Family Group GG
John Ray Buie and Margaret (McFarland) Buie of Cumberland and Richmond Counties, North Carolina
John Ray Buie was born in Cumberland County, North Carolina in 1792 and
married Margaret McFarland in 1822. They lived in what is now Scotland County. The names of John Ray Buie's parents could not be definitely established; however, their close relatives and other connections with the Buie, Ray, and McFarland families are presented.
Margaret Duncan Buie was born July 27, 1804, in North Carolina, the daughter
of Duncan and Lucy Buie, and died September 14, 1850, and was buried in the Old Laurel Hill Church Cemetery close to John Ray Buie and Margaret (McFarland) Buie. She married twice, first to Tyram McFarland, April 29, 1834, and after his death at age 31, she then married his younger brother, William McFarland (1811-1844). Both were brothers of Margaret (McFarland) Buie.
Duncan Buie, husband of Lucy, died in 1841 in Cumberland County. In his estate records, his daughters Mary Jane Buie, Flora Ann Buie, and Catherine Buie were mentioned. Distributees also included John R. Buie, Duncan M. Buie, N. G. Buie, D. G. W. Buie and Margaret McFarland, the latter probably also his daughter. Buyers included Mary Jane Buie, Joseph Buie, and Margaret Buie. D. G. W. Buie was undoubtedly George Washington Buie of which little was recorded except that he was deeded land in 1847 on the southwest side of the Cape Fear River and the lower side of Upper Little River from Duncan Buie and was a marriage bondsman for Jane Buie and D. B. Ham in 1841. A Lucy Ann Buie, possibly Duncan's widow, married Archibald McPhatter in December, 1841 in Cumberland County. (Update) Duncan's daughters Mary Jane Buie, b. ca. 1815; Flora Ann Buie, b. ca. 1816; and Catherine Buie, b. ca. 1826 lived in Harnett County on Upper Little River, never married and had no descendents. Census records show that Duncan Buie, b. ca. 1780-90, was living in Richmond County in 1830.
John Ray (will written in 1807 and proved 1808, Cumberland Co.) left a silver dollar to his grandson, John Buie, the son of his deceased daughter, Sally (pet form of Sarah).
A John Buie was granted land on Beaver Creek in 1789 which he sold in 1791
to John McPherson and Duncan Buie with the deeds witnessed by William McPherson, John Ray, Duncan McFarland and John McFarland. John Buie moved to Richmond County where he was listed on the 1784-87 state census. John was present in the 1790 Federal census with three males ages under 16 and three females.
A Duncan Buie married Flora Ray, daughter of Neill M. Ray and Flora Murchison, in 1815 (marriage bond) in Cumberland County. According to the wills of Ann Ray (1829 Cumberland Co.) and Catherine Ray (1859 Cumberland Co.), they had three daughters: Nellie Ann, Sarah, and Mary. The compilers have not determined if he is the Duncan who died in 1841 in Cumberland County or if he is the Duncan R. Buie, b. ca. 1795, N.C., who moved to Hardin County, Tennessee (Family Group EE). From the above discussion, it appears that John Ray Buie's mother was Sarah Ray, the daughter of John Ray who died in 1808. The compilers were not able to determine the relationship of Duncan Buie who died in 1841 to John Ray Buie; however, it must have been very close. The fact that the John Buie who lived in Richmond County came from the Beaver Creek area of Cumberland County is significant since the Buies that lived there were mostly descendents of the 1767 immigrants and possibly closely related to the Hardin County, Tennessee families (Family Group EE); however, the association between John Buie of Richmond County and John Ray Buie is unknown at the present time. However, the fact that Duncan Buie's daughters lived in Harnett County after his death in 1841 cannot be ignored leading to the question of association of John Ray Buie with the very early Buie immigrants before 1767. Descendents of John Ray Buie and Margaret (McFarland) Buie were provided by William C. Bowie of Laurel, Maryland. Bill also provided concise and accurate census records of North Carolina Buies from 1790 to 1850 to which the compilers constantly referred allowing many family connections to be discovered.