Wade Family GenealogyFor some 25 + years, I have tried to find the ancestors of my great great grandmother Lucinda Wade Ray. Recently, a distant cousin, Sherrill Ray, found a letter written by her son, Thomas Franklin Ray, giving me the name of her father and 3 1/2 brothers. Lucinda's father, Allen Wade, can be verified via 1850 census records for Henry County, TN where an Allen Wade has several children and among them were 3 sons: Robert Allan Wade, John Wade, and Josiah Alexander Wade that are named in the history that Thomas has left for us to enjoy.
One of James and Lucinda's 11 children, Thomas Franklin Ray was a well known citizen in Poplar Bluff, Butler County, MO and Corning, Clay County, Arkansas.
Taken from "Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic"
Wagons, buggies, coffins, spinning wheels, weaving looms, sorghum mills, furniture and other supplies were made by the Mr. Ray Sr.
Because he was a maker of coffins he was excused from service in the Civil War, although several relatives served in the Confederate army and one brother-in-law in the Federal army. On Mrs. Ray's [Lucinda Attilla Wade Ray] side, three brothers and a nephew were in the southern service.
Thomas Ray's Family History LetterThomas Franklin Ray left us a wondeful gift. He wrote several pages of his family history that included Wade information. Special thanks to cousin Sherrill Ray who scanned these documents to share. source: "Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic", Dec 12, 1936 page 1
Wade’s Crystal Palace Advertising Card
R. A. Wade is a 1/2 brother to Lucinda. This card was found on line at:Wade’s Crystal Palace.
Paris, Tenn. (Henry County, TN)
To all lovers of the Fine Arts.
Light beaming from the radiant morn
Her queenly form, her waving hair,
Old age, and youth, and all may come,
Come every body, Gallery on
R. A. Wade