Thomas L Ray

Brief Life History of Thomas L

When Thomas L Ray was born about 15 January 1837, in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States, his father, William Houston Ray Sr., was 20 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Copeland, was 19. He married Elizabeth Lee Ann Maxwell on 15 August 1859, in Livingston, Overton, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Overton, Tennessee, United States in 1860 and Montrose, Colorado, United States in 1900. He died on 17 January 1920, in San Diego, San Diego, California, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Cedar Cemetery, Montrose, Montrose, Colorado, United States.

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Thomas L Ray
Elizabeth Lee Ann Maxwell
Marriage: 15 August 1859
Cornelius Neal Ray
Mary Jane Ray
Fannie MacDovey Ray
William Houston Ray
Emma Florance Ray
Thomas Emlac "Emlac" Ray
Marion Francis Ray
Philander L. Ray
Hugh Lee Ray
Letta Laverna Ray

Sources (12)

  • Thomas Ray in household of Nancy Maxwell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Thomas Ray, "California Death Index, 1905-1939"
  • Thomas Ray, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

World Events (8)


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


Tennessee was known as the Volunteer State because during the Mexican War the government asked Tennessee for 3,000 volunteer soldiers and 30,000 joined.

1861 · Denver Becomes a City

In 1861, Denver City was incorporated into the territory as an official city.

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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