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rick'. He had a sister Jane or Jeannet who married Robert
Mearns who died in 1730, when she married Hugh Huston, and
she died September 17th, 1781, age 82 years.

•3Q2 Ramsey Ancestry of Ensign William Ramsey. [Oct.,

Of the first Bucks County emigrant, William' Ramsey's fam-
ily, then were the following:

i. William', b. 1698 d. 1787 (above).

ii, Robert, in Cumberland Valley, Antrim Tp., 1738-47.
iii. Alexander of Bucks County,
iv. James, b. 1692 or 1701, the ancestor of Major James

Ramsey of Ligonier, Penn.
V. Jean, m. Robert Mearns (above),
vi. John, of Montgomery County and who settled in

Cumberland Valley.
vii. Thomas, b. about 17 10, d. 1751, of Bucks County,
viii. And probably others.
Concurrent with the settlement in Warwick Township of the
Elder William^ Ramsey, was that of his brother, Thomas' Ram-
sey in Nockamixon about 1725 or 1730. He married Mary
Darrah Johnston, daughter of another pioneer settler, James
Johnston and wife, Mary, daughter of the Irish Colonist, Thomas
Darrah, who settled first in Montgomery County and then re-
moved to Bedminster Township in Bucks. Thomas^ Ramsey
was an extensive landowner and participated actively in local
civic affairs. He died intestate in 1751, his widow, Mary, admin-
istering his estate. The orphan court records (1753) show the
names of their children and years of birth. Mary Ramsey re-
moved to Tinicum Township and died there 1795, leaving a will
naming the same children. Issue:

2 i. Captain William', b. Nov., 1732, d. after 1795, removed
from Bucks and settled in Cumberland, afterwards
Franklin County, Penn. In 1795 he was in North
ii. David, b. Mar., 1735, and in 1795 he was in North Caro-
iii. Robert, b. May, 1739, and 1795 he was in Bucks County,
iv. Thomas, b. February, 1742, and in 1795 he was in North

Cumberland County, Pa.
V. Samuel, b. February, 1751, and in 1795 he was in Sussex

County, New Jersey,
vi. Perhaps others.

2. Captain William' Ramsey, (Thomas^ William'), was a col-
onial soldier, being a captain of the Fourth of the nine associated
Companies of Bucks County, French and Indian War, 1 755-1 756,
his brother-in-law, John Johnston, being a lieutenant of the
same Company. He m. in Bucks County, Margaret, daughter of
William Allen* of Bensalem Township. Soon after he re-
moved to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, settling first in
Antrim Township and owning land in Rye Township, concurrent
with his brother, Robert; and later in Hamilton Township, after-
wards included in the present limits of Franklin County.

The records of the U. S. Pension Office show his son. Ensign
William* Ramsey was born in Bucks County in 1756, while the

♦This is the Samuel Allen line of Bucks County in which the first Nicholas
Walne figures.

I9I2.] Ramsey Ancestry of Ensign William Ramsey. •503

tombstone at the head of his son Benjamin's grave, states that
the latter was born in Cumberland County in 1755 which may-
be erroneous in statement, (see statement, post), so the emigra-
tion westward was about that date, or Benjamin* was born on a
visit to the prospective home place in Cumberland County be-
fore the actual location there.

Mr. Geo. O. Seilhammer, the aged historian and skilled gen-
ealogist of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, wrote several years
ago, as follows:

"On Back Creek, above Brake's Mill, Hamilton Township
were the plantations of William Ramsey, afterwards owned by
his sons William, Thomas, Benjamin, John. This William Ram-
sey's descendents are to be found in Pittsburgh, in Washington
Co., Pa., and in Harrison Co., Ohio. But strenuous efforts were
required on their behalf to identify the old Ramsey homestead;
and so far it has been found impossible to establish their exact
relationship with the old Ramsey family of Bucks County, to
which they undoubtedly belonged. William Ramsey, the eldest'son
of William Ramsey, the first settler, was an ensign in active
services in the Revolution. He was a member of the Rocky
Spring Presbyterian Church. * * * i believe that all the Ramsey
families of Franklin County, of which there are three distinct
branches, belong to the same stock."

When his mother, Mary Ramsey, died in Tinicum Township,
Bucks County in 1795, leaving a will, she named this son, Will-
iam', as being in North Carolina, and as he disappears from the
Cumberland and Franklin County records before that date, his
wife had probably died and he had gone to live with his brother,
David', in North Carolina. The record clinching the relationship
is that of a deed in Cumberland County (Vol. i, p. 367) reciting:

Deed to William Ramsey from Mary Ramsey, widow, of Nock-
amixon Township, Bucks County, for land in Rye Township,
Cumberland County, 211 acres, "in consideration of the natural
love and affection she bears to said William Ramsey", dated Oct-
ober 4, 1790.

William^ Ramsey and wife, had issue.

John Ramsey of Washington, Pa., wrote under date of Nov.
18th, 1907 (then quite old, and possibly now dead) —

"William Ramsey, the first ancestor of whom we have any
knowledge, settled in Hamilton Tp., Franklin Co., Pa. He had
four sons and two daughters: William, Thomas, Benjamin and
John; Jane and Margaret.

William, the first son was born in 1756 and joined the Con-
tinental Army at the age of 16. In 1780, he married Martha
Allan of Chester and in 1800 removed to Washington Co., Pa.,
settling on Pigeon Creek. In 1815, he removed to Morristown^
Ohio, where he died aged 86.

Thomas Ramsey emigrated to Kentucky and we know noth-
ing further of him.

Benjamin Ramsey came to Washington Co., in 1804 and settl-
ed near Washington, where some of his descendents still reside.

2Q4 Ramsey Ancestry of Ensign William Ramsey. [Oct.,

John Ramsey came to Washington Co., about the same time
and located near Burgettstown.

Jane married a Mr. Joseph Eaton and Margaret a Mr. Henry.

The William who lived and died in Franklin Co., left a goodly
portion to each of his children.

The family was in religion, Scotch-Presbyterians."

To the foregoing may be added the definite facts:

Ensign William' Ramsey was born January ist, 1756 and died
January ist, 1841. He married August 26th, 1780, "his cousin,"
Martha Allen, born December 25th, 1760, died Septemder 28th,
1837, a daughter of Josiah and Martha Allen of Franklin County,

Benjamin' and John' Ramsey married twin sisters, Mary and
Martha Shields, daughters of Matthew Shields of Franklin

Thomas Ramsey, it has just been learned married Elizabeth
Graham of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and was located at
Lexington, Kentucky, in 1803.

Jeannet" Ramsey was born about 1769 and died in Guernsey
County, Ohio. She married in 1780 Joseph Eaton of Hamilton
Township, Franklin County, a Revolutionary Soldier, born
March i8th, 1856, died December 15th, 1832, in Guernsey County,
Ohio. He was a son of Joseph Eaton and Katherine McConnell,
daughter of Robert McConnell, a Cumberland County pioneer,
and a grandson of John Eaton and wife, Sarah Armstrong,
daughter of the first Colonel Joseph Armstrong, the old Indian

To Mr. R. F. Ramsey of the Pittsburg Gage & Supply Com-
pany, Pittsburg, Pa., more than anyone else, is due the credit of
continuous interest and research in developing the Ramsey

Recent researches of his give the following as the children, with
their marriages, of William' Ramsey, and his wife, Margaret
Allen, and are probably correct:

i. William' Ramsey, b. January i, 1756, m. August 26,
1780, d. January i, 1841.
Martha Allen, b. December 25, 1760, m. August 26,
1780, d. September 28, 1837.
ii. Benjamin Ramsey, b. 1758, m. 1795, d. 1810,

Mary Shields, b. 1770, m. 1795, d. 1815.
iii. John Ramsey, b. 1761, m. 1795, d. 1814.

Martha Shields, b. 1774, m. 1795, d. 1856.
iv. Margaret Ramsey, b. 1765, m. William Henry,
V. Jeannette, b. 1769, m. Joseph Eaton. To which should

be added:
vi. Thomas,
vii. Robert.

The following very pertinent record is copied from the old
Family Bible belonging to Ensign William Ramsey, and all of
the older entries are in his own handwriting, while the later en-
tries are in the handwriting of Edwina Rodgers.


I9I2.J Ramsey Ancestry of Ensig)i William Ramsey. 395

Family Record.


William Ramsey, Senior was b. January ist, 1756.
Martha Allen, was b. December 25th, 1760.
William Ramsey, Junior, was b. May 26th, 1781.
Josiah Ramsey, wasb. December 4th, 1783.
Martha Ramsey, was b. April 2nd, 1786.
Benjamin Ramsey, was b. August i6th, 1788.
Mary Ramsey, was b. January 25th, 1791.
Elizabeth Ramsey, was b. August 26th, 1794.
John Ramsey, was b. June 28th, 1797.
Jinne Ramsey, was b. May 31st, 1800.
Meriah Ramsey, was b. April 3rd, 1805.


William Ramsey and Martha Allen, m. August 26th, 1780.

William and Martha's children :
Josiah Ramsey and Catherine McElwaine, m. 1804.
William Ramsey and Mary Trimble, m. 181 2.
Martha Ramsey and William Eaton, m. 1813.
Elizabeth Ramsey and David Carrick, m. 181 7.
Benjamin Ramsey and Isabela Ramage, m. 1817.
Benjamin Ramsey and Isabela Hanna, m. 1821. Second.
Mary Ramsey and David Andrews, m. 1820.
John Ramsey and Sarah Craig, m. 1832.
MoriahRamseyandNicholasRodgers,m. November 17th, 1853.


Jennet Ramsey, d. October 28th, 1815.

Josiah Ramsey, d. March i6th, 1835.

Martha A. Ramsey, d. September 28th, 1837.

William Ramsey, d. January ist, 1841.

Mary R. Andrews, d. December 12th, 1841.

Dr. John Ramsey, d. March 30th, 1845.

William Ramsey, Jr. d.

William Eaton, Sr., was killed June 23rd, 1847.

Mary McKelvey, d. July 29th, 1857.

Isabela R. Ramsey, d. May i8th, 1820.

Mary Jane Carrick, d. May 12th, 1844.

Isabela H. Ramsey, d. April 2nd, 1846.

Tabitha W. Ramsey, d. February 27th, 1849.

William M. Carrick, d. at Pittsburgh Landing, April 7th, 1862.

Nicholas Rodgers, d. March 24th, (the year is in the dark

border surrounding the surface and cannot be read.)
Thomas McKeever, d. December 3rd, 1861.
Tabitha McKeever, d. January 15th, 1863.
Catherine Eaton, d. March ist, 1863.
Jane Eaton, d. February nth, 1863.
David S. Carrick, d. December 26th, 1863.
Martha Eaton, d. March 31st, 1868.
Benjamin Ramsey, d. April 17th, 1869.
David Andrews, d. January 14th, 1869.

396 Ramsey Ancestry of Ensign William Ramsey. [Oct.,

David Stewart Carrick, d. December 26th, 1863. (Recorded
twice on the record)

Elizabeth Carrick, d. November 15th, 1873.

Nicholas Rodgers, d. March 24th, 1862. (Recorded twice on

Maria R. Rodgers, d. January 3rd, 1885.

William M. Carrick, d. Pittsburgh Landing, April 7th, 1862.
(Twice recorded.)

Elizabeth R. Carrick, d. November 15th, 1873. (Recorded
twice on the record.)

Certain court records at Doyleston, Pennsylvania, support the
foregoing genealogy.

The records of the Orphans' Court give the children, and
their ages, of Thomas and Mary Ramsey, of Nockamixon Town-

One of the parties interested in the settlement of the Thomas
Ramsey Estate was James Johnston, and the latter was presum-
ably of the Wrightstown family, and probably the father of the
James Johnston who died in 1762, naming John and William
Ramsey as executors of his will.

It will be noted that Mary Ramsey's signature to a deed


made by her in December, 1766, is as follows : Mary D. Ramsey.


Likewise, in the similar signature to her will following :

" In the name of God Amen, I Mary Ramsey of Tinicum
Township in the County of Bucks, and Commonwealth of Penn-
sylvania, being weak of body but of sound memory (blessed be
God) Do this thirtieth day of August in the year of our Lord one
thousand seven hundred and ninety three make and publish this
as my last Will and Testament, in manner following, hereby
revoking all others heretofore made — That is to say. First I will
that all my just & lawful debts & funeral expenses be paid as
soon as convenient after my decease.

Secondly I will that my Real Estate and plantation situate in
Tinicum Township in Bucks County Pennsylvania, shall be sold
by my Executors after the expiration of one year after my
decease and not before, and my Executors hereafter mentioned
I do hereby authorize and impower to sell and convey the same
to any person in as ample a manner as if I myself were living &
the moneys arising from the sale of my said real and landed
estate I give and bequeath among my five sons, namely William
Ramsey and David Ramsey, living in North Carolina, Robert
Ramsey living on my estate in Bucks County, Thomas Ramsey
living in Northumberland County, in Pennsylvania aforesaid,
and Samuel Ramsey living in Sussex County, State of New
Jersey to be divided among them in the following manner viz : —

After all necessary expenses are paid my five sons before
mentioned shall have the remainder of the money divided to
them share and share alike excepting ten pounds shall be taken
from William Ramsey's share afores'd and given to my grandson
William Ramsey son of Robert Ramsey, and also ten pounds

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taken from David Ramsey's share aforesaid and given to my
grandson John Ramsey son of Robert Ramsey aforesaid, as to
my personal estate I give and bequeath after my decease a
feather bed with a diamond rug, with all its furniture unto Mary
Ramsey my granddaughter & daughter of Thomas Ramsey
afores'd. Also one feather bed and furniture I give unto my
granddaughter Mary Ramsey daughter of Robert afores'd. And
also I give my mahogany tea table to my son Robert during his
life and after his decease to my grandson William, son of Robert
aforesaid and also my desk I give to Jaine Ramsey daughter of
my son Thomas Ramsey, also all my peuter.

I give «& bequeath after my decease to Mary Ramsey daughter
of Thomas Ramsey afores'd, and Mary Ramsey daughter of
Robert Ramsey aforesaid to Idc divided between them share &
share alike.

Also all my wearing apparel I %\yQ and bequeath unto Mary
Ramsey wife of my son Robert, and Ann Ramsey wife of my
son Samuel afores'd. to be divided between them share and share
alike, and the remainder of my personal property tliat I have not
willed away I give unto my two sons Samuel Ramsey and
Robert Ramsey afores'd. to be divided between them equally
share and share alike, and I do constitute and appoint my sons
Robert Ramsey and Samuel Ramsey aforesaid to be my execu-
tors to execute this my last Will and Testament. Witness my
hand and seal dated the day and year above first written."


Mary D. Ramsey (Seal)


Signed sealed & published
in the presence of


John Neese.


Jacob Weaver,
Geo. Wall.

Jeannet Ramsey.

As heretofore given, her husband was Joseph Eaton, a
Revolutionary soldier.

The Eaton family was one of the early pioneer families of
Pennsylvania, and the name appears quite frequently in the
early county records.* Several of the name emigrated to America
at an early date, one of whom settled in Connecticut, from whom
the famous General William Eaton was descended ; one of whom
went to Maryland or Virginia, and one of whom settled in Penn-
sylvania. These were the progenitors of large and honorable

* During the preparation of this manuscript, a History, Genealogical and
Biographical, of the Eaton Eamilies has appeared, compiled by Nellie Zada
Rice Molyneux (Syracuse, New York), which gives the above Eaton ancestry
correctly (pp. 607 et seq.), as being that of John Eatton (Eaton) who came from
Radnorshire, Wales, to Pennepack, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, in
1683, with his wife, Joan. However, the compiler has confused two generations
in that her No. 29-2 John Eaton, and No. 30-3 Joseph Eaton (page 627), were
not brothers, but were father and son, the birth dates being wrong, and they
were the ancestors of the Franklin County Eatons.


3q8 Ramsey Ancestry of Ensign William Ramsey. [Oct.,

families. This sketch more particularly concerns the descendant,
Joseph, who with his brother, James, served in the Revolutionary-
War. Joseph Eaton, himself, used the spelling " Eatton," which
was probably historically incorrect, and which has never been
adopted by his descendants. He was born in Franklin County,
Pa., March i8th, 1756 and died in Guernsey county, Ohio, Decem-
ber 15th, 1832. The records of Franklin Co. show the ownership
of land by Joseph, James and John Eaton, that they were hardy
pioneers and industrious people, and honored members of the
Old Rocky Spring Presbyterian Church. It was in the Revo-
lutionary War, in behalf of the American Independence, that the
three Eatons exhibited their most patriotic and heroic character.
Joseph Eaton, enlisted in 1775, for one year, under Captain
James Chambers, in Colonel William Thompson's Battalion. In
the Pennsylvania Archives, Volume 10, New Series, Volume 2,
there is some history of this Battalion (to be found in Public or
Historical Libraries) with letters from the officers, and Eatton's
name is in Volume 10, pages 16 and 339. From which it appears
that Captain Chambers' Company were riflemen raised in Cum-
berland, that part now Franklin county, Pa., in June, 1775, and
went to the siege of Boston, arriving there July 7th. On the
new organization of the army in January and February, 1776, the
Battalion became the First Pennsylvania Regiment. He re-
enlisted in February, 1776, for three years in the same company,
at first commanded by Captain James Grier, next by Captain
Thomas Buchanan in the regiment of James Chambers, who had
been promoted to Colonel.

Boston was evacuated by the British, March 17, 1776, and he
must have been ordered to New York City, for he stated that
he was in the battle of Long Island (August 27th, 1776 and New
York City, evacuated September 15th, 1776), in the Battle of
Brandywine, Delaware, (September 11, 1777), and Philadelphia
occupied by the British, September 26th, 1777, and in the Battle
of Germantown, Pa., (October 4th, 1777), at which time, he was
one of the assaulting party that unsuccessfully attacked the
stone " Chew House " in which the almost defeated enemy took
refuge. He must have been, though he does not confirm it, in
winter quarters in the historic camp at Valley Forge, Chester
county. Pa., in 1777-8, from whence the army pursued the British
on their march from Philadelphia across New Jersey, overtook
them at Monmouth, June 28th, 1778 and Eaton was in that battle
on an excessive hot day.

About 1787 Joseph Eaton married Jeanet Ramsey, who was a
daughter of William Ramsey and Margaret Allen. To this
union there were born several children ; among them, William
and John, who emigrated and settled in Morristown, Ohio.
Joseph settled at Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Catharine married a Sharon
and moved to Schuyler county. 111. Two of the children were
twins, Benjamin and his sister Martha. Benjamin was born in
Franklin county. May 2, 1791, and died March 17th, 1863. He

married Mary Coony Scott. They had several children,

among whom, was Eliza Eaton, who married William Houston.

1912.] Hints for the Searching of Records. 399

Benjamin's twin sister married Jas. Sharon about 1815. James
was born in 1790, and was a son of William Sharon and Sarah
Smiley. The Sharons were of Scotch-Irish descent, originally
settling in Westmoreland county, Pa., and later moving to Jef-
ferson county, Ohio. James Sharon had a brother William, who
was the father of Senator William Sharon, of Nevada. James
Sharon and Martha Eaton had four children, two sons and two
daughters ; (i) Joseph married Eliza Mayholm ; (2) Smiley mar-
ried Loretta Shotwell ; (3) Sarah married Jonas Bernard ; (4)
Jane married James Gill Elrick.

James Gill Elrick was a son of Bernard Elrick and Serena
Gill of Bedford county. Pa., and a grandson of George Elrick,
also a Revolutionary soldier. To him and his wife Jane were
born four children (i) Helen Sharon Elrick, unmarried, and now
living at Columbus, Ohio ; (2) Clara Belle Elrick, unmarried and
now living at Columbus, Ohio ; (3) Anna Eaton Elrick, who
married William Francis Janeway, now deceased, and is living
at Columbus, Ohio, and (4) Mary Elizabeth Elrick, who married
John Mackall, and is living at Barnesville, Ohio.

William Francis Janeway and Anna Eaton Elrick had seven
children : (i) Carrie Lucile, born at Zanesville, Ohio, August 3,
1874, married the writer, Orra Eugene Monnette, November 6,
1895, and now living at No. 3101 Wilshire Blv'd., Los Angeles,
California; (2) Louella Sharon, born at Zanesville, Ohio, De-
cember 26th, 1875, died February i8th, 1876 ; (3) Edith Francis,
born at Barnesville, Ohio, January 3, 1878, now living at Colum-
bus, Ohio, unmarried ; (4) Mary Viola, born Barnesville, Ohio,-
October loth, 1881, married Alfred Cookman de Bruin, June
27th, 1905, and now living at Columbus, Ohio; (5) William
Ralph, born Barnesville, Ohio, December 6th, 1884, unmarried
and now living at Columbus, Ohio ; (6) a child died in infancy ;
(7) George Harold, born Columbus, Ohio, December 5th, 1888,
and living in Los Angeles, Cal.

In May, 1829, Joseph Eaton, residing at Morristown, Ohio,
aged 73, and in October, 1832, he was living in Guernsey County,
Ohio, aged 76 years, and badly afflicted with dropsy. In May,
1829, his wife, Jeanet, was living, aged 59 years. He died De-
cember 15th, 1832.


By Ethan Allen Doty.

Statistics for Genealogical studies are gathered from State,
County and Town records, also from the records of churches, or
ministers of churches, from old family bibles, and from the
memories of old residents.

The State records of New York and New Jersey have many
of the early marriage licenses, and the early grants of land, and

400 Hints for the Searching of Records. [Oct.,

these as well as all the Eastern states, have records of the
soldiers of the Revolutionary War, and of the pensions granted
them. The county records everywhere give the wills, deeds and
mortgages. In Massachusetts and elsewhere, where its citizens
have emigrated, the town records are very satisfactory, as they
give births, marriages and deaths down to the close of the Revo-
lution, and in some cases later. After this we are dependent on
the family bible and the old residents.

The town histories of many of these old towns are very use-
ful, especially where indexed as to names, and in very many
cases the records of old towns have been indexed by some in-
dustrious collector, to the great delectation of the searcher.

It is desirable, and almost necessary, to study the history of
the various localities, and follow the lines of emigration from the
early settlement.

The early settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts, soon spread
out to the adjoining country, forming the towns of Plympton,
Marshfield, Rochester and Wareham, and of Sandwich and East-
ham on Cape Cod. Very soon the settlements continued to the
coast of Maine, and further inland in Massachusetts and Con-
necticut. And while some pressed on to Sharon in Connecticut
and to Hardwick in northern Massachusetts, and so gradually to
the West, others as early as 1650 settled in Queens and Suffolk
Counties on Long Island and as early as 1670 at Piscataway, near
the present city of New Brunswick, in New Jersey.

As the town lines have been cut up, and new towns formed,
it is essential to find which of the new divisions holds the original
town records, and even this may change every few years. But
I have always found Town Clerks very obliging, and I have
received invaluable assistance from collectors of statistics, and
local historians in every part of our country.

In this vicinity we are largely interested in the records of
Long Island, which was settled at its western end by the Dutch
from Manhattan, and at the eastern end by the emigration from
Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Dutch settled at Flatbush,
Flatlands, New Utrecht, Gravesend and later at Bruckleyn as
they called it.

The old Dutch church at Flatbush has some old records, and
the old Dutch families furnish some, but there are none of any
consequence at Brooklyn, all the deeds being comparatively
modern. The New York State records give about all we know
of this region, and these are to be found at Albany, N. Y., and in
the Register's Office in New York City, Indeed these latter are
very interesting. The Dutch also setted at Maspeth and New-
town, but the population there consisted more of emigrants from
New England who for various reasons sought residence in the
Dutch territory. These spread out to Flushing, to Jamaica and
Queens, meeting there the settlers of the Eastern end of Long
Island. Records of these families are found at Jamaica in the

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