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I've read Genealogy publications with much interest. I've also done a lot of work, and I'm certain a lot of other people's interest has been whetted to fill in, remember and report. Several people I know are collecting family facts. The project seems to grow...and grow...and I can see how such a project would become a compulsion, because it is like a story that is never quite many people's lives, so many characters'.

My research includes the names of Angle, Ball, Beam, Belknap, Bradford, Brown, Cade, Camp, Cannon, Crawford, Daniel, East, Flint, Flournoy, Fountain, Gilley, Hinton, Houston, Hubbard, Hudson, Johnson, Lavendar, Long, Lynton, McKinney, Moore, Norman, North, Parker, Parr, Pearson, Pope, Rabun, Raper, Reed, Riland, Ross, Rousseau, Rudson, Shanklin, Swearingen, Taylor, Vickery, Warren, Watkins, Wilson, Wood, Wootten, Wotton, and others ...

Charles Angle (applied for his pension at the age of 97, Habersham County, GA.), Drury Cade, Thomas Entrekin (fought at the Battle of Cowpens, SC), John Hinton, John Houston (came from Tyrone, Ireland), Nathan Johnson (buried at Oglethorpe County, GA), Benjamin Parr (from Morristown, New Jersey), Thomas Wootten were some of the Patriot ancesters of our line that were Revolutionary War soldiers.

This research reflects on many of whom I never met, yet as I have researched, it is sometime like their spirits and mine... share precious moments...

Yes, what we collect and write will, in a sense, someday become 'boundary stones' to our children, grandchildren and to the other descendants of the people we write about. To know about our ancesters is to know more about us. Their values and their beliefs, their strengths and their talents can be linked to generations to come, by way of our diligent gathering of information.

I am willing to share information on lines that I have and would appreciate any information others may be willing to share with me.

The Christian Church, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederate Freemasonry, the Masonic Blue Lodge and other fraternal orders, including the I.O.O.F (Independent Order of Odd Fellows)are also of interest to me!

Graysoldier & His "Faded Leaves of the Past" Family History
Updated September 26, 2014

Ray Elliott Brown (aka Graysoldier)
108 Lake Terrace Court
Carrollton, Georgia 30117-1820
United States

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Family Photos

  • Houston picture.... (225 KB)
    This is the family of William Sanford Houston & Leola Cosby Houston, Wm. was the son of Virgle Augustus Houston & Susan (Sudie) Caroline Hubbard Houston. Left to Right: Wm. Sanford, Leola, Lola, Tiny, Howard, Nettie Sue, Jewel, Florence, Grady, Claudis, Clarence & Albert. These were identified by Ann Rainwater of Coweta County, GA at the 2000 Houston reunion at Oxford, Alabama.
  • Graysoldier and his interest. (124 KB)
    I have belonged to several fraternal bodies, and still belong to Southern Hills Christian Church of Carrollton, Georgia, I have belonged to the Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of Confederate Veterans.
  • Houston, Joseph C. (38 KB)
    This is a son of Oliver Houston by his second marriage to Martha Ann Adams. Joseph C. Houston, born 1844 was a Confederate Soldier, a brother to Newton B. Houston also a Confederate Soldier. Oliver was married first to Cynthia Flournoy, Oliver was the son of John Houston (Revolutionary Soldier) & Mary Wilson.
  • Brown, Joe Waymon (198 KB)
    Joe Waymon Brown, born 19 March 1910, died 28 November 1963. He is one of six children born to Joseph Patrick Brown and Annie Bell Houston Brown. Lost his arm about 1950 in a accident in a cotton mill card machine. He is the father of the Graysoldier.
  • Employment (1 KB)
    I am now an employee with RTS - Reliable Transmission Service, Riverview (Tampa) Florida. I first began on September 16, 1996 and left on June 10, 2004. I returned on December 4, 2006 as the Corporate Sales Manager. I am returning on August 3, 2009 to stay until my retirement. I will be responsible for sales, serving as the sales coordinator, an Allison Consultant and Government Sales.
  • Houston, Emily Catherine Dial (650 KB)
    Emily, born 5/6/1852, is seated with baby (Marie Bankert Graf, born 11/16/1923), on right is Annie Lou Dial, on left is Emmie Graf Thomas.This picture & information provided by Carole Thomas Kane.
  • Marriage: Ray & Christie (Beam) Brown (1611 KB)
    This lady is the love of my life and after many years we are finally together. She was my childhood love. We were married by Mike Brooks on Christmas Eve morning 2012 at 10:00 AM at the marital residence in Carrollton, GA. There were a number of guest and friends in attendance and refreshments that followed. A trip to Gatlinburg afterwards was enjoyed with many things to remember, such as: food poisoning, fire alarm going off in the middle of the night at the resort, slippery tile floors, vehicle alarm going off, snow and debit card frustrations, etc.
  • Brown, John Fannin (19 KB)
    Born 1843 in DeKalb County, GA, died in 1926 Carroll County, GA. He is buried at MT. Zion Baptist cemetery, Highway 5, Douglas County, GA. He was a Confederate Soldier. Picture is being used by permission of Jeanette Wilson Cuthriell his great-granddaughter.
  • Houston, Virgle Augustus & Susan Caroline Hubbard (244 KB)
    This picture is of Virgle Augustus Houston and Susan Caroline (Sudie) Hubbard Houston. They are paternal great grandparents to the Graysoldier. They are buried in the Whitesburg (Carroll County) Georgia cemetery. Virgle is the son of William Houston and Mahala Katherine Pearson Houston, William is the son of Oliver Houston and Cynthia Flournoy Houston, Oliver is the son of John Houston (Revolutionary Soldier)and Mary Wilson Houston, John is the son of John Houston and Mary Ross Houston.
  • Brown Family Reunion, picture taken around 1938-39 (983 KB)
    Joe Waymon Brown and two brothers, three sisters and their mother, Annie Bell Houston.
  • Nolan, Cynthia Eula Brown (10 KB)
    Born 1872 in Carroll County, GA. and died 1933 in Tallapoosa County, AL. She is the daughter of John Fannin Brown, and is being used here by permission of her granddaughter Jeanette Wilson Cuthriell.
  • Graysoldier (233 KB)
    Graysoldier picture was taken January 29, 2001.
  • Probably 1938-1939. (115 KB)
    Joe Waymon Brown, his brothers, sister, mother, cousins, nephews, nieces, etc.
  • Brown, William Winston & Hattie (Smith) (47 KB)
    William is the brother of Joseph Patrick Brown and they are the sons of Robert B.& Julia Brown. William (1869/1948)& Hattie (1884/1964) are buried at Welcome Methodist Church cemetery, Carroll County, below Roopville, GA. They were married 7/30/1907. Picture provided by their daughter, Blanche Brown Crockett.
  • Joseph Patrick Brown and Annie Bell Houston (1874 KB)
    Grandparents of the Graysoldier, Ray Elliott Brown.
  • Brown brothers.... Seals, Bob & Waymon (64 KB)
    Left to Right: Joe Waymon (1910/1963), Robert Gustus (1901/1964) & Seals Askew (1898/1969), were the three sons of Joseph Patrick & Annie Bell Houston Brown. Robert is buried at the Whitesburg, GA cemetery and Seals & Waymon are buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan, GA. Joe Waymon Brown is the father of the Graysoldier.
  • Brown, Joseph Patrick (32 KB)
    This is the paternal grandfather of the Graysoldier. He was married to Annie Bell Houston. They are both buried in the Whitesburg cemetery, Carroll County, GA. He was a mason and a member of the I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Odd Fellows).
  • Seals Askew Brown and Fannie Moore. (3042 KB)
    Seals Askew Brown, brother to Joe Waymon Brown and Robert Gustus Brown.
  • Sons of the American Revolution membership (16 KB)
    I am a former founding charter member and former Treasurer of the Casimir Pulaski Chapter, Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution of Carrollton, Georgia. I also have had membership in the McIntosh Chapter of Newnan, Georgia. My ancestor and 4th great grandfather was Thomas Entrekin, he fought at the "Battle of Cowpens", South Carolina. He died in Laurens County, South Carolina and is buried there in an unknown cemetery or grave. I have a monument to place in the cemetery in his honor.
  • Brown, Robert B. & Julia E. Angle (489 KB)
    These are the paternal great grandparents of the Graysoldier. Robert was a Confederate Soldier, serving in Co.'s B & H, 41st Regt. GA. Infantry. Julia is the daughter of Charles Winston Angle, also a Confederate Soldier. Charles is the son of Thomas Angle & Mary "Polly" Watkins. Thomas is the son of Charles Angle, a Revolutionary Soldier from Habersham County, GA.
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans membership. (22 KB)
    Exhibiting the theme, "Heritage Not Hate", I am a former member of the Forrest's Escort SCV Camp # 1239 of Villa Rica, Georgia and a former member of the McDaniel-Curtis Camp #165 of Carrollton, Georgia. My ancestor that I used for membership was Sanford H. Hubbard, a Private. He died in Coweta County, Georgia of typhoid fever, while at home on leave. I have several other Confederate ancestors, Robert B. Brown, Charles Winston Angle, William Houston, William Riley Hubbard...
  • Masonic membership.... (19 KB)
    My blue lodge membership is at Carroll Lodge #69 where I am honored to serve the craft as Worshipful Master in 1981. I am also a former member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite bodies and the Shrine - belonging to Yaarab Temple. I am also a former member of the "Wool Hat Boys - Confederate Lodge #1" degree team. A Mason is a man who professes a faith in God. As a man of faith, he uses the tools of moral and ethical truths to serve mankind. A Mason binds himself to like-minded men in a Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, social, cultural and educational differences. In fellowship with his Brothers, a Mason finds ways in which to serve his God, his family, his fellowman, and his country. A Mason is dedicated. He recognizes his responsibility for justice, truth, charity, enlightment, freedom and liberty, honesty and integrity in all aspects of human endeavor. A Mason is such a man.
  • Brown, Tinzy S. (59 KB)
    This is the grave monument (now re-assembled) for the great great grandmother of the Graysoldier. She is buried at the Neal Cemetery, Carroll County, GA. Her maiden name is "Crow(e)", she is the wife of William Stephens Brown. They were from DeKalb County, Georgia.
  • Hubbard, Addie Blanche (51 KB)
    Wife of Joe Waymon Brown.
  • Houston, Annie Bell (70 KB)
    This is the paternal grandmother of the Graysoldier. She is the wife of Joseph Patrick Brown, daughter of Virgle Augustus Houston & Susan (Sudie) Caroline Hubbard.
  • Optimist membership..... (20 KB)
    I am a twice former member of the Carrollton Optimist Club / Optimist International. The club does work relating to the youth of our community, therefore being a "Friend of Youth". They have done several community projects for the youth and also distribute food baskets at Christmas time.
  • Hubbard, William Riley (28 KB)
    This is the maternal great grandfather of the Graysoldier, he was a Confederate Soldier, serving in CO.A State Troops, surrendering in April 1865 at Greensboro, NC. His parents were Henry Hubbard, JR & Eliza ?, Henry's father was Henry Hubbard, SR, who died in 1839, Fayette County, GA.
  • Vickery, Louisa (Louizer) B. (206 KB)
    This is the maternal great grandmother of the Graysoldier, she was the wife of William Riley Hubbard. They are both buried at Bethel Methodist cemetery, Coweta County, GA. Her parents were Thomas Green Vickery & Sarah East. Thomas' parents were Thomas Vickery & Keziah Entrekin, Keziah's parents were Thomas Entrekin & Mary Cannon. Thomas was a Revolutionary Soldier, fighting at "the Battle of Cowpens".
  • The Wool Hat Boys membership...... (10 KB)
    I am a former member of a Confederate Lodge, "Serving the Craft while Honoring our Ancestors". Who we are: First and foremost, we're Master Masons. Each of us is descended from a Confederate Soldier who served in the War Between the States. We hail from a number of different Lodges, and indeed several districts. What we do: At the invitation of a Lodge, we will visit and tell the story of the part played by our Brothers in the W.B.T.S. We will also confer any of the Degrees, including opening and closing if needed.
  • Hubbard, Fannie Sue (222 KB)
    This is the maternal grandmother of the Graysoldier. She was the wife of Joseph Oliver Hubbard, (a Hubbard and married a Hubbard, that makes my mother, Addie Blanche Hubbard, a double Hubbard). Fannie Sue was the daughter of Thomas L. Hubbard & Sara Elizabeth Moore. Thomas was the brother to my paternal great grandmother, Susan (Sudie) Caroline Hubbard, they were the children of Sanford H. Hubbard & Mary Elizabeth Wootten. Sanford was a Confederate Soldier, who died at home from typhoid fever.
  • Brown, William Stephens & Tinzy S. (Crow) Brown (28 KB)
    This picture is the Graysoldier's great great paternal grandparents. They are pictured here with seven of twelve children. William was born November 16, 1802 and died January 27, 1883. He is the son of Peter Brown and Sarah Scales, Peter was the son of John Meredith Brown and Martha ?. Tinzy was born February 16, 1811 and died October 16, 1869. They were married February 11, 1830 in DeKalb County, Georgia. Tinzy is the daughter of Joshua Crow and Annis Browning. The picture is provided by Shelia Pittman.
  • Hubbard, Joseph Oliver (103 KB)
    This is the maternal grandfather of the Graysoldier, he was the husband to Fannie Sue Hubbard. He was the son of William Riley Hubbard & Louisa (Louizer) B. Vickery.
  • Church Membership....... (194 KB)
    The Graysoldier belongs to the Southern Hills Christian Church of Carrollton, Georgia. This is a very dynamic and growing church, with lots of great things taking place. He attends regularly the early worship service at 9:15 A.M. Please look at our church website? The address is and please visit with us on the first opportunity you have?
  • Hubbard, Thomas L. & Sara Elizabeth Moore Family (448 KB)
    This is the maternal great grandparents of the Graysoldier. Thomas is the brother of my paternal great grandmother Susan (Sudie) Caroline Hubbard Houston. They are the children of Sanford H. Hubbard & Mary Elizabeth Wootten.
  • Houston Reunion 1920 or earlier.... (257 KB)
    This is a family reunion of Virgle Augustus Houston & Susan (Sudie) Caroline Hubbard & their family.
  • Thomas Entrekin, Revolutionary Soldier gravestone. (198 KB)
    This is a marker I ordered for the 4th great grandfather for the Graysoldier. He died in 1839 at Laurens County, South Carolina. Thomas was the husband of Mary Cannon. She applied for his pension and received it from Coweta County, Georgia. Mary is believed to be buried at Bethel Methodist cemetery with her daughter Kezia Entrekin Vickery, the wife of Thomas Vickery. Thomas and Kezia had a son, Thomas Green Vickery who married 1st, Sarah East, he and both of his wives are buried at Bethel. Thomas Entrekin was the son of John Entrekin and Elizabeth Millwee.
  • Houston Children picture..... (271 KB)
    Children of Virgle Augustus Houston & Susan (Sudie) Caroline Hubbard Houston. Left to Right (Back Row): John Ira, Thomas Marion, Benny Franklin, Samuel A., William Sanford, Albert Hill and Front Row: Gena Othelia, Florence C., M. Katie (Thornton), Kansas, Annie Bell (Brown-paternal grandmother to the Graysoldier).
  • Hubbard, Sanford H., Confederate Monument.... (16 KB)
    This is a monument that I placed at a grave site at Macedonia Baptist Church, Coweta County, Georgia, for Sanford H. Hubbard. He was first buried at Providence Baptist and his body was later moved to Macedonia for burial on property he gave to the church for a cemetery and church. He was BOTH the maternal and paternal second great grandfather for the Gray Patriot. Two of his children, Thomas L. Hubbard (maternal great grandfather) and Susan (Sudie) Caroline Hubbard Houston (paternal great grandmother)causes one limb on my family tree to NOT fork. Sanford was a Confederate soldier and was in CO. A 9th Regt. of the Georgia Volunteers, he died of typhoid fever on 11th September 1864, while at home. He was born in 1814, married first Martha Powell who died in child birth. He married second, Mary Elizabeth Wootten, 21 December 1837. There were nine children born to this second marriage. Sanford's father-in-law Richard Bradford Wootten was sheriff of Coweta County, GA during 1836/1837 at which time Sanford served as a deputy.
  • Volunteers In Policing (17 KB)
    The "Graysoldier" is a born native of Carroll County, GA. He attended Central High School, graduating in 1969. He attended Session IX of the Carrollton Citizen's Police Academy. He has volunteered doing work through the VIP program with the Carrollton Police Department. Ray is a former member of the Masonic Order where he served as Worshipful Master of Carroll Lodge # 69, a former member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite and Shrine bodies also. He is a twice former member of the Carrollton Optimist Club, a former member of the Forrest's Escort SCV Camp #1239 of Villa Rica, Georgia and a former member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans - McDaniel/Curtis Camp #165, a former member of the Sons of the American Revolution - Casimir Pulaski Chapter, where he served and as Treasurer. The "Graysoldier" is also a former member of the McIntosh Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He is a former charter member of the Carrollton Evening Lion's Club. Ray is the father of four sons and one daughter. He has a grandson. He is now married to Christie (Beam)Brown is childhood sweetheart and now love of his life. They attend and are members of Southern Hills Christian Church of Carrollton, GA. His interests are genealogy and family research, hiking, community involvement, and Church.
  • Ray Brown - Chalk Drawing by Betty Grant (296 KB)
    This picture was drawn July 9, 2003 while attending the FAPT Banquet, Ft. Lauderdale, FL held at The Radison Resort.

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