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My Scottish/Irish Roots

My dad’s side of my family came from Ireland and Scotland, so I have roots there!  This is a picture of my great-grandparents, William and Jane (Ramsey) Williamson, and their son, Andrew Stuart Williamson. William & Jennie Williamson (2) Actually, this picture was taken after they came to America. Andrew was born in Seaford, Delaware. He, eventually, became my grandfather! But going back further we can find out a little more about William and Jane in Ireland.

William’s family lived in Scotland where he was born in 1817. The family moved to Ireland while William was still a boy. They settled in or near Belfast. William became a baker.

Jane Ramsey was born in 1827 in or near Belfast. William and Jane met and were married in 1850. They had a baby girl, Mabel. I have no dates for Mabel, but she lived only a short time and was buried in a cemetery somewhere around Belfast.

The ‘great potato famine’ hit Ireland and hundreds of families left to make new lives in America. Heartbroken, William and Jane left Mabel in her grave and in 1864 boarded a ship for America. They lived first in Seaford, Delaware, where Jane gave birth to their second baby, Andrew Stewart, on September 22, 1865. When Andrew was a year old they made their way west to Iowa, where other family members had settled. William and Jane had two more children, William and Jenny.

William and Jane had moved from Iowa to Nebraska. Jane died and was buried in Bayard, Nebraska. Jane Ramsey Williamson (2)

William returned to Iowa and died in 1902. Grave of William Williamson (2)


Andrew grew up and married Rose Williams. They had seven children. Six children are pictured here with Rose and Andrew. Bessie, Floyd, Eva, Claude, Rose, Roy, Andrew, and Louis.

Scan_Pic0032Scan_Pic0108                                                    One more son joined the family on December 22, 1909.                                                         The youngest, Glen Edgar, shown here, became my father! So there, you now have a short version of my Scottish/Irish roots!


8 thoughts on “My Scottish/Irish Roots

  1. Where is William Williamson’s grave? Seems like I remember seeing it in the Masonville, Iowa cemetery. This history is fascinating.

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    • Hi, Iris! Thanks for asking. I’m quite sure it’s in the same cemetery as Rose and Andrew Williamson. And I think that is the Masonville Cemetery. I think his stone is not too far from Grandma and Grandpa Williamson’s graves. But it’s been a long time since I’ve been there.


  2. You’re back – great! Every post increases your family legacy and – who knows – down the line may pick up the thread with more stories. I’m struck by the sober expressions in the photos back them. I don’t know whether it was true, but I have been told that Victoria-era photographers instructed the people not to smile, but I’m not sure why. Judging from the your father’s young photo, babies did as they pleased!

    Something amusing I noticed: It appears that William Williamson’s name didn’t quite fit on the tombstone, so it was inscribed on the diagonal. Ha!

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    • Thanks, Marian. I took that picture of the tombstone when we were visiting in Nebraska so I know it’s the right one. But you’re right it’s rather amusing.
      I’m working on the next installment of our trip to Ireland.

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  3. You have interesting ancestors, Anita, and I enjoyed your writing about them. The one who was buried in Nebraska caught my attention because many of my family on the Grosenbach side are buried there, in the cemetery in Oxford. Which cemetery is Jane buried in?




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    • Hi, Norma! Thanks for writing. Some of my relatives moved from Iowa to the western side of Nebraska. They settled around Chimney Rock! Bayard, Nebraska is where some lived. My grandfather’s farm is now the suburbs of Scottsbluff! In my records, I have the Bayard Cemetery.


  4. Nice history lesson. Glad you are keeping track of all of this. I guess I shouldn’t complain when you want to visit cemeteries.

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