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iconnumber posted 02-28-2005 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fitzhugh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I began a thread on this some time back to see if anyone had knowledge of what I then thought was a partial mark on a recently discovered ca. 1820-30 form julep. A wise scholar suggested the RAY cartouche could have been the last portion of TONCRAY. As it turns out, this is a small rectangular carouche simply bearing the surname Ray along with an eagle at the end of his name, all within the confines of the same rectangle. I found no evidence of another letter having been in front of the R. Would anyone have reference to a Ray working as a silversmith? I did find a W R Ray as a jeweler in Logan County, Kentucky during the 1890's, but I have no info as to his working dates, or if his father may have been in a related field. The cup in question may not be from Kentucky, but I suspect that it is. I can't come up with any other Ray's, and none from the correct time period. Thoughts?

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2005 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Judging from the 1880 census entry, William Ray of Adairville had been in Kentucky at least since 1868, when his daughter was born. He was originally from Tennesee, born there c 1833, which would put his first working date c 1853 if he went directly into trade.

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iconnumber posted 08-13-2007 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like the Adairville, Logan County, Kentucky W R Ray or Walter R Ray found in the 1890 directory was born in 1855 in Kentucky and was working as a watch and clock repairman in 1900 and had his own shop and was working as a watch repairer in 1910.

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