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Research by: Pat Mote
William Raby was born in Devonshire, England, December 29, 1824. His parents, Robert and Hellen, emigrated to Canada, settling near Montreal where he remained until his father's death. He moved to Granville, Licking County, Ohio where he met and married Louisa J. Hewett. She was born April 13, 1824 in Newark, Ohio and is the daughter of Aldin Hewitt and Candis C Hayes.

We found William and Louisa in the 1850 Census for Licking County, Ohio. During this time, he became a doctor. We have a copy of his Physician License for Lagrange County, dated August 17, We also have copies of William's naturalization papers in 1856.

In the 1860's he was in Auglaize County, Ohio. He was involved in the Masonic Lodge in Wapakonetta, Ohio. We also found land transactions for William and Louisa for a lot in New Bremen, Ohio on May 28, 1860. For a number of years, he was an honorary member of the Ionic Lodge, Wolcottville, serving as treasurer in 1867. He also held a membership with a chapter in Lagrange, Indiana. In the 1870 Census the Raby family was living in Wolcottville, Lagrange County, Johnson Township.

William Raby died January 31, 1899 in Wolcottville, Indiana and is buried in Osborn Cemetery. Louisa Raby resided with her son Charles, until her death, August 31, 1907.

Children of Dr. William Raby [1824 - 1899] and Louisa J. Hewett [1824 - 1907]
  • Robert [b. 1846 m. Eunice Greenfield 1870]
  • Alphonso [b. 1849]
  • Emma M. [b. 10/22/1852 d. 2/2/1936 m. Harry Craft]
  • George William [b. 6/22/1855 d. 3/19/1915 m. Ella Lucinda Reed]
  • Charles [b. 1865]
  • Edward [b. 9/13/1871 d. 11/25/1940 m. Nellie Weathermax burried: Woodland Cem. Wolcotville, IN]
  • Oliver [b. 1860 d. 6/17/1874 drowning accident]

George William Raby was born June 22, 1855 in Pataskala, Licking County, Ohio. He married Ella Lucinda Reed, daughter of George William Reed and Sarah Ester DeBrular, on September 9, 1880. "Elly" Reed was born October 5, 1855 in Goshen, Indiana. George William Raby died March 17, 1915 in Wolcottville, Lagrange County, Indiana. Both George and Elly are buried in Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville, Indiana.
Children of George William Raby [1855 - 1915] and Ella Lucinda Reed [1855 - 1920]
  • James [b. 7/15/1882 d. 2/26/1941 m. Goldie Weaver 1911]
  • Roy [b. 2/19/1884 d. 1/3/1955 m. Ellen Forney 1909]
  • Beulah Pearl [b. 6/9/1886 d. 8/20/1966 m. Benjamin Franklin Long 1909]
  • Nellie [b. 2/24/1890 d. 6/18/1954 m. George Gardner]

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