I revisited some Ancestry/Rootsweb forums and found a post about a Ray family in Thompson, Ohio. Going back through the census for 1830, 1840, and 1850, it would appear that my third great-grandmother Charlotte Ray could have been the daughter of Abel Ray of Thompson or George G. C. Ray of Leroy Township. In 1830 and 1840 both censuses indicated that they had daughters in Charlotte’s age group. I haven’t been able to find birth records for that time period if they exist. I wonder if I can get a copy of the marriage license. Would that have her parents’ names on it?
Much of the information I’ve seen on Abel Ray is inaccurate. Most of the data I’ve found shows Sally (Sarah) Packard as the mother of all of his children, which is likely, since his first wife, Sally, died in 1832 and is buried in Madison. The Geauga County marriage index shows that he married Sally (Sarah) Packard in 1833. The cemetery index shows him and Sarah buried in Bartlett Cemetery in Thompson.