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Mary Elizabeth York

Mary Elizabeth York

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Family of Mary Elizabeth York who married William Ratliff in Missouri.
Family of Mary Elizabeth York who married William Ratliff in Missouri.

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Compiled by Bob SkinnerMary Elizabeth York is a greatgrandmother on my mother's side. She married William Ratliff around 1862 in Missouri.Any information about her would be most appreciated.I have additional information not given below on some of Mary and William's children. Please email me.
Mary Elizabeth York, possibly daughter of James Dennis York and Beth “Ruth” Shaw. Born on 22 Feb. 1840,possibly in Oblong Township, Crawford County, Illinois. Died on 12 Feb. 1924, 83 years old in Jacksboro, Texas.Married William Ratliff, possibly son of Alexander Ratliff, before 1862, probably in Missouri. William Ratliff b. 30 Oct1839 in Illinois; d. on 14 April 1921 in Jacksboro, Texas, 81 years old; bur. on 15 April 1921.
The leading candidates for the parents of Mary Elizabeth York are James Dennis York and his first wife, Beth "Ruth"Shaw. Based on census records, James Dennis York was born about 1815 in Ohio and died sometime after 1860,probably in Atchison County, Missouri. He married Ruth Shaw 30 June 1837 in Crawford County, Illinois. Ruth Shawwas born in 1818 in Illinois and died before 1845 in Atchison County, Missouri. According to the 1850 and 1860censuses, James and Ruth had 3 children: Emily J York, Mary E York, and Elijah J A York. After Ruth died, JamesDennis York married Louisa Eastridge.According to Cherie Logan's York website, York's parents were William and Sarah York. William York was born about1752 in Virginia. He died about 1821 in Crawford, Illinois. William married Sarah about 1777 in Kentucky. Sarah wasborn about 1776 in Kentucky. William's father was Jeremiah York who was born by 1740 in Frederick County, Virginiaand died 26 June 1797 in Dover, Mason County, Kentucky.The census records are consistent for Mary Elizabeth: she was born in Illinois, her father in Ohio and her Mother inIllinois. There is another York family in the exact same Missouri city in the 1860 census, Archibald and Zarilda York, whohave a daughter Mary but this Mary is 10 years too young and her father was born in Kentucky, not Ohio. For otherpossible candidates that I have eliminated, SEE FOOTNOTE #1Below is a photo of Mary Elizabeth Ratliff
s sister, Mary Jane. On the back of the photograph is written:"For Dear Regina. [The photograph is] Our mother
s Aunt Jane Bergstol on Grandma Ratliff
s side. Her sister Mary Jane--Grandma
s name--was Mary Elizabeth York. Scotch Irish from Peoria Illinois. Grandpa Ratliff from Missouri. English backto Sir John Ratliff of England."Although the photo looks to be late 19th century, the note on the back was probably written sometime after 1920 by oneof Regina Mower's sisters (see below). The information is not first hand. William Ratliff lived in Missouri but wasn't bornthere. He was probably dead by the time the note was written. Even the Peoria is suspect. I've never found any Yorks inthe 19th century censuses who lived in Peoria. It is possible that the the photo had a Peoria Photographer idnentificationthat I can't read on the Xeroxed copy and the writer who knew that Mary Elizabeth York was from Illinois assumed Peoria.Just a guess. FOOTNOTE #2
Census records suggest that Mary met and married William Ratliff in Missouri, presumably Atchison County. However,the Missouri Archive contains no record of this marriage. The 1900 census says the couple had been married for 38years. This is consistent with Alexander, their first child's birth in 1862.William and Mary moved to Grayson County, Texas sometime between 1870 and 1875. According to family tradition,they moved because of frequent bank cave-ins on the Mississippi River, a problem in this part of the country that is welldocumented. Another family tradition is that they came to Texas in a covered wagon.By 1893 they had relocated to Montague County and thence to Jack County in Western Texas.
Mary's death date is from her tombstone. She is buried next to her husband in Hicks Cemetery, Jack County, Texas.(According to Paul Smith, "this cemetery is located 8 Miles North of Jacksboro on Highway 148 toward Henrietta, Thenone mile east and South half mile in the G. H. Jamison pasture.") I have not found Mary's death certificate. I have towonder whether she was living with someone else after her husband died as according to tradition she was nearly blind.William and Mary had nine children:
i. son Alexander David Beaureguard Ratliff
b. on 12 May 1862 in Butler County Missouri; d. on 11 Nov. 1919 in Grants,New Mexico, 57 years old; m. Eliza Anna Fridley (13 Aug. 1876 in Springfield–5 June 1958 in Brawley, California), dau.of John Fridley and Sallie Womach, on 26 Sep. 1899 in Jacksborough when 37 years old (Eliza Anna was 23 years old);issue (surname Ratliff): David (abt. 1902–), Sally (abt. 1904–), Ralph (abt. 1907–), Jeffie (1909–) and Mary (aft. 1910–).
ii. dau. Lillie Viola Ratliff
b. on 5 Sep. 1864 in Atchison County; d. on 9 March 1931, 66 years old; bur. in Sherman,Grayson County, Texas; m. William M Krause (b 26 Nov. bet. 1841 and 1843 possibly in Berlin Mecklenburg? Germany/ Pru–d 18 Aug. 1918 in Sherman, Grayson Colorado) on 7 Jan. 1882 in Whitesboro, Grayson County, Texas when 17years old; issue (surname Krause): Rufie (4 Dec. 1882 in Sherman–15 May 1959 in Sherman). Rufie is my grandmother.
iii. son Willis Allen Ratliff
b. in 1868 in Missouri; d. on 28 Aug. 1913 in Portales, 44 or 45 years old; bur. in Amarillo; m.Maggie Shipp (Feb. 1882 in Texas–27 Oct. 1917 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas), dau. of John Shipp and Betty ClaudKinchelo about 1897 when about 29 years old (Maggie was about 15 years old); issue (surname Ratliff): Albert E (May1898–), Chester R (1901–), Mary Polly Ann (1905–), William (1908–) and Walter Ruben (14 May 1911–).
iv. son Clarence Ratliff
b. in 1869 in Missouri. According to Bonny McAnear Robinson via Alta Brisco, Clarence wasthought to have fallen out of a tree and died while living in Fruitland, Texas (Montague County).
v. son Edwin O Ratliff
b. in 7 Sept 1871 in Missouri; m. Alice Witson; issue (surname Ratliff): Leonard and Viola.According to Leslie Coleman on Ancestry.com, he died 16 jan 1938 in Sawyer, Oklahoma, USA.
vi. dau. Emily Jane Ratliff
b. in 1873/4 in Missouri; d. in 1950, 76 years old; m. William F Briscoe (in Bosque County–1934 in Jack County) on 19 Oct. 1886 in Jack County when twelve years old; issue (surname Briscoe): Ralph, MaryGladys (1902–1962), Lillie Grace (1903–), David Victor and Alfred Hugh (25 Nov. 1911–24 Dec. 1989).

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My Great Grand parents are William Ratliff and Mary Elizabeth York.My Grandfather was Willis Allen Willis was married to Maggie Shipp (

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