Friday, November 10, 2023

Pinkney and Martha

 An unusual DNA match has led to a roundabout and twisted branches search.

Attached to the family tree of this nontypical match was the following document, the April 1st, 1875 marriage certificate from Anson County, NC, for the marriage of Pinkney Ramsey, 21, and Martha A. Howell, 17.

Pinkney was the son of Harbard and Ann Ramsey and Martha was the daughter of Ann Howell. There was only a mark in the place of the father's name for Martha Howell, whether an "I" or just a check mark, I can't decipher. The wedding took place in Ansonville at the home of  "L. S." or "L. G." someone, the handwriting has faded to far to reconcile. The name of one witness is clear as 'George', his surname indetectable.

On June 26, 1875, 17 year old Martha A. Howell, daughter of Ann Howell, father not given, married Pinkney Ramsey, son of Harbard and Ann Ramsey, all of Anson County, North Carolina. This we know. The copy of this document had been copied by this dna match from a name I recognized, someone I met online early in my research who has become a dear friend. I recognized the names in the document and guessed this must be the family line our shared dna traveled through, because I do indeed have Ramsey ancestry.

Pinkney is in my family tree as James Pinkney Ramsey, born around 1852 in the Burnsville Community of Anson County. I've managed to successfully trace him from childhood to death, despite the fact that he had a habit of avoiding, skipping or hiding from the records. The Pinkney Ramsey who married Martha Howell, daughter of Ann Howell was my 1st cousin 4 times removed, according to the relationship calculator at The problem was, he was not the only James Pinkney Ramsey in this part of the state during the waning years of the 19th century. There was another.

While my James Pinkney Ramsey was the son of Harbard/Herbert Ramsey and wife Annis Ledbetter Ramsey and was raised in Anson County, the other Pink had different parents, was 20 or 30 years older and was raised in Rockingham County. Despite all of that, they did have a number of things in common that caused a great deal of confusion and have many folks today confusing them, mixing them up or even merging them into one person. Yes! Even 30 years apart in age, it appears they have been merged. I have found one Pinkney's chldren listed in the other Pinkney's family tree, in many, many profiles and trees. So here is what they had in common:

1. Their name - obviously.

2. They both married a girl name Martha. Different last names, but yes, both named Martha.

3. They both ended up living in a place called Rockingham at some point.

4. Both had children who relocated to busier, more industrialized cities during the rapidly changing 20th Century.

So let's explore. First, the life of James Pinkney my 1st Cousin....4 times removed. One problem in the whole confusion matter is that Harborn Ramsey does not appear in the 1850 census. That would have been most helpful. I can't even be 100 percent sure if Harborn was the son or grandson of my ancestor, Stark Ramsey, the only certain partriarch of the Anson County Ramsey's. I believe his father was a man named John, as Starkey recieved a land grant that connected the property of  John Ramsey, and John was obviously significantly older than Stark, and that he may have brothers, other Ramsey's that show in the earliest of records, who migrated away. With a name like 'John' however, I've found it impossible to verify where John came from before arriving in Anson County. There's no will, and there were other John Ramsey's in multiple places before he shows up in Anson County, and I can find nothing so far with a mention of Stark or Starkey associated with any of these Johns, or even a mention of 'John of Anson' to let me know which John he may have been. 

Some people even have Harborn pegged as the son of the couple who were the parents of the other James Pinkney Ramsey. That's inconcievable. First, the numbers don't match up. Someone born about 1820 is not going to be the father of someone born in 1825. Secondly, I have not found one real DNA from someone descended from that Pink or from his parents. By real, I mean people who have their wagon hooked to that tree and it's correct, not folks who have my Pink merged with that Pink, but who are really descended from my Pink or from Harborn, although their tree is a mess. 

Harborn first shows up in the 1860 census of  Burnsville, Anson County. Burnsville was the home nest of my branch of the Ramsey family.  In the above excerpt of the census, we see Harbard aka Hubert, with his wife, Annis, and their three children, James (James Pinkney), Elizabeth (called Betty), and Annis Jr. They are in household number 55 and the Robin Broadaway family is in number 56, James Broadway in 57 and Wilson P. Turner, son of George Turner, in 58. If you peel back a page to look at the neighbors immediately preceding that of H. K. Ramsey's household (yes, we know those were his initials) we see these folks:

In Household 54, we see the Stokes McIntyre family, and in Household 53, the family of James and Biddy (Obedience) Ledbetter Ramsey. They are followed by Ben Hudson, Richard Poplin, William Carpenter, James Curlee and Sam Honeycutt. I am very familiar with many of these names. Keep James and Biddy in mind.

If we venture just one more page backwards, we see the family of Nelly Ledbetter, 63, next to Allen Ledbetter, 25, followed up by Curlees, Hinsons and Hills. This is significant. This gives us an idea of the neighborhood that Harborn Herbert and Annis was living in during the summer of 1860. Now, let's jump back a decade. While Harborn Herbert can't be found (at least I haven't found him yet) in 1850, his future wife can be found. 

Annis, who would within the year become Annis Ramsey, was Annis Ledbetter. She's living with her mother, Nelly Wall Ledbetter and siblings Rowena and Allen. Recall in 1860, Allen is in his own household with Nelly and Rowena listed in a separate house under his. The neighbor listed above them is James and Biddy Ramsey. Uncoincidentally, Biddy was also a Ledbetter. Nelly Wall Ledbetter was the widow of a William J. Ledbetter and these were among their children. 

One page over, we see Ben Hudson and Nancy Nash, just in separate households at this stage of the game. There's the Carpenters, too.

One page back, there are the Curlees, Turners, Hills and Broadways and smack in the middle is old Grandparents Stark and Lisha Ramsey, with their son, John and wife, Tempy, with widowed daughter in law, Polly, above them, with her children, some in the home and others, scattered, working for neighbors.  Polly was the widow of Holden Ramsey, who passed away in 1847. As a note, I share dna with/ am definately related to, descendants of John, James and Holden Ramsey. Stark Ramsey had a large family of sons.

The next bit of information we get about Harbard/ Herbert/ H. K. Ramsey that may give us a bit of insight on the early years of James Pinkney Ramsey comes from his Civil War records.

On February 1, 1862, John F. Ramsey and Harborn K. R. Ramsey, both rode or traveled from Stanly County, NC to the town of Salisbury, NC to volunteer for service in the Confederate army. Both enrolled in the 42nd Infantry, Company C, under Col. G. C. Gibbs for 3 years or the War. Both young men were approximately the same age and both stated that they were from Stanly County. Remember that in 1860, Harborn and his young family were living in Burnsville, in Anson County, near his wife's family. Harborn was 24 years old, meaning he would have been about 22 in 1860 and 12 in 1850, not old enough to have been off on his own anywhere.

John F Ramsey, who signed up at the same time, at the same place, in the same unit as Harborn, is the 14 year old 'Franklin' shown in the home of Samuel and Rebecca Helms Ramsey in the above portion of the 1850 census of Stanly County, NC. Samuel was a son of Stark Ramsey and decided to settle on the north side of the small Rocky River in the general area of what we would consider Oakboro today. Samuel and Rebecca are my 4th Great Grandparents. These were not all of Samuel and Rebecca's children, but the list included most of their sons. 

NameSaml Ramsey
Home in 1840 (City, County, State)Anson, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 52 Harborn and Gilliam
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 91 Franklin
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 191 Thomas
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 291 William
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 491 Samuel
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 91 Jane
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 141 Rowena
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 192 Obedience and Unknown
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 491 Rebecca
Persons Employed in Agriculture3
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write3
Free White Persons - Under 208
Free White Persons - 20 thru 493
Total Free White Persons11
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves11

Backing up a decade, to 1840, where only heads of households were listed, we see Samuel and his family still in Anson County. Oakboro, in Stanly County and Burnsville in Anson County are only 10 miles from each other,  a 12 minute drive today, but still not a great distance in 1850.

As you can see in 1840, it appears that Samuel and Rebecca had 4 daughters and 5 sons listed in their home. All of the children listed in 1850 were born before 1840. Harborn, who is not listed, could have been missed in the 1850 by the census taker, but easily fits in the listing for 1840. There is also one daughter unknown in the 1840 listing, and could have easily been married like Obedience and Rowena were, by 1850, Jane being the only daughter in the home in 1850.

Samuel was the only Ramsey living in Stanly County during the Civil War era. Both John and Harborn gave Stanly as their home county. It's my belief they were brothers, and that Harborn was Samuel's son and Starks grandson. DNA evidence seems to support this theory, but proof is another matter altogether.

The known children of Samuel and Rebecca Ramsey, excluding Harborn, were:

1) William Riley Ramsey who married Elizabeth Helms.

2) Obedience Ramsey who married William Hill, son of Julius Hill of Burnsville. She later married James Whittington after William's death. William and Obedience Ramsey Hill were my 3rd Great Grandparents.

3) Rowena Ramsey who married James Whittington. Yes, James married his widowed sister-in-law after his wife's death.

4) Jane Louisa Ramsey who married George Smith.

5) James Thomas Ramsey who was married three times, 1st to Elizabeth Reap, 2nd to Amelia Louise Ludwig and last to Wincy Ellen Smith. His is a case I need to look into closer.

6) John Franklin Ramsey who married Joyce Ann "Joicy" Redwine.

7) Gilliam O. Ramsey.

All of the above sons of Samuel Ramsey served in the Civil War. There were two Willliam R. Ramsey's, related, and the separation of the two requires a post of its own. One survived the War, one did not. Which was which? James Thomas and John Franklin both returned from the War. Gilliam O. did not.

In March of 1862, was absent due to sickness and had returned home to Stanly County, NC.

Harborn was present in April of 1864.

Harborn is listed in a Roll of Honor and said to be a 24 year old from Stanly County.

This report shows Harborn to have been admitted to the Camp Windor Hospital in Richmond, Virginia and that his initial were recorded as both H. K and H. R. and that he was the same person. Besides having been recorded as sick at Camp Winder, there was also an instance of him suffering from Debilitis and being admitted to the hospital in Charlotte, NC on May 15, 1864. He was returned to duty on July 17, 1864. Altogether, the Civil War records show that Harborn Ramsey was alive and accounted for until at least mid December, 1864. After that, there is no more record of Harborn. He did not return home. Did he pass away of illness unrecorded? Was he captured by the enemy and his death not reported? Did he perhaps assume a new identity and head West as many young men did at this time? The answers are unknown.

What is known is that he left a widow, Annis and three young children, Pinkney,  Betty and Annis II. Not one of the four of them is found in the 1870 census. They were not the only Ramsey family members that were missed. In all likelihood, they were still living together in a family unit, Annis Ledbetter Ramsey and her three children, and still in the Burnsville area of Anson County. This assumption because of the following events:

On  December 4, 1874, 1874, William R. VonCannon, age 25, and Elizabeth Ramsey, 20, were married by Rev. John Lyles at his home in Lilesville Township. Then, as we've already seen, on April 21, 1875, Pinkney Ramsey, son of Harbard and Annis Ramsey, married Martha Howell, daughter of Ann Howell, in Ansonville Township, Anson County.


Just a little excursion here to briefly look at the life of Bettie Ramsey. Elizabeth, most often referred to as Bettie, lived a long life for those days, passing away in 1938, at the age of 82. She and William Voncannon raised 10 children together. Her husband, William, grew up in Randolph County, NC. He is also always shown as 'William', except for once as a small chldren. William also lived into his 80's, so they had a long marriage.

The couple is shown in the 1880 census as living in Wadesboro, in Anson County, with the oldest three of their 10 children. After that, they are shown as living in Grant Township, southeast of the County Seat of Ashboro. The elderly couple was living in High Point in nearby Guilford County when they passed away and were returned to Randolph County for burial at Flag Springs United Methodist Church, in the general vicinity of the North Carolina Zoo. William was the son of Riley Von Cannon and wife, Lydia Corneliouson Von Cannon. He had  siblings Ananias, John, Sarah Jane, Thomas, Joel and Ranson. The names of his parents and siblings are echoed in the names of his children.

By US Census, Ruhrfisch - taken from US Census website [1] and modified by User:Ruhrfisch, Public Domain,

Their oldest child, Lydia Vandelia VonCannon, was supposed born on October 12, 1874, two months before the marriage. I suppose this could be true, but as age was very fluid in these old records, it is also quite possible that she was actually a year or more younger. 

NameVandelia Vancannon
Birth DateAbt 1875
BirthplaceNorth Carolina
Home in 1880Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina, USA
House Number145
Dwelling Number183
Relation to Head of HouseDaughter
Marital StatusSingle
Father's NameWilliam Vancannon
Father's BirthplaceNorth Carolina
Mother's NameElisebeth Vancannon
Mother's BirthplaceNorth Carolina
NeighborsView others on page
Household members
William Vancannon25
Elisebeth Vancannon20
Vandelia Vancannon5
Monroe Vancannon3
Thomas Vancannon4/12

In the 1880 census, she is shown as only two years older than her brother, Monroe, who was born in 1877, so 1875 was most likely her year of birth and children often appeared a year after their parents marriage in those days. Vandelia was followed by Madison Monroe, Thomas H., Alice Martha, Ananias, Sally Ella, Althace Annis, Daniel Maye, Atlas Charless and Addie Elizabeth wrapping up in 1894. Bettie had a death certificate and named her parents as H. K. and Annis 'Lineberry' Ramsey. Several members of Annis's Ledbetter family were called 'Lineberry' at some point and descendants often designate the surname as Ledbetter / Lineberry in family trees. It was actually Ledbetter leading all the way back to Virginia.

Now back to Pink. He, too, shows up again in 1880. He and Martha have started their family in the town of Ansonville in northern Anson County, not far from Burnsville. Ansonville was known as a college town in those days, and very Southern Antebelllum. A beautiful place in its day, I am told. Pink and Martha have a 4 year old son, Stephen, and a two years old daughter, Mary. They are living near Betsy May. May was a prominent Anson County surname. As Pink's sister Betty named a son Daniel Maye, from the surname (masculine), not the month (feminine), I wonder if there was somewhere a Maye connection to the family.

Youngest sister, Annis Jr or 'Anna', also reappears in 1880. She is 18 years old and still living in the area of Burnsville. She is working as a servant of the David Carpenter family. Anna or Annis Jr. never married. She was a member of what they described at that time as the 'defective class'. She is listed as being 'deaf and dumb'. She could neither hear nor speak, but she could, at this stage in her life, work as a farmhand.

Sometime during the 20 year jump from 1880 to 1900, Pink has moved his family to neighboring Richmond County, where they would remain. This is one fact that lead to the confusion with the other James Pinkney Ramsey. 

NamePugh Ramsay
Birth DateMar 1852
BirthplaceNorth Carolina, USA
Home in 1900Beaver Dam, Richmond, North Carolina
House Number1
Sheet Number8
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation141
Family Number149
Relation to Head of HouseHead
Marital StatusWidowed
Father's BirthplaceNorth Carolina, USA
Mother's NameAnias Ramsay
Mother's BirthplaceNorth Carolina, USA
OccupationMill Labor
Months Not Employed0
Can ReadN
Can WriteN
Can Speak EnglishY
House Owned or RentedRent
Farm or HouseH
NeighborsView others on page
Household members
Anias Ramsay70
Pugh Ramsay48
William I Ramsay24
Mary E Ramsay20
Adam Ramsay14
Hugh P Ramsay9
Reina Ramsay7
Maggie Ramsay5

As the above handwritten excerpt is difficult to read, Ive included the transcribe verion which incorrectly has Pink as "Pugh". His wife, Martha Howell Ramsey has passed away. As the youngest child, Maggie, is 5 years old, this probably dates Martha's demise to between 1895 and 1900. Although she managed to hide during the 1870 and 1880 census, Pink's mother, Annis, has reappeared to help rear the children. This document also tells us that Pink is renting  a place in Beaverdam community. Richmond saw an influx of residents during this year due to being a textile center. Farmers who were barely scraping by sometimes chose to move into a town with a Cotton Mill, especially if they had young adult or teenaged children  they could put to work in the factories. Mill Villages sprang up in these areas and with them, businesses that catered to the needs of these mill workers who walked to work for the most part. Pink was no exception.

Pink, 48, is listed as a Mill Hand. William Stephen Ramsey, 24, has been promoted to a Night Boss. Twenty year old Mary Ella is spooling while her brothers, Adam 14, and Hugh, only  9, are dolphing. Only Reina, 7 and Maggie, 5, are not employed in the textile mills, while 70 year old Annis, their grandmother, must have been keeping house and watching the girls. Most of the neighbors had Mill related occupations and child labor was alive and well. It was more common to see older children and teens working than their mothers, a fact I have personally found disturbing.

Annis Ledbetter Ramsey.

While Annis managed to escape the census takers until 1900, the local newspapers give us small glimpse into what her life was like around the turn of the century.

The Messenger and Intelligencer

Wadesboro, North Carolina • Page 4

In 1893, the newspaper in Anson County reported that Annis and her daughter, evidentally referring to her deaf and mute daughter of the same name, Annis, was receiving $4.50 a month support from the County funds. She was a pauper, too old or physically unable to support herself, and therefore living off the County.

This continued for a few years in Anson and then by 1899, it switches over to Richmond County, and Annis begins receiveing support from that County, as was reported in the Rockingham Newspaper, The Anglo Saxon. We saw that she was living with her son Pink in 1900. The newspaper continued to report that she was recieving support until 1905. That was the last mention of Annis Ledbetter Ramsey. I don't know her date of death or place of burial. Her namesake daughter lived for several more decades, despite her handicaps.

James would remain in Richmond County and continued to be as oblique as before. He evaded the census taker in 1910, again, but 1920 found him in the home of his oldest son, William Stephen Ramsey.

NamePink Ramsay
Birth Yearabt 1849
BirthplaceNorth Carolina
Home in 1920Wolf Pit, Richmond, North Carolina
StreetJato Street
Residence Date1920
Relation to Head of HouseFather
Marital StatusWidowed
Father's BirthplaceNorth Carolina
Mother's BirthplaceNorth Carolina
Able to Speak EnglishYes
IndustryCotton Mill
Employment FieldWage or Salary
Able to WriteNo
NeighborsView others on page
Household members
William S Ramsay43
Mary Ramsay39
Beaulah Ramsay14
Maude Ramsay9
Odell Ramsay3
Pink Ramsay71

The family lived on Yates Street in Wolfpit Township, just west of Rockingham off of Midway Rd., incorrectly transcribed as 'Jato' Street. W. S Ramsey was a painter and his father, Pink, was a sweeper in the Cotton Mill. In those days children worked as soon as they were able and the elderly worked as long as their bodies endured. None of Steve's three children were noted as working, although Beaulah was 14.

The community was known as Midway, and members of the Ramsey family were oftern recorded  in a newspaper column called "Midway Dots".'Mrs Linzey Crawford of Asheboro' , was Pink and Martha's oldest daughter , Mary Ella. W.S. Ramsey who was visited by Raeford Dawkins was, of course, William Stephen Ramsey and we discover that Beulah could play the piano. J. P. (Pink) Ramsey was reported to have vistied his son in  Greensboro, which would have been John Adam Ramsey. For the children who grew up during the Civil War era, the modern age was upon them, quick transportation, comunications and industrialization had opened up a new world they had never imagined.

James Pinkney Ramsey, the one I am related to, lived nearly another decade. That sweeping must have motivated him to keep moving and there's no doubt he must have enjoyed living among his grandchildren. He died of  Angina pectoris, or coronary artery disease and was buried at Mizpah Church near Rockingham, but you won't find his grave on Find-a -Grave. Whatever once marked his grave has long since been taken down or destroyed, if there was anything at all. His parents were noted as "Harvard" and Annis Ramsey. He died on April 25, 1929. Although his son gave his age as 62, he was actually 77.

The children of James Pinkney Ramsey and Martha Howell were:

1875-1942 William Stephen Ramsey Sr. Married Mary Irene Sullivan, settled in Richmond County, NC.
Four children, Beulah Martha, Maude Elizabeth, James Odell and William S. Ramsey Jr. (born in 1921).

1879-1958 Mary Ella Ramsey Married Lindsey (Linzy) Cranford. settled in Randolph County, NC.
Seven children, Nettie Mae, Annie Bell, Leroy, Zilpha, Herbert, Charles, Clyde.

1885-1952 John Adam Ramsey Married Martha Ellen Stuttz, settled in Greensboro, NC.
Eight children, William Everette, Hughie Cecil, Arlene, Melrose, Margaret, J.A. Jr. 'Jack, James Harold.

1893-1943 Hugh Ralph Ramsey. Unmarried, Military Career, International, Died in Virginia.

1893 -1940 Rena Ramsey (twin of Hugh) Married Eli W.Quick, settled in Randolph County, NC.
Three children, Elbert, Grace and Homer. Died young of Uterine Cancer.

18?? -1951 Nannie Elizabeth Ramsey Married Robert B Paul. Remained in Richmond County.
 Ten children, Zachary, Jack, Martha, William Franklin, Lucy, Della , Robert, Mack, Matthew, George.
Nannie's birth year is uncertain. Her death certificate gives it as 1893, yet she was married in 1900 and not on the 1900 census of the family.She would have been 7.  Her marriage certificate gives her birth year as 1879, yet she was not born yet in 1880 census. The 1910 census gives her year of birth as 1886, 1920 - 85, 1930 - 1890, 1940 -1890 and 1950 as 1880. My  most accurate guess was that she was probably born between late 1880, after the census,  to very early 1880's, like 1881 or 1882, placing her in her late teens as a March 1900 bride. Her death certifcate clearly gives her parents as Jameses Pink Ramsey and Martha Howell.

1895-1982 Margaret Eugenia Ramsey Married George Atlas O'Quinn. Stayed in Richmond.
Two children: Grace and George.

The Other James Pinkney Ramsey
While the above is the family of the James Pinkney Ramsey and wife, Martha from parentage to progeny, from my family tree, what about the other Pinkney and Martha, with whom they have been merged?

In the 1850 census of Eastern District, Richmond County, NC, a 48 year old Thomas Ramsey and 43 year old wife, Franky, are living with three of their children, Pinkney, 21, Richard, 12, and Amanda, 6. This in the other James Pinkey Ramsey. As you can see, he was an entire generation older than the Pinkney in my tree, who was not even born yet here, but that did not stop them from being merged into one by some. 


I have not researched the Thomas and Franky Ramsey family. I don't know if they connect back in anyway to the family of Stark Ramsey, my line, so I can not vouch to the authenticity of what can be found in others research online. They have Thomas as being born in 1803 and arriving to North Carolina from Franklin County, Virginia, the son of a Woodson Ramsey and wife, Sarah Witcher. Thomas's wife, Franky, was said to be Judy Frances Mullins, daughter of a William Booker Mullins, Mullins being a very old and Melungeon linked, Virgina/ West Virginia name.

In July of 1855, James Pinkney Ramsey has married Martha J. Apple. Herein is a fact that has led to confusion.
A James Pinkney Ramsey married to a Martha. Two of them.

Martha J. Apple was the daughter of  Samuel Lee and Eliza Apple
NameMartha J Apple
Birth Yearabt 1839
BirthplaceNorth Carolina
Home in 1850Western District, Rockingham, North Carolina, USA
Line Number28
Dwelling Number84
Family Number84
Inferred FatherSamuel Apple
Inferred MotherEliza Apple
Household members
Samuel Apple55
Eliza Apple39
Richard Apple20
Julinia F Apple15
Mary A Apple13
Martha J Apple11
Eliza A Apple7
Zachary S Apple2
Isaiah McBride18

Here she is in 1850, living with her family, at 11. Just 5 years later, below, is her marriage to the older Pink Ramsey, at 15.

The Samuel Apple family were neighbors of the Ramsey family in Rockingham County, North Carolina.

Here again, the DNA connection has mixed up the Town of Rockingham in Richmond County, NC, with the County of of Rockingham, itself. The Thomas Ramsey family had moved to Simpsonville Township in the southernmost part of Rockingham County, near the modern town of Reidsville.

Thomas and Frances, and Pink and Martha, are the only Ramseys listed in Rockingham County, NC in 1860. Richard may have been the R. W.  Ramsey in neighboring Caswell County, especially since Simpsonville was on the southern border. When he enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861, he stated he was a resident of Rockingham County. He enlisted in Lawsonville, which is in Stokes County. I try not to judge the people of this era by our standards, especially not the sons of yeoman farmers, who did not own slaves, and were most likely not proponents of the  inhuman practice.. Watching modern people, otherwise intelligent people, succomb to avarice and political propaganda pushed by media and other institutional sources, I can imagine how languid and passionate  young men could be swayed by an astute and persuasive orator inticing them to War to protect their women and children, or to just have a valid excuse to escape the monotony of everyday farmlife.

NameRichard Ramsey
Enlistment Age20
Birth Dateabt 1841
Enlistment Date22 May 1861
Enlistment PlaceRockingham County, North Carolina
Enlistment RankPrivate
Muster Date22 May 1861
Muster PlaceNorth Carolina
Muster CompanyK
Muster Regiment13th Infantry
Muster Regiment TypeInfantry
Muster InformationEnlisted
Muster Out Date1 Jul 1863
Muster Out PlaceGettysburg, Pennsylvania
Muster Out InformationKilled
Side of WarConfederacy
Survived War?No
Residence PlaceRockingham County, North Carolina
TitleNorth Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster

Richard Ramsey died at 22 in the Battle of  Gettysburg, with hundreds of other men from both sides. I can't imagine that in 1861 he would have envisioned the two years that were to come.

Pink and his bride, Martha Apple Ramsey, settled along Troublesome Creek and there began raising a family. Troublesome Creek can be seen in the center of the map, below.

By 1860, they were parents of two children with the nearly anonmymus monikers of John and Mary.

NamePinckny Ramsey
Birth Yearabt 1829
Birth PlaceNorth Carolina
Home in 1860Southern Division, Rockingham, North Carolina
Post OfficeTroublesome
Dwelling Number449
Family Number449
Cannot Read, WriteY
Inferred SpouseMartha Ramsey
Inferred ChildJohn Ramsey

Household members
Pinckny Ramsey31
Martha Ramsey26
John Ramsey5
Mary Ramsey  

There seems to be nothing extraordinary about the family. They stayed put, tilled the earth, raised a large family, as hardscrabble 19th century families were prone to do.

NamePinkney Ramsey
Age in 187045
Birth Dateabt 1825
BirthplaceNorth Carolina
Dwelling Number224
Home in 1870Simpsonville, Rockingham, North Carolina
Post OfficeWentworth
Male Citizen Over 21Yes
Personal Estate Value150
Inferred SpouseMartha Ramsey
Inferred ChildrenMary J RamseyJulia A RamseyWm Ramsey
Household Members (Name)Age
Pinkney Ramsey45
Martha Ramsey30
Mary J Ramsey14
Julia A Ramsey7
Wm Ramsey3

John Ramsey appears to have died as a child. By 1870, two more children had joined the family, Julia and William. At this time, the family of Pink and Martha were the only Ramseys in Rockingham County, or anywhere closeby.

In 1872, Pinkney and Martha are mentioned in the estate settlement of her father, Samuel Apple. 

In, 1880, the family has grown considerably, they are still in Simpsonville, and surprisingly, they were joined by Pinkney's 71 year old mother, Fanny or Frankie Mullins Ramsey. Where had she been? I can't say. Perhaps she was living with a married daughter and recorded under the wrong surname, or perhaps she was missed altogether.

The 1880 census shows the addition of Julius, Walter, Maggie, and Zilmon Ramsey. Martha is 40, and there will be one more son, Robert Lee, in 1882. 

This is the end of the road for the other James Pinkney Ramsey. The turn of the century finds his widow, Martha, living with the family of their daughter, Maggie, still in Simpsonville. 

Ten years later, Martha is still living with Maggie.

Martha doesn't make it to 1920 and it's unknown where either of them were buried.  Martha doesn't have a death certificate, so she probably passed before 1914, when death certificates became common place.

The children of James Pinkney Ramsey, son of Thomas and Frances of Rockingham County were: John, who died as a child, 

2) Mary J. " Mollie" (1854-1910) who married 1st William R Billings, 1 sonand 2nd William A. Pearson, 2 daughters.

3) Julia A. Ramsey (1865- 1927) who married Robert Marion Jones. Eight children.

4) William R Ramsey (1868 - ?)

5) Julius Franklin Ramsey (1872-1948) Married Alice Bailey One son.
Married Cora Jarell, 4 daughters.

6) Walter (1874 - ?) Married Evangie Hudgins.

7) Maggie Virginia Ramsey (1876-1927) Married Charlie Lucas, 8 children.

8) Zilmon Ramsey (1881-1963) Married 1st,  Sallie Tucker and 2nd, Mattie Lou Carter. No children.

9) Robert Lee Ramsey (1882-1944), Grocer, Married Mary M. Kirkman. No children.

So, I've pulled apart the two Pinkney and Martha Ramseys. Now to determine exactly where this DNA match fits in.

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