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Ray, Orman Pearl

Age: 25, credited to Essex, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 8/30/62, m/i 9/15/62, PVT, Co. G, 2nd VT INF, pr SGTMAJ 11/1/64, comn Adjutant 12/24/64 (1/31/65), m/o /19/65

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Birth: 05/21/1837, Irasburgh, VT
Death: 06/22/1917

Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: 29
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: VHS off-site
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

Great Grandfather of David M. Ray, Yerington, NV

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Orman P. Ray was the second son of George and Hannah (Greene) Ray, born in Irasburg, Orleans County, Vermont, May 21, 1837, He remained on the family farm until 1854. In 1857 he became a student at Peoples Academy, at Morrisville, continued his studies in the Williston Academy, and at the Classical Institute at Essex, Vermont. In 1859, 1860 and 1861 he taught village, graded, and select schools, meeting with marked success in this work. Mr. Ray entered upon the study of law in Waterbury in 1861, and continued the same in Lancaster, New Hampshire, until August, 1862.

Responding to the country's call, August 30, 1862, he enlisted from Essex, Vermont, as a private in Company G. , Second Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, Infantry. He assisted in making out the muster pay and descriptive roll of twelve-hundred volunteers, went to the front and joined his regiment at Hagarstown, Maryland, in October of the same year, and was soon detailed as clerk in the office of the assistant adjutant general, at the headquarters of the Old Vermont Brigade, also known as the Second Brigade, Second Division, Sixth Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, remaining until March, 1963, when he was transferred to duty in the quartermaster's department, at the same headquarters.

In July, 1864, when the Sixth Army Corps was detached from the Army of the Potomac, and ordered to Washington to repel the advance on the national capital by General Early, Mr. Ray was left at City Point, Virginia, in charge of the transportation of the brigade, until ordered to join the command in the Shenandoah Valley, in September of the same year. After the battle of Fisher's Hill, he was again detailed to duty in the assistant adjutant's general's office, and there continued until November 1st, at which time he was returned to his regiment to receive promotion to the rank of sergeant major. On December 24th he was commissioned adjutant of the regiment, in which rank he served until the close of the war, being mustered out in Burlington, Vermont, June 19, 1865

In September of that year Mr. Ray went to Lancaster, New Hampshire, and resumed the study of law. At the November term, 1866, of the supreme judicial supreme court in Coo's county, New Hampshire, he was admitted to the bar. He practiced in Lancaster for nearly a year, and then removed to Colebrook, New Hampshire, where he practiced until the fall of 1872. During the years 1868-69 he served as one of the insurance commissioners of New Hampshire.

In November, 1872, Mr Ray returned to Vermont and opened an office in the village of Winooski, and there built up a successful practice, While there he served as town clerk of the town of Colchester for two years, town grand juror four years, and town law agent three years, and won for the town the first verdict in a highway damage case awarded in twenty-five years. On August 30, 1882, he received the appointment of county clerk of Chittenden County, and of the court of chancery. the county and supreme courts, in which office he has continuously served. , and in the discharge of his official duties has received the highest commendation on account of his capability and faithfulness. On Jan 27, 1874, he was chosen a corporate member, and January 26, 1875, was elected trustee of the Winooski Savings Bank, and has served in this capacity and as attorney until the present time. (1903)

Mr. Ray is a member of the Free Methodist Church, and has been called to fill all the offices the local church could confer upon him. In 1898 he was elected delegate from the Susquehanna annual to the general conference held in Chicago, Illinois, and was a member of a special committee appointed to President William McKinley, October 19, 1898, the address of the conference. In 1902 he was again elected delegate to the general conference, held in June, 1903, in Greenville, Illinois.

On the 24th day of March, 1862, Mr. Ray was united in marriage to Miss Mary L. Williams, of Essex, Vermont. There were two sons born to this union,, Lyman and Perley Orman.

Hiram Carleton, Genealogical and Family History of Vermont, (Lewis Pub. Co., New York, 1903), i:228-29

Courtesy of Deanna French.