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Hello, I am researching the the Wray and Dent family trees. My cousin has graciously provided the information on my mother's maternal ancestors, the Hagues. I am interested in tracing the Wray family back beyond my grandfather, Robert Marion Monroe Wray who was born in York County, South Carolina on August 4, 1869 and died in Richmond, Virginia on March 3, 1925. He had nine children, two girls and seven boys. He served in Cuba and fought in the battle of San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders. He worked in the paper mill in Richmond, Virginia.My other great grandfather, William Dent, was born in Macon, Georgia on October 12, 1838. His father, Walter Dent and his step-mother, Mary Ann Jones were married on January 13, 1841 in Putnam County, Georgia. I don't know his mother's name. He apparently didn't like his stepmother and ran away from home to join the confederate army. He served with Company C, 13th Regiment, Georgia Infantry of the army of the CSA. He lived most of his life after the war in Fluvanna County in the community of Shores, Virginia. His first wife's name was Mary Jane Dennis. His second wife's name was Martha E. (Lizzie) McLain. I know that my great grandfather was wounded at the battle of second Manassas and that he was separated from the service just before the war ended.I will gladly trade any information I have for information on the Wrays and Dents.
The Dent, Hague and Wray Family Home Page
Updated January 9, 2002

Gene Raymond Wray
10136 Carol Anne Road
Chesterfield, Virginia 23832-6942
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  • William Dent's Grave. (85 KB)
    This is the grave of my great grandfather, William Dent. It is located in Seays Chapel cemetery located in Fulvanna County in a little community called Shores, Virginia.
  • My double cousin, Gene Wray and his grandson. (54 KB)
    This is my double cousin, Gene Wray, from Shelby, North Carolina. My grandmother, Nancy Byars Wray and his grandmother, May Roby Byars Wray were sisters.
  • Robert Marion Monroe Wray (14 KB)
    My grandfather, Robert Marion Monroe Wray on his horse in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
  • Margaret Dent Wray and Benjamin McKinley Grady, Jr (11 KB)
    My mother and her great grandson on December 26, 2001 at my daughter, Karen Wray Grady's home in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  • William Dent (55 KB)
    William Dent, my great grandfather shown here after the end of the Civil War in 1865. He lived until 1923 when he died of a heart attack. William lived out his days, following the war, in Shores, Virginia, which is located in Fluvanna County, Virginia near the James River.
  • Walter Oliver Dent, Sr. (127 KB)
    This is Walter Oliver Dent, Sr. He lived until 1935. In those days they said he died of the "consumption". I was told he probably had stomach cancer. He was one of William Dent's sons and my grandfather.
  • The Byars and Wrays in early 1900's. (116 KB)
    This photo includes my grandmother, Nancy Stillette Byars Wray, my grandfather, Robert Marion Monroe Wray, my grandmother's sister, Mattie May Roby Byars Wray and other Byars related to me.
  • Robert Marion Monroe Wray (145 KB)
    This is another photo of Robert M.M. Wray taken just before his death.
  • A letter from C.B. Byars to his wife. (241 KB)
    This letter from C.B. Byars, my great great grandfather was written to his wife while he fought at Petersburg, Virginia with the South Carolina 18th Volunteers.

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