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Richard Horsfield - parents and death information research

Atlantic City
United States
I am trying to find the parents of Richard Horsfield, when he died and where he died. All of the information I know is listed below. Thank you all for your help!

Richard Horsfield
Birth: abt 1832 Baildon Green, Yorkshire, England
Death: Unknown -Otley, England (maybe)

Wife: Mary Ann Whitehead
Birth: 17 Oct 1849
Death: 1932 - New Jersey

1st Child:
Ada Mary A E Horsfield
Birth: 16 Sep 1879 - Wharfedale, Yorkshire West Riding, United Kingdom
Death: 1944 - New Jersey

2nd Child:
Arthur Whitehead Horsfield
Birth: 5 Sep 1885 - Otley, Yorkshire England
Death: 1955 - New Jersey

3rd Child:
Birth: 1887 - Otley, Yorkshire England
Death: Unknown
Richard Horsfield

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

birth: 28 September 1822
parents:John Horsfield, Martha
Thank you for all this information!

Is this the same Richard Horsfield from this census?

1891 England Census

Richard Horsfield - 62
Mary Ann Horsfield - 42
John Wm Horsfield - 20
Mary Horsfield - 12
Arthur Whitehead Horsfield - 6


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Richard changed his age frequently, but by comparing census returns his birth is last qtr 1822

I don't know what census you have but these are the refs
1841 - Richard 15, Smith app - HO107-1293-8/19-31
1851 - Richard 28 Blacksmith Baildon, Ellen 30 Bradford, Ann 2 - HO107-2308-257-11
1861 - Richard 37 Whitesmith Ellen 38 - RG9-3214-41-1
1871 - Richard 48 blacksmith Baildon, Maria 21 Burley - RG10-4304-68-22
1881 - Richard 40 Baildon whitesmith, Mariam 37 Burley, Jno Wm 9, Anne O 7, Ada M 2 - RG11-4338-107-34
1891 - Richard 62 Blacksmith, Mary Ann 42 Burley, john Wm 20, Mary 12, Arthur W 6 - RG12-3528-120-21

let me know if you need any expanding

Marriages Dec 1841

BATES James Bradford Yk 23 230
BENTLEY Joseph Bradford Yk 23 230
BENTLEY Mary Bradford Yk 23 230
BINNS John Bradford 23 230
FOSTER Ellen Bradford
HOPKINSON Anne Bradford Yk
RICHARDSON Hannah Bradford 23 230
Name: HORSFIELD, Richard

Registration district: Bradford

County: Yorkshire

Year of registration: 1869

Quarter of registration: Jul-Aug-Sep

Spouse: WHITEHEAD, Mary Ann

Volume no: 9B

Page no: 168
possible birth and 2nd marriage for John

John Horsfield

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

christening: 4 August 1782 BAILDON,YORK,ENGLAND

father: Thos. Horsfield

John Horsfield

England Marriages, 1538–1973

marriage: 30 July 1829 Bradford, York, England

spouse: Dorothy Clarkson

1841 census - John 55, Dorothy 50 HO107-1348-4/15-23
1851 - John 68 Baildon, Dorothy 70 Scrafton - HO107-2316-26-10 - living Potter Newton
1861 - John 78, Dorothy 81 - RG9-3357-133-6
Can someone streamline / summarize this information for me... I don't see everything in sync, and I don't know what is accurate and what is not. Please help.

-- Robert
do you have access to any websites to view bmd and census returns? If you have, the census ref numbers will help you get the record I quoted

You have to bear in mind that many records were taken from people who could not read or write. The recorder would often write as he heard it hence the variations in spelling of names. The illiterate people could not tell if the record was correct or not. People were also very sparse with the truth about their age, which often varied depending on what a person wanted to hide. In other words you have to confirm the info with certificates, or by elimination or comparison .

I think we have the right family as Richard and Mary Ann had a son Arthur Whitehead on 1891 census, and Mary Ann's maiden name was Whitehead.
You can follow the family by matching birth places and Richards occupation right back to 1841. Richard married Mary Ann in 1869. this was his 2nd wife, his first being Ellen Foster who he married in 1841. There is a difference in John Williams birth. You have him as born 1887 whereas he is on 1881 and 1891 census as born 1871/2.

Richards parents were John and Martha. There is a marriage in Otley in 1802 between John and Martha Shepherd. This could be his parents. John married again in 1869 to Dorothy Clarkson.

Hope this helps. I suggest you make a tree, writing all the info down so you can see it all on one sheet of paper. Ask if you don't understand anything, or want an explanation

Thank you for your help. I am using ancestry.com...

Does this look accurate to you?


Thank you,