John Ramsey, of the Calfpasture, Augusta County, VA
Facts and Events
John Ramsey was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Advisory on Different John Ramsey's in Early Augusta County
There were TWO John Ramsey's that have been confused by some researchers studying early Augusta County, Virginia. This John Ramsey lived on "The Great Calfpasture" and was married to Margaret, widow of Robert Crockett. John & Margaret were in Mecklenburg NC by 1774 when they sell Great Calf Pasture land patented to Margaret Ramsey and Andrew Crockett (Andrew is also in NC and is co-seller).
John wrote his will Aug 4, 1775 naming children: James, William, John, Esther and Rachel. The will was probated 1776 NC. His children all immigrated to the Carolinas with him.
The OTHER John Ramsey (b. abt. 1725, d. 1783 in Augusta County, VA), known as John Ramsey of Beverley Manor, married Mary Black, and was a son of Robert Ramsey and Sarah.
These two families do not appear to be related, unless earlier generations in Ireland can be connected.
Possible Brother of this John Ramsey
It is suspected, based upon their close proximity, that this John Ramsey may be a brother of William Ramsey, who also lived on "The Great Calfpasture" in Augusta County, Virginia).
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land
- Andrew Crockett (Margaret Davis' first husband) acquired a tract on the Calfpasture on 5 Sept, 1749 (as listed below).
- John Ramsey purchased what was known as "Tract 11" on the Calfpasture from John and Ann Miller, in 1751.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's
- Page 74.--10th October, 1774. John Ramsey and Margaret and Andrew Crockett, of Mecklenburg County, N. C., to James Crockett, of Augusta, tract on Calfpasture known by name of entry patented to Margret and Andrew Crockett 5th September, 1749.
Will of John Ramsey
From "Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Abstracts of Early Wills, 1763-1790", Holcomb:
- Will of John Ramsey of Mecklenburg County, being very sick & weak in body...
- to my well beloved sons James Ramsey, & William Ramsey, all my tract of 312 acres & improvements which I purchased of Geo Augst Selwyn, to be divided
- to my son John Ramsey, 150 acres on the dividing ridge of the waters of McAlpins & four mile creeks
- to my son James the horse & mare the goes in his name & two milch cows & two calves
- to my son William the Wilson horse & young bay mare
- to my daughter Esther the mare and her saddle, two cows & calves
- to my well beloved daughter Rachel the bay filly, a good new side saddle & two cows & calves
- to my son in law Thomas Black, L5 proc. money.
- 4 August 1775
- (signed) John Ramsey (seal)
- Wit: James Tate, John Willie, jurat.
- Proved January 16, 1776
[Will Book F, pg. 113-115. C.R. 065.801.24].
Records of John Ramsey in Augusta County
Vol. I, Chalkley's
- p. 56 - Nov. 18, 1752. John Ramsey and Margaret his wife, the late Margaret Crockett.
- p. 59 - May 19, 1753 - Robert Davis, and Executor of Robert Crockett, is about to leave the Colony and begs to be released. John Ramsey who married Robert Crockett's widow is summoned.
- p. 49 - Nov. 28, 1751 - Archibald Crockett, close Robert Bratton and James McCorkle as guardians. The above quardians complain that John Ramsey who married Margaret, relict and widow of Robert Crockett, father of Archibald are wasting the estate.
- p. 51 - May 21, 1752 - Robert Bratton, guardian of Archibald Crockett, against Robert Davis and Margaret Ramsey for detaining part of the orphans estate.
- page 67, 1771 - John Ramsey, Calf Pasture.
- page 46, 1774 - John Ramsey, Pastures.
From Chalkley's as listed in "The Davis Family, with Crockett and Pickens Connections", compiled by E.M. Sharp:
- May 21, 1755 - John Ramseys bond as guardian appointed by the court for SAMUEL, JAMES, ALEXANDER and ANDREW CROCKETT, Orphans of ROBERT CROCKETT.
- 1758 - John McPheeters, guardian of ANDREW and ALEXANDER CROCKETT, Complains their mother who married John Ramsey is wasting the estate.
- 1758 - John McPheeters bond with James Phillips and Robert Campbell as security, as guardian of ALEXANDER CROCKETT, orphan of Robert Crockett.
- August 19, 1758 - John Ramsey intermarried with Margaret Crockett, mother of Alexander and John Crockett.
- June 19, 1764 - John Ramsey chosen guardian by Mary McDonald, 16, John McDonald 14, and court appoints him guardian for Francis, Hugh, Rebecca, William, Elizabeth and Samuel McDonald, all orphans of JOHN MCDONALD.
- Oct 10, 1774 - JOHN RAMSEY AND MARGARET, and ANDREW CROCKETT of Mecklenburg County, N.C. convey by deed to JAMES CROCKETT of Augusta Co. VA a tract on Calfpasture, known by name of early entry patented to MARGARET and ANDREW CROCKETT Sept. 5, 1749.
John Ramsey's migration to North Carolina
- Mecklenburg County, N.C. records show that JOHN RAMSEY, who had married Margaret Crockett, widow of Robert, moved to Mecklenburg later, and he was one of the first Elders of Providence Presbyterian Church, also his stepson Archibald Crockett. However John Ramsey remained in Augusta until around 1763. (Source: "The Davis Family, with Crockett and Pickens Connections", compiled by E.M. Sharp)