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Reay's of County Meath, Ireland

Reay's of County Meath, Ireland

Posted: 19 Jul 2000 10:24AM GMT
Edited: 13 Sep 2005 10:12PM GMT
Does anyone have information on the Reay's of County Meath, Ireland. Edward Reay possible son of James Reay owned a brick factory in Drumcondra, Co. Meath in the early to mid 1800's. Two of Edward's sons (Wm Edward) came to America in 1846. Two sisters came a few years later. The children settled in Decatur,MI and South Bend,IN. A son James settled near Gulph,Canada. They were reported to have Bellingham ancestry. Any help appreciated. Ray McAdams

Re: Reay's of County Meath, Ireland

David Huber (View posts)
Posted: 3 Jul 2006 12:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes my Reays are from Drogheda in Co louth on the Meath side of Drogheda could be a connection

Re: Reay's of County Meath, Ireland

Ray McAdams (View posts)
Posted: 3 Jul 2006 1:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
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.

Ray McAdams
rglmca@aol.com

Re: Reay's of County Meath, Ireland

Ray McAdams (View posts)
Posted: 3 Jul 2006 7:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
David:

I had put together information on my Co. Meath Reay's and tried to send it to your e-mail address and got back that it was the wrong address. Could you send me the correct address so I could send it again?

Ray McAdams
rglmca@aol.com
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Re: Reay's of County Meath, Ireland

Ray McAdams (View posts)
Posted: 3 Jul 2006 7:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
My Reay family is supposed to be connected to the family that lived in Castle Bellingham in Co.,Louth. The connection would be in the 1700's.

One of the grand daughters of Edward Reay, Sr. and Mary Ann had Bellingham as a middle name. She was born in Canada in the mid 1800's.

Did you know the Reay's in America spelled their name Ray?

Ray McAdams
rglmca@aol.com

Re: Reay's of County Meath, Ireland

David Huber (View posts)
Posted: 26 Sep 2006 11:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Elizabeth parents were Samuel Reay and Mary Leonard they married on 29 December 1818

Children

John 1819
Catherine 1822
Mary 1823
Samuel 1825
Mary 1828
Sara 1832
James 1833
Henry 1836 my great grand father
William 1821
Elizabeth 1830

Thats my family i have traced back as far as 1818 in the Reay side from Drogheda co Louth Cope is only ten minutes away from Drogheda

Re: Reay's of County Meath, Ireland

Ray McAdams (View posts)
Posted: 27 Sep 2006 12:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
My Elizabeth Reay was b. 1823. Her parents were Edward Reay & Mary Ann (maiden name I am searching for). Elizabeth's siblings were Maria, William, Edward and James. There may have been others that stayed in Ireland. Edward & Mary Ann were born in the 1780's (a guess on Edward's BD.)

Although the name Samuel doesn't appear in my Reay line, the fact that they were all from the Drogheda area certainly looks like they were related. Do you know anything about the origins of the Reay line?

Elizabeth (Reay) McAdams went to live in Co. Cavan to give birth to one of her children. I assume she was with family. William McAdams, her husband had come to America to establish himself along with Elizabeth's brothers William and Edward Reay. The McAdams and Reay's lived near each other in Wyoming Co.,NY and them they moved to Van Buren Co.,MI

Ray McAdams

Re: Reay's of County Meath, Ireland

Ray McAdams (View posts)
Posted: 27 Sep 2006 12:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
Possibly your Samuel and my Edward were brothers. I thought James Reay might have been the father of Edward Reay. You gave me some new Reay names to check into.

Did your Reay's come to North America?

Ray

Re: Reay's of County Meath, Ireland

David Huber (View posts)
Posted: 27 Sep 2006 6:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes my cousin gus got conntact from people in America a James Reay family from america they said there great grand father was James reay

So its the right family same family names

Dave

Re: Reay's of County Meath, Ireland

David Huber (View posts)
Posted: 27 Sep 2006 6:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Samuel was born in the 1780s to so i would say Samuel and edward were brothers
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