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For everyone researching their Ratliff Roots. Ratcliff, Radcliff, Radclyffe, Rattliffe, Rackliff, Redcliff, Redclift and Reddecliffe

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"...Ratliff: The English surname Ratliff is of toponymic origin, deriving from the place name where the first bearer lived or held land. In this instance, the surname Ratliff dervices from any of the places, in various parts of England, called "Ratcliffe" (Devonshire), "Ratcliff" (Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire), "Radcliffe" (Buckinghamshire), "Redcliff" (Warwickshire), or "Radclive" (Buckinghamshire).

All the above mentioned places dervie their names from the Old English word "read" meaning "red" and "clif" which signifies "cliff, slope or riverbank". Among the numerous variants of the surname Ratliff we find Ratcliff, Radcliff, Radclyffe, Rattliffe, Rackliff, Redcliff, Redclift and Reddecliffe. The earliest reference to the surname Ratliff or to its variants is that of one "Walter de Radeclyf" who was registered in the "Pipe Rolls" of Devonshire in 1182." -- Ratliff-Seay and Werling

There is another discussion list on Rootsweb for "Ratliff-Esquire" for ancestors and descendants of Esquire Ratliff whose family migrated from Montgomery County Virginia to Pike County Kentucky in the early 1800's. (There has not been any posts since 2006 however you may find some info by searching the post in previous years.)

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Started by Rebecca Reuben Dyer. Last reply by Sherry Hightower Jan 29, 2014.

Ronnie E. Ratliff Obit - Houston TX - d: Dec 14, 2009

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Comment by Sherry Hightower on March 11, 2014 at 9:40am

I found this:

Matilda Butcher 
b: April 18, 1834 in Lewis county, WV,
d: June 26, 1918 in Grundy county. MO

Silas Ratliff
b: September 06, 1831 in Lewis county, WV
m: August 28, 1853 in Lewis Co., WV(VA)
d: February 21, 1906 in Grundy county., MO
Comment by Ann Kirk Sandler on August 29, 2010 at 4:20pm
My Ratliff family is from Weston, WV and migrated to Grundy Co., Missouri.
Comment by Sherry Hightower on December 13, 2009 at 12:56am

Comment by S Ison Ratcliff on September 3, 2009 at 6:13pm
Ratcliff/Ratcliffs from Floyd County KY.
Comment by Patricia Ash on August 31, 2009 at 10:32am
My g-g-grandmother is Betty RATCLIFFE Collier Buckley. She was born in 1806 in Bedford, Lancashire, England. We believe that her father was Samuel Ratcliffe, and her mother, was Catherine BOARDMAN Ratcliffe.

She died on 7 October 1867, at Bedford, Lancashire, England. Her brother was Robert Ratcliffe also born in Bedford in 1815.

Her son, Joseph Ratcliffe Collier, emigrated to the United States in 1848, with his three cousins, Joshua Collier, William Birchall, and Joshua Boydell, all were from Lowton, Lancashire, England.
Comment by Misty Marshall on July 23, 2009 at 1:23pm
Hi, my Ratliff ancestors are from eastern Ky mostly in Pike County. It is good to hear from other Ratliff's, Grundy is really close to where I grew up. The Ratliff line was the hardest to find in my genealogy research. I have found quite a bit of info since then though thankfully.
Comment by Sheila Catherine Kline on July 22, 2009 at 9:28am
It is great to have a group for Ratliff surname....where are you ancestors from? WV, VA, KY? or other states?
I have quite a bit about the line in VA, and KY. My paternal grandmother was a Ratliff from Grundy, VA.

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