We are the descendants of William Ramsay born in Dundee, Scotland who came to America in 1730 from the north of Ireland. William settled on Lower Marsh Creek, Pennsylvania near Gettysburg. One of his grandsons, James Gettys, is the founder of Gettysburg. William died in 1777 just after the War for American Independence started. His grandson Francis moved south to Tennessee after the war and built the stone house featured on this page. The house was completed in 1797, the same year President George Washington ended his second term in office. The tune you hear, "Over the Hill and Far Away" is from the same period. Forty-three presidents later it is still standing and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally the house sat on the edge of a 200 acre pond frequented by swans. Consequently, it was named Swan Pond. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. The family held a reunion here in 2004 and this is where our association began.
The purpose of our association is to perpetuate the memory of our ancestors; to honor their part in establishing this nation; to unite and promote fellowship among their descendants; to encourage and provide financial support for historical family research; to acquire and preserve the records and artifacts of our ancestors and to support and help pereserve the historical sites associated with our family. We hope you will join with us.
Midi file created by Barry Taylor