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William Ralston (1793 - 1867)

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William Ralston
Born in Southend, Argyll and Bute, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 May 2018 | Last significant change: 23 Sep 2018
17:40: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for William Ralston. [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Gleaner, sailed June, 1842 | Argyle, Illinois | 1860 US Census, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



William was born in 1793 in Southend, Scotland. He was the son of Thomas Ralston and Margaret Picken. [1]

He married Elizabeth Andrew in 1822. [2]

In 1842 he brought his family to the United States. [3]

They were one of the early families at the Scottish Settlement at Argyle in Illinois.

He passed away in 1867.


Janet (McKay 1820 - 1882
Elizabeth (McGeachie) 1827-1899
Ellen (Kerr) 1829–1892
Martha (McGeachie) 1832–1914
David 1833–1876
Thomas 1835–1898
Jane (Ralston) 1838–1907
Agnes (Ralston) 1840–1894
William 1844–1910
Zillah H. (McEachran) 1845–1931


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), William Ralston, ; citing Southend, Argyllshire, Scotland, reference - 2:16BJ0ML, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  2. "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), William Ralston and Elizabeth Andrew, 23 Aug 1822; citing Southend,Argyll,Scotland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  3. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Wm Ralston, 1842; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #53432589 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 05 August 2018), memorial page for William Ralston (5 Jun 1794–17 Sep 1867), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53432589, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) .

1841 Scotland Census 1841 Scotland Census Original data: 1841 Scotland Census. Edinburgh, Scotland: General Register Office for Scotland. Reels 1-151. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Name: William Ralston
Age: 45
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1796
Where born: Argyll, Scotland
Civil Parish: Southend
County: Argyll
Address: Kriackstaffer
Occupation: Farmer
Parish Number: 532
William Ralston 45
Elizabeth Ralston 40
Janet Ralston 15
Margrat Ralston 14
Elizabeth Ralston 13
Helen Ralston 12
Martha Ralston 11
David Ralston 9
Thomas Ralston 7
Jean Ralston 3
Agnes Ralston 9 Mo
Neil Mccaig 30
William Mccormick 15
Neil McCalum 12

1850 US Census

Year: 1850; Census Place: Caledonia, Boone, Illinois; Roll: M432_98; Page: 58A; Image: 329

Welleaer Rolston 57 (William Ralston)
Elizabeth Rolston 50
Jewett Rolston 25
Elizabeth Rolston 23
Ellen Rolston 20
Martha Rolston 18
David Rolston 18
Thomas Rolston 16
Jam Rolston 11
Agnes Rolston 9
William Rolston 7
Zellah Rolson 5

1860 US Census

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), William Ralston in entry for William Ralston, 1860.

William Ralstin 60
Elizabeth Ralstin 61
Mary Ralstin 24
Thomas Ralstin 20
William Ralstin 15
Viella Ralstin 12
Charles Ball 25

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