Thomas Ramsey, Jr. and Rhoda Ann Lavender
Thomas Ramsey, Jr. was born about 1782 in Virginia. He was the son of Thomas Ramsey, Sr. and Martha (maiden name unproven but possibly Goldman or some spelling variation of that). Thomas, Sr. moved the family to Kentucky in the early 1800’s and settled in Garrard County. Thomas married Atly Percith on 23 Feb 1818 in Pulaski County. They had one son, William B., and Atly probably died prior to 1820. Thomas then married Millie Welsh on 12 Feb 1820 in Lincoln County. They apparently had no children and Millie’s fate is unknown.
Rhoda Ann Lavender was born between 1800 and 1810 in Kentucky, probably Lincoln County. She was the daughter of John Lavender. Her mother is unknown. Rhoda married Stephen Bradford Lair on 25 Aug 1829 in Lincoln County. They had two sons, William Thomas and Jerome Burke, and Stephen died sometime before 1839.
Thomas and Rhoda were married on 20 Jan 1839 in Lincoln County. They settled in Rockcastle County and were listed there in the 1840 census. Thomas and Rhoda had three children, Margaret, Joseph Love and Harriett L, between 1840 and 1844. They lived in Mt. Vernon on the corner of what is now Main and Richmond Streets and Thomas ran a blacksmith shop behind the house. Rhoda died sometime after Harriett was born and before the 1850 census was taken. Thomas died about 1852 as that is when he disappears from the Rockcastle County Tax List. By 1860, their oldest daughter was married and the two younger children were living with their half-brother, William Thomas Lair.
Thomas and Rhoda were buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. They do not have markers so the exact location of their graves is unknown.
Thomas and Rhoda’s children:
Margaret E. was born 15 Nov 1840 in Rockcastle County. She married James Francis Taylor there on 11 Oct 1855. They had 11 children and Margaret died on 23 Jun 1892. She was buried in the Ramsey-Taylor Cemetery at Renfro Valley.
Joseph Love was born on 29 May 1842 in Rockcastle County. He married Martha Jane Bryant there on 29 Dec 1862 and they had three children. Martha died in 1895 and Joe married Glathia Jane Coffey on 28 Feb 1898. They had one daughter. Joe died on 19 Dec 1901 and was buried in the Ramsey-Hiatt Cemetery at Renfro Valley.
Harriett L. was born on 19 May 1844 in Rockcastle County. She married John J. Proctor there on 4 Apr 1883. They had no children and Harriett died on 13 Mar 1915. She is buried in the Ramsey-Taylor Cemetery at Renfro Valley.
Thomas and Rhoda were my 3rd great-grandparents through their daughter, Margaret. Click on the links above for sources and additional information, including Thomas’ and Rhoda’s other children. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment here or e-mail me.by