Lurancy Ray

ID#  1538, (1828-1903)
     Lurancy Ray was born on 14 February 1828 in Cattaraugus County, New York.1 She was the daughter of George Ray and Lucinda Lamb.1 She married Benjamin Arnold Graves, son of Roswell Graves and Mary Ann Betts, on 25 July 1845 in West Salem Twp, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. She died on 28 March 1903 in Grant County, Wisconsin, at age 75.1 She was buried in Whig Cemetery, Grant County, Wisconsin.1

Lurancy's obituary in the The Fennimore Times on 1 April 1903 read:
"LURANCY GRAVES: Harrison; died at her home Mar 28th. She was born 14 Feb 1828 at Yorkshire-Cuturagus NY as Lurancy Ray. She was married to Benjamin A Graves at W Salem PA in 1843. Two years later, they came to Grant Cnty WI where a greater part of their lives was spent. From this union there have been 10 children: 5 boys & 5 girls. Two of the boys died during the diphtheria scourge in 1863 & death claimed 3 others; making 5 children to welcome her home where parting shall be no more. Those who preceded her to the better land were Joel & Lorenza (1863), Hattie, Mary Ann & Roswell (Apr 1900). The children who are left to mourn are George - Fennimore; Mrs Martha Shipton - IA; Mrs Lulu Dietzman - WI; Mrs Lorinda Culver - Platteville; & Arnold - Harrison. Mrs Graves taught the first school on Platte Prairie, the school being in one room of their house. Her husband was a veteran of the Civil War. During his absence in the defense of his country, Mrs Graves cared for her 8 little ones, the eldest being 16 yrs & the youngest 5 mos, attended to the farm, raising the largest crops ever grown on it. Mrs Graves was always a kind, loving mother & will be sadly missed by her sorrowing husband & children. The old home will be so lonely & desolate now that mother is gone; but we would not call her back to this world of suffering for we know she is where pain & sorrow is no more."1

Last Edited=24 Jan 2011


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