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
1870–1953
Martha Annettia " Mattie" Reed
1873–1910
Marriage: 27 December 1890
Everett Thomas Ray
1893–1959
Effie Pearl Ray
1896–1984
Ina Bell Ray
1897–1981
Farris Elden Ray
1900–1970

Spouse and Children

    Male1870–1953Male

    Martha Annettia " Mattie" Reed

    Female1873–1910Female

MARRIAGE
27 December 1890
Missouri, United States
children

(4)

Parents and Siblings

    John William Ray

    Male1833–1892Male

    Cynthia Ann Lipencot

    Female1840–1922Female

siblings

(10)

    Cora Ray

    Female1858–Female

    James Samuel Ray

    Male1860–1936Male

    Margaret A Ray

    Female1862–1919Female

    Charles A Ray

    Male1865–Male

    Mary J Ray

    Female1867–Female

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World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 2

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1872 · The Amnesty Act

Age 2

A federal law which reversed most of the penalties on former Confederate soldiers by the Fourteenth Amendment. The Act affected over 150,000 troops that were a part of the Civil War.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 26

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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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