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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN RAMSEY, farmer and stock-raiser, section 11, post-office Carthage. The subject of this sketch was born in Clinton county, Ill., July 25, 1839. His father, Abram Ramsey, was a native of Tennessee, and settled in Clinton county, Ill., as early as 1811, long before the Yankees thought of coming West. His mother, Barbara (Miller) Ramsey, was a native of Kentucky. His ancestry from both sides are descendants of very old American families, supposed to have come to the colonies with the Huguenots. Our subject was a farmer’s boy; in his youth his time was devoted between his farm duties and acquiring an education at the subscription schools. At the age of eighteen he went overland to the Rocky Mountains, during the Pike’s Peak gold excitement; subsequently to Salt Lake; thence to Denver, and returned to Illinois in 1882 and engaged at farming. He was married there March 14, 1863, to Miss Charity Johnson, a native of Illinois, Her parents were from Vermont. Mr. Ramsey came to Jasper county, Mo., in 1867. His wife died Sept. 15, 1872. He was married to Mrs. Jerusha Knight, a native of Indiana, March 12, 1873. Of this union there are four children: Effie, Linnie, William P., and Chas. L. Mrs. Ramsey is the mother of three children by her former marriage: Ida, Edward M., and Albert Knight, members of Mr. Ramsey’s family. His farm consists of 80 acres, well improved and delightfully situated, two miles from and in full view of the beautiful city of Carthage.

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