my Ralston Family story


Joseph Neely Ralston [1801 – 1876]        Quincy, Illinois Doctor



He was tall and spare in figure, dignified in carriage, courteous, almost too punctilious in manner, clean and precise speech. Self-poised, keen in his perception,  stRalston Joseph Neelyeadfast  in   his  convictions,   sagacious in  counsel., the sturdy virtues  which gave him universal respect, were rooted in a kind and strongly sympathetic nature     which won the enduring love of kindred and the affectionate regard of those to whom he administered.


He was one of the founders and the first president of the Adams County Medical Society, and was at several subsequent periods re-elected to that position. From its organization, in 1850 until the years of his death he generally held some office of honor or trust in the society.


He was keenly aware of the educational interests of his adopted home, and had a leading part in establishing a school in Quincy, now many years ago. Later he took part in establishing Quincy College, under    the control of    the    Methodist  Church, with  which he  was always actively  identified  and  was one of  the  trustees  of  that  institution.


For may years he was an active Mason, was one of the founders of Bodley Lodge No. 1 of Quincy, and participated in the establishment of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, in which body he attained to the rank of Junior Grand Warden. He was devoted to the fraternity to the last, and was buried with its rites.


He served in the City Council in the earlier history of the city when he could do so without neglecting his practice, and only once gave himself a brief respite from professional duties when appointed by the President in 1868, one of the visitors to the Military Academy at West Point. Identified with every movement promising to promote the public welfare, enjoying a leading social position, and always maintaining a large practice, no man in Quincy has ever had so extensive an acquaintance among all classes of people as he.



The History of Adams County, Illinois, 1879, p. 680.