Robert Ralston

Robert Ralston (1826 - 1913)

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Robert Ralston
Born in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Winnebago, Illinois, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Argyle, Winnebago County, Illinoismap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Apr 2018
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Argyle, Illinois | 1850 US Census, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois | 1870 US Census, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois | Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



Robert was born in 1826. He was the son of Gavin Ralston and Jane Montgomery.

He came to the US in 1851 with his parents and was part of the Scottish Settlement at Argyle, Illinois.

He married Elizabeth Andrew in Winnebago County in 1857. [1]

He passed away in 1913.


Jane (Ralston) 1858–1943
Mary 1860–1940
Elizabeth (Brown) 1862–1944
Jane (Brown 1865–1950
John Andrew 1867–1943
Margaret (Greenlees) 1872–1958


From FindAGrave:

Rockford Republic, Monday, April 7, 1913

ROBERT RALSTON DEAD Long Time Resident of Scotch Settlement Near Argyle Died Saturday

Robert Ralston, a well-known resident of the Scotch settlement near Argyle, passed away Saturday at noon, death being caused by the gradual decline of old age. His health had been good up until about three weeks ago when he began failing.

Mr. Ralston was born Oct. 1, 1826, in Scotland and came to this country in 1851, settling in Boone County. He came to Argyle in 1857 and had lived there since. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Andrew in 1857. Mrs. Ralston died three years ago.

He is survived by two [one] sons and four [five] daughters, [Mrs.] George T. Ralston of Caledonia, John A. Ralston of Argyle, Mrs. George Brown of Guilford, Mrs. Robert Greenlee of Winnebago, Mrs. J. C. Greenlee of Guilford and Miss Mary Ralston who has lived at home. He was a member of Middle [Willow] Creek Presbyterian Church.

Funeral services were held this morning at 11 o'clock from the home. Rev. Mr. Pearson of Middle [Willow] Creek church officiating. Interment was in the Willow Creek cemetery north of Argyle. Pallbearers were the following nephews of Mr. Ralston: Edward, William, David and John D. Ralston, John and Matthew Andrew.


  1. "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 14 October 2017), Robert Ralston and Elizabeth Andrew, 19 Mar 1857; citing Winnebago, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,914,041.

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial # 53433945 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 25 July 2018), memorial page for Robert Ralston (1 Oct 1826–5 Apr 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53433945, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) .
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Robt Ralston in household of Garvin Ralston, Caledonia, Boone, Illinois, United States; citing family 20, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

1870 US Census

"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Robt Ralston, Illinois, United States; citing p. 32, family 238, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,688.

Robt Ralston M 42 Scotland
Elizabeth Ralston F 34 Scotland
Jane Ralston F 12 Illinois
Mary Ralston F 9 Illinois
Elizabeth Ralston F 7 Illinois
Jennette Ralston F 5 Illinois
John Ralston M 2 Illinois
Samuel Dewese M 27 Maryland

1880 US Census

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 August 2017), Robert Ralston, Caledonia, Boone, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 6, sheet 391B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0176; FHL microfilm 1,254,176.

Robert Ralston Self M 53 Scotland
Elizabeth Ralston Wife F 45 Scotland
Jane Ralston Daughter F 21 Illinois, United States
Mary Ralston Daughter F 19 Illinois, United States
Elizabeth Ralston Daughter F 17 Illinois, United States
Nettie Ralston Daughter F 14 Illinois, United States
John A Ralston Son M 12 Illinois, United States
Maggie Ralston Daughter F 8 Illinois, United States

1900 US Census

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 September 2018), Robert Rahton, Caledonia Township Poplar Grove vill. (pt.), Boone, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 7, sheet 8B, family 175, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,237.

Robert Rahton Head M 74 Scotland
Elizabeth Rahton Wife F 64 Scotland
May Rahton Daughter F 39 Illinois
John Rahton Son M 33 Illinois
Charls Anderson Hired man M 35 Sweden

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Monument for Robert Ralston, Elizabeth Andrew Ralston and Mary Ralston
Monument for Robert Ralston, Elizabeth Andrew Ralston and Mary Ralston


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