Alexander and Ramsey families papers
Call Number: MS0162
Chiefly correspondence (1860s-1870s) of William Davidson Alexander (1840-1927) of Mecklenburg County; of his wife, Susan Amelia Ramsey Alexander (1843-90); and of her father, James Gettys McGready Ramsey (1797-1884), physician, historian, and entrepreneur of Knoxville. Also includes deeds, estate and guardian records, typescript memoir of Susan Ramsey Alexander, extracts from Ramsey's autobiography, a genealogy of the Ramsey family, and a travel diary/farm journal probably kept by Sue Ramsey Alexander's brother, Robert McKnitt Ramsey (1832-90).
- 1815 - 1940
- 1860 - 1879
- Ramsey family (Family)
.25 linear feet (85 items)
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0.25 Linear Feet
Biographical / Historical
Susan Amelia Ramsey was born on April 23, 1843 to Margaret Crozier and J. M. G. Ramsey. She married William Davidson Alexander (1840-1927) of North Carolina on October 17, 1867. He was the son of Abigail Bain Caldwell and Robert Davidson Alexander (1796-1863). [J. M. G. Ramsey and Robert Davidson Alexander were both grandsons of John McKnitt Alexander; thus, Susan and William Alexander were second cousins.] They had seven children. She died April 13, 1890. Susan's brother, Robert McGready Ramsey, was born at Mecklenburg Place near Knoxville, Tenn., on November 8, 1832. He attended Tusculum College in Tennessee. During the Civil War, Ramsey served in the Confederate Marine Corps and as a courier for several generals and other leaders. He married Mary Margaret Atwell in 1866 in Rowan County, N.C., and died in Huntersville, N.C., on June 4, 1890. James Gettys McGready Ramsey was born in Swan Pond, Tenn., on March 25, 1797, the son of Margaret Alexander (1766-1805) and Francis Alexander Ramsey (1764-1820). [Margaret was the daughter of John McKnitt Alexander of Mecklenburg County, N.C.] He studied at Washington College in Tennessee and the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied medicine. During the Civil War, he served as a surgeon for the Confederate Army. Ramsey also engaged in banking, railroading, and education. He also founded the first historical society in Tennessee. Ramsey married Margaret Barton Crozier (1802-89) on March 1, 1821 and they had 11 children, among them Susan Amelia and Robert McGready. He died in 1884 and was buried near Knoxville. [For additional information, see Ramsey family genealogy list below in box 1:3; Edith Scott, The Story of Two Chairs (1957); Annie K. Blythe Ingram, A Genealogical Record for National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine (1952); and Charles William Sommerville, History of Hopewell Presbyterian Church (1939), pp. 97-98.]
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Alexander, 1991.
.25 linear feet (85 items)
Processed by Randy Penninger, 1992.
- Alexander family
- Alexander, Sue Ramsey
- Alexander, William Davidson
- Knoxville (Tenn.)
- Mecklenburg County (N.C.)
- Railroads -- Tennessee
- Ramsey family
- Ramsey, J. G. M. (James Gettys McGready)
- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate
- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women
- Women -- Confederate States of America -- Social conditions
- Alexander and Ramsey families papers
- Finding aid written by Randy Penninger
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