I am back again for another set of documents from my Ancestry.com shoebox. This week I will be focusing on Jane Ramsey. She is one of the few 4th great grandmothers I have identified on my family tree.
I had two documents that had been saved to my shoebox. This was a first round of searches after identifying Jane Berry as the mother of Amner Caroline Ramsey. I made the connection from A. Caroline’s death certificate. The first saved item was the Ramsey family in the Iowa State Census in 1856. They were enumerated in Washington Township, Appanoose County, Iowa with the last name Ramsay. (A common name variation) Jane is listed second on the list just under her husband Joseph. She is 52 at the time. Also listed are most of her children: Robert, Sarah, Caroline, Joseph, and William.
The 1856 Iowa State census is fascinating because it has many questions about the land the families were working. The Ramsey family was living on 140 acres. Sixty of these acres were improved land for farming. They harvested 100 bushels of spring wheat, 300 bushels of oats, and 1000 bushels of corn the prior year. They also sold 24 hogs for $75 and 7 cattle for $45.
The second item in my Ancestry shoebox was the 1870 US Federal Census Mortality Schedule. Jane died the same year as the census so she was listed in the mortality schedule with more information.
Jane Ramsey passed away 18 march 1870 in Washington Township, Appanoose County, Iowa. Her husband is found in the 1870 census living with his son Robert a few short months after Jane’s death.
A bonus of saving these records to my computer is that I noticed in the right hand column of the image reader a list of suggested records on Ancestry.com. One of the suggestions was an entry at www.FindAGrave.com. I checked it out and it seems to be my Jane. I have saved the information to my computer. I have also contacted the person who maintains the memorial because I think we may be distantly related.
I checked my digital files and found that I already had the 1850 and 1860 federal census enumerations for the Ramsey family. I need to make a research plan for this family. There is a lot of information that I do not know about them.