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Peter Ralston (1791 - 1879)

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Peter "Patrick" Ralston
Born in Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of
Husband of — married in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Winnebago County, Illinois, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 May 2018 | Last significant change: 20 May 2018
14:54: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson added Margaret (Ralston) Picken as child for Peter Ralston. [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: The Tay, sailed August, 1840 | Scottish Immigrants to Illinois | Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



Peter was born in 1791 in Southend, Scotland He was the son of Thomas Ralston and Margaret Picken.

He married Janet Brown in 1802. [1] They traveled with six of their children from Campbeltown, Scotland in 1840 to New York on the ship "Tay". [2]

They went to live with Janet's brother, Alexander Brown in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then to Illinois in 1843, where they became part of the Scottish Settlement at Argyll.

He was a charter member and elder in the Willow Cheek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Winnebago Co., Illinois, organized in 1844.

He passed away in 1879.


  1. Original data: Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
    Name: Patrick Ralston
    Gender: Male
    Marriage Date: 21 Jan 1820
    Marriage Place: Southend,Argyll,Scotland
    Spouse: Jannet Brown
    FHL Film Number: 1041076
  2. Year: 1840; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 043; Line: 11; List Number: 614
    Name: Peter Ralston
    Arrival date: 20 Aug 1840
    Birth Date: abt 1785
    Age: 55
    Port of Departure: Greenock, Scotland
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Ship Name: Tay


1850 US Census

Year: 1850; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: M432_134; Page: 382B; Image: 175

Name: Peter Ralston
Age: 60
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1850: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, USA
Peter Ralston 60
Thomas Ralston 23
Charles Ralston 20
Ellen Ralston 18
Jennette Ralston 16
Peter Ralston 13
William Ralston 8

1870 US Census

Year: 1870; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: M593_294; Page: 293B; Family History Library Film: 545793

Name: Peter Ralston
Age in 1870: 78
Birthplace: Scotland
Thomas Ralston 45
Jane Ralston 35
Peter Ralston 12
Genette Ralston 10
Isabel Ralston 7
Martha Ralston 4
John Ralston 1
Peter Ralston 78

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