Catherine Randall

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Born: 18 Nov 1873 Died: 5 July 1946 Married: Frank Richardson Mother: Harriett Adsett Father: James Randall Descendant: Violet Richardson
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Catherine Edith Randall was born on the 18th November 1873 in Brighton. Her father James Randall was a policeman born around 1850 in Kirdford. Her mother Harriett Adsett was born around 1848 in North Chapel. Catherine was known as "Edie".


Catherine Edith Randall was born on the 18th November 1873 at 8 Sussex Terrace. Her father was James Randall (Police Constable) and her mother was Harriett Randall (formerly Adsett). She was registered by her mother (8 Sussex Terrace, Brighton) on the 27th November 1873.

On the 27th December 1873 she was baptised in St Peter, Brighton, Sussex.

In 1881 she was 7 years old living with her parents at 7 Sussex Terraces, Brighton.

In 1891 she was 17 years old living with her parents at 38 Albion Hill, Brighton. She was doing factory work.


On the 13th May 1893, at the age of 19, she married Frank Engleheart Richardson in the parish church in Brighton . Her residence at the time was 39 Albion Hill, Brighton and her father's name was given as James Randall (police constable). The witnesses were Edward Evans and Alice Charles.

1893. Marriage solemnized at Parish Church in the Parish of Brighton in the County of Brighton
When Married. Name and Surname. Age Condition. Rank or Profession Residence at the Time of Marriage Father's Name and Surname Rank or Profession of Father

May 13th 1893

Frank Engleheart Richardson 20 Bachelor Carpenter 15 Polham Square Ernest Murray Richardson (deceased) Gentleman
Catherine Edith Randall 19 Spinster --------- 39 Albion Hill James Randall Police Constable
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church After Banns by me Robert James C. Parker
This marriage was solemnized between us Frank Engleheart Richardson In the Presence of us Edward Evans
Catherine Edith Randall Alice Charles
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At the time his occupation was listed as a carpenter. He was listed as living at 15 Polham Square, Brighton, and she at 39 Albion Hill, Brighton.

In 1901 she was living at 62 Islingword Road, Brighton with Frank (a carpenter and joiner) and three children, Frank (5), Violet (3) and Charles (1).

In 1911 she is living with her family at 88 Albion Hill, Brighton, her husband Frank is a joiner working for a motor car company.


They had seven children (see Frank's page for more details) including Violet Richardson.

On the 10th September 1915 her son Charles Richardson joined the Army by signing up to the Sussex Yeomanry, claiming be 19 years and 90 days old (a porter by trade, he was 5'4"), he also signed an agreement to be shipped overseas (from Brighton to the Egyptian Base Depot). On the 14th October 1916 his mother Catherine wrote to the army from 23 Windmill Street, Brighton:

Dear Sir, I am writing stating my claim for my son's (C J Richardson) discharge from H.M.Forces being too young for military service. I am Yours Respectively, Catherine Edith Richardson, mother.

By the 21st October 1916 he was returned to England for discharge as being under age on enlistment.

Catherine, her granddaughter Beryl Allfrey, and daughter Violet Richardson

On the 3rd December 1925 Catherine's mother died at the age of 78. Catherine registered the death, and her address was given as 4 Windmill Street, Brighton.

The 1939 register lists her (well I assume it is her - she has cellotape over her name) as still living at 4 Windmill Street, Brighton, Sussex. The members of the household are:

  • Frank E. Richardson, born 23 Nov 1872, Carpenter Joiner Finisher Motor
  • Catherine E. Richardson, 18 Nov 1873, Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Ronald A. E. Richardson, born 31 May 1902, Wood Carver, Widowed
  • three closed entries (people born after 1914)

She went to live with her daughter Mabel Murray (a.k.a. Auntie May) and died in Newcastle.


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Death certificate of Catherine Edith Richardson - 5th July 1946 of cerebral haemorrhage and hyperpiesis. Widow of Frank Engleheart Richardson (motor coach finisher). Died at 39, Benton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The informant was R.P.Richardson (son) from 11 George Street, Blaydon on Tyne.

The picture below was taken at her funeral.

Funeral of Catherine Randall, 1946 (colourised). Clockwise from top left are: Frank (Mabel's son), Raymond Richardson, Frank Richardson, Ronald Richardson, Charles Richardson, Joseph Murray (Mabel's husband), Mabel Murray, Ronnie Richardson (Raymond's wife), Ronnie's mother, and Dossie (Joseph Murray's sister). Of Catherine's children only Violet (who died in 1942) and James (possibly in Australia) are not present.

Unfortunately the distortion at the top of the picture (especially on Raymond) is caused by cellotape damage which has been digitally removed.

Ronald Richardson married Cathy (another Catherine presumably!) and was a carver. Although the 1939 register lists him as a widower.


Birth: Oct-Nov-Dec 1873, Brighton (Sussex, East Sussex), Volume 2b Page 236.
Death: Catherine E. Richardson, Jul-Aug-Sep 1946, Age 72,  Newcastle upon Tyne, Vol.1b p.103