Verlinda appears to be the daughter of Thomas Swearingen and first wife Ruth Beal.
197. Verlinda Swearingen, probably born ca 1775, Montgomery Co, MD, died ca Mar 1846 (probate papers dated 9 Mar 1846), Johnson Co, MO. She was named in the 1800 estate settlement papers, "John Ray the Husband of Verlinda Ray". John Ray was born ca 1765-1770, MD, died 13 Oct 1820, St Louis, MO. He and Verlinda married ca 1790. They lived in MD, Warren Co, KY, and Howard Co, MO.
Their children were James Swearingen Ray, born 1790-1800, died 1844, married Mary Adams in TN on 17 Jan 1816. Mary died ca Apr 1846, St Francois Co, MO; Ruth Clary Ray, born 15 Oct 1795, MD, died 2 Dec 1855, Williamson Co, TX, married Birkett D. Bowmer, 24 Dec 1812, in Warren Co, KY; Mary H. Ray, born 1797, KY, died ca 1862, possibly in Jackson Co, MO, married Thomas E. Dickey on 18 Jul 1815, in Warren Co, KY; Benjamin B. Ray, born 1798, KY, died Aug 1833, Manchester Springs, St Louis Co, MO, married Angelina Rose on 26 Aug 1825, Audrain Co, MO; Elizabeth Ray, born 7 Aug 1802, KY, died 19 Dec 1880, Johnson Co, MO, married Robert D. Morrow on 23 Nov 1820, Howard Co, MO; Verlinda Griffin Ray, born 13 May 1809, Warren Co, KY, died 10 Jun 1890, Johnson Co, MO, married Pleasant Rice on 2 Aug 1826, Lafayette Co, MO; John Goin/Guinn Ray, born 9 Sep 1812, Warren Co, KY, married Polly Hall in Feb 1832, Lafayette Co, MO, married (2) Harriett H. Gearheart, 1 Aug 1844, Lafayette Co, MO; and Sally S. Ray, born 16 Jul 1816, Warren Co, KY, died before May 1847, Johnson Co, MO, married John Kelly on 20 Aug 1832, Lafayette Co, MO.
Much of the data on this family was contributed by Barbara Brown who found the following record: Montgomery Co, MD, Probate Records, 9 Apr 1800, p334-335, "The first acc't of Elemelech Swearingen Executor of Thomas Swearingen late of Montgomery County deceased". Among the legatees named were Daniel Swearingen, William D. Swearingen, Obed Swearingen, Sam'l Swearingen, John Wilcoxen the Husband of Elizabeth Wilcoxen, Thomas Swearingen, John Ray the Husband of Verlinda Ray, Cassandra Swearingen, Sarah Swearingen, Creece, and Hezekiah.