Family:James Richardson and Christian Outterson (1)

Facts and Events
Marriage[1][2][3][7] 29 APR 1820 Eckford, Roxburghshire, Scotland
JUN 1909

Is the James married to Christian OUTERSON in Eckford, 1820, the James who would by then be the widower of Margaret MABON?

Evidence (circumstantial) for the prosecution is a son named Archibald Moffat RICHARDSON (b. 1832). By 1832, when this son was born, his son James by 1st marriage to Margaret had married, 1824, Mary MOFFAT of Leeds, daughter of tailor Archibald MOFFAT, and had emigrated to Bermuda.

Additional, even more circumstantial, evidence is that at least one tree thinks Christian was born in Yorkshire, and that a google books snippet from New Brunswick Lineages provides dates of 1770-1850 for James (Edinburgh - Lower Canada), i.e., born early enough that he could have had a 1st family.

Against the idea, is that 1812 to 1820 seems a longish time to wait to find a second wife to take care of the young family he had been left with in 1812, but could also account for the fact that at least 4 of his older children by the (supposed) 1st marriage emigrated!

  1. IGI: Online searches, Subject: Online search: assorted surnames, RICHARDSON May 2001 Source: Batch C118014 1818-1855 1067950 , 0102300 Film 6901638.
  2. IGI: Online searches, Subject: Online search: assorted surnames, RICHARDSON May 2001 Source: Batch M117872 1694-1820 1067934 Film 6901589.
  3. Scottish Birth, Marriage, Burial entries (to 1854), Record Type: Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), File Number:, Marr. 29 Apr 1820 James RICHARDSON ( Morebattle) & Christian OUTTERSON (Eckford), Eckford, Roxburghshire, 787/0A0020 0100 & 0237, copies d/loaded Aug 2012 .
  4.   Lorna Henderson. Lorna's Family History Musings, Location: Waikanae, New Zealand, Aug 2012.
  5.   Google Books, Url:, "New Brunswick Lineages: the ancestral charts of over 250 researchers who trace their lineage to New Brunswick, Canada", D F Johnson, (1988), extracted Aug 2012.
  6., in Protestant registers of South Western Quebec.

    1835 Adam Brown RICHARDSON mother Christiana UTTERSON

  7. two films, slightly different formatting, of this marriage, both show: "James Richardson in the parish of Morebattle Christian Outterson in the parish of Eckford gave up their names for proclamation in order to Marriage Given to the poor 1/-", ie no indication whether or not James was a widower