Biography - Charles Ramsey

Charles A. RAMSEY, hardware, Hillsboro, born in Pennsylvania January 8, 1845, son of William H. and Mary (RARER) RAMSEY. William H. was born in Pennsylvania, in 1820, and is a contractor and builder by occupation. His wife, also a native of Pennsylvania, was born in 1825. They are both still living. Charles A., the eldest son of a family of five sons and three daughters, received a good education at Pine Grove Seminary and Academy, and also at the Pennsylvania State Agricultural College. He began life as a clerk; afterward taught school; studied medicine for about two years, but gave it up and engaged in the drug business in Irving, Ill. In 1877, he gave up the drug business in Irving, and came to Hillsboro, where he engaged in his present business, hardware and agricultural implements. He has filled the office of Township Supervisor. In 1862, he enlisted in the Army of the Potomac, as private, and served under Gen. Miles and others, and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major, and afterward to Adjutant. He served till the close of the war, and participated in many hot engagements. In Shelby County, Ill., in 1870, he married Elizabeth Corley, born in Shelby County, July 2, 1849, daughter of B. W. and Lois (WAKEFIELD) CORLEY, natives of that county. From this marriage, they have one daughter - Mary. Mr. Ramsey is a Republican, and a member of the Masonic fraternity. His wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 116.

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