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John RATCLIFFE married Rachel JACKSON on the 22nd November 1804 at Spennithorne, Yorkshire, England. John, a farmer, died in July 1848 at Hudswell, Yorkshire and was buried on the 9 July 1848. Rachel was born about 1785 and was buried on the 2 April 1839 at Hudswell.

John and Rachel's children were:

1.1. John RATCLIFF was born on the  26th June 1806 at Leyburn, Yorkshire and died in 1877. John was a cattle dealer. . He married Elizabeth WINSBY the daughter of John WINSBY and Elizabeth VARO who was christened on the 27th September at Wensley, Yorkshire on the 6th October 1832 at Bolton cum Redmire by licence. The minister was John CALVERTt and the witnesses were Mary NICHOLSON, Tomas DAY, William MASON and Margaret SMITH. In 1841 he was a publican at Harmby, Yorkshire. Elizabeth died on the 4th April 1845 at Leyburn.

     John and Elizabeth's children were:

    1.1.1. Elizabeth Winsby RATCLIFF who died in 1841.

    1.1.2. John Varo RATCLIFFE who was christened on the 23rd October 1834  at Spennithorne and died in April 1904 and was buried at All Saints Cemetery, Northallerton. He married Lydia Elizabeth GENT in 1855. The Rev. TW MORLEY officiated and the witnesses were William GENT anf Mary Ann GENT. Lydia was the daughter of John GENT, a farmer and Matilda WILKIN. She was born in  1834 and died in 1916. In 1855 , John was a labourer at Birkby, Yorkshire. In 1861 he was an agricultural labourer on his mother-in-law's farm at Little Smeaton, Yorkshire. In 1871, he was a farmer of 37 acres at Hornby, Yorkshire. In 1881 he was a farmer and innkeeper at the Queens Head Hotel, Front Street, Appleton Wiske. In 1891, he was residing at Grindile Farm, Inglebby Arncliffe, Yorkshire. In 1901, he was residing at Romanby, Yorkshire with his wife, daughter and two granddaughters.

          John and Lydia's children were:

    1.1.2.1. Elizabeth RATCLIFFE was born about 1855  at Birkby, Yorkshire and she died on the 30th October 1938 at the Jolly Farmer Inn at Dalton near Thirsk, Yorkshire from General Odema and Senile Myocardium Degeneration. She married William SIMPSON  in 1881 at Stockton, Cleveland.  William was born about 1858 at Hutton Bonville, Yorkshire and before 1901. He was the son of William SIMPSON.  In 1891, the family was residing at 18 Valley Farm, Deighton, Yorkshire.

 Elizabeth SIMPSON (nee RATCLIFFE)

(Courtesy WOOD Archives)

Jolly Farm Inn at Dalton near Thirsk

            William and Elizabeth's children were:

      1.1.2.1.1. John William SIMPSON  was born about 1

882 at Deighton, Yorkshire and died before 1960). He married Isabel KILVINGTON  in 1910  at Leeds. Isabel was born in 1886 at Scarborough, Yorkshire and she died in 1916. She was the daughter of Henry Grayson KILVINGTON and Ann ROGER. John was a farm labourer with horses and an innkeeper. He then married Lilly HUNTER.

        1.1.2.1.2. Lydia Mary Elizabeth SIMPSON was born in 1883 at Brompton in the Northallerton District. She married William HARKER in 1907 in Thirsk. Lydia died aged 29 in 1912 in the Northallerton District.

        1.1.2.1.3. Sarah Matilda SIMPSON  was born in 1885. She married Frederick CUTHBERT in 1905 at Thirsk.

        1.1.2.1.4. Ernest H. SIMPSON was born in 1887 in the Northallerton District. He married Margaret H. GALLANTREE in 1917 in the Thirsk District.

        1.1.2.1.5. Edith Annie SIMPSON was born about 1889 at Deighton, Yorkshire.

         1.1.2.1.6.  Fred SIMPSON was born about 1890.


    1.1.2.2. John RATCLIFFE born 1867 and died on the 27th August 1924 at South Otterington, Yorkshire. He married in 1891 Newryana PRATT who was born in 1864. She was the daughter of John PRATT and Frances HUSTHWAITE. John died on the 27th August 1924 at South Otterington. He was a Farm Manager at Barwick Farm.

            John and Newryana's children were:

            1.1.2.2.1. Alfred RATCLIFFE was born in 1889.

            1.1.2.2.2. Elizabeth Ellen RATCLIFFE was born in 1896 and died in 1979. Elizabeth married Arthur Thomas WOOD on the 30th August 1916 at the Congregational Church, Booval, Queensland, Australia. 

John married Louisa Grace MYERS on the 21st March 1903 at Barwick. Louisa died in 1943.

        John and Louisa's children were:

        1.1.2.2.3. Cornsort C M RATCLIFFE was born in 1898 and died in 1936. He married Hilda V SPENCE in 1926.

        1.1.2.2.4. Harold Varo RATCLIFFE was born on the 29th March 1904  at Barwick Farm Cottages, Ingleby Barwick, Middlesborough and died in 1988.

Harold RATCLIFFE (right end)

        1.1.2.2.5. Gertrude Myers RATCLIFFE was born about 1909 and died in 2006 in Canada. Gertrude married Ernest LIVING on the 15 April 1933 at Wheldrake, Yorkshire.


1.2. Dorothy RATCLIFF born on the 23rd November 1806 and died on the 23rd December 1881. She married Richard WINSBY on the 6th July 1829 at Wensley, North Riding, Yorkshire. Richard was born on the 25 July 1806, the son of John WINSBY and Elizabeth VARO. They had 10 children.

                                     Barwick Farm (possibly John RATCLIFFE holding the horse)

                                                     Barwick Farm

                                                                Birkby Church, Yorkshire
                                                                    Birkby Church, Yorkshire

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