William Bence (1828-1900) was born in Stockport, Lancashire, England. He and his family lived in Heaton-Norris in the 1840s and early 1850s. William, two brothers, his wife, and a sister all worked in the cotton mills. They emigrated en masse to Fall River, Massachusetts in 1854.To understand their lives and why they emigrated, I’ve been looking for contemporary accounts of life working in the mills and in the Manchester / Stockport area.
How did I not known that this was written about Manchester and the working poor in 1844?
The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844: With a Preface written in 1892 by Frederick Engels
My father always said that he never forgot our birthdays because one of us would always remind him.
Mary Margaret (Shepardson) Bence (1926 – 2011)
Catherine Lee Bence (April 12 –)
Raymond Everett Bence, Jr. (1925 – 1994)
Catherine (McKenzie) Shepardson (1898-1980)
Mary Margaret Shepardson (April 12 1926 – 2011)
Winthrop Earl Shepardson (1904 – 1976)
Cleaning out a bookcase today, I came across the following small photo. There is a handwritten note on the back.
Evelyn Morse Flossie Drummy Marge Morse
Ray + Harem
Ray is my father, Raymond Everett Bence Jr. (1925-1994). Evelyn P. Morse (1924-2006) and Marjorie L. Morse (1921-1991) were his 1st cousins. Their mothers were the sisters Bertha Alice Ratcliffe and Charlotte L. Ratcliffe.
The label is in my mother’s handwriting. I know that my mother (Ray’s wife) sat down with Bertha at one time and helped her label some family photos. The harem reference is definitely my mother’s sense of humor.
My grandmother Bertha Alice Ratcliffe and her younger sister Charlotte.