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John Christopher Richardson (1730 - 1789)

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John Christopher Richardson
Born in Burdsroid, Yorkshire, Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Sackville, Westmorland, New Brunswickmap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Jun 2011
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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. John married Mary Flintoff on April 23, 1765 in Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire[2]

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.[3] 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[4]

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.


  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 (Available on
  3. 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.
  4. 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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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with John by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with John:

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John is 19 degrees from Walter Morrison, 27 degrees from Alison Wilkins and 19 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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