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John Arthur RICHARDSON who died in the 1st Boer War

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I am trying to verify that I have the right John Arthur RICHARDSON to add to my family tree. My grandfather, Claude RICHARDSON was born illegitimate. Have been told by his daughter that his father died in the Boer war. I have found a John Arthur Richardson that did indeed die in the Boer war, was born in 1879 and lived in Yorkshire, the area where my great grandmother lived at that time. However there are at least 2 John Richardsons that died in the boer war. I do not know whether his parents knew that their deceased son had sired a child before he died, I doubt it as there was no contact that I know of between my grandfather and his father's side of the family.

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on 2011-02-26 00:12:50

skeith , from Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2011. is researching the following names: KEITH, DYER, RICHARDSON.

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by skeith on 2011-02-27 01:53:59

My grandfather Claude Richardson never had his father listed on his birth cert as his mother found herself pregnant and unmarried and with no hope of marrying the childs father, due to his untimely death in the Boer war. As was the custom of the day, with unmarried mothers, the father was listed as unknown on the birth cert and it was stated that she was unmarried at the time of the birth. So it is impossible to prove that John Richardson is his father. Am going oninformation passed down through the family.

by janilye on 2011-02-27 05:27:35

He would have been born too late to be included in the Bastardy Bonds so it's going to be very difficult.
For anyone looking for Illegitimate births they should:
1. Look in newspapers from the time of conception for reports of rape, incest or other unlawful acts related to the conception
2. Look in newspapers for a year or so after birth for reports of paternity proceedings
3. Court documents in local record offices may have details of paternity disputes or maintenance agreements
4. Birth certificates and marriage certificates sometimes have details of the father of the child, even though they are not married
5. Baptism records in the parish church may have details of the father even if the birth certificate did not
6. Poor relief records from the parish or charities. Sometimes relief would not be given to a single woman if she did not disclose the name of the father
7. Chapel or church minute books may give details of an unmarried mother being excommunicated for her immorality, the name of the father may be included in the minutes and he might also be excommunicated .
You should look at the war records of both Richardson's very carefully sometimes date of death and a reference to his family is reported in a newspaper back home and may include something useful.
Was the mother living with parents or in a workhouse? look at census records. Look at how she may have supported herself and the child.
Happy Hunting,

by skeith on 2011-02-27 06:10:50

Thanks lots of great tips.

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