He came to the US in 1841 with his parents and was part of the Scottish Settlement at Argyle, Illinois.
He passed away in 1913.
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.
"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M64Z-YZ3 : 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.
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