John William "Jack" Ratliff Family


Marge Ratliff Schulke, 1460 Auburn Green Loop, Winter Park, FL 32792, shares this photo of the Ratliff family, of Morgan County, Kentucky. She writes, "This is the family of John William (Jack) Ratliff, son of John Ratliff and Sarah Brown, born 1850, Morgan County, Kentucky, died 1934, Otero County, Colorado; and Lou Ellen Back Hayes Ratliff, the daughter of Joseph D. Back (died 1864, Camp Chase, Ohio, Yankee Prison) and Rebecca Culbertson, born 1861, Morgan County, Kentucky, died 1918, Morgan County, Kentucky. John was first married, in 1872, to Luticia Angeline B. Wheeler, born 1850, Kentucky. In the picture their children are, in the back row: #3 and 4, Nancy Ann, age 16; and Martha Ellen, age 15. Lou Ellen Back was first married to Abner Edwin Hays, born 1857, Breathitt County, Kentucky, died before 1884. They were married in 1879, in Morgan County, Kentucky. Their children are in the back row: #1, 2, and 5, Rebecca, age 12; Priscilla Emoline, age 15; and Martha Jane, age 14. John and Ellen were married in 1884, in Menifee County, Kentucky. Their children are in the front row, l-r: Adrain Benjamin, age 10, Marge's grandfather; Joseph Leslie, age 2; Dora Angeline, age 5; and James Franklin, age 8; all were born in Morgan County, Kentucky. Adrain Benjamin, born 1885, died 1961, Otero County, Colorado, married, in 1908, in Menifee County, Kentucky, Lillie Lou Hill, born 1892, Lee County, Kentucky, died 1981, Otero County, Colorado. She was the daughter of Rufus Hill and Elizabeth Frances Congleton. After the birth of Ben and Lillie's third child, they began their way west, to homestead in Colorado. They ended up in Rocky Ford, Otero County, Colorado, where they remained until their deaths." Date and place of photo not given.