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Thomas Ramsey - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: January 16, 2002 at 15:08:55
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Biographical sketch of THOMAS 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: 671-672


Of all the countries of Europe, but one shows a decrease in population from what it was one hundred years ago, that country being Ireland. Today its population is less than fifty per cent of what it was sixty years ago. It is not that the Irish race are dying out, nor that its members have ceased to propogate. It simply means that, so far at least as numbers are concerned, Ireland has ceased to be the home of the Irish. Almost every country on the face of the earth has absorbed a portion of this noble race. No climate is too cold or latitude too torrid to suppress the enthusiasm of the Irishman. All over the earth he is in evidence and in some countries, like the United States, Canada and Australia, so extensively in evidence as to make the little remnant of him that is left in Ireland look small and insignificant. There is a cause for this, into which, however, the historian hereof is not warranted in inquiring. It is enough to know that this condition prevails, that in the last one hundred years, hundreds of thousands of Irish men and women have come to America and have materially helped to swell the population of this country away above the eighty million mark. Among the emigrants who came to these shores from that unfortunate island about the time of the famine of 1848, was Thomas Ramsey, of Kenockee township, St. Clair county, Michigan, the subject of this sketch. He was born in county Antrim, Ireland, June 6, 1826, and is a son of Samuel and Jane (Raney) Ramsey. The parents, desiring to better the condition of the family, induced Thomas to come to America that he might pave the way for the rest of the family. On arriving here he readily secured employment in Detroit and for more than thirteen years remained with his employers, finally relinquished his position only that he might take up life on a farm in St. Clair county.

While residing in Detroit, he met and married Miss Charlotte Caldwell, who was also a native of Ireland. Doubtless it was at the instigation of this good wife that he was induced to give up city life and take up his abode in the woods, and if it was, it speaks well for her sound sense and good judgement. It was about the year 1862 that Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey settled in St. Clair county. A piece of government land eighty acres in extent was selected by them in Kenockee township and on this they established their home and began a life which, if not one of ease, was certainly one of contentment. It was here that the faithful wife passed to her eternal rest March 2, 1897. To them nine children were born, viz: Robert, deceased; Jane married Thomas Cattell and lives in Detroit; Anna married George Beach and resides at Port Hudson; Sarah, deceased wife of Oren Streavel; Charlotte married Dr. Fred Jeffery and lives at Springport, Michigan; John resides in Detroit; Estella married Edward Cogley, a farmer of Kenockee township; Thomas married Jennie Morey, and lives on the home place; William and Frank are unmarried and reside at home. All of the children have received a good common school education, are intelligent and well informed.

Thomas Ramsey is a self-made man in the strictest and best sense of the term, what he has being the result of his own effort. Financially he is comfortably situated, but his competency has not been won at the sacrifice of the finer feelings of nature. Indeed it might well be said of him that he has given away more than many men have earned. In politics he is a Republican and always wields an influence in the interest of his party. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and is a liberal contributor to all religious and charitable works, possessing in a very marked degree the confidence and esteem of all of his fellow citizens.


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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