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George William Ratliff
GW Ratliff (left, in picture above) was born June 21, 1832 in Jackson, Mississippi. As a young man he led a fascinating life which is detailed in an article that probably appeared in the Ft. Worth newspaper around 1915. (The article was in GW (Will) Ratliff II's scrapbook, but there was no dateline or heading on it.)
He participated in the California Gold Rush, then moved to Washington County, Texas. It was there that he met Mary and got married.
He served with the Texas Cavalry in the Confederate Army from 1862 to 1865. Later he moved to the Ft. Worth area and raised cattle. To see his homestead, click here. This land was held in the family until the 1980's when it was sold to a Ft. Worth school district.
George eventually moved to Austin where he lived in the Confederate Home. He was living there when he died on August 25, 1925.
His obituary, found in the Coleman Star, is below. (Note that the date of death in the obituary is incorrect.)
G. W. Ratliff, uncle by marriage of W. E. Glililand, editor of The Star, died at the Confederate Home in Austin, Sept 11th and was buried at Coleman, by the side of his wife, who died many years ago. He is survived by two sons, Will Ratliff, of Denison, and Charlie Ratliff, of Breckenridge. Two neices, Mrs. W. R. McClellan and Mrs. Emma Carson, of Coleman, and several nephews, survive him. Uncle George, as we all called him, was born in Madison county, Mississippi, in June 1832. He went to California with two older brothers in 1849, where he made a fortune and lost it through a drunken, gambling partner. He came to Texas in 1859 and was married to Miss Mary McClellan in 1860; served four years in the Confederate Armo Co. F. 21st Texas Cavalry commanded by Col. D. C. Giddings, of Brenham.
Mary as a young woman.
Mary C. McClellan
Mary was born January 1840 in Washington County, Texas.
She married George on May 6, 1861 in Washington, Texas.
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