Gavin Ralston

Gavin Ralston (1791 - 1867)

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Gavin Ralston
Born in Campbelltown, Argyl, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 May 2018 | Last significant change: 19 Dec 2018
03:07: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for Gavin Ralston (1791-1867). [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | 1860 US Census, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois | Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



Gavin was an early resident of the Scottish Immigrant Settlement in Argyle, Illinois

Gavin was born in 1791 in Campbeltown, Scotland. He was the son ofJohn Ralston and Isabell Brown [1]

He married Jane Montgomery in 1824. [2]

They came to the US in 1840 and were one of the first families at the Scottish Settlement at Argyll.

He passed away in 1867.


Robert 1826-1913
John 1828 - 1896
Galvin 1830-1899
Alexander 1833–1904
David 1835 (died in infancy)
David 1836-1852
William 1837–1872
Martha 1849
Gavin farmed in Caledonia, Illinois

1850 US Census

Caledonia, Illinois[3]

Name: Garven Ralston (Gavin Ralston)
Age: 54
Birth Year: abt 1796
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1850: Caledonia, Boone, Illinois, USA
  • Garvin Ralston M 54 Scotland
  • Jane Ralston F 53 Scotland
  • Robt Ralston M 25 Scotland
  • John Ralston M 23 Scotland
  • Garvin Ralston M 21 Scotland
  • Alexr Ralston M 19 Scotland
  • Davd Ralston M 17 Scotland
  • William Ralston M 14 Scotland
  • Jas Wech M 36 New York

1860 US Census

Caledonia, Illinois[4]

Name: Gavin Ralston
Age: 62
Home in 1860: Caledonia, Boone, Illinois
Occupaton: Farmer
  • Garvin Ralston 62
  • Larrie Ralston 27
  • Alexander Ralston 25
  • William Ralston 21
  • Martha Ralston 11


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Gavin Ralston, 23 Aug 1791; citing , reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,004..
    Name: Gavin Ralston
    Gender: Male
    Birth Date: 23 Aug 1791
    Baptism Date: 25 Aug 1791
    Baptism Place: Campbeltown,Argyll,Scotland
    Father: John Ralston
    Mother: Isabell Brown
    FHL Film Number: 1041004
  2. "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Gavin Ralston and Jane Montgomery, 26 Nov 1824; citing Southend,Argyll,Scotland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  3. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Garvin Ralston, Caledonia, Boone, Illinois, United States; citing family 20, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), Garvin Rulston, 1860.

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #53434870 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 13 September 2018), memorial page for Gavin Ralston (1791–22 Apr 1867), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53434870, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) .

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