Reese James Ray

28 December 1864–14 August 1914 (Age 49)
Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Reese James

When Reese James Ray was born on 28 December 1864, in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States, his father, John Ray, was 36 and his mother, Ann James, was 28. He married Violet Willden on 31 December 1893, in Mancos, Montezuma, Colorado, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Spring Ranch, Clay, Nebraska, United States in 1880. He died on 14 August 1914, in Mancos, Montezuma, Colorado, United States, at the age of 49, and was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mancos, Montezuma, Colorado, United States.

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Reese James Ray
Violet Willden
Marriage: 31 December 1893
Olga Ray
Olive Ray
Dewey Ray
Girland Ray
Hazel Ray
Ethel Elizabeth Ray
Lily May Ray

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    31 December 1893Mancos, Montezuma, Colorado, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
    Age 13
    Historical Boundaries: 1877: La Plata, Colorado, United States 1889: Montezuma, Colorado, United States
    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield
    Age 17
    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

    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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    Sources (12)

    • Reese Ray in household of John Ray, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Reese Jay Ray, "Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006"
    • Reese Ray in entry for Dewey Ray, "Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951"

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