My name is Donald Ernest Raby  . This site is for connection with Raby in East TN . photo at right is Samuel A Raby family my great great GF 1878. Photo on Left is 2016 reunion at Erie.  Loveville Marker is MISSING. If you know anything about it contact me. It was on Kingston Pike at Lovell RD. 


       RABY REUNION 2016 is History

                   NEW LOCATION!!!  IN 2017 year it will be Saturday week before Memorial Day Weekend. Plan to come MAY 20, 2017  Meet at Johnson Chapel Church Saturday. Bring a dish and your family history photos and scrapbooks.  NEW LOCATION 

 Meeting TIME is 1 PM. Represented will be decendants of Robert, Sherwood, and James Jr. We encourage the expansion of these groups to bring all the branches together in a major reunion in the future. 5 brothers and two sisters. EMAIL me deraby @att.net for details.    

DIRECTIONS Traveling from KingstonHead southwest on TN-58 S, 6.7mi. to 72.Turn left onto TN-72 E, 5.4 mi. to 322. Turn right onto TN-322 E, 3.6 mi.to Johnson Valley Rd. Turn right onto Johnson Valley Rd 2.5mi. to Buckner. Turn right onto Buckner Rd  0.4 mi to Pekoma Rd. Turn Right on Pekkoma Rd. Church is just ahead on right.

From I-75N take exit 62 west on 322. Oakland Road about 4 TO 5 miles to RABYTOWN RD on left NEXT to Cedar Fork Bapt Church. Follow to end  Buckner Rd. TURN LEFT to 1st right Pekoma Rd. Turn Right on Pekkoma Rd. Church is just ahead on right.

This site started out a free service but they wanted subscription to keep it updated.  I thank you all for your offer to help in the support. If you would like to donate to the maintenance of this Raby page email me and I will send you my address.  I have renewed and appreciate any contribution you wish to make in support of this site.   

I welcome you to visit and share in this project to document Raby in Knox County and Surrounding areas. James and Nancy Raby came to Knox County in 1828 with five sons and two daughters. Robert, Elizabeth m.Wm Young, Sherwood, James, John, Squire and Nancy m.James Hood. They were found in Rowan County NC Census in the Fork of Yadkin District in 1820. I hope to find more connections before that, but mostly this begins in Knox Co. Tennessee and moves to Roane Co, Monroe Co. Loudon, White Co, Anderson Co, Morgan Co, Mulenberg Co KY, and McDonald Co, Missouri. I invite you to share your photos and stories of your families that descend from this connection.

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Obituaries:Obituary Sarah Vise Raby 1917-2013
Posted by: Donald Ernest Raby on Mar 11 2013 04:22


Sarah V. Raby passed on to her reward February 28, 2013 at age of 95 years 7 months and 10 days. She was born in Nashville and moved to Fountain City when she was three with her family. She was 5th of eight children born to A.P.Vise and Lorena Dennison Vise. They lived on campus of Central High School until they moved to permanent residence on Watauga Dr. She graduated from Central. She was active in Girl Scouts and served as leader in Scouting. She was baptized at age 14 believing Jesus Christ

as her Lord and Savior. She remained faithful and active in the Lord's service all her days. In the early years the church met on Broadway until moving to Laurel Ave near UT campus. March 27 1942 she married Earl F. Raby and they commenced their lives together in the Lord's service. As a result of the war rationing they joined several families in North Knoxville to to plant an new congregation at Arlington. Sarah and Earl remained active in the Arlington Church of Christ until health and age kept them away. She never ceased to pray and show concern for her Christian Family. She was a homemaker all her life, her tallents and industry were never wasted. She continually was active with her hands sewing, cooking, and all manner of crafts. Her pressed flower notecards are a tresured keepsake for many. Sarah was very active in Home Demonstration Club at Mascot associated with UT Extension Service. She joined Earl working as usher at Thompson-Boling Arena for several years.

She truly demonstrated the character of the godly woman of Proverbs 31. The Word of God was a daily part of her life. Sarah and Earl raised three sons who honored her with the love she shared to the fullest measure. Sarah was preceded in death by her husband Earl and all of her siblings. Most recently her closest sister Jean Coile Elkins. She was also preceded by son Terry Raby. Her surviving family include Sue Raby Udhe, Fred P. Raby and wife Elizabeth, and Donald Raby and Nancy. She leaves four Grandchildren, Annette Raby McAdams, Richard Raby and wife Amanda, April Raby Whalen and Thad,

Robin Raby Dreadin and Artie. Five Great grandchildren: Shane McAdams, Megan McAdams (Zack) Bennett; McKenzie, Garrett and Conner Raby; Sara Dreadin, Nicholas Whalen and Jacob Whalen. One Great Great Grandson Parker Bennett. She also leaves several neices and nephews who were always special in her life. Special Thanks to the Staff of Norris Healthcare and Rehab Center for they assisted her comfort and care as her health declined. They are very remarkable people and deserve

recognition for a job well done! Visitation will be at Arlington Church of Christ, Tecoma Ave, Knoxville TN.Saturday 6 pm followed by memorial service at 8 pm. Mark Brackney and Tom Drinnen leading. Interment at Highland Memorial Cemetery 1 PM Sunday. Gentry-Griffey is in charge.

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Family stories:Who was Sarah Strange?
Posted by: Donald Ernest Raby on July 19 2010 22:04

Todd Young submitted this court record that may reveal something about her.

This indenture made on the 4th day of September AD 1804 between William Hughlitt, chair of the County Court of Stokes and his successors in office in behalf of the Justices of the county court aforesaid and Joshua Young of the county aforesaid. Witnesseth that the said William Hughlitt in pursuance of an order of the county court made the 4th day of September 1804 and according to the direction of an act of the General Assembly in such case made and ______________________& bind unto the said Joshua Young an orphan girl named Sally Strange until she arrives to the ago of eighteen years to live after the manner of an apprentice and servant: During which time the said apprentice her said master shall faithfully service, his lawful commands everywhere gladly obey and shall not at any time absence herself from her said masters service.
And the said Joshua Young doth covenant, promise and agree to and with the said William Hughlitt that he will learn the said orphan to weave, also to read and write, and to give her at her freedom
a good spinning wheel also a cow and calf. And that he will constantly find and provide for said apprentice during the term aforesaid sufficient diet, washing, lodging & apparel fitting for an apprentice. Also all other things necessary both in sickness and in health.
In witness whereof the parties so to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.
4th day of September, 1804. Joshua Young (signed)

The significance of this fact is that Sally (Sarah) was probably first wife of Sherwood Raby who married in 1828 in Knox Co TN. If the Rabys and Youngs traveled to TN together it would explain why Sarah Strange is found in TN with no relatives. She is listed in census with infant child with Sherwood Raby in 1830. Sherwood married Lucinda Hord (widow of Thos Hord d. 1831) in 1833. It is uncertain what happened to Sarah and her child.

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Family stories:Joshua Young and Wife drowned in Mayo River NC 1825
Posted by: Donald Ernest Raby on July 19 2010 21:54

From the Adams Centinel (Gettysburg. PA) 20 April 1825, page 3:

"Mr. Joshua Young of Stoke county, NC in crossing Mayo river, on the 21ult. was drowned, together with his wife." They are parents of William Young who married Elizabeth Raby in Stokes Co NC. They Youngs came to Knox Co TN in 1828 with the Rabys.

Submitted by C Todd Young a descendant.

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Genealogy:RECOMMENDED free software for storing your Family History
Posted by: Donald Ernest Raby on July 18 2010 06:56

I use and recommend a program that is avaiable to download free from

www.familysearch.org called PAF 4.0 Personal Ancetor File.

It is simple and easy and you need it to organize your family research on your computer and then you can share it with others through gedcom.

I am willing to give a tutoring session of Family History of the Raby and how to use the tools and PAF on your computer. If there is an interest send me email deraby@att.net and we will plan something if 6-10 of the new members from Raby reunion at Grassy Valley are interested.

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Family stories:Tribute to Mothers
Posted by: Donald Ernest Raby on May 4 2009 16:03

Great Great Grandmother Anne Elizabeth Willey Larrick Raby was born in Frederick Co VA in 1837. She died in 1889 in Scarbrough TN and is buried in Davis Cem in Coalfield.

Recently I visited her grave site. She desired burial in Coalfield some 20 miles from their home in Scarbrough as her son George Larrick was buried there and it was the only family connection to that place. He had died there in 1884. They only lived in Coalfield five years before moving to Anderson County. Thanks to cousin Faye for finding her grave.

Anne Elizabeth married Joseph Larrick in Fredericks Co VA in 1856 and shortly they moved to Knox Co TN where he was blacksmith on corner of Kingston Pike and Concord Rd in what was then known as Campbell’s Station.

Around 1861 Dr William Nelson agreed to sell Joseph Larrick two acres on that corner. Then the WAR started. Most young men without family joined one side or the other and for three long years the country was torn apart. Joseph Larrick with wife, three children and a good business did not join. Soon the Confederate Sessesh came and conscripted all able bodied men in the CSA. Joseph Larrick died as a Federal Prisoner of War.

After the war Dr Nelson completed the deed to the property in the name of Joseph’s heirs. Samuel A Raby returned from service in US Army 3rd TN Infantry. He married the widow and became guardian of her children. They bore five Raby children and lived on that corner until 1880. They moved to Coalfield. I often wondered why but that is another story.

Some time before 1888 they moved to Scarbrough near the Clinch River in Anderson County. There they bought 15 acres. In 1889 Anne Elizabeth died and they buried her in Coalfield next to her son George Larrick. I was thinking about life for our ancestors as they went through daily rigors. Life was hard enough just traveling be foot, horse, and wagon. Then here comes a bunch of soldiers taking food, animals and husband away.

This about all I know about my great great grandmother Raby. She died 61 years before I was born. Most of us never knew our great great grandparents. I knew one of my great grandmothers and two grandmothers and one grandfather. It is May the month designated to honor our mothers. We are very blessed. God Bless our mothers.

My mother Sarah Evelyn Vise Raby is very amazing as she is 91 and still active. She suffers with arthritis and it is making walking difficult, but she keep pushing on with positive attitude. Her wit is always a comfort. We hope to go to Raby reunion May 9 and last year we visited some of the cemeteries in Rabytown. As we were driving back after a long day she commented if any body sees another cemetery do not tell Donald….She is a special blessing to me and I write about great great grandmothers today as she recently became one. Amazing, a rare event for sure, as many do not have that blessing. God bless Parker Adam Bennett. God Bless his mother, grandmothers and great grandmothers. What a blessing to see the family grow!!

We remember them and treasure the moments. Some of our mothers rest in cemeteries awaiting a hope that will come. On the last day Jesus Christ will descend with a shout and dead will be raised to meet him in the air. What a glorious promise that he has given: “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Donald Raby May 1, 2009

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Important:Raby Reunion Annually MAY 21 2011 1 PM Fenders Community Center
Posted by: Donald Ernest Raby on Apr 1 2009 05:23
Anyone descented from Raby in East TN is welcome!! All family and friends are invited. Fenders is in Roane County, but connectiions extend far and wide to Knox, Anderson, Blount, Monroe, Loudon and other Counties. Any descendants of Knox County James and Nancy Raby 1828
Plan to come and join the Rabys for annual Reunion.
Bring food for a potluck dinner and join the fun.
table ware provided.
Try to bring a funny story and pictures. Take Oakland Road exit off I-75 to west about 3 miles.
It is at Fenders Community Center not far from Cemetery on Highway 322.
Saturday May 21 at 1 PM
Questions ask me or call Kate Alexander 865 213 7634
Hope to see you in person.
Donald Raby
Write for directions deraby AT att.net
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Family stories:Civil War Letter from James Bullen to his brother AJ Bullen. Shared by Robyn Bulen
Posted by: Donald Ernest Raby on Mar 15 2009 07:30

[This letter is in possession of Robyn Bulen descendant of Andrew Jackson Bullen. She graciously shared it as she seeks information on her Bullen family history. Contact concerning this letter is welcome. Email deraby@att.net

Names in this letter:

James M. Bullen - married Margaret Raby Knox Co TN 1853

Andrew Jackson Bullen,4th Reg Missouri S.M. Calvary Co I and K –

Private Union Army. Brother of James M. Bullen.

Colonel James T Shelly, Command 5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry

Sister Matilda Bullen married John Cross, blacksmith Union man

Frellses - probably Freels from Scarbrough in Anderson County

Mack brothers in 3rd Tennessee Infantry from Bear Creek Valley in Anderson County

John (who?) in 7th East Tennessee Calvary in Kentucky

Loason Law and sons are Rebs

Mungers boys – Mongers Roane County

Galehers - Galleher in Roane County - Wheat area

Beardens – lived in Scarbrough Anderson Co

William Raby

Christian Ruffner married Nancy Raby (Raby siblings William, Nancy, Margaret)

Sesesh = secessionist

My note on this connection: These Rabys named were 1st cousin to my ancestor Samuel A. Raby (3rd Tennessee Infantry Co D). They lived in Knox County, Campbell Station area. Samuel Raby moved to Coalfield in Morgan County in 1880. His wife was Anne Elizabeth Willey Larick (widow of Joseph Larick who died in Federal Prison as Confederate conscript). Her son George Willey Larick (age 21) died in Coalfield and buried in Davis Cemetery. In 1888 they moved to Scarbrough in Anderson County. Anne Elizabeth died in 1889 and requested burial beside her son in Coalfield. Christian Ruffner and wife Nancy are buried in Davis Cemetery. This letter is important to me as I have wondered who Margaret Raby Bullen husband was and why Samuel moved to Morgan Co. This indicates that he moved from Knox County to be nearer his army friend, and Confederate sympathy was strong in west Knox County after war. This also expresses the idea that families were sharply divided and the separations were constantly a burden.]

This 20th of July Carthag Tenn. Smith co.

Dier Brother it is with plasior that I take the pen in hand to let you know where I am an how I am. I am well and in Northern army under Col. James T Shelly 5th Est Tennessee Regiment Co F. Andrew I would love to see you the best in the World if it could be so but miles is to long and times are troublesum at present but I hope we will see one another again once more in this world and talk with each other soon or late. Andrew I stand the servis a great deal better than I ascpected when I first cam to the army. I was gald to hier that you was in Union army. I was afraid you was in the Southern army like the rest my brothers. They all for south, ascept Matilda she is for the union and had to leave home on account of it. She is mared though now to John Cross a blacksmith an union man. Andrew I have ben in the union army ever cens the 25th of febreary 1862 and have ben very well satisfid as far as war conserns. i hier from Margrit every month or two and I write evry chans I get. The Frellses boys is in the union army, Mack brothers is in third tennesse infantry at this plass. John is in the 7th E. Tennesse Calvery in Kentucky but I don't acatally know where. Andrew, old Loason Law and sons ar all Rebs and Mungers boys galehers beardens and in the army. the sesesh rune the conserept in Tennessee and took rebs and union all the way able to bar arms and when the got at that I left for it sesesh I cold not be. William Raby cam out with me and did.(died) this year. (Illegible line here) was thers nothing importent write any mor the our army is in very good sperets and beliving that we will all get home again before it grate(can't make this line out) wheat all redre. Corn is as good as it can be. what the peple cold put in for good. mens had ther horses takin them. Andrew I long to offer words to you for it has bien a long time cens I sene or hierd of you. Christian Ruffner sens his respects to you and would love to se you rite sunn farwell J.M. Bullen to A.J. Bullen so far this tim write amidently...

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