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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Thriller Thursday - Death of John Riley Ray


John Riley Ray was born 11/25/1885 in Paint Rock, Madison County, NC to John Asaph "Asa" Ray (aka Ace Ray) (DOB 8/29/1855 in Cocke County, TN; DOD 2/17/1944 in Madison County, NC) and his 2nd wife, Harriett "Hattie" Elizabeth Lamb (DOB 10/1855 in Greeneville, Greene County, TN to James Aiken Lamb and Mary Elizabeth Hixon; DOD Abt. 1913 in Madison County, NC).

1900 U.S. Census of Hot Springs, Madison County, North Carolina; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0082; FHL microfilm: 1241205, "John A. Ray"
John A. Ray, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Aug, 1855, 44 yrs old, Married 20 yrs, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Farmer, Can read and write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Harriet E. Ray, Wife, W, F, Born Sept, 1856, 43 yrs old, Married 20 yrs, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Can read and write
Johnie Ray, Son, W, M, Born Nov, 1885, 14 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in TN, Can read and write

John Riley Ray married Celia Ann Taylor in 1906. Celia Ann Taylor was born 4/14/1884 in Madison County, NC to William H. and Julia Taylor. They evidently weren't married that long and I don't know of any children. Celia Ann Taylor would marry Milton J. Jolly on 10/17/1923 in Etowah County, AL. Milton J. Jolly was born 12/15/1884 in NC and died Abt. 1967 in Knoxville, Knox County, TN. Celia Ann Taylor died in 1979 in Knoxville, Knox County, TN.

1910 U.S. Census of Hot Springs, Madison, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1107; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0080; FHL microfilm: 1375120, "John A. Ray"
John A. Ray, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 54 yrs old, 1st Marriage, Married 31 yrs, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Farmer, Can read and write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Harrett Ray (sic), Wife, F, W, 53 yrs old, 1st Marriage, Married 31 yrs, 3 children with 3 still living, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Can read and write
John Ray, Son, M, W, 24 yrs old, Widowed (sic), Born in NC, Both parents born in TN, Farm laborer, Can read and write


John Riley Ray was murdered on 11/9/1915 in Clinchfield Mill, Marion, McDowell County, NC by John T. Marsh.

NC Death Certificate #141, Registration District #565733, John Riley Ray, DOD 11/9/1915 in Clinchfield Mill, Marion, McDowell County, NC
Male, White, Divorced, Born 11/25/1885 in Paint Rock, Madison County, NC, 29 yrs old
Occupation: Cotton mill hand
Education: Graded school education
Father: J.A. Ray, born in Madison County, NC
Mother: Hattie Lamb, born in Greene County, TN
Informant: J.Z. Sigmon, Marion, NC
DOD 11/9/1915 at 8:30am
Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the chest (homicidal)
Buried: Paint Rock, Madison County, NC on 11/10/1915

Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, NC, 11/10/1915, Pg 1


The High Point Enterprise, High Point, NC, 11/10/1915, Pg 7

The News Herald, Morganton, NC, 11/11/1915, Pg 1

The Reidsville Review, Reidsville, NC, 11/12/1915


The Charlotte News, Charlotte, NC, 11/14/1915, Pg 1

The Union Republican, Winston-Salem, NC, 11/18/1915, Pg 5

Marion Progress, Marion, NC, 12/2/1915, Pg 1

Marion Progress, Marion, NC, 3/2/1916, Pg 1


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