Ratchford Family Website. Descendants of William & Mary Ratchford.

Welcome to the RATCHFORD FAMILY website!


  Read about the RATCHFORD family history.  Browse the photo gallery.  Read some fascinating stories on the potpourri page.  Check out the RATCHFORD calendar for reunion dates and birthdays, or See our interesting web links.  Don't forget to sign the Guestbook!




ABOVE: Ratchford descendants unveil the Tartan at the William Ratchford Descendants 2008 reunion at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Clover SC 

REUNION NEWS:  The Winfield & Letitia Ratchford Family of Gaston County NC-- The annual Family Reunion will be held on the 4th Sunday in April at ANTIOCH LUTHERAN CHURCH in Dallas, NC. 



REUNION NEWS:  The William & Mary Ratchford Descendants-- The 2016 William Ratchford family reunion will be held on the last Saturday in July at BETHEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH in Clover, SC.



  • A descendant of the Ratchford family fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn with General George Custer,...and survived?
  • William Ratchford's son, Moses Ratchford, was an American Patriot and served with the SC militia during the American Revolution?
  • John A. Ratchford had a large farm in Gaston County, NC, which once stood where the Schiele Nature Museum, The Gaston County Public Library, and Grier Jr. High School are located today?
  • Alfred Winfield Ratchford and his wife Letitia Jenkins Ratchford had 9 sons, but no daughters?
  • Benjamin Ratchford and his wife, Laura, drove from Durham, NC to California and back in 1936, before there was ever any such thing as an Interstate Highway?

Marker at Bethel Presbyterian Church Commemorates Our Patriot Ancestors

March 21, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., The Daughters of the American Revolution unveiled a monument to commemorate the American Patriots who are buried at Bethel Presbyterian Church.  This ceremony is open to the public.  Moses Ratchford, along with many other Patriots were remembered in this ceremony.


                 BETHEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH----    

                   HISTORIC CEMETERY


  To see more of these pictures of historic Bethel Cemetery, visit Todd Holben's website through our LINKs page.

        Ratchford Reunion held July 31, 1920:


                From The GASTON GAZETTE.   Do you think they served Ham Biscuits?

Do You Have News, Photos, or Stories to Share?

   As our families grow and spread out across the country, let's take a moment to share our stories, reflect on our origins, and stay in touch with one another.  Please feel free to share this site with others, sign the guestbook, and contact us if you have information to share about your extended family.

ABOVE: Ratchford descendants enjoy the William Ratchford Descendents 2008 reunion at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Clover SC