Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers Part V

Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IV John and William Richardson sailed for Bermuda on 23rd April 1844 on the prison hulk Thames.  The voyage would have taken about a month and they would be joining other prison hulks already moored there. Transportation to Bermuda began in 1824 with the arrival of the Antelope, followed by the Dromedary, Coromandel and Weymouth.  US independence in 1776-1783 meant that Britain … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers Part V

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers part IV

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 were moved to the prison hulk York moored off the Portsmouth coast. I found a record of them there on Ancestry. The register notes they … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers part IV

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part III

Part IPart II 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 Robert Williamson the previous September. Since 1742 theft of sheep and cattle had been a capital offence, … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part III

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part II

Part I William and John Richardson’s freedom following their discharge by the York magistrates was short-lived.  The following Saturday a warrant was issued for their arrest; evidence had been discovered of further sheep thefts carried out by the brothers.  John was arrested at a farmhouse in Wheldrake, while William had arrived at the Station House of his own accord. They appeared before the magistrate, Mr. … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part II

A very rural view of fields, farm buildings in the distance and sheep in the foreground

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling. Part I

I was fortunate that my previous place of employment had 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 on two Richardson brothers who had been … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling. Part I

A Sad Loss in the Richardson Family

My grandfather, Fred Richardson was an only child. When I was younger I heard mention that his parents, Ernest and Alice, had had other children who died early or were stillborn.  I wanted to find out if there was any truth in this, but there are sooo many Richardson babies born in Nottingham between Ernest and Alice’s wedding in 1909 and her death in 1927. … Continue reading A Sad Loss in the Richardson Family

My family tree

Thankful Thursday: A Grave Topic..

Up to date I haven’t been very successful in finding my ancestors’ burials in Nottingham, even though I’ve done a few searches in the archives. A distant cousin emailed  to say she had temporary access to some online burial records & very kindly offered to do some look-ups for me.  I sent her a few names & she was able to find a few of … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: A Grave Topic..

Military Monday – Percvial Richardson. Royal Engineers Part V

Part I Part II Part III Part IV Following Armistice in November 1918, Uncle Percy continued with his Unit. I haven’t been able to find much detail of this period but they were working in camps at Longpre, Oissy and Dreuil les Amiens. At the end of April 97th Field Company returned to England via Havre and Percy was given fourteen days leave. Following this … Continue reading Military Monday – Percvial Richardson. Royal Engineers Part V

Military Monday – Harold Richardson Remembered

Some time ago I heard about a project to research and preserve the WW1 Roll of Honour at St Stephen’s church in Hyson Green, Nottingham. As my Great-great Uncle Harold Richardson is mentioned on it I contacted the church and was invited to the first meeting.   St Stephen’s Bobbers Mill Road I was able to provide some information about Harold and was keen to … Continue reading Military Monday – Harold Richardson Remembered

Military Monday – Harold Richardson

Sunday 3rd July 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the death of my Great-Great Uncle Harold Richardson. Born in Nottingham in 1881, Harold was the eldest son of Robert Richardson & his wife Sarah (nee Percival). He had joined the army prior to the war, in 1911 he was serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers and based at the Hillsborough Barracks in Sheffield. At the outbreak … Continue reading Military Monday – Harold Richardson