Mary Ann Matilda Ray

Crawford, Indiana, United States

The Life of Mary Ann Matilda

When Mary Ann Matilda Ray was born in 1828, in Crawford, Indiana, United States, her father, Joel Wilfred Ray, was 27 and her mother, Malinda Emeline Brown, was 26. She married James Wesley Melton on 8 February 1849. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Indiana, United States in 1870 and Greenfield Township, Orange, Indiana, United States for about 20 years.

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Family Time Line

James Wesley Melton
Mary Ann Matilda Ray
Marriage: 8 February 1849
Joel Wilson Melton
Malinda E. Melton
Rhoda J. Melton

Spouse and Children

8 February 1849


    Joel Wilson Melton


    Malinda E. Melton


    Rhoda J. Melton


Parents and Siblings



    Lucinda Emaline Ray


    Susannah Carter Brown


    James Hudson RAY


    Lucy Anne Elizabeth Ray



+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 8

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.

Age 35

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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)

  • Mary Ann Hilton in household of James W Hilton, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary A Melton in household of James Melton, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary A Melton in household of James W Melton, "United States Census, 1880"

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