|Birth: ||Nov. 10, 1806|
|Death: ||Apr. 14, 1894|
La Porte County
James Morris Ray was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1806; and is a son of John and Hannah Ray, deceased. He was reared on a farm and received a limited education in a subscription school. Mr. Ray's father died when he was quite small, and he was therefore early inured to hard labor, which he kept up through his manhood and later days.
He was married first to Miss Lydia Witham, and his second wife was Sarah Rogers. He is the father of 13 children. One son, Oliver H., a distinguished lawyer, died in Kansas City recently (1879). Mr. Ray is a carpenter by trade and has erected a great many houses in this county. He is a member of the IOOF (Independant Order of Foresters) at Westville.
His children include: Morris, Oliver, Rebecca, Mary Ann, Louisa, John D., James A., Amanda, Madora "Jennie", William and Elizabeth "Bettie".
His sons Morris, John, and James, all fought in the Civil War, and are also buried in this cemetery.
James M. Ray was one of Westville's first pioneers, settling there in April 1835. As one of Westville's "first's," he was nicknamed "Governor Ray." The first permanent residence on the present site of Westville was a frame house, built for Henly Clyburn in 1836, James M. Ray doing the carpenter work.
James Ray tells an "Indian" story.
The Ottowas and Pottawatomies were anything but neat and clean in their habits, and in their culinary department they exercised but little care. James M. Ray, an old settler, relates that in 1836 there were about 500 of them camped in and about Westville. At one time he passed a party of them that had captured a turtle and a coon. The turtle was thrown alive upon a bed of coals and held with sticks until it was dead. The latter was put into a camp kettle and cooked with very little dressing. The Indians insisted that Mr. Ray should partake of their feast, but the cooking failed to excite his appetite.
From: "History of La Porte County, Indiana. Charles C. Chapman & Co., 1880.
Lydia Witham Ray (1811 - 1846)
Sarah Rogers Brown (1828 - 1902)
Morris W Ray (1834 - 1878)*
Rebecca Ray Ford (1835 - 1890)*
Mary Ann Ray Miles (1838 - 1899)*
Louisa Ray Concannon (1840 - 1912)*
John D. Ray (1842 - 1865)*
James A. Ray (1844 - 1865)*
Euphema Ray (1851 - 1852)*
Madora Jane Ray Reynolds (1853 - 1952)*
La Porte County
Maintained by: EFRay
Originally Created by: Tina
Record added: Nov 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31779880
James M. Ray and wife Lydia(Witham) are my 4th grt grdparents. Their dtr Rebecca Ann b 1836 md Samuel Lorenzo Ford b 1829 Pa d 1887. I am still seeking members of the Ford Family.James you will never be forgotten as your descendants will continue the f...(Read more)|
Added: Mar. 3, 2013
Added: May. 4, 2012
Added: Apr. 26, 2011
|There is 1 more note not showing...|
Click here to view all notes...