Hannah Ratcliffe.

Hannah Ratcliffe.

born c1831 in Norton in Hales.

died c1868 in Norton in Hales.

married March 1861.

Joseph Dunn Austin.

born 2nd January 1837 Napley Heath.

Hannah Ratcliffe married Joseph Dunn Austin and they had four children, two boys and two girls before Hannah died aged around 37.

Joseph and Hannah's four children.

Thomas William Austin born and christened in Norton in Hales on 3rd July 1862.
Mary Elizabeth Austin born and christened in Norton in Hales on 20th September 1863.
Joseph Henry Austin born and christened in Norton in Hales on 6th August 1865.
Hannah Elizabeth Austin born and christened in Norton in Hales on 17th June 1867.

The 1881 census records has Mary above aged 18 and unmarried working as a domestic servant with the Duckers family at Village Farm House, Mucklestone.

Census Records.

1841 Census Records, Dwelling: Bramhall, Utoxeter.
Name Age Sex Occupation Born in County
Thomas Ratclife 60 M Sawyer Y
Elizabeth Ratcliffe 65 F 0 N
Thomas Ratcliffe 15 M 0 Y
Ann Ratcliff 17 F 0 Y

This is the only matching record for the 1841 Census that is a possability, but poses more questions than answers.

Extracts from the 1851 Census Records.

1851 Census Records, Dwelling: Norton.
Name Relation Condition Age Occupation Place of Birth
Elizabeth Ratcliffe Head Widow 76 Formerly a farm servant Cheshire, Norbury
Thomas Ratcliffe Son Un 51 Ag Labourer Staffordshire, Menston
Hannah Ratcliffe Grand Dau Un 20 unreadable Salop, Norton

The 1851 census records show that Hannah is living with Elizabeth Ratcliffe aged 76. Also Thomas Ratcliffe aged 51. Hannah's age is stated as 20 which is a discrepancy from the 1841 Census Records. Thomas is her father. The only trouble being that in 1851 he is stated as an unmarried Agricultural Labourer and again in 1861 he is declared as an unmarried gardener.


1851 Census Records, Dwelling: Norton Wood.
Name Relation Condition Age Occupation Place of Birth
Joseph Ratcliffe Head Mar 48 Farm Labourer Staffordshire, Manaton
Mary Ratcliffe Wife Mar 40 0 Staffordshire, Ellenhall
Joseph Clark Lodger Un 58 Farm Labourer Cheshire, Audlem
Joseph Ratcliffe Son Un 11 0 Salop, Norton
Thomas Ratcliffe Son Un 7 0 Salop, Norton

There is another family in Norton in 1851 named Ratcliffe noted above for reference:- Joseph Ratcliffe aged 48, Mary Ratcliffe aged 40, Joseph Ratecliff aged 11, and Thomas Ratecliff aged 7. Possibly relations.

Extracts from the 1861 Census Records.

1861 Census Records Dwelling : Norton Village.
Name Relation Condition Age Occupation Place of Birth
Elizabeth Ratcliff Head Widow 89 0 Cheshire, Wrenbury
Thomas Ratcliffe Son Un 63 Gardener Staffs, Mucklestone


1861 Census Records Dwelling : Norton in Hales
Name Age Relation Occupation Birthplace
Joseph D Austin 24 Head Nail Manufacturer Leesut (sic) Staffordshire
Hannah Austin 32 Wife Dress maker Norton in Hales, Shropshire

The 1861 Census returns shows Elzabeth and Thomas then Joseph and Hannah Living next door to each other - number 21 and 22 on the schedule.

I do not know where the information below came from - and can not find any reference to it - but have left it here until I can sort it out. (ed).

On the 1841 census records there are only two persons named Ratcliff living in Norton in Hales. One was Elizabeth Ratcliff aged 65 who was a Grocer and not born in the County of Shropshire. Elizabeth may well be Hannah's grandmother as Hannah is the only other Ratcliff mentioned in the records she is aged 17 and working in another household as a servant, she is stated as born in County. (Shropshire).

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