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Thomas Richardson, of Standon

Also Known As: "Thomas R Richardson"
Birthplace: Standon, Hertfordshire, England
Death: January 08, 1634 (68)
Westmill Parish, Hertfordshire, England
Place of Burial: St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Richardson, Il, of Westmill and Mary Richardson
Husband of Katherine Richardson
Father of Elizabeth Wyman; John Richardson; James Richardson; Samuel Richardson, of Woburn; Ezekiel Richardson, of Woburn and 2 others

Occupation: Husbandman, Farmer
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About Thomas Richardson, of Standon

Thomas Richardson was born in 1567 in of Standon, Hertfordshire, England and was buried on 8 Jan 1633 in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England 1, 2, 3, 4

Parents: Thomas Richardson ll (b.1543 - d. 1630) of Westmill, Hertfordshire and Mary or Margaret.


  1. on 24 Aug 1590 in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England to Katherine Duxford (b. abt. 1568-d. 10 March 1631). She was the daughter of Richard Duxford (b. 1539-d. 1622) of Ashwell, Hertfordshire, England and Joan.



So who is our Thomas Richardson? This gets confusing for a few generations so to clarify …

  • Thomas Richardson I of Westmill married Margaret Silverside (1523-1570)
  • Thomas Richardson II of Westmill married Mary Margaret Champney (1543-1630)
  • Thomas Richarson of Standon married Katherine Duxford (1590 – 1633)


  • It has long been known that the brothers John and Francis Wyman, and their uncles Ezekiel, Samuel and Thomas Richardson, all of whom ended up in Woburn, Mass., came from Westmill, Hertfordshire, England. The mother of the Wyman brothers was Elizabeth Richardson. These Richardsons were children of Thomas and Katherine (Duxford) Richardson, also of Westmill.



Thomas Richardson of Standon, Hertford, England

  • was born about 1570.  
  • He married Katherine DUXFORD of Westmill, also in Herfordshire on 24 Aug 1590.  
  • Unfortunately, the earliest surviving parish register of Standon does not begin until 1671, so that source of information regarding Thomas Richardson’s parentage is cut off.
  • Thomas was buried 8 Jan 1633/34 at Westmill, Herfordshire, England.

Katherine Duxford born about 1570.  

  • Her parents were Thomas DUXFORD and Catherine [__?__] of London and Westmills.  
  • Katherine was buried 10 Mar 1631/32 at Westmill.

Names of Children of Thomas and Katherine:

  • 1. Elizabeth RICHARDSON
    • Born: 1593, Westmill, Herts, England
    • Married: Francis WYMAN(t) Sr. on 1 May 1617
    • Departed:  20 Jun 1630 in Westmill, England
  • 2. John Richardson
    • Born: 7 Nov 1596
    • Departed: Living in 1630/31
  • 3. James Richardson
    • Born: 6 Apr 1600
    • Departed: Living in 1630/31
  • 4. Samuel RICHARDSON
    • Born: 22 Dec 1602 in Westmill, Herts, England
    • Married: Joanna THAKE on 18 Oct 1632 in Great Mead Hertfordshire, England.
    • Departed:  23 Mar 1657/58 Woburn, Mass.
  • 5. Ezekiel Richardson
    • Born: ca. 1604, Westmill, England
    • Married: Susanna Bradford 25 Feb 1629 in Charlestown, Mass.
    • Departed: 21 Oct 1647 in Woburn, Mass.
  • 6. Margaret Richardson
    • Born: 19 Apr 1607
    • Departed: Not in her father’s will
  • 7. Thomas Richardson
    • Born:  3 Jul 1608
    • Married: Mary Baldwin on c. 1634 in England
    • Departed: 28 Aug 1651 in Woburn, Mass
  • Thomas’ will indicates that he was a farmer in moderate circumstances.
  • The Puritan influence was very strong in several parishes not far from Westmill, where the Richardson lived after their marriage, and this as well as the prevailing hard times may have motivated the emigration of three sons of the family to New England, for of the many American families of whom it is said that “three brothers came over from England” (in the great majority of cases said falsely) the Richardsons area an exception in that the statement is true.
  • The will of Thoams Richardson of Westmill in the County of Herts, husbandman, was made 4 Mar 1630/31, and proved 31 Jul 1634, at Hitchin.
  • He left his wife Katherine for her life, “my littell close of pasture called little hunnymeade, cont[aining] half an acre” and after her death to his son Samuel and his heirs. To his son John 40s. to be paid within three years after his and his wife’s deaths. To his son James, 12d. To his son Thomas, 3 pounds to be paid within five years of his and his wife’s deaths. To his wife Katherine, all his movable goods for her life and thereafter to his son Samuel who was named executor. Witnesses: Richard Baker, Philip Baker.
  • 1647 – The three brothers lived near to each other, on the same street, which has ever since been known as “Richardson’s Row.” It was by the town laid out as a street in 1647, and the three Richardsons are in the town book represented as then living upon it.  Since Woburn was first settled near Horn Pond, this  Google Map Street View of Richardson Street in Woburn is probably the same place.

NEHGR 139:147-48; NEHGR 57:298-299; Walter Goodwin Davis, Sarah Hildreth Anc 25-28 in Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis, Vol III:216-228

Thomas is the son of Thomas Richardson and Mary Margaret Silverside of Westmill.

On 24 Aug 1590 in St. Mary the Virgin Parish he married Katherine Duxford and started their family of nine children all born in Westmill.

Elizabeth Jane Richardson-13 Jan 1593-22 Jun 1630-Francis Wyman

John Richardson-7 Nov 1596-4 Mar 1630

James Richardson-6 Apr 1600-4 Mar 1630

Samuel Richardson-22 Dec 1604-23 Mar 1658-Joanna Thake

Margaret Richardson-19 Apr 1605-28 Aug 1651

Ezekiel Richardson-24 Sep 1606-21 Oct 1647-Susanna Bradford

Thomas Richardson-3 Jul 1608-28 Aug 1651

Susanna Richardson-1609

Edward Richardson-1610

PLEASE Note.... Do not confuse this Thomas for Sir. Thomas Richardson, buried in Westminster. the correct Thomas is buried here in St. Mary, Virgin Cemetery in Westmill, Hertfordshire along with his wife, Katherine Duxford. LHG.

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Thomas Richardson, of Standon's Timeline

May 14, 1543
Westmill, Hereford, Eng
Westmill, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
August 24, 1565
Standon, Hertfordshire, England
January 13, 1593
Westmill, Hertfordshire, England
November 7, 1596
Westmill, Hertfordshire, England
April 6, 1600
Westmill, Hertfordshire, England
December 22, 1604
Westmill, Hertfordshire, England
September 24, 1606
Westmill, Hertfordshire, England