Surname: Richardson

Slave Narrative of George Kye

Person Interviewed: George Kye Location: Fort Gibson, Oklahoma Age: 110 I was born in Arkansas under Mr. Abraham Stover, on a big farm about twenty miles north of Van Buren. I was plumb grown when the Civil War come along, but I can remember back when the Cherokee Indians was in all that part of the country Joe Kye was my pappy’s name what he was born under back is Garrison County, Virginia, and I took that name when I was freed, but I don’t know whether he took it or not because he was sold off by old Master Stover when I was a child. I never have seen him since. I think he wouldn’t mind good, leastways that what my mammy say. My mammy was named Jennie and I don’t think I had any brothers or sisters, but they was a whole lot of children at the quarters that I played and lived with. I didn’t live with mammy because she worked all the time, and us children all stayed in one house. It was a little one room log cabin, chinked and daubed, and you couldn’t stir us with a stick. When we went to eat we had a big pan and all ate out of it. One what ate the fastest got the most. Us children wore homespun shirts and britches and little slips, and...

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Slave Narrative of Red Richardson

Person Interviewed: Red Richardson Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Place of Birth: Grimes County, Texas Date of Birth: July 21, 1862 Age: 75 I was born July 21, 1862, at Grimes County, Texas. Smith Richardson was my father’s name. and Rliza Richardson my mother’s. We lived in so many places round there I can’t tell jest what. but we lived in a log house most of the time. We slept on the flo’ on pallets on one quilt. We ate cornbread, beans, vegetables, and got to drink plenty milk, We ate rabbits, fish, possums and such as that but we didn’t get no chicken. I don’t have no fav’rite food, I don’t guess. We wore shirts, long shirts slit up the side. I didn’t know what pants was until I was 14. In Grimes County it ain’t even cold these days, and I never wore no shoes. I married in a suit made of broad cloth. It had a tail on the coat. Master Ben Hadley, and Mistress Winnie Hadley, they had three sons: Josh, Henry and Charley. Didn’t have no overseer. We had to call all white folks, poor or rich, Mr. Master and Mistress. Master Hadiey owned ’bout 2,000 acres. He had a big number of slaves. They used to wake ’em up early in the mornings by ringing a large bell. They said they used to whip...

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Slave Narrative of Chaney Richardson

Person Interviewed: Chaney Richardson Location: Fort Gibson, Oklahoma Age: 90 I was born in the old Caney settlement southeast of Tahlequah on the banks of Caney Creek. Off to the north we could see the big old ridge of Sugar Mountain when the sun shine on him first thing in the morning when we all getting up. I didn’t know nothing else but some kind of war until I was a grown woman, because when I first can remember my old Master, Charley Rogers, was always on the lookout for somebody or other he was lined up against in the big feud. My master and all the rest of the folks was Cherokees, and they’d been killing each other off in the feud ever since long before I was borned, and jest because old Master have a big farm and three-four families of Negroes them other Cherokees keep on pestering his stuff all the time. Us children was always afeared to go any place less’n some of the grown folks was along. We didn’t know what we was a-feared of, but we heard the Master and Mistress keep talking ’bout “another Party killing” and we stuck close to the place. Old Mistress’ name was Nancy Rogers, but I was a orphan after I was a big girl and I called her “Aunt” and “Mamma” like I did when I...

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Biography of William Henry Richardson

W. H. Richardson, president of the Racine Carriage Company, is one whose long experience in this line of trade well qualified him for the important position which he now occupies as executive official, directing the policy and shaping the course of the business. One of the elements of his success is the fact that he has always continued in the line in which he embarked as a young tradesman, never dissipating his energies over a broad field but concentrating on the mastery of every task that has devolved upon him and thus gaining a most comprehensive and exact knowledge of the work in all of its phases. He was born in Mt. Pleasant Township, this County, February 13, 1868, a son of John Strong and Caroline (Butterworth) Richardson, natives of Ireland and New York, respectively. The latter was a daughter of Henry Butterworth, who was born in Manchester, England, and became a resident of Racine County in. the early ’40s, casting in his lot with its first settlers who laid broad and deep the foundation upon which has been built the later progress and prosperity of the district. It was in the ’60s that John Strong Richardson arrived in Racine County, where he followed the blacksmith’s trade, which he had previously learned in England. W. H. Richardson acquired a public school education and a business college training which further...

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Biography of Samuel Richardson, M.D.

Among the old “land marks” in the medical profession, in the county of Waterloo, is Dr. Samuel Richardson, forty years a practitioner in Galt. He is better known than almost any other man in the town, having been up and down the valley of the Grand river for a long period, a distance of twenty or thirty miles, and at an early day, much farther; and even now, with all the comparatively new settlers, there are very few families in a radius of ten or fifteen miles, that do not know the Doctor. He is a native of the county of Longford, Ireland, and was born February 3, 1809, his parents being Euchmuty and Jane (Moffatt) Richardson. He was educated at a clergyman’s school and Trinity, Dublin; there studied medicine; and was graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in that city, in 1834. In the autumn of the same year he embarked for the western world to follow his profession in Upper Canada, locating first at Guelph, and there practicing for five years. Many of his rides at this date were not only long, but extremely tedious. In 1839 the Doctor removed to Galt, then a small village; and in forty years has seen the country settle up with thrifty farmers, and Galt become a manufacturing town of perhaps 5000 inhabitants. Other doctors had preceded him, or soon...

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Biography of William Benjamin Richardson

William Benjamin Richardson was born October 31, 1867. He was the son of Dr. Stephen Lawrence Richardson, prominent physician and surgeon, and Susan Radford Richardson, of Twiggs County. Early in life he was bereft of parents and was forced to seek a livelihood for himself. With his blithe courage and rugged determination he used the obstacles he encountered as opportunities to succeed. He united with Mount Calvary Baptist Church at Cary, Ga., and was called to serve as deacon soon thereafter, and was active in this work until he moved away. A lover of the simple and natural things of life, he chose farming as his chief occupation. On February 17, 1889, he was married to Miss Faith Davis, daughter of Henry Davis, Confederate veteran, and Caroline Davis, of Twiggs County. They moved to the upper part of Pulaski County, ten miles from Cochran, which is now Bleckley County. Here they reared a large family of eleven children: H. G., W. B., E. 0., C. L., S. L., Mrs. J. F. Lee, Mrs. Nell Wade, Mrs. J. P. Pollock, Mrs. G. M. Grinstead, Mrs. J. P. McGriff, Jr., Emmie, who died in childhood, and twenty-two grandchildren. In 1909 he began his political career, being elected tax receiver of Pulaski County. He held this office for six years. In the spring of 1910 he moved to Hawkinsville and accepted a...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. Samuel A. Richardson

Dr. Samuel A. Richardson was born in Dublin, N. H. He graduated at the Albany Medical college, remained in a hospital one year, and came to Marlboro, July 5, 1855. He remained in practice here until 1862, when he went out with the lath N. H. Vols., and remained in the service until the close of the war. At the time of the surrender of Lee, at Appomatox, the doctor furnished the lunch partaken of by the vanquished and victorious commanders. With this refreshment he managed to furnish some liquor, which he said they drank in silence and with bowed heads. Dr. Richardson died June 19,...

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Biographical Sketch of Nelson Richardson

Nelson Richardson was born in Hinsdale, February 13, 1817. His educational advantages were limited, but by careful study and reading he has acquired a good business education- At the early age of eighteen years he began to assist in the navigation of the Connecticut, and in 1841 was made captain of a flat-boat, continuing in that capacity until the close of 1847, when the railroad was completed, and the river navigation abandoned. About two years later he purchased a farm in the northern part of the town, upon which he has resided until the present time. He has the confidence of his townsmen, and has served them repeatedly as selectman, and is frequently called upon to act as executor and administrator in settling...

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Biographical Sketch of Abijah Richardson

Abijah Richardson, a native of Woburn, Mass., and a soldier in the Revolutionary war, was the first settler upon the farm on road 19, where Luke F. and Malachi Richardson now reside. He married Elizabeth Richardson and reared seven children, two of whom are living. His son Malachi married Tamesin, daughter of Aaron and Mary (Townsend) Greenwood, and reared a family of seven children, four of whom are now living. He still resides on the homestead farm, where five old people are living, aged respectively eighty-eight, eighty-six, eighty-six, seventy-nine and seventy-five...

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Biography of Silas Richardson

Silas Richardson, a descendant of John Richardson who came from England previous to 1636, was born in Medfield, Mass., 1748, married, in 1771, Sileme Daniels, of Medway, Mass. In 1776 he came to Chesterfield and settled on land one mile north of the Factory Village. The deed of his purchase under colonial government, still preserved, is dated in May, 1776. He was a soldier of the Revolution, and was called “Lieutenant” Richardson was one of the original trustees of the academy, selectman in 1788, ’93 an ’96, and died in 1803. His children were: Wilkes, born December, 1772 married Mehitabel Clark, resided in Chesterfield till 1808, when he remove to Champion, N. Y. He was selectman in 1804, ’05. Sarah, born September, 1779, married Calvin White, of Westmoreland. Orlo, son of Silas, m Tied Nancy, daughter of Benjamin Wild, who died April 4, 1872, aged near ninety years. He lived in Chesterfield all his life, was a justice of the peace and an active business man, was selectman in 1826, ’28, ’34 and ’35, representative in, 1828, ’29, and died May 27, 1852. His children were, John Milton, born November 25, 1807. Laura, born January 25, 1809, married Ebenezer Culver, of Barre, N. Y., and died March 28, 1861; Nancy, born September 20, 1810, died December 1, 1857; Edwin, born August 2 1812, married Sarah B. Wheeler, of Westmoreland,...

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Biography of Clement Richardson

Clement Richardson, of Jefferson City, president of the Lincoln Institute, deserves mention as an eminent educator, for his professional work has been not merely instilling knowledge into the minds of pupils but has been broad in its scope, thoughtful in its purposes and human in its tendency. lie has studied the individual and his requirement, has met the needs of the school and has made valuable contributions to literature that has to do with his profession. Mr. Richardson was born June 23. 1878, in Halifax county, Virginia, a son of Leonard and Louise (Barksdale) Richardson. In his youthful days he attended the White Oak Grove country school, but his opportunity to pursue his studies was limited to a brief period each year, as it was necessary that he work in the tobacco fields. He was still quite a young lad when obliged to leave school in Virginia, and later he became mail carrier for the Brow Hill plantation near Paces station. In 1895, however, prompted thereto by a laudable ambition, he made his way to Massachusetts seeking work and with a view to promoting his education. After spending some years in Winchester, Massachusetts, working in a tannery, a glue factory and on a farm, through the help of the Young Men’s Christian Association and the First Baptist church of Winchester, he was able to enter the Dwight L. Moody...

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Biography of Elias A. Richardson

ELIAS A. RICHARDSON. The self-made man is entitled to respect, and he gets it in America. He represents all that is vigorous and substantial in our American institutions, and is deserving of all praise. Elias A. Richardson is a native of Henderson County, West Tennessee, where he was born in 1851, a son of William and Mary E. (Seaton) Richardson, who became residents of Independence County, Arkansas, in 1853, but later came to Stone County, and here the father breathed his last October 10, 1892, in his sixty-eighth year. The mother is still living and resides on the old home farm in Franklin Township. They were members of the Missionary Baptist Church for years, and he was a Democrat in politics, and by occupation was a farmer, in which calling he met with success. Of eleven children born to them, the subject of this sketch was the fourth, and nine are now living. The subject of this sketch came to Stone County with his parents in 1855, and here has since resided. His education was acquired in Independence County, and later in Stone Country, and upon reaching the age of eighteen years he commenced to do for himself as a tiller of the soil. He rented some river bottom land in Franklin Township, afterward followed the same occupation in Sharpe County, and then for some time was a resident...

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Biography of Alonzo L. Richardson

Thirty-eight years have passed since Alonzo L. Richardson came to Idaho, then a sparsely populated territory of the extreme northwest, its splendid resources undeveloped, its advancement a development of the future. For many years he has been closely identified with the work of progress, and is now filling the position of clerk of the United States court in Boise. A native of Missouri, Mr. Richardson was born in Franklin County that state, on The 19th of December 1841, and is a representative of one of the old families of Virginia. His ancestors located there in 1750, and there occurred the birth of Daniel Richardson, the great grand father of our subject. He removed from the Old Dominion to Kentucky and subsequently to Missouri, being a pioneer of those states. The father of our subject also bore the name of Daniel Richardson and was a native of Kentucky. He married Dorcas Caldwell, a native of Missouri, and in 1843 started with his family to cross the plains to Oregon, being in the second emigration to that far distant territory. Gold had not then been discovered in California, and the tide of emigration had not set toward the Pacific coast. The hardships and dangers of such an undertaking were many, and to add to the difficulties the father was taken ill and died at Fort Hall, Idaho, then a Hudson Bay...

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Biographical Sketch of Edward A. Richardson

Richardson, Edward A.; architect and engineer; born, Cleveland, O., Jan. 28, 1874; son of John N. and Martha Wood Richardson; educated, Cleveland grade schools and High School (W. if. S.); Spencerian Business College, Case School of Applied Science; married, Cleveland, Dec. 6, 1897, Esther F. Dillow; and Oct. 26, 1911, Maude H. Buchanan; one daughter, Rose K. Richardson, born June 4, 1900; gen. supt. of sewer construction, City of Cleveland, 1888 to 1900; 1st Lieut. Co. Al 1st Battery of Engineers, O. N. G., 1900 to 1905; sr. lieut. Ohio Naval Militia, 1909, to present time; now executive officer, U. S. S. “Dorothea”; with the exception of two years with the City Engineer’s office, has practiced architecture and engineering, in which business he is at present; has done considerable coal examination work, and spent one year in metalliferous mining in the West; in architecture and engineering, has designed a number of Cleveland’s largest industrial plants; member American Institute of Architects, Cleveland Chapter, R. I. A., National Fire Protective Association (associate), Masonic bodies, Ellsworth Blue Lodge, Hillman Chapter, No. 36, Cleveland Council, Oriental Commandery, Al Koran Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. Recreations: Yachting, Tennis and...

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