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The Richardson Family
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2007
Photo by Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2015
A plaque on the south side of Old Kingston Road, erected by the Scarborough Historical Society, tells us about the family who owned this home. Here's what it says:
Coordinates: 43.774967 -79.182597
James Richardson and his family came to Scarborough in 1824 from Londonderry, Ireland. His descendants became physicians, ministers and men active in public life. The eldest son John (1786-1875) and his wife Margaret raised two notable sons. Dr. Samuel R. and John Hunter Richardson in their home here on Lot 9, Con. 1. The original cottage was bricked over and completed as a two storey house about 1860. John Hunter took over the family home after the death of his parents, became West Hill's first Postmaster in 1879 and was township treasurer for 25 years (1896-1921). About 1904 he built a new house next door and his son, John Henry, lived in the old home until his death in 1896.
Ezekie (c1803-49), another of James' sons, and his wife Mary settled west of here (Lot 14, Con. D) and raised three distinguished sons, doctors Joseph and Samuel, and John, Reeve of Scarborough 1881-94 and later a member of the Ontario Legislature.
> Posted November 12, 2011
My Grandmother was a Richardson: My Grandfather was Fredrick Hunter Richardson. His father was John Hunter Richardson. My father is Kenneth Parker Richardson. Could this the same family??
signed, Toronto Area
> Posted January 25, 2011
I have a interst in this house and information because my Grandmother was a Richardson. Her father was Frederick Hunter Richardson and Her Grand Father was John Hunter Richardson. I look forward to finding more information about my family. Thank you.
> Posted September 23, 2010
I got lost while going for a night walk in the Highland Creek Valley and serendipously came upon this house. Considering that I have an interest in Ontario history, and especially pioneer history, it was a pleasant distraction while I attempted to find my way back.
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