Which Reay are you descended from? I am descended from Elizabeth "Betsey" Reay who married William McAdams in Colpe, Co. Meath in 1846. William came to America in 1848. Betsey came with her two children in 1850. Two of Betsey's brothers came to America in 1846. Both William & Edward Reay along with Wm. McAdams lived in Livingston Co.,NY for a few years them all of them moved to Decatur Township.,Van Buren Co.,Michigan. The McAdams died in Decatur in the 1890's. The families of Edward & William and their older sister Maria moved to South Bend, Indiana where they died in the late 1800's. Another brother James Reay & family lived in Gulph, Ontario, Canada. He died their and left several children.
Have you heard about a colonel Bellinghan who went to India. He met an Indian princess there and married her. He died in India and as she was coming to Ireland to claim her husbands inheritance the ship sank and she was drowned. One of the surviving children ulitmately connected with the Reay family and is my ancestor. That story was told to me by an elderly man in South Carolina it was also told to me by and elderly woman in CT. The man said when he was a boy he had to copy vital records from a family bible (possibly from James Reay in Canada). James also had an ivory carving of the princess. A painting was made of the carving, but was left in the attick of his home in South Bend when he moved to South Carolina over 30 years ago. Fortunately he took a black & white photo of the painting which he sent me. The woman looks like she was from the 1700's when the bee hive hair do was in vogue.
Have you heard about an Indian connection? Mary Ann Reay, mother of the above Reay siblings came to America and died in Decatur,MI. Unfortunately she died befor death certificates so no mention of her parents were available.