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  • ID: I41891
  • Name: Mary Matthews
  • Name: Mary Matthews Bray
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: Feb 1837 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts
  • Death: 7 Dec 1918 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts 1
  • Event: Obituary 9 Dec 1918 Hyannis Patriot
  • Note: long obit
  • Note:
    author of
    a poem in a memorial volume for "Azariah Eldredge 1820-1888", New York : DeVine Press
    Our Gold Mine at Hollyhurst: A Prize Story of Massachusetts (Boston: American Humane Education Society, 1893
    A Romance of Barnstable, 1909, Boston: Richard G. Badger/Gorham Press
    Wayside Blossoms, 1912, Boston: Richard G. Badger/Gorham Press
    My Grandmother's Garden and an Orchard Ancestral, 1911, Boston: Richard G. Badger/Gorham Press
    A Sea Trip in Clipper Ship Days, 1920 Boston: Badger

    Hyannis Patriot, 25 Nov 1918, Yarmouth
    "Mrs. Mary M. Bray has been seriously ill."

    Hyannis Patriot obit, 9 Dec 1918
    "Mrs. Mary Matthews Bray died on Saturday at the old home in this village after an illness of several weeks. She was the eldest daughter of the late Capt. George and Alice (Hallett) Matthews.
    She was educated in the local schools and at Wheaton Seminary in Norton, in which she always retained a deep interest. She married Thomas Chandler Bray, also of Yarmouth, who died many years ago.
    Mrs. Bray devoted her life to the education and upbringing of her children, a daughter and son. The son, Chandler Matthews Bray, a young man of much promise, passed away June 16, 1895, at 24 years of age. Sincew then she had spent the winters with her daughter, Miss Ella Bray, a teacher, the two returning to the home occupied by Misses Maria and Alice Matthews, sisters of Mrs. Bray, for the summer seasons. Of late years their winter home has been in Boston.
    Mrs, Bray possessed a fine mind and marked literary ability. Her writings, both prose and poem, won commendation from competent judges. In 1889 she wrote the poem read at the exercises commemorating the 250th anniversary of the settlement of the town of Yarmouth, In 1909 she brought out a book of fiction entitled "A Romance of Barnstable." But probably dearer to her than any other product of her pen was the little volume which she published in memory of her son, into which she put all the love of a fond and devoted mother.
    Besides her daughter and sisters Mrs. Bray is survived by one brother, Mr. George P. Matthews.
    The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock."

    Barnstable Patriot notice, 26 Jul 1920, p.2:
    "Richard G. Badger has recently published a book, "A Sea Trip in Clipper Ship Days" by Mary Matthews Bray. It deals with experiences and impressions of the daughters of the late Capt. Geeo. Matthews of the good ship, "National Eagle," sailing from East Boston for New Orleans, Liverpool, and India.
    These Clipper Ships were the pride of the middle of the 19th century captains, when the demand for a quicker delivery of tea from China, the discovery of gold in California and Australia caused a rush of men to these localities. The captains of those days were energetic, courageous and quick to act but not bullies. These ships sailed the seas in the most profitable time of the maritime life of the U.S. and their passing in the sixties was due to the increasing use of steam and the seizure, plundering and destruction of them.
    The volume relects the author's journeyings in many parts of the world. The glory of the sea and the Clipper Ships are well emphasized by quotations, and decidedly apt ones, too, from Masefield, Emerson, and the Danish proverbs. Mary Matthews Bray writes as a keen observer, portraying the life of the people and their customs in unususal word-pictures. It is a book well worth the attention of the reading public and especially the natives of Cape Cod."




    Father: George Matthews b: 30 Jan 1810 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts
    Mother: Alice Hallett b: 1811 in Massachusetts

    Marriage 1 Thomas Chandler Bray b: 15 Mar 1838 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts
    • Married: 19 Oct 1865 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts 2
    • Note:
      1870 US census, Boston
      Thomas C Bray, 33, [occupation unclear - liquor or lawyer?]
      Mary Bray, 32, keeping house
      Ella Bray, 3, at home
      all b Mass.
      Jane Gammon, 18, domestic help, b Ireland

      1880 US census, Yarmouth
      house 331, family 342
      Mary M Bray, 43, married, keeping house
      Ella W Bray, dau, 13, at school
      Chandler M Bray, son, 9 at school
      all b Mass.

      1880 US census, Prescott Az
      Thomas C Bray, 42 Ma, mar, dry goods merchant
      Gorham A Bray, 32 Ma, cousin, sing, dry goods merchant
      Charles A Behm, 30 Ger, sing, clerk in store
      Frank Murphy, 25 Me, sing, clerk in store

      1900 US census, Yarmouth
      house 145, family 149
      Mary M Bray, head, b Feb 1837, age 63, widow, mother of 2, 1 living child, owns home free [living alone]
      house 149, family 150
      Mary G Bray, [sister-in-law] head, b Jun 1841, age 58, single, owns home free [living alone]

      Barnstable Patriot, 24 May 1881, Yarmouth, via the Bee
      "Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bray and family are spending a few days in Boston."

      Barnstable Patriot, 30 Mar 1886, Yarmouth and Yarmouth Port
      "The committee appointed at the last meeting of the Yarmouth Institute, to adopt measures for raising funds for the benefit of that society, met at the Library building, on Wednesday evening last. Present, Messrs. E.D. Payne, -- Gage, Dr. T.B. Pulsifer, Wm.J. Davis, C.F.Swift, Mrs. Clara W. Sears and Mrs. Mary M. Bray. The committee organized by the choice of C.F. Swift as chairman, and Wm.J. Davis secretary and treasurer. After considerable discussion the following committees were appointed, viz: On the Fair -- Mrs. Azariah Eldridge, Mrs. Deborah Bray, Mrs. Geo. Hallett, Mrs. George T. Thacher, Mrs. Wm. S. Fisher, Mrs. Daniel B. Crocker, Mrs. A.H. Knowles, Mrs. Geo. Ots, Mts. T.D. Pulsifer, Mrs. J.E. Studly, Mrs. Freeman Ryder, Mrs. George P. Matthews, Mrs. Jennie Hamlin, Miss Mary J. Myrick, Miss Fannie Sears, Miss Deborah Hamblin, Miss M. Ida Hamblin, Miss Ruth Hall, Miss Lucy W. Davis, Miss Lucy Eldridge, Miss Ruth G. Bray. On Dramatic Entertainment -- Thatcher T. Hallett, Mrs. H.L. Hopkins, Miss Carrie M. Swift, Miss Kate W. Matthews, Miss Emma C. Baker. -- Register"

      Barnstable Patriiot, 12 Jul 1889, Yarmouth and Yarmouth Port
      "Mrs. Mary M. Bray, who has acted as Librarian of the Yarmouth Library for a considerable number of years, has tendered her resignation to take effect in a few weeks."

      Barnstable Patriot, 10 Jan 1888, Yarmouth
      "Mrs. Thomas C. Bray, son and daughter, who have been in town spending the holidays, have returned to Newton."

      Barnstable Patriot, 16 July 1889, Yarmouth
      "Mr. Thomas C. Bray and family arrived in town last week and will take up their residence in the house recently vacated by Dr. Whitaker."

      Barnstable Patriot, 17 July 1889, Yarmouth
      "Mrs. Thos. Bray and son, Chandler, are visiting friends in town.
      ...
      We are sorry to learn that by a fire in Prescott, Arizona, which occurred week before last, Mr. Thomas C. Bray was completely burned out, with his entire stock of goods. There was very llittle insurance, and the loss falls heavily upon Mr. Bray."

      Barnstable Patriot, 8 Dec 1891
      "Mrs. Mary M. Bray of Roxbury and Miss Ella F. Bray of Farmington, N.H., having been visiting in town."

      Barnstable Patriot, 9 Aug 1892, Yarmouth
      "Mrs. Mary M Bray and Miss Ella F. Bray have returned from a visit to Hanover, N.H."

      Barnstable Patriot, 30 Nov 1896
      "Mrs. Mary M. Bray left town Monday week for Boston, where, as is her usual custom, she will spend the winter. Her sister, Miss Maria Matthews, left Wednesday, and will spend the winter with Mrs. Bray, their residence here being closed.
      ...
      Miss Maria Bray is spending a few days with her sister at Mrs. Robinson's, in Littleton, Mass.--Register"

      Barnstable Patriot, 18 Oct 1897, Yarmouth
      "Mrs. Mary M. Bray and Miss Bray, who have been making a tour of the continent this summer, expect to spend the winter in Paris."

      Sanwich Observer, 20 Jun 1911, Yarmouth
      "Miss Ella W. Bray has arrived home from Knoxville, Illinois, and is with her mother, Mrs. Mary. M. Bray"
    Children
    1. Has No Children Ella Williams Bray b: 24 Jun 1866 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts
    2. Has No Children Chandler Matthews Bray b: 8 Oct 1870 in Boston, Massachusetts

    Sources:
    1. Title: Barnstable Patriot
      Publication: Barnstable, Mass [archives 1830-1930 online at Sturgis Library, Barnstable]
      http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/APA/Sturgis
      Page: 9 Dec 1918
    2. Title: Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910
      Publication: Massachusetts Archives. [online at AmericanAncestors.org (NEHGS) and FamilySearch.org]
      Page: Yarmouth
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