The William Ratchford I meant is one of the earlier known immigrants to America who married Mary Carroll, probably in PA, and migrated to NC and SC in the late 18th century."Ratchfords, I Reckon" by Mrs. Wilma Craig mainly attempts to record the history of this couple and their descendants.
Although we have never attempted a Ratchford descendant census, either in America or at this site, I suspect a large proportion of the users are descendants of this couple.However due to the Craig book most have few new questions.I have the same one as before among others:I still want to know if Elizabeth who was Mrs. Alexander MacLean of PA and NC was his sister.
The later Ratchfords in the 19th and 20th century were likewise of Irish origin but almost exclusively Catholic.The earlier emigrant Ratchfords, if not the Carrolls, arrived as part of the Scot-Irish exodus from Ireland.
What I was interested in as to the Ratchford connections would reduce to:
someone finding branches of the 18th century Ratchfords who intermarried with the Protestant Scots or Scot-Irish (the original Scots in Ireland I am sure did not want to be called Scot-Irish, but many families truly became that by marrying with Irish). So far the Protestant Ratchfords seem to have no certain area from which they emigrated nor names of provable Irish residents who were William or his ancestors).