Dot Tessier (larrytessier @t aol.com), from Suffolk, writes James Richardson on your website is my gt.grandfather's brother. I know James was married to Eliza Heading and lived in Hertfordshire. I knew he worked on the railway in London and died fairly young. What I didn't know was that he was a Cricketer so I found this information interesting. My only doubt is a brother (T Richardson) is mentioned in the obituary and the only brothers I know were, Charles, George and William, unless one of them went by a middle name.
I decided to carry out a quick check oat the census returns to confirm that the James Richardson in the Obituary was your relative - and it is clear that he was. I also scanned some of the press cuttings so that you can see the original.. However the census revealed several facts, such as he married twice, and that his second wife was heavily pregnant when he died - which might be why she is not mentioned as attending the funeral. I suspect that the reference to T. Richardson is an error or misunderstanding by the reporter.
As a result I decided to draw up a time line for James Richardson which I suspect will include some information new to you - which you may want to follow up.
|10th October 1841||James Richardson, son of John and Fanny Richardson, was baptised at St Albans Abbey.||familysearch (birth on FreeBMD)|
|1851 census||Aged 9 and living in Abbey
Mill Lane, St Albans, with parents John and Fanny, and
brothers Charles (16), George (9) and William (9).
|Population ... in 1851: The St Albans Region also available from many other sources|
|1861 census||Aged 19 and lodging in London as a railway porter.||Ancestry|
|13th May 1865||
"The opening match of the newly-formed St. Albans Cricket Club was played on their ground in the Verulam-road on Monday. The weather was lovely; and the ground was in admirable condition, and decorated with the flags which marked the boundaries, it looked very pretty and inviting."
Joseph. Westell’s Eleven: J. Westell, T. Pearce, T. Herbert, W. Beaumont, Anstee, Bowen, W. Dixon, J. Glasscock, A. Gentle.
William. Westell’s Eleven: W. Westell, T. Grimstead, J. Richardson, T. Westell, Wright, Debenham, T. Oakley, Bayley, Perry, Turner.
[This is the earliest press cutting I have indexed which refers to J. Richardson, and his name is mentioned in later reports relating to the Cricket Club.]
|18th October 1866||John [sic] Richardson married Fanny
Hartwell at St Albans [Abbey]
|Oct-Dec 1866||James Richardson married Fanny Hartwell||FreeBMD|
|30th August 1868||Sarah Anne Richardson baptised at St Albans Abbey||familysearch (birth on FreeBMD)|
|Oct-Dec 1869||Sarah Anne Richardson died||FreeBMD|
|25th September 1870||Minnie Maria Richardson baptised at St Albans Abbey||familysearch (birth on FreeBMD)|
Aged 30 and living at Lattimore Road as a railway clerk, with wife Fanny (26) and daughter Minnie M D (8 months)
|July-Sept 1873||Death of Fanny Richardson registered in St Albans area||FreeBMD|
|July-Sept 1876||James Richardson married Eliza Jane Heading in St Pancras registration district||FreeBMD|
|28th October 1877||Emily Jane Richardson baptised at St Albans Abbey||familysearch (birth on FreeBMD)|
|11th April 1880||Anne Thurza Richardson baptised at St Albans Abbey||familysearch (birth on FreeBMD)|
Aged 39 - Railway clerk living at 4 Park Terrace, Lattimore Road, with wife Eliza (24, born Rochester, USA) and children Minnie (10), Emily J (3) and Anne T (1) all born St Albans
|21st June 1884||
HARROW v ST ALBANS
Thanks to the admirable batting of Messrs W. T. Westell, T. Pearce and H. Freeman, a representative St Albans team achieved a victory which at one point in the game seemed very improbable, over a Harrow eleven, on Bernards Heath, St Albans, on Tuesday. This was the first match of the season on the Heath in direct connection with the St Albans Club, and as such it was watched with a good deal of interest. …
St Albans Team: W. Proctor, W. T. Westell, T. Pearce, J. Richardson, H. Freeman, F. Gentle, W. Westell, G. Hartley, J. King, F. Blanks, H. C. Webdale.
[This is the latest press cutting I have indexed which refers to J. Richardson, and he may well have played in later matched.]
|31st March 1886||James Richardson died of consumption [T.B.] at his home in Lattimore Road, St Albans.||From press report|
|3rd April 1886||Obituary.||Herts Advertiser|
|5th April 1886||Buried at St Peters Church, St Albans.||From press report|
|10th April 1886||Account of Funeral.||Herts Advertiser|
|April-June 1886||Death registration of James Richardson in St Albans area.||FreeBMD|
|April-June 1886||Birth registration of James Robert Richardson in St Albans area.||FreeBMD|
|1891 Census||Eliza Richardson (widow) living in Lattimore Road, St Albans, with children Emily J (13), Annie T (11) and James R (4).||Ancestry|
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