Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, August l3, l925
FRANKLIN RAMSEY, son of THOMAS and ANNA RAMSEY, was born in Hancock County, Tennessee, February 27, l837, and died at the home of his son, THOMAS B., in Long Creek Township, Decatur County, Iowa, July 24, l925, being 88 years, 4 months and 27 days of age.
The spring of l850 he, with his parents, migrated to Iowa, traveling from his home by flat-boat down the Tennessee River to Paduca, Kentucky, where the boat was sold and passage was taken on a steamboat to Churchville, now Alexandria, Mo. From this place they traveled overland to Davis County, Iowa, where they remained until the spring of l85l, when they moved to Richland Township, Decatur County, which was partially inhabited by Indians. Here he helped to hew a home from the wilderness.
In December l859, he was united in marriage with LAVINA MARTIN. To this union 7 children were born, 5 boys and 2 girls, MELSENA LEE, LUELLA WEST, JOSIAH, THOMAS BENTON, URIAH, ELMER and MERRITT, who passed away when only a few weeks old. He leaves to mourn his departure his invalid wife, 4 sons and 2 daughters, all living in the same community where he made his home in l85l, 2 brothers, COWEN and WILLIAM, of Merino, Colorado; and a sister, RACHEL FOLAND, of Grand River, Iowa; l6 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren and many more distant relatives and friends.
He was honest and industrious, a good husband and father and neighbor, willing to help those in distress. At one time he went to the relief of an old couple who had climbed a sapling to escape a flood of Long Creek l5 feet deep under them, by swimming more than 40 rods, crossing the main channel when the water was near its highest and after their rescue, swam back across the stream returning home.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. R.A. Lewis, of Linden, Iowa, in Mt. Zion Christian Church in Richland Township, at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25th and his body laid to rest in the Wheelis Cemetery, only a few rods from and in sight of the spot where his first Decatur County home stood and among the resting places of a number of other pioneers of this same community.
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October 24, 2002