Ray Family Papers

Ray Family Papers

 
The Ray Family Papers contains hundreds of letters that were shared chiefly amongst the children of Joe Ed Ray (1864-1907) and Vivia Scott Ray (1875-1915). Joe died as the result of a logging accident in 1907. Vivia was a homemaker and seamstress. Their children included: Ruby Catherine Ray MacDonald (1896-1972), Virginia Scott Ray Harman (1897-1972); William Brown Ray (1899-1986), Amy Eleanor Ray (1902-1955), Edward Marshall Ray (1903-1973), and Joseph Malchus Ray (1907-1991). The “round robin” correspondence begins in 1928 and continued for over sixty years. These letters demonstrate a family that exhibited grit and determination. Despite difficult circumstances, all of the children received college degrees and most had exemplary careers in education.

To see additional information about the correspondents in this collection, click here:The Ray Family Backstory

Picture above: Ray family reunion ca. 1938 at Mammoth Cave Park.

Left to right: Edward Marshall Ray (1903-1973) Ruby Catherine Ray MacDonald (1896-1972) William Brown Ray (1899-1986) Virginia Scott Ray Harman (1897-1972) Joseph Malchus Ray (1907-1991) Amy Eleanor Ray (1902-1955)

To see additional photographs of the Ray Family, click here: Ray Family Photo Album

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