Author Archives: Kristen James Eberlein

Rose Ramsay James, church bookseller

Rose Ramsay James, church bookseller

Services for Mrs. Rose Ramsay James, 84, founder and former director of the Book Table at Christ Church Cranbrook, will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the church, 470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills.

Mrs. James, a resident of Bloomfield Hills, died Saturday at the Georgian Bloomfield Home.

In 1955, Mrs. James founded the Book Table, a volunteer-run organization in the basement of Christ Church whose profits go to the Episcopal Diocese. She directed the organization for 15 years.

She was also a member of Birmingham’s Junior League, the American Red Cross, and the Bloomfield Hills Country Club.

She is survived by a son, William R. James, general manager of radio station WJR in Detroit; a daughter, Patricia James Eberlein of Buffalo; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Wm. R. Hamilton Co., 820 E. Maple, Birmingham. Tributes can be sent to Christ Church.

Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, James Family Papers


Letter with Boyson genealogical information

Aug. 29, 79

Dear Mrs. Eberlein,

Thank you for writing to us. We send our sympathy to you.

Arthur’s sister Alfhild (Boyson) Turner was hoping your Mother would be in good health and they could write to each other.

It was at Beda’s funeral that we saw your daughter Sara and we saw the remarkable resemblance to pictures of Rose when she was a little girl.

My father-in-law Albin Boyson was Beda’s brother. They had a sister Constance and a brother Edwin. Their mother was Christina.

You have a Great Grand Mother and a Great Aunt buried in Wollaston Cemetery a mile from our house.

My mother-in-law Natalie Boyson and Beda were very close, more like sisters than sister-in-law.

Aunt Beda and Uncle Ramsay always spent Xmas and July 4th holidays with the Boysons. Beda would sometimes stay with them a month during the summer.

Beda was Arthur’s and his sister’s favorite Aunt. She was a lovely lovely woman. But then everyone loved her.

Edwin and his wife Ida are gone. We have not seen their children in years.

I remember the Boysons and the Ramsays had a lot of fun get-togethers. Uncle Ramsay was the life of the party.

Did your Mother give you a copy of a picture that I mailed to her? All four Ramsays were in the picture and the four Boysons too.

Arthur is standing beside his father holding onto the horses rein.

Your Mother sent back the original and and a copy. I gave one to our son Arthur Jr., and one to our daughter Claire.

We’ve kept touch with our relatives in Sweden. Sven was in New York more than 30 years ago. He stayed there a couple years. He’d come up to Quincy to visit all the relatives.

Sven was Head Purchasing Agent for the Swedish America Line.

Last year our daughter and son-in-law were in the Scandinavian countries so visited the Celanders. They were very very hospitable and glad to see Claire after so many years

Sven told Claire that there are many relatives over there. They live in Gothenberg.

Alfhild is 81 years old. She lives alone in the Boyson Homestead.

Arthur will be 79 next month. He retired 16 years ago. Keeps busy with a 35′ cruiser and a 27′ sail boat. We have a trailer and go on trips.

We thought of you all many times after meeting you. Tell your lovely daughter we were asking for her.

Sincerely yours,

Arthur and Betty Boyson

Source: Letter from Betty Boyson to Mrs. P J Eberlein, dated 29 August 1979. Borjeson-Borjesson-Boyson folder, Box 1: Genealogical information, James Family Papers, privately held by Kristen James Eberlein

Obituary, Elizabeth Campbell Boyson

QUINCY — Elizabeth C. (Campbell) Boyson, 89, of Quincy, a former assistant manager for Schraft’s in Boston, died Sunday in Quincy Hospital after a brief illness.

Mrs. Boyson was a member of the Scandia Lodge in Braintree.

A native of Boston, she was educated in Boston and New Jersey and lived in New Jersey before moving to Quincy 69 years ago.

Wife of the late Arthur R. Boyson, she is survived by a son, Arthur Boyson of Braintree; a daughter, Claire Saulnier of Weymouth; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.Tuesday in the Hamel, Wickens and Troupe Funeral Home, 26 Adams St. Burial will be in Mount Wollaston Cemetery.

Visiting is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Donations may be made to Quincy Visiting Nurse Assn, P.O. Box 2370, Quincy 02169-2370

Source: Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Massachusetts), Monday, 28 February 1994

Biography, Joseph Francis James

JAMES, Joseph Francis, botanist, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 8, 1857; son of Uriah P. James, publisher of The Paleontologist, and the owner of a fine collection of fossils. Joseph was educated in the common schools, became interested in botany, and in 1881 was made custodian of the Cincinnati Society of Natural History. He was professor of geology and botany in Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1885-88; professor of natural history at the Agricultural College of Maryland, 1888; assistant paleontologist, U.S. geological survey 1889; and assistant vegetable pathologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1891-96. He practised medicine in Hingham, Mass., in 1896, and died there March 29, 1897.

Source: Johnson, Rossiter, ed. Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Boston, MA: The Biographical Society, 1904.

Death notice, Sarah Stubbs James

JAMES–On Friday, January 25, 1918 at 2 p.m, after a brief illness. SARAH S. JAMES, widow of Dr. Joseph F. James and mother of J. Pierson and William S. James. Funeral services at her late residence, 1460 Belmont Street, Sunday, January 27, at 3 p.m. Friends invited to attend. Internment at Cincinnati, Ohio. (Cincinnati and San Francisco papers please copy.)

Source: Washington Post, Saturday, 26 January 1918, page 3.