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Family of Richard Ray &
Katie Annie Williams Ray


Pictures and baptism certificate courtesy of Betty Rusk.

Thomas Jefferson Williams Family

Casualty page for Richard Ray, Jr.

Dick Ray as a teenager with fiddle he
bought with money he earned selling bluing.


Katie Annie Williams Ray
18 Years Old - 1922 on Wilson Creek


Katie Annie Williams Ray

Katie Annie Williams Ray's grandfather, Thomas Johnson Williams, came to Texas from Arkansas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Williams of Kentucky, in 1820 at the age of thirteen. In 1822, Thomas and his father helped Stephen F. Austin move his colony to Bay Prairie, and was paid with a barrel of flour. At the age of twenty-nine, he was fighting under General Sam Houston at San Jacinto, and was the one to discover Santa Anna disguised as just a poor soldier.

Thomas Johnson Williams was born in Arkansas on November 17, 1807. On January 10, 1856, he married Rebecca Horton, who was born on May 23, 1829, in Georgia. He died on October 5, 1889, and she on January 3, 1908. They were buried in the Williams Cemetery at Ashby, Texas.

Thomas and Rebecca were the parents of five children. Their first child was Thomas Jefferson, born on August 8, 1857, at Rainey Creek, Texas. On September 21, 1894, he married Mable E. Grant and they had eleven children:

Thomas Grant Williams - July 26, 1895 - December, 1961;

Floyd Cold Williams - August 26, 1896 - February, 1952;

Malcom Julian Williams - December 23, 1897 - October, 1942;

Bertha Elizabeth Williams - born July 1899

James Calloway Williams - November 3, 1900 - October, 1956;

Ella Irene Williams - born February 2, 1902

Katie Annie Williams - March 17, 1904 - [April 17, 1996]

Alice Rebecca Williams - November 22, 1905 - October, 1984

Bradford Irving Williams - born November 5, 1908

Daisy Christina Williams - born January 3, 1910

Vallie Pertle Williams - May 1, 1911 - June, 1950

Thomas Jefferson Williams died on January 21, 1928 and was buried in the Williams Cemetery at Ashby, Texas. Mable Elizabeth Williams and her mother, Mable Kuykendall Douglas, died during the influenza epidemic of October, 1918.

Katie Annie Williams was born on the home place on the Tres Palacios River and Wilson Creek at Ashby, Texas, and attended the Ashby School. She married Dick Ray in 1922. Dick owned and operated the Shoe Repair and Leather Shop in Palacios for forty-five years. He died in 1980, and was buried in the Ashby Cemetery.

Katie Annie and Dick had three children. Richard was born in May, 1923, and was killed in action during World War II on June 8, 1944, over England. Betty Jo married Anthony Rusk and had four children: Couqueze Rusk Powell; twins, Rachel Ann Rusk Burns and Benny Ray Rusk; and Geren Wayne Rusk.

In 1984 Annie resided at 514 Welch Street in Palacios.

Historic Matagorda County, Volume II, page 418, 1984

Ray's Shoe Repair and Leather Shop c 1945 - Palacios, Texas



Ray Family
Mabank, Texas


Ray's Leather and Saddle Shop - Mabank, Texas - c 1935


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Feb. 3, 2008
Feb. 3, 2008