Skip to content
PRAY, Amasa

PRAY, Amasa[1]

Male 1817 - 1881  (64 years)

Personal Information    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name PRAY, Amasa 
    Born 1817  Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 25 Aug 1850  Dorchester, Norfolk, MA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Amasa Pray / 34 / Male / Occu - Wood Warf / Born in Maine-Miriam Pray / 27 / Female / Born in Maine-Charles A Pray / 9 / Male / Born in Mass-Francis A Pray / 7 / Female / Born in Mass-Amasa Pray / 4 / Male / Born in Mass
    Residence 1860  Dorchester, Norfolk, MA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Arrival 1864  Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Obituary Amasa Pray

    One by one the old landmarks are being swept away, and the last old citizen to be carried to his narrow house was Amasa Pray, who, on Wednesday last, under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, was interred in the Odd Fellow’s cemetery. For two years previous to the day of his death the deceased had been gradually sinking. A native of Maine, a merchant of Boston and an early resident of Santa Barbara, where he owned a large amount of real estate, he sold out and came to Santa Cruz in 1864. In company with his son-in-law, H. H. Hobbs, he opened a storee in the brick building on the hill, the property of Jacques Leslie. Subsequently they moved their goods into the Santa Cruz Hotel. In company with W. H. Moore, Mr. Pray erected the Pacific Ocean House, they being the owners of the wooden building that was burned down, and in fact the landlords as successor to Bradley & Stevens, their successors being Olds & Co. In the room now occupied by Mr. Ostorlaus, Pray & Hobbs merchandised for a number of years. Mr. Pray sold his interest in the Ocean House to H. Holley, he practically having constructed the building that covers the alley way and now occupied on the lower floor by W. H. Hobbs, and which he owned at the time of his demise. The deceased took no active part in the enterprise with which he was identified, but he served the people faithfully and wells school trustee and member of the city counsel, was in candidacy on two occasions as supervisor, once as supervisor at large and once as supervisor of the district in which he lived, and he was a railroad director at the time the Santa Cruz road was transferred to Stanford & Co. For some three years previous to his death he was engaged in the real estate business in company with his brother-in-law, Samuel Drennan. He was a warm-hearted, genial man, and we shall long miss from our streets the pleasant face, so ever ready to give a friendly salutation to all. 
    Residence 1880  Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 23 Aug 1881  Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried 24 Aug 1881  IOOF Cemetery, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I2317  Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2012 

    Family FERNALD, Miriam,   b. Nov 1824, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. PRAY, Charles A,   b. Abt 1841, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860  (Age ~ 18 years)
     2. PRAY, Frances Pierce,   b. 1843, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1897, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     3. PRAY, Amasa,   b. 1847, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. PRAY, Charles Fernald,   b. 25 Oct 1862, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1868, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     5. PRAY, Miriam Fernald,   b. Abt 1858, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F52  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1817 - Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 25 Aug 1850 - Dorchester, Norfolk, MA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Dorchester, Norfolk, MA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - 1864 - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Aug 1881 - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 Aug 1881 - IOOF Cemetery, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co, CA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005), Online publication - Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site.Original data - United States of America, Bur.

    2. [S8] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005), Amasa Pray / 34 / Male / Occu - Wood Warf / Born in Maine-Miriam Pray / 27 / Female / Born in Maine-Charles A Pray / 9 / Male / Born in Mass-Francis A Pray / 7 / Female / Born in Mass-Amasa Pray / 4 / Male / Born in Mass.

    3. [S9] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004), Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860.M653, 1,438 rolls. Dorchester, Norfolk, Massachusetts, post office Dorchester, roll M653_516, page 314, image 318.

    4. [S511] Amasa Pray Obituary.

    5. [S511] Amasa Pray Obituary, A native of Maine, a merchant of Boston and an early resident of Santa Barbara, where he owned a large amount of real estate, he sold out and came to Santa Cruz in 1864.

    6. [S213] Santa Cruz Sentinel, (Santa Cruz, CA 1850s to present), 8-27-1881, Pg 2, Col 5.

    7. [S262] Santa Cruz Evening News, Aug 1881: “…Amasa Pray, who, on Wednesday last…was interred in the Odd Fellows cemetery.”.




This site powered by The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding ©, v. 12.0.1, written by Darrin Lythgoe 2001-2018.