(Abt 1760-1842)
John NORMAN of Penmark
Catherine REES
(Abt 1755-1842)
Thomas RICHARDS of Porthkerry
Catherine NORMAN


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Elizabeth HUGHES


  • Born: 1818, Penmark, Glamorgan, Wales
  • Christened: 27 Apr 1818, Penmark St. Mary, Glamorgan, Wales 2
  • Married: 29 Sep 1846, Brymbo, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales 1
  • Died: 31 Aug 1882, Stepney, Adelaide, S.A., Australia 3

   Another name for William was William RICHARD.

  General Notes:

compiler's great, great grandfather

  Research Notes:

1841 Wales Census:

Age given: 23 years
Birthplace given: Glamorgan, Wales
Occupation: Mason
Dwelling Place: Penmark East, Glamorgan

Living at home


William Richards of Porthkerry, mason, was the informant on the death of his maternal grandmother, Catherine Norman, who died in Penmark in 1842.


1851 Wales Census:

Age given: 32 years
Birthplace given: Penmark, Glamorgan, Wales
Occupation: Journeyman Mason
Dwelling Place: 13 Whitmore Lane, Newtown, Cardiff St. Mary, Glamorgan

Present were wife Elizabeth (25) of Wrexham, Denbighshire, schoolmistress, daughter Mary Ann (3) of Chirk Denbigh, sister Mary (21) of Penmark


William Richards, of Cardiff St. Mary, Glamorgan, Wales, age 34, mason, wife Elizabeth, age 28, children Mary Ann, age 7, and John, aged 3, departed Liverpool England on 30 Dec 1854 per the ship Flora, arriving in Port Adelaide, South Australia on 7 Apr 1855. 4


Insolvency (1867)

Week's Insolvencies. "William Richards of Stepney, mason and contractor."

"Wm. Richards, of Stepney, mason and contractor; a first hearing. Mr. Moulden for the insolvent. An application for maintenance was reserved till next meeting."

Insolvency Court. "Wm. Richards, of Stepney, mason, a final hearing. .Mr. Moulden for the insolvent. The annexed is the Accountant's report :— 'The liabilities are— Sundry creditors unsecured, £383 9s. 1d. ; mortgage debts and interest, £251 10s.; total,£634 19s. 1d. The assets are— Mortgaged property, valued by insolvent at £350; claim on Mr. McMullen, £66 15s.; horse, valued at £3 5s.; total, £420. Deficiency shown by insolvent, £214 9s. 1d. Insolvent is a small contractor. The only accounts are summaries of the cost of the several contracts. They are unvouched and without details; insolvent's living expenses have been about £3 per week." Mr. Moulden having briefly examined the insolvent, he was awarded a second-class certificate." 5 6


"On the 31st August, at Magill-road Stepney, William Richards, in the 64th year of his age. Cardiff papers please copy." 3

  Marriage Information:

William married Elizabeth HUGHES, daughter of David HUGHES of Penybryn and Mary WILLIAMS, on 29 Sep 1846 in Brymbo, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales 1. (Elizabeth HUGHES was born about 1826 in Penybryn, Wrexham Abbot, Denbighshire, Wales, christened on 2 Jan 1826 in Wrexham, Denbigh, Wales 7 and died on 1 May 1896 in The Parade, Norwood, S.A., Australia 8.

  Marriage Notes:

William Richards, of full age, bachelor, stone mason, residing in Wrexham Abbott, son of Thomas Richards, stone mason, and
Elizabeth Hughes, of full age, spinster, cottager, residing in Wrexham Abbott, daughter of David Hughes, glazier

Married by Banns

Witnesses: William Cap?, Maria Hughes [sister of the bride]


1 Wrexham Parish Registers, marriages, no. 489 (a copy of the certificate in the possession of the compiler).

2 Penmark St. Mary Parish Register.

3 South Australia BDM, deaths, Reg. # 122/48; The South Australian Advertiser, Wednesday 13 Sep 1882.

4 Shipping to South Australian Ports.

5 South Australian Weekly Chronicle, 29 Jun 1867, 3 Aug 1867.

6 South Australian Register, 3 Jul 1867.

7 Wrexham Parish Registers, Baptisms, p. 1, no. 4.

8 South Australia BDM, Reg. # 234/448: widow of William Richards; The Advertiser (Adelaide), Saturday 2 May 1896.

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