Can you help us find the parents of and original birth place of Benjamin Ratcliffe of Kilwinning Scotland
Benjamin Ratcliffe married Margaret Andrews in 1847. They had two children: Mary born on February 3, 1849 and David born March 6, 1851. Margaret died March 13, 1851 and we have no record of David past his birth. Benjamin remarried Mary McNeilage. She was born in 1829 in Kilsyph and died on May 11 1917. She and Benjamin had 5 children.
My sister and I are planning a trip to The Ayrshire area in 2015 to find more information on Benjamin. We would like to know how he came to be in Scotland, who his parents are and further back to other generations if possible. We know that Ratcliffe is an English name and we are trying to understand the circumstances that brought the family to Scotland in hopes of finding further contacts in England.