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John L. Ransom died 1919

John L. Ransom died 1919

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I'm looking for descendents of John L. Ransom. He is the author of Andersonville Diary. Descendents might include family names of Worden and Weaver.

John L RANSOM d 1919

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The 1964 publisher's note in his diary book says: married in Jackson MI, died 1919 age 76. "His only child, a daughter, died in California many years ago"

Re: John L RANSOM d 1919 - Andersonville Diary

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Classification: Query
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Surnames: Ransom
John L RANSOM was b 20 Mar 1843 in Conneaut OH, to Zebina and Mary RANSOM.

In the 1880 census, John was a printer in Auburn NY, living with his wife, Finette E, 31 NY, and their daughter, Kate L, age 11, b Missouri.

In the 1890 census, he appears on the veteran's schedule in Coldwater MI, showing service as a Second Lieutenant in Company A, 9th MI Cavalry, with service from 13 Oct 1862 until 9 Aug 1865. He had heart disease, "resulting in dropsy".

In the 1900 census of Chicago IL, John lived at 5445 Madison Ave with his wife of 8 years, Franc[e]s W, born Nov 1845. She has had no births. Both worked in a printing office. Also in the household is John's daughter, Katherine L, age 26, b Oct 1873 in Missouri.

In 1910, John and Frances still lived in Chicago, at 6142 Madison Avenue. He worked in a Linotype office.

The dates and ages here suggest some fudging, and the reported birthplaces of parents is inconsistent. Kate, age 11 in 1880, is listed as 26 [instead of 31] in 1900.

I have been unsuccessful so far at locating the daughter, Kate, as dying in California "many years [ago]" prior to the 1964 publisher's note. I would also like to identify "Finette E", John's first wife.

Re: John L RANSOM d 1919 - Andersonville Diary

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Classification: Query
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Surnames: Ransom, Wendell, Holway
Hello Mike!

John L. RANSOM d. 23 Sep 1919 in Pasadena, CA (and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena next to Pasadena - see - the name on his headstone is misspelled Ranson). At the time of his death he had resided in Pasadena for four years. His second wife Frances M. WENDELL died back in Coldwater, MI, on 14 Apr 1928.

John m. his first wife, Eliza Finette ("Nette") HOLWAY, on 6 Dec 1866 in Coldwater, Branch Co., MI. She was b. 11 Feb 1847 in NY, the dau. of Daniel and Eliza HOLWAY. She d. 14 Apr 1888 in Coldwater, MI.

Their only child Kate was b. 9 Oct 1868, probably in Hannibal, MO. No further record with respect to marriage or demise. The 1900 census record appears to be in error with respect to the year of her birth.

The above information and more are found in John's National Archives Civil War pension file (WC881-323).

Separately I'll email you my whole John L. Ransom file, which also includes what I was able to find out about his father Zebina and family.
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