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Catherine Mary Richardson b.1887 Whisby Lincoln

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Unknown Report 10 Nov 2012 19:50

Catherine Mary Richardson b.1887 in Whisby Lincs is my deceased Grandfathers sister. My grandfather and her were orphaned at an early age, she was only 3. Their childhood was spent in the care of Uncles and Aunts. I last found her in the 1911 Census working (and possibly living) in a hotel in Vernon Place, Bloomsbury, London. I have tried but cannot find a marriage or any further data beyond 1911. It may be that in later years she became a resident of Mablethorpe as myself and cousins remember visiting a relative there as children with my grandma.

Please help if you can.


MarieCeleste Report 10 Nov 2012 20:06

Hello Douglas, and welcome to the boards.

Do you know her exact date of birth? - That might be an advantage in trying to find a death record to work back from.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 10 Nov 2012 20:10

1891 ?
CLAY, Samuel Head Married M 36 1855 Drayman
Dunholme, Lincolnshire
CLAY, Martha Ann Wife Married F 36 1855
Allerton, Yorkshire
CLAY, Harry Son Single M 12 1879 Weft Room Boy
Bradford, Yorkshire
CLAY, Mary Daughter Single F 11 1880 Worsted Spinner
Bradford, Yorkshire
CLAY, Samuel Son Single M 9 1882 Scholar
Bradford, Yorkshire
RICHARDSON, Katherine M Niece Single F 3 1888 Scholar
Wisby, Lincolnshire
SPRIGHT, Mary Mother In Law Widow F 66 1825
Allerton, Yorkshire
Piece: 3628
Folio: 9
Page: 10
Registration District: Bradford
Civil Parish: Bradford
Municipal Borough: Bradford
Address: 9, Broad Street, Bradford
County: Yorkshire (West Riding)

Chris :)


MarieCeleste Report 10 Nov 2012 20:11

What was her father's name? Even if just to eliminate this marriage:

London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921

Name: Catherine Mary Richardson, spinster
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1887
Age: 30
Spouse Name: Frederick Alexandra Hughes, bachelor. A manager
Spouse Age: 28
Record Type: Marriage
Event Date: 7 Apr 1917
Parish: Fulham St Peter
Borough: Hammersmith and Fulham
Spouse Father Name: James Hughes - cabinet maker
Register Type: Parish Register

Catherine's father named as Charles Richardson (no occupation or status)

Address for both was 51 Rosaville Road.

Witnesses: John Nash & Arthur Samuel Dangerfield.


safc Report 10 Nov 2012 20:31


name: Catherine Mary Richardson
gender: Female
baptism/christening date: 26 Jun 1887
baptism/christening place: Doddington, Lincoln, England
birth date: 15 Jan 1887
death date:
name note:
father's name: Charles Richardson
father's birthplace:
father's age:
mother's name: Sarah Ann
mother's birthplace:
mother's age:
indexing project (batch) number: C01091-3
system origin: England-VR
source film number: 1542192
reference number: 2:3N26QR2

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 10 Nov 2012 20:45

West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935
Name: Sarah Ann Clay
Birth Year: abt 1860
Age: 20
Marriage or Bann Date: 7 Mar 1880
Parish: Bradford, St Peter (Bradford Cathedral)
Father's Name: Samuel Clay
Spouse's Name: Charles Richardson (Railway Wagon Shunter)
Spouse's Father's Name: William Richardson

Chris :)

West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935
Name: Samuel Clay
Birth Year: abt 1854
Age: 23
Marriage or Bann Date: 23 Dec 1877
Parish: Bradford, St Peter (Bradford Cathedral)
Father's Name: Samuel Clay
Spouse's Name: Martha Hannah Speight
Spouse's Father's Name: Jesse Speight


Unknown Report 11 Nov 2012 21:17

Thankyou everyone, your respones exceed anything I had expected. Truly amazing.
Collectively you have provided much I did not know and confirmed some things I did.

I should have quoted in my original posting that her birth date was 15th Jan 1887 and not just 1887. Her fathers name was Charles Richardson and her mothers Sarah Ann Clay as confirmed by some of you.

Five brilliant responses, thankyou all for your generosity and speed.

I will follow up on the new information you have given me.


Unknown Report 14 Nov 2012 20:13

Thankyou to all who helped me reach this point.
I would now like to pose a follow up question re Catherine Mary Richardson. The question,is where did she spend her final years? This is likely to be Lincolnshire, and it would be great if this turned out to be Mablethorpe because it would confirm the belief of myself and cousins.

What I have so far is as follows:
Birth: 15 Jan 1887 in Whisby, Lincs.
Christening: 26 June 1887 in Doddington, Lincs
Father: Charles Richardson
Mother: Sarah Ann (nee Clay)
Marriage: 7 April 1917 to Frederick Alexander Hughes in Hammersmith & Fulham parish of Fulham St Peter.
Residence: 51 Rosaville Street at time of marriage.

Did her husband survive the World War I years?
Did she remarry?
Did she have children?
Most importantly where did she die and when?

I have tried Family Search and FreeBMD but got nowhere.

Your help to-date has been fantastic but can you crack the last part of the story?

Thankyou very much in anticipation. If you succeed I can write a very news worthy letter to my cousins at Christmas. If not then you have been brilliant anyway.


MarieCeleste Report 14 Nov 2012 21:48

Douglas, just a word of caution - although that marriage fits we don't have 100% proof that it is definitely her.

You could try checking on FreeBMD for any births to the couple.