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Marion Wesley Ray diary transcriptions

Identifier: ahc.MSS906f

Scope and Content

This collection contains transcriptions of diaries written by Marion Wesley Ray in which he wrote about his family and kept daily accounts in Bethlehem, Georgia. Also included are pieces of poetry written by Ray. Of particular note is the 1905 entry in which Ray describes the death of his mother, Sarah.


  • 1895-1905


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Marion Wesley Ray (1871-1944) was born near Norcross, Georgia, to John Wesley Ray (1836-1911) and Sarah Hamrick (1826-1905). In 1899, he married Lille Mae Matthews (1866-1946), the widow of his brother, Joel Ray (1861-1894). The couple had five children: Everett W. Ray (1901-1918), Lola Eunice Ray (1902-?), Olive Angelina Ray (1903-1903), Clifton Virgil Ray (1905-1989), and Leila Lillian Ray (1907-?). Ray was an ordained deacon at the Baptist Church of Bethlehem, located in Bethlehem, Georgia. Additional biographical information has not been determined.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995.

Existence and Location of Originals

The repository holding the original documents has not been determined. The Kenan Research Center owns the copies only.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.
Marion Wesley Ray diary transcriptions
Allison Maier
June 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305