The Shemwell Family

Martha Melissa RayAge: 90 years18271918

Name
Martha Melissa Ray
Given names
Martha Melissa
Surname
Ray
Birth December 27, 1827 29 23
Birth of a sisterCynthia Manerva “Ann” Ray
September 25, 1829 (Age 20 months)
Historical Event
Cholera Epidemic
1832 (Age 4 years)
Note: Cholera killed 4,340 people in New Orleans & over 3,000 in New York City - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholera_outbreaks_and_pandemics
Birth of a brotherCalvin James Ray
October 12, 1833 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a sisterNancy Maranda Ray
September 10, 1835 (Age 7 years)
Historical Event
The Texas Revolution
between October 1835 and April 1836 (Age 7 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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Revolution
Birth of a sisterMary Perlina Ray
July 2, 1837 (Age 9 years)
Birth of a brotherJohn Riley Ray
October 12, 1839 (Age 11 years)
Death of a motherRuth Casey
November 18, 1847 (Age 19 years)
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 18 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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican%E2%80%93American_War
Death of a maternal grandfatherAbner Casey
1850 (Age 22 years)
Death of a brotherWillis Anderson Ray
July 17, 1858 (Age 30 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 29 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza - http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3884
Death of a sisterNancy Maranda Ray
October 2, 1862 (Age 34 years)
Burial of a sisterNancy Maranda Ray
after October 2, 1862 (Age 34 years)
Cemetery: Ray Cemetery
Death of a brotherCalvin James Ray
December 1, 1864 (Age 36 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 33 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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_War
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 39 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) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Purchase
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 39 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans - http://historyengine.richmond.edu/episodes/view/306
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 41 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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 50 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_yellow_fever
Death of a sisterCynthia Manerva “Ann” Ray
after 1880 (Age 52 years)
Death of a sisterElizabeth Ann “Betsy” Ray
August 13, 1882 (Age 54 years)
Death of a brotherSarah Melinda Ray
August 13, 1882 (Age 54 years)
Burial of a sisterElizabeth Ann “Betsy” Ray
after August 13, 1882 (Age 54 years)
Cemetery: Rhea Cemetery
Death of a brotherJames Carroll Ray
December 25, 1893 (Age 65 years)
Burial of a brotherJames Carroll Ray
after December 25, 1893 (Age 65 years)
Cemetery: Ray Cemetery
Death of a fatherHix Jones Ray
October 10, 1895 (Age 67 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 70 years)
Note: The Spanish-American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States, the result of American intervention in the Cuban War of Independence - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish%E2%80%93American_War
Death of a sisterMary Perlina Ray
December 10, 1908 (Age 80 years)
Death of a sisterKiziah Caroline “Kizzie” Ray
January 11, 1916 (Age 88 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 88 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic - http://goo.gl/ZBEQA1
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 89 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 90 years)

Note: Spanish Influenza killed over 500,000 people in the United States, and somewhere between 20 and 40 million in what has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in history - http://virus.stanford.edu/uda/
Death September 16, 1918 (Age 90 years)
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father
mother
Marriage: 1820Wayne, Tennessee, United States
11 months
elder brother
James Carroll Ray
Birth: November 20, 1820 22 16Wayne, Tennessee, United States
Death: December 25, 1893Marshall, Kentucky, United States
20 months
elder sister
19 months
elder sister
Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Ray
Birth: January 19, 1824 25 19Wayne, Tennessee, United States
Death: August 13, 1882Marshall, Kentucky, United States
21 months
elder brother
Sarah Melinda Ray
Birth: October 1825 27 21Calloway, Kentucky, United States
Death: August 13, 1882Kentucky, United States
2 years
herself
Martha Melissa Ray
Birth: December 27, 1827 29 23Calloway, Kentucky, United States
Death: September 16, 1918Graves, Kentucky, United States
21 months
younger sister
Cynthia Manerva “Ann” Ray
Birth: September 25, 1829 31 25Calloway, Kentucky, United States
Death: after 1880Graves, Kentucky, United States
4 years
younger brother
Calvin James Ray
Birth: October 12, 1833 35 29Kentucky, United States
Death: December 1, 1864Marshall, Kentucky, United States
brother
Willis Anderson Ray
Birth: Kentucky, United States
Death: July 17, 1858Marshall, Kentucky, United States
younger sister
Nancy Maranda Ray
Birth: September 10, 1835 37 31Kentucky, United States
Death: October 2, 1862Marshall, Kentucky, United States
22 months
younger sister
Mary Perlina Ray
Birth: July 2, 1837 39 33Kentucky, United States
Death: December 10, 1908Kentucky, United States
2 years
younger brother
John Riley Ray
Birth: October 12, 1839 41 35Kentucky, United States
Death: June 6, 1921Marshall, Kentucky, United States

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