Biography of Jesse Ratcliff
Howard County, IN Biographies





JESSE RATCLIFF, the son of Abner and Sarah Ratcliff was born in Clinton County, Ohio, October 4, 1816; his parents were members of the Society of Friends, and in this faith he was reared; his youth was passed on the home farm and in attending the subscription schools, where he acquired a practical education. When he first came to Howard County he settled south of Russiaville; he next bought 120 acres north of New London, for $1,100, paying down $475; six months later, he sold this land for $1,500 and bought the place on which he now lives south of West Middleton; he added to his original purchase until he owned 320 acres, most of which he has since divided among his children. Mr. Ratcliff was married to Elizabeth Turrell, of Clinton County, Ohio, and of the children born to him there are five living. Mr. R. is a Republican in politics and is among the few who have witnessed the growth of the township and the county from its pioneer days.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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