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Updated March 2, 2009

Robert E. Bray

5539 Arnsby Place #8

Cincinnati, OH 45227-2744


Bray, Hargis, Callahan, Dykes, Tomlinson, Meece, Cromer, Bradley, Bullock, Southard, Linville, Kincer/Kinser, Renner, McClure, Whitaker, Smiley, Holmes, Alexander in Rockcastle and Pulaski counties, Kentucky; Wythe and Lee counties, Virginia; Rowan and Surry counties, North Carolina; and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania from the 1700's to the present.

This is an ongoing project and I am constantly checking census records and other sources to verify information. However, some of the names and dates have been received from other researchers and have not been personally verified as yet. Early generations of these families before the 1850 census are especially difficult to document.

Please feel free to contact me concerning any surnames if you have additional information or corrections.

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  • Joseph and Mary Linville Cromer (71 KB)
    Joseph Cromer was born in 1805 in Rockingham Co, VA, the son of John Cromer and Sophia Whisman. Mary Linville was born in 1810 in Virginia or Kentucky and believed to be the daughter William Linville and Louisa Renner. Joseph and Mary Cromer were the founders of the Cromer family in Rockcastle Co, KY, many of which lived in the Walnut Grove area.
  • George Washington Bray (17 KB)
    George Washington Bray, born 10 Sep 1857 in Pulaski Co, KY and died 12 Oct 1900 in Pulaski Co, KY, was the son of Martin Van Buren Bray and Siotha Callahan. My paternal great-grandfather.
  • William Bramblet and Armilda Doan Cromer (22 KB)
    William Bramblet Cromer, born 1863 in Rockcastle Co, KY, was the son of William A. Cromer and Elizabeth Ann Renner. William A. Cromer was the brother of my maternal great-great-grandfather, David Cromer, both sons of Joseph and Mary Linville Cromer. Armilda Doan, born 1859 in Rockcastle Co, KY, was the daughgter of George W. Doan and Rachel Shiplet.
  • Dicey Ellen Hargis Bray (12 KB)
    Dicey Ellen Hargis Bray, born 15 Jan 1855 in Pulaski Co, KY and died 9 Mar 1917 in Pulaski Co, KY, was the daughter of Samuel Bailey Hargis and Elizabeth W. Whitaker. My paternal great-grandmother.
  • Mary Frances Dykes Tomlinson Stewart (47 KB)
    Mary Frances "Polly" Dykes was born April 1838 in Pulaski Co, KY, the daughter of Peter I. Dykes and Nancy Jane "Sallie" Mounce. She married Morgan Tomlinson on 20 Apr 1859 in Pulaski Co, KY, and after his early death married Caldwell Stewart on 6 Feb 1873 in Pulaski Co, KY.
  • Early Samuel and Rushie Tomlinson Bray Family (32 KB)
    Photo taken in Pulaski Co, KY of Samuel and Rushie Tomlinson Bray and their two eldest sons, Everett and Charles, ca 1912.
  • Henry Martin and Martha Deaton Cromer (32 KB)
    Henry Martin "Hen" Cromer was born 1 Jan 1869 in Rockcastle Co, KY and was the son of David Cromer and Elizabeth Southard. He was the brother of my maternal great-grandfather, William N. Cromer. Martha Jane Deaton, born 16 May 1886 in Rockcastle Co, KY, was the daughter of Milton Deaton and Mollie Bray. Martha Deaton was the second wife of Henry Cromer, his first wife being Sarah Elzabeth Bradley.
  • Ruby Cromer Bray and Robert E. Bray (17 KB)
    My mother, Ruby Cromer Bray, and myself, taken in Cincinnati, Ohio, ca 1950.
  • Sidney Kincer Cromer (36 KB)
    My maternal grandmother, Sidney Kincer Cromer, daughter of William Andrew Kincer and Rebecca Jane Renner, born 28 Aug 1896 in Rockcastle Co, KY, and died 10 Jul 1973 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo taken ca 1950.
  • Buck Creek, Pulaski Co, KY (58 KB)
    This photo of Buck Creek was taken near the area of Pulaski Co, KY where the Bray, Hargis, Dykes, Phelps, and Tomlinson families lived.
  • Sarah Kirk Kincer Mink (32 KB)
    Sarah Kirk was born 2 Mar 1832 in Washington Co, VA to Andrew Kirk and Isabella Robinson. She died 24 Nov 1907 in Rockcastle Co, KY, and was buried in the Blue Springs McKinney Cemetery. She married Joseph R. Kincer about 1852 in Lee Co, VA. He died as a Confederate prisoner of was in the Union prison, Camp Douglas, Chicago, IL, in 1864. Sarah then married William Amos Mink on 10 Aug 1866 in Lee Co, VA. The family moved to Rockcastle Co, KY to the Blue Springs area about 1868. (Photo contributed by Don Sutton)
  • Camp Douglas Union Prison, Chicago, IL (39 KB)
    Photo showing Confederate prisoners of war at Camp Douglas, Chicago, IL. Between 1862 and 1865 the camp housed about 26,000 prisoners in temporary, wooden barracks. As a result of harsh condiitons about 6,000 men died at the camp. My great-grandfather, Joseph R. Kinser, a private in the 64th Division of the Virginia Mounted Infantry, died there of typhoid fever on 13 Nov 1864.
  • Sidney Cromer, Pauline Kincer, Iva Chaney (25 KB)
    My maternal grandmother, Sidney Kincer Cromer, is pictured on the lef. IN the middle is Pauline Bustle Kincer, wife of Wilbert Logan Kincer. On the right is Iva Rebecca Kincer Chaney, wife of Roscoe Chaney. Sidney, Iva Rebecca and Wilbert were the children of William Andrew and Rebecca Jane Renner Kincer.

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