Ruth Abigail Turner

3 January 1883–15 August 1964 (Age 81)
Delhi, Delaware, Iowa, United States

The Life of Ruth Abigail

When Ruth Abigail Turner was born on 3 January 1883, in Delhi, Delaware, Iowa, United States, her father, Eli Turner, was 37 and her mother, Elizabeth Rebecca Harris, was 27. She married Perry Ratcliff on 21 March 1905. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Waterloo Township, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and East Waterloo Township, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 15 August 1964, at the age of 81, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Perry Ratcliff
1879–1963
Ruth Abigail Turner
1883–1964
Marriage: 21 March 1905
Fern Elizabeth Ratcliff
1906–1983
Harry Gail Ratcliff
1908–1957
Nina E Ratcliff
1911–1988
Gladys M Ratcliff
1913–
Melvin Lloyd Ratcliff
1917–1988

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
21 March 1905
children

(5)

    Female1906–1983Female

    Male1908–1957Male

    Nina E Ratcliff

    Female1911–1988Female

    Gladys M Ratcliff

    Female1913–Female

    Melvin Lloyd Ratcliff

    Male1917–1988Male

Parents and Siblings

    Eli Turner

    Male1845–1910Male

    Elizabeth Rebecca Harris

    Female1856–1914Female

siblings

(8)

    Female1876–1972Female

    George Edmond Turner

    Male1877–Male

    Fred Joseph Turner

    Male1878–Male

    Frank Turner

    Male1880–1914Male

    Female1883–1964Female

+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 1

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1886

Age 3

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 23

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for a maker of objects of wood, metal, or bone by turning on a lathe, from Anglo-Norman French torner (Old French tornier, Latin tornarius, a derivative of tornus ‘lathe’). The surname may also derive from any of various other senses of Middle English turn, for example a turnspit, a translator or interpreter, or a tumbler.2 English: nickname for a fast runner, from Middle English turnen ‘to turn’ + ‘hare’.3 English: occupational name for an official in charge of a tournament, Old French tornei (in origin akin to 1).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Ruth A Ratcliff in household of Perry Ratcliff, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Daisy R Radcliffe in household of Perry Radcliffe, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ruth A Ratcliff in household of Perry Ratcliff, "United States Census, 1910"

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