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ratchford

Posted: 19 Sep 2007 4:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: ratchford
i am a descendent of james ratchford (b 1711 ireland)married to margaret balls (b 1711 massachussetts usa) on 26 dec 1738 in bridgewater, ma. they had james, thomas, anna, william, john and walter all born in east bridgewater, ma. thomas (b 19 jun 1741 - 27 dec 1813 horton, kings county, nova soctia) marrired desire gore (20 sep 1740 groton cn - 12 apr 1813 horton, kings county, ns) they had margaret and james (05 dec 1763 - 04 may 1836) married mary crane (17 apr 1772 - 31 may 1831)they had 9 children incl. charles edward (22 dec 1810 - 10 dec 1880) married caroline yates (2 feb 1813, albany, ny - 4 feb 1889 ns)they had charles edward (9 may 1849 - 9 oct 1909) who was my great grandfather. i am looking for james ratchford's parents in ireland and where they came from. they were NOT roman catholic. appreciate any leads...

Ratchford, pre-Revolutionary origins and the Ratchford name origin

Posted: 1 Oct 2007 2:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ratchford
I believe that I had noticed a reporting of such a Massachusetts pre-Revolutionary family. Thanks for indicating where they moved. It would appear that they were, amazingly being from Ireland (or Scotland) were Loyalists as few moved north to Nova Scotia otherwise during that time period.

We have yet to determine a source for the two (or three or four) remaining pre-Revolutionary War Ratchford families to be traced into the Old World to any lineage and from this end, as to what I have seen, there are no current ready cumulative sources, much less any ancestors known.

It is quite possible that your James and the known American-staying Ratchfords, Hugh, Elizabeth and William are related in some manner for all were found on the northern east coast of the American colonies originally with Hugh and descendants heading west into Kentucky and other areas and Elizabeth and William and descendants being found in southern North Carolina and northern South Carolina in one general region for many generations for many of their lines.

What basis do you cite for certainty that your James was born in Ireland? [I agree with you as to our SC-NC Ratchfords who certainly were not Roman Catholic, unlike the wave of (probably-related) Ratchfords in the 1840's and thereafter, but were of Presbyterian faith and almost certainly qualified as Scot-Irish in one manner or another (Elizabeth married a Scotsman and probably maternal lines were clearly Scot-Irish). Does your James show up as a member of a Congregational (a bit more common in the state) or Presbyterian Church in Massachusetts, or later in Nova Scotia?]

There are many claims as to the source of the Ratchford name and I will not pick one at this moment to champion. However I will suggest that unlike Smith or Cooper, there was probably only one area and maybe even only one family patriarch from which the name Ratchford orginates. Any one who cares to post on this should do so.
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