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Wray - John P.

Source: H. W. Beckwith History of Montgomery County, Indiana (Chicago:  HH Hill, 1881) p 190

WRAY, John P, deceased, Crawfordsville, was b. in Montgomery  Co, Ohio Nov 27, 1822. His father died when he was 8 years old  and he was indentured to Samuel GILLILAND with whom he lived  until he became of age. He was given a small sum of money by his  guardian, and then began his way in the world with no other help.  One of his first important acts was to get married; but his wife,  Miss Julia Ann BUSENBARK, survived their union only 6 months. He  next married Miss Mary L. BRITTON March 6, 1849. She was b. in  this township (Union) Feb 6, 1831. Her great grandfather  FARNSWORTH was a native of Scotland and emigrated to NJ. Her  great grandfather Britton was a soldier in the revolution. Her  mother's parents removed from NJ to Ohio in 1820 and there her  mother was marr.t o Thomas P. Britton. This couple came to Union  Twp in 1829 and settled near where North Union is. They died  there. Mr. & Mrs. Wray were the parents of 6 children: Laura  P, b. May 6, 1851 marr. In Nov. 1870 to George STEELE of Clinton  Co; Anna J, b. Feb 8, 1854 marr. in Dec 1874 to James FINLEY of  Clinton Co; Martha Francis, b. Oct 27, 1855 d. July 8, 1863;  WIlliam J, b. Dec 13, 1857; Clara E, b. Dec 6, 1860; and John M,  b. Sept 28, 1863. Mrs. Wray belongs to the New Light Church and  her husband was a democrat. He d. Jan 1, 866. When he was marr.  the second time he had $500 but being industrious and a careful  manager, he prospered, and at his death left his heirs a good  homestead of 180 acrs. He was respected by all who knew him.

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Review, Jan 29, 1867
On Tuesday, Jan 1, 1867 of typhoid fever, Mr. John P. Wray,  aged 45 years and 27 days. Mr. Wray was one of our oldest  citizens (? and 45?) and a man universally respected and beloved.  His sudden and unexpected demise has caused a deep feeling of  sorrow among his numerous friends and acquaintances.
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