When Francis A. Ray was born in 1853, in Lansing, New Hope, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, William Burge Ray, was 26 and his mother, Laura Jane Benjamin, was 27. He married Mary Jane Case in 1870, in Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He died on 20 February 1896, in Michigan, United States, at the age of 43, and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Lansing, Ingham, Michigan, United States.
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 rā, raa, rae, ray (Old English rā) ‘roe deer’, perhaps for a timid person or swift runner. Compare Roe .