Monday, October 13, 2014

John Ray Brown 1885 - 1956

John Ray Brown was born January 13, 1885 in Kentucky. On his grave marker he calls himself J Ray Brown.  This family really liked to use initials.

His parents were Joseph M. 1853 - 1900 and Tannie R.rown. Maiden name Ray from death certificate.  1852 - 1898

He married Edith Nesbitt b 1889, who was born in Northern Ireland.  It would be interesting to know how the two met.

They had two children, John Ray Jr born 1919 near Cedar City, UT and Cynthiana born the 15th of February, 1924 in Los Angeles, CA.

Edith had a high school education and John Ray Sr. was a college graduate, which may account for Cynthiana's interest in education.

In 1919 her father is living in Lund, Iron, UT which is 35 miles from Cedar City.  He is farming.  This is where that Cynthiana's brother, John Ray Jr., was born 31 Mar 1919.  By 1920 the family has moved to Los Angeles and John Sr. is a structural carpenter. 

In the 1930 census Ray owns his own ice distribution business in the San Antonio district of Los Angeles county. They lived on at 1323 East 77th street.  This area is near Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles. Paradoxically the location of her home is a school today.  Cynthiana was 6 in 1930.

By 1940 John Ray Jr. is typesetting in a printing company. Her father is in the ice business doing retail and delivery and it appears her mother isn't working.  Cynthiana has completed 3 years of High School at Fremont High School at 7676 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90003

John Ray Brown died 24 August 1956 in Los Angeles and the body was sent to Kentucky for burial in the Smiths Grove, Warren County, Kentucky Cemetery.

1910 census:

1930 census

1930 census:

 Location of home in 1930:


Name: Ray J Brown
Gender: Male
Residence Year: 1937
Street address: 323 E 77th
Residence Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation: Salesman
Spouse: Edith Brown
Publication Title: Los Angeles A-L, California, City Directory, 1937  

1940 census

Full 1940 census sheet:

Social Security #:569229357
Birth Date:13 Jan 1885
Birth Place:Kentucky
Death Date:24 Aug 1956
Death Place:Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name:Ray
Father's Surname:Brown

Brown, Joseph M., Tannie R., Claire, J. Ray & Josie May

Birth: 1885
Death: 1956

Note: No record of deed
Smiths Grove Cemetery
Smiths Grove
Warren County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: C, 20

Tannie Ray, John's mother in the 1870 census: Note: this is the same area the family plot is located.

1870 census, she may be on her own here in Louisville, KY: