James Floyd Ray

4 May 1901–24 March 1987 (Age 85)
Harrison, Madison, Georgia, United States

The Life of James Floyd

When James Floyd Ray was born on 4 May 1901, in Harrison, Madison, Georgia, United States, his father, Azel McCalvin Ray, was 22 and his mother, Emma C Smith, was 18. He married Ruby Lee Chastain on 25 December 1921, in Madison, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in District 591, Madison, Georgia, United States in 1940 and Hart, Pontotoc, Oklahoma, United States in 1987. He died on 24 March 1987, in Franklin, Georgia, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Royston, Franklin, Georgia, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Floyd Ray
Ruby Lee Chastain
Marriage: 25 December 1921
Alice Hilda Ray
James Nathaniel Ray
Hugh Doyle Ray
Azel McCalvin Ray
Floyd Ray
Foster Ray

Spouse and Children

25 December 1921
Madison, Georgia, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings


    Emma C Smith






    Jessie Belle Ray


    Willie Lee Ray


    Carrie Lee Ray


+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 1

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.
1906 · The Atlanta Race Riot

Age 5

The Atlanta Race Riot of 1906 occurred on the evening of September 22 through September 24. A newspaper reported the rapes of four white women by African American men. Fueled by pre-existing racial tensions, these reports enraged white men who then arranged gangs to attack African American men. Over the next few days, several thousand white men joined in and in the end, 26 people were killed and many were injured.

Age 26

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

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).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Floyd Ray in household of A Wm Ray, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Floyd Ray, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Floyd Ray, "United States Census, 1940"

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