The Shemwell Family

Hix Jones RayAge: 97 years17981895

Hix Jones Ray
Given names
Hix Jones
Birth April 7, 1798 47 41
Birth of a son
#1Willis Anderson Ray

Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
between 1793 and 1798
Note: More than 4,000 Philadelphia residents died from yellow fever -
Historical Event
The Louisiana Purchase
1803 (Age 4 years)

Note: Napoleon Bonaparte agrees to sell 828,000 square miles of land to the United States for $15 million -
Death of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Ray
February 27, 1804 (Age 5 years)
Historical Event
War of 1812
between 1812 and 1815 (Age 13 years)

Note: War of 1812 between the Americans and the British. The Creek (or Red Stick) War in Alabama had different origins, but it coincided with the war of 1812, and the U.S. treated it as a part of the larger war, with Jackson and his forces also in charge of defeating the Creeks -
MarriageRuth CaseyView this family
February 1820 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a son
#2James Carroll Ray
November 20, 1820 (Age 22 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3Kiziah Caroline “Kizzie” Ray
July 1822 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a daughter
#4Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Ray
January 19, 1824 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a son
#5Sarah Melinda Ray
October 1825 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a daughter
#6Martha Melissa Ray
December 27, 1827 (Age 29 years)
Birth of a daughter
#7Cynthia Manerva “Ann” Ray
September 25, 1829 (Age 31 years)
Historical Event
Cholera Epidemic
1832 (Age 33 years)
Note: Cholera killed 4,340 people in New Orleans & over 3,000 in New York City -
Birth of a son
#8Calvin James Ray
October 12, 1833 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a daughter
#9Nancy Maranda Ray
September 10, 1835 (Age 37 years)
Historical Event
The Texas Revolution
between October 1835 and April 1836 (Age 37 years)
Note: The Texas Revolution (or Texas War of Independence) was fought from October 2, 1835 to April 21, 1836 between Mexico and the Texas (Tejas) portion of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. The Texas Revolution erupted in 1836, after Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Mexico responded by invading Texas, where General Santa Anna won decisive victories in the battles of the Alamo and Goliad. The war ended at the Battle of San Jacinto (about 20 miles) east of modern day downtown Houston) where General Sam Houston led the Texas Army to victory in 18 minutes over a portion of the Mexican Army under Santa Anna, who was captured shortly after the battle. The conclusion of the war resulted in the creation of the Republic of Texas -
Birth of a daughter
#10Mary Perlina Ray
July 2, 1837 (Age 39 years)
Birth of a son
#11John Riley Ray
October 12, 1839 (Age 41 years)
Death of a wifeRuth Casey
November 18, 1847 (Age 49 years)
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 47 years)
Note: The Mexican-American War was an armed conflict between the United States of America and the United Mexican States from 1846 to 1848 in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory despite the 1836 Texas Revolution -
Birth of a grandson
#1Joseph Brooks “Boots” Lyles
March 4, 1853 (Age 54 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#2Martha Angeline Lyles
December 2, 1854 (Age 56 years)
Death of a sonWillis Anderson Ray
July 17, 1858 (Age 60 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 58 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Death of a daughterNancy Maranda Ray
October 2, 1862 (Age 64 years)
Burial of a daughterNancy Maranda Ray
after October 2, 1862 (Age 64 years)
Cemetery: Ray Cemetery
Death of a sonCalvin James Ray
December 1, 1864 (Age 66 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 62 years)

Note: In the spring of 1861, tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues including state's right versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery exploded into the American Civil War -
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 68 years)
Note: The Alaska Purchase was the purchase of 586,412 square miles of new territory by the United States from the Russian Empire (a bargain at two cents an acre) -
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 68 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 70 years)

Note: The First Transcontinental Railroad was a 1,907-mile contiguous railroad line constructed between 1863 and 1869 across the western United States to connect the Pacific coast with the existing Eastern U.S. rail network -
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 79 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Death of a daughterCynthia Manerva “Ann” Ray
after 1880 (Age 81 years)
Death of a daughterElizabeth Ann “Betsy” Ray
August 13, 1882 (Age 84 years)
Death of a sonSarah Melinda Ray
August 13, 1882 (Age 84 years)
Burial of a daughterElizabeth Ann “Betsy” Ray
after August 13, 1882 (Age 84 years)
Cemetery: Rhea Cemetery
Death of a sonJames Carroll Ray
December 25, 1893 (Age 95 years)
Burial of a sonJames Carroll Ray
after December 25, 1893 (Age 95 years)
Cemetery: Ray Cemetery
Death October 10, 1895 (Age 97 years)
Family with parents - View this family
Family with Ruth Casey - View this family
Marriage: February 1820Wayne, Tennessee, United States
10 months
James Carroll Ray
Birth: November 20, 1820 22 19Wayne, Tennessee, United States
Death: December 25, 1893Marshall, Kentucky, United States
20 months
19 months
Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Ray
Birth: January 19, 1824 25 22Wayne, Tennessee, United States
Death: August 13, 1882Marshall, Kentucky, United States
21 months
Sarah Melinda Ray
Birth: October 1825 27 24Calloway, Kentucky, United States
Death: August 13, 1882Kentucky, United States
2 years
Martha Melissa Ray
Birth: December 27, 1827 29 26Calloway, Kentucky, United States
Death: September 16, 1918Graves, Kentucky, United States
21 months
Cynthia Manerva “Ann” Ray
Birth: September 25, 1829 31 28Calloway, Kentucky, United States
Death: after 1880Graves, Kentucky, United States
4 years
Calvin James Ray
Birth: October 12, 1833 35 32Kentucky, United States
Death: December 1, 1864Marshall, Kentucky, United States
Willis Anderson Ray
Birth: Kentucky, United States
Death: July 17, 1858Marshall, Kentucky, United States
Nancy Maranda Ray
Birth: September 10, 1835 37 34Kentucky, United States
Death: October 2, 1862Marshall, Kentucky, United States
22 months
Mary Perlina Ray
Birth: July 2, 1837 39 36Kentucky, United States
Death: December 10, 1908Kentucky, United States
2 years
John Riley Ray
Birth: October 12, 1839 41 38Kentucky, United States
Death: June 6, 1921Marshall, Kentucky, United States

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HIX JONES RAY was born 4-7-1798, Virginia and died 10-10-1895, Marshall County, Ky. If what my search shows is correct, Hix was quite the character. He believed the world was flat! Hix had been quoted as saying that he was "kin" to the author of "Ray's Mathematics", a popular book during his time. Research has shown the author was Joseph Ray but as of yet I have found no connection to Joseph. At some point in time some of the Ray/WRay family moved to Allan and Warren County, Kentucky. As a young man, he loaded the fruits of his labor onto a raft, floated down the Ohio River and Mississippi, sold his goods in New Orleans, then moved to Wayne County, Tennessee. Hix was married 3 times: