John D. Winters Yes, I think I found the reference you mentioned about his being blind and agree with your conclusion that it was probably used as the reason he was in the Stockton Asylum. His eyesight may have been quite diminished but my experience with the commitment records is that physical limitations are usually included and often quite descriptive. Being visually limited could have increased his anxiety and fear about his well being and caused his decline.
My own grandmother spent much of her life in a Missouri State Asylum ("nervous breakdown"). Thankfully, when she became elderly (and feeble), she was released to the rest home near family members. My family and I visited her in both places and it's comforting to know she died and was buried among our kin. Unfortunately, under Missouri law, her record won't be released without a court order.
I noticed you had linked him to his wife so I'll disregard your edit.
John D. Winters Not quite sure what to think about his burial. Unless I'm mixing him up with another man, I don't think he was living with family when he was committed (from a census record perhaps). Who knows for sure where he ended up; a few patients were removed for burial, a couple of others actually disinterred and reburied elsewhere. For the most part, there weren't any notations about burial at all. Sadly, most of the early Asylum grave sites were not respectfully handled in the early to mid 1900's.
James W. Ramsey Hello, I have info regarding James W. Ramsey (b Sep 1837, died Dec 4, 1901. Illinois Death Certificate 119, page 13, Vol 2) He was the son of Larkin Ramsey (1810 - 1880) and Mary Hannah Smith (1817 - bef1859). He was the husband of Mary Valona Maynard Ramsey (1842 - 1909). (Mary V Maynard was the daughter of Charles Maynard and Lucretia Boyington).
Children of James W Ramsey and Mary V Maynard were: Francis "Fannie" Ramsey (spouse 1 Adams, spouse 2 Crotts), James William Ramsey(1865 - 1884)(married Clara Belle Sears), Henry Richard Ramsey (Feb 5 1867 - Feb 12 1928), Mary Cordelia Ramsey (married Richard M Chancellor), Sallie Ann Mitchell Ramsey(married John Alexander McBride), Clara Stella Ramsey (married her cousin Hugh Henry Miner), and Archer Ernest Ramsey(married Addie May Wilson).
He served for the Union during the civil war, along with his brother, John Henry Ramsey. His father, Larkin Ramsey, was also enlisted with the Union.
His siblings were: John Henry Ramsey, George Cyrus Ramsey, Sarah Amelia Ramsey (Plummer), Charles Lewis Ramsey. His half siblings: Randolph Franklin Ramsey and Emaline "Emma" Stacy Ramsey (Patrick). Because his step mother was also his Aunt, his half siblings were also his first cousins. (I don't have any idea what that makes them in terms of shared DNA, but closer than half siblings.)
RE: Bowman My Line from Christopher and Susannah is through
Rev Christian Bowman and Rebecca Stackhouse Hannah Bowman and James McConnel Permella McConnel and Henry Adam Heldenbrand James Adam Heldenbrand and Mary Elizabeth Currier Zuella Rose Heldebrand and Frank George Howland James Porter Howland and Mary Helen Cook
and then through my grandmother and mother to me.
Writing them all out together actually just helped me find all of their graves, and I just sent requests to link them. And in so doing I noticed that you actually have put on the graves of several of my grandparents. Thank you for your work with findagrave so that I can see their graves, even though I am unable to go and visit them myself.
RE: Susan Banks Bowman Christopher and Susan Bowman are my 7th Great Grandparents, whom I have only recently discovered while working on my family genealogy. Thank you for putting all of the evidence about her burial onto her page. I agree with you that there is not enough evidence at this point to prove her burial there. Whether her gravestone was still around or not in 1886 when the Bowman genealogy book was written, it is in doubt that the author of the book was an eyewitness to the location of her grave, and it is also in doubt that he was getting his information from an eyewitness, since he did not record the exact date of her death. Since his information might have been second hand family tradition, she might have been buried anywhere in the area and the location of her grave lost to family knowledge at that time in 1886. So since there is no record of her burial in the old cemetery map, I agree that it is best to leave the location of her burial as uncertain or unknown for now. But thank you for putting a record of her death on findagrave, because it helped some of her family like me to find her.
Mary Rudy Wilson Is there any sign of Mary Rudy Wilson (1794-1868) in the Rudy Cemetery in Huntingdon Co, PA? I see her husband Robert Wilson (Memorial# 25966216), son Pvt William Wilson (Memorial# 25966440), and father George Rudy (Memorial# 57253912), but not Mary. Have all the gravesites been identified? Anyone buried beside Robert?
Sheller Memorials Thank you for updating Mary Sheller's memorial. Mary & William are my 4th great grandparents. It was a thrill to visit their graves on Friday. I live in Illinois and we were visiting in Pittsburgh.
Her birth mother was definitely Anna Keller. Anna Keller's mother was an Anspach. The informant on her death certificate was obviously not clear as to who her mother was (her mother died in 1888 when Amelia was just 9). If you check her siblings obits and/or death registrations, they all give their mother as Anna Keller (I don't know where the Catharine came from, other than on the new headstone as she went by Ann or Anna in the 2 censuses when married).