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Comments and Queries
- John H. Richardson from South Carolina
- Richardsons in Bedfordshire
- Richardsons in South Carolina and Texas
- David Richardson of Cumberland and Galveston, Texas
- An Old Richardson Dispute in Kentucky
- Richardsons in British Columbia
- Leon Richardson from Merchantville, New Jersey
- Ellethera Richardson of Middlesex County, Ontario
- Elizabeth Richardson in South Carolina
- Richardsons/Richisons in Missouri
- Kathleen Richardson in British India
- David and Elizabeth Richardson in Mississippi
- John Henry Richardson of Selby, Yorkshire
- William Richardson, Born in Texas 1901
- Leon Richardson and His African American Line
- Richardsons in Nova Scotia
- James Richardson in Wisconsin
- Richardsons in Troup County, Georgia
- Thomas William Richardson of London, Ontario
- James Stewart Richardson in Ireland
- James Long Richardson in Virginia
- Philadelphia's First Alderman
- Richardson African American in Australia
- A Richardson Line in Australia
- Albert Richardson aka Alberto Riccardi in New Zealand
- George Richardson from Tipperary in Canada
- Richardsons from Ireland in England and Across the Atlantic
- Richardsons at St. Andrew in Jamaica
- Annie Richardson of Hereford and London
- Richardsons in Dumfries
- William Haig Richardson and Fanny Nixon
- Ellen Richardson from Ireland to America
- Richardsons from Tipperary in Ireland
- Isaac Richardson of Croxton in Staffordshire
- Richardsons in Belize
- Jonathan Richardson from Yorkshire to Delaware and Ohio
- Richardson in County Meath
- Richardsons from Ripon to Canada
- Postilion Joe Richardson
- Thomas Richardson, Hartlepool Shipbuilder
- James Richardson and the Submarine Snorkel
- Richardsons from Cheshire
- Richardson DNA
- John Richardson in Swansea
- Richardsons in Lancashire (Tockholes)
- Richardsons in Sunderland
- Richardsons from Bermuda
- Richardsons and O'Neals in Cass County, Texas
- Samuel Richardson the Quaker
- Newcastle Quaker Richardsons
17 October, 2016. John H. Richardson from South Carolina
I know of my Richardson line up to my three times great grandfather who - according to an 1850 Louisiana US Census (when my great grandfather times two was born) was John H. Richardson. He is estimated to have been born in 1920 or 1921 in South Carolina.
Some speculate John's middle name was Harrison who was a great grandson to a guy who fought in the Revolutionary War named Mathias Richardson. But so far this has been denied by people who are researching Mathias Richardson. One relative said he guessed John's middle name was Hammond. But I cannot find any info on a John Hammond Richardson in South Carolina. Also saw a message board that even used the name Hardy.
My John H. Richardson was married to Katherine Richardson (Burnett) who was born in South Carolina as well. The census I refer to in 1850 showed the family living in Bienville, Sabine Parish, Louisiana where a lot of my Richardson line can be traced. I am told by family that they thought our Richardsons came from Mississippi and also that we were either of or had Cherokee Indian blood in this line.
Anyway, sorry that my story is all over the place but, seems that is how this family kind of is.
John B. Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
September, 2016. Richardsons in Bedfordshire
I am writing regarding the Richardson family based at Maulden/Amptill in Bedfordshire during the 1800’s and early 1900’s. The family has a genetic illness called GSS, which is a prion disease. The genetic mutation is p102l. The illness is closely related to CJD.
surnames are now not all Richardson, I
have currently found relatives with the surname Dennis, Sharp, Crawley,
Upchurch, Metcalf and Webb. I
am also aware that Walter George Richardson lived in Norfolk, so I am
looking at Bedfordshire.
My grandmother was Elsie Richardson, her father was Sydney Philip Richardson and his father was Philip Richardson. I am currently compiling a family tree, which so far consists of eight generation, but due to Philip and Sydney Philip having a lot of siblings it is proving quite difficult. If anyone would like to talk to someone who understands or can help me make sense of everything, then please reply.
Rebecca Emery (email@example.com)
July, 2016. Richardsons in South Carolina and Texas
Please can you help with my husband's Richardson family. His third great grandfather was Thomas Richardson. Thomas was born about 1800 in Fairfield county, South Carolina and died in June 1859 in Angelina county, Texas and was buried in the McClure cemetery in Angelina county, Texas.
Thomas's daughter, Martha Catharine or Catherine married William Thomas. We has always been told William Watts Thomas was his name but have never seen anything conclusive. A copy of a family Bible has that "Martha Catharine/Catherine Richardson born on September 22, 1820 and was married on the 6 May 6, 1839." The Bible does not specify which state or to whom Martha married.
A newspaper article confirms the story of how the Richardsons and Thomases came to Texas. From The Diboll Free Press:
The story we had been told was that the family was travelling to Texas on a river. The flatboat they were travelling on caught on fire and the mother drowned, (one version) or that the father threw a trunk for her to hang on to and it hit her on the head and killed her (another version) or that both parents were killed (yet another version).
Thomas Richardson was the son of Samuel Richardson and Elizabeth Elliott. I believe Thomas Richardson was born in Fairfield county, South Carolina.. We have a copy of Samuel Richardson's will proved on March 18, 1801. This will mentions wife Elizabeth (Elliott), son John Richardson, Thomas Richardson and Margret Richardson (married Nathaniel Mann). An orphaned child, Dudley was mentioned although there is no other mention of Dudley. William Kennedy was one of the witnesses (William was a son-in-law.) Also qualified was Elizabeth Richardson (wife), Robert Richardson (brother) and James Elliott (brother in law).
Samuel Richardson's parents were Thomas Richardson and Margaret.
I have Thomas Richardson's will as Thomas Richardson Sr. of Craven county, South Carolina on March 18, 1783. The names included are Margaret, son William, son Thomas Jr., daughter Jennett Kennedy, daughter Mary Richardson, son Samuel, daughter Margaret Richardson, son Robert. James Rabb and Hannah his wife appeared before John Winn Esq. a Justice lately of Fairfield county and swore that they witnessed the will and that it was witnessed and written by Robert Branham, now dead, and the will delivered into the care of his mother, was lost but lately found in its mutilated condition.
Thomas Cameron appeared before John Buchanan JP of Camden District on March 31, 1786 and swore that he heard Thomas Richardson Snr. of Fairfield county, say two days before his death that he had formerly made a will but it had been so long ago that he wished Cameron would destroy it which he says he did and then made a non-cupative will in which he devised his moveable property he equally divided between his widow and four children who lived with him vis: Samuel, Robert, Mary and Margaret Richardson (daughter of the decd). Margaret Richardson, widow of Thomas, planter, applied for admnistration on August 25, 1786, citation not returned.
The estate was appraised on October 18, 1787 by John Hawthorn, John Elliott and Thomas Richardson. They were qualified on May 18, 1787.
Can you help me past Thomas? I honestly haven’t gotten that far and I would like any help or suggestions you could give. I would appreciate any help you might give me, this is my husband's line. The Thomas Richardson born in 1800 was my husband's fourth great grandfather.
Jacqueline Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
June, 2016. David Richardson of Cumberland and Galveston, Texas
My second great grandfather David Richardson was born circa 1818, the son of David Richardson and Sarah Monkhouse, in Cumberland. His first wife was Sophia Short, his second wife was Jean St Clair Irving and on his deathbed in 1871 he married his “good friend” Mrs. Kate Roberts. He also had a liaison with Elizabeth Oates who was born on the Isle of Man and is my ancestor. No record of a marriage between David and Elizabeth can be found.
David emigrated with his then family in 1848 to the USA and soon became a partner with Willard Richardson (no relation) in the Galveston daily newspaper. David was connected with this newspaper until his death in New Jersey in 1871. David had a total of 14 known children.
Pat Galovich (email@example.com)
18 June, 2016. An Old Richardson Dispute in Kentucky
My father Ercil Richardson and his father John Richardson and his father Nathan Richardson were all born in Missouri. But Nathan's father, also Nathan Richardson, was born in Kentucky. His father was a John Richardson born in Virginia.
I found some slave records in Kentucky, some old court records of a family lawsuit over slaves and items in Kentucky. Apparently my great plus grandfather was mad that his family abandoned him in his sick old stage of life and had only a couple of old slaves to care for him. So he left his land and possessions to those slaves in his will. The daughter, I don't remember her name, sued to contest the will. The daughter testified that the brothers left drank a lot. His neighbor testified he was of sound mind when he made his will.
Would like more information on my line and stock.
June, 2016. Richardsons in British Columbia
All my family as far back as the late 1700's that I can find from British Columbia in Canada are from Yorkshire. Both sides in fact are from Yorkshire, Blades being the other. Locations are Scarborough, Silpho and Scalby. The parish of Hackness has some records.
In the Victoria, British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame there is the following:
“Major F. Richardson, the records speak for themselves. He was given the O.B.E. by Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace for his efforts in training the soldiers to go to France. He was also instrumental in the research and development of the Enfield 303 SMLE which was and is still used today. He was not allowed to keep his own rifle he worked on. He was also at one point a hospital sergeant and was said to have saved 14 lives during his fifty year service to both England and Canada.”
David Owen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2016. Leon Richardson from Merchantville, New Jersey
I am seeking info concerning a third cousin of mine, Leon Richardson. He was born on 18 March, 1887 in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania and grew up in Merchantville in Camden county, New Jersey. I don’t know where or when he died, but have discovered the following info and hope that someone might recognize this Richardson family.
He was the third of five children born to George T (1860-1931)) and Rachael Stott Richardson(1866-1931). An older brother Samuel and younger sister Irene died in early childhood, Irene from typhoid fever. His surviving siblings were George Lawrence (1896-1932) and Bertha Wright (1897-1985).
Leon was married twice. His first marriage ended in divorce. He remarried in 1918 to Frances J. Eslinger in Ohio.
At that time he was an Army aviator with the rank of lieutenant. He would reach the rank of major when he was discharged in 1919. He was a certified pilot and instructed pilots and bombers in Washington DC during WW1. He also was involved in flying exhibitions both in and out of the army and was noted in a 1920’s book Who’s Who in Aviation. He later was the assistant to the President of the US Mail Steam Shipping Co. Prior to his army service he was involved in the exploration of Antarctica, Siberia and Northern Alaska with the Alaskan Steam Shipping Co.
His last address that I found was in the 1940’s in New York City. But he also was working in DC during WW11. He and Florence had a daughter, Florence EJ Richardson who was twenty in 1940 and recorded in the federal census as an actress. Leon was recorded as an accountant. I read that he graduated from the University of Washington but the 1940 census notes only two years of college.
His mother and father had ties to Delaware county, Pennsylvania. His grandparents (Samuel and Elizabeth Fullerton Stott) were from county Armagh in Northern Ireland.
Maureen Robinson (email@example.com)
28 March, 2016. Ellethera Richardson of Middlesex County, Ontario
My great great grandmother was Ellethera Richardson also called Ellen. She was married to Burras Shaver and lived in Ontario in 1861, according to the Canada West census in 1861 Middlesex County. I haven't been able to find any other information about her parents etc.
Karen Good (firstname.lastname@example.org)
26 March, 2016. Elizabeth Richardson in South Carolina
I had always believed that my great grandfather Lorenzo Altman he was married to an Elizabeth Hardwick. However, some postings have him married to an Elizabeth Richardson, including the death certificate for her daughter Martha. Elizabeth or Betsy was born around 1833.
I live near the Eaddy Ford cemetery in Johnsonville, South Carolina where Lorenzo and Betsy were buried.
John Altman (email@example.com)
22 March, 2016. Richardsons/Richisons in Missouri
trying to find
information out about James Aaron Richardson, born about 1842
He was said to have been murdered by bushwhackers either in Kentucky or
married to what we
have as Roseann Elizabeth (Nancy Jane Coulter) Colter at the time. She
pregnant with their one and only child, a son named James Aaron
Richardson/Richison. He changed the last
name from Richardson to Richison for unknown reasons. Nancy
Jane went on to marry a Nathan Martin.
Rosanna Leon (Rosanna.Leon@LA.GOV)
2016. Kathleen Richardson in British India
My mother's mother was a Richardson, Kathleen, born in Velor, near Hyderabad Deccan, India in the late 1800s. Her family was British military, 'other ranks.'
Her brother, Uncle Alfie, was a sergeant rough rider. Rough riders were the men who broke in the walers, horses imported from New South Wales in Australia and which provided the great majority of mounts for the British army in India. Alfie seems to have been the archetypal drunken, fighting Irishman. He would get drunk, hit an officer, be busted down, work his way up to sergeant again etc. Alfie, like the many of British other ranks there, was born and died in India.
Kathleen made it to Britain because two of her daughters had married Englishmen and she accompanied them to England after the 1939-45 war. The family was reportedly 'bog Irish' from county Cork. Kathleen was, curiously, virulently anti-Irish despite being of pure Irish extraction herself.
Anthony Glynn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
records regarding my great-grandmother Sarah Jane Richardson White
(1838-1910). Her parents were David and
Richardson of Mississippi. I have not
been able to find any further information about David and Elizabeth. 16 February, 2016. David and Elizabeth Richardson in
16 February, 2016. David and Elizabeth Richardson in Mississippi
Pam Wells (email@example.com)
24 July 2015, John Henry Richardson of Selby, Yorkshire
24 July 2015, John Henry Richardson of Selby, Yorkshire
researching for a
dear friend of mine. His father John
Henry Richardson (1920-1950) married Frieda Margaret Brown (1922-2000)
lived in Selby, Yorkshire. John Henry
died in Wakefield hospital after a quarry accident but no one seems to
where he is buried. His father’s
was William. But that’s all I have been
able to find out about this mysterious family and I am hoping someone
15 April 2015. William Richardson, Born in Texas 1901
never met nor seen my
grandfather William Richardson who was born in 1901 in Texas. He may have been known as Jim Richardson or
Jim or James may have been middle name. Also
he may have lived in Raton, New Mexico.
10 November, 2014. Leon Richardson and His African
My grandfather's name was Leon Richardson, of Clairton, Pennsylvania. Before he passed 25 years ago he stated to me that our family name came from a plantation in South Carolina and he remembered the name Ibraheart Richardson.
10 November, 2014. Leon Richardson and His African American Line
looking for information
on slaves or any African Americans with the name Ibraheart from the
from the time period about 125 years ago.
Leon died 25 years ago at the age of 98.
Also he stated that our family line is from Nigeria and that we
from the Watusi tribe line.
30 July, 2014. Richardsons in Nova
family’s history and genealogy as a gift to my grandfather George
Richardson. My grandfather is from a small
named Blue Rocks in Lunenburg county in Nova Scotia.
As I trace his (our) genealogy I get back to
about the mid 1800’s and the records get sporadic. I thought I’d try
tactic and try to find out about why and when Richardsons came to Blue
Lunenburg. It would be great to know
more about the earliest Richardson settlers in that part of the world.
3 April, 2014. James Richardson in Wisconsin
I am researching our family tree and have come to a block on my paternal side. My 3rd great grandfather is James Richardson. I have seen his gravestone in East Delavan Cemetery in Delavan, Wisconsin which shows a birth date of 15 Oct 1781 and a death of 18 Oct 1847. He married Elizabeth Cassada/Cassidy (whose mother was Marguerite Van Antwerpen from Schenectady, NY) and had three girls: - Diana, Margaret, and Elizabeth (who married Martin Hart Brigham).
3 April, 2014. James Richardson in Wisconsin
I have no idea where he was
York, Canada, and England are all
possibilities. I don't know if he
has a middle initial/name either. He is an enigma in my
and I would love to know more about him!
Elbert Durkin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
25 February, 2014. Richardsons in Troup County, Georgia
born in 1785 in South Carolina. He
married his first wife Mary Eaton Brown in 1808 and they moved to
in Georgia in 1808. Their first child
Lucretia was born in 1808, their second child John in 1815. Around this time Mary Eaton died and David
married a second time, to Nany Ann Delaughter from South
Carolina. Nancy died in Macon county,
Alabama along with
their son George Delaughter Richardson. My line comes from their eldest child David
Nelson Richardson Jr, who was born in Georgia in 1817.
been working on this Richardson family
genealogy most of my adult life and I am brick-walled at Troup county,
circa 1830. I am aged 69 years old and do
hope to find my David Richardson's father before I become an ancestor
myself. I have all of David's estate
records from the
Troup county Georgia archives. He and
his sons owned close to 1,000 acres of cotton land circa 1850, the date
Richardson, Newnan, Georgia (email@example.com)
February, 2014. Thomas William Richardson
of London, Ontario
Houghton. I live in St. Thomas, Ontario and I am looking for my great
His name was Thomas William
Richardson and he, died on August 2, 1944 in London, Ontario. At the time of his death, he was married to
my great grandmother, Edna Leon Cummings (or Armstrong).
My grandfather owned a well-known hotel with
Edna in London, Ontario at the time of his death. He
was a former OPP officer from
Toronto. He is buried in the Woodland
cemetery in London, Ontario. This is
really all I know about him. If he is
part of your family history, I would appreciate any information.
Houghton (vhoughton1@ hotmail.com)
10 January, 2014. James Stewart
Richardson in Ireland
seeking any info on my great grandfather James Stewart Richardson who
lived on Donore Avenue in Drogheda
around 1914, with a wife with an initial starting with N.
grandfather Charles James Richardson
enlisted in the New Zealand Auckland Mounted Rifles in 1914, serving in
Gallipoli and the Sinai campaign in
Egypt and then returning
to New Zealand in 1919 and dying there in 1933 aged 44.
My father Charles James Richardson was the only
son. He moved to Australia in 1976 with
Neal Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
November, 2013. James Long Richardson in
November, 2013. James Long Richardson in
I am looking for information
on James Long Richardson of Patrick county, Virginia circa 1770-1800.
Scott Richardson (email@example.com)
2 September, 2013.
Philadelphia’s First Alderman
grandfather William Samuel Richardson was a
friend of William Penn and made Philadelphia's first City Alderman by
him. He was a Quaker and a leader in Philadelphia in the 1700's,
among the Quakers. He once owned what is now Market Street. He was said to have lived in Jamaica for a
time before coming to Pennsylvania.
He may have lived in Wales prior to his emigration, but I am not
that his son Joseph married a Bevan who is also in my line.
Pierpoint Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
4 June, 2013. Richardson African American in Australia
writing to try and
trace my lineage to an African American from Philadelphia who came to
the Solomon Islands
Queensland and the Torres Strait where he worked as a sail maker, a
and a master of a pearling lugger out of Thursday Island in the 1800’s. His name was George Washington Ezekiel
was my grandfather’s father.
Hope to hear from you
Julia Kauli (email@example.com)
18 May, 2013. A Richardson Line in Australia
I may have some
information concerning the Richardson family in Australia and in
about him taking his mother's maiden name Richardson to hide his true
I have been told that he jumped ship as
a boy. Apparently he was a drummer.
I am from the line of Sophia Richardson,
daughter of Alfred Richardson who took his mother's maiden name (Mary
Richardson) - but I think he is actually not hers but her husband's
son. I think there is a relationship with
Ellie Newsome (firstname.lastname@example.org)
31 March, 2013.
Albert Richardson aka Alberto Riccardi in New Zealand
Albert Richardson, born in Huddersfield in 1839 and sometimes known as
Alberto Riccardi, made his name in opera. The following was how
advertised himself in the Otago Daily
Times in 1894:
Opera. Mr. Albert Richardson
(Signor Alberto Riccardi), principal baritone Royal Italian and English
is prepared to receive a limited number of pupils for the operatic
appear in operas shortly to be produced. Complete training in
vocalization, elocution and acting.”
New Zealand research has revealed that Albert
Richardson had first
arrived there with the Simonsen Opera Company in 1876 and had toured in
towns and cities over a six month period.
no solid evidence that Albert was ever in New Zealand again
until his arrival in Dunedin in April 1893. Albert then began to
advertise as an instructor in Italian and English singing. He
pupils at his rooms at the Octagon. His wife Mathilde and
Beatrice were with him in Dunedin; and they advertised too, as piano
at the family residence at View Street, Moray Place.
year he announced first chorus
rehearsals for a production of the opera Maritana.
Maritana opened on 20
June at the Princess Theatre for a four night season. Beatrice
principal role of Maritana and Albert conducted. On the second
night, his son Vincent Richardson took the part of the King of
Otago Daily Times review of the
opening night noted that attendance at the opera was “decidedly
satisfactory.” The review of the third night gave it a warm
commendation. Beatrice in the title role acted with grace and
abandon, while her singing was likewise of a satisfactory character.
following year, 1895, Maritana also had a four
run. But the Richardson family left New Zealand afterwards and
apparently returned. Albert died in Brisbane, Australia in 1927.
Ian Richardson (email@example.com)
March, 2013. George Richardson from
Tipperary in Canada
George Richardson, a shoemaker who came over to Canada from Tipperary
in 1818 or so. George
went on to be a prominent Baptist preacher in Nova Scotia, settling in
the Sydney, Cape Breton area of the province.
anyone can help confirm
the following, I would be very grateful:
was born of wealthy parents in England near the
English/Scottish border. About 1805 the family moved to Ireland, where
George attended Dublin University and married Elizabeth Corcoran."
no record of George in the Alumni
Dublinensis, however. Also, I have not
been able to find out who his parents were and where "near the
English/Scottish border" he was born.
Mark Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
March 2013. Richardsons
from Ireland in England and across the Atlantic
great grandfather James Richardson was born in Ireland about
1832. He married Elizabeth Brister in 1866 in England. They
while both worked at Barrington Court in Somerset. By 1874 they
in Horton, Bradford in Yorkshire, where James Richardson died in 1890.
seemed determined to break away from
his family still in Ireland and was said to have burned any letters
them. Since Elizabeth did not read, we have not been able to
where in Ireland James was born.
his own father as James Richardson on their marriage
certificate. We are hoping someone has a story about a family
left Ireland and refused to be in contact. We have heard he
refused to go
into the church as his father wished, but are unsure which church that
was. His wife and children were Protestant.
and Elizabeth had seven children – James,
Anne, Jane, John, Martha, Thomas, and Emma.
Elizabeth and all the children except Anne came to Canada
America between 1906 and 1908.
would be wonderful.
Rowena Richardson (email@example.com)
May 2012. Richardsons at
St. Andrew in Jamaiica
looking for information on the Richardsons in
Jamaica, in particular in the parish St Andrew and information about my
grandfather, James Maria Richardson.
I've heard that his father came directly from Perth in
Jamaica. I've heard a story about him
being a ship’s captain, but I don't know if that information is correct
it all comes secondhand. My grandfather was married to Emily
Richardson nee Carey
who was of Irish/Jamaican descent.
I would like to know more about this Richardson background. My father’s name was Michael James Carey Richardson. He was born in St Andrew, Jamaica and first immigrated to the US and later to the UK. He passed away this January and I'm now even more curious about my background. If anyone has some information it would be very much appreciated,
G.C. Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
April, 2012. Annie Richardson of
Hereford and London
April, 2012. Annie Richardson of
Hereford and London
Richardson (1869-1953) of St. Pancras - daughter of Henry Richardson, a
mechanic - married Charles
Frederick Smitten on March 29, 1891 in the parish of Islington,
The 1891 and 1901 censuses show her birth place as Hereford in
Herefordshire. I have all her information following her marriage
cannot trace anything prior to that time. Her marriage
certificate shows her father
as Henry and was witnessed by Elizabeth Richardson, possibly her
Annie was my grandmother
and my mother was her only child.
Linda Sandor (email@example.com)
March 2012. Richardsons in Dumfries
31 March 2012. Richardsons in Dumfries
I am looking for information on John
Richardson, birthdate unknown, who married Elizabeth Wright. I understand they lived in Dubside of Heck in
Dumfriesshire. Both he and Elizabeth were
buried in Lochmaben old churchyard. I
believe they only had one child Agnes, born in 1737, who married
William Thorburn. He was born in 1719 and
died in 1790 in
Kelton. Both Agnes and William were
buried in St Michael’s churchyard in Dumfries.
If anyone is researching this family I would be very
hearing from them.
January, 2012. William
Haig Richardson and Fanny Nixon
father William Haig Richardson was born in 1918, I
am told, and raised in Newcastle. He and
every male member of his family worked in the coal mines and it seems
expired of black lung along the way. He was one of perhaps five
offspring. When old enough for service he became a member of the
Coldstream Guards, was stationed briefly as a palace guard, and then
went to North
Africa during World War Two. His legs
were blown off at Tobruk and he spent the remainder of the war in an
German prison camp during which time his family had been notified of
mother Fanny Nixon
was born in 1913 and raised in Harrow, London. I was told that
George Nixon had a family of 5-6 and he drove a horse drawn wagon
Guinness to taverns in the area on a daily route. My mom Fanny
Fay) was the youngest surviving child and her mother died in childbirth
couple of years after my mom was born. During WW2 Fanny
worked in a
factory making the helium filled ground blocking balloons to discourage
Upon my father’s return from
Italy he also worked at the same facility in London where he met my
they married, I believe, in 1944-45. My sister Gloria
was born in 1945 and I William Haig Richardson Jr. in 1950. We
England for the US in 1952 and I had my 2nd birthday on the Mauritania
never known another family
member, never seen a grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc. and now in
health myself, I have set upon a "bucket list" of sorts to locate
another who may remember my family. With luck I hope to return
home for a
visit that is now well overdue.
William (Bill) Richardson (VStrom1000@live.com)
South Carolina, USA
November, 2011. Ellen Richardson from Ireland to America
I am looking for any information about my
great grandmother, Ellen Richardson. She
was supposedly born in Ireland around
1850. Her parents were George and Ellen. In
1871 she married Timothy Callahan in Boston,
Massachusetts. If anyone knows anything
about this Richardson family I would appreciate hearing about it.
Cathy Abraham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
6 October 2011. Richardsons from
Tipperary in Ireland
Richardson from Tipperary in
Ireland. I have details via Catholic church records of my great
grandfather’s marriage in 1850, just after the famine in Ireland, and
baptism of my great grandfather in 1851. In the 1901 and 1911
censuses I can find my great grandfather’s household, even though
two years many of my grandfather’s siblings left for America.
a saying in southern Ireland that
such and such 'took the soup,' meaning that some starving Catholics
famine of the 1840's took food offered on condition that they converted
To me it’s a no brainer, take the food, but neighbors boycotted those
the soup' etc
I could understand if my forebears
converted in the other direction. But I have no idea how my
branch – whom
I’m assuming were Protestant somewhere back - became Catholic. If
your visitors have any clue I'd be obliged.
Tom Richardson (moceelicat@hotmail)
Richardson of Croxton in Staffordshire
Isaac Richardson was
born in Croxton in 1842 in a small thatched cottage, the son of a farm
laborer. In his later years he wrote a number of
experiences of what life was like in the 1880's, a time of change in
the local area. He gave from his experiences accounts of the
people, customs and places in the area of Croxton, Wetwood, and
Eccleshall and many other places. His experiences provided a
unique insight into the building of Croxton church, schooling and his
first "situations" working from the age of thirteen as a local
laborer. Isaac described the Croxton Wakes, Charnes Races,
Barring Day, and many other customs that have been lost in time.
A book on Isaac
Richardson has been published by Ian Symington for the Broughton and
Croxton Local History Group and is available for purchase.
25 August, 2011.
Richardsons in Belize
enquiring if there were any Richardsons who left England and arrived in
Catherine L. Samuels (email@example.com)
20 July, 2011. Jonathan
Richardson from Yorkshire to
Delaware and Ohio
maiden name is Richardson
and I have a clear record of my great great great grandfather Jonathan
Richardson, including his christening record in the Rudston parish
the East Riding of Yorkshire. He was the
son of Jonathan and Sarah Richardson, Jonathan being a weaver. I
naturalization papers from New Castle Co., Delaware that states he came
the USA in 1819, age 37, from Rudston in England. He had been
appears that he was married when he came to America. He
had a dairy business in Brandywine, Delaware.
His children were born there. In
1830 they moved to Ohio where his wife Margaret is buried. Ohio
indicate she was also born in England in 1787.
Rosie Ellen Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
in County Meath
looking for any connection with my family name. My
Dad was Arthur Richardson who was born in
1908 on the Bomford estate in Trim, county Meath. My
grandfather was a coachman for the Bomford
family and lived in one of the cottages on the Bomford land. I believe that part of my family came from the
north of Ireland and before that from Scotland.
Caroline Richardson (email@example.com)
11 April, 2011.
Richardsons from Ripon to Canada
I am looking for information on a John and Ellen Richardson in the Ripon area. My second great grandfather was a son of theirs, Michael Newsam Richardson. He came to Canada by way of the USA around 1850 maybe (we are not sure). All I know is that he was from the Ripon area and his parents were John and Ellen. I cannot find any reference to a birth or anything.
Does your history of the
Richardson apply to all with the Richardson name?
noticed a coat of arms on the internet as well.
Does that apply to all Richardsons?
Faye Patmore (fpatmore@incentre)
Postilion Joe Richardson
Richardson, who was a footman for George Washington, was a dower slave
therefore, not freeable upon the first U. S. president's
death. Martha's inherited slaves, of whom Joe was one, via
marriage to Daniel Parke Custis, were divided between her heirs at the
her death in 1802.
"Sall," was not a dower slave and was freed upon the death of George
Washington. Her children were also free blacks via Washington's
will. Some historians assume that Joe continued to live at Mount
after Washington's death as two of his sons were known to have worked
there during the early 19th century.
Philadelphia historian, Edward Lawler, Jr., has online information
posted on the "Philadelphia Presidents' House" site that details what
is known about the slaves who lived in Philadelphia when it was the
am a Richardson via my Virginia
great-grandmother. Thank you for your very informative and
C. McNamara (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2010. Thomas Richardson, Hartlepool
Please find below an article that I wrote about Thomas
tell me if he was related to the Wigham
who built ships at Newcastle in the late 1800’s.
James’s Church yard in Castle Eden about ten yards from the south west
of the church, lies the grave of Thomas Richardson. The
inscription tells us that he died on the
18th of October 1850 at the age of 56. It
is a flat ‘box tomb’ type grave and it is shared with his wife and
Richardson’s obituary appeared
in The Illustrated London News in November 1850. In
it he is referred to as an ‘exemplary and
excellent individual’ and it briefly outlines his qualities and
achievements. The article is a fitting
tribute to a talented
Richardson led a full and
varied life; he was a self made and particularly astute, business man. He started his career as a timber contractor
for the Earl of Durham. He was involved
in the opening up of the collieries at Wingate and Castle Eden. In 1836 He went into business with Joseph
Parkin. They formed the Richardson and
Parkin yard and were the first modern shipbuilders in Hartlepool. In 1837 the Richardson & Parkin yard
produced the ‘Castle Eden,’ the first modern ship to be built in
Hartlepool. In 1838 the yard was moved to
Middleton. In 1839 the yard was sold to
John Denton. For the next few years,
concentrated on the family business at Castle Eden. He
returned to shipbuilding in 1844, but this
was no longer his main interest. In 1847
Thomas acquired the Hartlepool Iron Works.
After his death his sons - Thomas and John - took over
the business and
concentrated on building marine and mining engines. In
1868 Thomas junior also ran for parliament
but was unsuccessful, losing to Ralf Ward Jackson. However,
on a second attempt in 1874 he won
the seat and became MP for Hartlepool.
grandson, another Thomas Richardson, took over as chairman of the
1890 and later on, through partnership, formed Richardson Wesgarth and
This was to become one of Hartlepool’s
employers till its closure in the 1980’s.
James Richardson and the Submarine Snorkel
the submarine snorkel designed by James
Richardson. Scotts Shipbuilding &
Co. Ltd, Greenock, Scotland, and Richardson were granted British Patent
106330 on 21 May 1917 - long before the usually recognized Dutch and
Charles Dawson (email@example.com)
3 July, 2009. Richardsons from
mother's maiden name was Richardson and
we have managed to trace her father Leslie Richardson born 1899,
William 1861 and great grandfather Samuel 1833, all born in Aston
Birmingham. We then go back to the
where we find Richard Richardson, born in 1810 in Aston by Budworth,
John, born in 1770 in Cheshire, and his father was William Richardson -
but I cannot
find anything on him.
Looking at the
Northwich site, we know that Richard's wife Ann was a grocer in Witton
and that between 1839 and 1841 Richard was licensee of the Britannia
He died in Birmingham in 1850 at the age of 40. From what we can
most of the Richardsons lived in Mill Lane or Witton Street and we know
John's brother William left a substantial will when he died in
would love to find out more about the Richardsons at that time and also
establish where John's father William was born and what he did.
I have seen a lot on the site about the
Richardsons in other parts of the country, but wondered where I might
information about the Cheshire connection.
know if you have any suggestions.
Gill Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
28 June, 2009. Richardson
I was researching online
and found the Richardson name
website. I have enjoyed learning more
about Richardsons in the U.K., U.S. and elsewhere.
I recently participated in
Y-DNA Project. The project’s participants have diverse genetic origins.
For example, many Richardsons are of
Briton or Celtic (Irish, Scottish, Welsh) origin. Other Richardsons are
North Germanic (Angle/Anglian, Frisian, Jute and Saxon) origin. Then there are Richardsons like myself of
Scandinavian origin. Those Richardson’s of Scandinavian origin are
from Danish and Norwegian Vikings that settled in Britain, Ireland and
during the Viking Age.
19 April, 2009. John Richardson in
Have you come across the family of John Richardson who came from the South Shields area but moved to Swansea and made a fortune in the copper ore importation business? He had several children, including John Crow Richardson.
Richardson (1790-1858) m. Elizabeth Clarke (1791-1864)
- John Crow Richardson (1810-1884) m. Elizabeth Walters in 1837 and Eliza Ross in 1848
- John Crow Richardson (1842-1903) m. Theresa Eden P-Serecold (1847-1918)
- Joseph Richardson (1811-1854)
- Sarah Richardson (b. 1813)
- James Coxon Richardson (1817-1874) m. Elizabeth Nichol in 1847 and Georgina Nelson in 1854
- Elizabeth Clarke Richardson (b. 1819)
- Jeremiah Clarke Richardson (1822-1906) m. Margaret Walters in 1848 and Sophia Popkin in 1860
- Henry Francis Richardson (b. 1825)
- Mary Isabel Richardson (b. 1829)
was a major shipowner and
I wondered if there might be some connection with John Wigham
John W. Hawkins (email@example.com)
17 February, 2009. Richardsons in Lancashire (Tockholes)
Richardson Family were
notable in Tockholes from the mid 17th century. Lower Hill is the
original Old Hall where the Richardsons lived although there
are several others including Crowtrees. The
Silk Hall was built by Ralph, second son of Adam
Richardson, in 1764.
The family was involved in the
Nonconformist movement and is thought to have originated from Cheshire
according to “Two Centuries and a Half of Nonconformity in Tockholes”
married into the Walmsley family (first mentioned in Tockholes in 1335)
when the Walmsley line died out with two heiresses. This
was when Walmsley Richardson married
Lydia Walmsley in 1752. Walmsley Richardson and his father, Adam,
Lower Hill House and lands by Auction in 1770 because of Walmsley's
Manchester Mercury, July 24th 1770).
grandson of Walmsley Richardson, also called Walmsley, sold Higher Hill
Thomas Sefton around 1830 and moved to 75 Park Road, Preston where he
shopkeeper. Thomas Sefton is shown living at Higher Hill in the
of 1841 and 1851.
2008. Richardsons in Sunderland
stumbled across your website by accident as
I was looking for Nicholsons and a Richardson married one. My wife is the granddaughter of William
Richardson of Sunderland. He left school
at 14 and worked as anoffice boy in James Laing's shipyard. He spent the rest of his workinglife there and
became company secretary. He was
churchwarden at St Gabriel's church. He
and his wife had three sons, Hugh (later a Church of England canon);
Harold who was killed in France while serving with the 2nd D.L.I.;
Philip who served in the Royal Air Force; Ethel, my wife's mother and
Julia. Julia never married but looked after almshouses in Sunderland.
She received Maundy money from the hand of the
Peter C Nicholson O.B.E. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2008. Richardsons From Bermuda
grandfather's name was Hilton C.
Richardson, his father's name was Daniel B. Richardson and his
name was Austin Richardson. It has
been said that the Richardson's originated from St. Vincent, West
Richardson was a minister here in
Bermuda in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1800's (1887?)
Daniel Richardson was an assistant Pastor of the AME Church here as
My grandfather was a farmer, school teacher and principal at St.
Elementary School, Bermuda, the assistant Pastor and he
designed the St. Luke A.M.E. Church, St. David's
Bermuda after a
cathedral in Paris out of matchsticks.
(Hillie) married Inez Minors when she was 16 years of age. Inez
direct descendant of Jacob Minors - the first Indian slave to
This couple had seven children. Only two
are alive today, Helene and Bernice.
20th July, 2008, we will be having a family celebration at St. Luke
Church and would appreciate any information you may have on the West
side of the family.
Cindy O'Brien (nee Paynter) (Lucinda.O'Brien@conyersdillandpearman.com)
12 May, 2008. Richardsons and O’Neals
in Cass County,
I was just reading the website on the Richardsons. My grandmother was Mary Richardson, born 4-23-1900 in Atlanta, Texas in Cass county to John Richardson and Everline Oliver. John Richardson was the son of Miles Richardson and Fanny Carey.on the 1867 voter registration of Davis [Cass] county, Texas. Miles said he came to Texas from Georgia in 1856.on the 1870 census of Davis county. On page 64 is Miles and his family and next door to him are his parents Charles and Sookie Richardson and next door is their other son Julius and his family.
12 May, 2008. Richardsons and O’Neals in Cass County, Texas
am trying to find out where they all came from before coming to Cass
John Richardson was a sharecropper for
O'Neal. Hardy O’Neal was the son of Henry
F. O’Neal who was the son of Francis O’Neal.
Francis O’Neal married Ketturah Richardson 12-28-1826 in
if any did Ketturah Richardson have to do with my family of
Muhammad Abdullah (email@example.com)
11 November, 2007. Samuel Richardson the Quaker
I have reviewed your
Richardson Name Website
with great interest and thank you for making this information availabe.
I was born a Richardson
of a line
from Samuel Richardson, a Quaker who came to the colonies via Jamaica
probably came around 1687. I am
wondering if this would be the Samuel you mention in your website. One of my relatives has done a wonderful job
of researching the Richardson line back to this Samuel but we have not
able to find much out about Samuel and his family (meaning his parents)
England. We know he was born in
England, became a Quaker, and probably moved from England due to the
persecution of Quakers. He left in
1675-1676 to go to Jamaica first. We
know he died on 10 July 1719 and his wife’s name was Elinor (variously
as Ellinor also) but no last name.
If anyone knows more
about this particular Richardson, I would be most appreciative of the
information. Thanks very much.
Lorinda Richardson Glovier, aka Lori
25 September, 2007. Newcastle Quaker Richardsons
Thought I'd drop you a line to say I'd
enjoyed looking at your Richardson website. I'm a descendant of
the Newcastle Quaker Richardsons. My great grandmother was the
Elizabeth (Richardson) Spence included in your miscellany.
I presume you know of the close family
relationships between the Quaker Richardsons. My great grandmother, for
example, was sister to John Wigham Richardson. Lewis Fry and Sir
Ralph Richardson were their first cousins (once removed respectively).
Are you yourself related to the Quaker
Richardsons in any way?
Ben Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org)