Richard Southwell

Brief Life History of Richard

When Richard Southwell was born on 8 April 1815, in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Southwell, was 47 and his mother, Mary Rudsdale, was 34. He married Mary Ann Booth about 1841, in Winchester, Scott, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Santa Ana Judicial Township, Orange, California, United States in 1900. He died on 24 June 1901, in Santa Ana, Orange, California, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Santa Ana, Orange, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Richard Southwell
Martha Edwards
Marriage: 7 January 1857
Laura Augusta Southwell
Lorenzo Edwards Southwell
Isabel Pickering Southwell
James B. Southwell
Mary L. Southwell

Sources (28)

  • Richard Southwell, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Richard Southwell, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Richard Southwell, "Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935"

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

1821 · New Ouse Bridge Completed

The original Ouse Bridge collapsed in 1154 under the weight of a crowd that was on it. In 1367, after the bridge had been replaced with stone and became the site of the first public toilets. In 1564-1565 the bridge was finally done being repaired. In 1810 and 1818 the bridge was dismantled to make way for a new Ouse Bridge design and completed in 1821.


Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

Name Meaning


from Middle English south ‘south’ + wel(le) ‘well, pool, spring’ (Old English sūth + wella). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived ‘by the south well’ or ‘south of the well’, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Southwell (Nottinghamshire) or Southwell on the Isle of Portland (Dorset).

in Yorkshire and Lancashire, often a hypercorrect form of Soothill, a habitational name from Soothill in Dewsbury (Yorkshire), from Old English sōt ‘soot’ + hyll ‘hill’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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