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William Ratcliff

Male 1739 - 1784


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  • Name  William Ratcliff 
    Born  19 May 1739  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  16 Nov 1784  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I253  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  17 Oct 2007 

    Family  Elizabeth Harrison,   b. 25 Apr 1737, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1791, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Jan 1764  Goochland, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Mary Ratcliff,   b. 25 Mar 1760, Skimino Mm, York, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Harrison Ratcliff,   b. 11 Mar 1762, Cedar Creek Mm, Hanover, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1817, Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. William Ratcliff,   b. 14 Jan 1764, Cedar Creek Mm, Hanover, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. John Ratcliff,   b. 11 Nov 1766, Skimino Mm, York, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Gideon Ratcliff,   b. 21 May 1769, Cedar Creek Mm, Hanover, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1785, Short Creek mm, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Isaac Ratcliff,   b. Abt 1771, Skimino Mm, York, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1845, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Hannah Ratcliff,   b. Abt 1773,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  13 Sep 2003 
    Family ID  F112  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 May 1739 - Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Jan 1764 - Goochland, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Nov 1784 - Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • I William Ratliff of York County Convinced of the uncertainty of human life have in perfect health and memory made & ordained this my last will and Testament as followeth. My desire is that after my just Debts are paid my loving wife Elizabeth Ratliff have the sole use and enjoyment of my whole estate Real and personsl, during her widowhood. but in case she should marry, my will is she shall have one third part of my said estate in fee simple. Item my desire is that at the death or marriage of my sd. wife the rest of my estate be sold and equally divided between such of my children as shall be then living. I appoint my son Harrison Ratliff and my loving wife Elizabeth Ratliff Executors to this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have set my Hand and Seal this seventeenth of the second month 1780.
      Ben Bates
      William Ratliff (seal)
      Edward Bates
      At a court held for York Coubty the 18th day of December 1784 - This Will was proved according to Law by the Oaths of Benjamin Bates and Edward Bates Witnesses thereto sworn by the Executors therein named and ordered to be recorded and Certificate for obtaining a thereof in due form was granted the said Executors they having made Oath thereto according to Law their Securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the Penalty of five hundred pounds Current Money conditioned as the Law directs..
      R. Waller Ct.
    • (Research):From Bruton & Middleton parish records, James co., Va; Quaker Encyclopedia, Vol VI (Va Quakers); the Harrisons of Skimino by Fairfax Harrison (Skimino was a Quaker meeting house)

      William Ratcliffe was deeded land by William Ratcliffe, who calls him "my son" in 1766, but the only problem is "dad" also calls him William Ratcliffe Hathan. Later William R. Hathan donates land to William Harrison jr, Harrison Heathan, John Heathan, Fleming Bates, James Bates, representing "those known as Quakers" to build a meeting house. Shortly thereafter, Wm. Ratcliffe is accepted as a memeber of the Quakers. In parish records there is an entry for a birth "William" son of Mary Haythorn b. 19 May 1739. Theory: elder Wm. Is not legitimate? A later Wm b. 1764 is Nancy's father. Nancy is aka Ann and Hannah. References Bruton & Middleton parish records James City co, Va Quaker Encyclopedia Vol VI (Va Quakers)

  • Sources 
    1. [S33] Henrico MM, Vol VI, William Wade Hinshaw, (Reprint of original published: Ann Arbor, Mich. : Edwards Bros., 1936-1950.), Page 209 (Reliability: 3).