Henry Richardson was the seventh child of William Richardson & Hannah Coar (nee Beaney) born March 18th, 1867 at Dawdon, Co Durham.
In 1871 Henry was with his parents at William St, Dawdon, Co Durham. There were 4 brothers & 1 sister at home. Henry’s father was tragically killed in the Seaham Colliery disaster of 1880.
In 1881 Henry & his widowed mother & 2 brothers & 2 sisters were still living at William St.
By 1891 Henry was still living with his mother but they had now moved to Howarth St South, Bishop Wearmouth. The family had probably moved there as Henry & his brothers were all employed in jobs to do with ships & ship building – Henry was a metal founder, John was a marine engineer & George Robert was a stoker on a steam ship.
Henry married Sarah Hannah Unsworth in April-June 1899 at Sunderland. Sarah was born April 16th, 1877 & christened May 9th, at Bishop Wearmouth, the daughter of Sarah Jane Wolstenholme & Thomas Unsworth, a joiner.
Henry & Sarah Hannah were living at 9 Earl St, Sunderland in 1901 with their 3 month old daughter Eleanor & a niece Alice J Unsworth (17), a laundry maid. Sadly daughter Eleanor died aged 8 months. Henry was a stoker on a steam ship. Living next door at 8 Earl St was Henry’s brother Thomas & his family who was a ship’s engine driver.
Henry was not found in the 1911 census, presumably at sea, but his wife Sarah Hannah & their 4 children – George Robert (8), Thomas Henry (7), John (3) & Harold (1 month) were living at 15 Worcester Terrace, Sunderland.
It appears that the family moved to Fleetwood, Lancashire where 2 more children were born – Ruby Eileen in 1913 & William Beaney in 1915.
Sadly Sarah died at Fleetwood, aged just 38, & was buried on August 12th, 1915 at Fleetwood Cemetery, Lancs.
The 1939 register shows son George Robert, a marine engine fitter, & his wife Ivy & son George Robert living at 12 Kenilworth Ave, Fleetwood. Son John & his wife Margaret were living at 57 Oxford Rd, Fleetwood in 1939 & John was also a marine fitter. Son Harold had moved south to Gloucestershire by 1939 & he & his wife Dorothy were living at 29 Durleigh Close, Bristol & Harold was an aircraft storekeeper. Also listed at the same address was brother Thomas Henry, an aircraft ground engineer, & his wife Florence, however Thomas’ name was crossed out. In 1939 daughter Ruby was listed as house keeper at 67 Oxford Rd, Fleetwood , the head of the household being John Murphy, a hotel cook.
Henry, aged 72, was buried on May 8th, 1939 at Fleetwood Cemetery, Lancs.
The children of Henry Richardson & Sarah Hannah Unsworth were:
r.18.104.22.168.1 Eleanor Richardson born December 3rd, 1900 in Sunderland; died at 33 Catherine St. & buried August 9th, 1901 at Bishopwearmouth
r.22.214.171.124.2 George Robert Richardson born October 25th 1902 in Sunderland; died July-Sept 1977 at Fleetwood, Lancs
r.126.96.36.199.3 Thomas Henry Richardson born December 23rd, 1903 in Sunderland; died July 19th, 1979 at Hayes, Middlesex
r.188.8.131.52.4 William Richardson born June 7th, 1906 in Sunderland; died at 38 Catherine St. & buried September 13th, 1906 at Bishopwearmouth
r.184.108.40.206.5 John Richardson born September 7th, 1907 in Sunderland; died June 1967 in Fleetwood, Lancs
r.220.127.116.11.6 Harold Potts Richardson born February 28th, 1911 in Sunderland; died March 1981 at Grange over Sands
r.18.104.22.168.7 Ruby Eileen Richardson born February 15th, 1913 in Fleetwood, Lancs; died August 1985 at Northallerton, N. Yorks
r.22.214.171.124.8 William Beaney Richardson born June 18th, 1915 in Fleetwood, Lancs; died August 1998 in Ryedale, Yorks