gives a 25 year old Irish servant runaway also of the name William Ratchford, but this time from the state of Pennsylvania under apparent bond to Daniel M'Neill of Salisbury Township in Lancaster County (a county that was the source, with Chester and less so Yrok Counties of Pennsylivania) of many Scots-Irish families of the 1750's and 1760's central Carolina pioneer families.
Again there is no basis to connect this William Ratchford with the Pennsylvania to Carolinas or the Pennsylvania to Ohio, western Virginia (now West Virginia), Kentucky and westward Ratchfords, but it is likely that if not near kin the man was distant Ratchford kin to all of them (premised primarily on the correct spelling of the surname and the relative infrequency of it then and in the past from that time).
Still without further prior documentation of our William to some place and time inconsistent with this man's possible life path, it remains a possibility that they are the same as the title of the source material is "Abstracts from the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1748-1755", almost perfect for our William unless the year is 1754 or 1755 and truly perfect if the year is 1748, 1749, 1750, 1751 or even 1752 from what little documentation out there on the www or in the primary source book.
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