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.