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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
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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 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.


They had five sons:

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]


  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

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) .

1850 US Census

"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.).

Ellen Ralston 75 Scotland (Helen Mother)
David Ralston 27 Scotland
Alexander Ralston 41 Scotland
John C Ralston 15 Ohio
Mary Ralston 13 Ohio

1860 US Census

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), David C Ralston, 1860.

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

"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.

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 Illinois
Margaret Rockingham F 44 Scotland
Alice Rockingham F 10 Wisconsin

1880 US Census

Year: 1880; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: 261; Page: 57C; Enumeration District: 220

David C. Rolston 57
Elizabeth Rolston 48
John C. Rolston 25
James Rolston 22
Daniel Rolston 16
David Rolston 10
Margret Caldwell 70

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