Joseph Smith Ray

Male3 August 1811–20 July 1883

Brief Life History of Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith Ray was born on 3 August 1811, in Augusta, 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 Prather Ray
Susan Ball Ray
Emma Jo Ray

Sources (14)

  • Joseph Ray, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Joseph Ray - Published information: Census record: birth-name: Joseph S Ray
  • Joseph S. Ray, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 September 1835Mason, Kentucky, United States
  • Children (9)

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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 · Kentucky Bend Created

    Age 1

    During the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, the Kentucky Bend or New Madrid Bend was created. It is located in the southwestern corner of Kentucky on the banks of the Mississippi River.

    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

    English: from the Middle English personal name Ray or Rey, perhaps a pet form of names beginning in Ray or Rey, especially Raymond .

    English: nickname from Old French rei ‘king’, denoting someone who behaved in a regal fashion, one with the bearing of a king, or referring to the mock king or lord in festive games and pageants, e.g. at Christmas, May Day, or harvest. Compare Roy and King .

    English: nickname from Middle English ræghe (Old English rǣge) ‘female roe deer’ or in northern England more likely northern Middle English , raa, rae, ray (Old English ) ‘roe deer’, perhaps for a timid person or swift runner. Compare Roe .

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

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