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L.E. Ratley and Lula Brauner (or Bruner) - married in 1886, also Janus Brauner

L.E. Ratley and Lula Brauner (or Bruner) - married in 1886, also Janus Brauner

Posted: 1396359291000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ratley, Bruner, Brauner
I am looking for info on L.E. Ratley who married Lula (also called Mary) Brauner or Bruner in Quitman County on December 26, 1888. Marriage license attached as a file. Her father was Janus Brauner

By 1900, Mary was a widow living in Dale County, Ozark, Alabama, with her 4 children. She died in Columbus, Georgia in 1922.

Any info on L.E. or Mary would be greatly appreciated.

Re: L.E. Ratley and Lula Brauner (or Bruner) - married in 1886, also Janus Brauner

Posted: 1419816012000
Classification: Query

I am not related. It appears L E Ratley was Louis or Lon E Ratley son of Elam Ratley and Augustus Wilkins. Can't find anything on Janus or James Brauner/Bruner.

There are 2 unreadable markers for Ratley's in Union Cemetery, Dale Co.

Mary Lula Brauner/Bruner Ratley 26 Oct 1872 GA or AL-21 May 1922 Columbus, Muscogee GA was returned to Ozark AL for burial, W R Ratley of Bainbridge GA informant and she lived in Columbus 2 yrs. Lula, son James Raymond were in Ozark in 1920 census with his wife Carrie and 2 sons.

James Raymond Ratley 1889 AL-01 Mar 1929 Mecklenburg, NC married Carrie Beatrice Harper b. AL abt 1894; son James H 1918 AL, son "Lewe/Louie E" 1920 AL, Mary L 1922 MS, Elizabeth 1924 NC, James Raymond Jr 1926 Meck. Co NC and twins Margaret and Myra born 04 Jul 1929 GA. Carrie and the children moved to Columbus, Muscogee GA after the death of James Raymond Ratley, Margaret died 25 Sept 1930 in Columbus. Carrie Beatrice Ratley 17 Jan 1894 AL-16 Dec 1982 Asheville, NC buried in Columbus GA dtr of Joseph Harper and Mary Goodman.

Fred Elum Ratley 12 or 16 Oct 1891/1892 Ozark Co AL-08 Jul 1941 Pinellas Co FL registered WW I draft in Ware Co GA in 1917 had wife & 2 children had served 4 yrs as private in Alabama Natl Guard in the infantry. They show up in Pinellas Co FL 1940 census. Irene E Ratley 1894 AL, Stafford E Ratley 1915 AL-1986 FL, Clements C Ratley 1918 AL, "Lewie" K Ratley 1921 AL and they lived there in 1935. Fred is buried Dunedin Cemetery in Dunedin.

Wattice Ralph Ratley 15 Sept 1893 AL-04 Dec 1963 Bainbridge, Decatur GA registered WW I draft in Decatur Co GA lived in Bainbridge, Decatur Co 1940 census wife Julia Lee b. AL abt 1893-1975 and Julia's mother M. Belle Lee b. AL abt 1862. He is buried Oak City Cem in Bainbridge.

Reese? Ratley 1896 AL dtr

Clarence Ratley b. GA 1866 lived in Ozark, Dale Co 1900. He was Charles Clarence Ratley born 12 Mar 1866 "Manassas" GA son of Elam Ratley and Augustus Wilkins he married Mattie lived in Dallas Co AL and died there 29 Nov 1930 and buried in Selma the next day. Mattie was born AL abt 1905.

Pedigree resource file
Louie E or Lon Eugene Ratley born Midway, Bullock Co AL died 1897 son of Elam Ratley and Augustus "Gussie" Wilkins.

1870 Americus, Sumter, GA
Elam Ratley 26 Mar 1844/1846 GA
Gussie Ratley 1848 GA
Charles C Ratley 1866 GA
Louis E Ratley 1868 GA
Minnie Ratley 1869 GA

Name: Augustus E. Wilkins Ratley
Maiden Name: Wilkins
Event Type: Burial
Event Date: 1879
Event Place: Americus, Sumter, Georgia, United States of America
Birth Date: 10 Aug 1849
Death Date: 18 Jun 1879
Affiliate Record Identifier: 46735479
Cemetery: Oak Grove Cemetery
"Find A Grave Index," index, FamilySearch (

This Ratley family not found in 1880 census.

Elam Ratley reappears in Midway, Bullock Co AL in 1900 census with wife Nancy E b. AL 1846 whom he married abt 1895.
Linnie Ratley 1872 GA dtr
Gertrude Ratley 1881 AL
D Cleveland Ratley 1886 AL
Mamie E Ratley 1891 AL

Elam Ratley died in Midway 16 Nov 1929 fthr Fornie Ratley mother Mahala Golden, wife was Maggie.
Name: James R. Ratley
Event Date: 01 Mar 1929
Event Place: 600 West 7 St, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, his residence
Gender: Male
Race (Original): w
Race: White
Age (Original): abt 30y
Birth Year (Estimated): 1899
Birthplace: Ozark, Ala.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Carrie Ratley
Father's Name: Lon Eugene Ratley
Father's Birthplace: Midway, Ala.
Mother's Name: Mary
Mother's Birthplace: Ala.
Occupation: Clerk American Tel. & Te
Burial Place: Ozark, Ala.
Burial Date: 04 Mar 1929
GS Film number: 1907539 , Digital Folder Number: 4217931 , Image Number: 1369 , Reference ID: fn 1278 cn 316
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"North Carolina, Deaths, 1906-1930," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 December 2014), James R. Ratley, 01 Mar 1929; citing Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, reference fn 1278 cn 316, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,907,539.

Re: L.E. Ratley and Lula Brauner (or Bruner) - married in 1886, also Janus Brauner

Posted: 1419817556000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ratley, Hunter
I am quite impressed with the amount of work you put into your reply, especially since you aren't related! Thank you.

I have done quite a bit of research on the Ratleys since I originally posted this message. I believe that it is my FamilySearch Pedigree file that you used. the child originally transcribed as "Reese" on the 1900 census is actually Bessie. I found Mary Lula living with her daughter Bessie Ratley Hunter in 1920.

I found a newspaper article from the Americus (GA) Times through which I learned that Louis E Ratley died in Dothan, AL in December 1897. It didn't mention cause of death and I don't believe that there are any death certificates in Alabama during that time frame.

I believe, based on death certificates, that the two unmarked graves in Ozark, Alabama are Mary Lula and her son James. However, no one in Dale County, including the Historical Society, seems to know where the Union cemetery records are located and therefore I cannot find any other documentation to prove this theory.

Now my brick wall in this family is Mary Lula's parents. I have her death notice from Columbus, but it only mentions her children; no parents or siblings of Mary Lula's are mentioned. I have death certificates for three of her four children, and none of them mention her maiden name. I have ruled out a couple of families in my search, but have not had success yet. I'm thinking of ordering the Social Security application for one of Mary Lula's children in the hope that it might mention her maiden name.

I really appreciate the time and research that you have done. Thank you again!
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