The BRAY Name

See Neville Bray's BRAY FAMILIES website for the Origin of the Bray Name.

Hampshire Origins

Our most likely first known forebears are Robert Bray and Martha Fuller who were married at Salisbury, Wiltshire on 5 April 1761. They later moved to Portsea, Hampshire.

The next three generations of Brays were born in Portsea / Portsmouth, Hampshire. The narrow Southampton Row, Portsea was where the family lived for many years. The children of Robert Bray and Martha Fuller were:

  • Charles Bray (b 1779)
  • Jenny Bray (b 1782)
  • Martha Bray (b 1784)
  • John Bray (b 1789)

Charles BRAY married Maria BUCKLAND and their children were:

  • Maria BRAY (1805 - 29/8/1823)
  • Amelia Martha BRAY(1808 - 20/4/1831)
  • Charles BRAY (b 1810)
  • Jane BRAY (1812 - 2/1/1831)
  • Cornelius BRAY (1814 - 29/12/1864)
  • Ann BRAY (b 1821)
  • Emma Yetman BRAY (b 1823)
  • Caroline Elizabeth BRAY (b 1824)
  • Emily Maria BRAY (b 1828)
  • William Horatio Benjamin BRAY (b 1831)

Cornelius Bray married Mary Ann HAYLES on 20/1/1840. Their children were:

  • Mary Ann BRAY (b 1845)
  • Harry Cornelius BRAY (b 2/7/1847)
  • Robert BRAY (b 1850)
  • Fanny BRAY (b 12/1851)
  • Alfred BRAY
  • Caroline Elizabeth BRAY (b 11/12/1859)

Cornelius and Mary Ann arrived in Australia on 28 July 1853 on board the barque "St George" with their two children and Mary Ann's brother Robert Trickett Hayles and sister-in-law Elizabeth.


Neville Bray of Nowra shares a common ancestor in Harry Cornelius. For more details of Bray families in Australia and especially those with Hampshire ancestors, visit Neville's website at Bray Families.

Southamption Row, Portsea where the Bray family lived.
The northern end of Southamption Row
Visiting Southamption Row

Brays in Australia

Successive Bray ancestors in Australia are:


Care has been taken to include only accurate information on this site however it cannot be guaranteed. Data from many sources and contributions from fellow researchers make up this site and errors may be present. Any corrections and additional information would be most welcome.