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Re: William Ramey of Arkansas
Posted by: James Campbell (ID *****7926) Date: September 03, 2011 at 21:07:26
In Reply to: Re: William Ramey of Arkansas by Iris Seyfried of 2118

How interesting! I just returned from a day in Washington County Arkansas visiting Ramey graves, including James Marion Ramey's in Whitehouse Cemetery. He was my great-great-uncle; his brother, William Brown Ramey, was my great-grandfather. Unfortunately, I haven't found William's grave yet. But I do have a ton of information on the Rameys and I have the Stricklers going back to Abraham born 1693 in Germany, died 1746 in Virginia. I'd love to talk to both of you. And I'd love to see the map of the Ramey land. I was all down in that area today, for the first time in my life! My home email in, and I'd love to hear from both of you.
Here is something with lots of info that I found on

Fayetteville Ark., October 29, 1968

Dear Mrs. Ramey, (This letter is to either my mother-in-law Allene Ramey or my husband's Grandmother Emma Ramey)

I guess that I had better make two copies of this letter so that Mrs. Langford may have one, I hope that you will pardon the errors as I write only with the typewriter and with my left hand.

My son, Russell, and I drove from the old Sumate place up to the Owen James Ramey Place (where William B. Ramey used to live) but we did not get all the way, as the road, now on the west side of the small branch, was very bad, and at a new house we were told that we could not go any farther with a car. The road that used to go up from the Jim Bassett place, by W. A. Jetts to where James Wilson used to live, and the road that used to go to the Ramey place to the Jim Wilson place are now closed. That road from Shumates to the old William B. Ramey place is the worst we have seen. We saw the rocks and Owen James Ramey must have placed some of them. At the new house, which is about 1/2 mile south of the old Ramey place, we were informed of Joe Ben's passing.

Owen James Ramey was a twin, His wife was Elizabeth Strickler. I have a newspaper clipping written by G. W. Vanhoose which states that he went to school with William Ramey in Kentucky. It may be that this William Ramey was a brother of Owen James Ramey. Owen James Ramey and his wife Elizabeth, helped to organize the Church of Christ at White House. They were the parents of my late wife's father, B. F. Ramey. They are buried at the White House but there is no marker. The wife of William B. (Billy Dad) Ramey was Columbia Bassett and he and Ida are buried at Mr. Zion.

Some of my dates do not agree with yours, but yours may be right. I have this as to the children of William B. and Columbia Bassett-Ramey.

Susie Elasnor Ramey born Feb. 14, 1873 died March 4, 1963. She used to work at Bracken Lewis. (This Bracken, buried at White House, but unmarked.) He was also known as Captain Brock because he was a federal Soldier. He was a cousin, I think, to the other Bracken, who was the father of George Lewis who used to run a mill on the Carters Store and Durham road. This George Lewis married a Mills, and my wife's grandmother was a Mills. The Mills grave yard on the west side of the road north of Carters Store has been destroyed and can not be found.

Charles Napoleon Ramey born Feb. 27, 1875. He married Macey Hutchens. One of their daughters was Violet Ramey who married Raymond Highes. She was postmaster at Wyola, and they live where Wyola used to be, on the road from White House to Brentwood.

Harriet Elizabeth Nevada (Vada) who also used to work for Captain Brock Lewis. Born in 1877. I think she married a Fletcher Adams, and she is buried at Springfield, Mo. I don't know if there were any children.

Maurice Eldon Ramey was born in 1879 and died in 1906. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery at Fayetteville. He married May Langford, but I do not have anything else about the Langfords.

James Oscar Ramey was born in May 1881. I think he married Eva Holt and I think she was from Westville, Oklahoma. I think he died and is buried in California.

Lydia Louvina (Dolly) Ramey was born April 14, 1884 died March 3, 1959. She first married Jacob shook, who is buried at St. Louis and she later married A. O. Etter. Both she and her daughter, Johnnie Shook, are buried at Oreen Hill Cemetery. I do not know whether this cemetery is at Muskogee or Octaha, Oklahoma. She lived for a while at Octaha which is a few miles south of Muskogee. Jake Shook was the son of Charley Shook, brother of Emory Shook, who was the father of Earl Shook, husband of Iva Bassett-Shook. One child, Robert Leroy Shook, who married Nachell Davenport, is Superintendant of Mail at Ada, Oklahoma.

Gertude Mae Ramey was born September 10, 1886. She is buried at Springfield, Mo. I think her husband's name was Geren.

Ida Arizona Ramey is buried with her father at Mt. Zion. Date of birth and death not known, although she died when she was around 18 or a little more.

Clara Minnesota Ramey was born December 1, 1889. She married Jessse Hight and is buried at Alburg, New Mexico, according to my records, but the date of death is not known, and I do not know whether or not there were children.

George Owen Ramey was born in March 1881. Date of death and place unknown. He married Arel Emery. (Written in the margin-July 1966 California).

Joseph Benjamin Ramey was born July 15, 1897. He married Hetha Emaline Colley. Date of death and place unknown. Children were Warren James, William Kenneth and Ivan Lee.

Macey Hutchens was the daughter of Wellington Hutchens. Children were Arlin Cecil who married Alice Nelson, Bruce Herman Ramey who married Vera Ratcliff and Clarence Eldon Ramey who died when about 20. Most of them are buried at Black Oak Cemetery, which is located where there used to be a school on the road from Winslow to Sunset and Wyola.

I have the children of Jesse and Clara M. Ramey-Hight was Juanita, Maurice, Dorothy and Dave and Hoyt.

When I taught school at the White house Ida, Clara, George and Joe Ben Ramey came to school.

Perhaps you can make somthing out of this. I am not doing very well, and my doctor tells me that I am not getting any younger. He could be right about that but I don't know why I should pay him for telling me something that I already know. I have a History Book and a Cemetery Book. Both have aobut 300 pages and both are full.

If you should write me further and do not hear from me you will know that I have gone on. However, if there is anything else let me know.


F M McConnell

419 N Washington Avenue

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