Michael Ray

Ray in 2018, photo by Debby Wong/www.bigstockphoto.com/

Birth Name: Michael Ray Roach

Place of Birth: Eustis, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 29, 1988

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, French, distant Melungeon, possibly other

Michael Ray is an American country music singer and songwriter.

Michael’s paternal ancestor Edward Buss Riddle, who was born, c. 1695, in Virginia, is sometimes referred to as “mulatto” or “Indian.”

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Amos Wilson Roach (the son of Amos Wilson Roach and Zettie Bonita Reedy). Michael’s grandfather Amos was born in Florida. Michael’s great-grandfather Amos was born in Florida, the son of James Henry Roach and Anna Axie Indiana Bryant. Zettie was born in Kentucky, the daughter of Henry Clay Reedy and Rachel Rose Ellen Cook.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Naomi Sue Riddle (the daughter of Marvin Joseph Riddle and Ester Lee Witt). Naomi was born in Mississippi. Marvin was born in Alabama, the son of William Jess Riddle and Towney Minnie Box. Ester was born in Alabama, the daughter of James Mansfield Witt and Eula Mae Nix.

Sources: Obituary of Michael’s paternal grandfather, Amos Wilson Roach – http://beyersfhc.com

Obituary of Michael’s paternal grandmother, Naomi Sue (Riddle) Roach – http://usobit.com

Obituary of Michael’s paternal great-grandmother, Ester Lee (Witt) Riddle – http://www.familysearch.org

1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    Yes, he has distant/remote Melungeon (“free mulatto” on records) roots.


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