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Below is a family biography included in The History of Phelps County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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James Ramsey, a successful tiller of the soil, was born August 26, 1848, in Maries County, Mo., being the son of Robert L. and Mary (Avery) Ramsey. Robert L. Ramsey was one of the pioneer settlers of Maries County; was a blacksmith by trade, and an excellent one at that, following the same for a number of years. He then engaged in the mercantile business in that county, and while a resident of that county, when it embraced Phelps, Maries and Pulaski, was assessor. He died in Maries County in 1885, at the age of nearly seventy-six years. His wife, Mary (Avery) Ramsey, was a native of Pennsylvania, and of German descent. She immigrated to Missouri, was here married to Mr. Ramsey, and bore him quite a family, four now living: James, Lewis N., Robert S. and Dinah. Mrs. Ramsey still survives, and is a resident of Maries County, Mo. James Ramsey, subject of this sketch, was reared principally on a farm in Maries County. He received a fair education, and remained at home until grown, after which he clerked for James Christmon in Dixon for three years. He then returned to Maries County, farmed for six years, and then came to Phelps County, where he now lives. He was married March 17, 1870, to Miss Malinda Christmon, daughter of James Christmon, and a native of Maries County, Mo. This union was blessed by the birth of twelve children, nine now living: Noah, Mary, Monroe, Ada, Robert L., Margaret, James, Cora and Charley. Three deceased were named Oliver, Beady and Bonie. When settling in this county, in 1881, Mr. Ramsey bought 300 acres of land, 100 being under cultivation, and now has 200 acres under cultivation, all fine bottom land. Mr. Ramsey has now turned his attention to stock raising, and is feeding 150 head of cattle. He also raises other stock. He is a Democrat in his political views.

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