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Benjamin Franklin Ray
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Birth: Oct. 9, 1827
Cumberland Township
Greene County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 14, 1899
California, USA

Born Benjamin Franklin Rea, he was the ninth of ten children in a family of Pennsylvania farmers and stockman. However Benjamin went to Jefferson College where he was one of the first initiates in the founding chapter of Phi Gamma Delta and graduated in 1849. After college he went to Illinois, settling eventually in Chicago where he became a successful businessman. His first wife was Janet "Nettie" Bostwick and they had two children, William Franklin and Ida (Ray) Coleman. Nettie died in 1869. His second wife was Julia Matteson and they had two sons, James Paul and Douglas Matteson. Benjamin died in Lordsburg, California, while on a business trip. (Today this is La Verne, a suburb of Los Angeles.)
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Rea (1786 - 1847)
  Margaret Dowlin Rea (1789 - 1864)
 
 Spouses:
  Janet Eckford Bostwick Ray (1834 - 1869)*
  Julia Matteson Ray (1847 - 1919)*
 
 Children:
  William Franklin Ray (1856 - 1932)*
  Ida Ray Coleman (1857 - 1940)*
 
 Siblings:
  Paul Rea (1806 - 1879)*
  Elizabeth Rea Crawford (1810 - 1858)*
  James Rea (1813 - 1890)*
  John Rea (1814 - 1879)*
  Hannah Rea (1817 - 1822)*
  Mary Rea Bailey (1820 - 1913)*
  Jesse Rea (1823 - 1850)*
  Margaret Rea Ringland (1825 - 1905)*
  Benjamin Franklin Ray (1827 - 1899)
  Josiah Harvey Rea (1831 - 1913)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Benjamin was originally interred in Section C, Lot 16. He was re-interred in the present location in 1909.
 
Burial:
Graceland Cemetery
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section Lakeside, Lot 32
 
Created by: Rayaeea
Record added: Sep 15, 2012
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Benjamin Franklin Ray
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Benjamin Franklin Ray
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