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Mary Isabel "Belle" Crays

Female Abt 1855 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Mary Isabel "Belle" Crays  [1
    Nickname Belle 
    Born Abt 1855  Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • "...Belle, Mrs. W.F. Nevins, Fairfield."
    Person ID I42904  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2013 

    Father John Crays,   b. 16 Sep 1828, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1905, Tobias, Saline County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Mary Jane Tosh,   b. 1 Sep 1838, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1924, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 2 Dec 1853  Macon County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • Their Illinois Marriage record can be found at the Macon County Court Records, Film # 0983125 - 0983126.

      They had a total of three sons and seven daughters: Charles, a farmer of Tobias, Wilburn, an auctioneer from Bruning, Mark, showed free movies in neighboring towns and in Texas, Laura (Mrs. Will Fisher), Tobias, Belle (Mrs. W.F. Nevins), Fairfield, Marie (Mrs. Chas. Harding), Cambridge, Ida (Mrs. Frank Osborne), Crete, Ann (Mrs. G.M. Dougherty), Bruning, Alice (Mrs. Chas. Pike), Bruning, Angeline (Mrs. Thayer), of Colorado. (Milligan, p 255).

      Posting from GenForum:

      John J. CRAYS and his wife, Mary Jane TOSH came from Palmyra, Macoupin Co., IL about 1885 settling in Tobias. All of their children were born in Palmyra. The entire family came to Nebraska. Also, Mary Jane's nephew, William Riley TOSH also accompanied them from Palmyra, IL to Saline Co., IL.

      Their children: Mary Jane CRAYS b. 1855, Gertie Maude CRAYS b. 1856 d. 1858, Anna Melvina CRAYS b. 1858, Lydia Angeline CRAYS b. 1860, Alice CRAYS b. 1863, Marie(a) b. 1865, Ida (Manly) CRAYS b. 1867, Charles Wesley CRAYS b. 1868, Laura E. CRAYS b. 1876, J. Wilburn CRAYS b. 1879, a child b. & d. before 1883 and Mark L. CRAYS b. 1883.

      Any information on these families is appreciated. Desire contact with descendants. Have been working on the CRAYS and TOSH Families over 25 years. Will exchange.

      Posted by Linda Arnold on 21 Aug 1999
    Family ID F1808  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S98] 1860 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004., (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1860 United States Federal Census, the Eighth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, age as of the census day, sex, color; birthplace, occupation of males over age fifteen, and more. No relationships were shown between members of a household. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1860 Federal Census.), Illinois, Macoupin County, Town 11 Range 6 Enumerated 21 July 1860 PO Nilwood, Page 101 705-685 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S219] Milligan Centennial History Book Committee HISTORY OF MILLIGAN, NEBRASKA 1888-1988 (Walsworth Publishing, Marceline, MO), p 254 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1550] Ancestry.com - Illinois, Marriages, 1851-1900.

    4. [S873] Find A Grave [database online]; http://www.findagrave.com/, (Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour to the FIND A GRAVE website. When it comes to administrating, building and maintaining the site, Find A Grave is largely operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.), # 87135709 (Reliability: 3).