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John Christopher Richardson (1730 - 1789)

John Christopher Richardson
Born in Burdsroid, Yorkshire, Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 23 Apr 1765 in Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 58 in Sackville, Westmorland, New Brunswickmap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Jun 2011 | Last significant change: 6 Jun 2022
23:10: Stu Ward edited the Biography for John Christopher Richardson (1730-1789). (Categorization. ) [Thank Stu for this]
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  • This information was shown about John's baptism - John Richardson was born on December 10, 1730.[citation needed] He was baptized on December 26, 1730 in St. Matthew's Church, Rastrick, West Yorkshire.[1] He was the son of Thomas Richardson and Hannah Thackrey of Burdsroid, Yorkshire.

On the 13th of April 1765 a Marriage license was granted to John Richardson of Sedgefield and Mary Flintoff of Huton Rudby, John was 40 years old (born 1725) and Mary was 30 years old (born 1735)[2]

John Richardson married Mary Flintoff on the 23 Apr 1765 at Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire. The marriage states that John was a resident of Sedgefield, Durham and is a widower. John Richardson signed his name in good handwritting, Mary made a cross for her name so couldn't write. The witnesses were Thomas and Christopher Flintoff.

Here is a transcription of the marriage registration "John Richardson of the parish Sedgefield in the County of Durham widower and Mary Flintoff of the parish of Hutton Rudby in the county of York, spinster were married by a license granted Mr Hopchinson ??jur?? 20 gate in Yarm, in the parish church of Hutton Rudby aforesaid this twenty third day of April in the year 1765 by me Geo Slainthorpe, Vicar of Rudby"[3]

On April 24, 1774 , John & Mary, along with their two children, Christopher and Elizabeth, left Newcastle-upon-Tyne aboard the sailing ship "The Providence" and sailed to Halifax, Nova Scotia.[4] Their third child, Joseph Providence Richardson, was born on board. They settled in Sackville, New Brunswick, where they may have had other children. Charlotte (Richardson) Dobson is often cited as one of their children, but DNA testing has ruled this out (see Charlotte's profile for details).

John died on January 11, 1789 and was buried in the Four Corners Cemetery in Sackville, New Brunswick[5]

Research Notes

  • Birth: There are conflicting birth years for John Richardson - Gravestone says he was 79 when he died in 1789, which would put his birth year at 1710. Marriage record says he was 40 in 1765, which would put his birth year at 1725, and that he lived in Sedgefield, Durham. Need confirmation that these are all the same John Richardsons and not different people.
  • Marriage: Marriage license dated April 13, 1765. Many references to marriage date of April 23, 1765. Is there a source for this?
  • Death: Many sources say that he died in Horton, Nova Scotia. However, as he lived in Sackville, New Brunswick, and was buried in Sackville, New Brunswick, it seems unlikely that he died in Horton, Nova Scotia. To be confirmed.
  • A birth date of 10th December 1730 at Burdsroid (probably Birds Royd, Brighouse), Yorkshire was given for John, It is unclear where this date or place came from, no sources for this information have been found on findmypast - checked 14th August 2020


  1. West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D52/1; New Reference Number: WDP52/1/1; West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
  2. Yorkshire, Archibishop of York Marriage licences index, 1613-1838, Transcription, Borthwick Institute for Archives, Parish Registers, Record 32, Pg 252 - Marriage of John Richardson & Mary Flintoff -
  3. Yorkshire Marriages - - Archive: North Yorkshire County Record Office, Archive reference:N-PR-HTR1-8, Page: 79
  4. Campey, Lucille H. (2010-08-30). Planters, Paupers, and Pioneers: English Settlers in Atlantic Canada (The English In Canada) (Kindle Locations 4174-4175). Dundurn. Kindle Edition.
  5. Cemeteries of Westmorland County: Sackville Parish, compiled by Southeastern Branch, NBGS, 2007 – Pg 48, Four Corners Cemetery, John Richardson

See also:

  • NB Genealogy Society – First Families: Richardson
  • Arrivals 99: our first families in New Brunswick, compiled by members of the Saint John Branch, New Brunswick Genealogical Society, pg 224

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