- Scottish record of double Ramsay marriage, 1816 (369 KB)
Great-great-great grandparents Robert Ramsay and Elizabeth Morris married on May 10, 1816 in Dunfermline, Fife Scotland.Robert's older brother William, first entry, married Christian Morris the same day.
- Grandparents Ramsay (93 KB)
Robert Alexander Ramsay, Sr. (1884-1970) and Nina Mariah Allshouse Ramsay (1888-1967) of Greensburg, Westmoreland Co, PA.This picture was taken in 1966.
- Heraldry (255 KB)
Ramsay Blazon of Arms
- Ramsay Grads of Greensburg High School in PA (126 KB)
Top: my father, Robert A. Ramsay, 1912-1967; Donald A. Ramsay, 1915-1995. Middle: Marjorie A. Ramsay Laing. Bottom: Catharine E. Ramsay Goodlin, 1918-1992; Morris Ramsay. These are the senior portraits of the children of Robert A. and Nina Allshouse Ramsay.
- Ship Lydia Passenger List: Sept. 27, 1740 Arrival (42 KB)
Our Beck patriarch-John Henry Beck-and his wife Anna Marie and their five sons sailed from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, PA. on this ship.John Henry and his sons William and Jacob are on the passenger list.Women and children under the age of 16 are not on the list.Image source: Ancestry.com's Immigrants in Pennsylvania, 1727-76.
- Mining Partners (147 KB)
Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, Thomas Lynch, Robert Ramsay and Morris Ramsay.Picture at bottom right is inventor and philanthropist Erskine Ramsay.Note their signatures.
- Adelaide Frick Ramsay Clarke (288 KB)
Adelaide (Feb. 3, 1892-July 14, 1982) was the youngest child of Morris and Sadie Ramsay.This picture was taken in 1893 in the Ramsay home in Mt. Pleasant, PA.The child, who was not yet born when the family portrait below was taken in 1890, is the namesake of Henry Clay Frick's wife, Adelaide.
- Morris Ramsay's Family, Trotter, PA Home, 1885 (403 KB)
Left to right: Christine; Robert in buggy; George; Sadie, holding Janet; Sharpe; mother Sadie holding Alice; father Morris; Hannah; Will.Birthplace of Robert Ramsay.
- Morris Ramsay's Home in Mt. Pleasant, PA. (352 KB)
This picture of the family and their home was taken around the time of the 1891 Morewood Mine riot.Morris, whose wife Sadie was pregnant in this photo, would live for just one more year.
- Family of Robert A. & Nina Allshouse Ramsay (232 KB)
This picture was taken in the back yard of the family home at 443 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA., about 1955.Top: Catherine (Betty); parents Robert and Nina; Robert A. Jr., my father.Bottom: Marjorie; Morris; Donald.
- Family of Morris & Sadie Helman Greer Ramsay (383 KB)
Circa 1890, Mt. Pleasant, PA.Standing: Sharpe, Hannah, George, Sadie, Will.Seated: mother Sadie, Alice, Christine, Robert, Janet, Nellie, father Morris.
- Ramsay Mother and Child (211 KB)
My grandmother, Nina Mariah Allshouse Ramsay, holding my father, Robert Alexander Ramsay, in a picture taken when he was 2 months old in March, 1912.
- Ship Patience List: Sept. 16, 1748 Arrival (183 KB)
My 5th great grandfather, John Kunkle (Johannes Kunckel), wife Anna and six of their children sailed to Philadelphia, PA. on this ship.John's oldest son is also on the list.They settled in Westmoreland Co, PA.Image source: Ancestry.com's Immigrants in Pennsylvania, 1727-76.
- Allshouse Farm, Westmoreland Co, PA, c. 1888 (333 KB)
Built in 1882, birthplace of Nina Allshouse in Hempfield Twp.Behind fence: mother Catharine Beck Allshouse, holding Nina; father Josiah.Children in front: Leonard, Sarah, Maurice, holding Christmas toys.
- BBR (155 KB)
The creator of this page, Barbara Beck-Ramsay, in a picture taken in 1952.
- Ship Judith Passenger List: Sept. 15, 1748 Arrival (149 KB)
Our Allshouse patriarch--Henry I--sailed from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, PA. on this ship. Henry became one of the first settlers of Easton, PA.Image source: Ancestry.com's Immigrants in Pennsylvania, 1727-76.
- Tombstones: William & Elizabeth Sharpe Ramsay (199 KB)
The pink granite for the tombstone was imported from Scotland to mark the final resting place of my great-great-grandparents who were both born in Scotland.They are buried at the Union Cemetery in Irwin, Westmoreland Co, PA.Shown are the bottom two sides of a four-sided obelisk.
- Erskine Ramsay, Sept 24, 1864 ~ Aug. 15, 1953 (187 KB)
At 18, 1st cousin Erskine was the Connellsville coal region's youngest mine superintendent.He later became an inventor and industrialist, giving away $5 million by the time he died.Erskine was the nephew of my great-grandfather Morris Ramsay.
- Our Wedding Day (65 KB)
Barbara Beck-Ramsay and Mark J. Silvestri wed on August 30, 1975.
- Ship Samuel Passenger List: Aug 17, 1733 Arrival (141 KB)
Our Rugh patriarch--Hans George--sailed from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, PA. on this ship.Sons George and Jacob are also on the list.Wife Catharina, son Michael and daughter Marie Eve also made the journey.Image source: Ancestry.com's Immigrants in Pennsylvania, 1727-76.
- Great-grandparents Ramsay (187 KB)
Sadie Mariah Helman Greer (1853-1927) and Morris Ramsay (1848-1892).Morris was the Superintendent of Mines and General Consulting Engineer for the Henry Clay Frick coal mines in PA. See biography in text section.
- Lieutenant Colonel Robert Alexander Ramsay, Jr. (342 KB)
My father Robert (1912-1967), who was a civil mining and radio engineer, entered the US Army on Jan. 13, 1941.He served principally with the Signal Corps and endured many campaigns.Robert, seen here in his dress whites c. 1943, remained in the Army until 1950.
- Ladies Fashions at a Birthday Party in 1903 (170 KB)
This is what fashionable young women were wearing at the turn of the century.The photo, courtesy of Marjorie Laing, was taken at the 21st birthday party of my great-aunt, Sarah Irene Allshouse, second from right, on May 16, 1903 in Greensburg, PA.
- Allshouse-Ramsay Home, Greensburg, PA, c. 1955 (315 KB)
First owned by Josiah Allshouse, then his daughter Nina and son-in-law Robert Ramsay, Sr. this house at 443 W. Pittsburgh Street is where I also was raised.
- Elizabeth Sharpe Ramsay Saunders (1874-1904) (162 KB)
This photo of my great-aunt was taken about 1896.Sharpe died during her pregnancy on Feb. 5, 1904, leaving the care of her two young sons to her husband, Emmor.Photo courtesy of Marjorie Laing.
- Leonard Beck's Farm (354 KB)
The farm, located in New Stanton, PA, was on 177 acres of land Leonard Beck purchased with government funds secured through his military service.Leonard, who called his land "The Continent," is believed to have settled here in about 1788.This picture was taken May 11, 1941, courtesy of Marjorie Laing.
- Pictorial Wedding Certificate (307 KB)
The bride, groom and minister's portraits all appear on the marriage certificate of Josiah Allshouse, of N. Huntington Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA., and Katherine E. Beck, of Hempfield Twp., Westmoreland Co, PA.My great-grandparents wed on Aug. 31, 1876 at the bride's home.
- Robert Ramsay: 4 Generations of Scot Descendants (174 KB)
Scotland, c. 1896, right to left: daughter Christian Ramsay Penman; granddaughter Betsy Penman Simpson; great-granddaughters Mary Simpson Mackie & Jeannie Simpson Robinson.Baby and boy are great-great grandsons, children of Mary Mackie.Robert Ramsay was born in 1792 and died in 1832 in Scotland.
- Fractur (369 KB)
This is a framed, hand-written, hand-drawn and hand-painted fractur announcing the birth of Josiah Allshouse on May 25, 1850 in N. Huntington Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA.His parents were Samuel Allshouse and Lydia Ann Baughman.
- The Family of Leonard Beck (285 KB)
The family of Leonard Beck, grandson of Revolutionary War soldier Leonard Beck.Left to right, standing: Sarah Jane (Kintigh); Michael Matthias; Catharine Elizabeth; Sanford Leroy.Left to right, seated: Cyrus Franklin; parents Leonard and Mariah (Mathias) Beck, my second great-grandparents.Circa 1870.
- Scottish Passengers on the Tuscarara in 1863 (79 KB)
Great-great grandfather William Ramsay and his family sailed from Liverpool, England to Philadelphia in 1863 on the packet ship Tuscarara, captained by Richard M. Dunlevy.The Scottish family settled in Larimer, PA.The manifest is courtesy of Marjorie Ramsay Laing.
- Henry Allshouse:Revolutionary War Soldier Memorial (262 KB)
My 4th great-grandfather's memorial is located in Jeannette, PA., all but obscured by shrubs on now private property.This picture was taken in in November, 2000.The stone is located one-half block from the house of my sister, Gretchen Ramsay, who died one month after this photo was taken.
- Victorian Babies (148 KB)
My grandparents as babies: Nina Mariah Allshouse, 1888, photo taken in Greensburg, PA; Robert Alexander Ramsay, Sr., 1885, photo taken in Mt. Pleasant, PA.
- The Sphinx (272 KB)
Lt. Col. Robert A. Ramsay, Jr. sits atop a camel in front of Egypt's Sphinx c. the Africa Campaign in World War II.
- Ramsay High School Dedication Plaque (174 KB)
Facsimilie of the plaque dedicating Ramsay High School in Mt. Pleasant, PA, to the Ramsay brothers, of which, Morris is my great-grandfather.The original bronze plaque has been lost.This reproduction is based on a photocopy of an old picture in which the text is essentially unreadable.
- War Monument: Seanor Cemetery, New Stanton, PA. (150 KB)
Civil War, 206th Regt., Co. E: John Beck (1842-1891) & David Honts (1836-1896), son & son-in-law of my third great-grandfather, Daniel Beck. Rev. War: Leonard Beck (1759-1831), father of Daniel.Photo taken September 2002.
- World War II Couple (99 KB)
My parents: Marion June Graham and Robert Alexander Ramsay, Jr., c. 1942-45.
- Susanna Dieter Beck's Tombstone (124 KB)
The inscription on my 4th great grandmother's tombstone reads: In Memory of Susanna, Relict of Leonard Beck, who died Sept. 18, 1844, aged 87 years. She and her husband Leonard are buried in Seanor's Cemetery in New Stanton, Pa.Photo taken September 2002.
- Leonard Beck's Farm Today (270 KB)
The patriot's farm looks quite different than in the other photo taken 60 years ago.Judy Perkins took this picture of the farm on May 4, 2001.The farmhouse has been restored and additions made.It is no longer owned by the Beck family.
- Leonard Beck's Tombstone (164 KB)
Revolutionary War soldier Leonard Beck (1759-1831) was buried at Seanor's Cemetary in New Stanton, PA. This stone is a replacement of a badly damaged orginal. The stone of his wife, Susanna Dieter (1757-1844) was not replaced.Photo taken September 2002.Read more about Leonard in the text file below.
- Scottish parish record of Ramsay marriage, 1839 (318 KB)
Great-great grandparents William Ramsay and Elisabeth Sharp married on Nov.16, 1839 in Dalgety, Fife Scotland.
- Courting Couple (58 KB)
My grandparents, Nina Allshouse and Robert Ramsay in 1909.They married a year later on June 8, 1910 in Greensburg, PA.
- June Bride 1910 (101 KB)
My grandmother, Nina Mariah Allshouse, on her wedding day, June 8, 1910.She married Robert Alexander Ramsay, Sr. in her parents' home on West Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA.
- 1892 Allshouse Baptismal Certificate (426 KB)
The elaborate baptismal certificate of Clarence Elmer Allshouse, the sixth child of Josiah and Kate Allshouse.Sadly, this child lived just short of five months (Oct. 11, 1892-Mar. 9, 1893).
- Special Breast Order of Yun Hui with Ribbon (273 KB)
This medal and citation were awarded to my father, Lt. Col. Robert A. Ramsay, Jr., on Dec. 23, 1946 by the National Government, Republic of China. The citation to the right, for "meritorious services," is signed by President Chiang Chung-Cheng (Chiang Kai-shek).
- Allshouse Home, c. 1905, Greensburg, PA. (452 KB)
A car rally in front of the W. Pittsburgh St. home (left) of Josiah and Catharine Allshouse.The home on the right belonged to Catherine's uncle, Eli Beck, who is standing on the porch.This picture appeared on the cover of the Summer 2001 edition of Westmoreland History, a publication of the Westmoreland Co. Historical Society.
- Ship Phoenix Passenger List: Sept. 15,1749 Arrival (71 KB)
Our sixth great-grandfather, Johann Jacob Altman, and his son, fifth great-grandfather Wilhelm Altman, were among the 550 passengers from Nassau, Germany who sailed from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, PA. on this ship commanded by John Mason.Image source: Ancestry.com's Immigrants in Pennsylvania, 1727-76.
- Ligonier "Echo" Office, c. 1898 (159 KB)
Israel M. Graham, (1847-1921) one of the five sons of my great-great grandfather James Graham, was the owner and editor of the "Ligonier Echo."This picture was originally published as an ad in "Historical Ligonier Valley: A Souvenier," Ligonier, PA., 1898.
- Revolutionary War Soldier Still News: July 3, 2000 (4 KB)
224 years after the enlistment of Henry II Allshouse, a (Greensburg, PA) Tribune Review reporter seeks the identity of the man behind the granite marker.See the file below to find out what Henry really did.
- Henry II Allshouse in the Revolutionary War (4 KB)
4th great-grandfather Henry II Allshouse: fifer, prisoner of war, Indian fighter and later a member of the legislature.
- Sadie Mariah Helman Greer Ramsay: Obituaries (3 KB)
These are three short obituaries for my great-grandmother Sadie Ramsay who was born on January 1, 1853 in Hempfield Twp, and died July 12, 1927 in Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co, PA.
- Allshouse Lineage (1 KB)
Marriages in the Allshouse line from Henry I Allshouse, b. Oct. 4, 1725 in Germany, to Barbara Beck-Ramsay, present.
- The Will of Adam Baughman (8 KB)
Adam Baughman, the son of Henry Baughman, was a successful farmer who was said to have owned 800 acres of land.He and his wife, Magdalene Rugh, had 11 children.The family lived in North Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland Co, PA.
- The Descendants of Michael and Elizabeth Helman (822 KB)
Nine generations, from 1757 to the present, of descendants of this York Co, PA. couple who settled in Allegheny Co, PA.The emphasis is on the descendants who lived in Westmoreland Co, PA.
- Josiah Allshouse: Obituary (4 KB)
Greensburg Daily Tribune obituary for my great-grandfather, Josiah Allshouse, born May 24, 1850 in N. Huntingdon Twp, PA., died May 19, 1911 in Greensburg, PA.
- The Beck Family in The Revolutionary War (20 KB)
This article includes: brothers Leonard Beck, George Beck, John William Beck Jr. and Frederick Beck; Leonard's father, John William Beck; Leonard's uncles John George Beck and John Jacob Beck; Leonard's cousin John Henry Beck; Leonard Beck's brother-in-laws Caspar Altman and Martin Eshbach; Leonard's father-in-law John Dieter.
- Beck Lineage (1 KB)
Marriages in the Beck line from Yahon Heinrich Beck, b. Nov. 20, 1691 in Germany, to Barbara Beck-Ramsay, present.
- Descendants of Bernard and Jane Graham (100 KB)
There are eight generations of Grahams in this file which focuses on the Westmoreland County, PA descendants of Bernard Graham who emigrated from Donegal, Ireland and settled predominantly in Ligonier, PA.
- Israel M. Graham: Biography (9 KB)
This biography sketches our Graham family, of Westmoreland Co, PA, the progenitor of which was my Scotch-Irish fourth great-grandfather, Bernard Graham, of Donegal, Ireland.Israel was an educator who became the editor and owner of the Ligonier Echo.
- The Will of John Dieter ~ The Estate of John Beer (5 KB)
This is a transcription of the last will and testament of John Dieter (1731-1824), a Captain in the Revolutionary War. Also included is a court notice regarding the estate of Dieter's father-in-law, John Beer. Both were from Northampton County, PA.
- Robert M. Graham: Biography (6 KB)
Robert was a farmer, justice of the peace and notary public of the borough of Ligonier. He was a grandson of Bernard Graham who emigrated from Ireland between 1804-1810.
- The Will of George Mathias: Jan 6, 1792 (4 KB)
The last will and testament of George Mathias, my 4th great-grandfather, of Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, PA.
- Ramsay Wills (11 KB)
The last will and testaments of great-grandparents Morris Ramsay (June 4, 1848-December 29, 1892) andSadie Maria Greer Ramsay (January 1, 1853-July 12, 1927)
- Henry C. Best: Biography (7 KB)
Henry C. Best, a member of our Best family in Westmoreland Co PA, was the founder of the Broadway Flour-Mills of Scottdale.
- The Will of Adam Mathias: November 14, 1859 (3 KB)
The last will and testament of Adam Mathias, of Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, PA. Adam was the brother of my third great-grandfather, John Michael Mathias.
- Virtual Cemetery Instructions (2 KB)
I have posted 28 photos of our ancestors' tombstones on Genealogy.Com's Virtual Cemetery. This file lists the individuals whose markers may be viewed. Check this list first, then use the link at the bottom of this page to get to the search engine.
- Twins in Our Tree (12 KB)
There are 25 known sets of twins in our extended family tree of 5,400 individuals. I welcome all information from "cousins" who can add to or offer corrections of details provided here. The twins--descendents of the Allshouse, Beck, Ramsay, Mathias and Rugh families with ties to other surnames--are from Erik and Jason Silvestri in 1979 to Anna Christina and Christian Rugh in 1748.
- Robert Ramsay: Biography (6 KB)
Robert Ramsay was the Superintendent of the Standard mines in Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co, PA.
- Beck Property Lists (8 KB)
Inventory of the possessions of: John Henry Beck, 1766; John William Beck, 1777; Leonard Beck, 1909.
- Adam Baughman: Biography (10 KB)
Biograhical sketches of my third great-grandfather, Adam Baughman, who settled in N. Huntingdon Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA.
- Words of Wisdom from a Father to His Son (3 KB)
A copy of a letter written by my great-grandfather, Morris Ramsay, to his son William on October 6, 1887.At the time, Will was about to turn 17.
- The Will of Bernard Graham (8 KB)
Dated September 13, 1818, this is the will of my fourth great-grandfather, Bernard Graham, of Unity Township, Westmoreland Co, PA.
- Morris Ramsay: Biography (23 KB)
Biographical notes on my great-grandfather, Morris Ramsay, taken from various sources.
- The Will of Henry Baughman (8 KB)
Henry Baughman was four years old when his family came to America in about 1746.The family settled in Pennsylvania and as an adult, Henry became a prosperous farmer in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, PA.