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My Great-Grandfather
Reverdy Hunter Richardson

Photo from Woodville Republican newspaper taken at Wilkinson County courthouse circa 1903

 This photograph was in possession of my mother, Annie Lee Richardson Schlatter, b. 21 Oct 1924, d. 18 Mar 2007 (known by her nickname of “Babe Schlatter”).  She grew up in Centreville, Wilkinson County, MS and moved to Knoxville, TN in 1951 with her husband, Joseph A. Schlatter, Sr., and two sons, Joseph A. Schlatter, Jr., and John F. Schlatter.  She lived in Knoxville until her death.

Babe Schlatter’s father (my grandfather) was Clarence J. Richardson, b. 12 Mar 1896, d. 13 Feb 1972.  His father was Reverdy Hunter Richardson (b. 1 Sep 1864, d. 12 April 1916). 

This photograph was published in the Woodville Republican newspaper on 11 Nov 1999; a copy of the newspaper is included in this collection.  The caption accompanying the photograph reads: 

OLD TIMERS – The above photo of ten former office holders and/or well-known citizens of this Wilkinson County was lent to this newspaper by Mrs. Susie Morris martens.  She recently found the remarkable clear picture, although somewhat the worse for wear around the edges, in a drawer.  The names of the gentlemen are clearly written on the back of the photo, but no date was listed.  The “new “ courthouse, built in 1903, is in the background meaning the picture was taken after the construction.  Identified from left, front row, are the following:  Fayette Johnson, Will Hays, Cars Johnson, Lyt Lewis and Will Morris.  Back row, from left:  John Day, Hunter Richardson, E. E. Richardson, Zack Gaulden and Billy Jenkins.  Black bow ties and mustaches were obviously in style back in the days when the photo was taken, since six of the men are so adorned. (sic)

 

“Hunter Richardson” in the photo (back row, 2nd from left) is Reverdy Hunter Richardson (b. 1 Sep 1864, d. 12 April 1916), grandfather of Annie Lee Richardson Schlatter.  “E. E. Richardson” (back row, 3rd from left) is his brother Edward Everett Richardson, b. 1856, d. 20 Mar 1925.

 The individual identified as “Zack Gaulden” may be a distant relative of the Richardson's.  The great-grandfather of Reverdy Hunter and E. E. Richardson is Francis R. Richardson, b. 1763   in South Carolina, d. 13 Dec 1820  in Wilkinson County, MS.  He was married to Martha Gaulden, b. 26 Nov 1765 in South Carolina, d. 1833 in Wilkinson County, MS.  Francis Richardson and Martha Gaulden Richardson migrated from South Carolina to Wilkinson County, MS, with other members of their families in 1810-1812.  Thus, it is possible that Zack Gaulden in this photo is a descendant of the Gaulden family who was inter-married with the Richardson's.

 


I found these two photos on the Ancestry.com website on the family tree of another Richardson descendant.

          

Reverdy Hunter Richardson

   

                         

Nettie Ethel DuBose

Reverdy Hunter Richardson is one of my maternal great-grandfathers. 

  •  He was born 1 Sep 1864, Wilkinson county, MS; died 12 Apr 1916, New Orleans, LA. 

  •  His first wife was Martha "Mattie" Coon (b. 28 Jan 1866, d. 21 Jan 1901).  They were married on 26 Nov 1885 in Wilkinson County, MS.

  •  He then married Nettie Ethel DuBose (b. 10 May 1882, d. 8 Feb 1949) on 10 Jan 1906.

The children from these two marriages are:

Children of Reverdy Hunter Richardson and Martha "Mattie" Coon

  1. Putnam McDuffy Richardson; b. 18 Sep 1887, d. 21 Sep 1902

  2. Reverdy Hunter Richardson, Jr.; b. 23 Apr 1890, d. 4 Sep 1974

  3. Mamie Sarah Richardson; b. 1 May 1892, d. 6 Sep 1961

  4. Mable Richardson; b. 2 May 1894, d. Jan 1977

  5. Clarence James Richardson; b. 12 May 1896, d. 13 Feb 1972 (my maternal grandfather)

  6. Edward Everett Richardson; b. 28 Jun 1898, d. Oct 1973

  7. Richard H. Richardson; b. 10 Aug 1900, d. Dec 1900.

Children of Reverdy Hunter Richardson and Nettie Ethel DuBose

  1. James Gordon Richardson; b. 23 Apr 1907, d. Apr 1981

  2. Mattie Richardson; b. 10 Jul 1908, d. 7 Jan 1912

  3. Alice LaVilla Richardson; b. 23 Apr 1910, d. 1995

  4. Arthur Whitfield Richardson; b. 16 Jul 1912, d. 15 May 1989

  5. Francis DuBose Richardson; b. 12 Mar 1916, d. 1993


Photo of children of Reverdy Hunter Richardson and Martha "Mattie" Coon
Probably circa early 1901

Back row, left to right: 

  1. Mamie Sarah Richardson; b. 1 May 1892, d. 6 Sep 1961

  2. Putnam McDuffy Richardson; b. 18 Sep 1887, d. 21 Sep 1902

  3. Reverdy Hunter Richardson, Jr.; b. 23 Apr 1890, d. 4 Sep 1974

Front row, left to right:

  1. Clarence James Richardson; b. 12 May 1896, d. 13 Feb 1972 (my maternal grandfather)

  2. Edward Everett Richardson; b. 28 Jun 1898, d. Oct 1973

  3. Mable Richardson; b. 2 May 1894, d. Jan 1977

Date of this photo is unknown but it could be in early 1901.  I have attempted to date this photo using the following information:

  •  The oldest child, Putnam McDuffy Richardson (center, back row) died on 21 September 1902 at   age 15.   The youngest child, Edward Everett Richardson (center, front row), was born on 28 June 1898.  E. E. appears to be 2-1/2 to 3 years old, thus, the photo probably dates between early 1900 (between January and June 1901 when E. E. was 2-1/2 to 3 years old) and 1902 (Putnam's death).  E. E. would have been 4 years old when Putnam died; he does not appear to be that old in this photo, thus, the photo probably is from early 1901.

  •   Their mother, Martha "Mattie" Coon died on 21 January 1901.  I suspect the photo was made on the occasion of their mother's death, probably shortly after her death in January 1901.