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Richard "Ratley" Ratliff, Sr
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Birth: 1768
Halifax County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1835
Etowah County
Alabama, USA

RICHARD RATLEY / RATLIFF, SR ( American Pioneer )
(1768 - 1835) Last known residing in Cross Town, Alabama,noted in Native American Archives and American History being a "Pioneer Trader" in the wild frontier among the Native Indians in Tennessee,Georgia and Alabama.Richard Sr was a famous river boat pilot who traveled up and down the Tennessee,Coosa and Etowah Rivers.Richard Sr established the first post office in Turkeytown,Al and a trading post,also a ferry boat service on the banks of the Coosa river.The old Indian Village Turkeytown become a thriving port for travelers,Richard Sr and his father John Ratliff worked to establish their business into a successful river port where Native Americans and white pioneers could do business and the family became well known in Alabama.President Andrew Jackson stayed and visited with the Ratliff family while passing through the area in the mid 1830,s at the time he was General Andrew Jackson,with the Davy Crockett also in the party who was good friend to the Richard Ratliff sr.

It appears that not only Richard Ratliff senior and his son Richard Ratliff junior may have both married into the Famous "Chief Pathkillers" overall family.

Letters of Benjamin Hawkins Journal, 1796-1806, Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol IX, pg 15, November 24th, 1797"Tom Pettit engaged as a pilot for me Richard Ratley [Ratliff], a native of Halifax district in North Carolina, an inhabitant for several years of the Creek Path,a town on the Tennessee river.

1835 Census roll: Turkey Town, AL, 0m18-, 1m18+, 0f16-, 0f16+
1836 Valuations: Cherokee Co, AL, #56 "John Ratliff's son"
Probate: February 25, 1833, presented Will to Cherokee Court being "now advanced in age"

Richard Ratliff SR: in Blount Co. Al. before 1800,he is mentioned in Andrew Jacksons and Davy Crockett,s Papers, Richard was married to an Creek Indian lady according to Davy Crockett and General Andrew Jackson ;they spent the night at the home of the Ratliffs,it was noted that Ratliff,s wife a Creek Indian woman did not trust General Andrew Jackson and the Jackson party did not feel at ease and left their home the next day.

Davy Crockett lived next to the Rackleys on shoal creek Lawrence county ,Tennessee {Next door neighbors} and we believed was informed by the Rackleys to recruit Richard Ratliff sr children to fight in the Indian wars,since the Ratliffs were large men noted by Andrew Jackson,which he did recruit them,this may the reason Richard Ratliff Indian wife became displeased over the over night visits.


1.WILLIAM RATLIFF, b. Abt. 1788. Wife Nancy Carroll

2.ANNIE RATLIFF, b. Abt. 1788; m. JOHN COKER; b. Abt. 1780.

3.RICHARD RATLIFF, JR, b. Abt. 1790; d.1852, Tahlequah Dist,OK He was the "Son in Law of Chief Pathkiller" Richard Ratliff junior married Peggy Pathkiller jr.

U-lo-na-s-di-s-gi (Indian Warrior scout and soldier with Davy Crockett - Creek Indian Wars) Whooping Boy was was highly noted as being a fierce fighting warrior by General Andrew Jackson.

5.JENNY RATLIFF, b. Abt. 1800; d. Aft. 1837.

6.PEGGY RATLIFF, b. Abt. 1804; m. FLUTE; b. Abt. 1800.

7.ELIZABETH RATLIFF, b. Abt. 1806.

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Case# 205 2/25/1833
Last Will & Testament of Richard Ratliff sr "now advanced in age" ; gives to his daughter Jenny (wife of Daniel Griffin) these Negroes:Tonney & her children Haner, Joe, & Libby & all their increase; 2 children named Becky & Peter; Negro woman Mary

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  John Rackley (1720 - ____)
  Richard Ratliff (1790 - 1852)*
  John Rackley*
  Richard Ratliff (1768 - 1835)
*Calculated relationship
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- herb & Cindy
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In remembrance of my fifth great-grandfather.
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