Martin Luther Ray and his siblings were raised in Cumberland County, NC (Father – William Ray, Mother – Margaret McLauchin Ray). They were members of the Long Street Presbyterian Church and lived very near to it on a farm. Martin Luther Ray and family came to Florala in 1907. His brother Neill Ray stayed in NC and lived in Fayetteville. His brothers Alex and Lauchlin were killed in the Civil War. This church is located on the Fort Bragg Military Reservation northwest of Fayetteville, NC. It’s just north of Long Street Road slightly east of the intersection with Preacher’s road. Appointments are needed with Ft. Bragg Cultural Affairs office to visit the church. Although not active, this church has a reunion/picnic every June. The house that the Ray’s lived in became Ranger Station Number 1 and housed rangers who cared for the forests. It was eventually torn down by the army and a more modern Ranger Station was built elsewhere. The area in which the Rays and other church members lived and the area around Longstreet Church is now pine forest and used by the army for training.
Ranger Station Number 1, Home of Will Ray and later the McFaydens (believed to be in picture). Its exact location is not known, but it was close to the Long Street Presbyterian Church.
An historic marker of the Longstreet Presbyterian Church. The church is protected by and cared for by the US Army.
Ray family plot in the cemetery next to the Longstreet Presbyterian Church. The obelisk is a memorial to Lauch and Alex Ray who were both killed in the Civil War. Their bodies not returned from where they died.
Fayetteville Presbyterian church where Martin Luther Ray’s brother, Neill, was a member in downtown Fayetteville, about 15 mi from the Longstreet Church.
We believe that Neill and Laura Pearson Ray (and Neill’s sister Annie and son Donald Fairfax Ray) lived very near this statue (226 Green St, Fayetteville, NC). The rear of his house faced a creek (Cross Creek, not seen behind the statue) which in turn had a view of the church. Laura Ray purchased the original bells in the steeple. The Hay Market is very close to this location to the right.
Family grave marker of the Neill Ray family in the Cross Creek cemetery in Fayetteville, NC.