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| RALSTON Robert
(10/6/1756 - 05/04/1837) 04RAR0
Father : RALSTON *Gavin
Mother : HEYWOOD Hannah
Siblings : John James Jean William * Gavin Hannah Elizabeth Alexander
Married (1): GRIER Anne (17/08/1784)
Issue : Hannah Elizabeth (Bess) Jean (Jane) Anne Gavin William
Married (2): BRYCE Elizabeth (22/02/1796, Dailly, Ayr)
Issue : *Janet Agnes Margaret Mathew John Jane Mary Sarah William
Other Probable Issue: Robert bp Nov 1778 to Jean Armer:
Jean b 22/11/1779 to Jean Brown;
James b 05/08/1783 to Hellen Smith
was born on 10 Jun 1756 in
Dreghorn, Ayrshire and died on 5 Apr 1837 in Logan
Falls, Tasmania, at age 81.
(Note: Some have death at 6/3/1837)
Around 1803-1805 Robert moved to the The Aird, Inch near Stranraer, Wigtownshire. He had sixteen children by two wives and there were probably three illegitimate children born as described above.
Robert and the Amity
Replica of the Amity - now a tourist attraction in Albany WA
The Ralston Family and the Brig
Notes on Roberts children:
Mother- Jean Armer:
Robert Ralston was born in 1778. Baptism: 2 Nov 1778, Dreghorn, Ayrshire. went to America and is thought to have died their without any legitimate issue.
Mother- Jean Brown:
Jean Ralston was born on 22 Nov 1779 in Dreghorn, Ayrshire Baptism: 26 Nov 1779, Dreghorn, Ayrshire. It is not known what became of this child.
Mother- Anne Grier:
Hannah Ralston was born on 21 Apr 1784 in Dreghorn, Ayrshire. Went to America. Married William Hunter and two of her sons, Robert and Manuel came to Evandale, Tasmania.
Elizabeth (Bess) Ralston was born on 23 Nov 1785 in Dreghorn, Ayrshire. Seems to have stayed in Scotland.
Jean (Jane) Ralston was born on 4 Oct 1787 in Springside, Dreghorn, Ayrshire. Probably died before 15/11/1803
Ann Ralston was born in 1789 in Dreghorn, Ayrshire. Baptism: 7 Jul 1789, Springside, Dreghorn, Ayrshire. Probably died before 15/11/1803
Gavin Ralston was born in 1789. Baptism: 7 Jul 1789, Springside, Dreghorn, Ayrshire. Isobel Lenman, grand-daughter of Hannah Ralston, wrote c. 1887, that Gavin was lame and ‘came to America (St Louis or new Orleans)’ with his brother William. She said he and his brother William ‘visited grandmother in New Jersey in 1826, then went to St Louis or New Orleans. They had been in South America and spoke Spanish language.’ In 1907 Jeanette Lenman nee Hunter, daughter of Hannah Ralston and William Hunter, said they were not heard from again and presumed to have died in the American ‘West’
William Ralston. No birth date, probably Dreghorn between 1790 and 1795. He is son of Anne Grier. Although Robert was expecting his sons Gavin and William to join him in Tasmania at some stage, both went to South America, then New Jersey, after which St Louis or New Orleans and then they were not heard from again, presumed to have died in the American ‘West’. Living in 1826 when he and his brother William visited Hannah Hunter (nee Ralston) as recalled by their daughter Jeanette (later Mrs John Lenman, Washington). See notes under Gavin.
Mother- Elizabeth Bryce who died on 18 Jul 1860 in Logan Falls, aged 86. Tasmania.
* Janet Ralston was born in 1798 and died on 24 Aug 1861 in Tasmania, at age 63. (Probably daughter of Elizabeth Bryce as Robert calls her their ‘eldest daughter’). Went to Tasmania in the Amity 1823.
Agnes Ralston was born in 1802 and died in 1868 in Tasmania, at age 66. Agnes married Archibald Thompson. Archibald was a merchant from Edinburgh and had been a business partner of Robert Ralston in Launceston. Agnes went to Tasmania on the Amity 1823
Margaret Ralston was born in 1805 and died in 1886, at age 81. Baptism: 24 Jan 1805, Inch, Wigtonshire. Married Adam Beverage. Went to Tasmania in the Amity 1823
Matthew Bryce Ralston was born in 1808 and died on 11 Oct 1887, at age 79 at Hampden, Deddington, Tasmania. Went to Tasmania in the Amity 1823.Carved Hampden from virgin land.
John Ralston was baptised on 05/03/1810 and died on 27 Sep 1880, at Logan Falls, Evandale, age 70 . Went to Tasmania per ‘Amity’ 1823, first Warden of Evandale, JP, farmed Logan Falls. Married Rachel Wier Hutchison, daughter of John Hutchison, Writer to the Sygnet (WS), Edinburgh, 10 Apr 1844 at ‘Cormiston’, on the Tamar at Riverside near Launceston.
Jane Ralston was born in 1811 and died on 23 Apr 1879, at age 68. Baptism: 16 Dec 1811, Inch, Wigtonshire. Went to Tasmania in the Amity 1823, Never married but much loved.
Mary Ralston was born on 13 Apr 1813 in Inch, Wigtonshire and died in 1895, at age 82. Married William Learmonth in 1837. Went to Tasmania in the Amity 1823. William took up Ettrick in Victoria in 1844 and Mary joined him the following year.
Sarah Ralston was born in 1815 and went to Tasmania in the Amity 1823. Married Thomas Bruce Watson in 1844. Thomas arrived in Tasmania as a cabin passenger on the barque Rajah 22/08/1838 (Scotland).Another cabin passenger on the same vessel was James Learmonth, the younger brother of William Learmonth who had married Sarah's sister, Mary. The vessel left for Sydney on the 19/09/1838 with Thomas aboard but returned to Tasmania before his marriage.
Ann Ralston was born in 1819. Baptism: 11 Mar 1819, Inch, Wigtonshire. Didn't go to Tasmania on the Amity so could have died young
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