Ancestral Clues and Connections: Christianna (DeMoss) Rampley

Christianna (DeMoss) Rampley was born in the later 1770s, probably in what is now Harford County, Maryland. She married Thomas Johnson Rampley in 1800 and died after 1830, probably in Coshocton County, Ohio. Some things I’ve learned from researching Christianna:

  • the importance of somewhat unusual names. While Christianna is not the most unusual name, it was also noticed in a family whose last name was the same as one of Christianna’s grandmothers. Further research into this family resulted in a possible connection to Christianna herself.
  • sometimes widows have to buy their deceased husband’s property from the estate. Christianna purchased some of her family’s household goods at auction from her husband’s estate.
  • sometimes you will not find a death date. Based upon census records, Christianna probably died in the 1830s. Given the time period, the location, her relative financial condition, and all the materials that have been referenced, it is unlikely that a death date will be discovered for her (unless a diary, Bible, or family letters turn up). Sometimes precise dates cannot be determined.

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