Rocky Strickland's Genealogy Westray

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I have two Westray lines, both beginning with Samuel Westray (making me my own fourth cousin), as follows:
Samuel Page Westray (1789-1855) m. Rebecca Dozier (1804-1880)
 Catherine Westray (1830-1918) m. John R. Strickland (1836-1864)
  Alsey T. Strickland (1860-1933) m. Geneva A. Bergeron(1862-1948)
   Roscoe Lee Strickland (1881-1976) m. Alma Morgan (1884-1975)
    Roscoe Lee Strickland, Jr. (1917-1997) m. Lucy Cole Durham (b. 1925-2008)
     Roscoe Lee Strickland III
Samuel Page Westray (1789-1855) m. Rebecca Dozier (1804-1880)
 Martha Ann Westray 1823-1860) m. John Jackson Morgan (1816-1900)
  George W. Morgan (1851-1923) m. Ferebee L. Finch (1860-1929)
   Alma Morgan (1884-1975) m. Roscoe Lee Strickland (1881-1976)
    Roscoe Lee Strickland, Jr. (1917-1997) m. Lucy Cole Durham (b. 1925-2008)
     Roscoe Lee Strickland III

The Westrays may have originally come from the island of Westray in the Orkneys off the northern coast of Scotland.
According to the 1850 census of Nash County, North Carolina, Samuel Westray was born in Virginia. Although he has not been specifically found in Virginia records thus far, Lena W. Morgan, in her research, said that he may have come from a Quaker background in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, because many Westrays are in the county records there. His father could have been Edmond Westray who died there in 1795 and had sons Samuel, Jeremiah, Joseph, Levi, and a daughter Sophia. Another possibility is Nottaway Parish in Nansemond County, Virginia.
There was an older Samuel Westray in Nash County, who could also possibly be the father of this Samuel. He was listed as Justice of the Peace in Nash County in the years 1796, 1798, 1799, 1810, 1815, 1816, 1817, and 1820.
Samuel Westray's tombstone and family bible indicate that he died in 1856, but Nash County, North Carolina, Court records, indicate that he died in 1855. During the May Term, 1855, a petition was filed in the Nash County Court by Rebecca Westray for a year's provisions. She was the widow of Samuel Westray, who died intestate in 1855 with said widow as administratrix. An estate sale was held on June 6, 1855, and Isaac Strickland was the principal buyer.

Catherine Westray was listed in the 1850 census of Nash County, North Carolina, as being 19 years old and living in her father's household. She was listed in the 1860 census of Nash County as being 26 years old and living with her husband, John R. Strickland. John died during the Civil War, and according to John L. Strickland's book, A Buggy Ride With Pa, Catherine's farm was burned and devastated by General William Tecumseh Sherman's northern army in early 1865. I have not found any evidence to back up that story, but old-timers in Nash County remember hearing stories about their families hiding from the troops. Sherman's famous march laid waste to a forty mile wide path from Savannah, Georgia, to Goldsboro, North Carolina. From there the northern army went to Raleigh, and Nash County may have been on the path. The southern army in North Carolina under General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to Sherman in April, 1865, at the Bennett home a few miles west of Durham.
After the war, Catherine married Burkley Cone, "a kind and considerate man who worked hard to restore the house and other buildings and to run the farm." They had a son, Daniel, who became Alsey's "close friend and playmate."
There is a record in Nash County of a petition of Catherine Cone, wife of Burkley Cone, for a year's provisions. She was the widow of John R. Strickland, who died intestate about two years previously and she had since married Burkley Cone, who had been appointed as administrator of the estate. No date.

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