Mathison, McAdaragh, Currington, Richards, and Ramsey

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Portions of the text on this page is from research by others and not personally verified by me.

Mathison - McAdaragh

Kenneth Mathison married Ann Ross both born approx 1800 - 1810 on Isle of Skye. They moved from Scotland to Belle Creek, Prince Edward Island, about 1840-1842, and from there to Puslinch Twp., Wellington County, Ontario in about 1850. Children of this marriage were: Alexander, Margaret, Catherine, Angus, and Henrietta.

Alexander Mathison born approx 1837 married Mary Galpin at Freeport, Illinois approx 1865. They moved to Letcher, Sanborn County, South Dakota approx 1880. Children of this marriage were: Anna and Frank.

Frank Mathison born approx 1866 in Illinois married Bertha Mills, born approx 1883 in Iowa. This marriage was approx 1904. Children of this marriage were: Donald K., Mable A., Rubert K., Alexander, Walter, Harold, Floyd, and Margaret.

Rubert Kermit Mathison born November 14, 1908 at Mt. Vernon, Davison County, South Dakota married Mabel Blanche Ramsey born September 4, 1913 at Whitewood, Lawerence County, South Dakota. This marriage took place September 1939 at Sundance, Crook County, Wyoming. Children of this marriage were: Joshua Rubert, Richard Clarence, Ula Marie, and Elaine Faye.

Joshua (Bud) Rubert Mathison born July 10, 1940 at Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota married Rosemary Ellen Ball born April 20, 1946 at Redfield, Spink County, South Dakota. This marriage took place on September 16, 1961 at Whitewood, Lawerence County, South Dakota. Rosemary delivered a child, Phillip Anthony Mathison born May 31, 1966 at Redfield, Spink County, South Dakota. Rosemary and Joshua divorced July 15, 1966 at Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota. Phillip Anthony Mathison became Phillip Anthony McAdaragh on December 16, 1969 at DeSmet, Kingsbury County, South Dakota after adoption by Lawrence J. McAdaragh who was Rosemary's second husband. PLEASE BE ADVISED that Phillip Anthony (Mathison) McAdaragh was (is) NOT the son of Joshua Rubert Mathison. PLEASE SEE Court 'Order of Non-Paternity' court file number 95-633 on August 18, 1997 at Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota. DNA testing revealed that Joshua (Bud) Rubert Mathison is excluded as the possible father of Phillip Anthony (Mathison) McAdaragh.

Currington - Richards

Marion Jackson Currington born July 9, 1842 in Macon, Macon County, Georgia married Elizabeth Anne Straughn. Their children were: William N., Beulah, John Andrew, Albert Leroy, Eugene J., Laura, and (Joseph) Bennett.

William Nathan Currington born April 1862 in Alabama married Nina Caroline Hall born December 1858 in Michigan. Their children were Albert born September 1885 in South Dakota, Ruth born Sept 1893 in Custer County, South Dakota, and Stanly born Nov 1896 in Fall River County, South Dakota. Albert was Nina's child from a previous marriage.

. . . . What was Albert's real last name?
. . . . Nina Hall's mother's maiden name was Wendell!

Charles Knox Richards born August 30, 1851 at Guelph, Ontario, Canada married Julia Ann Higgins born March 7, 1857 in Worcestershire, England. This marriage took place in 1879 at Norway, Benton County, Iowa. They had the following children: John, Frederick C., Caroline, Mabel Ethel, Ida Mae, Della Irene, Alice, Clarence and Lester.

Frederick C. Richards born June 16, 1881 at Iowa married Ruth Currington (above) born September 1893 at Custer County, South Dakota. This marriage took place October 19, 1910 at Lawrence County, South Dakota. The only child of this marriage: Eva Madge Richards born August 12, 1911 at Perkins County, South Dakota.

Ruth's father William N. Currington shot and killed his son-in-law Frederick Richards on December 22, 1913 at Perkins County, South Dakota. Shortly after, William N. Currington left that area accompanied by Ruth (Currington) Richards and daughter Eva Madge.

. . . . Where did Eva Madge Richards go?

Ruth (Currington) Richards of Bixby, Perkins County, South Dakota married a second time on November 7, 1915 to Frank M. Ferdinand born approx 1889 in South Dakota. This marriage took place in Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota.

The 1920 US Census at DeLand, Volusia County, Florida shows Frank Ferdinand aged 34 and Ruth Ferdinand aged 28 both born in South Dakota as the whole household and Eva Madge Richards is not listed.

The 1930 US Census at Volusia County, Florida shows Frank and Ruth Ferdinand ages 41 and 35 both born in South Dakota. Frank is listed as a 'merchant - butcher shop' and Ruth is a 'bookkeeper - gen practice'. Also listed is Nina Curinton 'mother-in-law' aged 64 (divorced) and Madge Curington 'sister-in-law' (not 'step-daughter'! -JRM) aged 18 born in South Dakota.

The Florida Death Index lists Madge Currington born August 12, 1912 and passing away February 23, 1993 in Volusia County.

Following are the obituaries for Madge Currington and Ruth Ferdinand:


Date: February 25, 1993
Section: LOCAL & STATE
Page: B6

MADGE CURRINGTON, 80, 991 E. New York Ave., DeLand,
died Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Mrs. Currington was a retired bookkeeper for Sherwood
Medical Industries, DeLand.
Born in South Dakota, she moved to Central Florida
in 1918.
She was a member of Order of Eastern Star Chapter
186, DeLand.
There are no known local survivors.

Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home, DeLand.

Copyright 1993 Sentinel Communications Co


RUTH FERDINAND from our West Volusia Bureau
DELAND - Ruth Ferdinand, 89, 136 N. Stone St., a former
medical technician, died Wednesday at an area nursing
Mrs. Ferdinand was born in Bufalo Gap, S.D., and came
here in 1919. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern
Star 186, DeLand.
Survivors include a sister, Madge Currington, DeLand.
Allen-Summerhill, DeLand, is in charge.


The 1936 City Directory for DeLand, Florida lists an E. Madge Currington of 236 W. Wisconsin St. who worked as a secretary for the offices of the DeLand Credit Association. Other residents listed for the residence were Ruth Ferdinand, a sister, and Nina Currington, mother.

. . . . Madge Currington and Eva Madge Richards ARE the same person!

Anyone with knowledge of Madge Currington or any of her relatives or descendants, please contact me at:
mathison (aatt)

Her long lost cousins would like to hear about her life!


William James Ramsey born approx 1784 died 1859, on May 3, 1805 married Catherine Ann Campbell in Amherst County Virginia. Children of this marriage were: Rachael, Silas, Lewis, Sarah, Joshua, Sophia, Elizabeth, William, George and Mary.

Joshua Madison Ramsey born October 16, 1820 in Rockbridge County, Virginia died January 21, 1897 in Amherst County, Virginia on August 3, 1839 married Nancy Elizabeth Steele, in Nelson County, Virginia. Children of this marriage were: Deliliah, Dabney, Andrew, Susan and Mulvina.

Andrew Jackson Ramsey born Junuary 2, 1845 in Montebello, Nelson, County, Virginia died March 23, 1889 in Nelson County, Virginia on February 1, 1866 married Lucy Ann Ham in Augusta County, Virginia. Children of this marriage were: Charles D, Josephine, Sallie, Rosa, Joshua Andrew, George W., John, Mary and Annette.

Approx 1895 the Ramsey brothers Charles, Joshua, and George left their Virginia home to go out west and become cowboys.

Charles D. Ramsey born approx October, 1868 lost a gunfight to James Field on November 16, 1901 in Sheridan, Wyoming and is buried there.

Joshua Andrew Ramsey born March 4, 1876 in Montabello, Nelson County, Virginia settled near the Black Hills in western South Dakota and raised a family. He died September 1, 1952 at Lawrence County, South Dakota.

George W. Ramsey born approx 1877 at Montabello, Nelson County, Virginia worked as a cowboy and sheep herder in eastern Montana. George broke his arm during the winter of 1943/44 and went to the Black Hills to spend time with his brother Joshua Andrew Ramsey. Joshua A. took George W. back to Montana to work in the spring of 1944. Joshua A. passed away and the rest of the family had no knowledge of where George Ramsey lived and worked in Montana and they never heard from George again.

. . . . Where did George W. Ramsey live and what happened to him ?

The 1910 US Census at Gossett School District, Dawson County, Montana shows a George W. Ramsey born in Virginia working for a Earl and Louise Palmer. The 1920 US Census at School District 12, Richland County, Montana (Richland County was made from a part of Dawson County in 1914) shows a George Ramsey born in Virginia working for a George and Matilda Hill.

A resident of the Sidney Home for the Aged, Sidney, Richland County, Montana, a George Washington Ramsey born in Virginia died on November 14, 1957. His death certificate has no indication who his parents were so at this time there is no proof that he is a brother to Charles D. and Joshua A. Ramsey.

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Tuesday Nov 18, 1957 from a Sidney, Montana newspaper

Obituary - George Ramsey

Funeral services for George Ramsey 97, pioneer ranch
worker, were held at 10 o'clock, Monday morning at
the Cloyd-Gorder Chapel. The Rev. George Sanders,
pastor of the Lonsdale Methodist church officiated
and burial was in the Sidney Cemetery.

Homer Gorder, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Gorder,
sang "The Old Rugged Cross", and "Abide with Me."

Pallbearers were Pat McGrady, Jay Hoyt, Mike Dotson,
Les Williams, Ben Simonson and Bill Hennen.

Mr. Ramsey died of a stroke Thursday in the Sidney
hospital, where he had been under care for some time.

He was born in Virginia Jan. 11, 1860 and was orphaned
at an early age. He was reared in a foster home. He
came to Sturges, S. D. in the 1890's and to Richland
county about 1900. He held jobs on farms and ranches
thruout the years until failing health brought him to
retire and he moved to Sidney in 1947 to make his
permanent home. He had no known relatives.

The Cloyd-Gorder Mortuary had charge of funeral

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The obit fits really well for the George W. Ramsey for whom I am looking. He had no known relatives, born in Virginia, went to Sturgis, South Dakota in 1890's, to Richland County, Montana about 1900, and worked on farms and ranches. The born in 1860 is far off the 1877 birthdate which I have and the "orphaned at an early age" is only partially correct as it was his father only who died when he was young. It is still not positive identification as there are no parents names but I believe that is as close as we can get for now. I will continue to work on it.

Anyone who may have knowledge of the above George Ramsey please contact me at: mathison (aatt)