Clifford John RADCLIFF (1879 - ????)

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Clifford was born on 3rd February 1879 at Trevalour, St Dennis, the only son of stonemason Richard Kent RODLIFF and his wife Annie nee BEST and was baptised later that year. He would be known or recorded with variations on his surname including RODCLIFF and RADCLIFF(E). He was their second child and had one older and two younger sisters: Mabel Best (born 1876), Violet Annie (born 1889) and Gladys Vellry (born 1894).

The family were still living at St Dennis in 1891 when his father was working as a stonemason and grocer. The following year his father went bankrupt. While his family moved to Wales, Clifford sought his fortune in the USA. He embarked on SS Campania at Liverpool on 2nd July 1898 and arrived at the Port of New York on 9th July bound for Denver Colorado where he was to join his uncle R OATES at Woodland Park. He was carrying more than $30 but did not have a ticket to his destination.

In 1900 Clifford was registered as an alien, working as a day labourer, and living at Las Animas, Bent County Colorado, a few miles east of Pueblo. By 1903 he was employed at the Pueblo Steel Works and was boarding at 1539 Pine. He left the US around 1903/4 to spend some time in South Africa working as a rigger. He returned to Southampton from Cape Town on SS Kildonan Castle on 17th December 1908 and visited his mother at 3 Marcus Hill, Newquay.

On June 26th 1909 he sailed on SS St Paul from Southampton and arrived at the Port of New York on 4th July. His destination was Pueblo Colorado to join his aunt Mrs PENALUMA at 1409 Pine Street, just down the road from his lodgings in 1903. He paid his own passage, was carrying $85 and had no ticket to his destination. He declared that he had last been in the US, Colorado seven years earlier. He was 6ft tall with a fair complexion, dark hair and grey eyes.

In 1910 he was lodging in Frank MURRAY's boarding house in Denver City, Denver, Colorado, still registered as an alien, employed at an iron works and having been fully employed throughout 1909.

In 1916 Clifford married 28 year old Verna Catherine PENINGER on 8th February at Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. Two years later they were living at 1 RFD Fairmont, Marion County, where he was employed as a contractor by Sanderson & Porter, a by-product company. It was here that he was registered for the draft on 12th September 1918. A year later, still living at the same address, Clifford travelled with Verna to Toronto, Canada, to see his sister, Mabel VARCOE, who had emigrated there with her three children five years earlier.

By 1920 Clifford, still working as a contractor, and Verna had moved back to Ohio and were living at 19 Goodrich Street in Akron City, Summit. They had seventeen lodgers in their house, all of whom worked in the Goodrich rubber factory and amongst whom was 22 year old Tennessee born William L WAYMAN, an electrician. Clifford and Verna were divorced at Summit the following year on 26 September and Verna married William WAYMAN on 22 October 1922.

Clifford was seemingly still alive and living at Akron in November 1922 because sister Mabel crossed into the US at Buffalo on her way to visit him.
Q. Where and when did he die?