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!


Happy Birthday Andrew

Happy Birthday, Andrew!



I don’t have any recent pictures of you, but I have lots of pictures up to and including your wedding!

You were my very first grandchild and grandson! The bond I hold for you can’t be broken. I love you! I wish I could celebrate with you.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Andrew! Please watch over him. Keep Your hand of protection on him as he drives, works, and plays. Help him to know that You love him. He’s a son, husband, grandson, brother, cousin, nephew,  friend, and neighbor. I love Andrew so much and You love him even more!

Happy Birthday, Andrew

Grandkids 20002Happy Birthday, Andrew! My first grandchild! I’ll never forget the day you were born!  I’d never had the feeling before and never quite had the feeling since! The feeling of pride and joy! I was a grandma! Oh yes, I was given 14 more grandchildren, of whom I love with all my heart! But I’m talking about that  first elated feeling of pride and joy! That was 29 years ago and I still remember the euphoric feeling I had when I was told over the phone!

Earlier that day I had the distinct feeling I should pray for Pam (your mother) and I did. Then later, we got the phone call, saying you had been born that day and I knew why I had prayed for her!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t have any recent pictures of you but here is one from a weekend when you surprised us with a visit! What a wonderful surprise! I wish for you a wonderful birthday today.

Heavenly Father, thank You  for Andrew. Please watch over him as he works, drives, plays, interacts with family and  friends. He is a son, grandson, husband, brother, nephew, cousin, friend and neighbor.  Help us to hear from him soon.  I love Andrew so much and You love him even more.