This lineage begins with James Radsford, who was born about 1719 and married Margaret Ball on 26 December 1738 in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. This couple is a true brick wall to my genealogy research, since I do not know the origins or parents of either one. The name Radsford is often spelled as Ratchford in the Bridgewater records, and it is the spelling adopted by the descendants. They had five sons, no daughters, in the vital records.
I descend from Thomas Ratchford, the second son. He married Desire Gore on 1 December 1760 in Groton, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Moses Gore and Desire Burris/Burrows/Burroughs. About 1763 he settled in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. He was part of the New England Planter movement, who came to Nova Scotia for the free land given away after the Acadian expulsion. Records of his family can be found in the Township Book of Cornwallis.
Their daughter, Elizabeth Ratchford, is my 5th Great Grandmother. She married David Lyons on 25 May 1779 in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. He was a recent settler from Connecticut to Nova Scotia. They had twelve children in Cornwallis, and left many, many descendants. My branch came back to New England. I found much information about this lineage of Ratchfords in my ancestor, Reverend I. E. Bill’s, journals. The Rev. Bill married Isabella Lyons Bill, the granddaughter of Elizabeth Ratchford and David Lyons.
I haven’t found any further Radsford or Ratchford records in Plymouth County, Massachusetts to trace this lineage back further than James Radsford, my 7th Great Grandfather.
My Ratchford genealogy:
Generation 1: James Radsford, born about 1719; married on 26 December 1738 to Margaret Ball. They had five sons in the Bridgewater, Massachusetts Vital Records.
Generation 2: Thomas Ratchford, born 19 June 1741 in Bridgewater, died 27 December 1813 in Horton, Kings County, Nova Scotia; married on 1 December 1760 in Groton, Connecticut to Desire Gore, daughter of Moses Gore and Desire Burris. She was born 20 September 1740 in Groton, and died 11 April 1813 in Horton. Three children.
Generation 3: Elizabeth Ratchford, born about 1764 and died 18 March 1845 in Nova Scotia; married on 25 May 1779 in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia to David Lyons. Twelve children.
Generation 4: Thomas Ratchford Lyons m. Ann Skinner
Generation 5: Isabella Lyons m. Ebenezer Ingraham Bill
Generation 6: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 7: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 8: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)
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