William Martin Wray

Male3 June 1897–5 August 1985

Brief Life History of William Martin

When William Martin Wray was born on 3 June 1897, in Springfield, Clark, Ohio, United States, his father, James William Wray, was 37 and his mother, Mary Ellen Bowman, was 34. He married Mary Ellen Riffey on 14 May 1918. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Paxon Township, Pratt, Kansas, United States in 1910 and Paxson, Pratt, Kansas, United States in 1920. He died on 5 August 1985, in Pratt, Kansas, United States, at the age of 88.

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William Martin Wray
Mary Ellen Riffey
Marriage: 14 May 1918
Alvin James Wray
Clyde William Wray

Sources (6)

  • Willie Wray, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William Martin Wray, "Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003"
  • William M Wray, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 May 1918
  • Children (2)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (10)

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    World Events (8)

    1898 · War with the Spanish

    Age 1

    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

    1900 · Gold for Cash!

    Age 3

    This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.


    Age 23

    The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

    Name Meaning

    English (northern):

    from Middle English wra (Old Norse vrá) ‘nook, corner of land’, a topographic name for someone who lived at or by a nook, corner of land, or isolated place, or a habitational name from a place so named, such as Wray in Tunstall (Lancashire), Wrea in Kirkham (Lancashire), and High and Low Wreah in Hensingham (Cumberland). The name was taken to Ulster by a Yorkshire family in the reign of Elizabeth I, and was used interchangeably in the counties of Derry and Donegal with Raw, Ray, Rea, and occasionally McRae .

    common post-medieval spelling of Ray , Rae , or Ree .

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

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