Mary Ray

February 1836–29 April 1923 (Age 87)
Ashe, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Ray was born in February 1836, her father, Hiram Ray, was 35 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 5 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, 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
Nealia M. Richardson
John Wiley Richardson

Spouse and Children

about 1854
Ashe, North Carolina, United States


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Nancy Baker




    Hiram Abraham Ray


    Sarah Ray


    Virginia Jane Jennie Ray


    Amanda Ray



+8 More Children

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

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)

  • Mary Richardson in household of A F Adams, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Mary Richardson in household of Fidas Richardson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary Richardson, "United States Census, 1900"

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