William Ramsey

1845–7 August 1881 (Age 36)
Brookville, Lawrence, Illinois

The Life of William

When William Ramsey was born in 1845, his father, Joseph RAMSEY, was 30 and his mother, Mary Winship, was 24. He lived in Lawrence Township, Lawrence, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Denison Township, Lawrence, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died on 7 August 1881, at the age of 36.

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Family Time Line

Joseph RAMSEY
1815–1887
Mary Winship
1821–1897
Aaron Ramsey
1840–1881
Celia Elizabeth Ramsey
1843–1917
William Ramsey
1845–1881
Hester Ann Ramsey
1850–1892
Martha Jane Ramsey
1854–1927
Russel Ramsey
1856–
John Ramsey
1859–
Rose Ramsey
1868–

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World Events (8)

1846

Age 1

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 3

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 11

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place in Huntingdonshire (now part of Cambridgeshire), so called from Old English hramsa ‘wild garlic’ + ēg ‘island’, ‘low-lying land’. There are other places in England called Ramsey, but the one in Huntingdonshire is almost certainly the source of the surname. The usual spelling of the surname in Scotland is Ramsay .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Ramsey in household of Joseph Ramsey, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Ramsey in household of Joseph Ramsey, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Ramsey -

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