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William T. Ramsey 1839-1908


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Date: 12/29/2013 at 16:45:00

From History of Union County, Iowa
IDE 1908

W. T. Ramsey, living on section 7, Grant township, is numbered among the old settlers of Union county, having in March, 1874, taken up his abode within its borders, while since 1880 he has resided upon his present farm.
He was born in Miffin county, Pennsylvania, September 30, 1839, a son of James Ramsey, who was likewise a native of the Keystone state, his ancestors having come from Scotland to America at an early day and settled in Pennsylvania. James Ramsey was reared and educated in the state of his nativity and having and having arrived at years of maturity he wedded Susanna Orr, who was also a native of that state. Subsequently they removed to Adams county, Ohio, where the father secured a tract of uncultivated land and opened up a new farm. In the year 18863 he removed with his family to LaSalle county, Illinois, where he carried on farming for some time and then went to Nebraska, establishing his home near Lincoln, where both he and his wife spent their remaining days.

W. T. Ramsey was reared in southern Ohio, where he was living at the time of the outbreak of the Civil war. He watched with interest the progress of events in the south and being no longer able to content himself at home while the Union was in peril, he enlisted at Winchester, Ohio, in august, 1862, as a member of Company I, Ninety-first Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered in at Portsmouth, Ohio, and served for two years in West Virginia. Later he was under command of General Phil Sheridan in the battles of Cedar Creek and Winchester and in the campaign in the Shenandoah valley. He served for two years and ten months and having been honorably discharged at Camp Dennison was mustered out at Cumberland, Maryland, having done faithful duty in defense of the Union on the battlefields of the south.

When the war was over Mr. Ramsey joined his parents who had removed to LaSalle county, Illinois. there he engaged in farming for eight years, purchasing a tract of land which he cultivated until about 1874, when he sold his farm and came to Iowa, here purchasing one hundred and twenty acres of land in Douglas township. It was wild and unimproved but with characteristic energy he began its development and made it his home for a year. He then sold that property and bought forty acres on which he lived for six years. On the expiration of that period he disposed of that place and came to Grant township, investing here in one hundred and sixty acres on Section 7. Here he build a good house, also substantial barns and sheds, furnishing ample accommodation for his stock and for the bestowal of the grain that it might be protected from the inclement weather. As the years passed he developed a fine farm and also raised good grades of stock. He has thus improved the third farm in the county and from his fields now derives a substantial annual income.

In the fall of 1874, in Johnson county, Missouri, occurred the marriage of Mr. ramsey and Miss Elizabeth Fulton, a native of Indiana, and daughter of Abraham Fulton, who removed from the Hoosier state to LaSalle county, Illinois and later became a resident of Missouri. Unto Mr. and Mrs. ramsey have been born eight children but Rosaline died at the age of two years. the others are : William, who operates the home farm; Susan, the wife of Glen B. Coat, a printer of Minneapolis, Minnesota; James S., a resident farmer of Grant township, living at home; Charles B., Una, Albertine and Pearl, all yet a home.

In politics Mr. Ramsey is independent nor has he ever been an office seeker. His family belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church at Grant Center and he is well known in Union county as a man of strong purpose. His life has been well spent and justly entitles him to the high regard in which is he uniformly held. although he started out in life empty-handed, he has improved three farms in this county and is now the owner of valualbe property, from which he derives a substantial income. He has witnessed the greater part of Union county's growth and improvement, living here when there were many evidences of pioneer life. As the years have gone by he has done everything in his power to aid in the work of the general progress here and is today as loyal in citizenship as when he followed the old flag on the battlefields of the south


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