Mary Ray

FemaleFebruary 1836–29 April 1923

Brief Life History of Mary

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.

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Family Time Line

Fielding Fields Richardson
Mary Ray
Marriage: about 1854
Sarah Jane Richardson
Jesse Richardson
Joseph Richardson
George Richardson
Ester Louisa Eliza Richardson
Nancy Evelyn Richardson
Cornelia Nelia Neely Richardson
John W Richardson

Sources (30)

  • Mary Richardson in household of A F Adams, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Mary Ray - birth: February 1838; Ashe, North Carolina, United States
  • Mary Richardson, "North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1854Ashe, North Carolina, United States
  • Children (8)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (12)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 10

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    1853 · First State Fair

    Age 17

    The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.

    1862 · Battle of Roanoke Island

    Age 26

    On February 7, 1862, General Burnside's expedition started with the Battle of Roanoke Island. The battle was mostly fought by the Union and Confederate Navy's. This was a Union victory.

    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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