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Obit: Charles John Dray 1854-1937, Niles, Ohio
Posted by: Robert W. Dray (ID *****9660) Date: March 20, 2007 at 00:01:28
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Below is a partial Obit for Charles John Dray, a son of Thomas and Malissa Dray - a direct decendent of EDWARD.

Brookfield, Missouri Bulletin – Nov 29, 1937 (Partial Reprint)

CHARLES John Dray was born in Niles, Trundle county Ohio, February 28, 1854 and was a son of Thomas and Malissa Dray, and departed this live Monday, Nov 27, 1937, age 83 years, 9 months and 1 day.

In 1877 Mr. Dray left Ohio and settled in Farmington, Iowa, and in that year began work for the Burlington Railroad Company, as decorator of passenger coaches. In December 1877 he was united in marriage with Miss Calomoletha Dray, a daughter of Henry and Mariah Dray of Farmington, Iowa.

On December 8th, 1880, the family moved from Farmington to Linneus, Missouri and lived in this city until 1884 when they moved to the farm west of Linneus where the deceased resided to the end of his life. He worked as a decorator and paperhanger until in 1903 when he accepted a position as rural mail carrier upon Route No. 1 Linneus which position he held until Dec 1, 1912.

On September 30, 1895 Mrs. Dray died, and on March 6, 1905 Mr. Dray married Mrs. Ella A. Western, who passed away February 22, 1931. Mr. dray was the father of 6 children, two of whom died in infancy. The living are Fred T. Dray, of Chariton, Iowa; George M and R. Guy Dray of Linneus.

The deceased was Secretary-Treasurer of the Rural Letter Carrier’s Ass’n of Missouri for six years; had been a member of I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 51 at Linneus for 43 years. He had been a member of the M. E. Church for many years and took a prominent part in its activities prior to the time of his failing health.

Charles J. Dray was a man of kindly characteristics and useful activities prior to the time he was overtaken by infirmities of old age.

I have much more information on this line of Drays and would live to communicate with decendents of EDWARD.

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