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30. John RATCLIFF1 was born on 18 July 1756 in North Carolina. He died on 7 November 1807 at the age of 51 in Eagle Township, Ross County, Ohio.

Married Ruth Ward, 7 Mar 1779, Chatham Co, NC Ruth was a sister of Hannah Ward who married his brother Thomas. Ruth was born, 29 May 1759 in North Carolina and died Londonderry, Eagle Twp, Ross Co., Ohio, 23 Aug 1805, aged 46y 2m 25d. She is buried beside her husband in the Union Cemetery. John is said to have died of a heart attack.

4 Sep 1779. The Cane Creek MM, Chatham Co NC, disowned John for marring out of unity.
There is no record that John after asked to be reinstated into the Quaker Society

15 Nov 1792 John Jr. bought 113 acres of Cobb Plantaion from his father, John Sr. for £30. The land was on Love's Creek & Blood Run, near Siler City, NC. He bought 244 acres in other tracts before he started selling in preparation to move to Ohio.

John & Ruth Ratcliff with all their children and grandchildren were among a group of some 40 persons, parts of 14 families and their neighbors who left Chatham Co NC on 4 Sep 1804. They brought furniture, two cows and two teams with covered wagons. The party traveled over the mountains to New River and then to what is now Charleston, WV, where the wagons were taken apart and loaded on keel boats and brought to Gallipolis, Ohio, via the Kanawha River. Some of the men and the older boys drove the cows and other livestock overland. At Gallipolis the wagons were reassembled and used for the rest of the journey. Upon reaching Ross County, Ohio, John & Ruth and family camped near Richmondale where some of their North Carolina friends were already located. John was not completely satisfied with that area and took his family on to Salt Creek in Eagle Township in Ross County, now Vinton Co, Ohio.

John entered a quarter section [160 acres] on Salt Creek. This tract was deeded by the heirs of John & Ruth after their deaths to two of their younger sons, Ezekiel & Jesse. Ezekiel sold his share to Jesse who kept the old homestead until 1863 when he moved to Whitley Co, IN.


John RATCLIFF and Ruth WARD were married on 7 March 1779 in Chatham County, North Carolina. Ruth WARD was born on 29 May 1759 in North Carolina. She died on 23 August 1805 at the age of 46 in Eagle Township, Ross County, Ohio.

John RATCLIFF and Ruth WARD had the following children: