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Welcome to the Richardson family page of my family history website. This page covers the ancestors and descendants of Dr. Lloyd Thomas Richardson, PhD and his wife Winnifred Pauline Thornton. If you are just arriving here for the first time then you may wish to start here.
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The four ancestral branches of this family are:
Richardson is an English patronymic surname originating from an early ancestor whose name was Richard. This eponymous Richard's sons would have become known as Richardson. The identity of this early Richard is not known. The surname Richardson certainly has multiple origins from multiple sons of multiple Richards. It would be a mistake to assume that all Richardsons are related. However, recent DNA research may have begun to shed light on the specific origins of our Richardson family.
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Recent DNA research on this family implies that our Richardson family may descend from a family surnamed Henshaw who originated at Henshaw Hall near Siddington in Cheshire, England, just south of Manchester. It would appear possible that an eponymous Richard Henshaw may have had sons who took the patronymic surname Richardson, perhaps to differentiate themselves from the other Henshaw branches. However this DNA research is still in its primitive stages and the Henshaw origins should be considered merely hypothetical at this point. See below under DNA Evidence for more information.
Brant County was officially established in 1853. It is named for the Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant who settled the area in the late 1700's. Brantford is the largest city, and the following townships make up the County: Brantford Twp, Burford Twp, Oakland Twp, South Dumfries Twp, Onondaga Twp, and Tuscarora Twp. Tuscarora Twp.is home to the Six Nations Reserve. - Brant County Resources
William Richardson was born 1805 in Yorkshire, England (according to his gravestone). His exact birth is uncertain, but family tradition recalls that he came from Sheffield where his family were silversmiths and where one of them was a sheriff. However these family traditions have not been verified by any documentary evidence.
William immigrated before 1828 to Brant County in the Upper Canada province of British North America into a land that was mostly unsettled wilderness. He settled on a farm in Brant County that was adjacent to the Chapel Of The Mohawks, where William's proximity made him a convenient and frequent witness for weddings. His name appears often in the register -- the earliest of these entries being in 1828, thus helping to establish his date of immigration.
William returned to England and married on 8 MAR 1831 in Skirpenbeck, Yorkshire, England to Ellen HADDLESEY; Skirpenbeck being her home town. Ellen already had at least one sister living in Canada at the time. It is not known if William met Ellen in Canada and then returned to England to marry her, or if he already knew her from England and he simply came ahead to Canada to get their homestead established and then returned to England to marry her.
Ellen Haddlesey was born 18 JUL 1807 in Skirpenbeck, Yorkshire, England as the daughter of George Haddlesay and Mary Beal. Her birth family information can be found on the Haddlesey Family Page.
William and Ellen raised seven children on their farm in Onondaga Township, Brant County before Ellen died prematurely in 1846. William remained a widower until sometime after 1851. He later married Ellen's widowed sister Elizabeth, but the date of their marriage is unknown. No children came from the second marriage. William Richardson and Ellen Haddlesey had the following children -- all sons; they had no daughters:
Thomas RICHARDSON was born 21 JUN 1840 in Onondaga Township, Brant County, Upper Canada Colony, British North America. All of his living brothers moved to the USA, while Thomas continued on the family farm in Onondaga, Brant County. Thomas Richardson married on 25 APR 1867 in Brant County, Ontario to Elizabeth HAROLD, b: 22 MAR 1843 in Hardingstone, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. The story of Elizabeth's family and ancestors can be found on the Harrold Family Page. Thomas and Elizabeth had eight children on their farm.
Frederick Thomas Richardson was born 28 AUG 1872 in Onondaga Township, Brant County, Ontario. He married on 3 JUL 1901 in Nelson Township, Halton County, Ontario to Elizabeth Mabel BRIDGMAN b: 26 MAR 1873 in Sodorus, Illinois, USA. She was raised in Nelson Township. Frederick became schoolteacher and moved into the nearby city of Hamilton in Wentworth County where he was the principal of Gibson School for over 25 years, and Clerk of Session for First United Church. He and his wife Elizabeth Mabel Bridgman, also a schoolteacher, raised five children. Lizzie Bridgman's United Empire Loyalist ancestry is recounted on the Bridgman Family Page. Frederick and Lizzie lived on Wilson Street in Hamilton not far from the author's ancestors, the Duncans.
Fredrick Thomas Richardson and Elizabeth Mabel Bridgman had the following children:
Lloyd Richardson was a leader in fungicide research for Agriculture Canada, author of 43 scientific papers and special lecturer in the field of botany. He was known to family and friends as "the Plant Doctor". He received his B.Sc. in biology from McMaster University in Hamilton, and his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Toronto in 1941.
Lloyd was active in his home church of Robinson Memorial United Church in London, Ontario where he even taught Sunday School for a brief time. He was a charter member of the Thames Valley Trail Association. He loved writing, both serious and humourous as illustrated in his collection of original limericks. He enjoyed reading and playing the board game, Scrabble, as well as Cribbage and Bridge. In his later years he loved to travel with the University of Western Ontario Senior Alumni group to many countries.
Winnifred and Lloyd lived on Cowley Avenue in Ottawa where they had a set of twins, then in 1948 they moved to Brookings, South Dakota where they had another daughter. In 1951 they moved back to Canada, to London, Middlesex, Ontario.
Teaching - It's in the blood
Lloyd Richardson's penchant for academia must have been contagious. He and Winn had three children, all of whom went on to post-graduate studies. The twin daughter went into nursing and eventually, like her father, into research. The twin son and the second daughter, like their grandfather, pursued teaching. The second daughter, like her grandfather, is now a school principal. The twin son works in outdoor education. Several of their grandchildren also pursued either teaching or academia in other ways.
Lloyd Richardson and Winn Thornton had the following children:
A close DNA connection (-2 on a 37 marker, or a 90% chance of a common ancestor within 10 generations and a 95% chance of a common ancestor within 14 generations) has been found between a male-line descendant of Frederick Thomas Richardson (above) and a male-line descendant of Newton Hinshaw/Henshaw b 1833 in Alabama, USA (http://www.rawbw.com/~hinshaw/cgi-bin/id?1034).
It is likely, but not proven, that Newton Hinshaw descends from a Jacob Hinshaw (shown at the link above) who immigrated from Ulster, Ireland in the late 1700s. Jacob Hinshaw's ancestors have not been confirmed, but the link above suggests they likely descend from the family of Henshaw of Henshaw Hall, Siddington, Cheshire, England, located south of Manchester, Lancashire, England. (See maps below.)
The Henshaw family are particularly numerous in North East Cheshire. Based on the hamlet of Henshaw in Siddington, the landed family have existed here since Saxon times and saw later migrations to Ireland and America. Henshaw is noted in the Domesday book as "Hofinchel". Other variant spellings found in English records are Henshawe, Henshall, Hanshaw and Hinshaw. Henshaw Hall Farm in the village of Siddington occupies a place formerly known as Henneschae ('hens' copse'). This family existed in the area from about 1250 according to some books on Cheshire history. One member was slain at the Battle of Blackwater, during the O'Neil rebellion around 1596. (http://www.manchester2002-uk.com/history/old-families3a.html)
So, what do we make of the fact that we have two men with different surnames but matching DNA? One hypothesis might be that the Richardsons migrated from Northumberland to Yorkshire sometime prior to 1800. As Richardson is a patronymic surname then we can be confident that the Richardsons descend from an earlier "son of Richard". But did this eponymous Richard exist in a time prior to surnames, or did he have a surname of his own? This new DNA connection suggests the possibility that he could have been a Henshaw. Thus, our earliest ancestor above, William Richardson, may descend from a much earlier Richard Henshaw.
It is important to state clearly that this is merely a theory and is far from proven.
Henshaw Hall Farm
Henshaw Hall Farm near Siddington - showing its proximity to Manchester
Hinshaw Family Association: http://www.rawbw.com/~hinshaw/england.htm
People researching this family include:
|Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario||all branches|
Dr. J. David Richardson
|Dundas, Wentworth, Ontario||all branches|
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