Yesterday I mentioned the three Ratcliffe (Radcliffe) sisters who married three Whitfield brothers – one each of course – including my great-grandmother Elizabeth. I referred you to Stray stories of family and Australiana — 5 (25 January 2014) for more information. There you can read much about the first Ratcliffe in Australia, Joseph:
From the Indent for the Guildford 1824: Joseph Ratcliffe was tried in Suffolk in March 1823. He received a sentence of Life. He was a Brickman and Ploughman at this time. His native place is also stated to be Suffolk. He was 26 , had a brown and freckled complexion, brown hair and dark brown eyes and was a tad over 5 feet 3 inches tall. My research shows that Joseph was recommended for a Conditional Pardon in 31 January 1839 and was approved in July 1839. In 1837 Joseph received permission to marry Sarah Leonard who was 17 and born in the colony. Joseph at this stage was in receipt of a Ticket of Leave (No.32/611). They applied through the Rev. Hassall at Narellan.
And here he is, thanks to WikiTree.
One of my great-great-grandfathers, Joseph Ratcliffe
Now to Jacob 2, one of the Whitfield brothers who went to Araluen then Braidwood from 1875, as detailed in yesterday’s post. This is a reminder of how things were back then: Goulburn Evening Penny Post 29 October 1885.
Meanwhile back in Picton: Sydney Evening News 10 September 1879.