I am a descendant of Greenberry Ratley and his third wife, Mary "Polly" Harris.After I retired after 47 years of serving as a United Methodist pastor, I became a guide at New Harmony, Indiana.There I became very interested in the local history.Do you know ANYTHING about the Ratleys' time in Posey Co.?Here is what I have....
They are listed in Robinson Township for both the 1830 and 1840 U.S. Census.
In 1839 they received three patents from the U.S. Government for 120 acres of land
1 Feb.40 acres, NWSW Sec. 4, Twp. 6S, Range 12W, N Fract. Sect. 2nd Principal Meridian 1 Aug.40 acres, NESW same section 1 Aug.40 acres, SWSE Sec. 10, same Twp. etc.
I did not find at the County Court House in Mt. Vernon that they purchased any additional land from other land owners.
Do you have any idea where they were between their marriage in Posey Co. on 10 April 1820 and 1830.We do know that they "squatted" on this land while they were paying for it.The Court House has a document where they sold the Section 10 property to John Edwards on 8 March 1837.This would mean that they sold the property before it was completely paid for, since the patent is not signed until two years later.No telling how long they had lived there previously, probably for the 1830 Census.This land is in Robinson Township.
According to the 1820 Posey Co. Census, the Richard Edwards's family in Black Township was made up of seven males and five females.One male and one female fell in the between 16-26 years of age category.Since Richard is the only Edwards head of household listed in the 1820 Census, I assume that he was Susannah's father.Is that correct?If so, this male and female between 16-26 could be Greenberry and Susannah.And then again, it might be other members of their family.
While working at New Harmony, someone suggested that during this period Greenberry may have worked on a farm for Father George Rapp and the Harmonist Community. Many young farmers did so.Have you found anything to substantiate that theory?They also suggested that after the Harmonists returned to Pennsylvania many of the Posey Co. farmers alligned themselves with Robert Owen and his community when he took over New Harmony.His promises for a better life attracted many of them.Any ideas?
Do you have a death date for Susannah?All I have is "around" 1845.