"It is likely that many Bray families have British origins, but the Bray surname also appears as native to Ireland and France. It has been suggested that some Irish Brays may have derived their surname from the O Breaghdha family of Munster who appeared in the writings of Giolla na Naomh O'Heerin (an Irish historian and bard who died in 1420). According to 'Annals of the Four Masters' (1442) O'Heerin also wrote that O'Broith, or O'Bree, was chief of the Magh Seadna. Contemporary historian Michael C. O'Laughlin ('The Book of Irish Families Great and Small') equates the surnames O'Bree and O Breaghdha with Bray. Bray as a native French surname can be found frequently on the Normandy/Picardy border in Pays de Bray. The Bray surname is also found historically in Saone-et-Loire in central France. " from the Bray Family DNA project, https://www.familytreedna.com/public/Bray/
Harriett Bray was our great great grandmother on our mother's side.
She was born in 1823 and baptized on 28 September, 1823, St. Giles in the Heath , at that time a parish in Cornwall, England.
"St. Giles in the Heath is "a parish in Black Torrington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Cornwall and the Diocese of Exeter. The parish was originally in Cornwall, and one of the few Cornish places on the east of the river Tamar, but is now part of the county of Devon. Its hamlets include Panson, Hoggadon, and Sitcott." from Genuki .
Harriett Bray married Richard Pomeroy on March 24, 1846 in St. Pinnock, Cornwall, England. Their daughter, Emma Jane Pomeroy, was our great grandmother who emigrated to Pennsylvania.
Our great grandmother Emma Jane Pomery's first child, by her husband Jacob Rosevear, was named for her mother, Harriett Bray Rosevear. That child, I believe, died in infancy. About 10 months after the birth of Harriett Bray Rosevear a second child was born to Emma Jane: Harriett Pomeroy Rosevear; our grandmother.
I have not been able to trace our Bray roots very far with any certainty.
My mother told me, sometime in the 1960's or early 1970's that Harriett Bray's father was a tailor. I don't know where she got her information. My best guess is from stories from her mother and grandmother. My mother's grandmother, Emma Jane, was Harriett Bray's daughter, so I trust the story. The birth records from mid 19th century Cornwall list a Harriett Bray born in 1823 to Hannah and WIlliam Bray, tailor.
The marriage records list a bann between William Bray and Hannah Jago in 1827, four years after the birth of Harriett. Hannah Jago is listed in birth records born to Joanna Jago, possibly a pauper, in 1791. No father is listed.
Bray Family Genealogy
Harriett Bray married Richard Pomeroy, 24 March, 1846, St. Pinnock. Banns recorded in Cornwall OPC database (see link below)
Children: Emma Jane
William Bray, a tailor, married Hannah Jago, Oct. 1827, Lanreath (Banns recorded in Cornwall OPC database).
Maryann Woolridge, baptised 13 May, 1821, St. Giles in the Heath (from baptismal records in Cornwall OPC database).
Harriet, born 1823, baptised 28 Sept. 1823, St. Giles in the Heath. (from baptismal records in Cornwall OPC database).
The Jago surname with variant spellings Jago, Jagoe, Jeggo, Lago, etc. derives from the Welsh "lago", Cornish "Jago" meaning "James". From the Surname database.
OPC database lists one Hannah Jago born between 1790-1810
More information about record 3648103 in the Baptisms database
Day Month Year 1791
Parish Or Reg District Pelynt
Mother Forename Joanna
Father Rank Profession
Notes P. (pauper?)
Transcriber Notes Furze Transcripts
Transcriber Karen Duvall
4 Harriet Brays found in Cornwall OPC database: http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/home/ in the estimated time period for her birth.
How do I know which Harriet Bray and where she comes from?
OPC database lists 4 Harriet Brays baptised between 1820-1830 (Harriet married 1846, minus 15 years old, minimum = 1831).
Name Father Mother
Year Parish Or Reg District Forename Surname Forename Forename
1823 Giles in the Heath, St. Harriet BRAY William Hannah
1824 Redruth Harriet BRAY Walter Elizabeth
1826 Mawgan in Pydar Harriet BRAY William Jane
1827 Gwennap Harriett BRAY Thomas Mary
My mother told me (circa 1960’s) when explaining our family history that Harriet Bray’s father was a tailor.
The OPC database lists only one Harriet Bray whose father was a tailor:
More information about record 1395661 in the Baptisms database
Day Month 28-SepYear 1823
Parish Or Reg District Giles in the Heath, St.
Father Forename William
Mother Forename Hannah
Father Rank Profession Taylor
Transcriber Christopher Cook
The father and mother of Harriet Bray in this record are William and Hannah,
Only one record is listed in OPC database for marriage between William and Hannah within the estimated time-frame:
William Bray Tailor
Married Hannah Jago, 21 Oct. 1827, Lanreath (Banns)
Notice that William and Hannah were married 4 years after Harriet was baptised.
More information about record 944626 in the Marriages database
Day Month 21-Oct Year 1827
Parish Or Reg District Lanreath
Groom Fn William
Groom Sn BRAY
Groom Residence otp
Groom Rank Profession
Groom Signed /
Marked (S/M) M
Groom Father Name
Groom Father Rank Profession
Bride Fn Hannah
Bride Sn JAGO
Bride Residence otp
Bride Rank Profession
Bride Signed /
Marked (S/M) M
Bride Father Name
Bride Father Rank Profession
Licence (B/L) B
Witness Fn1 Joseph
Witness Sn1 Bryant
Witness Fn2 Samuel
Witness Sn2 Willcock
Transcriber John Evans
The Bray Family on Family Tree DNA - Gene By Gene : https://www.familytreedna.com/public/Bray/
Bray Genealogy at Wikitree.com : http://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/BRAY
Bray family name origins at Rootcellar.us : http://rootcellar.us/bray.htm