If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday - Pearl S. Buck


Friday, April 1, 2011

Some of My People - The Ramseys of Texas

David Crockett Ramsey, II or Jr. with wife and daughters

Have you been watching Who Do you Think You Are?  We love watching it.  Very interesting how so many family histories are simliar.  After I watch the show I always check my emails to see if I have another family match on ancestry.com. 
Last week I did hear from a Ramsey relative who sent me more information about the family that he received from a relative in Arkansas.  The Ramsey/Ramsay family date back to Scotland.  In my branch the first Ramsey to arrive in America from Scotland was Samuel Ramsey.  He was born in Scotland in 1721 and died in Onslow County, North Carolina in 1768.   So it makes me an 8th generation Scottish immigrant.  Can you hear the bagpipes playing?
Anyway my Ramseys settled in North Carolina, then moved through Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas.  From Texas they scattered like a covey of quail.  The Ramseys have always been a mystery in my family.  Until about 10 years ago when I finally found Malissa Ann Ramsey my great great grandmother.  I got her name from a relative then found her on the 1880 Clay County, Texas census.  She was the oldest daughter of David Crockett Ramsey, Jr./II and Mary Elizabeth Lambert.
Someone sent me the above photo a few years ago of Malissa/Melissa with her parents and her sisters.  She is the one on the right of her father and her mother is on his left.  She looks old to me.  If this photo was taken when one of grandparents died in Texas then she is between the ages of  27 to 32.

I know this is Melissa because I have seen that look at family reunions.  Just kidding, no I'm not.

Before I received this photo I did find Melissa's grave.  The problem I had in finding her was that she had been married twice after my great great grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Baker had died.  Surprisely she is buried with the rest of the family in the Dixie Cemetery, near Loco, OK which is on the Stephens County / Jefferson County line.  She just has a marker, "M.A. Baker".  She is buried next to her daughter-in-law's grandparents, the Friels.  Her first husband, Baker who I descend from is buried in the Lindale Cemetery in Bowie, Texas next to Melissa's grandparents, the Ramseys.
I could go on and on about the Ramseys and Bakers so I won't.  I would like to know the names of the sisters and I know someone out there will help me.  One thing about this family David, Jr. named his daughters after his sisters, confusing to say the least.  Also, there is a photo of David, Jr. and his sons which I have lost.  I hate it when computers crash.
Have a great day and if you are in Oklahoma the next 3 days are good fishing days.
Territory Mom


ljgraphics said...

My favorite show!

Callie May Ramsey married a cousin of mine Julious Stearling Adams.
Her sister Eula Dovie Ramsey married his cousin Daniel Alden Adams.
These girl are the daughter of Lula Higgins and Everett Lee Ramsey of Arkansas.
Reverend Everett Ramsey is great grandson of Jeremiah Ramsey from NC.

Don't you think we are all cousins, one way or another?

Have a great day,
Lynna (Adams) Warren

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I'm not familiar with that show. I'll have to check it out.

I think family histories are so interesting.

Saska said...

I LOVE that show too! Very interesting and sometimes suprising what they find out.

I'm related to some Rammings, does that count?

Might be good days to fish IF you can stand up straight without blowing over.