James Richardson1

(22 December 1802 - 18 August 1879)
FatherJames Richardson1 (say 1770 - aft. 1812)
MotherMargaret Mabon1 (say Jan 1771 - 1812)

BMDB data

     James Richardson was born on 22 Dec 1802 Morebattle, ROX, SCT.1,2
     James Richardson married Mary Moffatt, daughter of Archibald Moffatt and Mary Haddon?, on 8 Dec 1824 St Peter's, Leeds, WRY, ENG, entry shows: James Richardson tailor of this parish & Mary Moffatt of this parish, marr. by banns (published Oct 3 .. to 24th) Both signed. Wit: George ATKINSON, Robt HARGREAVE
Mary appears to be the dtr of Leeds tailor Archibald MOFFATT (1774 -1858) married to widow Mary ATKINSON (1766-1771, SCT to bet. 1841 and 1851, Leeds), their children including a Catherine Hadden MOFFATT, as did James & Mary's, may indicate Mary's mother was a Hadden?3,4,5,6,7,8
     James Richardson died on 18 Aug 1879 Hamilton, Par. of Pembroke, Bermuda, at age 76; Obit: 18 Sep 1879 "Died - In Hamilton, Bermuda, on the 18th ult., James Richardson, a native of Roxburghshire, Scotland, aged 77 years. Note-Some 45 years ago, Mr. Richardson and a brother of his left Scotland for America.
The ship on its passage was drifted upon the reefs of Bermuda and became a wreck. The two brothers, tailors by trade, became residents of the town of Hamilton, and carried on business together for several years, when they dissolved partnership - the one emigrating to the Western States, the other remaining in Bermuda, where until the time of his death he has still continued to reside. The deceased was a brother to the late John Richardson, who for many years resided in the 4th Concession of North Georgetown; and also brother to Mrs Samuel Moffat who died last March, mother of William Moffat of Jamestown, near Durham, and of Samuel Moffat of Beech Ridge."2
     From John (my comments in italics), who was trying to determine if his Adam belongs to James the tailor in Bermuda (which now appears not to be the case): "James Richardson, Tailor and Draper" appears to open a business of his own about 1829 and I think is the one of interest, but there is another James Richardson who appears to advertise as "Jas. Richardson", mostly merchantile stuff." One being mentioned in papers after the tailor has died.
Notices of relevance:
1835, Nov. 3: James Richardson, birth of a daughter in Hamilton on Oct. 26 (Susanna Cox R.)
1836, Oct 18. Died in this Town, on Thursday last, Susanna Cox, infant daughter of Mr. James Richardson, aged 12 months.
1838, Jan 23: Birth, in this Town, on Friday morning last, Mrs. James Richardson, of a Son (Archibald Moffat R.).
1838, Aug 7: Archibald Moffat Richardson, aged 7 months, son of James Richardson, died in Hamilton on July 31.
1838, Oct 23: Reported Outwards from Hamilton: in the Brigantine Queen Victoria, Mrs. James Richardson and Daughter (Mrs, 30, Miss 10, assumed to be Mary and Catherine)
1840, Jun 16: James Richardson, birth of a daughter on June 12 in Hamilton (?Martha Atchison R?)
1841, Nov 9: Birth, in this Town, on the 31st ult., Mrs. James Richardson, of a Son. (Thomas Mabon R.)
1843, Jan 24: [Died], on Sunday evening last, Thos. Mabon, only Son of Mr. James Richardson of this Town, aged 15 months.
1847, Feb 23 : Married, in Pembroke Parish, on Thursday last, by the Revd. James Morrison, Captain Hezekiah Frith to Catherine Hadden Moffat, eldest daughter of Mr. James Richardson (Hezekiah appears to be the grandson of the pirate)
1854, Dec. 12: Miss Sarah B. Richardson, 3rd daughter of James Richardson of Hamilton, married Edwin B. Darrell, formerly of Warwick, on Oct. 24 at Inagua.
1862, July 29: Martha Aitchison Richardson, youngest daughter of James Richardson, married Samuel Walter Gault of Tennessee, on July 24 in Hamilton, by Rev. F. W. Moore (later married Joseph C KEENEY, dtr Naomi Lee married William Meade RICHARDSON, who, with his brothers, were photographers in Bermuda in the 1880s - this is now known to be John's link to the family of James & Mary (MOFFATT) RICHARDSON)
1863, June 23: William Richardson, aged 19 years, 8 months, 4th son of James and Mary Richardson, died of consumption on June 17, at his parents' Reid Street home.
1872, Sept. 10: Mary Richardson, in her 70th year, wife of James Richardson, a native of Yorkshire, died on Sept. 4 in Hamilton, leaving 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren (anyone know who the third surviving daughter is? I'd suspect there's a Margaret in the mix somewhere given James mother was a Margaret)
1879, Aug. 19: James Richardson, aged 76 years, 8 months, died in Hamilton on Aug. 18.
A headstone of James and Mary's children definitively links most of the above to this James RICHARDSON of Bermuda, as opposed to at least two other contemporary James RICHARDSONs (Susanna Cox, Archibald Moffatt, Thomas Mabon, William, and adds an earlier James who died in Leeds, England in 1827 - there does appear to be a bit of a chisellers mistake in the date/age for Archibald on the headstone, repeating Thomas' date/age!)9,10,11,12


James is reported as being the first to grow Easter Lillies in Bermuda

"To James Richardson is due the honor of laying the foundation of a new industry among the community whose trousers he cut and coats he trimmed. James Richardson of Hamilton, Bermuda, was a tailor, but his thoughts were not confined to his thimble and goods. He loved nature as well as his art and was an authority on..." (rest of sentence not available online.)13,14

Migration

     James Richardson emigrated cir. 1831 Bermuda; Date derived from Mary's death "at sea" in 1831, although her supposedly elder sister Catherine was shown as born in Bermuda abt 1828 - unless her age at death was incorrect.2,15,16
     James Richardson and Thomas Richardson migrated on 1 Jun 1837 on the "Brig Someret", New York, NY, USA; This 1837 voyage of the Brig Someret is assumed to be a trip from Bermuda to New York by siblings Thomas and James.
The voyage details show two tailors, James (actually indexed as Jane, but shown as a tailor), aged 35, and Thomas aged 32.
"Jane" gives a final destination of Bermuda, Thomas, USA. Both gave place of origin as Great Britain.17

Wills/bequests

     His estate was probated on 23 Sep 1879 Hamilton, Par. of Pembroke, Bermuda; " I James Richardson of the town of Hamilton in the Islands of Bermuda late Librarian of the Public Library" dated 3 Oct 1873, proved 23 Sep 1879
"my three daughters Naomi Lee, Sarah Brown Darrell and Martha Aitchison Keeney"
"I appoint my three Sons-in-law George Andrews Lee[,] Edwin Benjamin Darrell and Joshua C. Keeney executors of this my will."18

All the other info

     James outlived his wife Mary Moffatt who died on 4 Sep 1872.3,19

Family

Mary Moffatt (Oct 1802 - Sep 1872)
Children
  • James Richardson20 (cir. Oct 1826 - Jul 1827)
  • Catherine Hadden Moffat Richardson21,22 (cir. 1828 - Feb 1850)
  • Mary Richardson16 (cir. Dec 1830 - Sep 1831)
  • Naomi Richardson18 (Sep 1833 - Dec 1902)
  • Sarah B Richardson23 (cir. 1834 - Jun 1918)
  • Susanna Cox Richardson24,25 (cir. Nov 1835 - Oct 1836)
  • Archibald Moffat Richardson26 (Jan 1838 - Jul 1838)
  • Martha Aitchison Richardson27 (Jun 1840 - Dec 1890)
  • Thomas Mabon Richardson28 (Oct 1841 - Jan 1843)
  • William Richardson29 (cir. Sep 1843 - Jun 1863)
ChartsTimeline for the Morebattle RICHARDSONs
James & Margaret (MABON) RICHARDSON of Morebattle
Last Edited7 Jan 2013

Citations

  1. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 22 Dec 1802 James s/o James RICHARDSON & Margaret MABON, batch C118012, Morebattle, ROX, extracted Jul 2008.
  2. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, Dth 18 Aug 1879 James RICHARDSON, aged 77, at Hamilton, Bermuda, of ROX, online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~qcchatea/new_dom.htm, extracted Aug 2012.
  3. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Birth notice 9 Nov 1841 "Mrs James Richardson, of a son" Dth notice 24 Jan 1843 Thos Mabon "only son of Mr James RICHARDSON of this town, aged 15 months", from Bermuda newspapers, rcvd Aug 2012.
  4. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, H/stone children of James & Mary RICHARDSON, online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bmuwgw/richardsonj.jpg, extracted Aug 2012.
  5. Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Marr. 8 Dec 1824 James RICHARDSON & Mary MOFFATT, Leeds, St Peter, WRY, from West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; New Reference Number: RDP68/4/16, online in West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935, extracted from image Aug 2012.
  6. 1841 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Leeds, WRY; HO107; Piece: 1346; Book: 3; ED: 2; Folio: 26; Page: 3; hsehold of Archibald & Mary MOFFATT, extracted Aug 2012.
  7. 1851 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Sub Dist West Leeds, Dist Leeds, WRY, HO107; ED 3e; Piece: 2321; Folio: 270; Page: 18; Sched. 65, hsehold of Archibald MOFFATT, extracted Aug 2012.
  8. FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/, Birth 26 Aug Bap. 24 Sep 1797 Catherine Hadan d/o Archibald & Mary MOFFAT, Queen St, or Whitehill Independent, Leeds, York, from England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 batch C08882-1 film 0828139 (RG4 3399) , extracted Aug 2012.
  9. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Two James RICHARDSONs in Bermuda, from Bermuda newspapers, rcvd Aug 2012.
  10. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Aug 2012.
  11. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, Marr. 18 Feb 1847 Catherine Hadden Moffatt (1828 - 12 Feb 1850) d/o James RICHARDSON & Mary MOFFATT; Hezekiah (Sep 1819 - 17 Feb 1864) s/o FRITH Hezekiah FRITH Jr & Mary MATSON, Pembroke, Bermuda, from http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bmuwgw/frithgen.htm, extracted Aug 2012.
  12. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, H/stone Children of James & Mary RICHARDSON, assumed to be Hamilton, Bermuda, online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bmuwgw/richardsonj.jpg extracted Aug 2012.
  13. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Tailors and lillies, James RICHARDSON of Bermuda, from "The Summary", Volumes 34-35, on google books at http://books.google.co.nz/books, rcvd Aug 2012.
  14. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, COLE, George Watson, Papers 1851-1939, www.americanantiquarian.org/Findingaids/george_watson_cole.pdf, searched Aug 2012.
  15. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, Dth Feb 1850 Catherine Hadden Moffatt d/o James & Mary RICHARDSON, w/o Hezekiah FRITH, Inagua, Bahamas, aged 22 yrs 9 mths, from H/stone children of James & Mary RICHARDSON, online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bmuwgw/richardsonj.jpg, extracted Aug 2012.
  16. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, Dth Sep 1833 Mary d/o James & Mary RICHRDSON, at sea, aged 9 mths, from H/stone children of James & Mary RICHARDSON, online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bmuwgw/richardsonj.jpg, extracted Aug 2012.
  17. USA Immigration Records ex Ancestry "Brig Someret" (sic) 1 Jun 1837 Thomas (32) & Jane (sic - 35) RICHARDSON, both tailors, dest. USA & Bermuda resp., from New York, Passenger and Immigration Lists, 1820-1850, extracted Aug 2012.
  18. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Will 3 Oct 1873 Proved 23 Sep 1879 James RICHARDSON, late Librarian, Hamilton, Bermuda, extract rcvd Sep 2012.
  19. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Dth 4 Sep 1872 Mary w/o James RICHARDSON, in 70th yr, native of Yorkshire, left 3 dtrs 9 grdchildren, at Hamilton, from Bermuda newspaper ?Royal Gazette? 10 Sep, rcvd Aug 2012.
  20. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, Dth Jul 1827 James s/o James & Mary RICHRDSON, Leeds, ENG aged 9 mths, from H/stone children of James & Mary RICHARDSON, online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bmuwgw/richardsonj.jpg, extracted Aug 2012.
  21. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Departure 23 Oct 1838 "Reported Outwards from Hamilton: in the Brigantine Queen Victoria, Mrs. James Richardson and Daughter", from Bermuda newspapers, rcvd Aug 2012.
  22. USA Immigration Records ex Ancestry "Queen Victoria" 29 Oct 1838 Mrs (30) & Miss (10) RICHARDSON, arr. NY, from Bermuda, from New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, extracted Aug 2012.
  23. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 24 Oct 1854 Sarah B 3rd d/o James RICHARDSON of Hamilton; Edwin B DARRELL formerly of Warwick, at Inagua (Bahamas), from Bermuda newspaper ?Royal Gazette? 12 Dec, rcvd Aug 2012.
  24. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, Dth Oct 1836 Susanna Cox d/o James & Mary RICHRDSON, Bermuda, aged 11 mths, from H/stone children of James & Mary RICHARDSON, online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bmuwgw/richardsonj.jpg, extracted Aug 2012.
  25. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Dth notice 18 Oct 1836 Susanna Cox infant d/o James RICHARDSON, aged 12 mths, in Bermuda papers ?Royal Gazette?, rcvd Aug 2012.
  26. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Dth 31 Jul 1838 Archibald Moffat s/o James RICHARDSON, aged 7 mhts, at Hamilton, from Bermuda newspaper ?Royal Gazette? 7 Aug, rcvd Aug 2012.
  27. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr.24 Jul 1862 Martha Aitchison youngest d/o James RICHARDSON in Hamilton to Samuel Walter GAULT of Tennessee, published Bermuda 29 Jul 1862, from Bermuda newspaper index (http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/317533816), extracted/ rcvd Aug 2012.
  28. John RICHARDSON (59474), "EM RICHARDSON, Adam ex John R (DNA)," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Birth 9 Nov 1841 "Mrs James Richardson, of a son" Dth 24 Jan 1843 Thos Mabon "only son of Mr James RICHARDSON of this town, aged 15 months", from Bermuda newspapers, rcvd Aug 2012.
  29. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, Dth Jun 1833 William s/o James & Mary RICHRDSON, Bermuda, aged 19 yrs 9 mths, from H/stone children of James & Mary RICHARDSON, online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bmuwgw/richardsonj.jpg, extracted Aug 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.