I am seeking information and documentation on this line of Ramseys.Your assistance would be appreciated.
Descendants of William Ramsey
Generation No. 1
1.WILLIAM3 RAMSEY was born February 18, 1742/43 in Baltimore Co. MD, and died Aft. 1805 in Oglethorpe Co. GA.He married (1) MARGARET WOODSIDE.He married (2) JEMIMA 1765 in N.C..
Notes for WILLIAM RAMSEY:
Ramsey, A. C., Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, p. 9.
*Grandfather Ramsey's ancestors were from Scotland, and belonged to the old Covenantaers and of course his religious training was in that school of Calvinist Theology.
They were both brought up and raised strict Presbyterians particularly Father, whose Father was of the strictest and straightest sect; so much so, that when there was a split in that church on the subject of Psalmody and causing the organization of that branch known as the "Seceders."Grandfather Ramsey adhered to them and was so opposed to the use of Dr. Watts' version of the Psalms, except Rouse's, I heard father say that he threatened to burn Watts; if it was brought into his house.But I believe he finally gave up those notions and affiliated with the presbyterians.My mothers parents were of the same faith and order but not as strenuous as Grandfather Ramsey.
My impression is they both united with the Methodist church before they left Georgia, and brought with them their certificates of membership to their new home.
A.C. Ramsey, Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, p. 21.
In the Fall of 1818 I think it was, he (William Ramsey, Jr. b. Mecklenburg County m. Nancy Elizabeth Huey)with Brother Andrew made a visit to Tennessee, to see his Father (William Ramsey, SR. m. Jemima) and relations; and on his return brought with him a nephew, William N. Gracey, a son of one of his sisters; who remained with us the next year, at our next home on the Pascagoula River, and which refreshes my memory so that from this circumstance I know that his visit to Tennessee was in 1818.
Original documentation shows that the two brothers who came to MS, William and Noah, were the sons of William Ramsey b. 18 Feb. 1743 in Baltimore Co. MD and d. Aft. 1805 in Oglethorpe Co. GA. His wife was Jemima. That much was OK, but William (b. 1743) was one of six children of John Ramsey, Jr. and his wife, Johanna Stewart (Johanna was the widow of William Poteet). John Jr. died Abt. 1805 in Columbia Co. GA. John Jr. was the son of John Sr. from Pennsylvania.
The Samuel Ramsey who died in the American Revolution was John Jr.'s nephew--the son of his brother, Randolph Ramsey.
Children of WILLIAM RAMSEY and JEMIMA are:
2. i. WILLIAM4 RAMSEY , JR., b. July 27, 1770, Meclenburg, NC; d. July 19, 1833, Red Creek, Stone, MS.
ii. NOAH W. RAMSEY, b. June 1768, Mecklenbert, NC; d. October 02, 1853, Old Gallatin, MS; m. MARY ELIZABETH DEARING, December 14, 1810, Georgia.
3. iii. SISTER RAMSEY m. Gracey, had son William M. Gracey
Generation No. 2
2.WILLIAM4 RAMSEY , JR. (WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 27, 1770 in Meclenburg, NC, and died July 19, 1833 in Red Creek, Stone, MS.He married (1) NANCY ELIZABETH HUEY, daughter of ANDREW HUEY and NANCY.He married (2) MARGARET WOODSIDE December 15, 1802 in Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Notes for WILLIAM RAMSEY , JR.:
Ramsey, A. C., Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, p. 1.
I was born in Jackson County, Georgia, November 4th 1807.My Father, William Ramsey was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, July 27th 1770.
From History of Methodism in Alabama and West Florida.
by Marion Elsas Lazenby
"We mention these families of culture, character and prominence because so much has been said about the wickedness of the early settlers in Alabama.Among these early settlers were many whose culture and religion will ever be a source of pride to their descendants.
Among these were William Ramsey...and many others. West gives an account of the coming of William Ramsey, obtained from the well-preserved journal of Abiezer Clarke Ramsey, son of William, which journal is now in the hands of his granddaughters, Misses Corrie, Marie and Frances Benson at Forest Home, and in whose parents home, A.C. Ramsey died on Jan. 23, 1891.A grandson of the Rev. Mr. Ramsey, W.W. Benson, one of the state's distinguished educators, and one of Methodism's most useful members, likewise died in this home in 1953.
William Ramsey was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C., July 27, 1770, later moving to Jackson County, Georgia, where two of his children were born.He moved in 1808 to Chickasawhay River, in Mississippi, afterwards within the bounds of the Tombecbee Circuit.
Even to get seed corn he had to return to St. Stephens, or the Tombigbee River, and pay four dollars a bushel for it.Other provisions were alike scarce and at exorbitant prices.The building of the cabin, clearing the field, planting the corn, making benches, stools, and chairs, securing the spinning wheel, constructing the rude loom, the slow process of picking the seed out of the cotton, spinning, spooling, reeling, dyeing, sizing, warping, and sleiding thread, weaving cloth, and obtaining other household necessities, kept him busy.Confronted by scarcity of provisions and exorbitant prices and by the heavy losses he sustained, the question is how did he and his household manage to subsist?
At the end of 1808 Ramsey sold his improvements (he did not own his own land) and moved down the Chickasawhay and built a cabin and opened a new clearing on the spot now occupied by Winchester.He felled the first tree ever felled in the town of Winchester.Here he lived when Sturdivant and Burdge visited him."
Ramsey lived in a number of different places in this general section.His last home was on the banks of Red Creek, where he died and was buried in 1833.He was a man of great industry, of uncommon energy, and of economical habits...of unquestioned integrity, and much esteemed by his neighbors.As a Christian he was full of faith and good deeds, and had a profound experience of divine things.His patience under suffering was beautiful.His death was triumphant.His wife died June 8, 1836 and was buried by his side.
"The little caravan...consisted of himself on foot, his wife on a horse, with her child, Andrew, not more than two and a half years old, seated behind her, and her baby, Abiezer Clark, then less than four months old, in her lap, Dinah, a Negro girl, on foot, and two pack horses loaded with what household goods and camp equipage they could carry.This little band found nearly the whole way infested with Indians, and their progress often retarded by streams that were not fordable, and that were without bridges or ferries.
The trip commences in January and the Chickashawhay was reached Feb. 21, 1808.None can refuse to pause and view the unique scene of this woman mounted on a horse, with her helpless offspring packed about her, making this trip across more than half the State of Georgia, and across the entire state of Alabama, with menacing savages hanging on nearly every step, and swollen streams, bridgeless and ferryless encountered every day!
Mr. Ramsey unloaded his pack horses on the Chickasawhay River near the Choctaw boundary and near what is now Waynesborough.Here he built his cabin, made his first clearing, and raised his first crop all in 1808.When he reached the Chickasawhay, his entire estate consisted of three horses, the baggage which the two pack horses had conveyed there, the Negro girl, Dinah, and twenty-one dollars in cash.He had neither provisions, house nor field.One of the horses fell off the river bluff and was drowned; another was stolen by the Indians and was never recovered...there was little in that land on which to subsist, except the spontaneous products of the country.
Ramsey, A. C., Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, "MY FATHER'S DEATH", (On William Ramsey, Jr. who married Nancy Elizabeth Huey) p. 86
At my appointment in July at Salem Camp Ground (1833), I was met by brother Andrew, who bore to me the sad news of the death of Father, which had taken place at his home on Red Creek, the 19th of that month (July).This was to me and all the family an afflictive providence.Although he had been for a number of years, a great sufferer, so that he was perfectly helpless, not able to feed or dress himself; and to an outsider looking from worldly side; and relief from care, on our part, and relief from suffering on his, with the blessed Hope of rest hereafter, as entertained by him; from that stand point, it might have been thought best for both.But the parental tie, had so bound us together, and the reverence and affectionate regard, which cemented and bound us to him, that the labour anxiety and care consequent upon nursing, and watching over him, was not onerous, as to cause a wish that relief should be obtained, only by his death.But so ordered it, and while we could but weep and lament the sad bereavement, we "sorrowed not as those who had no hope."He died at age 68 years 11 months 22 days.Father was an energetic, economical, manager in his domestic affairs; and these elements coupled with a sound unwavering faith and Christian experience in divine things constituted the basis upon which he built up a moral superstructure, of respectability an usefulness, wherever he lived, or among those whom he mingled.One worthy of the imitation of all.These virtues and Christian graces was not only prominent in health; but being supplemented by great patience in suffering; it may I think be justly said, He not only did, but likewise suffered the will of God, as become one of His children.O that his children who yet remain; his long line of descendants, of grand children and great grandchildren that are now scattered, in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri, may all emulate his virtues, die in peace and meet him in Heaven, where we humbly trust and hope he now: rests from his labours and his works follow him.Amen
Notes for NANCY ELIZABETH HUEY:
Ramsey, A. C., Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, p.1
"I was born in Jackson County, Georgia, November 4th 1807.My father, William Ramsey was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina July 27th 1770.My mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Huey, was born in Ireland September 15th, 1787.Her parents Andrew and Nancy Huey came to America when she was an infant and settled in Pennsylvania.How long they remained in that State I do not know but moved from there to Georgia and settled in Franklin County; if my memory is correct.And here let me remark that this with many others narrated is this sketch, are given from recollections of what my parents told me, many long years ago.My father was twice married, his first wife was a Miss Woodside, who lived but a short while, after their marriage and left no issue.And whether their marriage took place in North Carolina, or Georgia I am not prepared to state positively, but think it was in the former state.Father moved to Georgia, but at what time, I do not know.He thus became acquainted with Mother and at a proper time, married her.They settled in Jackson County, to which Grandfather Huey had moved.Here my brother Andrew and myself were born, the only two out of five who were native Georgians.
Children of WILLIAM RAMSEY and NANCY HUEY are:
4. i. ABIEZER CLARK5 RAMSEY, b. November 25, 1807, Jackson County, Georgia; d. January 23, 1891, Forest Homes, Al.
ii. ANDREW WOODSIDE RAMSEY, b. January 01, 1806.
5. iii. ANN PORTER RAMSEY, b. January 04, 1810, Wayne, MS; d. March 31, 1867, Lawrence, MS.
6. iv. WILLIAM J. RAMSEY, b. December 15, 1811, Leakesville, MS; d. April 07, 1880, Harrison, MS.
v. DANIEL RAMSEY, b. 1814; d. 1887, Bell Fountain, Jackson County; m. MAHALA HOLDER.
Notes for DANIEL RAMSEY:
Ramsey, A. C. , Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, p. 125.
Brother Daniel's marriage, life and death
He was my youngest brother who with brother William had remained single, taking care and providing for Father and Mother in their declining years, and nursed them both until they died, and now as the connecting link that bound them to the old homestead, was severed; it became necessary that thy should secure another link, that would bind them to homes of their own; accordingly, (brother William had already married) on the 12th of February of this year 1837, broth Daniel was married to Miss Mahala Holder, daughter of Willis Holder then of Jasper County, Mississippi, a part of the history of whose life has already been noticed in these sketches.He settled in that Country when he was brought up, and in which he spent his life, became pious and a useful citizen and member of the church, accumulated property and raised a family of nine children, all of whom are grown and married, and considerably scattered.One in Missouri, one in Texas; two in Alabama and the balance at and near the coast where he died, which occurred, at his home at Bell Fountain in Jackson County, Mississippi where he was buried, in 1887.
3.SISTER4 RAMSEY (WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1).She married GRACEY.
Child of SISTER RAMSEY and GRACEY is:
i. WILLIAM N.5 GRACEY.
Generation No. 3
4.ABIEZER CLARK5 RAMSEY (WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 25, 1807 in Jackson County, Georgia, and died January 23, 1891 in Forest Homes, Al.He married ELIZABETH AMANDA WARDLAW August 03, 1837, daughter of JAMES WARDLAW and HANNAH CLARK.
Notes for ELIZABETH AMANDA WARDLAW:
Ramsey, A. C., Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, p. 126
One important event in my history occur with me that year.On the 4th day of August I was united in marriage with Mrs. Elizabeth Amanda Bonham, a widow with four children, a fearful and responsible undertaking I knew, but so it was, I voluntarily assumed the position, influenced I think by no other motive than pure affection for the object of my choice, and probability of placing myself in a condition to be able from declining health to be more useful; to do ore good to the cause of Christ and my fellow man, than I otherwise were doing, or could do; I selected her and the position with the knowledge, and apprehension of the dangers involved; subjecting me to the misjudged opinion of many at the time, that mercenary or sinister motives, were the ruling principle that governed my action.Yet while I was aware that probably I might incur burthens and responsibilities, too great for me in caring for her and her children, managing a business with which I had but little acquaintance, and thereby make a failure, and ring upon me the abuse, and anathemas of those who were intimately connected, by ties of relationship with the family; besides the slander and gossip of others; I of course, feeling conscious of the honesty of my motive could but enter into such an alliance with fear and trembling.But believing and knowing that I should have the aid of a woman, of sense, of principle, of management care and industry, and the best of all, one of devotion and affection for me I married her; and took charge of her business, and which so managed afterwards, I believe, in every instance, as to not only meet her approval, but likewise the approbation of her friends, and those more directly interestd in is proper adjustment.And while I had many annoyances, and much harassing labour to perform and scenes to pass through found her as I expected her to be, a helpmete; a loving sympathetic companion through life.Among one of the most domestic, careful, business housekeepers I ever knew.She was a religious woman; never opposed me in going where I thought I ought to preach, or to attend to any work connected with the church to which I was called; but was to her a great pleasure to know that I was trying to do all I could for he cause of Christ.
She lived to be the mother of seven of my children and after suffering for a considerable length of time, died June 30, 1854 at our home at Oak Hill in Wilcox County, Alabama where her remains now lie at the graveyard at that place.Gave satisfactory assurances in her affliction, that her peace was made with God, and had a bright hope of Eternal life.
Children of ABIEZER RAMSEY and ELIZABETH WARDLAW are:
7. i. DAVID WARDLAW6 RAMSEY , CIVIL WAR, b. January 14, 1848, Oak Hill, Alabama Wilcox County, Civil War; d. March 08, 1916, Pineapple, AlWilcox County.
ii. ROBERT CLARKE RAMSEY , CIVIL WAR, d. June 17, 1862.
iii. JANE PERRIN RAMSEY, b. May 17, 1838; m. MCCRACKIN.
iv. MARY ELIZA RAMSEY, m. BENSON.
v. WILLIAM ANDREW KING RAMSEY.
vi. CORNELIA PORTER RAMSEY.
vii. ABIZER CLARK RAMSEY.
5.ANN PORTER5 RAMSEY (WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born January 04, 1810 in Wayne, MS, and died March 31, 1867 in Lawrence, MS.She married JOHN THOMAS LONGINO , JR. August 04, 1825.
Notes for ANN PORTER RAMSEY:
A.C. Ramsey, Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, p.56
Marriage of my Sister Ann
This event occurred August 4th 1825 when she formed an alliance with John R. Longine of Lawrence County, Mississippi; a gentleman of fine moral habits, and their union was a happy one.They settled on Crooked Creek in said county; where they resided until 1827 when they removed and settled near us on Red Crook, where they remained until after Father's death; and then went back to Lawrence and spent the rest of their lives there; raising a large family of children, who are now in that country. at and around the Old Homestead, doing well; respectable and useful citizens, and members of the Baptist Church mostly.Their eldest son moved to Missouri the only one of the eleven children outside of Lawrence County who are alive.Augustus died during the war, John T. was killed at Franklin Tennessee.
Brother and Sister Longine, were both members of the Methodist church while they lived near us on Red Creek, and for several years after they returned to Lawrence; but being cut off almost entirely from church privileges in that communion; and being surrounded by and associated mostly with large churches, and communities, of the Baptist denomination they united with that church, and lived and died acceptable members thereof testifying at the last their readiness to depart.
Children of ANN RAMSEY and JOHN LONGINO are:
i. AUGUSTUS6 LONGINO.
ii. JOHN T. LONGINO, d. Franklin, Tennessee.
6.WILLIAM J.5 RAMSEY (WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born December 15, 1811 in Leakesville, MS, and died April 07, 1880 in Harrison, MS.He married MARY FAIRLEY, daughter of JUDGE JOHN FAIRLEY.
Notes for WILLIAM J. RAMSEY:
Ramsey, A. C., Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, p. 119.
During this time Brother William had married miss Mary Fairly, daughter of Judge John Fairley; and was living at our old homestead.Brother Daniel was living there also with them, had not yet married.Brother William soon after, settled a place between Red Creek and he coast, which he improved, and is still living at the same place, has never moved; done well.His wife after bearing him nine children died; and since he has married again a Miss Sabra Davis has been blessed with two good wives.
Children of WILLIAM RAMSEY and MARY FAIRLEY are:
i. JOHN6 RAMSEY, b. Abt. 1837, MS.1; d. WFT Est. 1868-1928, UNKNOWN2; m. SARAH CUNNINGHAM, WFT Est. 1868-19023.
ii. WILLIAM"RUFUS" RAMSEY, b. Abt. 18394; d. WFT Est. 1840-19295.
iii. ANDREW JEFFERSON RAMSEY, b. Abt. 1841, MS.6; d. WFT Est. 1872-1932, UNKNOWN7; m. MARY MYERS, WFT Est. 1872-19068.
iv. ARMANDA RAMSEY, b. Abt. 18429; d. WFT Est. 1843-193610.
8. v. NEPHY ANN RAMSAY, b. February 19, 1844, HARRISON CO.MS.; d. April 05, 1883.
9. vi. JAMES POLK RAMSEY, b. December 23, 1845, MS.; d. November 05, 1911, COALVILLE, MS.
vii. ISABELL"EMMA' RAMSEY, b. Abt. 184811; d. WFT Est. 1849-194212.
viii. LEWIS C. RAMSEY, b. Abt. 184913; d. WFT Est. 1850-193914.