born October–December 1860
in Birmingham, Warwickshire
died very roughly 1930
1860: The birth of a Richard Townsend is recorded in the December quarter of 1860 in Birmingham district (6d156).
1861 census: living with mother and aunts and uncles in his grandparents' household on Moland Street, Birmingham. He is 5 months old, and born in Birmingham.
1881 census: living (as 'Richard Spriggs') at 'No. 5 Bk 35 Garbett St', Birmingham with his mother, stepfather, and step-brothers. His age is 20, occupation is silversmith, and his place of birth is Birmingham.
1884: a 24 year old bachelor, living at Warstone Lane at the time of his marriage. Working as a turner.
1891 census: living at 2 Oxford Terrace, Birmingham with wife and daughters. Age is 30, place of birth is Birmingham, and occupation is 'Iron & Steel Turner'.
1901 census: (as 'Richard Portman') living at 3 Manor Avenue, Rosebery Street, Birmingham with wife and daughters. Age is 40, place of birth is Birmingham, and occupation is 'Iron & Steel Turner'.
1911 census: living at 3 Manor Avenue, Rosebery Street, Birmingham with wife, daughter, and half-niece. Age is 50, place of birth is Birmingham, and occupation is 'Copying Press (Turner)'.
1922: A metal turner at time of daughter Edith's marriage.
According to Aubrey Hayman he fell out with his father and changed his name to 'Portman'. The surname is his stepfather's.