When Mary Ray was born in February 1836, in Ashe, North Carolina, United States, her father, Hiram Ray, was 43 and her mother, Nancy Baker, was 30. She married Fielding Fields Richardson about 1854, in Ashe, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Sparta, Alleghany, North Carolina, United States in 1910 and Gap Civil Township, Alleghany, North Carolina, United States in 1920. She died on 29 April 1923, in Glade Creek Township, Alleghany, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 87.
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 rā, raa, rae, ray (Old English rā) ‘roe deer’, perhaps for a timid person or swift runner. Compare Roe .