William Martin Wray

3 June 1897–1997 (Age 99)
German, Clark, Ohio

The Life of William Martin

When William Martin Wray was born on 3 June 1897, his father, James William Wray, was 37 and his mother, Mary Ellen Bowman, was 34. He married Mary Ellen Riffey on 14 May 1918. He lived in Moorefield Township, Clark, Ohio, United States in 1900 and Paxon Township, Pratt, Kansas, United States in 1910. He died in 1997, in Sawyer, Pratt, Kansas, United States, at the age of 100.

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William Martin Wray
Mary Ellen Riffey
Marriage: 14 May 1918

Spouse and Children

14 May 1918

Parents and Siblings

    James William Wray





    Effie Lelia Wray


    George Benjamin Wray


    Nannie Bell Wray



    Lucy Mary Wray


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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.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 26

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various minor places in northern England named Wray, Wrea, or Wreay, from Old Norse vrá ‘nook’, ‘corner’, ‘recess’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William M Ray in household of James W Ray, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Wm W Wray in household of James W Wray, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William M Wray, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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