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 Alexander Ramsey

Alexander Ramsey

Birth
Lancaster County, South Carolina, USA
Death 8 Sep 1855 (aged 90–91)
Wayne County, Illinois, USA
Burial Mount Erie, Wayne County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 15159590 · View Source
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ALEXANDER RAMSEY - from South Carolina, enlisted at the age of 16 and served in the last two years of the war. He removed to Hopkins County, Kentucky, from there to White County in 1816, and from there to Wayne County in 1818. He settled in what is now Mt. Erie. He died September 8, 1855 aged 90 years and was buried in the Mt. Erie Cemetery.

1884 History of Wayne County, IL:
.....The first settlement in what is now the northeast part of Wayne County, and in the present Mount Erie Township, was composed of Alexander Nesbitt, Alexander Ramsey, James Ramsey, William Farmer, William McCormick and Michael Book. These people left Hopkins County, Ky., in 1816, and came overland to White County, and located in Seven Mile Prairie, near where Enfield now is. Here they remained two years, and then, in 1818, constructed a pirogue, and started up the Little Wabash, to the mouth of what is known as Miller's Creek, and fixed their camp in a grove at the foot of the hill on which Mount Erie is built, on Christmas Eve. They named the place Ramsey's Grove. Here the party remained and rested for a short time, and hunted game, and at the same time hunted out each his future home. Alexander Ramsey, Sr., fixed his home in this grove. His son, Alexander, improved a place a little east of Mount Erie, near where the Little Gem Mill now is. Alexander Nesbitt improved a place about a mile and a half west of Mount Erie. Michael Book's family resided in this part of the county for fifteen years, and then removed to Big Mound Township, where he died, October, 1858. Nesbitt eventually removed to the village of Mount Erie, and died there in 1878. Alexander Ramsey, Sr., died in 1857 (actually 1855), and his son, Alexander, died there in 1851. Alexander Ramsey Sr. is buried in the Mt. Erie or "Old Yohe Cemetery". Engraved into a stone lying beside a huge ash tree are these words: "When Cemetery was cleared in 1820 or 1830, this Ash Tree was spared as a living memorial for Alexander Ramsey. S.R. Yohe"


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  • Created by: Cynthia Rice
  • Added: 5 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15159590
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alexander Ramsey (1764–8 Sep 1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15159590, citing Yohe Cemetery, Mount Erie, Wayne County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Cynthia Rice (contributor 46629633) .