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Ramsey, John A.

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Ramsey, John A.
February 25, 2007 05:05PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, ed. 8-B, 1887
Bath County

JOHN A. RAMSEY, a native of Owingsville, Bath County, Ky., was born December
24, 1844, and is a son of William W. and Martha A. (Barnes) Ramsey. William
W. Ramsey was born near Winchester, Clark County, Ky., in 1818; he attended
lectures at the Medical College, Lexington, Ky., where he graduated in 1843,
and subsequently practiced his profession in Owingsville until the time of
his death in 1855. He was a very successful physician, and for many years
before his death a strict member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He
was a son of Alex. Ramsey, who was born five miles from Winchester, Clark
County, Ky., was a farmer all his life, and lived and died in his native
county. Mrs. Martha A. Ramsey, also a native of Owingsville, Ky., was a
daughter of John W. and Ann (Hindman) Barnes. John W. Barnes, a native of
Virginia, settled in Owingsville, Ky., at an early date, where he kept a
hotel for many years. John A. Ramsey received his education in the schools
of Owingsville, and at the age of fourteen commenced clerking, in which he
was engaged until 1866. He then engaged in the dry goods business under the
firm name of Richard & Ramsey, but after a few months sold out and resumed
clerking for six months, when he again engaged in the dry goods trade as
Smith & Ramsey. The latter partnership continued only six months, after
which time Mr. Ramsey clerked until May 23, 1868, at that date establishing
the hardware firm of John A. Ramsey & Co. This firm prospered until January
1, 1870, when it became Ramsey & Goodpaster, and continued under the latter
name until January, 1877, since when Mr. Ramsey has conducted the business
alone. He handles agricultural implements and everything usually to be found
in a first-class hardware store. September 14, 1860, Mr. Ramsey married B.W.
Goodpaster, of Owingsville, a daughter of Levi and Jane (Allen) Goodpaster.
They are the parents of one child, viz: William G. Mr. And Mrs. Ramsey are
members of the Christian Church. Mr. Ramsey is a Master Mason, and has been
Worshipful Master of his lodge two years, representing his Lodge in the
Grand Lodge several times. He is also a member of the I.O.O.F. and of the
Encampment. In politics he affiliates with the Democrats.
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