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also
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RASCO
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James 
 James I 
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 also
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PERRY
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CHAPPELL
 
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WALSTON
 
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MOORE
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 Thomas

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Elizabeth 
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WOOD
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also
 Mary
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HUNTER
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WHITMELL
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 Thomas

BRYAN
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BREWER
 
Patience 
 Thomas

SUTTON

Sally's Great-grandparents:

John Alexander Rayner 1837-1901 | his parents
& Mary Winifred (Mollie) Rayner 1840-1925
| her parents
of Powellsville, Bertie Co, NC
  


   John & Molly Rayner

jmrayner.jpg (22654 bytes)John Alexander Rayner and Mary Winifred    Rayner were married 24 October 1860. They made their home in the old Rayner home one mile from Powellsville, NC- with his bachelor brother Marcus J Rayner, grand-mother Penelope Drew and several unmarried aunts and uncles.
John Alexander Rayner, son of William Rayner and Eliza C. Drew, was born 31 July 1837. He enlisted at Windsor in Bertie County, N. C. at age 24, August 9, 1862 for the war. as a private with Co F 4th Reg NC Cavalry. which later was Co F 59th Reg NCT. 
The home burned one night about 1896,  James Moore writes I remember my grandfather, Raynor Moore, telling me that Aunt Nell was spending that night at Uncle Marc's. Grandpa forgot this and went back into the house and fought his way to her room. He found it empty and then remembered where she was. He was badly burned on the face and hands. Eunice Sessoms Waters wrote My Grandma told how one night she woke up in the middle of the night and her house was full of smoke and fire - and before she and my grandpa could get the chairs and tables and beds out it was burning all over - and my grandpa got his eyes burned too, burned so bad he had them tired up and could not see how to walk for a long time.  (The home was rebuilt as it had been I'm told.) 
John Rayner died at his home, the new old Rayner home 22 Dec., 1901.
"Molly" Mary Winifred Rayner, daughter of James Rasco Rayner and his wife Frances Florentine Lawrence, was born 3 Feb 1840 on a raining, freezing cold day. Her mother died 20 Dec, 1847; her father remarried 2 April, 1850; then he died 27 Sept 1852 and the step-mother had died by 1855. The children were placed among various relatives and friends--Molly went to live with J O Askew (1860 census), merchant. Molly attended the school conducted by Mr Alfred Darden at his plantation "Elm Grove" at Mapleton. Molly died of   "uremia" on the 26 April, 1925 at the home of her daughter Beulah Sessoms.

 
Mollie Rayner

Eunice Waters wrote My Grandma had read the Bible through many times more than I thought possible. I never asked her a question about the Bible that  she did not answer and then told me in which Book and Chapter I could find it. She had a very good voice and could sing from memory Hymns, old Irish & English Ballads - Folk songs - all of Stephen Foster's - and Lullabies.  She rocked her grand children and great grandchildren to sleep as she sang. She sang as she knitted stockings for the grandchildren - and she sang at Twilight - Songs and Hymns she had learned as a child and young girl. She did not have much formal schooling - as she did not go to College though  her sisters did. Her mother died when she was very young - and her father married the widow Mebane who had several children so she went to live with her Aunt Mary. She did attend a Young Ladies School in the Home of Miss Anna Darden, who was her teacher. (She was Lil Sumner's great aunt) - My Grandma must have been a joy to Miss Anna - Her English, oral and written was very nearly perfect. So was her spelling. Her memory was perfect. She could recite long poems, chapters from the Bible. Things she had learned as a child, she remembered perfectly. She never failed to correct our English. She would quote rules to us and then say "There are exceptions to all rules - So just say words over and see if they sound right."
"Richer than I, no one could be, I had a Grandma who read to me."

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Molly Rayner and her daughters: 
Johnnie Moore, Beulah Sessoms and Nell Myers

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Molly Rayner in her hat


Children of John Alexander Rayner and Mary Winifred Rayner:
1. Gustave Beaureguard Rayner 3 Aug 1861-1952
            
Baptist preacher and farmer, Texas
       married 1886  1st Louanna Mitchell 1868-1912
       married  1913 2nd Francis Elizabeth Hale 1888-1960
2. Johnnie Florentine Rayner 14 Dec 1863 -21 Mar 1926
Maple Lawn

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Johnnie Rayner Moore

       married  24 Oct 1886 Arthur Cotton Moore 1854 -1926 Farmer
3. Percy Lockhart Rayner 12 Oct 1866-29 Sept 1930
           
  Gen. Store- Powellsville
    married  c 1912 Ella Jones 29 June 1882 - 17 Sept 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 - 24 Aug 1937
    married 1890 William Elisha Sessoms 22 Sept 1849 - 10 July 1923
               
Farmer - Ahoskie side at Stoney Creek
6. James William Rayner 14 Feb 1874 - 16 Dec 1932
             
Railway Freight Agent-Powellsville
    married 3 Sept 1902 Annie Ward Pruden 22 June 1876 - 22 Oct 1944
7. John Armstead Rayner 16 May 1875 - 4 Jan 1919
 
                Farmer- Powellsville
    married  1899 Betty Moore 17 July 1879 - 25 Feb 1919
8. Martha Penelope [Nell] Rayner 22 Mar 1878 - 13 June 1967

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Nell -- all grown up

       married 1899 David L Myers 16 Sept 1868 -12 July 1956
             son of Nathan Myers b 23 Sept 1838 and Sallie Ann Askew,
                        grandson of Giles Myers and Phoebe Phelps

 
               Mercantile and Jewelry Stores-  Ahoskie
9. Fredric Lawrence Rayner 2 Feb 1882-11 July 1882


Gus Rayner      Johnnie Rayner Moore

second page of John and Molly's  grandchildren

third page of John and Molly's  grandchildren


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