Richard ROTHWELL [1821-1895]
I am a distant cousin of Richard Rothwell. He lived in Canton China from 1845 until 1857, making two short visits to England in 1851 and 1856. He was a clerk working for Jamieson, Howe, & Co. in the tea trade. His brother Thomas Rothwell was a tea merchant in Shanghai from 1855 until 1883. From 1862 until the brancruptcy in 1876 he traded under the name Rothwell, Love & Co. together with his partner Joseph Love jun. Thomas married a Tanka woman, Yau Tsang and had three children with her, a daughter LO Lucy Shui Choi, born 1861, who married Ho Fook, and two sons LO Cheung-Ip, born 1865 who married HO Kwan-fong, and LO Cheung-Shiu, born 1869, who married Sheng Hing Zimmern. Unlike Richard, Thomas stayed in China all his life. He died 22nd. July 1883 in Hankow, where he was buried, whilst on a mission as an arbitrator in the Tea Dispute between the Hankow Tea Guild and the Shanghai British Chamber of Commerce.
On his return to England Richard married Sarah Booth Taylor in 1860 in Manchester, before moving to London where he was a tea broker, trading under the name Rothwell, Marshall & Co. With Sarah he had three children Jessie, Alice and Richard Hornsby. In Richard's family history there is no evidence or legends that Richard had a family whilst in China. However I find it hard to believe that Richard lived in Canton for 12 years and did not have a protected woman with whom he had children. I am therefore searching for anyone of Eurasian origin who believes he may be able to trace his or her ancestry back to Richard Rothwell of Canton. Or any one who knows someone who may have this ancestry. If anyone does please contact me. I would be most interested in exchanging further information with you.