Hester Ann Ramsey

18 December 1850–21 July 1892 (Age 41)
Illinois, United States

The Life of Hester Ann

When Hester Ann Ramsey was born on 18 December 1850, in Illinois, United States, her father, Joseph RAMSEY, was 35 and her mother, Mary Winship, was 28. She married Henry Rufus Ratcliffe on 13 October 1873. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in New Buffalo, Berrien, Michigan, United States in 1880. She died on 21 July 1892, at the age of 41.

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Henry Rufus Ratcliffe
Hester Ann Ramsey
Marriage: 13 October 1873
Charlie Ratcliffe
Essie Anna Ratcliffe
Nelly L. Ratcliff
Esther Aleatha Ratcliff

Spouse and Children

13 October 1873


    Charlie Ratcliffe


    Essie Anna Ratcliffe


    Nelly L. Ratcliff



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World Events (8)

1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

Age 4

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 6

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.

Age 13

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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)

  • Hester Ratcliff in household of Henry Ratcliff, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Hester Ramsey in household of Joseph Ramsey, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Hester A Ramsey in household of Joseph Ramsey, "United States Census, 1860"

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