| Our family heritage comes mainly from England, Scotland, Germany and France in at least two lineages.There may be ancestors who came from other European countries, but all of the lineages are still in research and their earliest records are from the early New England Colonies.|
The earliest arrivals came over and settled in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia and North Carolina. Eventually they or their children migrated to the adjoining counties of Virginia and Kentucky. They settled in Washington, Lee, Buchanan, and Wise counties of Virginia and in Pike County of Kentucky.
Originally, in Europe, some of these families were of high notability. They held titles such as Earl and Knight and Sheriff. These ancestors held large amounts of land and lived in great homes, some of which still stand. They were also people of responsibility in their tiles, managing entire districts, and calling up armed forces in defense of their King.
As they had generations of children and settled in America they became farmers and businessmen, miners and tradesmen. We have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War and in the Civil War, as well as WW2. One ancestor became a Governor, one the founder of a town. Some were pioneers in their own right, settling virgin lands in the wilds of early Virginia and Kentucky.
But no less significant were the family that settled in Pike County Kentucky and lived their lives there. They worked and supported their families in the early twentieth century and thru the Great Depression. They were industrious enough to survive those tough times and gave rise to the Belcher’s and Ratliff’s of Ferrell’s creek in Belcher, Kentucky.
This webpage constitutes only a small portion of a family genealogy book completed in May 2009.
- Death Certificate for Glen Ratliff (133 KB)
- Death Certificate of George Washington Belcher,Jr (297 KB)
Brother of Edward Belcher
- Family (69 KB)
About 1940 - From Back left;Ray Edward Ratliff, Helen Beatrice Ratliff, Kerry Raymond Belcher, Mary Slone
- Mike Ratliff (36 KB)
- James Ambrose Ratliff (557 KB)
- Belle Ratliff (71 KB)
Sister to Glen Ratliff
- Belle Slone (71 KB)
On Ferrells Creek
- Lillian Blackburn (12 KB)
Lillian by her mothers headstone.
- Virgie Ratliff Stiltner (64 KB)
Half Sister to Glenn Ratliff
- Belcher Men (40 KB)
From left to right: Rashe, Edward, Kerry Raymond, Trimble, and Hubert
- The Tackettfamily (23 KB)
From left to right; Letitica, Pebble Ratliff Tackett, Chris and Bruce
- Greg Ratliff (248 KB)
Greg Ratliff 1955 - 2004
- The Tackett Brothers (17 KB)
From left to right: Bruce, Chris, Benny Earl
- Death Certificate for Edward Belcher (160 KB)
- George Washington Belcher Sr. and wife Mary (60 KB)
Mary Ann Polley Belcher and George Washington Belcher Sr.
- Ferrell's Creek Homesite (891 KB)
Former Homesite of Glen and Helen ratliff
- Opal Ratliff (24 KB)
10 years old, Praise kentucky
- The Author's Fifteen Minutes of Fame (56 KB)
From Chicago's American NewspaperJune 1, 1956 Page 30
- James Ambrose Ratliff (159 KB)
- Belcher Family Plot (594 KB)
From Far left to right; Kerry Raymond, Edward N, Hubert & Bunia, Belle Slone Belcher, Helen Beatrice Belcher Ratliff
- Helen Beatrice Belcher Ratliff (25 KB)
Helen Beatrice Belcher Ratliff
- Richard Ratliff and Family (176 KB)
1860 Buchanan County Virginia Census
- Map Of Belcher Area, Pike County, Kentucky (245 KB)
Shows the Wilson and Ratliff Cemeteries
- Death Certificate For Belle Slone Belcher (113 KB)
Belle Slone Belcher
- James Ambers Ratliff (234 KB)
Document Of First Marriage
- Franklin Slone,Jr and wife Ora Spears (15 KB)
Brother of Mary Slone...Half brother of Belle Slone
- Rosia Sifers Ratliff (245 KB)