.
 - Frances Florentine Lawrence Rayner died 20 December 1847 age 34 years.
 - James Rayner is listed as a trustee of Chowan College 1849-50.
 - James R Rayner married (2nd) Mary Elizabeth Collins Howe Mebane 2 April, 1850 [bondman W P Gurley.]  (She was the widow of Dr. A W (Alexander Wood) Mebane who served in the house in 1829 & 1830 and was the state senator 1833, 34, 35, 36. Also, both Dr. Mebane and Mary E. were first cousins of Julia, wife of Dr. Godwin Cotten Moore who are another set of my great, great grandparents).
 - J R Rayner died 27 September, 1852 age 45 years at "The Hermitage" his wife's Chowan River plantation. Mary, his widow, had died by Nov 1855.

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photos of the Hermitage by James Moore ca 1970

about life on the River plantations in Bertie County 1840.


Children of James Rasco Rayner and Frances Florentine Lawrence:
1. Aura Elizabeth Rayner 29 Sept 1832 NC - aft 1920 Pasadena CA
      married 1851 James Bryant ca 1830 NC - aft 1880/ bef 1910   went to Indiana
              in 1860 he is the State Libarian; 1870 farmer, 1880 merchant
2. Alice Z Rayner   26 Sept 1834 - 15 July 1853 age 17 years 10 mo
3. a son [un-named] 10 April 1836-10 April 1836
4. Frances Penelope Rayner 22 Jan 1838 - 7 January 1866
5. Mary Winifred Rayner "Mollie" 3 Feb 1840 - 26 Apr 1925 Hertford Co NC
       married 1860 John Alexander Rayner 
Private 55 Reg NC Troops Co F
                    also known as 4 Reg. NC Cavalry

6. Cecilia Octavia Rayner   3 Apr 1842 - 20 Apr 1916
       married 1865 William T Northcott ca 1841 - 1870/1880 census
                  son of Andrew Northcott & wife Sally Ann Leary dau of Charlton Leary
7. James Thomas Rayner 22 Jan 1844 - 6 Mar 1892
           Bertie Volunteers - Private - enlisted in Bertie Co at age 17 - May 1, 1861
             for six months. mustered out Nov 12-13, 1861. Co L
                 also, Sgt. 11 Reg Co C   CSA

       married 1867 1st Celia A Holly 1845 - 1876
         ts Holly, Celia Rayner, 31 years 1 mo 12 days; daughter of James & Mary Holly
       married 1884 2nd Margaret E Mitchell 1866 -
            she married 2nd Thomas T. Smallwood
8. Joseph Reuben Rayner 25 July 1846 - 9 July 1909
       (never married-- lived Gates Co, NC)
         
Private 68th Reg Co F  CSA
9. Francis Samuel [Samuel Francis] Rayner 30 Nov 1847 -  went to Indiana
             in 1870 he is living with his sister Aura's family in Indiana
      ? married St. Joseph Co IN 3 Jan 1872 Lillie Riskets
      ? married 24 Oct 1878 Montgomery Co IN Clara A Hughes
      ? married 17 Aug 1898 Montgomery Co IN Ella Thompson

Step-children of James Rasco Rayner
  children of A. W. Mebane and Mary Elizabeth Collins Howe:
  1. William A. Mebane bef 1831-
          married Feb. 1852 Mary Ashburn
          married 2nd 15 Mar. 1866 Margaret M. Bond
  2. John Thomas Mebane 13 April 1838 - 15 Nov 1867
          married 29 Nov 1865 Julia Munro Wheeler 28 Nov 1843 - dau of S J
  3. Mary E Mebane
          married 15 Dec. 1857 John Pool 1826 - 1884
  4. A. Wood Mebane 1841-30 Nov 1871


Letter: from Jame Rascoe Rayner to his daughter Aura dated May 10, 1850 while she was a student at Chowan.
"I have no doubt Dr. Wheeler told you I was not at all pleased with your not having made more progress in writing and composition than you have. I do not believe there is enough attention paid to your studies in that respect for certainly if there had you would do better than you are. You are put under no restraint and not compelled to study and improve as you ought, it does appear to me your teachers think more what sort of appearance you will make upon the promanade, at church, at parties and concerts and how well you will sing than they do about storing your mind with useful knowledge such as would be useful to you in after life. There has been more wrangling about promanading and getting to concerts and parties than there has been in any other school in the state. My patience is threadbare. I have almost come to the conclusion to resign as one of the trustees and have nothing more to do with it unless I could conduct it as it should be, for when there is a teacher that places the girls under restraint as Miss Haskell, she is passed by ------. I hope you will make good use of your time and try to improve in letter writing and composition and not go on any excursions or parties unless every person concerned are agreed to it."  James Rascoe Rayner did not serve as a trustee after 1850.

Letters of James Rasco Rayner to his wife and daughter  were in Jan 1973 in the possession of his descendant -- Mrs. James H. Cable of Altadena, Calif.


Will of James R Rayner: I James R Rayner of Bertie County and state of North Carolina being of sound and disposing mind and memory do this 29th day of September one thousand eight hundred and fifty two make and ordain this my last will and testament as follows.
first I loan to my beloved wife the use of my property of every kind whatsoever to use as she may desire during her natural life with the exception of what I may herein after designate provided she pay all of my debts of every kind whatsoever with the money on hand and the money due me in Baltimore and elsewhere. I have full confidence in the honesty and capacity of my wife to have the management of my little children and to assist them in any way she may think proper.
I desire my friend William Leary to accept the Guardianship of my children not married. I desire that my son James Thomas as soon as he is old enough to be put out to learn a good trade and that my son Frank to be well educated. I desire that my daughter Mary be sent to school two or three years longer (Miss Mollie attended the school conducted by Mr. Alfred Darden at his plantation Elm Grove at Mapleton) and my other children I leave to the option of my wife to manage in any way she may think best.  I want all my books and tools to be kept and given to my boys when they need them or as their guardian may think best.
At the termination of my wife's natural life time I want my property as equally divided as it can be amongst all my children that may be then living except my two Daughters Aura and Alice their heirs and asigns forever and to them I give and bequeath one dollar each.  In witness thereof I the said James R Rayner have affixed my hand and seal this day & date above written  James R Rayner (seal)
Signed Sealed presence of John B Gilliam  Wm A Ferguson


Grandchildren of James R Rayner and Frances F Lawrence:

James Bryant and Aura Elizabeth Rayner of Indiana had:
             in 1910 census Aura said she had had 7 children and 3 were living at that time
1. William A Bryant 1855/56 IN -
     a. Lorena Bryant Cable (who corresponded with James Moore, my nephew, for years) 
2. Fannie R Bryant 1858/59 IN -
3. Benjamin F Bryant ca 1865 IN - bef 1880
4. Jennie Bryant 1867 IN -
     married 7 June 1892 Newman Essick 1867 -
      a. Bryant Essick ca 1899 -



  
Aunt Aura -        her daughter -        Aura & grandson Bryant Essick


Frances Penelope Rayner  22 Jan 1838 - 7 January 1866:
Neppie went blind at an early age. Eunice Waters had a little box with the braille characters she used for writing. She was in a school in Philadelphia when Lincoln was shot. The girls in the dormitory had hung crape on the Bedposts. Being a good Southern girl, she went into a rage and tore it all down!
On the 28th October 1855 Mary E C Howe Mebane Rayner added this codicil to her will. In addition to the above legecies I give and bequeath to Penelope Rayner daughter of Jas Rayner dec'd the sum of Six hundred dollars to be appropriated by her guardian to her support and education at some Blind Institute in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 28th day of October 1855.

John Alexander Rayner and Mary Winifred Rayner had:
1. Gustave Beaureguard Rayner 3 Aug 1861-1952
      Farmer & Baptist preacher Texas
      married 1886 1. Louanna Mitchell 1868-1912
      married 1913 2. Francis Elizabeth Hale 1888-1960
2. Johnnie Florentine Rayner 14 Dec 1863-21 Mar 1926 Maple Lawn
      married 24 Oct 1886 Arthur Cotton Moore (1854-1926) Farmer
3. Percy Lockhart Rayner 12 Oct 1866-1930
      General Store- Powellsville, N C
      married c 1912 Ella Jones (1882-1961)
4. Morton Lacy Rayner 1 Feb 1869-1927 Farmer- home place
      married c 1900 Hattie Parker (1879-1958)
5. Beulah Elizabeth Rayner 3 June 1871-1937
      married 1890 Elisha Sessoms (1849-1923) Farmer
6. James William Rayner 14 Feb 1874-1932
      Railway Freight Agent-Powellsville, NC
      married 3 Sept 1902 Annie Ward Pruden (1876-1944)
7. John Armstead Rayner 16 May 1875-1919 Farmer- Powellsville
      married 1899 Betty Moore (1879-1919)
8. Martha Penelope Rayner 22 Mar 1878-1967
      married 1899 David Lawrence Myers (1868-1956)
        Mercantile and Jewelry Stores-Ahoskie, NC
9. Fredric Lawrence Rayner 2 Feb 1882 (twin)-11 July 1882

William T Northcott and Celia Octavia (Ocky) Rayner had:
       (lived between Trap and Colerain, NC)
1. Sarah L Northcott ca 1867 - bef 1895
     married ca 1885 Joseph Deans  1853 - aft 1910
        [he married 2nd Jan 1895 Amanda White [Merry Hill]]
      a. Frank R. [Dick] Deans  Apr 1887 -
      b. Julius Deans  Oct 1889 -
2. William J [Willie] Northcott ca 1868 -  single 1910
3. Joseph Andrew Northcott Aug 28 1871 - 9 Feb 1925
     married ca 1895 Nannie J Valentine May 1877 - aft 1930
                 she reports having had 8 children 5 living in 1910
       a. Irene Northcott May 1897 -
       b. Ester F Northcott May 1898 - bef 1910
       c. Joseph Earl Northcott Jr. 23 July 1900 - 19 May 1983 Bertie Co NC
       d. William David Northcott 24 Jan 1902 - 20 April 1965 Colerain
            married Stella Parker
       e. Thomas A Northcott ca 1906 -
       f. Hubert H [Dave] Northcott ca 1910 -
       g. Clarence Andrew Northcott ca 1912 - 25 Dec 1980 Ahoskie
       h. Myrle Northcott ca 1915 -  son
       i. Virgil Northcott ca 1915 -   "
       j. J A Northcott ca 1917 -       "
       k. Lellie? Northcott ca 1919 -  "

James Thomas Rayner and Celia Holly had no issue.
James Thomas Rayner and Margaret E Mitchell had:

(lived at the Mill Landing Farm between Windsor and Eden House)
DIED. -- We regret to hear of the death of Mr. James Thomas Rayner, which sad event occurred at his home, Mill Landing, this county, early Sunday morning from Bright's Disease. He was a very large man, and a large merchant and farmer also. Another good citizen gone that journey from whence no traveler returns. Our sympathy is extended to his bereaved family.

"Windsor Ledger", The Ledger Publishing Co., Windsor, [Bertie Co], N.C. Wed, March 9, 1892 [Vol. IX, No. 28]
   [excerpt from "From Time into Eternity" CD-ROM by David Powell, Winton NC: Liberty Shield Press 2004]

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Mill Landing Farm ca 1970
photo by
James Moore  

1. James Thomas Rayner Aug 22, 1885-Jan 1896
2. Frances A. Rayner July 1886
3. James Joliff Rayner Sept 28, 1887-Sept 1887
4. Maggie C. Rayner Jan 1889
5. Joseph R. Rayner Oct 1891 - 
(Joseph disappeared during the Depression. He went to Edenton for the day and never came back.
 His mother and sisters spent everything they had on detectives trying to find him. 
They finally had to sell the farm and moved to Virginia Beach.)

Margaret E Mitchell and Thomas T Smallwood had:
1. Sallie L Smallwood Nov. 1894 -
2. Mary W. Smallwood Nov. 1896 -



James Thomas Rayner and son Thomas

Samuel Francis [Francis Samuel] Rayner:
1. James R Rayner 19 Dec 1884 Ind -
            born with hairlip  -   janitor in 1919
2. Harry M Rayner ca 1889 Ind -
3. Mary Rayner  Ind -
       married --- Wiley (corresponded with Cousin Eunice)
    Were there others?


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