RALPH, William Norton

1855 - 1928

William Norton Ralph, was born at Manningtree, Essex in 1855, son of William Ralph (c1814-1883), basket maker & shoe dealer, and his second wife Charlotte, his first wife Maria Vice, whom he married on 3 June 1836 had died 'after a long illness' at Manningtree on 24 November 1849. In 1861, a 6 year old, living at High Street, Manningtree with his parents, 47 year old William and 37 year old Charlotte, with two siblings, Henry Stephen 8 and newly born Charlotte Fanny, both born at Manningtree. Young William started his working life as a shop assistant in Manningtree but by 1881 was an outfitter, living at 25 Westgate Street, Ipswich with a 70 year old housekeeper but by 1891 a 35 year old 'artist in drawing' boarding at Silent Street, St Nicholas, Ipswich, the home of George Kidby and his family. He married at West Ham, Essex in 1897, Martha Louisa Lawford and in 1901, a 46 year old artist painter, living at 9 Brandon Grove, Ilford, Essex with his 32 year old wife Martha, who was born at Ringwood, Hampshire and their 1 year old daughter Agnes, born at East Ham, Essex. By 1911, a 'tin ticket maker writer' living at 17 Station Road, Ilford with his wife a daughter. He died at West Ham, Essex in 1928.