RICHARDSON, David born Cumberland, England & died New Jersey, USA
3rd Great Grandfather
David Richardson was born in Cumberland, England and christened
on the 25th December 1818 at Hutton-In-The-Forest in Cumberland.
His parents were David Richardson and Sarah Monkhouse. David married in 1839 to Sophia Short, however whether Sophia died or the couple simply parted ways is not known.
The mother of David's first several children was Elizabeth Oates, however they were very likely never married, but had a relationship only. The couple’s first four children were born in England, their fifth child in the Isle of Man and their final three children were born in the United States. The family emigrated to the
USA in 1848, arriving at Ellis Island on May 9th.
By the year 1850 David was working in partnership with Willard Richardson
(no relation), producing the newspaper known as the “Galveston Daily News”.
David was involved with several newspapers as follows: Texas Almanac
(Galveston & Austin), Galveston News (Galveston & Houston), Texas
Almanac Extra-renamed Tri-Weekly State Gazette (Austin), Texas State
Gazette (Austin). He either was an employee, a co-owner, owner, editor,
co-editor, or publisher at any given time during his involvement with these
David and Eliza ended their relationship in the mid 1850s and he married a
second time to Jean St. Clair Irving on the 5th October 1858 in the Trinity
Church in Galveston. Jean was the mother to five more children, all of them
born in Texas with the exception of their last child who was born in Jedburgh,
Roxburgh, Scotland in 1866. Jean died in 1869 in New Orleans, Louisiana,
leaving David with several very young children to take care of, and he subsequently
married for a third time to Mrs. Catharine (Kate) Roberts on the 9th February 1871,
literally on his death-bed. He died a relatively very wealthy man on the 27th
February 1871 at his residence in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is buried in the Episcopal Church Cemetery at Hackensack.