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Re: William H Foye Sr of NC and VA

Georgia Walker-Adams wrote: "I believe this is the family in 1920 with incorrect surname of RAY:

District 130, Goldsboro Ward 3, Wayne NC
Susie Ray 22, HOH, abt 1898 NC, widow
Laura Ray 18, abt 1902 NC, dtr
Willie Ray 11, abt 1909 NC, son
Sallie Ray 7, abt 1913 NC, dtr

The 1898 birthdate for Susie is puzzling since she is listed as the mother of Laura, Willie, and Sallie."

Thanks Georgia! I did some research on this family group. With the exception of Susie Ray and daughter Laura, they sorta of dissapeared from NC. Given their enumerated ages, I would have expected them to have left home. By 1930 the youngest Sallie, a nickname for Sarah, would be 17 years old.

First: This census image has an address of 120 Pine St. This address is significant relative to daughter, Laura. It also seems the enumerator, Cecil Smith was lax in his duties. The same 'ole story, especially for AA's(grin). Comparing his capital "R" in Ray against the "R" in Rouse, enumerated further down, seems to be consistant with the census takers script and makes Ray a valid surname for this family.

Using the general search functions and AA filter on, with various wildcard search combinations of Sus*, Lau*, Lar*, Wil*, Sal* and Sara*...etc; there is not enough hits in the NC Death Certs, NC marriage records, draft registrations, pre and post census data to find evidence to compare against the 1920 census.

Next: I did find a death certificate for a Susie Lory Ray. Based on that death certificate, she was born about 1891 in Fayetteville Cumberland NC and died 2 Feb 1921 in Goldsboro NC, This may be Susie from this 1920 census.

Next: The only other person from that 1920 census found was possibly daughter Laura. It could be coincidental, but pretty close. There is a Laura Ray and spouse Charles Byrd, of Goldsboro, that had a stillborn daughter on 2 Feb 1922. Their address was 404 Pine St. I didn't find any other Laura and Charles Byrd combos in NC.

Finally, I have many Sarahs, no Sallies as given names, in my Foye family. Also mucho Laura's, Willie/William's and Susan/Susie/Suddie's peppering my Foye tree. Most of them have been found and documented.

As we all know, family research is full of suprises, as well as "Aha" moments. I'll keep on searching!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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