Luke Bray was born in 1780, the son of John Bray and Mary Fogarty of Thurles, County Tipperary. He married Ellen Ronayne, the daughter of William Ronayne, in Ballindad, County Waterford, on the 23rd May 1810.
26. Ennis Chronicle Wed. 30 May 1810, Married on Wednesday at Ballindad Co. Waterford Luke Bray Esq. of Thurles to Ellen, daughter of Wm. Ronayne.
They had eight children.
1821 Census. Ballycunane.
Mr. Luke Bray, 39, farmer.
Mrs Ellen Bray, wife, 31.
May, dau, 9
Fanny, dau, 7
Catherine, dau, 6
Ellen, dau, 4
Johanna, dau, 2
John, son, 2
54 acres held by Luke Bray in this townland.
Anna Bray is not listed in 1821 census in Thurles because she was staying with her grandmother Ann (Anstace) Ronayne (nee Power) in Waterford at the time. She is listed there. She was the eldest child and would have been about ten years old.
Luke died in Thurles in 1837 aged 57. Ellen survived her husband by 27 years.
Mrs Ellen Bray : North Riding : Thurles : Ballycarrane . (Commons/Glengariff/Thurles Town Parks Main Street.) (Griffith Valuation 1855).
Townland : Ballycarrane, 238 acres, North Riding, Tipperary. Barony : Eliogarty. Civil parish : Thurles.PLU : Thurles, Munster.
She died in 1864.
October 22, at Thurles, Ellen, relict of Luke Bray, Esq.-May she rest in peace. Cork Examiner 4 October 1864
Luke and Ellen are buried at Holy Cross Abbey, with four of their daughters.
Luke d. 1837 aged 57.
Luke's widow Ellen Ronayne 1864 aged 76
and their daughters Anna Bray d.1866, Mary Ann d. 1876, Ellen Mary Clare d. 1900 aged 84, Catherine 1902 aged 87
Frances Agnes Bray married Francis O’Brien of Thurles. She died on 12th January 1874. Francis died Ist November 1870 aged 64. Both are buried in St. Mary's Graveyard, Thurles along with other members of the Bray O'Brien family.
Johanna Maria Bray married Daniel Corley Jennings of Newry.