Adam Brown Richardson1

(10 February 1835 - 26 September 1929)
FatherJames Richardson2 (cir. Apr 1775 - Jan 1841)
MotherChristian Outterson3 (cir. 1796 - Dec 1888)

BMDB data

     Adam Brown Richardson was born on 10 Feb 1835 Williamstown, Seigniory of Beauharnois, QUE, CAN, Index id 43058 shows the Baptism of Adam Brown Richardson to mother Christiana Utterson - in Chateauguay, rather than the "New York of Scottish parents" shown in his US census records that has been leading John & I astray.3,1,4,2 He was baptized on 27 Feb 1836 in the Seigniory of Beauharnois, QUE, CAN; Bap. entry reads: James Richardson tailor in Williamstown and Christiana Outterson his wife had a son born on the tenth of February last year and baptized on this the twenty seventh February one thousand eight hundred and thirty xis named Adam Brown by Walter ?? Minr (Signed) James Richardson, Christiana Outterson.2
     Adam Brown Richardson married Elizabeth Phipps cir. 1856 ?USA.1,5
     Adam Brown Richardson died on 26 Sep 1929 Holy Family Hosp., Manitowoc?, WI, USA, at age 94; From Manitowoc Herald News, Friday, Sept. 27, 1929, p. 2
Last Founder of Church Dies Here Thursday
Adam Brown Richardson, 94, After Long Illness; Was Pioneer Sailor and Farmer
A long illness yesterday morning claimed the life of one of the oldest residents of Manitowoc county when Adam Brown Richardson, 94 years 7 months and 8 days, died at the Holy Family hospital. Mr. Richardson was a pioneer sailor and farmer and was the last of the original founders of the St. James Episcopal church in this city.
Born in New York city on February 8, 1835, Mr. Richardson at the early age of nine went to sea and for many years traveled the seven seas to visit every port of importance in the world. He later came to the Great Lakes region, becoming a member of the St. James Church here nearly 77 years ago. The life history of Mr. Richardson is one of intriguing adventure as he was shipwrecked several times and was aboard ships catching fire off the Atlantic seaboard as well as having been in many gales which swept unprotected waters of oceans and lakes.
In 1856 he married Elizabeth Phipps, of Leamington, England,and they were the parents of four children, all of them living outside of Manitowoc. Mrs. Richardson died in 1909 and since then he lived a retired life on a farm immediately north of the city limits.
Four sons survive. They are F. I. Richardson of Appleton, Wm. M. of Kaukauna, T.A. of Tipler, Wis., and George B. of Tacoma, Wash.
Although in failing health for some time, Mr. Richardson objected to being removed to a hospital and was under constant care of a housekeeper and more lately under the care of a trained nurse. The housekeeper, now well over 80 years of age, was removed to the hospital early this week, she and her employer being taken at the same time.
Funeral services are to be held from the Frazier Mortuary, Ninth and Chicago streets, tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will take place at Evergreen.6 He was buried Evergreen Cem, Manitowoc?, WI, USA.6
     John initially interpreted the following as saying Adam's father was James, a tailor in Bermuda.
"In July 1905, the Kaukauna Times ran an article which said, "The Bermuda lily was first introduced into the islands when James Richardson, grandfather of Mrs. W. M. Richardson of Kaukauna, was presented by an English officer with one of the bulbs." John assumed it was Mr., not Mrs. that was intended, because of the surname, but it was indeed Mrs William Meade RICHARDSON that was intended:
Adam's daughter-in-law Naomi KEENEY, dtr of Martha KEENEY formerly GAULT nee RICHARDSON, daughter of James

So we went back to the drawing board.
Patience and perserverance eventually paid off however once attention was switched to Quebec, finally hitting paydirt in the Protestant registers of Huntingdon County and the Seigniories of Chateauguay and Beauharnois where Adam Brown RICHARDSON's baptism is indexed to mother Christiana UTTERSON.

So, the genetic match between John, descendant of Adam, and Ralph a descendant of William of Pringlestead, Eckford, has finally led to there definitely being a connection between at least two of the Morebattle based RICHARDSON families.
The tailor James of Bermuda, and his siblings, also baptized in the Morebattle Gateshaw sessions has now (Jan 2013) also been connected in, but their father James, married to Margaret MABON, doesn't appear to be the James married to Christian OUTERSON.

Any other direct male line descendants from any of those shown on the RICHARDSON page would be welcomed in the RICHARDSON DNA project with open arms to explore these relationships further.7,3

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     Adam Brown Richardson appeared on the census of 1840 enumerated as there's an Adam RICHARDSON in Bath, Steuben Co, NY with 2 males under 5, 1 under 10, I assume he was the 30-40 yr old; Females: 1 under 5; 1 under 10; 1 under 15; 1 30-40.8
     Adam Richardson appeared on the census of 1860 Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co., WI, USA, with Elizabeth Richardson, enumerated as RICHARDSON: A D 25 sailor b NY; Elizabeth 25 b Eng (next entry a Dana RICHARDSON 34 b Vermont, printer, whom John has discounted as a relation.)9
     Edward Richardson appeared on the census of 9 Jun 1870 Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co., WI, with Elizabeth Richardson, enumerated as RICHARDSON: Edward 35 farmer $7400/700 b NY ; Elizabeth keeps house b ENG; Assumed children: Frank 9, Mead 7, Thomas 6, George 3 all b WI.10
     Edward Richardson appeared on the census of Jun 1880 Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co., WI, with Elizabeth Richardson, enumerated as RICHARDSON: Edward (sic) 46 farmer b NY F/M b SCT; wife Elizabeth 46 keeping hse, b ENG F/M b ENG; Children: Frank 19, William 17 both farm laborer, Thomas 14, George 13, All b WI F b NY M b ENG.4
     Adam Brown Richardson was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1900 Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co., WI, with Elizabeth enumerated as RICHARDSON: Adam B 64 farmer b Feb 1836 NY F/M b SCT; wife Elizabeth 63 b Oct 1836 b ENG F/M b ENG emig 1856, 0 children 0 living (sic - have to assume this is a transcription of 6/6? but believed to be 6/4) both marr. 44 yrs; Servant Mary ?Remuge? b Germany.5
     Adam Brown Richardson appeared on the census of 1 Jun 1905 Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co., WI, with Elizabeth Richardson, enumerated as RICHARDSON: A B 70 b NY parents b SCT, farmer own home (farm), mtge; Elizabeth 70 b ENG parents b ENG; Servant Mary RUNGE 40 b Germany.11


     As of bet. 1870 - 1880, Adam Brown Richardson was also known as Edward (assumed to be Adam.)10,4

All the other info

     "went to sea at age 9."1
     Adam outlived his wife Elizabeth Phipps who died on 25 Jan 1909.5,12

External links

     Adam Brown Richardson belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.


Elizabeth Phipps (Oct 1836 - Jan 1909)
  • James Richardson1 (say 1858 - )
  • Frank I Richardson1,13 (cir. Sep 1861 - 1954)
  • William Meade Richardson1,14 (cir. 1863 - aft. 1940)
  • Thomas Al Richardson1 (cir. 1866 - aft. 1929)
  • George Richardson1 (cir. 1867 - Aug 1941)
ChartsTimeline for the Morebattle RICHARDSONs
James & Christian (OUTERSON) RICHARDSON of Morebattle
Last Edited10 Jan 2013


  1. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Rcvd Mar 2009.
  2. Drouin Collection, 1621-1967 (QUE) online at, Birth 10 Feb 1835 Bap. 27 Feb 1836 Adam Brown s/o James RICHARDSON, tailor, Williamstown, & Christian OUTTERSON, Seignory of Beuharnois, QUE, extracted Aug 2012.
  3. Sth West Quebec: 19th Cent. Protestant registers online at and, Bap. 1835 Adam Brown RICHARDSON, mother Christian UTTERSON, Chateauguay Valley, SW Quebec, extracted from index Aug 2012.
  4. 1880 Census images, USA, Manitowoc, Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Roll: T9_1434; Family History Film: 1255434; Page: 160.2000, family of Edward & Elizabeth RICHARDSON, extracted Mar 2009.
  5. 1900 Census images, USA, Manitowoc, Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Roll: T623_1797 Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 79, family of Adam B & Elizabeth RICHARDSON, extracted Mar 2009.
  6. GenForum online at, Obit 27 Sep 1929 Adam Brown RICHARDSON, posted Feb 2008 by John RICHARDSON, extracted Mar 2009.
  7. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 11 Jun 1890 W Mead RICHARDSON (Manitowoc, WI) to Naomi Lee, 2nd d/o J. C. and M. A. Keeney, Hamilton, Bermuda, 24 Jun 1890, from Bermuda newspapers, rcvd Aug 2012.
  8. 1790-1840 Census images, USA, 1840 Bath, Steuben, NY, hsehold of Adam RICHARDSON, extracted Mar 2009.
  9. 1860 Census images, USA, Manitowoc Ward 2, Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Roll: M653_1418; Page: 600; Image: 276, family of A D & Elizabeth RICHARDSON, extracted Mar 2009.
  10. 1870 Census images, USA, Manitowoc, Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Roll: M593_1723; Page: 184; Image: 368, family of Edward B & Elizabeth RICHARDSON, extracted Mar 2009.
  11. Census images, USA, Assorted state census records, 1905 Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, WI, Roll CSUSAWI1905_17, family of A B & Elizabeth RICHARDSON, extracted Mar 2009.
  12. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, Dth 25 Jan 1909 Elizabeth RICHARDSON, Manitowoc, from Evergreen Cem. Obituaries, posted online at, extracted Mar 2009.
  13. FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at, Marr. 27 Sep 1893 Frank I s/o Adam B RICHARDSON & Elizabeth PHIPPS; Josie d/o Warren ANDERSON & Marietta RANDALL, Appleton, Outagamie, WI, from Wisconsin, Marriages, 1836-1930 batch M00347-8 film 1292403, extracted Aug 2012.
  14. Rootsweb Msge Board online at, Marr. 11 Jun 1890 William Mead, photographer, s/o Adam RICHARDSON; Naomii Lee d/o Joshua C KEENEY, from 19th Century Church Registers of Bermuda by Hallett: Methodisit Groom Marriages, #1307, posted Sep 2012 by Judy, online at…, extracted Sep 2012.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.