Manuscript Collection



Download Finding Aid (207 KB)


Accession 656

Inclusive Dates

1844, ca1850s-1920s, 1943


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

.25 linear feet, 500 pieces



Scope and Content Note

The Ratchford Family Collection consists of materials collected related to the Ratchford Family of Union County, NC and Union County, SC. The Jones surname also appears throughout the papers. The collection consists of a Call to preach document to Rev. William Wallace Ratchford (1831-1921) to Tirzah Presbyterian Church in Union County, NC, legal documents including deeds to properties and a “Lien on Crops,” a Dixie Cotton Company financial ledger, photographs of family and friends, correspondence, school papers related to William Erwin Ratchford (1865-1944) who attended the Bingham School in Orange County, NC, and three college annuals belonging to family members.


The Ratchford Family Collection was donated by Bud Cope on September 11, 1985.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Ratchford Family Papers - Accession 656

LC Subject Headings

Ratchford family; Ratchford, William Wallace, 1831-1921; Ratchford, William Erwin, 1865-1944; Tirzah Presbyterian Church (Waxhaw, N.C.); Bingham School (Orange County, N.C.)--Students; Davidson College--Students--Yearbooks--Specimens; Chicora College for Women--Students--Yearbooks--Specimens; Presbyterian College--Students--Yearbooks--Specimens; Clergy--North Carolina--Union County; Church records and registers--North Carolina--Union County; Church records and registers--North Carolina--Waxhaw; Cotton trade--South Carolina--Union County; Deeds--South Carolina--Union County--Specimen; Union County (S.C.)--Genealogy; Union County (N.C.)--Genealogy