James Bennett Wray

Brief Life History of James Bennett

When James Bennett Wray was born in 1796, in Virginia, United States, his father, Elijah Wray, was 21 and his mother, Susanna Spain, was 20. He had at least 6 sons and 5 daughters with Mary Elizabeth Gordon. He died about 1860, in Limestone, Alabama, United States, at the age of 65.

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James Bennett Wray
1796–about 1860
Mary Elizabeth Gordon
Elijah Haskins Wray
Harriet A. Wray
Susan J. Wray
Lafayette Wray
Martha E. Wray
Benjamin Franklin Ben Wray
William Henry Wray
Elizabeth E. Wray
Harrison Clay Wray
Annie Elizabeth Wray
Henry Wray

Sources (13)

  • James B Wray, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James B. Wray in entry for Annie Elizabeth Dunn, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"
  • U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885

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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

1812 · Monumental Church Built

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.


Historical Boundaries: 1818: Limestone, Alabama Territory, United States 1819: Limestone, Alabama, United States

Name Meaning

English (northern):

from Middle English wra (Old Norse vrá) ‘nook, corner of land’, a topographic name for someone who lived at or by a nook, corner of land, or isolated place, or a habitational name from a place so named, such as Wray in Tunstall (Lancashire), Wrea in Kirkham (Lancashire), and High and Low Wreah in Hensingham (Cumberland). The name was taken to Ulster by a Yorkshire family in the reign of Elizabeth I, and was used interchangeably in the counties of Derry and Donegal with Raw, Ray, Rea, and occasionally McRae .

common post-medieval spelling of Ray , Rae , or Ree .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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