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Ralston, John

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Ralston, John
March 13, 2007 06:39PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed.,
1887, Gallatin Co.

JOHN RALSTON, a native of Wayne County, Ohio, was born May 20, 1849.
His father, Samuel Ralston, a native of Pennsylvania, was born near
Pittsburgh about 1812, and was a wagon maker. He removed to Wayne
County, Ohio, when quite young, and lived on a farm until 1859; he then
removed to near Defiance, where he resided until the breaking out of
the late civil war, when he enlisted in the Federal Army, Company E,
Sixty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. McGroorty; was
detailed as a mechanic at Bridgeport, Ala., where he remained until the
close of the war, and was discharged at Louisville in 1865. His family
in the meantime had removed to Ashland County, Ohio, and shortly
afterward removed to Dayton, Ohio, and shortly afterward removed to
Dayton, Ohio, where he died in 1867. He married Maria Adams, of
Virginia, who bore him three sons, the subject of the sketch being the
youngest. Robert Ralston, the grandfather of John Ralston, was a
native of Scotland, who, about 1808, settled on a farm in Pennsylvania,
where he died. John Ralston has been a farmer principally all his
life. He enlisted in the Federal Army in September, 1864, in Company
D, Twenty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under the command of
Lieut.-Col. Horton, who took part in the battle of Honeyhill, S. C.,
and all of the battles on the line of the Charleston & Savannah
Railroad. He was wounded at the battle of Packalatigo, S. C., and
was mustered out shortly after Gen. Lee's surrender, but remained in
the hospital until August, 1865. He was educated at Vermillion
Institute, Hayesville, Ashland Co., Ohio. In 1867 he removed to
Gallatan [sic], Ky., and was married, August 10, 1869, to Ann M. Ellis,
daughter of Thomas Ellis, and a native of Gallatin County. The birth
of one daughter followed their union, Susan J. (deceased). Mrs.
Ralston died October 30, 1870, a consistent member of the Baptist
Church. Mr. Ralston was next united in marriage to Sallie A. Ellis, a
sister of his first wife, September 15, 1871. The birth of three sons
followed this union: James T., Samuel C. and William. Mr. Ralston is a
Republican, a member of the Baptist Church, and owns and resides upon a
farm of 100 acres in Glencoe District.

Ralston Adams Ellis
Wayne-OH Ashland-OH VA PA AL Scotland

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