Francis Marion Ratts 1833-1895 & Mary A Cooper 1835-1885

s/o Andrew Ratts 1810-1847 & Celia Wright 1813-1893


1833 Feb 24 — Born at Beck’s Mill, Washington County, IN. Parents were Andrew J Ratts and Celia Wright. When Francis Marion RATTS was born on February 24, 1833, in Washington County, IN, his father, Andrew, was 23 and his mother, Celia, was 19. He married Mary Ann COOPER and they had five children together between 1853 and 1866. He then married Martha America Mattee GIBNER and they had nine children together between 1872 and 1883. He died on October 15, 1895, in Salem, IN, at the age of 62, and was buried there. [Francis Marion Ratts started the Livery Stable and Tavern one block south of the present Ratts Tavern on the Square in 'Salem, Ind. His Wife Mary operated a Milinary Shop in the building that now houses the Tavern on the Square. Francis Marion was a Republican Leader, and believed strongly in Education. He worked hard to educate his children. One son became a Dentist and one became a Professor of Law at IN University. After his wife Mary (Cooper) Ratts died, he married Martha Gibner. Three of his sons changed their last name to Rhetts in the 1890s.]

1838 Aug 2 — Father granted land the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter and the northeast quarter of the southwest quarter of Section twelve, in township one north, of Range three East in the District of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville.

1840 — Federal Census for Jackson Township, Washington, IN. Francis is listed a male between 5 and 10 years of age under entry for father Andrew Jackson Ratts. Mother and sister also listed. (doc)

1846 Jun 20 — Father Andrew Jackson Ratts mustered in the 2nd Regiment IN Volunteers in New Albany, IN as a Sergeant in Company D commanded by Capt. Aberham Dennis. He mustered out 23 June 1847 at New Orleans, LA.

1848 Aug 14 — Father Andrew Jackson Ratts died in Jackson Township, Washington, IN. His tombstone says 15 March 1847 (37 years, and 29 days), however he was still in military service on that date. Will dated this date.

1850 Aug 13 — Federal Census for Jackson Township, Washington, IN. He is listed with sister Mary J age 19 and mother 37 (doc)

1852 Dec 23 — Married Mary Ann Cooper (age 17) in Washington, IN. Her parents were John H Cooper and Mary Ann Morris. Francis was age 19. [IN Marriage Index; IN Marriage Certificate, p. 257] (doc)

1853 Sep 27 — Daughter Maria Antoinette Ratts born in Washington, IN.

1855 Jan 18 — Son Wllliam Albert Ratts (later Rhetts) was born in Salem, Washington, IN.

1850s-70s — Date not known yet, Francis opened Frank Ratts Feed and Trade Stable & Centennial Saloon one block south of Ratts Tavern on the Square on the Salem Square.

1860 — Federal Census for Washington Township, Washington, IN. Francis listed at head of household, age 36; wife Mary A age 34; Maria A age 6; William A age 5, Frank age 5/12; and Mary Ann Cooper age 67. He is listed as a farmer with $2,600 in real estate and $1,000 in personal property. [Francis Ratts 26; Mary A Ratts 24; Maria A Ratts 6; William A Ratts 5; Frank Ratts 5 mos; Mary A Cooper 67] (doc)

1860 Jan 13 — Son Francis Emmett was born in Salem, Washington, IN.

1863 Jul 19 — Son
John Edward Ratts (later Rhetts) was born in Salem, Washington, IN.

1863 Jun — Civil War Draft Register. Listed as age 33, married and owner of livery stable in Washington Township, Washington County, IN. (doc)

1865 — IRS Tax Liability Report shows Francis of Salem, IN, as owing $10.00 in taxes. Occupation listed as ??Keotia Restabl (doc)

1866 Nov 28— Son Charles Andrew Ratts (later Rhetts) was born in Salem, Washington, IN.

1870 Jul 15 — Federal Census for Washington Township, Washington, IN. He is listed as age 38 and keeper of livery stables. Value of real estate was $1,600 and personal property valued at 3,000. Census also includes: wife Mary A. age 34 (Milliner); Maria A. age 16; William A. age 14; Francis M age 12; John E. age 7; and Charlie age 4. Mary Cooper also in household age 75. [Francis M Ratts 38; Mary A Ratts 34; Maria A Ratts 16; William A Ratts 14; Francis M Ratts 12; John E Ratts 7; Charlie Ratts 4; Mary Cooper 75; Martha A Gibner (milliner) 28; George Brickey 27] (doc)

1876 — photo of Franks Ratts Feed & Trade Stable and Centennial Saloon, Salem, IN. (photo)

1880 Jun 3 — Federal Census for High Street, Salem, Washington, IN. Francis listed as age 47, saloon keeper. Also listed were: Mary A, wife age 44; Mary A Cooper mother age 83; Maria Ratts daughter age 26; William A, son age 25; laborer; Francis E. son age 20, bookkeeper; Edward, son age 16, at school; Charlie, son age 13, at school; and Hattie Ratts, grandchild age 6, at school [Francis Ratts 47; Mary A. Ratts 44; Mary A. Cooper 83; Maria Cooper 26; William A. Cooper 25; Francis E. Cooper 20; Edward Cooper 16; Charlie Cooper 13; Hattie Cooper 6; Walker Dr. Paynter 21; John Q. Boyles 26; Charles Frank 38] (doc)

abt 1880 — Portrait of Francis by Mobley’s Studio, Salem, IN (photo)

1884 — Salem: The population of Salem at the present time is about 1,650. The rules of good Society are well established, and the moral character of our citizens is a least equal to that of any other town where an equal amount of business is done. Though we have moneyed capital, there is room for more. Though we have skilled mechanics and industrious laborers, there is room for others. Our manufacturing interests are not what they should be. Other neighboring towns are reaping the benefits of our laxity. But we have some first-class manufacturing houses. Our flouring— mills are first class. Knights Mill, the DePauw Mill, operated by W. S. Persise, and other Star Mills, by Henry R. Munkelt, are in constant operation. The last named mill was built in 1880, and has a capacity of fifty barrels per day. It is run by steam, with stones and roller combined; size 72x40. The other mills have been mentioned before. We have one lumber yard, doing a business amounting to many thousands of dollars annually. Lumber is shipped to all points in this State and East and South. It is owned and managed by Col. S.D. Sayles. We have five dry-goods stores, all of them doing a good business. They are: The Berkley Bros., Berkey & Motsinger, J.S. McCullough, A. J. McIntosh and Leo W. Sinclair. The following persons are engaged in the grocery trade: Hauger & McMurran, John B. Clark,
J. F. Ratts, Jamison & Warriner, W.B. Harris, R.W. Allen, Collin McKinney, James B. Guffey, J.M. Taylor & Bro., John L. Williams, William Shamo, William H. Thompson and James Godfrey. In the boot and shoe trade are Samuel Nixon, William Shamo and Henry Streaker. Dealers in stoves and tinware are: Samuel B. Hobbs and Samuel and Harry Smith. Hardware merchants-C. W. Mobley and G. & H. Paynter and Morris and Reid. Watches, Clocks and Jewelry-B.T. Pace and John W. Cooper. Saddlery hardware— James H. Neal & Son and Shields. Drugs and medicines— Charles Mclintock, Harvey D. Henderson and Benjamin W. Tucker. Clothing-Moch & May, C.C. Hauger & Co. and Lee W. Sinclair. Bakery— Johanna Kramer. School supplies-Charles McClintock and James Kemp. Our barber is Henry Schlagel. Milliners— Miss Eliza Mobley and Mrs E.B. Walker. Furniture Dealers and manufacturers— Routh & Attkisson and Henry Klerner & Co. . Meat Markets— John T. Shanks, James Godfrey, William Spurgeon and Solon Tilford. Hotels-The Gray House, Parmer Gray proprietor; the Telle House, Mary Telle, proprietress; the Hungate House, Thomas Williams, proprietor. Livery Stables— J.J. Hungate, Chapman & McKinney and Frank Ratts. Saloons-M.K. Chapman and John D. McKinney, Frank Ratts and Frank O'Donnell. Billard hall— Eli Strain. Ten-pin alley— Albert Medlock. The Town Trustees at this date are as follows: First Ward, Mansford D. Coffman; Second Ward, Jacob D. Zink; Third Ward, H.H. Routh; Fourth Ward, Elisha D. Williams; Fifth Ward, William F. McMurran; Robert W. Allen Tresurer; Harvey Morris, Clerk.

1885 Sep 27 — Wife Mary Ann Cooper died age 49 in Salem, Washington, IN.

1886 Sep 11 — Francis Marian Ratts married Mattie A. Gibner, of Croydon, IN, age 39 and 10 years younger than Francis (born in Washington, IN), daughter of Jacob Gibner and Eliza Thomas, in Harrison, IN, at residence of Wm. C. Wright. License dated 10 Sept 1886; marriage on 11 Sept 1886. (IN Marriage Index; Marriage Register - doc)

1893 Apr 3 — Mother Celia Wright died in Washington, IN.

1895 Oct 15 — Francis Marian Ratts died in Salem, Washington, IN; he was age 62. [IN Death Index; doc]

1895 Oct 16 — funeral service notice at “his late residence on South High St (doc)

1895 Oct 17 — Francis Marian Ratts buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Washington, IN [1st addn, Sec B, Lot 214, Row 3] grave marker (photo)

1916 Sep 25 — Wife Mattie A. Gibner died at New Albany, Floyd, IN.