Joseph “Joe” A. H. Wray was born August 1856 in Arkansas. He was the son of Williamson D. Wray and Sarah A. Lyon. Joseph was raised on the family farm in Union, Saline County, Arkansas.
Joe married Laura Aurilla Pelton on January 8, 1880 in Saline County, Arkansas. Laura was born about 1858 in Beaver, Saline County, Arkansas, the daughter of William Marrion Pelton and Hannah Angelina Lindsey.
Joe married a second time on October 5, 1882 in Saline County. He married Sarah A. Henslee, born in 1859 in Jefferson, Saline County, Arkansas, the daughter of Josiah David Henslee and Susan Amanda Lewis.
On October 15, 1890, Joe married a third time in Saline County. He married Elizabeth “Bessie” M. Torry, born in November 1865 in Rapides County, Louisiana. She was the daughter of Lycurgus Eugene Torry and Sarah Ann Boggus. Joe and Bessie were the parents of eight children:
Julius Kemp born August 19, 1891
Freda born February 1893 – died before 1910
Kirk Torry born April 3, 1895
Edith Mariam born September 26, 1896
Jack Taylor born February 11, 1898
Ellie born February 1900
John H born 1903
Child born and died between 1900-1910
After their marriage, Joe and Bessie made their home on a farm in Beaver, Saline County, Arkansas. They lived in Beaver for the remainder of their lives, living and working on the family farm.
Joseph A. H. Wray died on January 14, 1929 in Saline County, Arkansas. He was 73 years old at his death.
Notes for Joseph A. H. Wray
Birth, Residence & Occupation in 1900: Year: 1900; Census Place: Beaver, Saline, Arkansas; Roll: T623_75; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 139.
Marriages: Ancestry.com. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Residence & Occupation in 1910: Year: 1910; Census Place: Beaver, Saline, Arkansas; Roll: T624_64; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0154; Image: 53; FHL Number: 1374077.
Residence & Occupation in 1920: Year: 1920; Census Place: Union, Saline, Arkansas; Roll: T625_78; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 182; Image: 300.
Notes for Elizabeth M. Torry
Birth: Year: 1900; Census Place: Beaver, Saline, Arkansas; Roll: T623_75; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 139.