Janice; Received your reply and thought I'd drop a line...and maybe some help for you, too.
I have in my files a THOMAS RALSTON, born Unknown in KY, died before 1850, married Unknown, who also died before 1850.
In the 1850 Clark County, Illinois Census, it lists the children of Thomas Ralston and Unknown living with Henry and Sophia TOBIAS.... These children are:
THOMAS RILEY RALSTON, age 12, born IN RACHEL RALSTON, age 10, born IL RICHARD M. RALSTON, age 8, born IL PREVO RALSTON, age 6, born IL
I have checked and double-checked on Henry Tobias and wife, Sophia (Winser), and they are not at all related to the Prevo or Ralston family. Guess the Ralston children in this 1850 census were just living with the Tobias family.
Do you think that your RICHARD RALSTON, who married RACHEL PREVO, could be THOMAS RICHARD RALSTON or RICHARD THOMAS RALSTON?
The reason I ask is simply based on the above child, PREVO RALSTON. I hate to assume anything, but as I'm sure you know, it was common to name a child after the mother's or Grandmother's maiden name, hence PREVO. What do you think??
Prevo Ralston's parents were in Indiana in 1838, then in Illinois by 1840. Do you think that Rachel Prevo would be the mother of Thomas, Rachel, Richard and Prevo Ralston?? It sounds good to me! Sure could use your thoughts on this... Thanks, BOB