My Ratcliffes came to Colorado in the early 1870's. Before that they were in Tennessee (18126/7)and the head of the family was Gideon Ratcliffe. He was born in Virginia in 1781. It was his son, John W. Ratcliffe that took his family to Colorado...I suspect they followed the railroad, or perhaps mining opportunities. They were farmers in Tenn. My grandfather was Robert Ratcliffe (son of John W, born in 1866). He had many brothers and sisters, whom I know little about. Wouldn't surprise me if some of them went to Oregon. My grandfather ended up in Dallas to promote his various inventions, including the first pnuematic railroad wheel. The whole family were Methodist, and mentioned in Methodist publications, etc.
If you think there could be a connection, I will get my files and print all I know about the John W Ratcliffe family (not much....children and some dates). If you can, gather as much info so we can compare....especially late 1800's to early 1900's
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