Bray, Thomas, 1656-1730, English clergyman and philanthropist. In 1696 he was selected by the bishop of London as his commissary to establish the Anglican church in Maryland. Bray recruited missionaries and assembled parochial libraries for North America. He sent out more than 30 parish libraries, which also served in many cases as circulating libraries. He established similar libraries in England and Wales. He founded (1699) the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge to carry on his work. Bray visited Maryland in 1700 and was instrumental in the passage of a revised provincial Church Act (1702). He secured the charter (1701) for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. Rector of St. Botolph Without, Aldgate, London, from 1706 until his death, he was interested in many religious and charitable enterprises, among them the relief of prisoners in England, with which James Oglethorpe was also concerned. In 1723 a charity society, "Dr. Bray's Associates," was founded, which in 1730 was concerned in a petition for the charter of Georgia. His major written work was A Course of Lectures Upon the Church Catechism (9 vol., 1696).

See C. T. Laugher, Thomas Bray's Grand Design (1974).

Bray is a town in Stephens County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,035 at the 2000 census.


Bray is located at (34.630587, -97.835246).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 63.0 square miles (163.0 km²), of which, 62.2 square miles (161.2 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (1.11%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,035 people, 386 households, and 306 families residing in the town. The population density was 16.6 people per square mile (6.4/km²). There were 419 housing units at an average density of 6.7/sq mi (2.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.53% White, 0.10% African American, 5.60% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.68% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.22% of the population.

There were 386 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,417, and the median income for a family was $34,318. Males had a median income of $24,191 versus $20,658 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,952. About 13.6% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

Bray is the birthplace of country musician Katrina Elam.


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