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David Ramsey, 1763 land warrant on Little Juniata Creek
Posted by: Duane Boggs (ID *****6286) Date: January 07, 2010 at 11:34:21
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Can anyone provide information about the following David Ramsey (a/k/a David Ramsay )?

In 1763, on April 28, Cumberland Co., warrant #73 was purchased from the Pennsylvania proprietors by David Ramsey, for 100 acres on "Little Juniata River at Blaks Mt." I have done some map work, and I believe this was partially a mis-transcription from the old hand-written record. I believe it was actually Little Juniata CREEK and Dicks Mountain, in what was then Tyrone Township, became Rye Township in 1766, and is Wheatfield Township, Perry County, PA today. See the topographical map for the area at the following website.

On June 8, 1767 David Ramsey entered a Caveat with the governmental authority that oversaw land sales against James Cunningham, James Baskins & Wm. McMin or any other person getting a Survey made or patent granted for a Certain Tract of Land lying on little Juniata Joining Dicks Mountain & Bonneys run and Dark Run, John Mackey, John McKown and others as he has a Warrant in the year one Thousand Seven hundred & Sixty three- for the Same.

For a map showing the townships as of 1790, see the following website.

I am interested in whether this David Ramsey actually occupied the land, or whether he had purchased the warrant only for speculation (that is, re-sale at a profit). I am also interested in where he might have been before 1763 and where he might have gone after 1767. I do not know when this warranted land was surveyed or patented, or by whom.

My personal theory at this point is that this was the David Ramsey who had been (or still was) a resident of Derry Township of Lancaster County (now Dauphin) and so just East across the Susquehanna River from Rye, of Cumberland (now Perry).

My personal theory is also that this David moved West, to the part of Old Bedford County, PA which became Huntingdon County in 1787, and where there was a David Ramsey in the 1790 census.

If anyone can shed light on any of this, please contact me directly at

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