When Ramsdell Valentine was born on 4 October 1835, in Troy Township, Oakland, Michigan, United States, his father, John Valentine Jr., was 41 and his mother, Amanda Fay, was 32. He married Lucy Ann Goodwin on 16 April 1856, in Royal Oak, Oakland, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Fenton Township, Genesee, Michigan, United States in 1900 and Fenton, Genesee, Michigan, United States in 1910. He died on 14 May 1918, in Lansing, New Hope, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Lansing, Ingham, Michigan, United States.
English and Scottish (Angus and Aberdeenshire): from the Middle English and Old French personal name Valentin, Latin Valentinus, a derivative of valens ‘strong, healthy’, which was never common in England, but is occasionally found from the end of the 12th century, probably as the result of French influence. The name was borne by a 3rd-century Christian saint and martyr, whose chief claim to fame is that his feast falls on February 14, the date of a traditional celebration of spring going back to the Roman fertility festival of Juno Februata. A 5th-century missionary bishop of Rhaetia of this name was venerated especially in southern Germany, being invoked as a patron against gout and epilepsy. In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. German, Croatian, Czech, and Slovenian Valentin , Italian Valentino .