I'm transcribing a letter from Senator George L. Radcliffe of Maryland to Clarence Ratcliff:
George L Radcliffe Attorney at Law 1325 Fidelity Building Baltimore, MD 21203
Oct. 7, 1965
Mr. C.E. Ratcliff 3536 W. Gordon Drive Spring Arbor, MI 49283
My secretary is still away and I am having to get some special help.I shall write you a letter in a few days as just now I am as busy as I can be.
I will try to have copies made of the pictures of Radcliffe Towers.If so I shall send them to you.
Your reference to my Radcliffe line is substantially correct, except that Richard came over in 1682, not in 1661.Also, my father who was born in 1818 was John Anthony LeCompte Radcliffe, the French Hugenot who, in 1659, received the first patent for land in Dorchester County.
Stephen Gary who with Anthony LeCompte were two of the eight men appointed by Lord Baltimore to organize Dorchester County.Stephen Gary's grant to Specott which he called his "Home Plantation" was given in 1663.Our family has owned it ever since.It was my father's home and I was born there on August 22, 1877 and now own the property.
In 1963, I gave a family party at Specott for over 500 people including friends.
I know that Richard was, as you state, descended from Richard and Alice, but I am not sure of the names of his ancestors though I have started some work on that score.Richard, as you know, was frequently referred to contemporaneously as Richard of Rossendale.
I post this to show the great differences in spelling in just the last 300 to 400 years.This family alone spelled the name a minimum of five ways in Maryland.
This man's immigrant ancestor was either James or Richard Ratcliff, both Quakers. I can't think of which.Must have been the James Ratcliff on that new site www.ourratcliffheritage.com