William Thomas Ray

25 January 1870–11 July 1953 (Age 83)
Benton Township, Adair, Missouri, United States

The Life of William Thomas

When William Thomas Ray was born on 25 January 1870, in Benton Township, Adair, Missouri, United States, his father, John William Ray, was 36 and his mother, Cynthia Ann Lipencot, was 29. He married Martha Annettia " Mattie" Reed on 27 December 1890, in Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Adair Township, Camden, Missouri, United States in 1900 and Union Township, Benton, Missouri, United States for about 30 years. He died on 11 July 1953, in Hickory, Missouri, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Bethel Campground Cemetery, Edwards, Benton, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Thomas Ray
Martha Annettia " Mattie" Reed
Marriage: 27 December 1890
Everett Thomas Ray
Effie Pearl Ray
Ina Bell Ray
Farris Elden Ray

Spouse and Children


    Martha Annettia " Mattie" Reed


27 December 1890
Missouri, United States


Parents and Siblings

    John William Ray


    Cynthia Ann Lipencot




    Cora Ray


    James Samuel Ray


    Margaret A Ray


    Charles A Ray


    Mary J Ray


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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)

  • William Ray in household of John Ray, "United States Census, 1880"
  • W T Ray, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William Thomas Ray, "United States Census, 1940"

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