October 8, 2011

Lillian Moore Ray, Part II

I found her!! Previously, I had a woe-is-me episode over Lillian Moore Ray. Well, thanks to FamilySearch Indexers, I broke through!Why is it that it always takes a little creative searching to find what you're looking for?
When we last left off, Lillian Moore had married Franklin Ray. They had three children:

i. Ralph Franklin Ray
ii. Hazel G. Ray
iii. Belluah Ray

Well, let's first examine Ralph Franklin Ray.

A birth record for him appears in the Ohio Births and christenings, 1821-1962. He is b. 22 Aug 1884 in Wellsville, Columbiana, OH with parents of Frank Ray and Nellie Moore. Nellie/Lillian close enough, I'll take it. (Source film 931592/ ref # Bk.3 p.150 cn.297)

In 1900 he was living in Avalon Borough, Allegheny, PA
1910 St. Louis Ward 22.
WWI Draft Card, Mrs. Elizabeth Porter Ray will always know his whereabouts. How about that? PORTER!!! I haven't found their marriage record, yet. They have three children:
i. 1. Elizabeth L. Ray (lillian?)
i. 2. Robert F. Ray (franklin?)
i. 3. Hazel V. Ray (named after aunt?)

I have found much about the children.

The third chid, Belluah, was born 18 July 1894 in Wellsville, Columbiana, OH. (931592 film #, ref #. vol. 5. pg212 #55) No information other then t

Interestingly, I believe that Hazel has the most information. She was born 07 December 1885 in Wellsville, Columbiana, Ohio ((931592 film #, no ref number given).

She married Cecil Burson, son of G.W. Burson and Jennie Guiney on December 7, 1906. Here is the marriage certificate (left hand, bottom) (film number 0886219, ref. 2:3zpwdwm)

The 1910, 1920 and 1930 census shows three children:

ii. 1. Frank R. Burson
ii. 2. Sara E. Burson
iii 3. Helen L. Burson

Plenty of poking, typing and banging on they keyboard in both ancestry.com and familysearch.org find the North CArolina Deaths 193101993 for Frank Ray Burson. he was born June 15, 1908 and was a ret. engineer. He died September 28, 1985. He was the son of Cecil Burson and Hazel Ray and was married to Claire Heyden. (film 1991194 ref # v. 37b, cn37587). More googling got me to a son, Ray H. Burson (they love their family names!) He confirms this at the Rutger's Oral History Project. I emailed him a bit ago at an email I found. It hasn't bounced back to me, so hopefully, he can confirm and perhaps give details?

And that gets me excited. And when I explain it to my mom, gets her confused. Finally, something to share at the family reunion!

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