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My Richardson Roots

 

One of the branches of my family is the Richardson family.  My mother was Annie Lee Richardson (1924 - 2007); she was the daughter of Clarence J. Richardson (1896 - 1972) and Annie Lee Dudding (1899 - 1984).

A list of articles about my Richardson ancestors is at the bottom of this page.

My Richardson Lineage

In researching my Richardson ancestors, I have found THREE slightly different stories, summarized below.

ONE:  Richardson Lineage from Memoirs of Francis DuBose Richardson

We have a small booklet titled Memoirs of Francis DuBose Richardson, written December 1, 1895.   I have a photocopy of the original.  There are no sources, footnotes, or bibliography in the booklet.  Instead, it appears to be what it claims to be -- the recollections of an individual who was a cousin of my great-great-grandfather.  These memoirs tell the following story:

  •  Around 1694, John Richardson, "by birth a Welchman and his wife" emigrated from Great Britian and "with a large English colony, settled on the James River" (Virginia).  "He remained there for over twenty years, becoming fully identified with the growing prosperity of his adopted country, and died leaving a numerous family."
  •  In the early 1700's several of his children moved to the Cape Fear River area of North Carolina.
  •  Around 1750 members of the family moved to Sumter District, South Carolina.
  •  Several of the South Carolina Richardson's fought on the side of Francis Marion during the Revolutionary War.
  •  In the early 1800's there was a rush of migration from the Carolina colonies to the West -- which, at this time, was Mississippi and Louisiana.  Land that had been heavily farmed in the Carolinas was beginning to wear out and many people headed west to new land.
  •  In Dec 1808-Jan 1809, one of several Richardson brothers and a small party, including several slaves,  trekked to southwest Mississippi -- to what is now Wilkinson County -- where they cleared land and put in a cotton crop.  In the fall of 1809 they sold the crop, returned to South Carolina, packed up several other family members and "100 slaves" and returned to Wilkinson County, Mississippi, in January 1810 where they settled and prospered.

TWO:  Richardson Lineage from Wilkinson and Kindred Families

While researching my Richardson lineage, I found several references to a book titled Genealogy of Wilkinson and Kindred Families, compiled by M. M. Wilkinson, Shelby, Mississippi 1949.  I purchased a copy of this book from Higginson Book Company, a publisher of genealogies and local histories.  In this book I found a third Richardson lineage.

Thomas Richardson, of south Shields, Durham County, England, never came to America, but his son, Francis, did, emigrating from England to New York City in 1681, and two of his grandsons (sons of his son, John) went thence to Virginia in 1694.  John Richardson, either the son of John or the son of Francis, married Mary DuBois, the Daughter of Isaac and Maria (Hasbrouck) Du Bois.  (Wilkinson and Kindred Families, p. 333)

. . .

John Richardson, born ca. 1674, married ca. 1698, Mary duBois, born 1684 in Kingston, N.Y.  They removed to Virginia and settled on the James River.   They had among others:

  1. Mary Richardson, born ca. 1699 in King County, N.Y.
  2. Nathaniel Richardson, born ca. 1702 in Jamestown, Virginia, . . .
  3. John Richardson, Jr., born ca. 1704 at Jamestown, Va. . . .
  4. Samuel Richardson, born ca. 1706.  (Wilkinson, p. 334)

. . .

John Richardson, Jr., b. ca. 1704 at Jamestown, Virginia; lived across the Santee River, Orange County district, Va.; removed with his parents to the south side of the Santee, into South Carolina, and there met his future wife.  The beautiful Amarenthia, dau. of Thomas Smith III and Sabana . . .

. . .

I can, without doubt, trace my Richardson ancestors to Arthur Richardson, born in North Carolina, 1730, moved with his family to South Carolina where he became a hero of the Revolutionary War.  Arthur Richardson's parents were John Richardson and Amarenthia Smith.

THREE:  Richardson Lineage from Thomas Richardson of South Shields, Durham County, England and his descendants in the United States of America, complied by Mary Thomas Seaman

In late September 2011 I purchased a copy from Higginson Books.  While it provides some information about the descendants of one Thomas Richardson of South Shields, Durham County, England, who came to the American colonies, it focuses on the Richardson's who settled in New York, Pennsylvania, and other northeastern states.   The précis for this book states:

Francis Richardson (d. 1688), a Quaker and a son of Thomas Richardson, Married Rebekah Hayward in 1680, and immigrated in 1681 from England to New York City, moving in 1683 to Philadelphia.  Descendants lived in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and elsewhere.

 

My research; based on "Memoirs of Francis D. Richardson" and other sources Research from "Thomas Richardson of South Shields . . . " Research from "Wilkinson and Kindred Families"
Around 1694, John Richardson, "by birth a Welchman and his wife" emigrated from Great Britian and "with a large English colony, settled on the James River"
(Virginia
). 

"He remained there for over twenty years, becoming fully identified with the growing prosperity of his adopted country, and died leaving a numerous family."
Thomas Richardson lived in South Shields, Durham County, England.

 Francis Richardson, son of Thomas, emigrated from England to New York City in 1681.

 Around 1694, Francis Richardson's son John Richardson migrated from New York City to the James River area of the Virginia colony.

 

Francis Richardson, son of Thomas Richardson of South Shields, Durham County, England, emigrated to New York City in 1681.

John Richardson, born ca. 1674, married ca. 1698, Mary DuBois, born 1684 in Kingston, N.Y.  John was the son or grandson of Francis.

John Richardson, Jr., b. abt. 1704 in Jamestown, VA, moved with his parents into South Carolina (or North Carolina) where he met and married Amarenthia Smith.

 

Conclusions about my Richardson Lineage, March 2013

As of March 2013, I have concluded that I can't conclude a lot.

It seems to me to be clear that I am descended from John Richardson, "by birth a Welchman and his wife" who emigrated from Great Britian and "with a large English colony, settled on the James River" (Virginia)(around 1694).  "He remained there for over twenty years, becoming fully identified with the growing prosperity of his adopted country, and died leaving a numerous family."  

This John Richardson MAY be the son of John Richardson  (b. ca. 1674) and Mary DuBois (b. 1681, NY) who was the son or grandson of Francis Richardson who was the son of Thomas Richardson of South Shields, Durham, England.   Francis emigrated from England to the American colonies, probably NY; Thomas never came to America.

On the other hand, this John Richardson MAY have emigrated directly to Virginia from Great Britian.

Thus, while I'm still searching for definitive information -- which I may never find -- it appears that my Richardson lineage is

-- EITHER:

  • Thomas Richardson lived in South Shields, Durham County, England.

  •  Francis Richardson, son of Thomas, emigrated from England to New York City in 1681.

  •  Around 1694, Francis Richardson's son or grandson John Richardson (John Richardson B; married to Mary DuBois) migrated from New York City to the James River area of the Virginia colony.  "He remained there for over twenty years, becoming fully identified with the growing prosperity of his adopted country, and died leaving a numerous family."

-- OR:

  •  Around 1694, John Richardson, "by birth a Welchman and his wife" emigrated from Great Britian and "with a large English colony, settled on the James River" (Virginia).  "He remained there for over twenty years, becoming fully identified with the growing prosperity of his adopted country, and died leaving a numerous family."

-- HOWEVER, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT

  •  In the early 1700's several of John Richardson's children moved to the Cape Fear River area of North Carolina from Virginia, probably the Jamestown area.

  •  Around 1750 members of the family moved to Sumter District, South Carolina.

  •  Several of the South Carolina Richardson's fought on the side of Francis Marion during the Revolutionary War.

  •  In the early 1800's there was a rush of migration from the Carolina colonies to the West -- which, at this time, was Mississippi and Louisiana.  In addition to population pressures due to immigration and birthrates, the land that had been heavily farmed in the Carolinas was beginning to wear out and many people headed west to new land.

  •  In Dec 1808-Jan 1809, one of several Richardson brothers and a small party, including several slaves,  trekked to southwest Mississippi -- to what is now Wilkinson County -- where they cleared land and put in a cotton crop.  In the fall of 1809 they sold the crop, returned to South Carolina, packed up several other family members and "100 slaves" and returned to Wilkinson County, Mississippi, in January 1810 where they settled and prospered.

  •  Descendants of the Richardson's who moved from South Carolina to Wilkinson County, Mississippi, in 1810 spread throughout Wilkinson County and adjoining counties in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Date(s) Person
Unknown Thomas Richardson
Lived in South Shields, Durham County, England.
I may not be descended from him.
1681 Francis Richardson, son of Thomas
Emigrated from England to New York City
I may not be descended from him.
circa 1694 John Richardson.

I appear to be descended from "John Richardson" who was in the Jamestown region of Virginia in the mid- to late-1600's.  There are four  possibilities as to who John Richardson is.

(1)  He could be the son of Francis. married Mary DuBois in New York and later moved from NYC to James River area of Virginia colony, as described in the Thomas Richardson of South Shields . . .  book.

(2)  He may be the "Welshman" who emigrated directly to the Virginia colony, as described in The Memoirs of Francis DuBose Richardson.

(3) John Richardson who married Mary DuBois and John Richardson the "Welshman" may be the same person.

(4) There may be a John Richardson who is none of the above.

 

circa 1704

John Richardson, Jr., born at/near Jamestown, VA .  He later moved with his family to North or South Carolina and married Amarenthia Smith.
1730 -- 1785 Arthur Richardson
Born in North Carolina; a well-known Revolutionary War soldier in South Carolina.  He was killed “by a Tory” after the Revolutionary War in a dispute over ownership of property, possibly a horse. 
1763 -- 1820 Francis R. Richardson
Born 1760, near Statesburg, Sumter District, SC.
 
1784:  at age 24 married Martha Gaulden
1790:  At Charleston, purchased 30 Negroes for “about $150 a head.”    One of the last survivors of this group was a slave named Leah who  died in Iberia Parish, LA, in 1877, at approximately 107 years old.
1800:  He “heard stories” of land in the Territory of Mississippi.  Later, after his two sons John G. and James B., emigrated to Mississippi, he moved there. 
Died near Woodville, MS, 13 December 1820.
1789 -- 1859 James B. Richardson
 
25 Jan 1813 -- 16 Mar 1874 Robert Reilly Richardson
Middle name sometimes spelled "Riley" or "Reily."  His mother was Martha Mary Reilly.
1 Sep 1864 -- 12 Apr 1916 Reverdy Hunter Richardson, Sr.
Married Martha "Mattie" Coon (1866-1901).  They had seven children.  After Mattie Coon's death, R. H. Richardson married Ethel DuBose; they had five children.
12 Mar 1896 -- 13 Feb 1972 Clarence James Richardson, Sr. (my maternal grandfather)
Married Annie Lee Dudding, 15 Sep 1920.  They had four children.
21 Oct 1924 -- 18 Mar 2007 Annie Lee Richardson (my mother)
Married Joseph A. Schlatter, Sr., 14 Nov 1943; they had two sons.
1944 -- Joseph A. Schlatter, Jr. (myself)
Married Rose Golden, 30 July 1966.  We have two children and two grandchildren.

 

Richardson Family Pages

Here are links to my website pages about my Richardson ancestors.

Momma and Granddad Richardson

My maternal grandparents are Clarence James Richardson, Sr., and Annie Lee Dudding.  I was 28 when Granddad died and 39 when Momma died; I remember them fondly and not a day goes by that I don't think about them.

Richardson Cemetery, Wilkinson County, MS

Memoirs of Francis DuBose Richardson, written December 1, 1895  

Family Bible of Robert Riley Richardson

Two books from the Richardson Plantation, Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi

Carving knife set; lineage unknown; from Richardson family

My Great-grandfather, Reverdy Hunter Richardson

Letter from my Great-great-grandfather Robert Riley Richardson to his cousin, T. D. (J. D.) Richardson, 6 March 1874.

My G-G-G-Grandfather James B. Richardson, "insane"

My Coon/Kuhn Family Connections

"Little Willie" -- A Family Mystery

Nettie Ethel DuBose Richardson:  My Grandfather's Step-Mother. 
Her family's graves.

Robert Barnwell Richardson:  ". . . He came to his death by scalding from the explosion on the Stmr Glider. . . . "

Baskets by "Stuttering Charlie" -- Charles Thompson, Wilkinson County, Mississippi; baskets inherited from my mother

Richardson-Lobrano family connections

Richardson Cash Grocery, and, The Brick Store

 

 

 

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