The Orr Family
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Agnes Orr and Henry Rae, c. 1896
Henry Rae and Agnes Orr, Livingston, Montana c. 1896
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae

Thomas and Samuel Orr were brothers whose daughters Elizabeth "Lizzie" and Agnes would marry brothers John and Henry Rae. See The Orr Family

 

The Rae side of the Family

James Rae married Sarah Rae in Scotland sometime around 1800. Robert Rae was born Feb 6, 1813, in Gorbals, Glasgow.

Robert son of James Rae and Sara Rae at Holmadis
Robert son of James Rae and Sara Rae at Holmadis
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1839 ..........

Robert Rae married Mary Wilson on Dec 30, 1839, in Glasgow, Scotland.


Robert Rae Collier in Glasgow and Mary Wilson residing there Married 30th December by Patrick Fairbairn, Minister of Bridgeton Parish
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Bridgeton Parish

It was as the result of a petition by the local people to the Relief Presbytery in 1805 that the first church in Bridgeton village was built in John St. Before Bridgeton. When Relief Church was opened the congregation worshipped on Bridgeton Green. It remained the only church in the village for 30 years. From 1929 it was Greenhead East Church of Scotland. It became unsafe in 1937 and was sold off. The site of the church is now open land forming part of John St Secondary School's grounds. Bridgeton and Dalmarnock lay within the Church of Scotland's Calton Parish. Through the years this was broken down into smaller, more densely populated parishes. The first Established Church in Bridgeton was erected in Dale St in 1836. This was Bridgeton Parish Church whose first minister was Rev Patrick Fairbairn. The church was demolished in its 150th year, 1986, after a crack developed in the chancel rendering it unsafe for use. Some of its stained glass was saved by the People's Palace.

Robert Rae and Mary Wilson may have had at least five children: Jane Rae (born about 1840); John Wilson Rae (born July 14, 1842, in Dalry, Ayr, Scotland); Robert Rae (born about 1844); Sarah Rae (born about 1845); Hugh Rae (born about 1846); and Mary Rae (born about 1849). - from 1851 Scotland Census

 

1851 ..........

1851 Scotland Census - Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Robert Rae & Mary Wilson and family

Name: Robert Rae
Age: 40
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1811
Relationship: Head
Spouse's Name: Mary Rae
Gender: Male
Where born: Glasgow, lanarkshire
Parish Number: 654
Civil parish: Rutherglen
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Black Fould Row
Occupation: Coal Miner
ED: 2
Household schedule number: 61
Line: 13
Roll: CSSCT1851_172
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert Rae 40
Mary Rae 39
Jane Rae 10
John Rae 9
Robert Rae 7
Sarah Rae 6
Hugh Rae 5
Mary Rae 2

Source Citation: Parish: Rutherglen; ED: 2; Page: 18; Line: 13; Roll: CSSCT1851_172; Year: 1851. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1851 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1851 Scotland Census. Reels 1-217. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1851 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 30/31 March 1851. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 

1855 ..........

Robert Rae died on April 18, 1855, after a fall down a mineshaft in Whitburn, Linlithgowshire. On his death certificate his parents are identified as James Rae and Sarah Rae and the informant is Jannet Rae, daughter.

 

1861 ..........

1861 Scotland Census - Whitburn, West Lothian

Name: John Rae
Age: 18
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1843
Relationship: Lodger
Gender: Male
Where born: Dalry, Ayrshire
Registration number: 673
Registration district: Whitburn
Civil parish: Whitburn
County: West Lothian
Address: Onlow Rd To State Row
Occupation: Ironstone Miner
ED: 6
Household schedule number: 184
Line: 19
Roll: CSSCT1861_121
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward Laird 36
Jane Laird 22
Henry Laird 1
John Rae 18

Source Citation: Parish: Whitburn; ED: 6; Page: 38; Line: 19; Roll: CSSCT1861_121.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1861 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1861 Scotland Census. Reels 1-150. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1861 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 7/8 April 1861. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 

1863 ..........

John Wilson Rae married (1) Jane Bryce on Feb 06, 1863 in Frulding Par, Free Church of Scotland, West Lothian, Whitburn, Scotland. He married (2) Elizabeth Aitchison on Dec 31, 1866 in Longridge, Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland. He married (3) Margaret Carroll on Aug 17, 1875 in Moingona, Boone Co, IA, daughter of James McCarril and Catherine Sharp. - from Family Treemaker Online - John Wilson Rae

 

1866 ..........

John Wilson Rae
John Wilson Rae
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae

- John Rae & Elizabeth Aitchison -

John Wilson Rae and Elizabeth Aitchison had at least four children: Robert (born April 8, 1867, died Dec, 1868); twins Jane Aitchison Rae and John Aitchison Rae (born Sept 19, 1870, in Pennsylvania); and Henry MacIntosh Rae (born Jan 11, 1874, in Woods Park, Trumble, Ohio).

 

1870 ..........

1870 US Census - Hickory, Mercer, Pennsylvania
John Wilson Rae and Elizabeth Aitchison
 

Name: John Ray
Age in 1870: 27
Birth Year: abt 1843
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1870: Hickory, Mercer, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Sharon Mercer County
Household Members:
Name Age
John Ray 27
Elisabeth Ray 24
Robert Mclaine 28
Pat Mccool 26
Robert Burns 21
Charles Burns 19

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Hickory, Mercer, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1373; Page: 211B; Image: 428; Family History Library Film: 552872. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1870 United States Federal Census, the Ninth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, age at last birthday, sex, color; birthplace, occupation, and more. No relationships were shown between members of a household. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1870 Federal Census.

 

1880 ..........

- John Wilson Rae & Margaret Carroll -

1880 US Census - Zenorsville, Boone, Iowa
John Rae & Margaret Carroll and family
 

Name: John Ray
Age: 38
Birth Year: abt 1842
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1880: Zenorsville, Boone, Iowa
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Magie Ray
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Occupation: Coal Miner
Household Members:
Name Age
John Ray 38
Magie Ray 28
John Ray 10
Jane Ray 10
Henry Ray 6
Mary Ray 4
James Ray 2

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Zenorsville, Boone, Iowa; Roll: 328; Family History Film: 1254328; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 001; Image: 0107. Source Information:
Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ? Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Description: This database is an index to 50 million individuals enumerated in the 1880 United States Federal Census. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, occupation, relationship to the head of household, race, sex, age at last birthday, marital status, place of birth, parents? place of birth. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1880 Federal Census.

 

Jean, Henry & John Rae, Fort Dodge, Iowa c 1884
Jean, Henry & John Rae, Fort Dodge, Iowa c 1884
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae
 

April 17, 1888, John Rae has worked for the Fort Dodge Coal Company...
April 17, 1888, John (Wilson) Rae has worked for the Fort Dodge Coal Company...
Courtesy of Goldie Rae

"I talked to my cousin Donald Rae and he told me the story of him knowing and serving with William Clark Rae, Jr. when they were both in the submarine navy.....small world isn't it...

William Clark Rae 1882-1971

William was general land and tax agent for the Anaconda Company and its subsidiary companies for more than 35 years. Before becoming associated with the Anaconda Company he had an interesting and varied career both in business and politics. He organized and operated the first general merchandise store in Bearcreek, MT …he was elected County Treasurer (1906-1910) …elected County Clerk/Recorder (1910-1912) and was elected Montana State Treasurer in the fall of 1912. William Clark Rae was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa and in 1886 his parents with their children moved to Montana …making the final lap from Billings to Red Lodge with a covered wagon freight outfit

Sub-Note:

William Clark Rae Jr. 1924 – 1990, graduated from the US Naval Academy during WWII. He was a submariner and his path crossed 2 or 3 times with his cousin Donald Rae (grandson of John Aitchison Rae) because in those days the submarine navy was a small club. Donald Rae joined the Navy about ten years after his cousin William. Donald Rae was eventually the ranking NCO on the nuclear submarine “Thomas Jefferson” and was known as the COB-Chief of the Boat; he answered only to the Executive Officer and the Captain. Both Rae’s served on diesel submarines since the first nuclear submarine wasn’t available until 1954. William Clark Rae Jr. was probably retired from the US Navy by 1975. Donald Rae retired in 1986."

- from Michael Kregness

 

 

John Aitchison Rae & Elizabeth "Lizzie"  Orr and Henry Rae & Agnes "Aggie" Orr

 

1860 ..........

Thomas Orr married Isabella Adams (b. 1841, in Scotland, d. May 31, 1904, in Belt, Montana) February 3, 1860, in the West Manse Airdrie Free Church. They had at least six children:  Thomas (born Feb 4, 1870, in Airdrie); Jeanne (born 1871 in Airdrie); William A. (born Feb 2, 1872, in Airdrie); Margaret (born April 28, 1874, in Whiterigg, New Monkland and died on Nov 27, 1948); Elizabeth "Lizzie" (born Oct 31, 1876, in Airdrie); and Samuel (born Feb, 1880, in Airdrie and died June 18, 1952, in Belt, Montana). - Glenda Waugh

 

1868 ..........

Samuel Orr and Elizabeth "Betsy" McCall were married on June 4, 1868, in Free West Manse, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland. They had six children: Samuel Orr McCall (born July 9, 1867, in New Monkland), Christina Orr (born June 11, 1869, in Dalry, Ayrshire), Agnes Orr (born October 3, 1871, in Plains), Thomas Orr (born December 11, 1873), David Orr (born November 21, 1875) and James Orr (born Dec 23, 1878).

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1894 ..........

John Aitchison Rae married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Orr on Dec 18, 1894, in Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana. They had at least six children: Isabel (1895-1911); Elizabeth (1897-1995); John William (1899-1983); Janet Grace (1901-1986); Pearl Isabel (1902-2006); and William (1905-1989).

- from Mike Kregness, Kregness Family Records

John Aitchison Rae was a coal miner. The Census of 1900 has him working the coalmines in Belt, Montana, he is working with his in-laws, the Orr Family, in-fact to this day there is a road leading away from downtown Belt called Orr Coulee Road (a coulee is a ravine) that is still used and was so named because of the Orr Family and their mining operation. By 1910 the Rae family is living in Coal Mining Camp #3, where John is working a strip mine, the mine is in Fergus County, close to Lewistown, Montana. John’s next move was as a coalmine entrepreneur in Roundup, Montana; which brings to mind a family story about the independent Lizzie.   It was about 1911. John went to Roundup alone, to set-up mining operations and get things kicked-off in the best possible way. Lizzie had a problem with that; it was taking a long time, too long as far as she was concerned. Lizzie had been told to keep the home fires burning in Lewistown and wait for John to call for her; that didn’t work so well, at least not for her. Lonely Lizzie, hired a driver, tossed the kids into the back of a covered wagon, hitched up the horses and went across the open prairie, just like in the days of the old west, looking for John. When Lizzie arrived in Roundup and presented herself and the kids to John, the famous response was: “Goddammit, Lizzie, I told you to stay home and wait until I sent for you”; it was unusual for John to raise his voice to his wife in a strident way. Louise Kregness Ahern, their granddaughter adds to this story: Lizzie hired a driver, and it took a few days to travel across country in a wagon; at night, the driver slept on the ground under the wagon. Roundup was a town just starting out and had very poor accommodations; so, Lizzie and the kids lived in a boarding house while their house was being built. Roundup was regarded as a very nice small town and was very appealing to people in those days, as a great place to live. Because of the appeal of Roundup John’s girls, Pearl and Janet would meet the Kregness’, i.e. Harold and Odin, their future husbands (brothers married sisters), who were in Roundup looking for better opportunities themselves; just like the Rae’s. John and Lizzie remained in Roundup many years, it was home for them, the Census of 1920 indicates that John is still working in the mines and Lizzie is a homemaker at 215 First Avenue West, but they will be moving again in the not to distant future.

Wyoming mining operations were expanding rapidly and 1930 has John and Lizzie living in Gebo, Wyoming where John has signed on as the Mine Boss, obviously his employer was taking advantage of John’s years of experience and knowledge. Note: With the arrival of the railroad in the Thermopolis, Wyoming area, the Owl Creek Coal Company was formed to exploit coal in the area north of Thermopolis. Thus, was formed Gebo, named after Samuel Wilford Gebo (1862-1940), an early coalmine developer. Gebo was located about 11 miles north of Thermopolis. Nearby were the coal camps of Kirby and Crosby. Gebo was an active mining camp beginning in 1907 when the first coal was shipped out on the railroad. Mining was discontinued in 1938. The town was bulldozed down in 1971. Other coal camps named after Gebo were located in Montana and Kansas. Gebo, Montana, settled in 1893-94 and locally referred to as "Poverty Flats," was later renamed Fromberg. By 1940 John and Lizzie have retired, and they have earned it, they established their retirement home in Modesto, CA on Spencer Street. It is pretty obvious that John and Lizzie have followed Odin and Janet to Modesto since they live on the same street they do, in-fact there is just one house between them; they are practically next-door neighbors. John passed away 16 Sep 1946 and was interred in the Turlock Memorial Park Cemetery, Turlock, CA. Lizzie passed away 27 May 1953 and was laid to rest next to John.

- from Michael Kregness

 

Agnes Orr, Bozeman, Montana c 1895
Agnes Orr, Bozeman, Montana c 1895
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae

 

1896 ..........

Agnes Orr and Henry Rae, c. 1896
Henry Rae and Agnes Orr, Livingston, Montana c. 1896
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae

Agnes Orr married Henry McIntosh Rae (born Feb, 1874 in Pennsylvania) on July 1, 1896, in Timberline, Gallatin County, Montana. They had eight children: Henry (born June 27, 1897 in Belt); Elizabeth (born Dec 23, 1898 in Red Lodge); John (born March 26, 1903 in Stockett); Rachel and Ruth (twins born Jan 28, 1904 in Stockett); Agnes and James (twins born Nov 19, 1905 in Stockett); and William (born Jan 7, 1910 in Stockett). Ed Note: I met Bill Rae in Butte, Montana in 1993, and videotaped him telling some stories about his grandmother Elizabeth "Betsy" McCall Orr when she lived with his family in Bear Creek, Montana, just before her death in 1922. We had met Goldie Rae in Billings earlier on that trip and she suggested that we should visit Bill.

 


Certificate of Marriage for Henry Rae and Agnes Orr
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Marriages, Mr. & Mrs. Henry M. Rae was married in Timberline, Gallaton County State of Montana
Marriages, Mr. & Mrs. Henry M. Rae was married in Timberline, Gallaton County State of Montana
Mrs. Rae Maiden names Agnes Orr
Married July 1st, 1896
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Courtesy Michael Kregness

 

1910 ..........

1910 United States Federal Census - Fergus, Montana
John Aitchison Rae & Elizabeth Orr and family

Name: John Rae
Age in 1910: 39
Birth Year: 1871
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1910: School District 55, Fergus, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Rae
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
John Rae 39
Elizabeth Rae 34
Isabel Rae 14
Elizabeth Rae 12
John Rae Jr. 10
Jennie Rae 8
Pearl Rae 6
William Rae 4
Milliard F Miles 58

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: School District 55, Fergus, Montana; Roll: T624_831; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0130; Image: 1235; FHL microfilm: 1374844.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Description: This database is an index to the head of households enumerated in the 1910 United States Federal Census, the Thirteenth Census of the United States. In addition, each indexed name is linked to actual images of the 1910 Federal Census. The information recorded in the census includes: name, relationship to head of family, age at last birthday, sex, color or race, whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, and more.

1910 United States Federal Census - Stockett, Cascade, Montana
Henry Rae & Agnes Orr and family

Name: Henry Kay
[Henry Ray] 
Age in 1910: 34
Birth Year: 1876
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1910: Stockett, Cascade, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Agnes Kay
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Kay 34
Agnes Kay 37
Henry Kay 14
Lizzie Kay 12
John Kay 7
Rachel Kay 6
Ruth Kay 6
Agnes Kay 4
Elizabeth Orr 65

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Stockett, Cascade, Montana; Roll: T624_830; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0057; Image: 787; FHL microfilm: 1374843. Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Description: This database is an index to the head of households enumerated in the 1910 United States Federal Census, the Thirteenth Census of the United States. In addition, each indexed name is linked to actual images of the 1910 Federal Census. The information recorded in the census includes: name, relationship to head of family, age at last birthday, sex, color or race, whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, and more.

 
Elizabeth Orr (Betsy McCall) is Agnes' mother

Betsy had been living with her daughter Christina and her husband John Waugh in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada. According to family stories, Agnes went to Nanaimo to escort Betsy back to Montana.
 

 
1914 ..........
John Wilson Rae with son John Aitchison Rae c. 1914
John Wilson Rae with son John Aitchison Rae c. 1914
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae
 
1915 ..........

John Wilson Rae (son of Robert Rae and Mary Wilson), died on Nov 29, 1915, in Gebo, Wyoming at the age of 73 and is buried in the Red Lodge Cemetery, Red Lodge, Montana. His third wife, Margaret Carroll Rae (born July 17, 1852) died on April 14, 1902, and is buried in the Red Lodge Cemetery. See the 1880 US Census for Zenorsville, Boone, Iowa.

John W. Rae Dead

JOHN W. RAE DEAD

Thermopolis, Wyoming, 1915
2 Dec 1915 

John Wilson Rae, aged 73 years, 4 months and 15 days, passed away at his home at Gebo at 2 o'clock in the morning of Monday, November 29, 1915. He had been ill for some time and at his advanced age nature could not throw off the ailment from which a younger man might have rallied.

Mr. Rae was born in Scotland, came to America when a young man and came west a few years later. For many years he lived at Red Lodge, Montana, but for a number of years past has made his home with his sons at Gebo. He was a man in whom old age ripened a naturally kindly disposition and he was the fatherly advisor and sympathetic friend of everyone in the mining town in which he passed the sunset of life. His touch of human interest in the welfare of others smoothed many a rough place in life's pathways and his taking off is a personal one to many who were not related to him by ties of blood. He had been a Mason for 55 years, and a number of members of that fraternity went to Gebo to attend the funeral service.

The partner of his life's joys and sorrows passed away many years ago. Mr. Rae was the father of twelve children, all of whom were present when the end came. There were many grandchildren and other relatives there, the total number of his blood connection who were present reaching fifty-seven. Three sons, Robert C., James C., and Thomas Rae, live at Gebo, all holding responsible positions with the mining company. The other sons and daughters mostly live in Montana, and one of them William C. Rae being treasurer of that state.

Funeral services were held at Gebo at 9:30 Tuesday morning and the same day the body was shipped to Red Lodge for interment, accompanied by the children of deceased and many other relatives.

All who knew John W. Rae will feel that in his death they have lost a friend indeed.

Gebo Locals
Gebo Locals

About William Rae...

Among the representative and enterprising citizens of Carbon county is the gentleman whose name here appears, occupying as he does a position in the front rank among those noted for success, integrity and fair business dealing, as well as having occupied various positions of public trust during the last six years and displaying executive ability of a high order. Mr. (William) Rae was born at Fort Dodge, Webster county, Iowa, and is a son of John and Margaret (Carroll) Rae, natives of Scotland, the former born January 19, 1842, and the latter ten years later.

John Rae came to the United States at the age of twenty years on a sailing vessel, and after landing in New York City, made his way to Ohio and subsequently to Webster county, Iowa. He was employed as a stationary engineer and mining foreman, and moved to Red Lodge, September 22, 1887, here being engaged in developing coal mines for the Rocky Ford Coal Company. In 1911- he retired from active business cares, and at this time is making his home with his children at Gebo, Wyoming. In his native country he was initiated into Masonry, and here became a member of Star of the West Lodge, No. 40, A. F. & A. M. In political matters he is a Democrat. In Iowa he was married to Margaret Carroll, who died in 1902, having been the mother of seven sons and seven daughters, thirteen of these children still surviving, and William C. being the seventh in order of birth.
 
William C. Rae was educated in the public schools of Red Lodge, Montana, and his first employment was a clerk for Col. L. Whitney, of Carbanido, in whose employ he continued for about six years. At the end of that time he returned to Red Lodge, where he was employed as a clerk, and also spent some time in the same occupation at Butte and Billings. In the latter city he was associated with Col. A. L. Babcock, in the hardware business until 1905, when he became manager for the Bear Creek Mercantile Company, at Bear Creek, and was connected with that concern until March 1, 1906. At that time he took up the duties of county treasurer, to which office he had been elected, and continued to serve therein until 1910, when he was elected county clerk and recorder, being the present incumbent of the office. His long business experience has been of great value to him in managing the county's affairs, and his administration has been such as to win the unqualified approval of the citizens of his community. But higher honors have been accorded him; on November 5, 1912, he was elected state treasurer of Montana, in political matters he is a stanch Democrat and is influential in the councils of his part in Carbon county. Fraternal matters have demanded his interest to some extent, and he is a valued member of Star of the West Lodge, No. 40, A. F. & A. M. and Carbon Chapter, R. A. M., and past exalted ruler of Bear Tooth Lodge, No. 534, B. P. O. E.
 
On May 7, 1905, Mr. Rae was united in marriage with Miss Eleanor Lennon, who was born at St. Paul, Minnesota, and they have one daughter, Ruth Eleanor. The family home is situated at No. 19 West Third street. Red Lodge, Mr. Rae's official duties making it necessary that he maintain an office in the court house in this city. He and his wife have a wide acquaintance here and are general favorites socially.

[Source: the History of Montana by Helen Fitzgerald Sanders, Volume 3, 1913 - Submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy]

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1920 ..........

1920 United States Federal Census -  Township 8 (Bearcreek), Carbon, Montana
Henry Rae & Agnes Orr and their family

Name: Agnes Rae
Age: 49
Birth Year: abt 1871
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1920: Township 8, Carbon, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year: 1884
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Henry Rae
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Rae 46
Agnes Rae 49
Elizabeth Rae 21
John Rae 17
Rachel Rae 16
Ruth Rae 16
Agnes Rae 14
William Rae 10

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Township 8, Carbon, Montana; Roll: T625_967; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 15; Image: 841. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City). Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents’ birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.

 

1920 United States Federal Census - Roundup, Musselshell, Montana
John Rae & Elizabeth Orr and their family
 
Name: John A Ray
Age: 46
Birth Year: abt 1874
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1920: Roundup, Musselshell, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Ray
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
John A Ray 46
Elizabeth Ray 41
John W Ray 21
William Ray 14

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Roundup, Musselshell, Montana; Roll: T625_973; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 74; Image: 380. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City). Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents? birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.

 

John Rae and Elizabeth Orr, Montana, c 1920
John Rae and Elizabeth Orr, Montana, c 1920
Courtesy of Michael Kregness

 

1930 ..........

1930 United States Federal Census - Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Thomas & Isabella's daughter Elizabeth and her husband John Rae
 

Name: John Rae
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1871
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Race: White
Home in 1930: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Rae
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
John Rae 59
Elizabeth Rae 50

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming; Roll: 2622; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 866.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Description: Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.

John Rae's brother Henry was also living in Gebo with his wife Agnes Orr (Elizabeth's cousin)

Bill & Mabel Rae, Agnes Orr Rae & Henry Rae
Bill & Mabel Rae, Agnes Orr Rae & Henry Rae
Thermopolis, Wyoming, 1930
Photo from the Waugh Family album

1930 United States Federal Census - Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Henry Rae & Agnes Orr and family
 
Name: Agness Ray
Birth Year: abt 1872
Home in 1930: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: Henry Ray
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Ray 56
Agness Ray 58
William Ray 20

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming; Roll: 2622; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 866.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Description: Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.

Henry and John's brothers James and Robert Rae were also living in Gebo at the time

 

1932 ..........

 


Front Row (left to right): Bob, Agnes, Grace, Mary and Bill
Back Row (left to right): Ben, Tom Jeanette, Margaret (behind Grace), Henry and Jim

 

1933 ..........

Agnes Orr Rae died on Nov 2, 1933, in Gebo, Hot Springs County, Wyoming.

Mrs. Henry M. Rae is Buried at Riverside Services Sunday, Nov 2, 1933
Mrs. Henry M. Rae is Buried at Riverside Services Sunday, Nov 2, 1933

 

1937 ..........

Henry McIntosh Rae died on Feb 25, 1937, in Gebo, Hot Springs County, Wyoming.

Traffic Accident Fatal to Henry Rae Well Known Gebo Man, Feb 25, 1937
Traffic Accident Fatal to Henry Rae Well Known Gebo Man, Feb 25, 1937

 
Funeral Services For Henry Rae Held Last Sunday Afternoon
Funeral Services For Henry Rae Held Last Sunday Afternoon
 
 
1943 ..........

Left to right: Elizabeth, William, Lizzie, John, Janet and Pearl (John not pictured)
Left to right: Elizabeth, William, Lizzie, John, Janet and Pearl (John not pictured)
Turlock, California c 1943
Courtesy of Michael Kregness

 
1944 ..........

Golden Wedding Anniversary of the John Raes Observed

John and Elizabeth Rae 50th Wedding Anniversary, notice in Turlock Journal, 18 Dec 1944
John and Elizabeth Rae 50th Wedding Anniversary, notice in Turlock Journal, 18 Dec 1944
Courtesy Michael Kregness

 

1953 ..........

Thomas and Isabella's daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Orr Rae died on May 27, 1953, in Turlock, Stanislaus County, California. - Glenda Waugh

John A. Rae 1870-1946, Elizabeth O. Rae 1876-1953
John A. Rae 1870-1946, Elizabeth O. Rae 1876-1953

 

2012 ..........

Raymond Jack & Goldie Rae, April, 2012
Raymond Jack & Goldie Rae, April, 2012

The Kregness Family - A Story (34 Mb pdf)

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