When Willis Rufus Ralston was born in 1866, in Ohio, United States, his father, Joseph G Ralston, was 34 and his mother, Louisa A Walker, was 32. He married Anna Klatt on 16 May 1891. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Plain Township, Wood, Ohio, United States in 1880 and Toledo, Lucas, Ohio, United States in 1900. He died on 4 October 1941, in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States.
Scottish: habitational name from Ralston (Renfrewshire), composed of the personal name Raoul, a vernacular form of Ralph , + Scots toun ‘farm, village’.