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Quinton PRAY

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  • Name Quinton PRAY 
    Born 1595  Chiddingston, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 23 Nov 1595  Chiddingston, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Apr 1667  Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From “Pray of York and Kittery, Maine” by Henry Ernest Woods, published in the New England Historic and Genealogical Register, July
      “Quinton Pray, of whom see Pope’s “Pioneers of Massachusetts,” page 371, appears to have been one of the ironworkers who came to Lynn in 1643, under the auspices of the Iron Works Company, at its beginning in New England, perhaps sailing from England when John Winthrop, Jr., in “May, 1643, did at great costs and charges imbarque himself, with many workmen, servants & materialls for the said setting up of iron workes, in the good ship the An Cleeve, of London” (5 Mass. Hist. Soc. Collecctions, viii, 36). Later he removed to Braintree, continuing in the Iron Works there. The Christian name Quentin was not uncommon in Scotland, and the surname Pray is said to be of French origin, from Pré, a meadow. It may be significant thaat Anderson and Downing, of the early founderymen at Lynn, were from Scotland. Of Quinton’s two sons, Richard settled in Providence, R.I., (see Austin’s “Gen. Dict. of Rhode Island,” page 358), while John remained in Braintree; and his daughters Hannah and Dorothy, married and lived in Braintree.
      John Pray married in Braintree, 7 May, 1657, Joanna Downam, presumably a daughter of John Downam, or Downham, of Braintree. He died in 1676, when, 31 Oct. fhot at year, administration was granted to, and the first inventory of the estate (£335.) was rendered by, the widow Joanna (Suffolk Probate Records, xii, 12. 112). She married second, Daniel Livingstone {Lewiston, Levistown] of York, Maine, perhaps in 1685 when, as appears by York Deeds, iv., 45, she entered into a post-nuptial agreement “to bring her too sons & daughter with her to yorke,” who are described as “her three youngest children.” Daniel Lewiston [Livingstone] was killed at York by the Indians, 20 Aug. 1694, according to Savage; and in December following, Joanna bought some land adjoining his estate, as recorded in York Deeds, vii., 15.
      The children of John and Joanna were:
      i. John, b. 11 March 1658; d. 25 Nov. 1658.
      ii. John, b. 11 July, 1659; d. before 20 July, 1699.
      iii. Ephraim, b. about 1661; d. 16 Jan. 1709-10; m. in 1680, Elizabeth, dau. of John Hayden of Braintree; issue.
      iv. Hannay, b. 21 March, 1663, d. 12 Dec. 1664.
      v. Hannah, b. 16 March 1665; d. ?, m. James Bell of Taunton.
      vi. Richard, b. 3 May, 1667, d. before 20 July, 1699.
      vii. Samuel, b. 16 May 1669; went to York, Maine, with his mother; d. in 1708, adm. gr. 19 Oct.: m. Mary, dau. of Thomas Fernald of Kittery. Children: 1. Mary, m. 2 Nov., 1721, Samuel Stacey of Kittery. 2. Hannah, m. 24 May, 1722, Thomas Rand of Newcastle. 3. Samuel, m. 17 Nov. 1726, Alice, dau. of Jonathan Mendum of Kittery.
      viii. Joseph, b. about 1671; went to York, Maine, with his mother; d. in 1748, will prob. 18 Oct.; m. Mary, dau. of Peter Grant of Kittery. Children: 1. John. 2. Samuel. 3. Peter. 4. Joanna, m. ? Yeaton. 5. Mary, m. Col. Thomas Wallingford of Dover. 6. Martha, m. Gershom Allen of Berwick. 7. Miriam, m. ? Lord. 8. Elizabeth, m. Samuel Walton of Newcastle.
      ix. John, b. 10 Feb. 1672-3; d. before 9 July, 1685.
      x. Dorothy, b. about 1675; went to York, Maine with her mother; m. Daniel Furbush of Kittery; issue.
      On 7 July, 1699, ‘the widow Joanna Levistown (late Pray)’ rendered a second inventory of the estate (£281.) of John Pray: and 20 July, 1699, the estate was divided between ‘the Sd Joanna and the five children of the Sd deced namely--Ephraim Pray, Samuel Pray, Joseph Pray, Hannah Bell & Dorothy Furbush.’ (Suffolk Probate Recoreds, xiv., 55-59).
    Person ID I1643  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2020 

    Father Richard PRAY,   b. Abt 1565, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother ? ?,   b. 1565, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1594  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2244  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joan or Joanna VALLIANCE,   b. Abt 1599, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1667, Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 15 Jan 1621  Mayfield, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Quinton PRAY,   b. 1632, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1676, Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     2. Richard PRAY
     3. Hannah PRAY
     4. Dorothy PRAY
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F778  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsChristened - 23 Nov 1595 - Chiddingston, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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