m. Abt. 1720
m. Abt. 1746
Facts and Events
Robert Ramsey was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Importation to Orange County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
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:
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
Acquisition of Land in Anson County, NC
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 )
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 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
Notes on Robert Ramsey
Information from Rootsweb.com post of Lee Ramsey (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org):
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 .
In this record, Sarah Ramsey processioned for Robert Ramsey:
AUGUSTA PARISH VESTRY BOOK. ADMINISTRATORS' BONDS. page 434
This appears to be the Robert Ramsey mentioned in the following records in Augusta County, VA :
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.
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.