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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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John P. Ramsey (deceased) was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1821, and is of Irish descent. At the age of fourteen he came to Washington County with his parents, here grew to manhood, and was here united in marriage to Miss Permelia A. Tennyson, daughter of Solomon Tennyson. She was also born in Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1823, and came with her parents to this county in 1830. Mr. Ramsey was a very hard worker, and on coming here, by his own industry, accumulated considerable property. At the breaking out of the war he answered the first call made for State troops, and afterward served in the militia. He was a Whig before the war and afterward a Republican. He died in 1880, but his wife is still living and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He, too, was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In their family were three children, two sons and one daughter. One son, P. T., was born in Washington County, in 1844, educated in the common schools and in the Commercial College at St. Louis. Having farmed until 1882, he opened a store at what is now Sunlight. In 1885 he succeeded in getting a post office at his store, known as Sunlight, an effort that had previously failed. The same year he was appointed postmaster, and has held the position ever since. In 1864, at the close of the war, he married Miss Eliza Tennyson, who was born in Washington County in 1844, and who bore him six children, five now living: Ulysses S., John M., Effie E., Essie M. and Bessie P. He is a Greenbacker in his political views, and a good citizen. In connection with his store he has a farm of 180 acres, the greater part of which he has made by his own efforts. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., and has been a resident of this county for forty-four years. He deals to some extent in stock, and is accounted a good business man. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey and their oldest children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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