I am currently working on finding documentation for Richard Ramsey and
Catherine Gann who are the most likely suspects to be the parents of James Asbury Ramsey I. Mary Ramsey Wood, supposed to be a sister to James, stated in some
historical interviews that her parents were Richard and Catherine. These two names are also found on her death certificate as her parents. I believe we can definitely
say James and Mary are related since decendants of Mary have photos of Mary and James with his third wife, Elizabeth Irwin, as well as the afore mentioned documentation.
James was supposedly born in Hamilton County TN on October 4, 1811, however Hamilton County was formed in 1819 from Rhea County. Because of relationship evidence I believed he was probably born in
GA. and folks just assumed he was born in Tennessee because he moved to Missouri from there, however considering this new information of Mary he was most likely born in Knox or Rhea Co. in TN. James died February 16, 1878 in Holt Co. MO.
He is buried at Tarkio Chapel in Fortescue, Holt Co. MO.
Considering our DNA evidence from our Ramsey/Ramsay DNA project and data from other researchers, we can
conclude James was from the same Ramsey line as the William Ramsey, son of John and Mary Ramsey from SC, that married Rhoda McMillion in GA.
James married Therisia "Thursy" Ellen Hall about 1841 shortly after his first wife died. He had four children from his previous marriage, three boys and one
girl, Thomas A, William Hamilton, Richard and Martha. Unfortunately I have yet to find his first wife's name.
He and Thursy had children James Asbury II and Nancy Arlena. James Asbury II relocated his family to Pope Co. in Southern Illinois in 1864 while serving in
the Civil war. Those that moved with him included his mother Thursy, sister Nancy Arlena, Grandparents Seborn and Nancy (Smith) Hall and most of their family.
Some of the Ramsey and Hall decendents are still located in Pope and Hardin Counties.
James married a third time to Elizabeth Ellen Irwin in 1848 Franklin Co. MO. They had twelve children. He moved to Holt Co. MO. by 1852.
James Asbury Ramsey I, wife Elizabeth Ellen Irwin
James Asbury Ramsey II, wife Nancy and children
Left to right: Great grandfather James Asbury, Aunt Flossie (in rear), Grandfather
Erno, Great grandma Nancy, Aunt Rilla
Nancy (Cullum) Ramsey and Children
Front Row: Nancy Cullum Ramsey, Henry Back Row: Rilla, Flossy, Erno
James Asbury Ramsey II and Cynthia Ann Davis
My Great Grandfather and his first wife Cynthia.
Nancy Arlena Ramsey
Nancy Arlena, sister to my Great grandfather James Asbury Ramsey II
My Father and Me
My wife, Dava, and Me
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