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Re: From NC to MO in 1799
Posted by: Clete Ramsey (ID *****6047) Date: July 10, 2002 at 09:17:18
In Reply to: Re: From NC to MO in 1799 by George Nobles of 440


The following passage is from the 1955 reprint edition (pages 274-275) of the 1888 Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri. The notes in brackets are mine:

QUOTE The foundation of the settlements on the White Water River, in what is now Bollinger County, and the western part of Cape Girardeau County, was laid by Col. George Frederick Bollinger. He was born in North Carolina, of Swiss parentage. His father, Henry Bollinger, was a Revolutionary War soldier, and was shot at home by Tories. George F. was the fourth son. About 1796 or 1797, with a companion named Moose or Meus, [George Frederick Bollinger] came to Upper Louisiana, and selected a location on the White Water, including the site of the present town of Burfordsville [Burfordville, Cape Girardeau County]. He made the acquaintance of Commandant Lorimier [Major Louis Lorimier, a Montreal-born Frenchman and the commandant of the post of Cape Girardeau under the Government of Spain], and was promised a large concession if he would bring a certain number of colonists into the district. He returned to North Carolina for his wife, and when he set out for the West he was accompanied by twenty families. The journey was made in wagons. The company crossed the Mississippi River at Ste. Genevieve on the 1st of January 1800, and proceeded to the White Water, along which stream they made their settlements. In this colony were the families of Mathias Bollinger, John Bollinger, Henry Bollinger, William Bollinger, Daniel Bollinger, and Philip Bollinger, Peter and Conrad Statler, Joseph Nyswonger, George and Peter Grount, Peter Cryts (Crites), John and Jacob Cotner, John and Isaac Miller, Frederick Limbaugh, Leonard Welker, and Frederick Slinkard. All were either Germans or Swiss, and all spoke the German language. They were members of the German Reformed Church, and as soon as the interdiction against protestant ministers was removed by the transfer of the government in 1804, Col. Bollinger introduced Rev Samuel Weiberg, or Whybark, as the name is now written, to come from the Carolinas to look after the spiritual wants of the colonists. He did so, and in 1805 made a permanent location. From that time until his death, in 1833, he was traveling and preaching over a district extending from Jonesboro, Illinois, to the Current River. Among the colonists which he had brought out from North Carolina Col. Bollinger was naturally the leader, and Commandant Lorimier appointed him captain to organize the able bodied men into a company of militia, which he accordingly did, and so well were they drilled and mounted that they were pronounced by Lorimier the model company. UNQUOTE

The Bollinger wagon train apparently left for Upper Louisiana from Lincoln County, North Carolina. According to one source, Daniel, John, Philip, and Mathias Bollinger were George Bollinger's brothers, and William and Henry Bollinger his nephews.

My Ramsey great-great-great grandparents made the move from Lincoln County, North Carolina, to the Cape Girardeau District of Missouri Territory between 1818 and 1819. I don't know if the family -- Samuel Ramsey, wife Rebecca (Huggins) Ramsey, and as many as nine of their children -- made the trip alone or traveled with others. My guess is that they left North Carolina after the harvest in 1818. My great-great grandfather Alfred Ramsey, Samuel and Rebecca Ramsey's 10th known child, was born in southeast Missouri in 1819. I don't know what drew my great-great-great grandfather to southeast Missouri. He may have been related to earlier Ramsey settlers in Upper Louisiana/Missouri Territory, or he may have learned about the area from former Lincoln County neighbors who "went West," perhaps even some in George Frederick Bollinger's party.

When my dad was born in Greenbrier in 1912, my grandparents Clarence Paul Ramsey and Stella Jane (Owens) Ramsey, and two sets of my great grandparents -- Albert “Stoke” Ramsey and Martha Elizabeth (Wright) Ramsey, and John Madison Owens and Missouri Belle (Virgin) Owens -- were living in Greenbrier too.

Don’t know what, if any connections, Bollinger wagon train members John and Isaac Miller may have had to your Greenbrier Miller’s.

Regards from Virginia,

Clete Ramsey

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