Alpheus Ray

1775–1817 (Age 42)
Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Alpheus

When Alpheus Ray was born in 1775, in Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, his father, James Ray, was 29 and his mother, Jemima Comstock, was 26. He married Mary "Polly' Comstock on 18 December 1803, in Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. He died in 1817, at the age of 42.

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Family Time Line

Alpheus Ray
1775–1817
Polly
Harriet Ray
1804–1856

Spouse and Children

    Male1775–1817Male

    Polly

    FemaleFemale

children

(1)

    Harriet Ray

    Female1804–1856Female

Parents and Siblings

    Male1746–1800Male

    Jemima Comstock

    Female1749–1832Female

siblings

(11)

    Joseph Ray

    Male1773–1848Male

    Male1775–1817Male

    Festus Ray

    Male1778–1853Male

    Elisha Ray

    Male1779–1851Male

    William Ray

    Male1781–1858Male

+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1776

Age 1

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 1

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1787 · The Making of the U.S. Constitution.

Age 12

The Philadelphia Convention was intended to be the first meeting to establish the first system of government under the Articles of Confederation. From this Convention, the Constitution of the United States was made and then put into place making it one of the major events in all American History.

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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Sources (3)

  • Alpheus Ray in entry for Harriet Pelton, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Alpheus Ray, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Alpheus Ray, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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