Pvt. John Ratliff
Co. H - 51st Regiment Illinois Infantry
John was born on October 11, 1844.
He enlisted as a Private in Co. H, 51st Regiment of the Illinois Infantry on December 7, 1861. He was honorably discharged from service on December 28, 1864.
On May 7, 1864, John married Martha Jane Hill who was born on April 6,1846.
John and Martha's daughter, Minnie was born on November 26, 1883. Minnie married Frank Barnhart on June 9, 1906. They had a daughter, Ethel born to them on August 19, 1910 in Bourbon, Missouri. She married James Franklin Miller on January 27, 1927. From that union Esther Louise was born on March 11, 1935 in Bourbon, Missouri. Esther married Alfred Hofer on February 4, 1956.