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David Caldwell Ralston (1823 - 1886)

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David Caldwell Ralston
Born in Southend, Argyll and Bute, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Boone, Illinoismap
Descendants descendants
Died in Harlem, WInnebago County, Illinoismap
Profile last modified | Created 11 May 2018 | Last significant change: 6 Jan 2019
17:05: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for David Caldwell Ralston (1823-1886). [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Gleaner, sailed June, 1842 | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Argyle, Illinois | 1860 US Census, Harlem Township, Winnebago, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



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

David was born in 1823. He was the son of David Ralston and Helen Howie.

He came to the US with his mother in 1842. [1]

He married Elizabeth McNair in Illinois in 1853 [2]

They were part of the Scotch Settlement at Argyle

He passed away in 1886.


John Caldwell 1854–1933
James Reid 1857–1938
David 1860–1863
Daniel 1863–1946
David McLeod 1872 - 1959


The funeral of the late D.C. Ralston was held at his late resident, on Saturday at one p.m. A large number of friends and relatives gathered , to pay their last respects to a kind neighbor and upright citizen. [3]

1850 US Census

Harlem, Illinois[4]

  • Ellen Ralston 75 Scotland
  • David Ralston 27 Scotland
  • Alexander Ralston 41 Scotland
  • John C Ralston 15 Ohio
  • Mary Ralston 13 Ohio

1860 US Census

Harlem, Illinois [5]

Name: David C Ralston
Age: 36
Occupation: Farmer
  • David C Ralston M 36 Scotland
  • Elizabeth Ralston F 29 England
  • John C Ralston M 6 Illinois
  • James R Ralston M 2 Illinois
  • David Ralston M 1 Illinois
  • John Caldwell Brother in law) M 66 Scotland
  • Margarett Caldwell F 50 Scotland (sister)
  • Francis Mc Geachie M 25 Scotland
  • Margaret Hill F 15 Scotland

1870 US Census

Harlem, Illinois [6]

  • David Ralston M 46 Scotland
  • Elisabeth Ralston F 38 England
  • John Ralston M 15 Illinois
  • James Ralston M 12 Illinois
  • Daniel Ralston M 6 Illinois
  • David Ralston M 0 (31/2 mo) Illinois
  • Margaret Rockingham F 44 Scotland
  • Alice Rockingham F 10 Wisconsin

1880 US Census

Harlem, Illinois [7]

  • David C Rolston Self Male 57 Scotland
  • Elizabeth Rolston Wife Female 48 England
  • John C Rolston Son Male 25 Illinois, United States
  • James Rolston Son Male 22 Illinois, United States
  • Daniel Rolston Son Male 16 Illinois, United States
  • David Rolston Son Male 10 Illinois, United States
  • Margret Caldwell Sister Female 70 Scotland
  • Cathrin Lang Other Female 18 Ohio, United States
  • Edward Hinds Other Male 23 IL


  1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), David Ralston, 1842; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .
  2. Original data: Illinois State Marriage Records. Online index. Illinois State Public Record Offices. Name: David C Ralston; Marriage Date: 10 Sep 1853; Marriage Place: Boone, Illinois, USA; Spouse Name: Elizabeth McNair
  3. Daily Gazette (Rockford, IL) 22 September 1886, page 1 GenealogyBank
  4. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), David Ralston in household of Ellen Ralston, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing family 91, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), David C Ralston, 1860.
  6. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), David Ralston, Illinois, United States; citing p. 18, family 132, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,793.
  7. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 August 2017), David C Rolston, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 220, sheet 57C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0261; FHL microfilm 1,254,261

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #53434921 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 24 July 2018), memorial page for David Caldwell Ralston (5 Jul 1823–17 Sep 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53434921, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) .

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