Joseph Ralph was a Commercial traveler in the Drapery business. We think he had a sister Phoebe J (probably Jane) He married in Harrogate in North Yorkshire in 1873 to Emily Mary Fawcus. On the certificate he states he is living in Manchester Lancashire. Together they have 5 Children, the only Girl Hilda dies as a toddler. We cannot find him in any census after he marries Emily and he dies in Dec 1888 leaving Emily the princely sum of £163 pounds. Previous to the marriage the only Joseph we can find that fits his profile is a Joseph in Bishop Auckland aged 15 as a Assistant Draper in a shop in 1861. The census States he was born in The USA. Back in 1851 he is lodging with the Fleming Family in Stanhope where both he and Phoebe are enumerated as born in the USA. They are both under 5. Phobe goes on to Live with another lodger Frances Fleming. In later census details it states she is Frances’s niece. and that she was born in the State of Pennsylvania.
We can find no travel documents, but have found the death in PA of a miner named Ralph and what maybe his travel to the USA in 1837 aged 18. Could this be their father ? Is this the reason they came back, but who brought them I don’t think two under fives would travel alone. Or is it something to do with the civil war which must have been going on around them in PA.