Rattan family history book
I just wanted to let persons interested in the Rattan family know that I have published a book about the Rattans detailing my 37 years of research.It's a 343 page hardback with a 1000 person family tree and a complete index.I've given my resources in the 380 footnotes.
I believe I have discovered the earliest documents found about the Rattans including the marriage record of patriarch Richard Rattan in 1721 as well as many land records concerning Richard and his sons as they moved westward from South Carolina into Kentucky, then into Illinois and Tennessee.The books follows the family of Revolutionary War soldier, John Rattan Jr. as they moved into Texas, California, and other states.The book is for sale for my cost.I can be contacted at email@example.com
The following is a description of the family story from the back cover:
When Richard Rattan and Hepzibah Biddle stepped through the doors of a small stone church building in Charleston, South Carolina to marry each other in 1721, they began an epic family story that would include thousands of descendants cascading across 285 years of American pioneering experience.The couple would soon leave the rowdy port town of Charleston for backcountry South Carolina where they farmed rice and became part of a new community.
A slave theft would remove the family from the eye of public records for seventeen years only to see them reemerge in the backwoods of South Carolina where Richard Rattan received a land grant from the king of England.This manuscript follows Richard’s sons as they moved west to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.Their farms became a backdrop for the Revolutionary War as John Rattan Jr. and his fellow Patriots fought the British in their own backyard with independence at stake.
Tales of a new land beyond the mountains called to the Rattans, luring them 300 miles up through the precarious Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian mountains into Kentucky.Arriving in 1796, they cut the forests and tilled the land to make new homesteads.Following the death of family patriarch, John Rattan Sr., a historic family split occurred.Part of the family went south into Tennessee and part northwest into Illinois never to reunite.
In Illinois the family made a place for itself in the pages of pioneering history as the Rattans created new farms and built a hotel, a tavern and a church.They founded a new county where they constructed mills, an important bridge, and a courthouse.One became County Treasurer and another a state senator.
Apparently needing a new adventure, the Rattans began leaving their established Illinois homes in 1835 for the wilderness of Texas.An almost wholesale migration of the family saw nineteen family members obtain land grants in North Texas.
The story of the Rattans is one of persistence, bravery, and ingenuity.It’s also one of family—marriage, death, church, the Civil War, Indian attacks, and Texas Rangers.In an effort to recreate the heritage that was lost by hisfamily, author Mike McKeever shares the results of his thirty-seven-year-long research into the story of the Rattans.