Ram­sey fam­ily lin­eage traced to Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land, 1797

The Covington News - - LOOKING BACK -

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.

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