John Corbett Ramsdell

1 April 1834–7 December 1895 (Age 61)
Farmington, Franklin, Maine, United States

The Life of John Corbett

When John Corbett Ramsdell was born on 1 April 1834, in Farmington, Franklin, Maine, United States, his father, Abner Ramsdell, was 39 and his mother, Hannah Corbett, was 33. He married Susan E Stevens on 11 November 1860, in Stearns, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died on 7 December 1895, in Globe, Gila, Arizona, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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John Corbett Ramsdell
Susan E Stevens
Marriage: 11 November 1860
Jennie S Ramsdell
Sadie Adelaide Ramsdell
Garrett Van Wagenen

Spouse and Children

11 November 1860
Stearns, Minnesota, United States


    Jennie S Ramsdell



    Garrett Van Wagenen


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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 2

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Age 4

Historical Boundaries - 1838: Franklin, Maine, United States
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 17

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Name Meaning

English: habitational name, possibly from Ramsdell in Hampshire, but more likely from Ramsdale, a place in North Yorkshire, named from Old English hramsa ‘wild garlic’ (or possibly the genitive case of the byname Ram(m) ‘ram’) + dæl ‘valley’, or from Ramsdale Farm in Arnold, Nottinghamshire. Compare Ransdell .

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Ramsdell, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John C Ramsdell in household of Abner Ramsdell, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Ramsdell in entry for Jane Vanwagenen, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

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