Ray Charles Colton

23 March 1907–26 July 1990 (Age 83)
Maeser, Uintah, Utah, United States

The Life Summary of Ray Charles

When Ray Charles Colton was born on 23 March 1907, in Maeser, Uintah, Utah, United States, his father, Charles Henry Colton, was 22 and his mother, Nellie Hacking, was 21. He married Zelma Elizabeth Winterton on 18 June 1937, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He lived in Vernal, Uintah, Utah, United States for about 5 years and Springville, Utah, Utah, United States in 1940. He died on 26 July 1990, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Ray Charles Colton
Ruth Nicholes
Marriage: 19 May 1988

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    19 May 1988Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed
    Age 1
    Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.
    1908 · The Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot
    Age 1
    Being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot dates to the more prosperous era in the history of American railroad travel. Originally called the Union Station, it was jointly constructed by the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroads and the Oregon Short Line. The platforms behind the station ran north-to-south, parallel to the first main line built in the Salt Lake Valley. When Amtrak was formed in 1971, it took over the passenger services at the station, but all trains were moved to the Rio Grande station after it joined Amtrak. In January 2006, The Depot was opened as a shopping center that housed shops, restaurants and music venues.
    Age 22
    13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

    Name Meaning

    English (Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire): habitational name from any of various places called Colton in England. Examples in Norfolk, Staffordshire, and North Yorkshire are from the Old English personal name Cola (or the cognate Old Norse Koli; see Cole 2) + Old English tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’. The place so named in Somerset has as its first element the Old English personal name Cūla (of uncertain origin). The one in Cumbria has a river name apparently derived from a Celtic word meaning ‘hazel’. This English name is also common in Ireland; it was the name of a bishop of Derry in 1397. There seems also to have been confusion with Culliton .Scottish and Irish (Monaghan): shortened and altered form of Gaelic Mac Haldan, ‘son of Haldan’, see Haldane .

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

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    Story Highlight

    This Is the Work of God

    "My name is Ray Colton, in the Oquirrh Stake," he began. "I was born and raised in Vernal." Ray Colton was standing before a large assembly of local Latter-day Saint priesthood holders who had come t …

    Sources (29)

    • Ray Charles Colton, "Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914"
    • Chas Ray Colton in household of Chas. H Colton, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
    • Charles Ray Colton, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"

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