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  • ID: I110
  • Name: Francis Richardson 1
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 1751
  • Note: Fiom burial date
  • Burial: 1 JAN 1752 Kirk Merrington, co Durham
  • Residence: Ferry Hill, co Durham
  • Occupation: Cousin of Thomas Gyll, diarist (d 1780)
  • Note:

    Footnote to the reference by tHomas Gyll to George Barkass?s wife eloping:
    On 21 July 1741 Mrs. Richardson, wife of Mr. Francis Richardson of Ferriers-hill (sic) was buried at Kirk Merrington.
    On 1 Jan 1752 Mr. Francis Richardson of Ferry Hill (sic) was buried at Kirk Merrington.
    (Six North Country Diaries. 1910.)
    In medieval times the hamlet of Ferryhill consisted of a small group of farming families that paid rent to Durham Abbey. In the Rent Rolls, are the names of: Richardson; Grey; Persone; Walyfield; Wylley; Rutter; Millet, and the Ferry (Fery, Ferie) family.
    IGI gleanings of Francis Richardson baptisms:
    20 Nov 1670 at Sedgefield, co Durham, son of Edward R.
    Sedgefield is about 6 miles from Kirk Merrington.
    17 Jun 1670 Darlington, son of Francis.
    Darlington is about 13 miles from Kirk M.
    Marriages at St. Oswald?s Durham:
    24 Aug 1680 Francis Richardson = Elizabeth Newbie [nb our Francis?s daughter eloped with a Mr Newby]
    18 Jan 1681* Francis Richardson = Mary Johnson
    Co. Durham marriages for Francis Richardsons:
    Eliz. Forster., 1691, Ryton, Durham
    LYDIA RUTTER, 3 JUN 1701, Ryton, Durham
    MARGARET HARRISON, 28 APR 1715, Whickham, Durham (of Ryton, Durham)
    Ann Marshall, 1 JUL 1717, Billingham, Durham [too late to be Francis?s mother, in theory.]
    There is a Richardson Place in Kirk Merrington.
    Kirk Merrington was once the parish[es?] of Merrington, Ferryhill, Chilton, and Hett.
    Ref No. D/Co 31/21(22)
    14 November 1709
    (1) Thomas Smith of Brooms, yeoman
    (2) Francis Richardson of Ferryhill
    Mortgage in £100 from (1) to (2) of three fifths of a messuage, 16½a. of land, 5 beastgates; a half of Low Croft and Fetherman Croft (5½a.) and 2 stints in the town fields of Iveston [D/Co 59(i)]
    (Parchment, 1 membrane)
    1 August 1718
    (1) Thomas Smith of Haggerston, Northumberland, yeoman
    (2) Francis Richardson of Ferryhill, gent.
    (3) George Taylor of Biggin in the parish of Lanchester, yeoman
    Transfer of mortgage from (2) to (3) of 3/5 share of a messuage and 16½a. land, meadow and pasture with 5 beast gates; moiety of 2 pieces of meadow called Lowcroft and Fetherman Croft, containing 5½ a. with 2½ stints in the Northfield, all of which property was allotted to (1) in the division of the town fields of Iveston, under the description of 13a. 3r. 26p. land in Northfield bounded by (1)'s own Broome on the north; (1)'s own copyhold lands on the east; George Hopper and Joseph Hopper's property on the south and Joseph Hopper and Robert Teasdale's property on the west; and 8a. 14p. land in the Cow Pasture, bounded by (1)'s Broome on the east, the Common Moor on the north, Thomas Mason's fall on west and Rachell Hopper's land on the south
    Consideration: 118 [D/Co 59(i)]
    Ref No. D/Co 31/21(25)
    Notice addressed to Francis Richardson of Ferryhill to present his case for a claim against the estate of Thomas Smith at Essex House, London, 9 December 1718 [D/Co 59(i)]
    (Durham Record Office)
    The diarist Thomas Gyll (d.1780) said that this Francis Richardson was his cousin. Thomas Gyll?s mother was the dau of Thomas Hunter of Medomsley. Is it relevant that on 25 May 1755 a Douglas Richardson married an Elizabeth Hunter at Medomsley. Of course if this was the link then Francis Richardson would not have been a cousin before he died in 1751.
    In his diary Thomas Gyll notes the following [perhaps because he was a relation??]:
    1755. Jan. 27. Thomas Richardson, A.M., formerly of Peterhouse in Cambridge, and vicar of Aicliffe, died thereof, of a jaundice and dropsy.
    The following is an abstract of the will of the above named John Grey of Alnwick, wine merchant, dated 15th May, 1775 : I give all my estate to my brother-in-law, Charles Grey of Morwick, and my cousin Edward Grey of Alnwick, in trust to pay to my daughter Anne Grey, when 21 , 600. My wife, Anne Grey, to have my estate for life and then to my, daughter ; remainder to my cousin James Richardson and his heirs ; remainder to my cousin, James Edmeston ; remainder to my sister, Anne Grey, and my cousins, Sarah Lisle, Hannah Jolly, Mary Richardson and Nanny Richardson. Proved at Durham, 1775
    (Raine, Test. Dunelm.).
    NB there were other Richardsons having children in Kirk Merrington at the same time that Frances was born: eg a John Richardson had a dau Catherine, bapt 1712.
    Any connection?:
    JOHN RICHARDSON. Sept. 28, 1616. In the name of God, Amen, I, John Richardson of Trimdon, in the Countye of Durham, Yeoman. To be buried in Kelloe Churchyarde. I give to the poore of Trymdon, 20s. for a stock and the use thereof to be distributed yearly unto 12 of the ppoorest of them upon St. Thomas' day before Christenmas by William Richardson*, my sonne, his heirs and assyns for ever and a note of the names of them to be given to the Minister and churchwardens, and the same to be expressed in their book of account yearly and for the better execution and discharge of the same, ...
    ...all my whole apparell whatsoever; every year two pecks of wheate, alwayes at Christenmass, so long as the lease doth last that I have of William Brasse, except the said land be sowen with oates or any other graine: then the said Ralphe to have a bushell of that graine during those yeares, and also a black heffer with a white rigge upon the back. I give unto my nephew, Christopher Smith, three pounds. I give unto Margaret Smith, my neece, one heffer, the bed steed in the upper chamber with the materesse, one happing, one coverlett, the third part of the pewder, and one of the brass pottes. I give unto my wife, Margaret, the ereat cup- boarde which standes at the table ende, in my now dwellinghouse. I give unto my neece. Elsabeth, the wife of William Burton of Gilligate, in Durham, three poundes. I give unto my nephew William Burton, Foure pundes. I give unto my nephew Robert Burton, foure poundes. I give unto Mary Burton, my neece, two pounds. I give to my sister Kathrine sonn which dwelleth with ___ Heiton, four pounds. I give to my sister Katherine other sonne, thirty shillings. I give unto Christopher ROBINSON of Ferry-hill, five shillings. I give unto my son, William's wife, one ewe and a lamb. I give and bequeath unto John Richardson, being my grandchild, which I christoned at my cottage. I give unto Robert Roper's daughter, which I christoned, one ewe and a lamb. I give unto the saide John Richardson, my grandchild, one close which I bought being 15 akers, upon these condicions followinge, First, that my wife, Margret, shall have them for her life time, 2ndly, that my sonne, William, shall pay to his two daughters, Elsabeth and Frances, the sum of 601. within three yeares next after Probation of this my Will, by equal porcons, Srdly, that the said cottage and close with the appurtenances shall returne unto Elsabeth and Frances Richardson, daughters of my sone WIlliam, and to the lawful heires coming of them for want and defalt of lawful issue of the said John, theire brother, or his heires. My will is that my said cottage and close with the appurtenances shall come to the next of my kinn after the death of the said John, Elsabeth and Frances Richardson, and their heires, for defalt of heirs lawfully issuing from them, any of them, or their heires. I give and bequith to Frances Richardson, daughter of my sonn William, 10l. I give to John Richardson, my godson, foure pounds. I give to Margarett Spurner, my servant, .3.?. \d. I give unto my sonne, William Richardson, all my husbandrye geare who had had of me a large porcon alreadye. The rest of my goods, moveable and un-moveable, my debts, legacies and funerall expences first payed and discharged, I give unto Margaret Richardson, my wife, Elabeth and Frances Richardson, daughters of my son William Richardson whom I doe make my executors of this my last Will and Testament. I make my said sonne, William, and James Shadforth of Trymdon, Supervisors of this my Will.
    Witnesses, Robert Ward. William Fisher, William Richardson. Proved, 21 June, 1617.
    * A William Richardson of Trimdon has an Inq. per br. de mand. taken at Durham, 28 Mch., 1629, in which it is stated John, aged 3, is his son and next heir.
    (Wills and inventories illustrative of the history, manners, ... James Raine, William Greenwell, John Crawford Hogdson. 1968.)
  • _UID: EBEF9240DD5441EA8A9886DE07567495F436
  • Change Date: 7 DEC 2012

    Marriage 1 Wife of Francis Richardson
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Frances Richardson b: ABT 1714

    1. Text: IGI: Extract from parish register or other original record.
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