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Charlotte (Richardson) Dobson (1776 - aft. 1861)

Charlotte Dobson formerly Richardson
Born in Prince Edward Islandmap
Daughter of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Wife of — married 22 Jun 1794 in Westmorland County, New Brunswickmap
Descendants descendants
Died after after age 84 [location unknown]
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Full Sequence mtDNA Haplogroup T2b Earliest Known Ancestor.

Disputed Parentage

Some researchers indicate that the Charlotte Richardson who married Richard Dobson was the daughter of John Christopher Richardson and Mary Flintoff.[1] Others believe she was born in PEI and was the daughter of a British Officer.[2]

There are several Richardson women who all have a connection to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island or people from there and they may be related to each other in some way. They are Charlotte Richardson, Barbara Ann Richardson, Harriet Richardson and Anne Richardson. In some trees some of these have been assigned as children of Alexander Richardson and Ann Whittingham, but except for Rebecca Richardson there are no sources that support Alexander and Ann as their parents. Other possibilities for the parents of some or all of the above are James Richardson and Hannah (Unknown) (Richardson) Dobson.

DNA research (mtDNA) has confirmed that Charlotte Richardson and Barbara Ann (Richardson) Ingraham were sisters.[3] As Charlotte Richardson could not have been the daughter of Alexander Richardson and Ann Whittingham (they were married in 1779 in England. Charlotte was born in 1776 in PEI), they were both likely children of James Richardson and Hannah (Unknown) (Richardson) Dobson.

As well, mtDNA testing of a descendant of Jane (Flintoff) Humphrey, the sister of Mary Flintoff, has ruled out John Christopher Richardson and Mary Flintoff as the parents of Charlotte Richardson.[4]


Charlotte Richardson was born on March 23, 1776.[citation needed] She was likely the daughter of James Richardson and Hannah (Unknown) (Richardson) Dobson. (see Disputed Parentage section). She married Richard Dobson on June 22, 1794.[5](Marriage license dated Mar 14, 1794[6]) They settled in Cape Tormentine, Botsford Parish, New Brunswick, where they raised a large family. In 1851, Richard and Charlotte were living near at least two of their children. A grand-daughter, Ann, age 13, was living with them.[7] Her parents are to be confirmed.

In 1861, Charlotte was widowed and was living with her widowed daughter-in-law Eliza (Wells) Dobson and her 4 children.[8] On that census, she is said to have been born in Prince Edward Island.

Charlotte died after 1861.


  1. New Brunswick Genealogy Society, Arrivals 99 - Our First Ancestors in New Brunswick, pg 224
  2. Trenholm family genealogy - Descendants of John Trenholm and Isabella Coates
  3. Relationship is confirmed by a full sequence match between this Family Tree DNA mtDNA test for Leanne Cooper, a female-line descendant of Charlotte Richardson and this Family Tree DNA mtDNA test for Don Lobelle, a female-line descendant of Barbara Ann Richardson.
  4. No match between this Family Tree DNA mtDNA test for Leanne Cooper, a female-line descendant of Charlotte Richardson and this Family Tree DNA mtDNA test for Anonymous Nelson, a female-line descendant of Jane Flintoff.
  5. Marriage register, Westmorland County, NB pt. 1. 1790-1856, Compiled by Ken Kanner and V. Bing Geldart, 1986 - A-003-0018
  6. Webster Manuscript Collection, Acc #7001, Item 134 Register of Marriage by Charles Dixon
  7. 1851 Census, Library and Archives Canada, New Brunswick Westmorland, Botsford (83) - Pg 10
  8. 1861 Census of New Brunswick, Library and Archives Canada Westmorland, Botsford - Pg 11

See also:

  • A History and Story of Botsford, W.M. Burns, 1933, Pg 66-67
  • History of Sackville, New Brunswick, Dr. William Cochran Milner, 1934, Pg 140-141
  • Information from Barbara Trenholm-Merklinger
  • Louise Ryder Young, The Yorkshire Antecedents and American Descendants of the William H A Richardson Family of Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada and Reading, Massachusetts (1984)

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I've written a series of blog posts explaining the mtDNA testing done to determine Charlotte Richardson's parents. It can be found here:
posted by Leanne Cooper
Richardson-8772 and Richardson-1743 appear to represent the same person because: Parents have been removed from Richardson-1743. These profiles should now be merged.
posted by Leanne Cooper
Arthur - thanks for the info. I've not seen any definitive sources, just what's in Arrivals '99 and the NBGS First Families. I'm going to do some further research, and meanwhile, I'll add a note on this profile. As this is my maternal line, it would be interesting to see if we could find any female descendants of Elizabeth (Richardson) Purdy, or of the possible sister of the Charlotte Richardson b. Charlottetown to compare mtDNA with mine.
posted by Leanne Cooper
Are there any sources that support John C Richardson and Mary Flintoff as Charlotte's parent? The 1861 census for NB has her birthplace as PEI and some family stories has her father as a British Army officer.

Some additional discussion re:Charlotte Richardson is given at

The book "History of Sackville" by W C Milner has:

"The next house was west of Salem Street--(Queen's Road). It was occupied by the widow Richardson, her husband having died at Horton, It was a log house and built for her by her eldest son, Christopher. She had besides him, Joseph and Thomas. Her daughter, Sallie, married _____ Wilkinson and Charlotte married _____ Horton."

posted by Arthur Owen