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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Lewis N. Ramsey, a farmer and stock-raiser of Dry Creek Township, Maries County, was born on the farm upon which he now lives in 1857, and is the youngest but one of the family of six children born to Robert L. and Mary J. (Avery) Ramsey. Robert L. Ramsey was born in Southeastern Missouri in 1809; he was a successful farmer of Maries County many years, where he served as justice of the peace, and died in 1885. His father was De LaFayette Ramsey, a farmer and blacksmith, who was a pioneer of Missouri, was born in 1785, and died upon the farm in Maries County in 1868. Robert L. Ramsey was married three times, and settled on the farm our subject now owns in 1865. Mrs. Mary J. Ramsey was born in Alabama, and is still living in Maries County at the age of sixty-five years. Lewis N. Ramsey obtained but a limited education, and after reaching his maturity managed his father’s farm until 1882. In the latter year he married Cora B., daughter of Micajah and Mary Jane Williams. Two children have blessed this union. With the exception of two years Mr. Ramsey has spent his entire life in the pursuit of agriculture on his present farm, which contains 480 acres; he also owns other land to the amount of 800 acres, a part of which is good bottom land. He feeds and ships considerable stock, and is an enterprising farmer, highly respected by all who know him. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., Vienna Lodge, and in politics he votes the Democratic ticket. Mrs. Ramsey is a member of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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