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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Family Time Line

Joseph Smith Ray
1811–1883
Rachel Wheeler Dawson
1817–1891
Marriage: 20 September 1835
Phoebe Ann Ray
1836–1904
William Daniel Ray
1838–1907
Ludwell Yancey Ray
1842–1907
Malinda K Ray
1844–1865
Mary Ray
1847–1885
Martha Lura Ray
1847–1917
Elizabeth Prather Ray
1850–1902
Susan Ball Ray
1855–1940
Emma Jo Ray
1858–1949

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)

    1812

    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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