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Martha M. Kirkland Ratliff, the wife of George Ratliff, was born in Morgan County, Alabama April 8, 1821. She was the daughter of Daniel (born March 22, 1783 in Spartanburg District, South Carolina, died December 10, 1863 in Morgan County, Alabama) and Elizabeth Parker Kirkland. Her husband, George Ratliff was born December 22, 1813 in Warren County Kentucky. He was the son of James (born March 15, 1767 in Calvert County, Maryland) and Jane Ritchie Ratliff. George died February 11, 1862. George Ratliff and Martha M. Kirkland married December 30, 1837 in Priceville, Morgan County, Alabama
George Ratliff, and his brother David moved their families to Itawamba County around 1840 from Alabama and were founding members of Mantachie Creek Baptist Church (now Mantachie First Baptist Church) during 1843.
The Ratliff community in Itawamba County, north of Mantachie is named in honor of this family. Both George and Martha M. Kirkland Ratliff are buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery north of Mantachie in the Ratliff community.
Photograph by Bob Franks