Ramsey family lineage traced to Edinburgh, Scotland, 1797
After graduating at the University of Edinburgh Scotland, Samuel Ramsey, who was born in 1797, married Miss Jean Marshall and came to Charleston, S.C. as a Presbyterian minister.
When a throat ailment necessitated his relinquishing the pulpit, he purchased a plantation at Fairview, S.C. near Fountain Hill, and lived there until his death on Aug. 2, 1867.
John David Ramsey, next to the youngest of the Samuel Ramseys’ children came to Newton Co. as a young man; and M. Martha Susan Crew (whose parents were Wm. And Letitia Russel Crew for whom Crew St. and Crew School in Atlanta were named; (and they are buried at Bethany Presbyterian cemetery in Newton Co.).
William Samuel Ramsey was the only one of their seven children remained in Newton Co. He m. Sarah France’s Christian (whose two brothers , Coe and Jeff Christian, became prominent Methodist ministers). Sam Ramsey was newton Co. Commissioner for 40 years, Cou8nty Tax Collector and served as chairman of Salem Camp Ground Board of Trustees for 25 years.
He had two sons, Coe D. Ramsey and Thomas Jefferson Ramsey, and two daughters, Susie (Mrs. E.G. Martin), and Corrine (Mrs. John Hollingsworth), all long time residents of Newton County, Coe D. like his father, was chairman of Salem’s Board of Trustees, until his death in 1939.
Their five children are George Mary Sue (Mrs. John B. Maddox), Martha James Spence and C.D. Ramsey, Jr., who follows his father and grandfather as chairman of Salem’s Board of Trustees. C.D., Jr. m. Mary Frqancdes Cowan ()daughter of the late Samuel L. Cowan and Mrs. Cowan of Conyers), they have one son, Samuel David Ramsey who is in the furniture business with his father; and is an annual sixth generation “tenter” at Salem Camp Ground. J. Spence Ramsey m. Mary Parker (daughter of the Tom Parkers of Conyers). They have one son, James (Jimmy) who m. Kay Johnson, and now lives in Macon. The Spence Ramseys own and operate People’s Drug Store. Miss Martha Ramsey has long been identified with Newton County School system.