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Robert Ramsey, of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA
b.ABT 1721 prob. Ireland
m. Abt. 1720
  1. Robert Ramsey, of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VAABT 1721 - Abt 1769
  2. Capt. John Ramsey, of Beverley ManorAbt 1725 - Bef 1783
  • HRobert Ramsey, of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VAABT 1721 - Abt 1769
  • WMargaret BeardBef 1728 - Bet 1750 - 1756
m. Abt. 1746
  1. William Ramsey1747 - 1816
  2. Sarah Ramsey1748 - 1809
  • HRobert Ramsey, of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VAABT 1721 - Abt 1769
  • WMargaret MooreBef 1739 - Bet 1762
m. Bef. 1757
  1. John RAMSEY1757 - 1844
  2. Robert RAMSEY1758 - 1844
  3. James Ramsey1761 -
  4. Alexander RAMSEY1764 - 1855
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Name Robert Ramsey, of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1721 prob. Ireland
Marriage Abt. 1746 Augusta County, Virginiato Margaret Beard
Marriage Bef. 1757 to Margaret Moore
Death? Abt. 1769 Anson County, North Carolina

Robert Ramsey was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Importation to Orange County, Virginia

  • 22 Feb 1738/9 Robert Ramsey proved his importation in order to be eligible to purchase land. Source: Orange Co. Order Book I, P. 425

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Image:RamseyRobertBeverleySW340acres.jpg

Robert Ramsey's land (Beverley Manor SW, 340 acres) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Land of his mother, Sarah Ramsey is adjoining this land to the north.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 386.—17th October, 1747. Wm. Beverley to Robert Ramsey, £10.4.0; 340 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to Win. Roberson; to RobL Alexander and Patrick Hays; to Wm. Robinson. Teste: Robert Alexander, Jno. Fulton, Robt. Baird. Proved by Ro. Alexander and Ro. Beard, 18th November, 1747.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 506.--18th August, 1762. Robert Ramsey and Margaret, of Anson County in North Carolina, to James Henry, £70, 340 acres in Beverley Manor, cor. Samuel Huston; cor. Robert Alexander and Patrick Hays; cor. Wm. Purris. Acknowledged and privy examination. Delivered: Samuel Henry, 21st June, 1771.

Acquisition of Land in Anson County, NC

  • April 4, 1756, Robert Ramsey deed to JOHN DAVIS and MOSES DAVIS, all of Anson, for 35 pounds Virginia Currency, 380 acres on Waxhaw Creek, reginning at red oak, including Beard's corner.

Witnesses: John Crockett, Repentance Townsend, Archibald Crockett. (From "The Davis Family, with Crockett and Pickens Connections", http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/p/i/c/John-C-Pickens/FILE/0023text.txt )

  • No. 49 - Robert RAMSEY, 310 Acres, Grant No. 6, Issued March 31, 1753, Book No. 2, Page No. 21. Location: N side of CATAWBA River on the fork of S Fork of TWELVE MILE Creek above an INDIAN path. (From Anson County Warrants, Surveys and Related Documents, http://www.fmoran.com/wilkes/anson1.html )

There were two different Robert Ramsey families in Early Augusta County

Notes from Delijim:

This Robert Ramsey is known as "Robert Ramsey of Beverley Manor", and has been sometimes confused with another Robert Ramsey, known as "Robert Ramsey of the Great River of Cow Pasture" in Augusta County, Virginia. This Robert married Margaret Beard, daughter of Thomas Beard and Jean McNutt of Augusta County, VA. Robert and Margaret migrated to Anson County, North Carolina before 1762 as indicated in Augusta County, VA records, when the sold 340 acres in "Beverley Manor" to James Henry. Some researchers believe that Margaret Beard, the wife of Robert Ramsey may have died about 1754 (which seems to explain the 7-year gap between his 3rd and 4th children), and supposedly he married another Margaret (probably Margaret Moore according to some researchers), but more research is necessary to prove the second marriage.

Account of Robert Ramsey's migration to North Carolina

But while these men, between 1751 and 1753, were establishing claims under the South Carolina government, another and larger group was settling in the Waxhaws, In 1751 Andrew Pickens, Robert Ramsey, Robert and William Davies, John Linn and James Moore applied to the governor and council of North Carolina for warrants in Anson County, then the westernmost of the counties in the unsurveyed portion of the southern border. Pickens applied for eight hundred acres, Ramsay seven hundred, and Robert Davies six hundred. Pickens became captain of an Anson County militia company, a roll of which, apparently made in 1754 listed sixty-one privates beside his subordinates, Lieutenant Robert Ramsey, Ensign John Crockett, three sergeants, and five corporals.(8) Of the entire troop thirty-two appear in the South Carolina or North Carolina records as landholders in the Waxhaws prior to the Revolution. (From "The Waxhaws", by Robert Meriweather, Meriwether, Robert L. Expansion of South Carolina 1729-1765.) (Kingsport TN, Southern Publishing Company, 1940, CHAPTER XI THE WAXHAWS AND UPPER WATEREE)



Clue to possible will of Robert Ramsey

(Note: Greensboro is in Guilford County, NC, which is not in close proximity to Anson County, where this Robert Ramsey was located in the late 1750's, this is probably not this Robert Ramsey)

From Greensboro, North Carolina records, 1799:

  • On motion of Doncon Cameron Esqr. The Non Cusrictive[?] Will of Robert Ramsey is admitted to Record

on due proof being made and Administration is also Granted on the said Estate of Thomas McCallack who entered into Bond in the sum of L 100 with John Stephenson Security

  • An Inventory of the Estate of Robert Ramsey Decsd is returned by the Executor

Notes on Robert Ramsey

Information from Rootsweb.com post of Lee Ramsey (e-mail: lkramsey@comcast.net):

Robert Ramsey of Beverley Manor

Robert Ramsey of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA married Margaret Beard. They settled in the Beverley Manor by 1742; and removed to Anson County, NC before 18 Aug 1762, which date Robert Ramsey and Margaret of Anson County, NC conveyed to James Henry 340 acres in Beverley Manor, adjacent to Samuel Huston, Robert Alexander, Patrick Hays and William Purris. This is most likely the same 340 acres that was sold to Robert Ramsey by William Beverley on October 17, 1747 in the following transaction:

Page 386.—17th October, 1747. Wm. Beverley to Robert Ramsey, £10.4.0; 340 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to Win. Roberson; to RobL Alexander and Patrick Hays; to Wm. Robinson. Teste: Robert Alexander, Jno. Fulton, Robt. Baird. Proved by Ro. Alexander and Ro. Beard, 18th November, 1747.

Robert Ramsey's mother may have been Sarah Ramsey, who was widowed by 1753, the year she conveyed 309 acres adjacent to Robert Ramsey in Beverley Manor to John Fulton. Sarah Ramsey was an early settler in the Beverley Manor, and her land deed there was recorded in Orange County, VA in 1742. Augusta County, VA was not organized until 1745. There is also the question of whether Robert Ramsey was a brother of Capt John Ramsey of Beverley Manor. John Ramsey was also in Beverley Manor by 1742 and died in Augusta County, VA in 1783. His wife, Mary, died in 1786.

Robert Ramsey's wife was Margaret Beard, the daughter of Thomas Beard, who left his will in Augusta County, VA 15 May 1769, providing a gift to Robert Ramsey and his children - "testator's grandchildren." Margaret Ramsey was not named in her father's will, inferring her death prior to May 1769. Robert Ramsey was one of the first elders of the Waxhaw Presbyterian Church, located near the mouth of the Waxhaw Creek, a tributary of the Catawba River. Robert and Margaret Ramsey's settlement in the Waxhaws was located in the far, southern end of the original Anson County, NC. The Waxhaw settlement land was taken into Mecklenburg County, NC in 1763, and later a portion fell into Union County, NC and a portion became apart of South Carolina .



The following records seems to indicate that "widow" Sarah Ramsey was probably the mother of this Robert Ramsey:

In this record, Sarah Ramsey processioned for Robert Ramsey:

AUGUSTA PARISH VESTRY BOOK. ADMINISTRATORS' BONDS. page 434

  • Vol. 2 - Page 17.--James Fulton and John Mitchell make returns, viz: 1748, 26th March, processioned for Samuel Doak, present Samuel Braford; processioned for John Mitchell, present Samuel Doak; processioned for Samuel Braford, present Samuel Doak; processioned for John Buchanan, present James Cowen; processioned for Martha Mitchell (widow), present John Buchanan; processioned for James Cowen, present David Mitchell; processioned for David Moor, present Jas. Cowan; processioned for Robert Wilson, present Andrew Alexander; processioned for Andrew Alexander, present Robert Wilson; processioned for Patrick Campbell, present Joseph Reed; processioned for Joseph Reeds, present Chas. Campbell; processioned for Chas. Campbell, present Pat. Campbell; processioned for Patrick Hays, present Wm. Robinson; processioned for Robert Alexander, present ROBERT RAMSEY; processioned for ROBT. RAMSEY, present Pat. Hays; processioned for SARAH RAMSEY (widow), present ROBT. RAMSEY; processioned for John Lockhart, present Pat. Hays; processioned for Thos. Beard, present John Lockhart; processioned for Samuel Wilson, present Robert Wilson; processioned for David Doak, present Samuel Wilson; processioned for Eleanor Mitchell (widow), present Robert Wilson; processioned for John Teats, present Thos. Beard; processioned for James Linn, present Samuel Doak; processioned for John Brownlee, present Wm. Smith; processioned for George Breckinridge, present, ---- Breckenridge; processioned for James Robinson, present Anthony Black; processioned for Anthony Black, present Jas. Robinson; processioned for Wm. Robinson, present ---- Robinson; processioned for Jas. Fulton, present Alex. Brownlee; processioned for Samuel Steel, present John Fulton


  • Page 385.—15th August, 1753. Sarah Ramsey, widow, to John Fulton. 309 acres in Beverley Manor, cor. Robert Ramsey. Teste: Hugh Fulton, David Hay, Robert Ramsey, Jno. Kerr.


This appears to be the Robert Ramsey mentioned in the following records in Augusta County, VA :

  • 22 Feb 1738/9 Robert Ramsey proved his importation in order to be eligible to purchase land. Source: Orange Co. Order Book I, P. 425
  • Page 294.—13th August, 1747. William Beverley to Robert Alexander, £9.9.0; 314 acres in Beverley Manor; Patrick Hays' line; corner Robert Ramsey. Witnessed and proved as above.
  • Page 386.—17th October, 1747. Wm. Beverley to Robert Ramsey, £10.4.0; 340 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to Win. Roberson; to RobL Alexander and Patrick Hays; to Wm. Robinson. Teste: Robert Alexander, Jno. Fulton, Robt. Baird. Proved by Ro. Alexander and Ro. Beard, 18th November, 1747.
  • Page 492.—27th February, 1749. Same to William Robinson, 380 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner Robert Ramsey, patent line. Corner Patrick Hays. Teste: Andrew McCord, William Robison, Andrew Duncan.
  • Page 568.—28th February, 1749. Same to Robert Steel, 309 acres in Beverley Manor; corner Robert Alexander and Robert Ramsey; corner Nathaniel Steel; James Fulton's line; corner Samuel Steel. Teste: Samuel Steel, John McClure.
  • Page 362.—20th May, 1752. William Robinson and Martha to Samuel Houston, 380 acres. In Beverley Manor; corner Robert Ramsey; corner Patrick Hays. Teste: John Huston, John Pery, John Huston.
  • Page 292.—15th May, 1753. Samuel Houston to John Sprowl, 194 acre* in Beverley Manor on Beverley Manor and Borden's lines; John Montgomery's line; corner Patrick Hays; corner Robert Ramsey, part of 380 acres purchased by Samuel from Wm. Robinson. Teste: Thomas Paxton, James Edmiston, Francis Beatey.


These records indicate that Robert and Margaret Ramsey were in Anson County, North Carolina in 1756 and sold their land in Augusta County, VA in 1762:

McBEE's ABSTRACTS of ANSON RECORDS show: p. 216:

"William Beard of Anson, sold to ROBERT DAVIS, for 30 pounds Virginia Currency, 300 acres on Waxhaw Creek. April 24, 1756. Witnesses: John Crockett, Robert Ramsey, Repentance Townsend."

On the very same day, Robert deeded part of this land as follows: "for natural love and affection for ALEXANDER CROCKETT, 202 acres."

ANSON MICROFILM: Feb. 22, 1754. William Pickens and Archibald Crockett were witnesses of a James Larrimore deed.

April 4, 1756, Robert Ramsey deed to JOHN DAVIS and MOSES DAVIS, all of Anson, for 35 pounds Virginia Currency, 380 acres on Waxhaw Creek, reginning at red oak, including Beard's corner. Witnesses: John Crockett, Repentance Townsend, Archibald Crockett.

Page 506.—18th August, 1762. Robert Ramsey and Margaret, of Anson County in North Carolina, to James Henry, £70, 340 acres in Beverley Manor, cor. Samuel Huston; cor. Robert Alexander and Patrick Hays ; cor. Wm. Purris. Acknowledged and privy examination. Delivered: Samuel Henry, 21st June, 1771.


This MAY be the Robert Ramsey that received a land grant in North Carolina, in the Catawba River area in 1752:

There were 11 land grants in the Catawba River Valley in 1752: Robert Ramsey, William Robinson, Robert Ramsey, David Templeton, Thomas McHonny, Edward Griffin, James Harmer, Andrew Alllison, John Battey, Evan Lewis, and Thomas McHonny. (Source: McAfee’s & Allied Families in the Catawba River Valley)


This MAY be the Robert Ramsey that was listed as an executor of David Steele's will, but refused to execute:

Page 64.—14th September, 1747. David Steele's will—Farmer, son Robert, plantation; wife; son, Nathaniel; daughters, Martha Teas, Isabella McCluer, 5 shillings; daughters, Rebecka, Jannet. Executors, Samuel Doak and Robert Ramsey; refused to execute. Teste: Wm. Steel, Geo. Braken- ridge, Robert Alexander. Proved, 18th November, 1747, by Brakenridge" and Alexander.

Page 383.—17th October, 1747. Wm. Beverley to Samuel Steel, £17.14.0; 590 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to James Huston; David Steel's land; corner to Robert Alexander; corner to Patrick Hayes. Teste: Robert Alexander, Robert Ramsey, John Fulton. Proved by two Roberts, 18th November, 1747. Proved by John, 22d August, 1766.


Also, may be the same Robert Ramsey that was a testator for the will of Robert Fulton, along with his father in law, Thomas Beard:

Page 511.—18th July, 1752. James Fulton's will, farmer—Son, Hugh, 250 acres joining Samuel Steel's line. One horse died in New England, and 1 horse died here. Son, James, to take care of the widow for her life. Son, William. James to take care of the 2 young boys, David and Thomas, and 3 daughters, Elizabeth, Elliner, and jane. Son, John. To daughter, Elizabeth, a mare brought from New England. Son, David. Wife, Sarah, and son, Hugh, executors. Teste: Robert Ramsey, Thomas Beard, Robert Alexander. Proved, 15th August, 1753, by all witnesses, and executors qualify with sureties John Brownlee, Thos. Beard.