SAMUEL S. RAMSEY GEDCOM, a member of the firm of Walton & Ramsey, general merchants of Grand View, was born in Tennessee in 1850, being the second child of a family of five children. His parents were John L. and Barbara (Frazier) Ramsey, natives of Virginia and South Carolina respectively, but who came to Tennessee before their marriage. The paternal grandfather of our subject came to America from Scotland in about the year 1785 and settled in Virginia. He fought in the war of 1812 on the American side. He married Isabella Scott, in Rockbridge county, Virginia, in 1795, moving, in 1806, to East Tennessee. They raised a family of four boys and two girls: Samuel M., born in 1803, was a farmer; James, born in 1805, was a minister of the old-school Presbyterian Church; William, born in 1807, was also a minister of same denomination; Jane, born in 1810, never married; Mary, born in 1812, married John Sheerly; and John L., father of our subject, born in 1814, was a farmer. Most of their descendants now reside ill Tennessee.
The maternal grandparents were early settlers of South Carolina, and the grand-mother's maternal family came originally from Germany, while the paternal grand-father's family was from Scotland. Mr. Frazier's father, Samuel Frazier, was of Scotch-Irish descent, and came to America and settled in South Carolina, before the Revolution and followed General Francis Marion through the entire war. After that contest had closed, he removed to Greene county, Tennessee, where, in 1806, he married Barbara Gibbs, a daughter of Nicholas Gibbs, formerly of Germany. Mr. Gibbs, served during the whole seven years of the Revolutionary war, and was with General Jackson throughout the Indian wars, and was in command of a battalion at the battle of the Horse Shoe.
Mr. and Mrs. Frazier reared a family of eleven children: George W., born in 1807; Rebecca, born in 1808, married T. A. Moore, and died in 1882; Paulina, born in 1810, married R. R. Gist, and died in 1857; Nicholas G., born in 1812, was twice a member of the Tennessee Legislature, and was a distinguished physician: he died in 1850; Ann, born in 1814, married Valentine Allen; Sarah J., born in 1817, married Henry Love, who died in the Mexican war of 1846-'47, and she afterward married Joseph Parks, who died in the Civil war, a Confederate soldier; Julia Emily, born 1819, married M. H. Whaley; Abner White, born in 1821, served through the Mexican war of 1846-'47, and the Civil war; Mariah Louisa, born 1824, never married; Barbara S., mother of our subject, born in 1826, married John L. Ramsey; Beriah, Jr., born in 1832, was a Cumberland Presbyterian minister of high rank, was Chaplain of the Third Tennessee Regiment, Confederate Army, and died at Gainesville, Texas, in 1872.
John L. Ramsey is a farmer, and at present resides in Tennessee, aged seventy-eight years. On coming to the State in his younger days, he joined the United States troops in fighting the Indians in Alabama and Florida, and in 1863 espoused the cause of the South, serving until the cessation of hostilities. He participated in many hard. fought battles, being Orderly of the company to which he was attached. He belonged to the Army of the Tennessee, and was at Chickamauga, also at Atlanta, during the forty days' fighting in and around that place. His regiment surrendered at Greensboro, North Carolina, after which he immediately returned to those duties which he had laid aside in 1863 in order to fight for his native country. He has always been a farmer. He and the mother of our subject reared a family of three children; William, deceased; Samuel S., our subject; and Louisa, deceased, wife of L. P. Black. Mrs. Ramsey died in 1858, aged thirty-two years; two years afterward, in 1860, Mr. Ramsey was married to Mrs. Denirah Ahart (nee Wilson). Mrs. Ramsey's great-grandfather, James Wilson, was formerly from Scotland, and settled in Pennsylvania. He was a Colonel in the Revolutionary war, a member of the Continental Congress, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a Supreme Judge of the United States Court. The family have figured prominently in the history of our country. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey have had two children, James, of Rockwood, Tennessee, and Belle, deceased, who married L. M. Bruden.
The paternal grandmother of our subject was a Miss Scott, whose family was among the earliest settlers of America. Her brothers served in the war of Independence, and Captain William Scott, of Virginia, mentioned in the histories of our country's struggle for independence, was her brother. He was also a recruiting officer in the war of 1812, and died in 1840, aged 100 years.
Samuel S. Ramsey received his education in the common schools of his native county, in Tennessee, afterward attending the Cumberland University, at Lebanon, Tennessee. Leaving school at the close of his junior term, he returned home, and engaged in mercantile pursuits at Washington and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He continued in this business until 1878, when he came to this State and this locality. He arrived in this village in August of that year and purchased some property, on which he engaged in farming and in mercantile business. He continued alone in the latter occupation until 1888, when the present firm of Walton & Ramsey was formed. This firm carried some $15,000 worth of stock, consisting of dry goods, boots, shoes and groceries, together with a large line of farm machinery. They do the largest supply business of all the houses in the village, the sales averaging from $40,000 to $50,000 annually. They employ three salesmen, besides each partner doing his share of work, which makes five men, who are all kept busy most of the time. Besides this he is interested in agricultural pursuits, and owns a fine farm adjoining the village containing 200 acres, 140 acres of which are in a high state of cultivation. Here he has built a handsome residence, with commodious barns for his grain and stock, besides other modern improvements. His wife was the original owner of the land on which the town of Grand View is built, having sold the first lot in the place.
Mr. Ramsey was married, in 1881, to Miss Adella Scurlock, of this county, who is a daughter of James F. and Rebecca (Criner) Scurlock. (See sketch of A. C. Scurlock, of Cleburne). They have five children: Lon, a daughter; Samuel, Raymond, Due and Russel. Mr. Ramsey is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and Mrs. Ramsey belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He affiliates with Grand View Lodge: No. 256, I. O. O. F., of which he is Noble Grand. He was elected Alderman from his ward in the last election, on April 6, 1892.