John Ralston the son of Alexander
Ralston and Janet Howie (Huie), was christened 5
November 1789 in Brecklate, Southend¹, Scotland. November 1789 Parish Record. He
married Isabelle(a) Greenlee(s)
19 March 1819, 1819 Parish Record. She was born 1796 in Scotland, daughter of
George Greenlee(s) and Martha Wilson, of Machribeg. She
was a sister of John Greenlee, the founder of the
Scottish Settlement in Northern Illinois. It was this
family who sheltered John Greenlee and helped him in his
escape to the United States.²
They emigrated to U.S.A. in 1850,³ leaving Campbeltown for Greenock and Glasgow to take the ship Charlotte Harrison, under Captain MacKintyre. They left for New York on 6 June 1850 with two sons and six daughters.
During the voyage they passed through a severe storm and were ordered to stay below with closed hatches. They found New York was holding memorial services with flags at half mast and the streets lined with soldiers because of President Zachary Taylor's death on July 9th.
John and his family settled on a farm on Quail Trap Rd. on the north side of the Argyle Settlement.4
John died 14 February 1865, Isabelle died 14 February 1879 in Caledonia Townsip, Boone Co., Illinois