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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Harmon Mason Corray

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905

SURNAMES: BOWERS, CORRAY, ROBERTS, JOHNSON, TOMPKINS, POWERS, WAUGH


HARMON MASON CORRAY was born in Somers Township, Champaign County, November 8, 1862, and was educated in the public schools of that place. His father, Isaiah, was a native of Vermilion County, Ill., who came to Champaign County at an early age, and there married Angeline ROBERTS, by whom he had the following named children: Harmon M., Laura Belle (Mrs. Thomas JOHNSON), George M., and Carrie may (Mrs. Frank TOMPKINS), the latter of whom died in August 1892. Mr. Corray, Sr., and his wife still reside in Somers Township on the old William Somers place.

On March 10, 1886, at the age of twenty-three, Harmon M. Corray was married to Miss Elizabeth POWERS, a daughter of William and Mary Jane (WAUGH) POWERS [BOWERS], both of whom were natives of Montgomery County, Ind., where Mrs. Corray was born July 18, 1868. When she was six years old her parents came to Illinois, settling in Urbana Township, where her mother died in 1879. Her father is still living at his home in Montgomery County, Ind.

Mr. and Mrs. Corray are the parents of five children: May, aged seventeen; Austin, aged thirteen; George, aged eleven; William, aged eight; and Fred, aged six years. Mr. Corray owns 103 acres of land on which he lives, and also has 80 acres on Section 25 in Somers Township.


Jeannette Corray, great-granddaughter of Harmon and Elizabeth Corray, reports that her gr-grandmother's name should be Bowers, not Powers.


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