Thomas Ray

about 1736–
Louisa, Virginia, United States

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Ray was born about 1736, in Louisa, Virginia, United States, his father, Andrew Ray Sr., was 26 and his mother, Mrs Andrew Ray, was 26. He married Ursula Thomson in 1783, in Stokes, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter.

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Thomas Ray
Ursula Thomson
Marriage: 1783
Thomas Ray
Martha Patsy Ray
Andrew Ray

Spouse and Children

Stokes, North Carolina, United States


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World Events (7)

1758 · Mount Vernon

Age 22

Mount Vernon Plantation was the home of George Washington. It started off as 2,000 acres and was later expanded to 8,000 acres. The house itself started off as a six room building then got extended to twenty-one rooms.

Age 40

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

Age 44

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.

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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Story Highlight

Documents of Andrew Ray and his children with deed on James River

(Author: Jeneanne Pack Safran) Louisa County was formed from Hanover County and Albemarle County was formed from part of Louisa County. Deed Book A Page 88 Year 1743 Louisa County “John Thommson to …

Sources (2)

  • Deed books, 1742-1865; general indexes to deeds, 1742-1872, 1969-1978; ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS42-43QC-L
  • Thomas Ray, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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