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Thomas Z. RAY
Emily GREEN
Julia Victoria BRADFORD
Husband:  Thomas Z. "Tom" RAY our subject is not the Thomas H. RAY who married Comfort Ida NELSON
Birth:  3 Jun 1859, Pickens Co., GA
Death:  4 Feb 1932, Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA
Disposition:  buried Chickamauga Cemetery, Chickamauga, Walker Co., GA
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Sanford V. RAY
Mother:  Rachel F. CORBIN
Marriage-1:  ca. 1879
Wife-1:  Emily GREEN
Birth:  1861/2, GA
Death:  ca. 1895
Marriage-2:  ca. 1895
Wife-2:  Julia Victoria BRADFORD
Birth:  25 Nov 1866, Pickens Co., GA
Death said to be:  22 Oct 1950, Whitfield Co., GA
Disposition:  buried 24 Oct 1950, Chickamauga Cemetery, Walker Co., GA
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m1. 1882, Dock T. THACKER (1861-1938); divorced 1886
Other Child:  Lavada Bell "Vada / Vader" THACKER (1883-1937); m. William Henry HARRIS (1878-1952)
Father:  Ransom I. BRADFORD (1847-1912) of Pickens Co., GA
Mother:  Harriet E. PEARSON (1847-1910) of Forsyth Co., GA
Children with Emily GREEN born in GA, probably in Cherokee Co., possibly in Walker Co.:
1.  Hulda Rachel RAY, b. 7 Aug 1880; d. aft. 1930
2.  John H. RAY, b. Feb 1882
3.  James F. RAY, b. May 1884
4.  Nancy M. RAY, b. Oct 1886
5.  Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" RAY, b. May/Aug 1888
6.  (Child) RAY, b. ca. 1890; d. by 1900
7.  (Child) RAY, b. ca. 1892; d. by 1900
8.  (Child) RAY, b. ca. 1894; d. by 1900
Child with Julia Victoria BRADFORD born in GA, possibly in Cherokee, probably in Walker Co.:
9.  Walter H. RAY, b. 17 Mar 1898; d. 10 Jul 1966, Limestone Co., AL
Grandchild:
.  Laurence / Lawrence CRANE, b. Apr 1909, GA
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Sources (n.b., Walker, Catoosa, and Whitfield Cos., GA, are adjacent):

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Thomas RAY (æ 11, b. GA) is living in Pickens Co., GA, with his widowed mother (q.v.).  Can't find Emily, at least, not with any certainty.  Julia V. BRADFORD (æ 4, b. GA) is living in Pickens Co., GA (p. 63A), with her parents, Ransom BRADFORD (æ 22, b. GA) & Harriet (æ 23, b. GA), plus a sister.

3a.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 16):  Conns [Conn] Creek, Cherokee Co., GA, Roll 140, p. 250A, PN 33, SD 1, ED 26, enumerated 30 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 13 22 23 24 25 26
329 332 Ray Thomas W M 19   / Farm laborer / / GA GA GA
    ___ Emily W F 18 Wife / Keeping house     GA GA GA

3b.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  July V. BRADFORD (æ 15, b. GA) is living in Pickens Co., GA (p. 532A), with her parents, Ransom BRADFORD (æ 32, b. GA) & Hariet E. (æ 32, b. GA), plus a younger sister.

4.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

5.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #11-12 of 19):  Georgia Militia Dist. 881, Walker Co., GA, Roll T623_226 (Book 1), pp. 212A-212B, SN 6, SD 7, ED 95, enumerated 15/16 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤()
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 27 28
98 100 Ray Thomas Head W M Jun 1859 40 M 10     GA NC GA Farmer     Y Y Y R F 101
    ___ Julia Wife W F Nov 1866 33 M 10 9 6 GA GA GA Keeping House     Y Y Y      
    ___ John H Son W M Feb 1882 18 S       GA GA GA Farm Laborer 6 4 Y Y Y      
    ___ James F Son W M May 1884 16 S       GA GA GA Farm Laborer 6 4 Y Y Y      
    ___ Nancy M Dau W F Oct 1886 13 S       GA GA GA     4 Y Y Y      
    ___ Mary E Dau W F Aug 1888 11 S       GA GA GA     3 Y Y Y      
    ___ Walter H Son W M Mar 1898  2 S       GA GA GA                  
    ___ Rachel F Mother W F May 1832 68 Wd       GA GA GA       Y N Y      
Only Walter is Julia's child, and they've only been married five years, not ten.  It seems the enumerator mistakenly tallied Thomas's children in Columns 11 and 12.  They are listed next to newlyweds William H. HARRIS (æ 21, b. Aug 1878, GA) and his wife, "Vader" (æ 16, b. Feb 1884, GA).  "Vader" is Laveda Bell (THACKER) HARRIS, Julia's daughter from her prior marriage to Dock T. THACKER.  Living with them is a Bettie RAY (æ 12, b. May 1888, GA/GA/GA), shown as Williams "sister-in-law."  Actually, it appears Bettie is Laveda's stepsister, not her biological sister.  Although Bettie's birthdate would be a conflict with that of Mary E. (because May and August 1888 are less than nine months apart), I suspect either enumerator error or Mary E. is Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" RAY, and they are the same person, enumerated twice.  I suspect the latter because, along with eldest daughter Hulda, who is living in 1900, it would bring the total of Thomas's surviving children to six.

6.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 16):  Pond Spring, 881 Militia Dist., Walker Co., GA, Roll T624_214 (Book 1), p. 214A, SN 2A, SD 7, ED 142, enumerated 18 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 26 28 29
10 9 Ray Thomas Head M W 53 M2 15     GA NC GA Eng Farmer General Farm OA Y Y   R F 9
    ___ Julia Wife F W 40 M1 15 1 1 GA GA GA Eng None     Y Y        
    ___ Walter Son M W 12 S       GA GA GA Eng None     Y Y Y      
    ___ Laurence GSon M W 11/12 S       GA GA GA Eng None                
Julia had a total of two children.  I haven't checked to see if her daughter, Laveda, is still alive.  Laurence should be surnamed, CRANE.

7.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 13):  Chambers [Twp?], G.M.D. 1094, Catoosa Co., GA, Roll T625_238, p. 180A, SN 9A, SD 7, ED 21, enumerated 8 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 29
Fm 18 18 Ray Thomas Head R M W 62 M   Y Y GA GA GA Y Farmer Gen. Farm 16
      Ray Victoria Wife   F W 53 M   Y Y GA GA OH Y None    
      Crane Lawrence GSon   M W 10 S N Y Y GA GA GA Y None    

8.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 19):  "Mt. road off Catlett gap," Pond Springs, G.M. Dist. 881, Walker Co., GA, Roll 390, p. 68B, SN 2B, ED 148-5, SD 1, enumerated 7 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 30 32
* 35 39 Ray Thomas Head R Y M W 69 M 23 N N GA GA NC Y Farmer General Farm O Y N 31
    ___ Victora Wife     F W 65 M 19 N Y GA GA GA Y None General Farm        
    Crane Lawerence GSon     M W 20 S   N Y GA GA GA Y Farmer General Farm NP Y    
*Mt. road off Catlett gap
Listed next to married son, Walter RAY.

9.  Georgia Deaths, 1919-98 (online at Ancestry.com):
Thomas Ray 4 Feb 1932       Whitfield Co. Cert #4343
V G Ray 22 Oct 1950 84 Years White Female Whitfield Co. Cert #23592

10.  Find-A-Grave.

11.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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