Ramsay Crooks

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Ramsay Crooks

Ramsay Crooks (2 January 1787 – 6 June 1859) immigrated to Canada from Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland He was the son of William Crooks and Margaret Ramsay. In 1803 and he worked in a trading post on the Great Lakes. He helped W. Price Hunt to organize and lead an overland trip to Astoria in the Oregon Country for John Jacob Astor in 1809 through 1813, as a partner in the Pacific Fur Company. He became general manager of the American Fur Company in 1817 and was president of the company from 1834–1859. While traveling for the fur trade company he dealt with many Native American tribes. He married Abanokue, the daughter of an Ojibwa Chieftain. They had a daughter, Hester Crooks. Abanokue died around 1825. Crooks then married Emilie Pratte, they had nine children together. Emily, Marguerite, Virgina, Ramsey, Bernard, William, Sylvester, Charles and Julia. He spent his final years in New York.


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