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21. JOHN RATCLIFF1,4 was born in 1725 in St Michael's, Talbot County, Maryland. He died on 23 March 1803 at the age of 78 in Chatham County, North Carolina.

John and Ann were married Lower Falling Creek Monthly Meeting, 1748, 8th month, 7th day - actually in October by our dating. Ann Farmer is believe to have been the daughter of Henry and Sarah (Ward) Farmer, born 1728 and died in North Carolina 11 Nov 1822.

This couple as parents of Ann Farmer are highly doubtful. Henry Farmer died in Chesterfield VA about 1753 and there is no indication his family ever lived in North Carolina where his daughters could meet and marry the Ratcliff brothers. Henry left no will, having previously deeded land to his sons. Henry & Sarah Farmer's son Seth is said to have left a will in Chesterfield Co, 1756 which names his sister Ann - since she would have been married to John by this time, that would be an interesting record to view.

John Jr.'s name is on the 1769 List of Taxables, Dobbs Co NC, Kinston Area

John was a member of the Lower Falling Creek Society of Friends as in 1772, 3m, 2d, when Thomas Cox was appointed an overseer in the room of John Ratcliff, deceased, John Jr. requested a certificate in order to remove himself and family to Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, in Chatham Co. Isaac Secuin and John Kennedy were appointed to inquire about the family and prepare them a certificate. Lower Falling Creek was also called Contentnea.

4 May 1772, John and family were granted certificates to transfer from Contentnea MM to Cane Creek MM.
1 Aug 1772, Cane Creek MM received John Ratcliff from Contentnea MM. One the same day Ann Ratcliff and daughters Sarah, Elizabeth, and Ann were received on Certificate from Lower Falling Cree and transferred to Cane Creek

14 Feb 1785 John bought 400 acres on Loves Creek and Blood Sun, Matthews Twp, Chatham Co NC from Robert Cobb for £90.

1790 Census. John was living in Chatham Co NC with 3 males over 16, 1 male under 16, and 3 females.

15 Nov 1792. John Sr sold 113 acres of the former Cobb plantation to his son John Jr. for £30.

1800 Census. John Ratcliff had 2 males 10-15, and 2 males over age 45; 1 female 26-45 and 1 female over 45. Chathan Co NC [John & Ann may have had a grown child & family living with them]

10 Feb 1802. John sold 2 1/2 acres of the former Cobb plantation to Solomon Terrell for £10.

7 May 1804, John sold 200 acres on Brush Creek to John Siler for $125. He may have received this land as a grant from the province of North Carolina.
7 May 1804. John Ratcliff also sold 228 acres, part of which may have been part of the Cobb plantaion and part taken up by John from the State of NC to William Duty for £300.

John's Will was dated 22 Feb 1790. He named his wife Ann and children Sarah Ratcliff, Elizabeth Smith, John Jr., Edom, Amos and Abner; and his grandsons who were son of Thomas, dec'd, Eliza, John, Job, Thomas Jr. and Samuel. The grandsons received 85 acres of the "Cobb Plantation" which they sold in 1813.
John left the remaining part of his plantation to his son Abner, with the implied condition he care for his parents until their deaths. Abner sold 222 acres on Love's Creek and Blood Run to Robert Wilkinson, 26 Nov 1807, and moved to Indiana.

Will of John Ratcliff, Sr.
Chatham Co., N. C.
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. I, John Ratcliff, Senior, Of the County of
Chatham and State of North Carolina, being in perfect health of body, and of
perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, calling unto mind the
mortality of the body, and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die,
do make and ordain this my last will and testament, and astouching such
worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give
devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
Item, I leave to my dearly beloved wife, Ann Ratcliff, my room of the
house wherein I now live, all my stock of every kind, household
furniture and plantation tools, during her natural life, except she
marries, then only one-third part thereof and the remaining two-
thirds at her marriage to be equally divided between my children:
Sarah Ratcliff, Elizabeth Smith, John Ratcliff, Edom Ratcliff, Amos
Ratcliff and Abner Ratcliff,
and at her death the other third in
the same manner, except such as I may hereafter dispose of
otherwise to them, their heirs, forever.
Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sarah Ratcliff, one cow and calf
to her and her heirs forever,.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son, Abner Ratcliff, all the land and
plantation whereon I now live,
with all the appurtenances thereto
belonging, except the room lent to my wife, which at her death is
to be his, also my still with all the appurtenances thereunto
belonging to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give and bequeath to my grandsons: Job Ratcliff, Samuel Ratcliff,
Elias Ratcliff, Thomas Ratcliff and John Ratcliff, sons of Thomas
Ratcliff, deceased, a certain quantity of land, supposed to be
about eighty-five acres,
agreeable to conditional lines with
myself, mysons John & Thomas Ratcliff, to be divided among my said
grandsons agreeable with their father's will to them, their heirs
and assigns forever.
And I do hereby constitute, make and ordain Abner Ratcliff the sole
of this my Last Will and Testament--and I do hereby utterly
disallow, revoke and disannull all and every other former
Testaments, Wills, legacies, bequeaths and executions by me in any-
wise before named, willed and bequeathed, these ratifying and
confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd
day of February 1790. Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and
declared by these, John Ratcliff, as his Last Will and Testament.
John Ratcliff, Sr. SEAL
Witnesses Thomas Ragland
Clerk of Superior Court, Pittsboro,
Chatham Co., N. C., Will Book A, page 48.

John Jr. and all his descendants moved to Ohio in Sep of 1804 and Ann and Sarah Ratcliff, possibly his mother and sister, moved their Quaker membership to the Miami Monthly Meeting [Ohio] on 4 Aug 1804. It is also said that Ann Farmer Ratcliff died at Winston-Salem in NC about 1822 which sheds some doubt about who actually joined the Quakers in Miami, Ohio.

JOHN RATCLIFF and ANN FARMER were married on 7 August 1748 in Dobbs County, North Carolina. ANN FARMER1,4 was born in 1728. She died on 11 November 1822 at the age of 94 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

JOHN RATCLIFF and ANN FARMER had the following children:



Sarah RATCLIFF1 was born on 29 August 1749 in Dobbs County, North Carolina. She died on 16 May 1828 at the age of 78 in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina.

Sarah was born 29 Aug 1749 [said to have come from an Old Family Bible] She was mentioned in her father's will, 1790.

2 Feb 1799 Disowned by the Cane Creek MM for marrying out of unity.
She is buried Greensboro, NC






Elizabeth RATCLIFF1 was born on 16 March 1754 in North Carolina.

Elizabeth married Joseph Smith.

1778, 12m 5d she was disowned by the Cane Creek MM for marrying out of unity. She is named in her father's will as Elizabeth Smith, in 1790.






Jesse RATCLIFF1 was born on 28 March 1759 in Dobbs County, North Carolina. He died on 15 June 1787 at the age of 28 in Randolph County, North Carolina.

7 Jul 1781, Jesse was disowned by the Cane Creek MM for marrying out of unity. He may have married Sarah Diggs. His will of 1787, mentions a wife and two children but does not name them.

Jesse died of a snake bite.