|1. ||Andrew M. RALSTON was born 3 Apr 1830, Brooklyn County, Virginia; died 02 Jan 1897, Sebewa Corners, Ionia Co., Michigan; was buried , Lakeside Cemetery, Lake Odessa, Ionia County, Michigan. |
- Fact: Son of Daniel Ralston and Elizabeth Parks
- Census: 1870, Living in Sebewa, Ionia Co., Michigan
- Census: 1880, Living in Sebewa, Ionia Co., Michigan
ANDREW M. RALSTON.
MRS. ANN A. (CRAPO) RALSTON (1st wife).
MRS. CATHARINE (SPITLER) RALSTON (2nd wife).
This gentleman was born April 3, 1830, in Brook Co., Va., and was the fourth in a family
of ten children, having two brothers and seven sisters. His parents, Daniel and Elizabeth
(Parks) Ralston, were both natives of Virginia, and in 1834 removed to Holmes Co., Ohio. A few
years later they removed to Seneca county, and sixteen years afterwards to Wyandotte County,
where Daniel Ralston died in January, 1867. The latter's wife is still living in the same
A. M. Ralston, at the age of twenty-one, began cutting wood on contract, and for two
years he worked also at the carpenter's trade. In the spring of 1854 he came to Michigan and
purchased one hundred and sixty acres of government land. Dec. 30, 1855, he married Miss Ann A.
Crapo, whose parents were early settlers. To them were given two children,--namely, Gideon D.,
born May 2, 1859, and Florence A., born May 22, 1863. Mrs. Ralston died June 3, 1863, and after
her death Mr. Ralston visited Ohio, remaining four years. Dec. 6, 1866, he married Catharine
Spitler, who was born Nov. 26, 1835, in Fairfield Co., Ohio, and was the fourth in a family of
eight children (two sons and six daughters). The fruits of this marriage have been three
children,--Charles M., born Feb. 23, 1867; Joseph G., born Aug. 15, 1868; Walter E., born June
In 1855, Mr. Ralston purchased the place upon which he has since continued to reside,
with the exception of the four years spent in Ohio. His children were all born here except
Charles, whose birth occurred in Wyandotte Co., Ohio. This place, when purchased by Mr. Ralston,
had about twelve acres cleared, and a small log house had been erected upon it. It is at present
finely improved, and a source of much pride to its owner.
Mr. Ralston is a Republican in politics, and has held the most important offices in the
gift of his townsmen. He is at present township treasurer. Both himself and his wife are
members of the Presbyterian Church.
This biography is taken from "HISTORY OF IONIA AND MONTCALM COUNTIES, MICHIGAN"
by John S. Schenck. Philadelphia: D. W. Ensign & Co., 1881. Page 355. Sebewa.
Andrew married Anna M. CRAPO 30 Dec 1855. Anna (daughter of David CRAPO and Mercy E. SOULE) was born 23 May 1835, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts; died 07 Jun 1863, Sebawa, Michigan; was buried , Lakeside Cemetery, Lake Odessa, Ionia County, Michigan. [Group Sheet]
- Gideon D. RALSTON was born 2 May 1859, Michigan.
- Florence A. RALSTON was born 22 May 1863, Michigan; died 25 Aug 1915, Eaton County, Michigan; was buried , Meadowbrook Cemetery, Muliken, Eaton Co., Michigan.
Andrew married Catharine SPITLER 6 Dec 1866. Catharine was born 26 Nov 1835, Fairfield County, Ohio; died 2 Mar 1912, Sebewa Corners, Ionia Co., Michigan; was buried , Lakeside Cemetery, Lake Odessa, Ionia County, Michigan. [Group Sheet]
- Charles Martin RALSTON was born 23 Feb 1867, Ohio; died 2 Mar 1941; was buried , Lakeside Cemetery, Lake Odessa, Ionia County, Michigan.
- Joseph Grant RALSTON was born 15 Aug 1868, Ionia County, Michigan; died 1 May 1943; was buried , Lakeside Cemetery, Lake Odessa, Ionia County, Michigan.
- Walter E. RALSTON was born 24 Jun 1871, Michigan.