Joseph Smith Ray

3 August 1811–20 July 1883 (Age 72)
Virginia, United States

The Life of Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith Ray was born on 3 August 1811, in Virginia, United States. He married Rachel Wheeler Dawson on 20 September 1835, in Mason, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Kentucky, United States in 1870 and Murphysville, Mason, Kentucky, United States in 1880. He died on 20 July 1883, in Mason, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Shannon Cemetery, Shannon, Mason, Kentucky, United States.

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Joseph Smith Ray
Rachel Wheeler Dawson
Marriage: 20 September 1835
Phoebe Ann Ray
William Daniel Ray
Ludwell Yancey Ray
Malinda K Ray
Mary Ray
Martha Lura Ray
Elizabeth P Ray
Susan Ball Ray
Jo emma Ray

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20 September 1835
Mason, Kentucky, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · Monumental Church Built

Age 1

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 19

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

1 English (of Norman origin): nickname denoting someone who behaved in a regal fashion or who had earned the title in some contest of skill or by presiding over festivities, from Old French rey, roy ‘king’. Occasionally this was used as a personal name.2 English: nickname for a timid person, from Middle English ray ‘female roe deer’ or northern Middle English ray ‘roebuck’.3 English: variant of Rye (1 and 2).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Joseph Ray, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Joseph S Ray, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Joseph S Ray, "United States Census, 1880"

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