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William S. Ramsey - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: January 16, 2002 at 15:03:43
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Biographical sketch of WILLIAM S. RAMSEY from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.

This bio spans two (2) pages: 452-453


One of the most respected as well as enterprising and successful young farmers of Columbus township, St. Clair county, Michigan, is William S. Ramsey, a native of the township and born October 5, 1863, on the farm he still occupies, a son of William and Amanda (Mabon) Ramsey, the latter a daughter of Robert Mabon. Robert Ramsey, father of William and grandfather of William S., was the first of the family to settle in Macomb county, Michigan, where he entered two hundred and forty acres of government land, at one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre. His son William was born in Detroit, Michigan, where he was reared to manhood, and was the first man to open a hotel at Lenox, Macomb county, where he was also the first to engage in buying and shipping hoop-holes; he was likewise a general merchant in that city, later became a farmer and followed this vocation the remainder of his life, dying in February, 1901. He had been a very industrious man, at one time owning six hundred acres of land, and also dealt considerably in real estate. He was the maker of his own fortune, and liberally provided for his five children, who were born in the following order: William S., whose name occurs at the opening of this biography; Frederick James, Frank and Cora, who is marred to George Coughell, a farmer.

William S. Ramsey was married August 18, 1886, to Miss Jessie Greggs, daughter of James H. and Henrietta M. (Howe) Greggs. The father of Mrs. Ramsey, James H. Greggs, was born in New Jersey in 1863, was a wagonmaker in early life, next was a carpenter and later became a farmer. He owned three hundred and twenty acres of land at one time, did a great deal of clearing and had large lumber interests. He met a tragic fate in 1885, being killed by a railway train while attempting to cross the track. He was a member of the Congregational church, in politics was a Republican and a school officer, and left eight children, viz: Helen, Jessie M. (Mrs. Ramsey), Elmer A., Carrie M., Carl P., Nettie M., Mabel M. and Pearl. The marriage of William S. and Jessie (Greggs) Ramsey was been blessed with five children, namely: Harold E., born in 1887; Earl C., born in 1891; Leighton H., born in 1896; Clarence L., born in 1899, and an infant.

Mr. Ramsey is the owner of two hundred and thirty-two acres of good land, one hundred acres of which have been cleared ad placed under a high state of cultivation, as well as improved with all the conveniences that go to make the farmer’s life one of pleasure, comfort and profit. Besides raising all the crops indigenous to the soil and such as are introduced into the region in which he lives as being apt to thrive in this latitude, Mr. Ramsey gives a great deal of his attention to live stock, Durham cattle and choice breeds of sheep being his special favorites.

In his political affinities Mr. Ramsey is a Republican and has served on the school board for seventeen years; he is a member of the Congregational church at Columbus and lives fully up to its teachings. Mrs. Ramsey is also an earnest worker in the church, and has done a great deal toward advancing it in temporal matters. She has originated and conducted with admirable tact and success several “sociables,” from the proceeds of which the school has secured a clock and bell and has started a library. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey are greatly appreciated by their neighbors for their unvarying life of good deeds, kindness and general usefulness and they well deserve all the respect which is ungrudgingly bestowed upon them.


PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any personal interest in researching the RAMSEY surname or the St. Clair county, Michigan location. I am merely posting a select number of the biographical sketches found in the above-referenced book *upon specific written request* as a service to the genealogical community; these transcriptions are intended for personal use and are not being done for profit. Please do not contact me with regard to research interests in the above as I have no personal ties. Thank you.

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