Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.
14 June 1881
[St.John's cathedral, Limerick]
[Catherine, bapt 10th Nov 1854].
See entry in [GROI]. Marriage wit by Thomas Joyce and Helen Ray (or Ellen).
Richard owned a provision shop on Roches St, Limerick, opposite O'Mara's bacon factory. The Ray shop was a retail outlet for O'Mara's bacon.
He is described as "Provision Merchant", 46 Roches St, Limerick, at son's birth 1885.
Richard Ray, Provision Merchants, 46 Roches St, listed in [Guy's, 1886] and [Ashe's, 1891].
"Catherine Ray" sp bapt of her niece Nora O'Mara 1897.
He is at funeral of James O'Mara 1899.
They are listed in [Census, 1901] at Military Rd, Limerick. Business still in Roches St. He is provision merchant. They have 1 servant.
"R. Ray" was at funeral of Matthew John de Courcy 1909.
They are listed in 1911 census at house no. 37 (does not correspond to postal number) Military Road, Limerick. Census outer sheet says this is 3 Auburn Villas. Foley are in 1 Auburn Villas. Business still in Roches St. He is provision merchant. They have one servant. The census form strangely lists "Canada" in "where born" column - this is where their son was living.
Their residence is listed as Auburn Villas in
Richard Ray, Provision Merchants, 37 Roches St, listed in [Guy's, 1912].
Richard Ray, Provision Merchants, 41 Roches St, listed in [Guy's, 1913] and [Guy's, 1914].
Their residence is listed as 1 Auburn Villas in [Guy's, 1914]. Maybe an error, or there has been a re-numbering.
They moved post-1914 to "Derravoher", North Circular Rd, Limerick.
He was at funeral of William de Courcy 1915.
They visited America and are listed in [US census, 1920] as visiting their only child in Santa Barbara, California.
Richard died "Derravoher", 16 Jan 1929, age 76 yrs
Listed as merchant.
He was bur 18 Jan 1929 in Ray grave at Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
Kate died "Derravoher", 14 Feb 1933, age 78 yrs, listed as widow of merchant [GROI].
She was bur 17 Feb 1933 in Ray grave at Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
Richard and Kate had issue:
mar 1918 in Santa Barbara,
to Hanora Kenney [Nonie, "Hanora" on grave,
think NOT Hanorah.
Lompoc, Santa Barbara county, California].|
She was Irish-American, dau of Edmond Kenney and Kate Carroll. She was sister of Tom O'Mara's wife Molly Kenney.
The Kenneys and Carrolls were from Rathkea, Bruis par, Co.Tipperary. They had emigrated to California about 1885.
Hanora worked in the movie business in California before she married. She worked at the Flying A studios in Santa Barbara (would be in 1912-18 period). At this time Santa Barbara was a film making centre rivalled only by Hollywood. Hanora met Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford and John Barrymore and other stars of the silent movie era.
Jim and Hanora are listed in [US census, 1920] as living Santa Barbara, California, (todo) see original.
Tom O'Mara and Molly Kenney also lived Santa Barbara.
Richard Ray shop at 41 Roches St.
See full size. From Tipperary Archive. Tipperary Studies Photographic Collection.
This building on Roches St survives today.
Ad for Ray's, 41 Roches St, Limerick.
From Limerick Leader, August 24, 1935.
Still called "Richard Ray" even though he is dead and his son Jim Ray is running it.
Photo of the Directors of O'Mara's at O'Mara centenary dinner, 1939.
See larger and full size.
2009 street view of what is apparently "Derravoher".
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