Currituck Co., N.C. Houses

Philip Bray Home

Located south of Sligo on N.C. Highway 34.  Presently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Will Flora.  Mr. Bray was Mrs. Flora's father.  The interior arrangement is unique and is believed to be as originally built, with the possible exception of new additions added many years ago, and have weathered to match the rest of the house.

UPDATE 2/22/2006 from Anne Jennings: The Philip Bray Home is no longer standing. I vaguely remember this house because Alice Flora built her small brick home directly across the road from her Aunt Katie and was always checking on her to see that all was well. I remember Alice talking about her Aunt Katie and looking out for her on a regular basis. I have been told by family members that Alice was very faithful and attentive to Katie Flora. Will and Katie Flora were both highly respected and well loved citizens of Currituck County. They both made great contributions to the community. One cannot fully appreciate the story of the Philip Bray Home without learning something about the lives of Will and Katie Flora.

The following italicized information is from the notes of Alma O. Roberts:
PHILIP N. BRAY, age 79, died Feb. 10, 1938. (Former Register of Deeds & Mrs. Katie Bray Flora’s father.)

Philip Bray     b. 8 Oct. 1858     d.
Father - Benjamin N. Bray, mother - Elizabeth Humphries
m. 20 Dec. 1883
wife - Ella Frost     b. 24 Feb. 1866     d.
Father - John Frost, mother - Sarah

Children (?)
F - 1. Bessie Bray      b. 17 Oct. 1884    d. 7 Aug. 1886
M - 2. John B. Bray   b. 13 May 1887    d.      m. 22 June 1912 - Mamie DeCormis
F - 3. Katie E Bray    b. 5 Feb. 1890              m. Willie Cowell Flora
F - 4. Ella V. Bray     b. 4 Dec. 1893              m. 11 July 1916 - C. Reed Wilkinson
F - 5. Ida Bray           b. 14 Mar. 1896            m. _____ 1917 - Dudley W. Bagley (no children)
F - 6. Mary Bray        b. 14 June 1900    d. 30 June 1910
F - 7. Sarah E. Bray   b. 14 Nov. 1905           m. _____ Aug. 1924 - Tycho Nisson

These notes would indicate that Philip Bray was not the original builder of this home but it is possible that the home could have been built by his father, Benjamin N. Bray b. 4 Apr. 1816.

There is also a family connection to the Old Frost Home which would have been the next home to the south on the same side (east) of the road which went and still goes to Currituck Courthouse.

These are rather informal notes which have not been carefully checked with public records for accuracy by this writer, but hopefully the notes might be of some interest or assistance to someone interested in this family.

This photo and information are from the project "Old Homes in Currituck County to 1860" originally compiled June 1960 by Alma O. Roberts and Alice Flora of the Currituck County Historical Society.   We are indebted to Barbara B. Snowden, president of the Currituck County Historical Society for permission to reproduce this collection on the internet, and also to Gerri Andrews and Diane Ferebee of the Currituck County Public Library who provided digital copies of the photos.  No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes; however, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.  Images are for personal use only, not for redistribution.




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