Black Sheep Sunday, Liverton, North Yorkshire, Richardson, Yorkshire

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers part IV

(For Part I click here) (For Part II click here) (For Part III click here) The last time we met John & William Richardson, they had admitted their guilt to the York Assizes and were on their way to Millbank prison in London to await transportation for ten years. Following their stay in Millbank they… Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers part IV

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Black Sheep Sunday, Liverton, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part III

(For Part I click here) (For Part II click here) So John and William found themselves in York Castle prison, charged with two counts of sheep theft.  On 23rd of December 1843, the York Herald reported that they had pleaded guilty to both counts and William also admitted to having stolen a bay gelding from… Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part III

Liverton, Moorsholm, York

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling. Part I

I'm fortunate that my place of employment has access to the British Library's online newspaper archive.  One quiet lunchtime I decided to put 'Liverton' and 'Richardson' in as search terms and see if there was any mention of this family and place in the papers.To my surprise the search returned a series of news reports… Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling. Part I

Harrison, Liverton, Staithes

On This Day……

On this day  - 10th February - in 1857, my 3xgreat grandmother, Hannah Richardson died aged just 33.She was born in Liverton, North Yorkshire in early 1824, the daughter of John Richardson and  Hannah Shaw.Hannah worked as an agricultural labourer at Sandpit House in Milton during the 1840s and in 1846 she gave birth to… Continue reading On This Day……

Liverton

Tombstone Tuesday – Ancestors & Butterflies

Some time ago I visited Liverton in North Yorkshire, where my Richardson, Shaw and Dale ancestors hail from. Looking around the churchyard for family gravestones, I spotted this one which belongs to my 4x great uncle James Richardson and his wife Margaret (nee Hudson).  He was born in Liverton in 1800 & died there on… Continue reading Tombstone Tuesday – Ancestors & Butterflies

Guisborough, Liverton, Nottingham, workhouse

Madness Monday – The Workhouse Blues

Missing records which could help in piecing together an ancestor's life can be particularly maddening.In my case it is the workhouse records for Guisborough Workhouse in North Yorkshire.I found my Great-Great Grandfather Robert Richardson was a resident of the workhouse in the 1861 census.Here he is with his older brother John:I contacted Middlesbrough Archives and… Continue reading Madness Monday – The Workhouse Blues

Liverton, North Yorkshire, press-gang, Richardson, Shaw, Skinningrove

The Man Who Came Out of the Sea

I recently had a (very short) article published in the Loftus Town Crier  about a North Yorkshire based brick wall in my family tree.Here’s the article: A distant cousin and I have been researching our family tree for quite some time, but our mutual ancestor, John Richardson, is proving to be a mystery, so I’d like… Continue reading The Man Who Came Out of the Sea