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Rampton and Elliott Families

REEL NO: 311 PAGE NO: 20 REFERENCE: Tobias Caster 26 July 1860; P.O. W
28 143 138  Rampton Edmond  30  M   Farmer  2,500   250  England
29 143 138  Rampton Mary    24  F                        N.Y.
30 143 138  Rampton Frank    1  M                        Iowa
31 143 138  Rampton Antony  36  M   Farmer    230   250  England
32 143 138  Rampton Antony  66  M   Farmer               England
33 143 138  Rampton Mary    65  F                        England

* Anthony RAMPTON
DYSART. - DIED - Grandfather Anthony Rampton, at the residence of his son
Anthony, on Monday last, near the hour of 11 o'clock a.m.  Mr. R. had
arrived at the advanced age of eighty-five year, one month and four days.
On Tuesday his remains were laid away in the family graveyard.  Many friends
of the deceased, including relatives, stood around this sepulcher, and
mingled their tears with the clods that intombed his form.  Being English
born he ever venerated his Queen, as was endowed with the spirit of her
Majesty in giving to the poor, the sick, and the afflicted.  Benton county
had been his home over twenty years.  The place of his death is on the
handsomest homes in Iowa.  We here extend to his family our warmest
sympathies in their sad bereavement.
(provided by Blairstown Library)

In 1854 came to Monroe Township, Benton Co., Iowa, settling on the SE 1/4 of
section 8, which was virgin prairie.  The first known settlers in the
township were the Jonathan Urmy's, who came from Indiana and settled in
Yankee Grove, section 15, in 1853.

When there was need for a burial ground, Anthony Rampton donated a piece of
land on the NE corner of his quarter section to the community, later deeding
it to Benton County for a cemetery.  It has been maintained ever since and
is known as the Rampton Cemetery.  It is here that the members of the first
two generations of the family are interred.

Anthony A. Rampton, with his brother Edmund, entered land in Benton County
Iowa, in the fall of 1854, coming from Detroit, Michigan, where his home had
been since coming from England in 1846.  In 1854 the greater part of Benton
County was government land, scarcely a house was to be found on the prairies
between where Belle Plaine now stands and Brush Grove.

A railroad had just been completed from Chicago to Davenport, there were no
bridges yet across the Mississippi River.  They crossed on a ferry and made
the trip from Davenport to Muscatine on foot, then to Iowa City on the main
road to Marion, forded the Cedar River and to Yankee Grove, stopping here
and there at a log house inquiring the way of immigration.

In 1856 moving onto the claim he had homesteaded two years earlier,
following the vocation of a carpenter.

After moving to Benton County he took up farming but also continued his
carpenter work.

On November 31, 1861, Anthony A. Rampton was joined in marriage to Miss
Phebe E. VanWinkle.  To this happy union seven children were born.
On September 13, 1880, after twenty-six people had been laid to rest, on
this parcel of land that Anthony A. Rampton set aside this parcel of land
for a cemetery; from that day on known as RAMPTON CEMETERY.

* Anthony A. RAMPTON
Anthony Rampton, for many years a resident of Vinton, died at the home of
his daughter, Mrs. W. A. Hamilton, in Paullina, Iowa, Wednesday evening
after an illness of several weeks.  The body was brought to Dysart for
burial and the funeral was held Friday afternoon at the home of George Boyd.
Mr. Rampton was born February 19, 1824, in England.  He came to this country
in 1846, locating at Detroit, where he lived until 1856, when he came to
Benton county to take up the land he had entered in 1854.  This farm still
remains in the family, being owned by Mrs. Geo. Boyd.  He was married
November 31, 1861, to Miss Phoebe VanWinkle, and to them seven children were
born.  The death of his wife occurred in 1878, but he remained on the farm
until 1890, when he moved to Vinton, living here until 1901 when he went to
Paullina to make his home with his daughter and her husband, Dr. and Mrs. W.
A. Hamilton.  The surviving children are Mrs. Anna Sturtz and Mrs. Hester
Boyd, of Dysart, and Mrs. Hamilton.

The older citizens of Vinton and Benton county will remember Mr. Rampton as
a fine man in every respect.  He was a good Christian and an excellent
citizen.   (text provided by Blairstown Library)

* Edmund RAMPTON
The Vinton Review
Vinton, Benton County, Iowa, Thursday, April 27, 1899
At Rest
On Monday morning at 6 a.m., after a long continued illness, Edmond Rampton
passed away.  He was born in Hampshire, England, December 19, 1829, and was
69 years, 3 months and 28 days old.  Deceased came to America in 1848,
settling in Oaklond (sic) county, Mich.  In 1856 he came to Iowa and settled
in Monroe township, remaining there until some sixteen years ago, when with
his wife and family moved to Dysart, where he resided at the time of his
death, April 17, 1899.  Mr. Rampton belonged to the best of English
emigrants and was an honor to both his native and adopted country.  He was
loved for his quiet and industrious habits and pleasant manners.  Dropsy
fastened itself upon him nearly a year ago and in spite of medical skill and
best of care, terminated in his death.  He was a good husband, kind neighbor
and indulgent father.  His eldest daughter, Mrs. DeVane, lived with him as
the time of his death.  The two sons, Frank and Charles reside near Dysart.
The funeral services were held from the home, Wednesday forenoon, conducted
by Rev. Ackem, of Minneapolis, and the body tenderly laid to rest in the
Rampton cemetery.  With the aged wife and sorrowing children the community
bow their heads and drop the silent tear of sympathy.  His work is done, and
well done.  Would that the world contained more men like him and leave
behind them a similar record for industry and honest. - Dysart Reporter
(text provided by Blairstown Library)

* Warren ELLIOTT
    State:  IA  Year:   1870
    County: Benton County   Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
    Township:   Jackson Township    Page:   163
    Database:   IA 1870 Federal Census Index

Elliott, Warren, farmer, Sec. 11; P.O. Vinton; owns 140 acres of land,
valued at $40 per acre; born in Cayuga Co., N.Y., in 1813; he came to Iowa
in 1860, and settled on his present farm. Married Catharine Smith in 1837;
she was born in Columbia Co., N.Y., in 1812; have one child-Mary (now Mrs.
Rampton); lost one-Hannah, born in 1838, and died in 1861. Are members of
M.E. Church; Republican.
Source: 1878 Biographies of Jackson Township, Benton County, Iowa
[Transcribed by Kate Connerth]

DIED. - Mr. Warren Elliott died at his home in Cedar township, on Thursday
the 17th, at the age of 69.  Mr. Elliott was one of the oldest residents of
the county having lived here about 22 years.  He was a most exemplary member
of the Baptist church 40 years; and was held in high esteem as a citizen and
a neighbor.  He leaves a widow, and one daughter, Mrs. Rampton.  The funeral
took place form the home on Friday conducted by Rev. E. English, his pastor,
and attended by a large number of people.
(provided by Blairstown Library)  [buried at Rampton Cemetery - Benton Co.,

Submitted by Lynnette W. McMahon
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