My grandfather was James Ray Bres of Vicksburg, Ms. His parents were John Ballard Bres and Madeline Breard Ray. Madeline's father was James S. Ray born in 1827. Madeline was born on Breard Plantation, Rayville, La. Mar. 15, 1855 and died July 25, 1929, in Marshall, Tx. Is this any help? Will gladly give you what I have on the family. I don't have much on the Ray's. I am just getting started.