I've been searching for the brother of my GG-grandmother. I knew that he (William Wray) emigrated to Pennsylvania. I have recently discovered that he married an Irish girl, Jane Chittick, in Philadelphia in 1869. They had two children that survived to adulthood, William J. Wray who spent most of his life in Whitemarsh, and Conshohocken, Montgomery county, and Samuel Wray, who spent most of his life in Upper Mount Bethel.
Samuel married Lotta ("Lottie") Groner between 1910 and 1913. They had son, William G. Wray, but Lottie died in the great flu epidemic of 1918.
Samuel worked as a slate quarry labourer, as a machinist a Bethlehem Steel.
Samuel died in 1950, while his son William lived until 2004 in Wind Gap, Northampton. In his 1943 draft papers, his civilian job was lasited as Tire Rebuilder or Divers Helper, Marine. He was married.
I'm interested in hearing from anyone who knew the family, and in particular if they know how and why William emigrated from Ireland in 1856, aged 8. His mother, brother and sister remained in Northern Ireland, eventually moving to Scotland. I have not found his father, Samuel Alexander Wray in the records and now suspect that William emigrated with his father and never saw the rest of his family again. I do have a copy of a letter that William wrote to his brother in 1873, offering to send him a ticket to come to America, but his brother never took up the offer.