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Re: A Lone Ralston in Savannah
In Response To: Re: A Lone Ralston in Savannah ()

Many thanks for your thoughtful reply, Johan. I, too, have thought that the family name of Ralston must be key to his origins. My presumption has also been that it was his father's last name. I wasn't aware of the "Index to marriage records" microfilm that you refer to, and I thank you especially for that. It's on my "things to be ordered" list.

Spurred on by your suggestions, I've also been poking around in the 1860 census and accompanying slave schedules. I've found exactly one Ralston (Alexander) in Savannah in 1860 and he was a slaveowner, although none of the ages of the female slaves appears to be a very good match with the women of the Lapham household. (I take the mismatches with a slight grain of salt, as people have been, um, known to fib about their ages even when they knew exactly how old they were....) The most tantalizing bit of info is that Alexander appears to have a teen-aged son named George.

But coincidences do abound in the world, and all this has to be treated as a coincidence until I can find something--anything--more solid.

Many thanks again.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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