A WRAY OF HOPE
Under construction whilst I compose the story.
In the meantime, briefly, the story will be about a Wakefield William Wray who saw fit to move to Barnsley in the 1820s where he had a family with his wife Elizabeth. His son Edwin, born in 1848, preferred Royston due to the presence of Grace Rollinson, whom he married somewhat secretly in Knottingley in 1867 before going back to raise fifteen children in Royston. Albert Edwin, one of the sons, moved off to Hull towards the end of the century and married young Harriett Bennett from Shrewsbury after courting her for one Sunday a month over about six months. Albert was a quick worker. One of their children, Florence, was born in Sculcoates in 1910. She was my mother. Albert and his family moved to Nuneaton, Warwickshire after the outbreak of WW1.
This Albert had a younger brother Walter, whom I saw in the 1950s when he made a surprise visit to Albert. He had with him a daughter, Doris. They might have been living in Hull but I'm not sure. If my guess from the GRO indexes is correct, then Walter was born in 1896.
I would like to find out more about Walter but have so far drawn a blank.
I should like to find descendants of this Wray family and to this end I shall soon be putting more details here.
Geoff White in Helsinki
Last edited June 2002