Hurt & Elizabeth Ray
Hurt, second son of Ira Hurt, was born in 1825 in
Franklin County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth
Ray, daughter of William
& CLARISSA Ray, on December 07, 1846. Milton was
listed as one of the General Dealers in Dry Goods, Groceries, Hardware, &c. at Prillaman's
on Thomson's Mercantile and Professional Directory 1851-1852 during
which time he probably lived in the Brown Hill District of the
county. In 1854, he purchased the Saunder's land on Merriman's Creek
in the Gill's Creek District of Franklin County where he began farming
300 acres of prime tobacco land. (See
Chancery Cause 1869-007 below). As a tobacconist,
he was often away on business in
Atlanta, GA where he sold his crop on the tobacco market for prime dollar.
The land where he and Elizabeth made their home was originally the
"Musgrove Plantation" and it had descended to Elizabeth
from her father, William Ray. By 1860, Milton Hurt had
amassed a net worth of real estate valued at $9,000 and personal property
valued at $10,000. Although a CSA military service record
has not been found for him, he was appointed with Thomas B. Holland and
seven others to patrol District 4 of the county for 3 months without compensation
in 1861 at the outset of the war. Thomas Holland would eventually
become Captain of Company D of the 2nd Cavalry Virginia in which
Milton's brother, William Henry, served from 1862-1865. Holland
died of wounds in June 1864. Milton Hurt's life seemed to end
abruptly at the age of 42 on August 22, 1867. Like all of the Hurt
men, Milton Reeves Hurt led a very successful business life and enjoyed
the blessing of a wonderful wife and family of four children.
|Children of Milton &
|Franklin Co. Chancery causes (1869-007), John G.
Meem vs. Adm. of Milton R. Hurt) Library of Virginia
1869-007 – Chancery causes Franklin Co., John G. Meem vs. adm of Milton R.
Hurt. …against adm. of M. R. heir and heirs: Elizabeth Hurt,
Daniel S. McConihay & Julia A., his wife, William I. Hurt, Richard A.
Hurt, and Walter M. Hurt. Concerning 300 acres on Merriman Run, a branch of
Staunton river. This property was originally owned by William Ray, Elizabeth’s
father, and it descended to her from
her father with the exception of 6 acres which was purchased by M. R. Hurt.
M. R. Hurt bought 240 acres and
sold 19 to Rucker and 220 to Daniel McConihay. The Daniel McConihay land is the tract called Musgrove Plantation, 270
acres at a cost of $1600 in 1867. At Milton's death, Elizabeth deeded all the 270 to
her son-in-law, Daniel
McConihay, and his wife, Julia. The tract had a grist mill and a saw mill on it. M. R. Hurt also owned at death, 3 town lots,
9, 25, 27 and they joined the mill tracts.
|Marriage Bond: December 07, 1846,
Franklin County, VA
||Know all men by these presents, that we
Milton R. Hurt and Matthias R. Allen are held and firmly bound unto the
Commonwealth of Virginia in the just and full sum of one hundred and
fifty dollars, the true payment whereof, well and truly to be made, we
bind ourselves, our heirs, executers and administrators, jointly and
severally, firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals, and dated
this 7th day of December 1846, the condition of the above obligation is
such that whereas the above bound, Milton R. Hurt, hath obtained from
the clerk of the county court of Franklin, a license for his
intermarriage with Elizabeth Ray of said county. Now if there shall be
no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage, then the above obligation to
be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.
Signed: Milton R. Hurt, M. R. Allen
I, William Ray, of the county of Franklin do hereby
permit and require the clerk of said county to grant M. R. Hurt a
license to marry my daughter, Elizabeth Ray, given under my hand this
17th of November 1846.
Signed William Ray; Witness: M. R. Allen
A Note about William Ray
R. Hurt's marriage to Elizabeth Ray, the daughter of William Ray of
Franklin County, is extraordinary because William Ray is one of
the sons of Luke Ray and Tabitha Willett.
Luke and Tabitha Ray’s daughter, Senah
Ray, married Colby Hurt, son of James & Ann Hurt of Bedford
James Hurt was a Revolutionary War veteran and inherited land from his
father Moses & Ruth Turner Hurt in Bedford before moving to Maury
County, TN where he received a land grant for his service as a private
in the Revolutionary War. James Hurt fought in the Battle of
Guilford Courthouse among others.
Hurt, the son of the elder Ira Hurt, married his grandmother, Senah Ray
Hurt's, niece. This is evidenced by the following death record:
"Roy [Ray], William, white, male,
farmer, d. 8/29/1853, Franklin County of old age at 85 years, 5 months. Son of Luke & Tabitha [Roy] Ray. Milton R. Hurt, friend, reported." Franklin County Death Records 1853-1896, page 163.
More to come about the family of Colby Hurt
and Senah Ray as this site develops.
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