Ray Carey’s addresses in Columbus, Ohio

It turns out that the below mentioned Ray Carey moved around quite a bit. A search of Polk’s Columbus Ohio City Directories has him listed living at 14 different address from 1911-1939. That is just when he is actually listed in the directories. He is not listed in the 1926, 1934, 1935, 1936 and 1937 directories. Below is an interactive Google Map with approximate locations of where he lived:

Using Google Street View you can check out the neighborhoods as they are today. Many of the houses do not appear to be standing and a couple of them are most likely where I-70 now runs through the city. I was able to make fairly good guesses as to where the houses may have stood using a 1901 Columbus map as an overlay on Google Earth while referencing Google Street View.

Courtsey of David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Courtsey of David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Prior to 1911 was difficult to locate Ray in Columbus. There is a Raymond H. Carey listed as living at 469 Hamilton Avenue. Other Carey’s living at that address include Grace, Martha and Stephen. This Ray Carey is most likely Raymond Henry Cary (1883-1953) the son of Stephen Cary (1850-1910).

This Raymond Henry Carey is also listed in the 1909 city directory at 469 Hamilton Avenue. Oddly there is also a listing for Ray H. Carey at 537 Hamilton Avenue. To add to the confusion they are both listed as having the occupation of a traveling agent. At this point I’m going under the assumption this is the same man and most likely a mistake by the directory publisher. It is unclear when Ray Carey (1885-1977) came to Columbus from Hillard but according to his 1905 marriage record to Ola Mae Eastman, he wasn’t yet living in Columbus. Raymond Henry Cary’s listing are pretty consistent with working as a traveling agent or clerk while Ray Carey is consistently listed as a motorman.

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