| The Ravenscroft family
are a puzzle to me because they have an impressive, ornate tomb in
the grave yard (it is situated half way down the grave yard from Toft
Road to church on your left) but the only one I can find in directories
is Elizabeth Ravenscroft, tailor, in 1829.
don't have a copy of 1820 directory and there is a gap until 1850
with no Ravenscofts in that. The inscriptions on the tomb Read:
SACRED to the memory of Margaret, wife of Joseph Ravenscroft
of Nether Knutsford who departed this life March 15 1820 in the
45th year of her life.
Children who died were Thomas 1800 aged 2 years and 10 months,
then John, Isabel and Mary in 1808, aged 9.
Joseph Ravenscoft died 1824 aged 49.
Joseph son of the above died 1827 aged 25.
Mary his daughter died aged 8 months.
John brother of the above Joseph died Jan 6 1828 aged 68 ( must
be brother of first Joseph but quite an age gap?)
Ellis wife of above John died May 28 1828 aged 79.
On the side of the tomb was an unreadable name: ? who died Feb
1857 aged 37. (I will check the parish list when I have time)
1841 Census lists Isabella Ravenscroft aged 30 of independent means.
John Ravernscroft aged 15 apprentice bookseller and Elizabeth aged
15 apprentice draper
So now I would like to know how this all fits in with the enquirer's
I have found, today, Mrs Ravenscroft in 1834 Knutsford directory
living at Heathside which could mean Gaskell Avneue or Manchester
Road. She is listed among gentry etc.