Tag Archives: Ralston Family

John Ralston Sr’s Digitized Probate File

22 Feb

John Ralston Sr. of Slippery Rock Township, Butler County, PA died in Feb. 1850. His original will and probate file can be seen digitized at familysearch.org:

Click here: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-28935-3326-4?cc=1999196&wc=M99F-446:n1410558651

John Ralston Sr. had eleven children: William, James, Jane, John Jr., Elizabeth (Betsy), Mary Polly, Samuel, David, Susan, George and Elem.

John was born 17 MAY 1776 in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA and is buried on the Old Smith Farm in Slippery Rock. He was married to Betsey Sharp. He was an enlisted private in the War of 1812.

John Ralston Jr. married Nancy Agnes McLane and they settled in Jackson County, Iowa in 1853. Their son Millen Ralston is my great-great grandfather.

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Millen Ralston’s Jackson County Land

16 Aug

My cousin, Al Ralston, was always sending me wonderful items and news on my Ralston Family in Iowa. Al is the son of Harold Ralston, my grandfather Ivan’s brother.

Below is a photo Al took in 1998 of the North Fork of the Maquoketa River, where the Ralston Grist Mill sat.

North Fork of the Maquoketa River

 

Al's note on the back of the photo

 

The photo below is Al’s best approximation of Millen Ralston’s farmland in Jackson County, Iowa. Millen moved to Jackson County, Iowa right after the 1850 US Census, from Butler County, Pennsylvania. He died there 4 APR 1896 and is buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery.

 

Thank you, Al.