This was not what I was expecting when I searched Maryland newspapers for members of my Rampley family. Finding items in classified advertisements can be helpful as it documents a person’s existence in a time and place.
I’m not so certain having a horse named after a relative is quite as helpful.
I’m also not certain if the horse was named after a specific “John Rampley” or not. I’ll have to review my files as John was not one of those first names really favored by the Maryland branch of the family during this time period–James, William, and Thomas seemed more their style.
Given the unique nature of the last name and the fact that this horse was a Harford County resident there is likely a connection between the person who named the horse and some member of the Rampley family. Maybe.
I’m just not going to be looking for a birth certificate.