Welcome to the site connecting the extended Ray Family, especially those centered around Minnesota. Please explore this site as well as the Interactive Family Tree (family.mnray.net). This is the culmination of countless hours of genealogy research from many sources. The Family Tree now has over 4,200 names, including ancestors to the Ray Family! You can use it to see if and how you fit in. Family members may obtain an account to view all the information. To get started, click on the picture or here for an Overview of the RAY, GILLETT, GOULD, BRIDGES, ENDRESON, BLIXRUD, or (Mons) LERAAS families.
In the near future, this site will feature:
- A History of the Ray Family, from the United Kingdom to the United States.
- Documents, Articles and Genealogy Information for featured members
|The most recent Tri-Annual Ray Reunion was held July 16-19, 2015 in Grand Marais, Minnesota.|
|August 2010: Read Tim Ray's account of a group hike to the remote wreckage of a B-17 in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains. Photos by co-writer Steve Ray.
Click here for Bighorn Odyssey.doc (23.5MB)
Click here for Bighorn Odyssey.pdf (19.9MB)
Ray Family Members
Clarence Avery Ray was born in Savannah, Missouri in 1883 to John Sanford and Ida Mae Gillette Ray. Their ancestry can be traced back to the MacRae Clan of Scotland. John and his family moved to South Dakota, where Clarence met and married Rose Belle Rhian. They raised a family and made their way to Grant County, Minnesota by 1913.
One of their children, Dayle Ray, is well known throughout the area as the former Postmaster and Mayor of Barrett, Minnesota. He married Elaine Endreson in 1941 and they raised a large family.
Chris "Chipper" Ray is the long time editor of the Grant County Herald.
Tim & Kathy Ray are active writing, directing, and acting with the Prairie Wind Players. Their farm is the site of the Sumac Hills Disc Golf Course (sumachills.com) . Their son, Brad Ray (shown with his mother) is a talented musician with the High Strung String Band.
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If you would like a free, permanent "@mnray.net" email address or space for a web site on this domain, please contact Eric!