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Thomas Richardson [r.]

Thomas Richardson was the fifth child of Thomas Powell Richardson & Mary Wilson, born at Warden Law in 1856 & christened March 23rd, 1856 at Houghton-le-Spring.

Thomas was living with his family in 1861 (Warden Law Hill House) & 1871 (Sun Inn, Houghton). In 1871 he was recorded as a grocer.

On December 25th, 1878 Thomas married Margaret Ann Liddell at St Michael & All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring. At the time of the marriage Margaret was 21 & Thomas 22. Margaret was the daughter of George & Isabella Liddell (Liddele in IGI ref), christened August 2nd, 1857 at Houghton-le-Spring.

By 1891 Thomas & Margaret were living at North Terrace, Dawdon, & Thomas was a grocer. They had 4 children by this time – Mary (11), Eleanor (Ellen) (9), Robert (6) & Thomas (3), all born at Seaham Harbour.

The Sunderland Daily Echo & Shipping Gazette of July 25th, 1892 carried an advert for the sale of Thomas’s shop & dwelling house at Back North Terrace, Seaham.  Details could be obtained from Thomas  at Hendon Tavern, Hendon Rd, Sunderland & the Bay Horse, Sunderland St, Houghton-le-Spring.

Thomas died on December 2nd, 1893, aged 37, at the Bay Horse, Houghton & at this time he was an innkeeper. He was buried on December 5th, 1893 at Houghton-le-Spring.  Probate was granted at Durham on January 15th, 1894 to widow Margaret Ann & his effects were £211.15s.9d.

Margaret was still at the Bay Horse in June 1894 when a newspaper article in the Durham County Advertiser of June 1st, related that she was the landlady in a case brought against some men who were accused of being drunk on the premises.

The children of Thomas Richardson & Margaret Ann Liddell were:

r. Mary Isabella Richardson born Jan-March 1880 at Back North Terrace, Seaham Harbour
r. Eleanor Richardson born July-September 1881 at Seaham Harbour
r. Robert Liddell Richardson born April 22nd, 1884 at Seaham Harbour; died 1937 in Lackawanna, Pennsylvania

r. Thomas Richardson born April-June 1886 at Seaham Harbour; died April-June 1886 at Seaham Harbour
r. Thomas Richardson born Jan-March 1888 at Seaham Harbour

r, Frances Annie Richardson born Jan-March 1890 at Seaham Harbour; died Jan-March 1890 at Seaham Harbour
r, Margaret Ann Richardson born Oct-December 1891 at Seaham Harbour; buried August 7th, 1893 at Houghton-le-Spring

Widowed Margaret married William Farish, a coal miner, on October 30th, 1901, the marriage at Houghton-le-Spring.  William was born c1861 at Haswell, Co Durham, the son of  Isabella & Thomas Farish, a coal miner.  However, at the time of the census in March 1901 Margaret & William were living at Sunderland St, Houghton-le-Spring & recorded as married! With them was Margaret’s daughter Eleanor Richardson (19), & son Robert L Richardson (a masons apprentice) & Norman Farish (4). Norman was born October 12th, 1896 at Sunderland St, Houghton-le-Spring & registered as Norman Farish Richardson.  There were also 2 boarders – Clare M A Harcourt, a school mistress from Somerset & Eliza J Williamson, a dressmaker of Sunderland. Margaret’s daughter Mary Richardson (21) was visiting her aunt & uncle Ann (Richardson) & Robert Earnshaw at Stockton Terrace, Ryhope at the time of the census. Margaret’s son Thomas at the age of 13 was registered at the Stannington, Northumberland north east reformatory for unknown misdemeanours! His occupation was given as a tailor. (A report in the Sunderland Daily Echo & Shipping Gazette of February 22nd 1901 told of a young boy named Thomas Richardson of Houghton-le-Spring charged with breaking into a grocer’s shop in the Market Place & stealing money from the till.  His mother said she had no control over him & was willing for him to be sent to an industrial school. Thomas pleaded guilty & after being imprisoned in Durham for 14 days would be sent to a reformatory for 3 years.)

In 1911 Margaret & William were living at 33 Queen View, Whitley Bay, Northumberland. William had become a licensed victualler. In addition to son Norman Farish, they had a daughter Florence, aged 9. It is known that Margaret's son Robert Liddell Richardson emigrated to the United States & married Hilda Stephens in 1913 in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Robert and his wife Hilda were listed in naturalization records in Pennsylvania, USA.

William died on August 8th, 1915 at 7 The Hawthorns, East Boldon.  Probate was granted on September 18th, 1915 to widowed Margaret & Ralph Donkin, innkeeper.  His effects amounted to £72.11s.6d.

Margaret died on June 4th, 1931 at 57 Hartington St, Sunderland.  Probate was granted on October 12th, 1931 to step-son Norman Farish, licensed victualler & Ralph Donkin, retired licensed victualler.  Her effects amounted to £348.18s.10d.


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