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William Ratliff / Mary Stovall / Stephen Stovall
Posted by: Linda Pearson (ID *****8203) Date: February 07, 2004 at 18:27:31
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Mary Polly Stovall, born in 1769, probably in Granville, NC, was my gggg grandmother. About 1804 she married William Ratliff, also from Granville, NC, but they married in Lincoln Co., GA. On October 1, 1806, they had a son, John S. (Stovall?) Ratliff who is my ggg grandfather. Some information I have seen suggests they also had a daughter, Lucy, but I have no proof of that. In November, 1808, Mary Polly Ratliff married her first cousin, Stephen Stovall. They had at least child, Josiah Stovall -- who was probably named for Mary's father. My question is this........since William Ratliff was still alive and buying/selling land in Lincoln Co., GA, in 1810 -- what happened? I would imagine divorce created quite a scandal in those days. What would have constituted grounds? Since William and Mary had at least one child, John S., there were obviously no grounds for an annulment, so there must have been a divorce. If anyone knows the "rest of the story", I would love to hear from you.

Linda


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