There's another posting at the Ransom GenForum which provides Sarah's maiden name as Yates and 1st husband was a Matthew Billiter: Re: NC widowed Richard Ransom m Sara Yates Billeter? Posted by: Pat Harris Date: October 18, 2001 at 10:23:13 In Reply to: Re: NC widowed Richard Ransom m Sara Yates Billeter? by Steve Ransom Sarah Yates was first married to Matthew Billeter. Trying to track the Billeter family in Stokes NC back if anyone can help.
Richard Ransom and Sarah married as per the following at Ancestry.com: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 Bride: Sarah Billitter Groom: Richard Ransom Bond Date: 22 May 1848 County: Stokes Record #: 02 247 Bondsman: John R Hauser Witness: Isaac Golding Bond #: 000141026
So, presumably Sarah's 1st husband, Matthew Billiter died before the 2nd marriage and thus, the Jonathan D. Billiter, age 4, in Richard Ransom's 1850 household, is a step-son.