Bible submitted in 1985 by Dorothy M. Doty Pearson 2901 – 26th Street W. Apt 308, Bradenton, FL 33505

























Mary Ray was married March 24, 1881 at 5:00 p.m.

Lizzie Ray was married Mrch 24, 1892 at 8 o’clock p.m.

Artie M. Ray was married May 16, 1893 at 2 o’clock p.m.

L. D. Ray and Susan Jane Parker was married July 14, 1857

Solmon L. Ray father of L. D. Ray was born May 20, 1792

Elizabeth Clark Ray his mother name




L. D. Ray was bornd August 7, 1829 near Burnsville, N.C.

Susan Jane Ray was born March the 22nd, 1836 near Charleston, Illinois

Anta Ray was bornd April 10, 1858

Mary Elen Ray was bornd August the 1, 1860

Melisa Ray was bornd April the 27th, 1863

Elizabeth Ray was born April the 4th, 1865

Sarah Ray was bornd June the 16th, 1867

Anta Ray was bornd April 10 (no year listed)

(Lanette) Ray was born June the 4th 1869

Albert Ray was born Dec. 24, 1871

Tot Ray was born Nov. 9, 1875

Audrey Ray was born July 27th, 1877




Melissa Ray died August 14 on Thursday morning, ten minutes after 10 o’clock 1879.

Tot Ray died November 2d eleven o’clock a.m. 1888

Sara Ray died May 7th 1:45 p.m. 1895

Susan Jane ray died at 4:10 a.m. August 14th, 1896

And Ray died at 8:30 p.m. August 19th ,1896

Mary Ellen Ray (nee) Jones died July 13, 1897 at 6:20 a.m.

Artie Todd died at 8 a.m. Jan. 17, 1906 in El Paso, Tex.

L. D. Ray died at 2:30 p.m. March 2, 1917

Albert Ray died Easter Sunday 5:10 a.m. April 16, 1933 in Champaign Illinois.

Elizabeth Ray (nee) Travis passed away at 5:15 a.m. Sept. 30, 1940



Our Uncle Nathaniel Ray Died Sept. 15, 1870 about 45 year old

Florence Ray, borned Oct. 2, 1859, age 12 days

Johnie Ray, born June 18, 1862, died June 19, 1862

Infant borned Oct. 17, 1873, died Oct 18, 1873



Clara E. (Jones) Arnold – April 6, 1883

Leonard Jones – May 13, 1895

Clementine Jones – July 31, 1887

Sarah (Jones) Stoner – April 12, 1892

John P. Jones – January 26, 1895




Paper unidentified

Date (Octo)ber 30, 1940



Mrs. Elizabeth Ray Faris, widely known Coles county resident making her home her in Charleston since the death of her husband, Charles H. Faris in 1931, died at her home at 402 Madison street 5:15 o’clock this (Monday) morning following an illness from complications since August of 1939.

                The remains were removed to the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home from where funeral rites will be conducted at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon with the Reverend Walter F. Day officiating.  Burial will be in Mound cemetery.

                Mrs. Faris was born on a farm 3 ˝ miles west of Charleston on April 4, 1865, a daughter of L. Dow and Susan Jane Parker Ray.  She grew to womanhood in that community.  After receiving her education at the Lee Academy at Loxa, she taught school for several years.  On March 24, 1892 she was united in marriage with Charles H. Faris.  Practically all of her married life was spent in Lerna and on a farm near Lerna.  After the death of Mr. Faris she came to Charleston to make her home with a sister, Miss Laura Ray.

                Surviving Mrs. Faris in addition to her sister, Miss Ray are several nieces including Mrs. Carter Stoner and Miss Leah Todd.






Dec. 10, 1904

an old pioneer passes away at lerna saturday


Asahel J. Todd of Lerna, died Saturday morning.  He was a native

                of Ohio and came to Seven Hickory township, where he lived about forty

                 years and then moved to Lerna.

                He married Miss Artie Ray, a daughter of Mr. L. D. Ray.

                The funeral was held Sunday.

                A. J. Todd was about sixty years old at the time of his death.

                They had two children – A. J. and a girl, Leah.  The boy died some

 years ago.  Leah is six years old.

                The estate is worth perhaps $49,000.

Newspaper unspecified – article dated Mar. 2, 1917



The funeral services for L. D. Ray, the Mexican war veteran, will be held at the family home, 402 Madison street, at 10 o’clock Sunday morning with Rev. G. W. Flagge, pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating.  The burial will be made in Mound Cemetery.

L. D. Ray, born in Burnsville, N.C. Aug. 7, 1829, had been a resident of Illinois since he was seven years old, having come here in 1836.  At the time of his death he was aged 87 years, six months and 25 days.

In the dark days of 1846 when the United States was engaged in war with Mexico, Mr. Ray enlisted in the service of the Stars and Stripes and was in actual service in the republic south of the international border.  He passed around Cape Horne and entered that country by the Isthmus of Panama.  After the Mexicans had been given a series of defeats and acknowledge that the United States was the greater power, Mr. Ray returned to this country and made Coles County his home, purchasing a farm three and a half miles west of Charleston where he followed farming for many years.  He retired 25 years ago when he moved to Charleston, and built the residence at Fourth and Madison streets.

On July 14, 1857, Mr. Ray was united in marriage to Mrs. Susan Jane Parker and 12 children were born to the union.  The mother passed away in this city, August 14, 1895, and nine of the children have been summoned to their Maker.  The surviving children are: Al Ray, a former city attorney of Charleston, now of Davenport, Ia., Mrs. Charles H. Farris of Lerna, and Miss Laura Ray, at home.  Eight grandchildren, including Miss Leah Todd, and two great grandchildren also survive him.

Mr. Ray was an active man for many years.  He made five trips to California, the first trip in 1850 when he drove an ox team through the Golden state.  The return trip was made on mule back.  He sailed around Cape Horn, a dangerous trip in the early days, and came home by way of the Atlantic to New York and then to Illinois.  For the past six years he had been blind and he often remarked in the last year that if he had not been afflicted with the loss of his sight he would again take the trip to see the present Panama Canal.

When the Civil War broke out Mr. Ray was asked to take issue with the soldiers of the north.  While his sympathies and well wishes were with the cause of Lincoln, yet he would not enlist because he had brothers who were in the service of the Confederate Army and he stated he did not want to fight his brothers.  One brother was killed on the southern battlefields, and another lost his life under the Mexican sun in a battle while he was fighting under Uncle Sam’s colors.

In politics Mr. Ray was affiliated with the Democratic Party and was always greatly pleased when the principles of his party were endorsed by the voters of his community or the country.  He was a man always to be found on the side of right, and was highly respected as a neighbor and citizens.  His home life was ideal and he always wanted his family to enjoy life to the utmost.

Death called this good man and veteran very silently at 2:30 o’clock Friday afternoon, following an attack of heart trouble.