Jean Ralston was also called Jane. (Parish birth records
show Jean but some family records show Jane.) Daughter of
John Ralston and Isabelle Greenlee, born 16 April 1835 in
Aucharua farm, Southend, Kintyre, Scotland.¹ Married
1 April 1857², ³, to
her second cousin Thomas Ralston
in Illinois, they had seven children.
She died 23 April 1924 at Roscoe,
"MRS. RALSTON SUMMONED AT ROSCOE
HOME.5 ....Resident Here Since
April, 1850.....Roscoe, April 23.....Mrs. Jane Ralston, a
resident of this vicinity since 1850, died at the home of
her son John, two miles south of Roscoe, early
"Jane Ralston was born in Argyleshire, Scotland,
April 16, 1835, and came to
America with her parents when 15 years of age,
(Passenger on bark Charlotte Harrison arriving in New
York from Greenock, Scotland on July 15, 1850), settling
at Argyle. Her marriage to Thomas
Ralston was solemnized in 1857 and the young couple
resided on a farm between Caledonia and Argyle for
several years. Since the death of her husband in 1879,
Mrs. Ralston made her home with her son John
"One other son, P. W.
Ralston resides in Chicago. In addition, she is
survived by three daughters, Mrs. Nettie McNaughton, of
Redwood Falls, Minn.; Mrs. Lizzie McKay, Belleview,
Minn., and Mrs. Martha White of Kiethville, Mo. The
latter was a resident of Rockford for several years. One
daughter and a son preceded the mother in death.
"Mrs. Ralston's death came unexpectedly. A week
ago a number of her local friends joined with her in the
observance of her 89th birthday.
"Several grandchildren also survive her, two of
whom, Kenneth and Thomas, sons
of P. W. Ralston, have made their home with her for
"Funeral arrangements have not been completed. The
Rev. Edgar Smith, of the Argyle Presbyterian church, of
which Mrs. Ralston had been an active member, will
probably officiate at the obsequies. Burial will be at
They had seven children:
- +1) Peter William
(Willie), born 24 Mar. 1858, Harlem Twp., married 6
November 1890 to Hannah J.
McAffee, he died 5 Jan. 1949, Chicago, Ill.
- 2) Janette Brown (Nettie), born 20(?) June 1860,
Harlem, married 7 February 1889 to David
McNaughton, she died 2 September 1926 at Redwood Falls,
Minn.. They had two children.
- 3) Isabelle Greenlee (Belle), born 14 Feb. 1863,
Harlem, married 18 October 1900 to James M. Smith, she
died 27 September 1919 at Rockford. They had no
- 4) Martha (Mattie), born 22 Oct. 1865, Harlem,
married 28 January 1897 to Henry White, she died 31 May
1936 at Salisbury, Mo. They had two children.
- 5) John Thomas (Uncle John), born 28 Nov. 1868,
bachelor, he died 25 June 1945, Roscoe.
- 6) Elizabeth Helen (Lizzie), born 10 Apr. 1873,
married 10 January 1895 to Daniel McKay, she died 14
Feb. 1949. They had eight children.
- 7) Thomas Charles, born 16 Jan. 1876, Harlem, he
died 6 Mar. 1891, Harlem.