Mystery Man


This photo is of my great-grandmother Mary Hannah (Buckley) Ratcliffe with a unknown (to me) man. Comparing this to other photos of Mary taken when my father was born in 1925, this was most likely taken in the early 1920s. Given their pose I’m guessing that they are related. The man is probably either my great-grandfather John Thomas Ratcliffe or Mary’s younger brother Zedediah Buckley. Hopefully other photos of him will surface as I work my way through the family albums.

William Bence and Family – 1851

William Bence (1828-1900) and his family in the 1851 Great Britain Census

9 Kings Street, Heaton Norris, Stockport


Name  Position  Mar. Status  Age  Occupation  Place of birth  Relationship to me
Hannah Bence  Head  Married  62     Yorkshire Huddersfield  Great x3 grandmother
Frederic Bence  Son  Widower  26  Coach Guard   Cheshire Stockport  
William Bence  Son   Married  24   Power Loom Weaver  Cheshire Stockport  Great x2 grandfather
John Bence  Son   Unmarried  22   Self Acting Winder  Lancashire Heaton Norris  
Mary Bence  Daughter   Unmarried  20   Power Loom Weaver  Cheshire Cheadle Bulkeley  
Ann Bence  D.-in-law  Married  24  Throstle Piecer  Disley  Great x2 grandmother
Peter Bence  Grandson    1    Lancashire Heaton Norris  Great grandfather

At the time of this census Hannah’s husband John Bence was still alive though he is not listed here. According to the England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index he died in Stockport in 1855.

Union Congregational Church, East Braintree – 150th Anniversary Celebration, Spring 1961

My mother was great at labeling group photos, this one was no exception. Thanks, Mom!

union cong church 150th 1961

1st Row – Left to Right
1. Patricia Weetman
2. Helen Lavery
3. Peg Bence
4. Grace Crispin
5. Faith Lowry
6. Polly Nickerson
7. Jan Johnson
8. Rev. E. Johnson
9. Lois Harvey
10. Norma Tompkinson
11. Marge Erickson
12. Helen Dawe
13. Marge Young
2nd Row – Left to Right
1. ? Walsh
2. Lucy Meyer
3. George Cumming
4. Marjorie Fitch
5. Warren Olafsson
6. Gena South
7. Connie Newton
8. Lang
9. Susan Johnson
10. ? Moffat
11. Shirley Bewley
12. George Young
13. Sally Day
14. Hugh Saucha
15. Alice Cumming
16. Abner Tompkinson
17. Warren Ford
18. Roberta Lang
19. Robert Lang
Top Row – Left to Right
1. Walsh
2. Joseph Hale
3. Mr. Andersen
4. Jim Dewing
5. Cummings
6. Nelson Barden
8. Beth Adams
9. Betty Crowe
10. Alden Adams
11. Scotty Dawe