Biography of James Ramage
Ottawa & Sandusky Counties, OH Biographies





JAMES RAMAGE, postmaster at Gibsonburg, Sandusky county, has been a resident of that city for about twenty two years, and is held in the highest esteem by his fellow citizens. He is now holding the office of postmaster for the second time, having been appointed under Cleveland's first administration, and again under his present one.

Abner Ramage, the father of our subject, was born in Fayette county, Penn., and came to Ohio, settling in Holmes county in 1823, where he carried on farming. He was born in 1800 and died in 1861. He was married in Holmes county to Miss Susannah Custer, who was born in Leesburg, Penn., and was a full cousin of Gen. Custer, who was massacred by the Indians on the Little Big Horn, during the Indian troubles in the West some years ago. Mrs. Ramage was about fifty years old at the time of her death. She was the mother of ten children, of whom our subject is the eldest, the others in the order of birth being as follows: Mary, who married John Malone, is deceased; Sarah, who married a Mr. Mitchell, is also deceased; John J. lives in Delaware county, this State (he enlisted, at the commencement of the war of the Rebellion, and served all through the struggle, receiving a severe wound in the hip; he went to the front as orderly sergeant, and returned as second lieutenant; he was with Sherman on his march to the sea. On his return home he served two terms as county auditor of Delaware county, Ohio); Elizabeth died in youth; George is a practicing physician at Jennings, La. (he was an assistant surgeon through the war); William lives in Memphis, Tenn.; Delila married M. J. VanSwearengen, and lives in Illinois; Lydia died when sixteen years old; Hampton lives in Findlay, this State. The Ramages are of French descent, and were early pioneers in America. The Custers are of Pennsylvania Dutch stock.

James Ramage grew to manhood in Holmes county, this State, in his boyish days attending the common schools which were held in log schoolhouses, with puncheon floors, greased paper for windows, and slab seats and desks. He worked on his father's farm until twentyeight years of age, in the meantime, when twenty five years old, marrying Miss Christina Mills, who was born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, in 1831, and died in 1886. This worthy couple were the parents of nine children, as follows: Elizabeth, now the widow of S. C. Bevington, and living with our subject (she has two children - Elsie and Floyd); Abner N., who died when seven months old; Joseph, who died when three years old; Ida, deceased at the age of two years; Elmer, who died when about ten months old; John, unmarried and living at home; Alice, now the wife of P. A. Rust (they have two children - Florence and Dewitt); Hattie, who died when nineteen years old; and Rena, at home.

The subject of this sketch learned the carpenter's trade in Holmes county when he was twenty eight years of age, and followed that occupation until 1861. He then entered the dry goods business at Middletown, Holmes county, and carried same on for four years, when he sold out and went to Mansfield, this State, working at his trade for about four years. In 1873 he came to Gibsonburg, at the time the Pennsylvania railroad was being built, and has worked at his trade most of the time except when acting as postmaster. Mr. Ramage has always been a stanch Democrat, and has been active in promoting the interests of his party. In religious faith, he has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for about thirty years; socially, he belongs to the I. O. O. F., and is a member of the Masonic lodge, at Genoa.

From:
Commemorative Biograohical Record
of the Counties of
Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio
J. H. Beers & Co. 1896


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