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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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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WILLIAM G. RAMSEY is a well known and highly respected citizen of Knobnoster, Johnson County. For the last fourteen years he has conducted a livery and sale stable in this progressive and enterprising place, and has built up an enviable reputation for his fairness in all his business transactions.

Thomas Ramsey, the father of our subject, was born in Albemarle County, Va., and there spent his early years, later coining to this state. At first he lived in Cooper County subsequently went to Pettis, and finally came to this county, where he has ever since lived. His main occupation in life has been that of farming, in which he has been very successful. Though now well along in years, he is still active and bids fair to live many years. His good wife, who was formerly Sarah Jane Gillum, is also enjoying good health, and is well preserved. She was born in Kentucky, and with her parents came to this county in her girlhood.

The birth of W. G. Ramsey took place in Johnson County, March 29, 1847, he being the sixth in a family of twelve children. His boyhood was passed quietly on the home farm, his schooling being quite limited. At the age of twenty-three he left home, making his own living thenceforward. The first year he engaged in farming in this vicinity, but later he moved to Texas, where he not only cultivated a farm, but bought and sold stock extensively for three years. Returning to this county, he managed his farm until 1881.

In 1870 Mr. Ramsey married Miss Lou, daughter of Thomas W. Peters, of this county. To their union have been born two children, namely: Frederick L., now of Montana; and Linnie R., who is attending college at Lexington, Mo. Mrs. Ramsey is a member of the Southern Methodist Church.

Mr. Ramsey is always to be found on the side of the Democratic party and takes great interest in its success. Whatever makes for the good of the majority he believes worthy of support.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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