William Luther Ray

12 November 1861–28 August 1954 (Age 92)
Alabama, United States

The Life of William Luther

When William Luther Ray was born on 12 November 1861, in Alabama, United States, his father, James Benjamin Ray, was 30 and his mother, Ann Elizabeth Dean, was 31. He married Ruby Abie Lee on 22 November 1883, in Ashland, Clay, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Justice Precinct 6, Coryell, Texas, United States in 1900 and Justice Precinct 5, Haskell, Texas, United States for about 30 years. He died on 28 August 1954, in Seymour, Baylor, Texas, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Rochester Cemetery, Haskell, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Luther Ray
1861–1954
Ruby Abie Lee
1867–1951
Marriage: 22 November 1883
Idora Ray
1884–1978
Evans Lee Ray
1886–1975
Bertie Idella Ray
1891–1941
Dumas Young Ray
1894–1975
Johnny Adele Ray
1900–1900
Clarence Edward Ray
1901–1978
Lottie Florence Ray
1901–1986

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
22 November 1883
Ashland, Clay, Alabama, United States
children

(7)

    Female1884–1978Female

    Male1886–1975Male

    Bertie Idella Ray

    Female1891–1941Female

    Male1894–1975Male

    Johnny Adele Ray

    Female1900–1900Female

+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James Benjamin Ray

    Male1831–1899Male

    Ann Elizabeth Dean

    Female1830–1899Female

siblings

(9)

    Mary Elizabeth Ray

    Female1850–1932Female

    Martha Ann Ray

    Female1853–1929Female

    James Washington Ray

    Male1856–1935Male

    John Benjamin Ray

    Male1859–1918Male

    Male1861–1954Male

+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1863

Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1865 · Alabama Ratifies the 13th Amendment

Age 4

Alabama ratified the 13th Amendment on December 2, 1865. The Thirteenth Amendment officially became part of the Constitution on December 6, 1865. Roughly 440,000 Alabamians born into slavery were freed and made citizens. However, loopholes in the law made this a slow process.
1886

Age 25

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Wm L Ray in household of Coon Ray, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Wm L Ray, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William L Ray, "United States Census, 1930"

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