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George Richardson [r.1.7]

George Richardson was the seventh child of George Richardson & fourth child of George’s second wife Ann Starport, born December 26th 1800 & christened January 6th, 1801 at Trimdon, Co Durham.

George married Mary Linsley on February 25th, 1827 at Gateshead, Co Durham. Mary was born c1808.

In 1828 George & Mary were living at Beamish Burn, Tanfield where their son Thomas was born. George was described as a countryman. Their second son, George, was born at Middle Causey, also near Tanfield & at this time father George was described as a labourer.

By 1832 George & Mary had moved to Seaham where their daughter Mary Ann was born at Carr House. Interestingly this was also the address of George’s cousin Thomas Richardson (2.2) who was farming there in 1833. George was probably working as a farm labourer for his cousin.

By 1836 George & Mary were living at Brick Garth, Seaham & George was still a labourer.

Mary died at Seaton, Seaham aged 30 years & was buried May 2nd, 1838 at St Mary the Virgin, Seaham.

The children of George Richardson & Mary were:

r.1.7.1 Thomas Richardson born Beamish Burn, Tanfield & christened March 23rd, 1828 at Tanfield, Co Durham
r.1.7.2 George Richardson born Middle Causey, Tanfield & christened June 13th, 1830 at Tanfield, Co Durham, died at Seaton & buried February 16th, 1840 at Seaham
r.1.7.3 Mary Ann Richardson born Carr House, Seaham & christened October 14th, 1832 at St. Andrew’s, Dalton-le-Dale, Seaham, Co Durham
r.1.7.4 John Richardson born Brick Garth, Seaham & christened February 28th, 1836 at Seaham

In 1841 George was living at Seaton with children Thomas (13), Mary (9) & John (7). Also living with them was Phoebe Colling, a 32 year old servant & her son Cuthbert Colling (1). Cuthbert was in fact the illegitimate son of Phoebe & George. Phoebe was born August 22nd, 1803 at Black Dean, near Stanhope & christened August 28th, 1803 at Stanhope, Co Durham, the daughter of Cuthbert Collin & Ann Whitfield.

George was still at Seaton in 1851 & continued to be an agricultural labourer. Servant Phoebe Colling was still with him as were children John, an apprentice miller, & Cuthbert (surname now Richardson!). Another child, 6 year old Harriet Richardson, was also listed on the census. Harriet was the illegitimate daughter of Phoebe & was actually christened Harriet Colling (December 1st, 1844 at St Mary the Virgin, Seaham). At the time of the census daughter Mary was a general servant for Thomas & Mary Willis, a farmer at Seaton.

George was still at Seaton in 1861 & Phoebe was now described as his housekeeper. Harriet Colling was also listed with them.

Son Cuthbert, a cartwright, married Margaret Lamb in Oct-December 1864 at Sunderland.

George died at Seaton & was buried on October 21st, 1868 at Seaham.

Harriet (surname Richardson) married Thomas Smith, a boot maker, in July-September 1870 at Seaham.

At the time of the 1871 census Phoebe had entered Easington workhouse & was described as an inmate. Phoebe (listed Collins) died in Jan-March 1875, aged 74, the death being registered at Easington.

The children of George Richardson & Phoebe Colling were:

r.1.7.5 Cuthbert Richardson/Colling born Seaton & christened March 20th, 1841 at St Mary the Virgin, Seaham; died July-September 1913 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne


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