THE DANIEL McRAE FAMILY

Daniel McRae was born in 1782 in Cumberland, North Carolina, his fat- her, Alexander, was 48 and his mother, Isabella, was 38. He was twice married. He married Martha "Patsy" Dumas and they had  several children together, all but one did not survive childhood. The surviving child,  Louisa A. McRae married Dr. Elisha Burns December 11, 1839.  Patsy Dumas was born in 1800 and died at the age of 27 in 1827, all in North Carolina. Daniel then married Martha Baldwin Parker, the daughter of William Loftin Parker and Mary Catherine Atkins. They had eight children together, four sons and four daughters.  None of his sons survived to have children.  He died on June 4, 1864, in Richmond, North Carolina, having lived a long life of 82 years. The  family was pretty well off, listed as farmers on the census and having land valued at $40,000 and personal property of $10,000, which was huge back then.

Martha Baldwin Parker, Daniel’s second wife, was born on December 15, 1810, in North Carolina, her father, William Loftin Parker, was 29, and her mother, Mary Catherine Atkins, was 25. Martha’s grandfather was a Revolutionary War Patriot – Howell Parker. DAR # A087480.   She and Daniel married on May 22nd 1828 in North Carolina.  After Daniel died, Martha married Col. John McRae on August 23, 1865, in North Carolina. She died on July 25, 1878, in Fayetteville, North Carolina at the age of 67.

LINE OF DESCENT

 

DANIEL MCRAE  (1782-1864)

+MARTHA BALWIN PARKER  (1810-1878)         

                                                                
 1.       MARY ANN McRAE    (1829-1861)
          +HAMMETT J. CRAIG    (1827-1889)
                    ELLA "LOLLIE" CRAIG    (1849-1878)
                    WILLIAM HENRY CRAIG    (1851-1853)    DIED YOUNG
                    OSCAR CRAIG    (1852-1856)    DIED YOUNG
                    HAMMETT J. CRAIG JR.    (1859-1927) 
                   +ELLA FRANCES McINNIS    (1872-1958)  
                    MARY ANN CRAIG    (1862-          )

   )

 2.       CAROLINE A MCRAE  (1831-1863)

          +DR. WILLIAM “WILEY” SMITH  (1815-1855)

                    WALTER D. SMITH  (1848-        )

                    WILLIAM SMITH  (1851-        )

                    MARTHA ADELLE SMITH  (1851-1852)    DIED YOUNG

                    WILLIAM ALEXANDER. SMITH (1855-1927)

                    +ELIZABETH BROWN ALEXANDER    (1860-1936)

                              SAMUEL WILEY SMITH SR.   (1884-1936)

                              +SHIRLEY DOUGLAS MANEES    (1895-1993)

                               WILLIAM ALEXANDER SMITH JR.    (1894-1974)

          +DR. DUNCAN NATHANIEL PATTERSON  (1832-1875)

                    CARRIE MCRAE PATTERSON  (1860-1937)

                    +CHARLES WALTER TILLETT SR.  (1857-1936)

                              DUNCAN PATTERSON TILLETT  (1885-1947)

                              +WILMA INEZ ESTRIDGE  (1894-1970)

                                        WILMA INEZ TILLETT  (1921-1996)

                                        +SPENCER ADAMS FOLGER  (1915-1992)

                                                  CAROLINE PATTERSON FOLGER  (1947-2015)

                                                  +LUTHER THOMAS MOORE  (        -        )

                              CHARLES WALTER TILLETT JR.  (1888-1952)

                              +GLADYS LOVE AVERY  (1892-1984)

                                        GLADYS AVERY TILLETT  (1919-1986)

                                        +WILLIAM INSLEE CODDINGTON  (1917-1968)

                                        DR. CHARLES WALTER TILLETT III  (1920-2011)

                                        +DR. GRACE MARIAN MONTANA  (1924-2007)

                                                  CHARLES WALTER TILLETT IV  (1956-1988)

                                                  +MINDY COY CHAMBERS  (        -        )

                                        JAMES MANSON TILLETT  (1957-2012)

                              JOHN T. TILLETT SR.  (1890-1943)

                              +HAZEL MARTIN  (1895-1980)

                                        JOHN T. TILLETT JR.  (1922-2001)

                                        +MARGARET WOODS  (1927-1983)

                                        HUGH MARTIN TILLETT  (1925-2008)

                                        +CAROLINE MONCURE LONG  (1925-2010)

                                                  HUGH MARTIN TILLETT JR  (        -        )

                                                  +CLAIRE HUNTLEY  (        -        )

                                                  THOMAS MASON TILLETT  (        -        )

                                                  +KATHRYN MILLER HARRIS  (        -        )

                                        CAROLINE MCRAE TILLETT  (1928-        )

                              DR. WILLIAM SMITH TILLETT  (1893-1974)

                              +DORITHY STOCKBRIDGE  (1896-1983)

                                        LOUISE ELIZABETH TILLETT  (1930-1980)

                                        +DOUGLAS GUERNSEY MACAGY  (1913-1973)

                                                  DR. IAN DOUGLAS  MACAGY  (1956-        )

                                                  +KIMBERLY LYNN VONCOLLN  (1963-        )

                                                  CAITLIN MACAGY  (        -        )

                              CARRIE MCRAE TILLETT  (1894-1895)    DIED YOUNG

                              NETTIE TILLETT  (1898-1898)    DIED YOUNG

                              LAURA ELIZABET TILLETT  (1904-1989)

                              +PHILIP OSBORNE BETHEA  (1900-1979)

 3.         MONTFORD STOKES MCRAE  (1833-1863) 

 4.      MARTHA ELIZABETH MCRAE  (1836-1859)

         +DR. WILLIAM MARSHALL RICHARDSON  (1831-1929)

                    CHARLES MARSHALL RICHARDSON  (1856-1859)    DIED YOUNG

                    CATHERINE ADELLE  RICHARDSON  (1858-1860)   DIED YOUNG

5.      HENRY CLAY MCRAE  (1838-1848)    DIED YOUNG

6.           WILLIAM D. WEBSTER MCRAE  (1841-1848)    DIED YOUNG

7.           COLIN JULIUS MCRAE  (1845-1848)     DIED YOUNG  

                               

8.      JULIA ALICE McRAE
          +WILLIAM ABNER WEBSTER
                    ESTELLE WEBSTER
                    JOSIE CAROLINE "CARRIE" WEBSTER
                   +WILLIAM JULIAN WEDDINGTON
                              WILLIAM JULIAN WEDDINGTON JR.
                              +KATHRYN COOPER LAWSON  
                              CAROLINE McRAE WEDDINGRON
                              +________SMITH 
                    WILLIAM McRAE WEBSTER SR.                   
                    +GEORGIA DAVIS
                              SARAH ERNESTINE WEBSTER
                             +HALBERT BRIGGS OLIVE
                              WILLIAM McRAE WEBSTER
                              GEORGE ABNER DAVIS WEBSTER  
                             +DULCIE "DEE" BERNICE DAVIDGE
                                        GEORGE ABNER DAVIS WEBSTER JR. 
                                                 DAVIS WEBSTER
                                                 KRISTINA WEBSTER
                                        AMY ELIZABETH WEBSTER
                                        +_______HAWKINS
                                                  DAVID HAWKINS
                                                  WILLIAM HAWKINS 
                    SARA FOY "SALLIE" WEBSTER
                    +ALFRED SHORTER CALDWELL JR.
                              ALFRED SHORTER CALDWELL III
                              +RUTH________
                              ALICE McRAE CALDWELL
                    DANIEL McRAE WEBSTER SR.
                    +ELIZABETH ANNA "ANNE" GERLACH
                              DANIEL "DAN" McRAE WEBSTER JR.
                              ROBERT FRANKLIN WEBSTER   
                             +RUTH M. RODEBACH  
                                        JOHN R. A. WEBSTER
                                        +MARY________
                                        JAMES D. WEBSTER 
                                        +AUDREY________
                              ELIZABETH ANNE "BETTY" WEBSTER
                              WILLIAM LEE WEBSTER
                             +RUTH________

1850 United States Federal Census

Name:  Daniel McRay

Age:  68

Birth Year:  abt 1782

Birthplace:  North Carolina

Home in 1850:  Fair Ground, Richmond, North Carolina, USA

Gender:  Male

Family Number:  802

Household Members:

Name  Age

Daniel McRay  68

Martha McRay  39

Stokes McRay  17

Martha McRay  15

Julia McRay  1

1860 United States Federal Census


[Daniel Macrae] 

Age:  75

Birth Year:  abt 1785

Gender:  Male

Birth Place:  North Carolina

Home in 1860:  Steeles, Richmond, North Carolina

Post Office:  Mangum

Family Number:  22

Value of real estate:

Household Members:

Name  Age

Daniel McRae  75

Martha B McRae  48

Montford McRae  27

Julia A McRae  11

James Grays  34

Anna Gray  s6

WILL OF DANIEL McRAE

Daniel McRae 1863   (This will, in mentioning the possession of "the Meredith Place," ties into the sale of this land by members of the Sanders Meredith family after his death in 1828. The first portion was sold to Daniel McRae by Sanders Meredith's daughter Elizabeth Meredith and her husband , Calvin Peacock in 1834. - Judy Kiilehua)

In the name of God Amen. I, Daniel McRae of the County of Richmond in the State of North Carolina do this 7th day of September 1860 make, ordain, publish & declare this and this only to be and contain my last will and testament.

Item 1st. I give to my dearly beloved wife Martha McRae during her natural life or widowhood, my home plantation (being the Meredith Place as known), also a  tract of land for which I lately obtained a grant adjoining Steele and Mask and others lands in the piney woods, also all my interest and estate in the land of my deceased father lying in Richmond Co. (perhaps a small portion of it may be in Montgomery Co.) in lieu of dower. I also give and bequeath to her during her life or widowhood eight horses or mules, her choice, all my stock of cattle and hogs now on said plantation(viz. the home place), or which may be there at my death, my leisure carriage, my wagons, carts all my farming tools of every description which may be necessary for farming purposes, blacksmith tools of every description, all my household & kitchen furniture of every description. Also, the following Negro slaves during her natural life or widowhood being twenty in number viz., Dave and Emily his wife, James, Isham, Sylvia, Wiley, Wilbur, Ellis, Mary Ann, Alfred, Milly his wife, George, Sarah, Phillis, Hannah, Caroline, Stokes, Peyton, Sam (blacksmith) and Sarah his wife and at her death or marriage to be equally divided between my son Montford S. McRae and my daughters, Mary Ann Craig, Caroline A. Patterson, & Julia Alice McRae. I also give to my dearly beloved wife Martha McRae a Negro woman named Mary (called Little Mary), and her present & future increase absolutely to her and her heirs forever to be disposed of as she may think proper.

.........

(There were  11 items in this original will dated 7 Sep 1860. Subsequently there were two codicils before Daniel McRae's death in 1863, the last codicil dated 29 Jul 1863.)

It is believed Daniel married twice (1) Martha "Patsy" Dumas, who was the mother of Louisa McRae (b. 1818), Louisa m. Dr. Elisha Burns.    Richmond County Record-McLaurin

Martha Baldwin Parker McRae would remarry to Col. John McRae     Richmond County Estate Records

DANIEL McRAE AND 1ST WIFE, MARTHA "PATSY" DUMAS 

Louisa A. McRae was born on August 26, 1818, in Mangum, North Carolina, her father, Daniel, was 36, and her mother, Patsy, was 18. She married Dr. Elisha Burns on December 11, 1839, in North Carolina. They had one child during their marriage. Louisa died on May 6, 1864, at the age of  45.  Her husband, Dr. Elisha Burns was born in Chatham County, North Carolina and died as a young man at Steeles District, Richmond County, North Carolina.  His death date was August 5th, 1841.  He was only 26 years of age.  Dr, Burns and Louisa had one daughter, born in 1841.

 Martha Frances "Fanny" Burns, the only daughter of Louisa and Elisha, was born in February, 1841 in Rich- mond County, North Carolina, her father, Elisha, was 26, and her mother, Louisa, was 22. She lost her father when she was only an infant. She died on December 25, 1921, in Center, Chatham County, North Carolina, at the age of 80 at a pauper’s home.  There is no record that she had ever married.

DANIEL McRAE AND 2ND WIFE, MARTHA BALDWIN PARKER

1870 United States Federal Census

Name:  Martha B Mc Rae

Age in 1870:  59

Birth Year:  abt 1811

Birthplace:  North Carolina

Home in 1870:  Steeles, Richmond, North Carolina

Race:  White

Gender:  Female

Post Office:  Rockingham

Value of real estate:

Household Members:

Name  Age

John Mc Rae  77

Martha B Mc Rae  59

Allice Mc Rae  21

Lizzie Brown  17

Noah Stutts  22

Cherry Stutts  25

COL John MacRae

Birth: Feb. 23, 1793

Death: Jan. 15, 1880

 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Mary Ann Shackleford McRae (1805 - 1861)
 
 Children:
  Mary McRae Langdon (1827 - 1854)*
  Mary Jane MacRae (1827 - 1854)*
  Alexander Hamilton MacRae (1829 - 1862)*
  Thomas Ruffin MacRae (1831 - 1896)*
  Julia MacRae (1834 - 1846)*
  Christopher MacRae (1836 - 1857)*
  James Cameron MacRae (1838 - 1909)*
  John MacRae (1840 - 1890)*
  Johanna Carolina MacRae Smith (1844 - 1925)*
  Robert Strange MacRae (1848 - 1921)*
 
*Calculated relationship

 

Burial:
Cross Creek Cemetery #01 
Fayetteville
Cumberland County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: 2

WILL OF MARTHA B. McRAE

Martha Baldwin Parker, Daniel’s second wife, was born on December 15, 1810, in North Carolina, her father, William, was 29, and her mother, Mary, was 25. Martha’s grandfather was a Revolutionary War Patriot – Howell Parker. DAR # A087480.   She and Daniel married on May 22nd 1828 in North Carolina.  After Daniel died, Martha married Col. John McRae on August 23, 1865, in North Carolina. She died on July 25, 1878, in Fayetteville, North Carolina at the age of 67.

Martha’s second husband, Col. John McRae (Relationship to her fisrst hus- band is unclear, but they are related somehow) was born on July 23, 1793, in North Carolina. He went by the title of Colonel, but it is unclear where he served.  There is a John McRae that served in the War of 1812 with the 10th Regiment out of Richmond County, North Carolina.  There is a photo of him in full military dress. (Pictured) He married Mary Ann Shackleford in Charleston, South Carolina.  She was born August 21, 1805  in Georgetown, South Carolina and died on May 11, 1861 in Fayetteville and was buried in Cross Creek Cemetery.  Mary Anne and John  had eight children together.  John  then married Martha Baldwin Parker McRae. He served as the Mayor of Fayetteville, a legislator, a farmer and a publisher of the Carolina Observer – now known as the Fayetteville Observer.  He served the community as Postmaster for over forty years.  While in the role of Postmaster he was often commissioned by the Postmaster General to ferret out and arrest mail robbers in Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia.  He died on January 15, 1880, at the residence of his son, Major (CSA) James Cameron McRae, having lived a long life of 86 years, and was buried in Cross Creek Cemetery #01, Plot 2 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  He was a man of infinite humor and extraordinary intellect.  In an article published in 1876 in the Charlotte Democrat it states the he was at the funeral of General Washington,  was one of the pall-bearers of General Jackson, and was one of the escort of general Lafayette when he passed through North Carolina in 1824.

DANIEL McRAE AND 2ND WIFE, MARTHA BALDWIN PARKER
THEIR  EIGHT CHILDREN:
1.  MARY ANN McRAE
2.  CAROLINE A. McRAE
3.  MONTFORD STOKES McRAE
4.  MARTHA ELIZABETH McRAE
5.  HENRY CLAY McRAE
6.  WILLIAM D. WEBSTER McRAE
7.  COLIN JULIUS McRAE
8.  JULIA ALICE McRAE
1.   MARY ANN McRAE
Mary Ann McRae was born in 1829 in North Carolina, her father, Dan- iel, was 47, and her mother, Martha, was 19. She married Hammet J. Craig on September 24, 1848, in Montgomery, North Carolina. They had five chil- dren in 13 years. The family removed to Marengo County, Alabama, near Magnolia between the years 1853 and 1856. 
 
Mary Ann died of Yellow Fever as a young mother on September 10, 1861, at the age of 32.  She is buried at Magnolia Cemetery, Magnolia, Alabama.  Hammet J. Craig was born in 1827 at Gullege, Anson County, North Carolina.  Hammett served in the Infantry for the cause with the 6th Alabama Regiment as a 1st Lieutenant. After Mary Ann’s death, He married secondly, Laura Virginia Mask and they had two children together. Hammett died on March 31, 1889, in Manatee County, Florida, at the age of 62, and was buried in Mansion Memorial Park, Ellenton, Manatee County, Florida.
2.   CAROLINE A. McRAE
Caroline A. McRae was born on June 4, 1831, in North Carolina, her father, Daniel, was 49, and her mother, Martha, was 20. She married Dr. William "Wiley" Smith of Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina on September 2, 1847, in Richmond County, North Carolina. They had four children together. Wylie died on March 7, 1855, in North Carolina at the age of 40.  Caroline then married Dr. Duncan Nathaniel Patterson and they had one daughter together. Caroline died as a young mother on April 30, 1863, at the age of 31.  She is buried at the Old Hebron Methodist Church Cemetery in Mangum, Richmond County, North Carolina.
3.   MONTFORD STOKES McRAE

Montford Stokes McRae, third child of Daniel and Martha, was born September 30, 1833 in Montgomery County, North Carolina the son of Daniel John & Martha McRae. He grew up in Richmond County, North Carolina. His family was pretty well off, listed as farmers on the census but having land valued at $40,000 and personal property of $10,000, which was huge back then. They had enough money to send him off to college and he graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1856. He was living at home, a 27 year old bachelor on the 1860 census with an occupation of domestic. A woman listed with that title would mean she was working in the household as a servant or the wife of the owner. They both had the same title on census records from the 1800s. For a young son in a wealthy family you figure it means he didn't really do anything.

With the Civil War starting up his life changed dramatically. He enlisted as a Private on July 1, 1861 in the North Carolina 26th Infantry Regiment, Company K, known as the Pee Dee Wildcats. The 26th Infantry was stationed in Morehead City, North Carolina for several months at the end of 1861 and beginning of 1862. They were at Bogue Inlet in November of 1861 and were then moved to be part of the planned defense of Beaufort and New Bern, North Carolina.

They had a large camp in Morehead City just across Calico Creek from the Pigott home on Crab Point. During those months Montford Stokes McRae met Emeline Pigott and they started a romance that would endure till death for both of them.


After sitting around for months the 26th finally got a chance to fight the Yankees in the battle of New Bern, North Carolina on March 14, 1862. The 26th Infantry was led by the future NC Governor Zebulon Vance and was the only Confederate force that put up much of a fight that day. The Union army had over 11,000 men and easily pushed through the other Confederate units who only numbered 4,000 troops. 

After New Bern fell the Confederate troops abandoned Morehead City and Beaufort and the Union troops started their siege of Fort Macon in Beaufort harbor. The next week the 26th Infantry was heading north to Virginia where they joined up with the Army of Northern Virginia. There is no record they were ever back near Carteret County so Emeline probably never saw him again. 

Stokes McRae did well in the CSA over the next year and advanced to the rank of Sergent Major.Things changed for him in the summer of 1863. The 26th was with Gen. Lee at Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863 and Stokes was wounded and taken prisoner. The 26th NC Regiment suffered the loss of 588 of their 800 men at Gettysburg, the worst casualty loss of any unit on either side in the entire Civil War.

The battle report says Stokes was shot in the left thigh and the shell caused a fracture of the femur. He was taken from the battlefield and ended up in the Camp Letterman Hospital. The report sent back to North Carolina on July 23, 1863 said he had been killed. That is probably the last word Emeline had about him for many years. He actually lived for two months before dying of disease and infection on August 2, 1863 still in the hospital. 

Stokes was buried in the Camp Letterman Cemetery at Gettysburg in the Confederate plot, section or row one. This is where the story changes for us compared to what Emeline knew of it. Today we have transcribed battle records, diaries etc., published in multiple books, some even online. Back then word of what happened after a battle was very limited and especially after a defeat like Gettysburg it would be almost impossible to find out what happened to the wounded and POWs. There were lots of cases  cases where the family had thought their son or husband dead only to receive a letter from him many months later. 

4.   MARTHA ELIZABETH McRAE

Martha Elizabeth McRae, the fourth child of Daniel and Martha,  was born on January 25, 1836, in Richmond, North Carolina, her father, Daniel, was 54, and her mother, Martha, was 25. She married William Marshall Richardson on May 8, 1855, in her hometown. They had two children during their marriage. She died as a young mother on October 12, 1859, in Cheraw, South Carolina on her way home  from tuberculosis at the age of 23.  William Marshall Richardson was born on February 15, 1831, in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, his father, Purdie, was 29 and his mother, Mary, was 25. He was married three times and had a total of two sons and six daughters. He died in 1929 at the age of 98, and was buried in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Martha and Willaim had two children, both of whom did not survive childhood:

1.  Charles Marshall Richardson was born on May 2, 1856, his father, William, was 25 and his mother, Martha, was 20. He had one brother and six sisters. He died as a child on April 7, 1859, in Holmes, Mississippi.

2.  Catherine Adelle "Katie" Richardson was born on August 13, 1858, her father, William, was 27, and her mother, Martha, was 22. She had two brothers and five sisters. She died as a child on February 6, 1860, in Richmond, North Carolina.

5.   HENRY CLAY McRAE
Henry Clay McRae was born on December 21, 1838, in North Carolina, his father, Daniel, was 56 and his mother, Martha, was 28. He had three brothers and four sisters. He died as a child not quite reaching his tenth birthday on September 19, 1848, in Mangum, Richmond County, North Carolina and is buried in Old Hebron Methodist Church Cemetery in Mangum, North Carolina.
6.   WILLIAM D. WEBSTER McRAE
William D. Webster McRae was born on September 17, 1841, in North Carolina, his father, Daniel, was 59 and his mother, Martha, was 30.  He died as a child at seven years of age about ten days after his older brother Henry Clay McRae on September 28, 1848 and is buried at the Old Hebron Methodist Church Cemetery in Mangum, North Caroina .
7.   COLIN JULIUS McRAE
Colin Julius McRae was born on October 10, 1845, in North Carolina, his father, Daniel, was 63 and his mother, Martha, was 34. . He died as a child on September 11, 1848 when he was about three years old and is buried at the OPld Hebron Methodist Church in Mangum, North Carolina.
8.   JULIA A. McRAE
Julia Alice McRae  The eighth child of Daniel McRae and Martha Baldwin Parker
 
Julia Alice McRae was born on November 17, 1848, in Mangum, Richmond County, North Carolina, her father, Daniel, was 66, and her mother, Martha, was 37. She married William Abner Webster on June 10, 1872, at the home of John McRae in Richmond County.  They had five children in 13 years. She died on August 27, 1912, in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina of chronic diarrhea, at the age of 63 and is buried in Guilford County, North Carolina.  Her husband,  William Abner Webster was born on June 16, 1848, in Madison, Rockingham County, North Carolina, his father, Benjamin Webster, was 46 and his mother, Nancy W. Dunkin, was 32.  William died on September 9, 1911, in High Point, Guilford County, North Carolina, from  gastritis at the age of 63.  He was buried at Archdale, Guilford County, North Carolina.