Person:Harvey Ray (2)

  • F.  Robert Ray (add)
  • M.  Sarah Armstrong (add)
  1. Harvey Ray1817 - 1905
m. 12 Jan 1843
  1. George Orleans Ray1845 - 1913
  2. Mary Armstrong Ray1849 - 1933
  3. Ruth Ada Ray1851 - 1932
  4. Lucy Virginia Ray1853 - 1932
Facts and Events
Name Harvey Ray
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 31 Mar 1817 County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Marriage 12 Jan 1843 to Sarah Kelsall
Death[2] 26 Dec 1905 Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Burial? Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United StatesAspen Grove Cemetery
  1. Ray, Harvey, in Ohio County Court, State of Virginia. Naturalization Records

    Harvey Ray Junior a native of Ireland this day applied to the Court to [become] a citizen of the United States, whereupon the said Harvey Ray Junior in pursuance of the Act of Congress made a report of himself which report is as follows to wit I Harvey Ray Junior make the following report of myself in the County Court of Ohio County in the State of Virginia, that is to say I report that I was born in the County of Tyrone in that part of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland called Ireland on the 31st of March 1817 being now in the 22nd year of my age that I am - subject fo the Queen of the United Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland owing allegiance to that Monarch and noe other that I Migrated from Ireland in the year .[blank] and arrived at Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania in the same year from thence I came to the City of Wheeling in the State of Virginia Where I have ever since resided and where I intend to settle myself
    Given under my hand sent this 6th day of January 1840 Harvey Ray Jr [seal?]
    And it being proved to the satisfaction of the Court by the testimony of James Duke and John H Armstrong citizens of the said United States who were examined as witnesses on oath that since the arrival of the said Harvey Ray Junior as aforesaid he has constantly resided in the United States and State of Virginia for the period of [nine?] years and upward including [Ten?] years of his minority and that for three years next preceding is has been the bonafide intention of the said Harvey Ray Junior to become a citizen of the United States and further that the said Harvey Ray Junior is a man of good moral character attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same he the said Harvey Ray Junior declared on oath in open Court that for those years next preceding the date hereof it has been his bonafide intention to become a citizen of the United States, and further that he will support the Constitution of the United States and that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince Potentate State of Sovereign whatever and Particularly to Victoria Queen of the United Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland Whereupon the said Harvey Ray Junior in pursuance of an Act of Congress passed the 20 of May 1824 is admitted a citizen of the said United States

  2. 2.0 2.1 Obituary - Harvey Ray, in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States. Hawk Eye. (Burlington, Iowa)
    26 Dec 1905.



    Was One of the Most Prominent Figures in Early Commercial and in-
    dustrial Circles.

    Harvey Ray, the last of the pioneer wholesale merchants of Burlington, passed away at noon to-day at the residence of his son Geo. O. Ray, 914 North Sixth street. A Week ago he sustained a paralytic stroke which, at his advanced age, he was not able to sur-vive.
    The career of Harvey Ray is possibly the most interesting of any resident of Burlington. He was born in Tyrone, Ireland, March 31, 1817, of Scotch-Irish parentage, belonging to the English (Episcopal) church. He came to America and lived at Wheeling, Va, until 1843. January 12, 1843, he was married to Miss Sarah Kelsoll [Kelsall], at Wheeling. He was at that time engaged in the manufacture of burr stones for grinding mills, and his first visit to Burlington was in 1842 when he came selling the stones to the mills along the Illinois, Des Moines, Skunk and other rivers. The stones were manufactured at his establishment in the east and shipped west. Water power was the only power in the towns along these revers at that time and the sones were in demand for grinding corn. In the fall of 1842 he returned to Wheeling overland, on horseback. He settled up his business in that city and in October of 1843, he came to Burlington, by boat with his wife. He engaged in the same business in this city adding the tombstone department. His products were sold all over Iowa and the adjoining states.
    In 1852 Mr. Ray first began the manufacture of plows, and the Ray Plow works became one of the most noted farm implement industries in the west. In 1856 he assumed entire control of the plant and conducted it alone in 1857, the output for that year being 5,000 plows, only one or two plants in the country exceeding that output for the year. The panic of 1857 was very disastrous and he was one of the few men in that line of business who was able to meet all obligations when due.
    In 1858, with a brother, he bought the Ray farm, consisting of 4,200 acres of land. The farm lay in Jackson and Huron townships and at times there was as high as 5,000 head of cattle feeding on the farm in one season. At the death of his brother he became the sole owner of the farm.
    In 1868, with General Dodge, William Postwaith, Robert Kendall and William Branigan, Mr. Ray hauled overland from Burlington to Virginia City, Montana, a stamp mill. The following year a second mill was shipped. This mill Mr. Ray and Robert Kendall accompanied. After reaching Montana, Mr. Ray became interested with Charles Hendrie, who at one time operated a foundry where the present Union depot stands in Burlington. Mr. Hendrie then operated the only foundry in the state, and with Mr. Ray they established the first stamp mill in Butte, Montana, which is the the largest mining camp in the world.
    In Burlington Mr. Ray was connected with several prominent enterprises. He was president of the Hendrie foundry, which was afterwards bought by the Murray Iron works. He was president of the Orchard City Agricultural works and later of the Ray Plow Co.
    The first school election held in Burlington was in 1849. At that election there were sixty-three votes cast and of the men who cast those votes, Dr. Salter and Harvey Ray were the only survivors. Now Dr. Salter remains alone of that number.
    Mr. Ray was one of the old type of influential men of Burlington. He did much to help the city grow in the early days when the work of progressive citizens was needed. Surviving are the widow and four children, George O. Ray of this city, Mrs. Pollock of Wheeling, W. Va., Mrs P. M. Crapo of Burlington and Mrs. Mitchell of Chicato. The funeral announcement will be made later.