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For more Ratliff information, see Collinsworth & Lawson

Radcliff, Radcliffe, Radclyffe, Ratcliff, Ratcliffe, Ratlief, Ratliff, Ratliffe, Ratlive Family DNA Project

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The Ratliff's had strange notions about naming their children. Whereas most families would carry on with family names, the Ratliff's would name their children after people they admired.

For a long time we have tried to figure out how Joshua Wilson Ratliff  came by his name since there are no "Wilson" surnames or given names found in the lineage (to date). The best I can conclude is that Nathan Ratliff, Rev. War soldier, served under a Capt. Joshua Wilson. Perhaps it was through that connection that William Ratliff decided to name his 1st born son "Joshua Wilson" Ratliff.  (Joshua went by just "Wilson" most of the time.)

Another strange name is that of Joshua's son, Count Zenzendorf. There are no Counts and no Zenzendorf's in the family line. Within the Moravian movement (100 yrs before Martin Luther) there was a great Bishop, Count Zinzendorf (1700-1760).  (To read more about him: http://www.zinzendorf.com)  It is plausible that Count was named for this Bishop, who had sent missionaries into Old Salem, North Carolina.

If you are a Ratliff/Ratcliff descendent, you should view this 225 page pdf
http://familytree.ratcliffs.net/bulletinall.pdf

found on Don Ratliff's site  http://familytree.ratcliffs.net/

The following was copied from:

Prentice Thomas TINNEY Family Lineages:
American Revolutionary War Descendent Personal family records and pedigrees related to the family of Prentice Thomas TINNEY and his posterity.

Joseph Tinney, the grandfather of Thomas Milton Tinney, Sr., was the son of:
John Henry Tinney, born 23 Feb 1844, Harrison County, Kentucky, USA, died 23 June 1885, Kelat, Harrison, Kentucky, USA; he was a Civil War Soldier on the side of the Union Army.  John married, 05 Mar 1867 at Wm. Ratliff's house, Harrison County, Kentucky, as his only wife: Louisa Lawson.  Louisa was born 13 Mar 1848, Berry, Harrison, Kentucky, USA; died 26 June 1930; daughter of Jeremiah Lawson and his wife, Nancy Toliver.  The Lawson family has been published in: Our Family, by William Everett Lawson, (Kershaw, SC: By the Comp., November 1978).  Also, William Lawson, A Scottish Rebel, by Bill Porter,
(Radford, VA: Commonwealth Press, Inc., 1983); subsequent newsletters, etc.
Jeremiah Lawson fought and died in the American Civil War, on the side of the North.
Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky, was the scene of a severe battle during the War between the States.  Jeremiah Lawson died on 17 July 1862, when General John H. Morgan, with about 800 men, captured the town, which was defended by a Federal force under Col. John J. Landrum.  Much of the fighting was around the old covered bridge over the Licking River, but Jeremiah Lawson refused to give up. He died, as the last man, defending the old county courthouse.

My mother was the only child of Percy's first marriage to Emily Elizabeth Joplin (d/o Grover Cleveland Joplin & Sallie Bell).    I met my grandfather only once in my life, when I was 15.  He had come to Crystal Beach, TX where my mother and step-father had rented a cabin for the week.   Once, when my mother was visiting her father and his family (she was a  teenager at the time), in Goodlett, TX,  she was shopping in the local grocery, owned by Mr. French Wrinkles, who was also the banker.  He told my mother that he would rather have the handshake of Percy Ratliff than another man's signed contract. My mother was very proud of that comment and the reputation her father had in the community.

Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate
Percy Felder Ratliff and Emily Elizabeth Joplin, Marriage Cert

Divorce Record
Divorce Record for Percy and Emily (Joplin) Ratliff

Billie Ratliff abt 19mos
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Born 14 months after their marriage.

Billie Ratliff, 5-6 yrs old
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Miss Navigation at Ellington AFB, 1943, Texas
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Billie Ratliff

Billie Ratliff, abt 1952
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Maude Ratliff Clinkscales, sister of Count.
Buried in Weir Cemetery, Williamson Co., TX
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Drury Henly Clinkscales, with Maude
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Dorothy Nell Ratliff
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Count Z. & Edna E. (Jones) Ratliff family ca. 1914
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Back Row: Benjamin E. "Buck", Polly, Arthur
Front Row: Mai, Edna, Count, Percy
Child: Dorothy

Joshua Wilson & Mary Ann "Polly" (Collinsworth ) Ratliff
Most of these graves at located via www.findagrave.com:
Goodlett Cemetery, Wheatland, Hardeman Co., TX

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Edna Esther Jones Ratliff, w/o of Count Z. Ratliff
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Buried at Mt. Olivet Cem., Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX

Obit from the "Wellington Leader".
Edna Ester Jones Ratliff Obit
Section 1

Obit from the "Wellington Leader".
Edna Ester Jones Ratliff Obit
Section 2

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Pollyanna Ratliff (orig. Polly Beatrice Ratliff)

Percy Felder Ratliff
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Mamie A. Guthrie Ratliff
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Emily Elizabeth Joplin 1st Wife of Percy Ratliff
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abt 1925

Billie Ratliff, only c/o Percy & Emily Ratliff
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Waco, TX 1940, abt age 12

The original photo of Emily is about 1in x1in and was scanned at a high dpi to enlarge it. The photo of Billie is from a photocopy of the original, hence the dark lines. 

Billie Ratliff, abt 1954
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Billie Ratliff, Christmas, 1977, Okla City, OK
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Mortimer Whitehead Ratliff's headstone
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located in the Nubbin Ridge Cemetery, Hood Co., TX

Goodlett Cemetery
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Arthur W. Ratliff c/o Count & Edna Ratliff
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Percy Felder. & Mamie (Guthrie) Ratlilff
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Father & step-mother of my mother

Reuben Ratliff, JR, Rev War Soldier
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Great-Grandfather of Joshua Wilson Ratliff

The following is an email exchange with Larry Ratliff who wrote: 
 
Some Descendants of John Ratliff & Charlotte White, 1765-1997
By Larry Ratliff, Jack Hockett, Gerald Ratliff, Grace Addison Ratliff
Published by Heritage Books, 1998
ISBN 078840864X, 9780788408649
718 pages
 
meaning, I think he knows better than most who is who within the RATLIFF lines, therefore, you can pretty much bank on his information.
 
 
Hello Sherry:  
 
The William Ratliff born Dec 18 1822 in Va and died Jan. 26, 1898 in Ky is the son of James Ratliff and Elizabeth Lawson. James is the son of Reuben Ratliff, Jr, the Rev. War Soldier, and Phebe Ratliff.
 
Reuben Ratliff is a brother to my 3rd great grandfather John Ratliff that married Charlotte White. And their parents were Ruben Ratliff [Sr.] and Frances --------never did find out what her maiden name was.
 
Ruben Sr. father was Samuel Ratliff. The above Phebe Ratliff was a daughter of  Silas "Anselus"  Ratliff and Elizabeth.
 
This Silas "Anselus"  Ratliff is a cousin to Ruben Sr.  Silas "Anselus"  Ratliff father was Robert Ratliff and Mary Touchstone.
 
Robert Ratliff and Samuel Ratliff are brothers I do believe.
 
Now the Rev. War soldier Nathan Ratliff is a son of William Ratliff and Susanah, William is the brother to Silas "Anselus"  Ratliff .
 
I hope this will help.
 
Larry

Unknown Ratliff Parents

Children

1 Robert Ratliff, 15 Sep 1690 Sussex, England, d: abt 1738 Prince George's Co., Maryland
         + Mary Touchstone             
                 1. Silas "Anselus" Ratliff
                   + Elizabeth
                     * Phebe Ratliff  (married her cousin - see below)
              2. William Ratliff
                  + Susanah
                      1 % Nathan Ratliff (RWS) b abt 1762, d bef June 2, 1835, m 1781
                             + Martha "Polly/Patsy" Farmer 1764 – 1803 (d/o Jerimiah Farmer, Montgomery Co VA)
                                   Jerimiah Ratliff, m. Sept 6, 1803
                                       + Sally Nester
                      2 Thompson Ratliff, b abt 1802, d. Jan 12, 1879
                            + 1 Nancy Bromley (d/o Wm Bromley)
                            + 2 Mrs. Nary (Damron) Crum (m. Jan 31, 1872)
2  Samuel Ratliff
          + ??
              1. Silas Ratliff, Sr. (1732-1810)
                  + Frances
                       1. John Ratliff
                            + Charlotte White
              2. Reuben Ratliff, Jr (RWS) m. 1 July 1786, [Rev War, serving Sept 1776 Long Island on Holston River in Washington Co., VA and May 1781, Green Co., NC as a spy and Ranger under Capt. Arter & Col. Green against the Tories]
                   + *Phebe Ratliff
                        1. James Ratliff b 1798, VA
                             + Elizabeth Lawson Godsey (d/o Wm Lawson II & Nancy Baker. Elizabeth was the widow of Clinton Lacy Godsey)
                                     William Ratliff, b. Dec 18, 1822; d. Jan 26, 1898; m.
                                        + Mary Ann "Polly" Lawson  (this line is below)
                                    **Henry Ratliff, b. Mar 5, 1823; d. Mar 11, 1907; m. Feb 8, 1854
                                        + Nancy Caroline Nickell, b. Mar 3, 1834; d. Oct 11, 1881 (d/o John Nickell & Nancy Kash)
                                               Emily Ratliff, b.1850;  d. June 10, 1929; m. Dec 27, 1865 
                                                    + Benjamine Wells
                                               James Kelse Ratliff,  b. Apr 10, 1855;  d. May 30, 1916;  m. Apr 10, 1875
                                                    + Nancy Jane Dennis
                                               Pauline Ratliff,  b. Mar 20, 1855;  d. Dec 30, 1928;  m. 1877
                                                    + William Thomas Wells
                                               Andrew T. "Andy" Ratliff, b.  Apr 3, 1859;  d. 1942  Menifee Co., Ky; m. 1882
                                                    +  Mary Susan Trimble, b. 1865; d. May 20, 1916 (d/o James Harvey Trimble &  Mary Ellen Hughes)
                                                            Will Ratliff,  b.1885 - d.1964
                                                            Millard Ratliff,  b.1886 -  d. Nov 30, 1961
                                                            Floyd Ratliff,  b. Aug 30, 1888 -  d. Feb 12, 1968
                                                               +1 Ollie B. Hale
                                                                         Alva Edison Ratliff
                                                                         Willard C. Ratliff 
                                                                         Marvin Bryan Ratliff , b. July 1, 1925- d. Aug 20, 2005
                                                                               +1  Pauline Lawson
                                                                                         Marvin Wayne Ratliff
                                                                                         Joyce Gail Ratliff
                                                                               +2  Wilma W. Seay, b. Jan 11, 1925, Covington, KY; d. Mar 23, 2007
                                                                                         Doreen Kay Ratliff
                                                                         Albert Herald Ratliff                                                                      
                                                            Leona "Onie" Ratliff, b. Nov 19, 1889 -  d. Mar 5, 1961
                                                            Pearl Ratliff,  b. Dec 19, 1891 - d. 1972
                                                            Clarence Ratliff,  b.1901 - d.1976
                                                Levi T. Ratliff,  b. Apr30, 1861;  d. Apr 16, 1937;  m. Dec 22, 1881
                                                    + Grace Wells
                                                Eveline Ratliff,  b. 1864;  d. Jan 22, 1945;  m.  Dec 29, 1881
                                                    + Ben Roe Wells
                                                John W. Ratliff,  b. 1868; d. Apr 26, 1926;  m.  1887 
                                                    + Sarah Margaret "Maggie" Sexton
                                                William "Bill" Ratliff; b. 1868;  d.1928;  m.  1892
                                                    + Jousha "Rossie" Ledford
                                                Sarah Elizabeth "Bet" Ratliff,  b.1875;  d.1929
                                                Elsie Ratliff,  b.Mar 16, 1876;  d. Oct 10, 1950;  m.  Mar 16, 1876
                                                    +  James William "Jim" Sutherland
                     2.  Hannah Ratliff b. abt 1799 VA
                     3.  Richard Ratliff b 1800 Scott Co VA

% Nathan Ratliff served with a Joshua Wilson in the Rev. War (Joshua Wilson, born 1762, Goffstown, New Hampshire; Private in Capt. Samuel Blodgett's Co. in Col. Enoch Poor's Reg., Mustered at Goffstown 22 Mar 1777; 1775 married 1-Rebecca Mary Spencer, 2-Matilda Burr, and died 1848 in Rushford, New York; buried in Podonque Cemetery.)

**The information on this branch is borrowed from the research of Justin Ratliff.

Descendants of William Ratliff

William Ratliff  b: Dec 18, 1822 in VA d: Jan 26, 1898 in KY, buried in the Benson Methodist Cem, Harrison Co., KY.
 .......+ Mary Ann "Polly" Lawson  b: Aug 31, 1827/9 in KY;  d:  Mar 11, 1890 in Harrison Co., KY
................ 2 Joshua Wilson Ratliff  b: January 18, 1849 in KY d: May 01, 1925 in Collingsworth Co., TX   Moved to Williamson County Texas 1887
....................  +
Mary Ann "Polly" Collinsworth m: July 10, 1872    b: February 01, 1854 in Burning Fork, Floyd Co., KY;  d: October 16, 1934 in Hardeman Co.,TX
....................... 3  William Harvey Ratliff  b: May 10, 1873 in KY d: November 27, 1873 in KY
....................... 3  Robert Irwin Ratliff   b: June 1874 in KY 
........................... + Hannah Lawson,   m. in Round Rock TX
....................... 3   Count Zenzendorf Ratliff  b: March 16, 1876 in Harrison Co., KY d: November 10, 1953 in Tarrant Co., TX (
see narrative)
........................  +
Edna Ester Jones m: May 20, 1899 b: May 14, 1883 in Alabama d: December 28, 1955 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery.
............................... 4  Gracie Mai Ratliff, b. Apr 11, 1900 Round Rock, TX; d. Jun 3, 1980 Ft. Worth, TX
.....................................+  John Mathews
...........................................5  Marie Mathews, b. Mar 27, 1917, TX; d. Nov 3, 1966. Never married.  She was raised part of the time in a Catholic Convent, worked as a model, was reported to have been very beautiful.
.....................................+  Jewel Frank Richards
...........................................NO CHILDREN
............................... 4  Arthur Wilson* Ratliff, b. Feb. 19, 1902 ; d.  Mar. 28, 1971, Bowie Montague Co. TX,  buried in the Goodlett Cemetery, Hardeman Co., TX ; m.
.................................... + Sula Susan "Susie" King, b. Oct 28, 1901, Ala; d. June 6, 1979, Quanah, Hardeman Co., TX, buried in Goodlett Cemetery, (d/o John Andrew King & Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" Riley ) Married 2nd Arthur Fry Cox.
.........................................5  Gwendell Ratliff, b.  Oct 2, 1924 in Collingsworth Co., TX; d. May 27, 2004, Shamrock, Wheeler Co., TX. Both buried in the Goodlett Cemetery, Hardeman Co., TX
..............................................+ Chandos Ward Robertson Sr., b. Feb 28, 1919 Wheeler Co., TX; d. Mar 3, 2003 at 3AM., Shamrock, Wheeler Co., TX.  WWII Vet., TEC 5 - Purple Heart Recpt
...................................................6 Judith K. Robertson
...................................................6 Chandos Ward Robertson, Jr.
.........................................5  Betty Z. Ratliff, Born and died Dec 2, 1928, buried at Goodlett
.........................................5  Count J. Ratliff  b. Sept 10, 1930 Collingsworth Co TX; d. May 23, 1932, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX. According to Death Cert, he is buried in the Sudan Cem., Sudan, Lamb Co. TX.  He died of Intussusception.
.........................................5  Wayne "Sonny" McArthur Ratliff  b. May 5, 1933, Bailey Co. TX;  d Apr. 16, 2002  Nocona, Montague Co., TX ;   m.  1950
...............................................+ Naomi Christine Kerr b. Jan 12,1933, Waurika, Jefferson Co., OK; d. May 1, 1991, Nocona, Montague Co., TX  
................................................... 6  Doris Delane Ratliff  b. Feb 17, 1951, Montague Co., TX
................................................... 6  Donald Wayne Ratliff  b. Feb 3, 1952, Deaf Smith Co., TX
................................................... 6  Janice Sue Ratliff  b. Mar 23, 1956,  Hardeman Co., TX
................................................... 6  Dorothy Ann Ratliff  b. Jan 25, 1960,  Hardeman Co., TX
................................................... 6  Frances Lynn Ratliff  b. Jun 21, 1962,  Potter Co., TX
................................................... 6  Daniel Lee Ratliff  b. Aug 15, 1963,  Wichita Co., TX 
................................................... 6  Ricky Charles Ratliff  b. Dec 30, 1967,  Deaf Smith Co., TX
.........................................5  Donald Dean Ratliff,  b. Nov 8, 1934, Quanah,  Hardeman Co., TX; d. May 2, 1975, Snyder, Kiowa Co., OK
( Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 5, Lamb, Texas; Roll: 2368; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 893.0.)
................................................ + Living
................................................... 6  Donald Dean Ratliff Jr., b. Sept 8, 1966, NM; d. May 2, 1975, Snyder, Kiowa Co., OK
                                                * Born Arthur 'Wilson' but changed his name name to 'William' at some point. My mother knew him and confirmed this bit of genealogical info.
............................... 4 #Percy Felder Ratliff, b. Dec 5, 1908 Glen Rose, Somervell Co, TX, d. Aug. 9, 1988 Quanah, Hardeman Co., TX. 
................................... +  1) Emily Elizabeth Joplin b. Oct 18, 1910, Plano, Collin Co. TX,  d. Aug 18, 1992, Seymour, Baylor Co., TX, buried in Allen, Allen Cemetery, Collin Co TX, m. Mar 12, 1927 Hall Co., TX (Obtained license in Paducah, Cottle Co., TX); Divorced Dec 7, 1929, Collinsworth Co., TX  (Only 2 months after the depression hit, married Mamie Guthrie just 5 months later, out of state.)
............................................. 5  Billie L Ratliff, b May 3, 1928
...................................................+ *Elm Hirsch Halprin, b. Jun 10, 1918, New Brunswick, NJ; d. June 4, 1944, shot down over Italy; m. Dec 25, 1943, Gary Air Force Base, San Marcos, Caldwell Co., TX
                                                        (no children)
...................................................+ Clarence Lacy Wilkinson
                                                        (3 children)
...................................................+ Thomas Edward Bell
                                                        (1 child)
................................... +  2) Mamie Guthrie m. May 2, 1930, Hollis OK.
.............................................5  Decima Jean Ratliff, b. 18 Feb 1933, Castro Co., TX;
..................................................+ Bill Starnes, Jr.
.......................................................6  Tim Landon Starnes, 4 Aug 1951, Hardeman Co., TX
.......................................................6  Tracy Ann Starnes, 31 Oct 1956, Hardeman Co., TX
..................................................+ Kinley Hugh Burchett, b: Jun 8, 1920, TX; d: May 13, 2007, Nocona, TX

..............................................5  Larry Felder Ratliff
..............................................5  Roddy Lynn Ratliff
............................... 4  Polly Beatrice Ratliff (had name legally changed to "Pollyanna". ), b. Oct 27, 1911, Glen Rose, TX; d. Dec 29, 1960, Kansas. Had a lease space in a Ft. Worth store in 1953 called "Polly's Pen & Card Shop".
.....................................+ Claude Smythe, (They had no children)
............................... 4  Benjamin Eugene "Buck" Ratliff,  b. Nov 17, 1913 Glen Rose, TX; d.Feb. 9, 1972 Wellington, Collingsworth Co., TX ; m. Apr 11, 1937 Weatherford, TX
................................... +  Mary Lois Kyser, b. Dec 5, 1909, Winkler Co., TX;
........................................ 5  Ben Ray Ratliff, b. Dec 29, 1937, Wellington, Collingsworth Co. TX.;
..............................................+ Brooksye Nell Alexander
..................................................6  Brent Alexander Ratliff, b. Jul 23, 1959; m. Jun 1, 1991
......................................................+ Anna Bowland
..................................................6  Brad Eugene Ratliff, b. Jul 2, 1963; m. Jun 12, 1993
......................................................+ Cassandra Louise Gray
..........................................................7  A.G. Ratliff, 1997
..................................................6  Babette Rae Ratliff, b. Mar 13, 1966, Lubbock, TX
......................................................+ Robert Wayne Olmsted, Jr., b. Aug 18, 1963; m. Aug 23, 1986
..........................................................7  R. Z. Olmsted,  1991
..................................................6  Brandi Kiz Ratliff, b. Nov 11, 1970, Lubbock Co., TX
........................................ 5  Mai Nell Ratliff, b. Mar 14, 1944 Collingsworth Co., TX;
........................................ 5  Dale Ratliff
............................... 4  Dorothy Nell Ratliff, b. Aug 28, 1924, Wellington, Collingsworth Co. TX; d. May 11, 2013, Granbury, Hood Co., TX
.................................. +  Frank Carleton Cook, b Apr 26, 1922 Wellington, Collingsworth Co. TX.; d. Jan 11, 2011, Granbury, Hood Co., TX, buried Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, Colleyville, TX ; m Jun 29, 1942 Corpus Christi, Nunces Co., TX (in Navy 20 yrs). ( s/o Jess Neff Cook & Ellen Florilla Buell.)
........................................ 5  Polly Karen Cook, b Jan 3, 1945 Wellington,Collingsworth Co, TX; m. May 26, 1962 Kingsville, TX; 
...............................................+ Ronald Ervin Kloster, b. Feb 25, 1945,  Kingsville , Kleberg Co., TX; d. Feb 3, 1979, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX  (s/o
Albert Ervin Kloster & Marvel Hortense Word)
......................................................
...............................................+  Sam Cavenger
...............................................+ Billy Dixon
...............................................+ Michael Stewart
........................................5  Nikki Helen Cook, b Dec.25, 1946, Dallas, TX; m. Feb 6, 1965 Smithville TX
...............................................+ Harry Adam Bettinger, Jr.
                                                            m. Feb 6, 1965
...............................................+ Robert H. Duncan, m. Dec 25, 1987, Spring Town, Parker Co, TX.
.......................................5  Frank Carleton Cook, Jr. b. Jun 22, 1952 Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX; d. Oct 18, 1989 Ft Worth, Tarrant Co., TX. ;  m. Oct 23, 1985.
............................................+  Carla Elizabeth Alvey
....................... 3   Maude Ratliff    b: Oct 22, 1877, Harrison Co.  KY d: Jan 25, 1939, Round Rock, Williamson Co TX,  Weir Cemetery (Williamson Co TX) (The "e" at the end of her name is missing from her headstone)
........................  +Drury Henley Clinkscale/s  b: Jun 14, 1877  SC, d:  Dec 30, 1967 Weir, Williamson Co., TX, buried in the Weir Cemetery, Williamson Co., TX (See WWI Draft) (The "s" on the end of his surname is missing from his headstone) S/o Benjamin Thaddeus Clinkscales and Clarrisa Elvira Knox-Henderson.  Benjamin was a Pvt. Co. C,  Palmetto Sharp Shooters, SC- CSA )
............................... 4  Myrtle b: July 1896
............................... 4  Cora B.  b: Sept  1898
............................... 4 May b:  Apr 1900
............................... 4 Ruth b: 1903
............................... 4 Jesse Henley Clinkscale, b. Jan 21, 1909, Williamson Co., TX; d. Feb 24, 1990, Johnson Co., TX
.................................. +  Lillie Irene Roe, b. Apr 4, 1913, Prairie Dell, Bell Co., TX; d. Apr 4, 2009, Ft Worth, Tarrant Co., TX; m. Apr 17, 1934, Corn Hill, Williamson Co., TX  (D/o Joseph Edward Roe & Lucy Mae Bland)
(Henley is incorrectly listed as "Helen" in the 1900 Census. See: Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Williamson, Texas; Roll: T623 1679; Page: 11A; Enumeration District and in the 1910 Census he is listed as "Ben". see: Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Williamson, Texas; Roll: T624_1597; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 115; Image: 1108.)  
....................... 3   Mortimer Whitehead Ratliff   b: October 22, 1879 d: June 04, 1941
............................ + Mary Marie Starnes, b. Aug 13, 1897, MO; d. May 1, 1982; buried Nubbin Ridge Cem, Hood Co TX. (SEE John Wesley Ratliff below
............................... 4  Eugene S. Ratliff,  b:  Jan 4,  1926, Rainbow, Somervell Co., TX;
............................... 4  Dan Gordan Ratliff, b. Aug  27, 1930, Somervell Co, TX:
( By this time, Mary Ann Collinsworth Ratliff is 76 &  living with them. See Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 3, Somervell, Texas; Roll: 2389; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 4; Image: 982.0.)
....................... 3   Levi Sandy Ratliff   b: October 13, 1881 (Sgt.~ Spanish American War); d. Jan 26, 1971, Cranfills Gap Cemetery,
Hamilton Co., Texas
..........................  +Leah Holden      
.......................  *2nd Wife of Levi Sandy Ratliff:      
..........................  +Molinda "Linda" Jane Million, b:
Aug 3, 1888KY; d: May 1981, Glen Rose, Somervell Co., TX , buried in Cransfills Gap Cemetery  
............................... 4  Simon
Ewell Ratliff   b: Oct 23, 1912, Glen Rose, Somervell Co., TX; d: Jan 21, 1985, San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX  (see: Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 2, Bosque, Texas; Roll: 2289; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 867.0.), SSN: 458-05-9111
....................... 3   Rhoda Hiner Ratliff   b: May 26, 1885, d: Mar 20, 1963
..........................  +Elvin Benjamin "Ben" Noack  b: Nov. 3, 1879  d:  Nov 15,  1967  Rainbow,  Somervell Co., TX (SSDI) (1900 Census-married "0" yrs-he is 20 & she is 15)  Both buried in Nubbin Ridge Cem. Hood Co TX
.............................. 4 John Wilson Noack  b: May 25, 1903  d: Sept 14, 1997, Somervell Co, TX
................................. +  Opal Lucile Deavers  b: abt 1910 
.................................... 5  Rhoda M. b: March 9,  1930 Somervell Co. TX
.................................... 5  Nelba Kay b: Feb 9, 1944  Somervell Co.  TX
(Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 6, Hood, Texas; Roll: T623 1645; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 93. -- Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Somervell, Texas; Roll: T624_1587; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 86; Image: 804. --Year: 1920; Census  Place: Rainbow, Somervell, Texas; Roll: T625_1847; Page: 1A; Enumeration District:  82 ; Image: 95-- Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 3, Somervell, Texas; Roll: 2389; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 4; Image: 984.0.)
....................... 3   Jim Anderson Ratliff   b: July 31, 1889, Williamson Co., TX;  d: Aug 24, 1952, Iredell, Boaque Co., TX;  in Nubbin Ridge Cemetery, Hood Co., TX
...........................  +Laura V. Brock m: March 26, 1911  b: December 30, 1889 in Hood Co., TX d: October 16, 1934 in Goodlett, TX; d/o George Franklin Brock and Sarah A.E. Rogers. (see letter below for more on the Brocks)
..............................  4  Ethel Aubry Ratliff  b. Jan 25, 1913;   d. Feb 10, 1913
..............................  4  Robert Ross "Bob" Ratliff  b. Oct. 7, 1916, Hood Co TX; d. Jun 9, 1976, Carswell A.F.B. Hospital, Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co, TX
....................... 3  Annie Elizabeth Ratliff   b: February 05, 1891 in TX;  d April 1980, Peoria, Maricopa Co., AZ
..........................  +Samuel Norman Newman  b: Nov. 9, 1987/8, Texas; d: Jan 29, 1950, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, buried in Post Oak Cem, Glen Rose, Somervell Co., TX
..............................  4  Mona Ethel Newman  b: July 23, 1909, Glen Rose, Somervell Co., TX; d: July 16, 1979, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ
....................................+ Everett V. Starnes, b. Aug 16, 1906; d. Feb 1979, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ. (s/o Isaac Newton Starnes & Maude E. Thomas)
..........................................5  Samie Ann Starns, b Oct 27,1935,
....................... 3   John Wesley Ratliff,  b: April 23, 1895, Georgetown, Williamson  TX;  d: Nov 11, 1921, Quanah, Hardeman Co, TX of appendicitis.
...........................  +Mary Marie Starnes, b. Aug 13, 1897 , MO; d. May 1, 1982; buried Nubbin Ridge Cem, Hood Co TX. (d/o Isaac Newton Starnes and Mary E. Thomas)
............................... 4  Bethel Benjamin Ratliff, b: Sept 22, 1914, Somervell Co., TX; d. March 15, 1991, Joshua, Johnson Co., TX; m. Nov 28, 1935, TX
................................... + Ethel Inez Reynolds, b. Apr 12, 1915, Somervell Co., TX; d.   March 1991, Joshua, Johnson Co., TX (d/o  Thomas Fitch Reynolds & Sophia Amanda Layne)
......................................... 5  Billy Thurman Ratliff, b. Dec 6
......................................... 5  Weldon Eugene Ratliff, b. Oct 31
......................................... 5  John Russell Ratliff, b. July 20
................ 2   Jane Ratliff   b: Aug. 1, 1850, d: Aug. 10, 1857, Morgan Co. KY 
.................2  Daniel Henry Ratliff   b: May 13, 1852, d: July 26, 1854 Morgan Co.,  KY 
................ 2   Elkanah "Kaney" Johnson Ratliff   b: Nov. 6, 1856 in KY d: 1916 in TX
....................  +Laura  Yoakum, b. 1872 MO; d?;  m: Dec 2, 1889   Texas 
......................... 3 Deceased by the 1900 census
......................... 3 William Arthur Ratliff, b. May 25, 1892, TX; Jun 19, 1972, Olton, Lamb Co., TX; m Oct 26, 1930
.............................+ Mildred Irene Small
......................... 3 John Wesley Ratliff
................ 2   Mary Elizabeth Ratliff   b: Sept. 10, 1854 Montgomery Co., KY  d. ?
................ 2   William Harvey Ratliff  b: Sept. 14, 1858 Harrison Co., KY d: Mar 2, 1903, Montague Co., TX both buried in Salona Cemetery, Salona,  Montague Co.  TX
........................  +  1 Maggie Spears d: Oct. 31, 1890  m: May 11, 1884
............................... 3  Walter Ratliff,  b. Aug. 1885
See: Year: 1900; Census Place: Forestburg, Montague, Texas; Roll: T623 1660; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 51.
........................  +  2 Emma Elizabeth Sandy b.  Jul 21, 1871, KY d. Aug 10, 1940 TX; m:  Mar 13, 1892  (d/o Wm Isiah Sandy, b. Jun 12, 1845,  WV; m. Apr 21, 1870;  d. Oct 1882,  LaHarpe,  Hancock Co. Ill,  & Isabell Frances Miller, b. Mar 22, 1848, Harrison Co KY;  d. May 19, 1884 Farris, Hancock Co. Ill) [She married a Bigger after WH Ratliff,  probably aft 1920]
.............................. 3  Raymond Ratliff , b. Dec 18, 1893, KY;  Dec. 11, 1970, Wichita, TX, lived in Munday, Knox Co., TX
.............................. 3  John Wesley  Ratliff  b.  Dec. 31, 1896 Harrison Co., KY;  d.  Aug. 25, 1933 ( died from accidental,  self-inflicted)  gunshot wound to left side of chest, Knox Co., TX., buried in Goree ;  m. Feb 13, 1926
.....................................+ Grace Inez Thornton b. Jul 19, 1906 Gooseneck, Young Co. TX;  d. Feb 4, 1980 Bowie, Montague Co. TX (d/o John Winston "Brown" Thornton, b. Dec 3, 1872, Pontotoc Co. MS;  d. Apr 5, 1908, both buried in Goree,  Knox Co. TX  & Angeline Isabelle "Annie B." Wootton, b. Feb 13, 1870 Lafayette Co., MS, d. Jan 18, 1922)
............................................ 4   Emma Jon Ratliff b. Oct 26, 1926 Goree, Knox Co., TX;  m: Dec. 24, 1945;  d. Feb 9, 1998  Ponca City,  Kay Co., OK; Buried Resthaven Memorial Park Cem.
...................................................+ Kenneth Price Chandler
........................................................ 5  Marilyn Kenna Chandler b. Dec 4, 1947  Montague Co. TX 
........................................................ 5  Klem Price Chandler b. Apr 23, 1955  Montague Co., TX
............................................... 4  Mary Lois Ratliff  b. abt 1929
............................................... 4  Wanda Lou Ratliff b.  Aug 20, 1931, Knox Co., TX
............................................... 4  John Wesley Ratliff  b. Feb 11, 1934 Goree, Knox Co., TX; d.  July 12, 2007, Bowie, Montague Co., TX (see OBITS page)
.................................................... + Robbie Harlan
........................................................ 5  John W. Ratliff Jr
........................................................ 5  Robin Ratliff (m. Allan Shivers Jr.)
........................................................ 5  Lisa Ratliff
........................................................ 5  Kimberly Ratliff  (m. a Truman)
................................. 3  Minor C. "Jack" Ratliff   1899-1975
....................................... + Mary F.___  (see: Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 3, Castro, Texas; Roll: 2306; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 726.0.)
................................ 3  Frank C. Ratliff  1901-1966
....................................  + Elberta (Ellison?) b: abt 1904
........................................... 4 Marjorie F. Ratliff  b: abt 1926 ( see:  Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 5, Lamb, Texas; Roll: 2368; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 892.0.)
................................ 3  Wellington Harvey Ratliff  b. May 18, 1903; d.  Nov 22, 1972 Montague Co. TX; m. July 2, 1936
.....................................+  Grace Inez Thornton Ratliff (widow of his brother John W. Ratliff)
................................ 3  William Cecil Ratliff 
.....................................+  Mattie Ella Roberts 
........................................... 4  William Cecil Ratliff, Jr  b. Jul 15, 1927 Knox Co TX
........................................... 4  Jerry Laverne Ratliff b. Aug 4, 1931
................ 2   Sarah Frances Ratliff  b: May 6, 1861 Richland, Harrison Co., KY;  d: Dec 9, 1927, Cynthiana, Harrison Co., KY, buried in the Benson Methodist Cem. according to her death record. v
....................  +James Williams  m: Aug 31, 1882     
................ 2   Nancy Evaline Ratliff   b: July 1, 1863 Harrison Co., KY d:  Sept 25, 1895 TX  (never married)
.................2   Emily Ratliff  b: Aug 18, 1865 Harrison Co., KY d: July 22, 1893, TX
....................  +Robert B. Humphrey m: May 11, 1884      
................ 2   Charles Wesley Ratliff   b: Dec 14, 1868 KY; d: Nov 6, 1925 Bowie, Montague Co, TX. Buried in the BryerCreek Cem.; m: Sept. 22, 1898
....................  +Sarah Frances Sandy  b: abt 1876, Ill. ; (d/o William Isaiah Sandy & Isabell Frances Miller) 
................................ 3  William S. Ratliff, b: abt 1902 TX
................................ 3  Emma E. Ratliff, b: abt 1905, TX
................................ 3  Gussie J. Ratliff, b: abt 1908, TX
................................ 3  Annie Mae Ratliff, b: 1910, TX
................................ 3  Charles Leonard Ratliff, b: Oct. 3, 1911, Montague Co., TX; d: Dec 26, 1967, Fresno, CA
................................ 3  Viola G. Ratliff, b: abt 1914, TX 
................ 2   Louise Eliza Ratliff   b: Nov 1872, Harrison Co. KY 
....................  +William Fraizer  b: abt 1875, TX
................................ 3   Lee  Frazier, b: abt 1903
................................ 3  James W. Frazier, b: abt 1905
................................ 3  Cecil Frazier, b: abt 1908

The top three photos below were submitted by Roy Noack, a descendant of Rhoda Hiner Ratliff Noack, sister to Mortimer. He went by his middle name of Whitehead.

Mortimer Whitehead Ratliff

ca. 1895, Texas

Whitehead, Mary and Ben Ratliff

Bethel Ben Ratliff, Mary's son from 1st marriage to John Wesley Ratliff,

Mortimer Whitehead and Mary Starnes Ratliff

     

Edna Ester Jones, Wedding Day, May 20, 1899
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Wasn't she a beauty!

Count Zenzendorf Ratliff, Wedding Day, 1899
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Ratliff, Ratliff, Ratliff

My mother was named for one of her grandfather's mules, Billie.  Count loved his mules more than just about anything and would normally hand feed them.  She remembers that he cried when he sold he them. They were about 40 yrs old and still had their teeth.

Children of Count Zenzendorf  & Edna Ester Jones Ratliff:

Percy F. Ratliff, on the Ratliff farm, TX
Percy F. Ratliff

Gracie Mai Ratliff
 Gracie Mai Ratliff

Arthur William Ratlliff & sister Pollyanna
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Rhoda Hiner Ratliff Noack
Rhoda Hiner Ratliff Noack headstone

Ben Noack headstone

Nubbin Ridge Cemetery

Jack R. Ratliff headstone

Jim Anderson Ratliff
Jim Anderson Ratliff headstone

Mary Marie Starnes Ratliff Spoonmore
Mary Marie Starnes Ratliff Spoonmore headstone
Widow of Mortimer Whitehead Ratliff

William M Spoonmore,
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! The 1934 Birth Records for Knox Co., TX does state "Nesley" instead of "Wesley" but this is incorrect and may be a type-o by whomever transcribed the records.

The 1930 Census correctly list John with the middle initial "W". Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 4, Knox, Texas; Roll: 2367; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 8; Image: 448.0.

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1927 Death Record Sarah Frances Ratliff Williams
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William Ratliff Death Certificate

s/o Robert Ratliff & Hannah Lawson

DC/Samuel Norman Newman h/o Annie E Ratliff
Death Certificate of Sam N. Newman

Faded birth record for Eugene Ratliff, 4 Jan 1926
Eugene Ratliff Birth Record, 4Jan1926 (faded)

From the Goodlett Cemetery, Hardeman Co., TX:

Ratliff Graves in the Goodlett Cemetery
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Wm Harvey & Emma Elizabeth (Sandy) Ratliff Family
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Left to right:
Wellington Harvey Ratliff 1903-1972
Frank Curtis Ratliff 1901-1966
Minor C. "Jack" Ratliff 1899-1975
John Wesley Ratliff 1896-1933
Raymond Ratliff 1893-1970
Emma Elizabeth Sandy Ratliff 1871-1940
Wm Cecil Ratliff (missing from photo)

Wm Harvey Ratliff

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ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tx/montague/cemeteries/salona.txt

Montague Co., TX - Cemeteries: Salona Cemetery
Directions: From Bowie,Texas, NE on Hwy 59 1 mile. Right on FM 1758, SE 5 miles to Salona sign. Right on Lama Road. Cemetery will be in view on the left.
Cemetery is in very good condition and almost all graves have markers.

Ratliff, Frank C.<Curtis>                 24 Apr 1901    05 Jun 1966
Ratliff,Minor C.                               01 Apr 1899    08 Apr 1975
Ratliff, William Harvey                    14 Sep 1858    02 Mar 1903    J
Ratliff, Emma E.<Elizabeth>           21 Jul 1871    10 Aug 1940    J

William Harvey Ratliff & Emma Elizabeth Sandy were the parents of:
1. Will Ratliff of Goree,Texas  (Cattle buuyer)
2. Minor Ratliff of Haskell, Texas
3. Raymond Ratliff of Mundy, Texas
4. Frank Minor Ratliff of Amarillo, Texas
5. Wellington Harvey Ratliff of Bowie, Texas (owner of Cotton's Cafe)

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The following letter was written by my great grandfather, Count Z. Ratliff.  Dale Ratliff of OK also informed me of the following webpage with more info about George F. Brock:
http://www.hcnews.com/depot/veteran/BrockGeorgeFranklin.htm

RATLIFF RATLIFF RATLIFF

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The 2-page letter states (to the best of my ability to read it):
 
Page 1
An orphan, no Bro or sister. John Hill Brock On his fathers side Father of Geo. F. Brock Sr. was of Scottish Decent.
His Mothers parents came from Ireland...named Loyd-Came to U.S.A. and settled in N. Carolina His mothers name was Eleanor Jane Loyd. Dropsy caused her death. Don't know her age at death.
His father died during the war at home with Flux. His Father married 3 times.
his first wife only bore one child named William Riley Brock.
Second marriage was to Eleanor Loyd

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 Page 2
and went to Mississippi and had 6 children 4 boys and 4 girls, 4 living to be grown, 2 girls Mary Ann eldest Diadema.
2 boys Geo. F. Brock
Allen Glasphe (?) Brock
Mary Ann Brock
Caroline Brock died age 13 ---
John Brock died age 12
Geo. Franklin Brock died age 63 10 mo 29 days Pneumonia
Margarite Brock died age 15
Diadema Brock Married During War Dont Know Man's name.
Mary Ann married Hack Eubanks
Allen Glasphe Brock
Pearson Brock youngest died in Infancy.

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The images below are of the Ratliff Family Bible Register of Marriages. The last known person to have this bible was Mai Ratliff. What happened to the bible after her death is unknown. The following was written by Count Zenzendorf Ratliff.

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Edna Ester Jones Ratliff's Death Dream

About three days before her death, she dreamt the Lord came for her. In the dream, she asked Him, "Have I been a good girl?" The Lord replied, "No, but I want you anyway." In her dream she said, "OK but I have to have three days to take of some things. I need to write my Will and transfer some property and other things."  When she woke the next morning, and having remembered the strange dream, she told her dream to her daughter-in-law, Lois, wife of Buck Ratliff.  They laughed about it but Edna went ahead and made the preparations, taking care of her Will, etc. She passed away three days later.

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# Percy Felder Ratlilff was named for a man who came to the farm looking for a job. He was hired and lived on the farm. He was such an excellent worker that Count & Edna named the new baby after him. 
 
This information came from Percy's sister.

Percy Felder Ratliff ca. 1941
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Percy Felder Ratliff April 1964
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Mamie and Percy Ratliff, 1972
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*Below are the few photos of Elm Halprin in the personal collection of Billie Ratliff.

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Billie Ratliff and Elm Halprin photo BillieRatliff_ElmHalprin_SanMarcos-TX-1943_zps2bc9f7a1.jpg

Elm Hirsch Halprin, about Dec 1943.
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Billie Ratliff and Elm Halprin, Dec 1943, just after they were married.Billie and Elm photo BillieRatliff_zps9e8cdb52.jpg

Not sure where this cemetery is. Elm's headstone is the first one in the 4th row back, closest to the street.

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Close up of Elm's headstone.

 

Elm Halprin's headstone

Many thanks to Willie Alexander for the info on Annie Ratliff and Sam Newman and daughter Mona.

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