George Richardson (1821-1879) and Johanna May (1821-?)

George Wesley Richardson & Johanna May are my 3x great grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandfather Marcus McDonald Richardson.

George Wesley Richardson was born January 31, 1821 in Randolph County, North Carolina. Potential fathers for George are John or Joseph Richardson, both heads of households in Randolph, North Carolina on the 1830 US Census.

Johanna May was born about 1821 in North Carolina. A potential father for Johanna is David May, head of a household in Guilford, North Carolina on the 1830 US Census.

George and Johanna married October 11, 1838 in Davie County, North Carolina.

On the 1850 US Census, the family lived in Washington, Gibson County, Indiana. George was 30 and Johanna was 29. The had 6 children: David, age 10; Rachel, age 8; William, age 5; Emily, age 3; Abison, age 1; George, an infant.

On the 1860 US Census, the family lived in Columbia, Gibson County, Indiana. George was 40 and Johanna was 39. There were 9 children at home: David, age 21; William, age 16; Emily, age 13; George, age 11; Marcus, age 9; Nancy, age 7; Mary, age 5; John, age 4; Thomas, age 2.

George served in the Civil War for the Union, as a Private in Company A, 58th Regiment of the Indiana Infantry.

In 1865, George was listed on an IRS Tax Assessment List. He lived in Columbus and his occupation was Sawyer, someone who runs a saw mill. He paid $6.67.

On the 1870 US Census the family remained in Columbia, Gibson County, Indiana. George was 49 and Johanna was 48. There were 6 children at home: George, age 20; Marcus, age 18; Isabel, age 16; Mary, age 14; John, age 12; Thomas, age 11.

George died on November 23, 1879 in Gibson County, Indiana. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1880 US Census, Johanna was 59 and widowed. She still lived in Columbia, Gibson County, Indiana. Sons John, age 23, and Thomas, age 22, lived in the home. Next door was son Wesley and his wife.

On the 1890 Veterans Schedule for Jackson, Dallas County, Missouri, Johanna is listed as widow of George W. Richardson. It is unknown when she died.

Children of George Wesley Richardson & Johanna May:

David Lawrence Richardson – David was born about 1839 in North Carolina. He married Missouri A. Dill on July 4, 1859 in Indiana. He served in the Civil War with Company F of Indiana 33rd Infantry Regiment. David and Missouri had a daughter, and Missouri died shortly after. David married Margaret Ellen OHaver on November 30, 1863. On the 1870 US Census, the daughter was living with her maternal grandparents in Columbia, Gibson County, Indiana. I can’t find David and Margaret in 1870. David died between 1879 when their youngest child was born & the 1880 US Census. In 1880 Margaret was a widow with 6 children in Washington, Gibson County, Indiana. She would soon marry David’s brother John.

Rachel Richardson – Rachel was born about 1842 in Tennessee according to the 1850 US Census, the only record I have of her.

William Wesley Richardson – William was born May 2, 1844 in Indiana. He married Jane Lance on September 27, 1866 in Pike County, Indiana. They had 1 child. He was a farmer, and then an insurance agent. He died October 6, 1903 in Oakland City, Gibson County, Indiana.

Emily Richardson – Emily was born 1847 in Indiana. She married Isaac Shewmaker on March 6, 1865 in Indiana. They had 11 children. She died December 9, 1913. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Abison Richardson – Abison was born 1849 in Indiana, according to the 1850 US Census, which is the only record I have of him.

George Washington Richardson – George was born January 25, 1851 in Indiana. He married Sarah Greene on February 1, 1872 in Dubois County, Indiana. They had 2 children. He married Mary Rice on August 29, 1885 in Phelps County, Missouri. They had 5 children. He died August 27, 1922 in Madison County, Illinois. He was 71.

Marcus McDonald Richardson – My 2x great grandfather Marcus was born August 12, 1851 in Pike County, Indiana. He married Elizabeth Ann Greene on March 11, 1875 in Pike County, Indiana. They had 4 children. Marcus died October 27, 1941 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. He was 90. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here. Read more about him here.

Nancy A. Isabell Richardson – Nancy was born about 1853 in Indiana. My only records of her are the 1860 & 1870 US Census.

Mary A. Richardson – Mary was born about 1856 in Indiana. My only records of her are the 1860 & 1870 US Census.

John C. Richardson – John was born about 1856 in Indiana. On March 1, 1884, he married Margaret Ellen OHaver Richardson in Phelps County, Missouri. Margaret had been married to his brother David and had 6 children. She and John had a daughter. Margaret died in 1918 in Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, and her death certificate indicates that she was married, but I do not know when John died. Margaret’s Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas P. Richardson – Thomas was born May 6, 1858. He married Catherine J. Williams on August 5, 1880 in Gibson County, Indiana. They had 8 children. He died on August 2, 1921. He was 63. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Union F. Richardson – Union was born April 23, 1861 and died June 1, 1861. He was 1 month and 8 days old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Christina M. Richardson – Christina was born May 9, 1863 and she died 9 days later. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Marcus McDonald Richardson (1851-1941) & Elizabeth Anna Green (1859-1939)

UPDATED JULY 2017

Marcus McDonald Richardson and Elizabeth Anna Green are my 2x great grandparents, the parents of my great grandmother Versa Grace Richardson.

RICHARDSON Marcus McDonald GREENE Elizabeth Anna RICHARDSON Vera HEDRICK Deward HEDRICK Rena HEDRICK Euvella HEDRICK Elizabeth black and whiteMarcus & Elizabeth Richardson with daughter Versa Richardson Hedrick, and her children Rena, Deward, Euvella and Elizabeth. I got this photo from my grandmother Euvella.

 

 

Marcus McDonald Richardson was born August 12, 1851 in Pike County, Indiana. He was the son of George Wesley Richardson and Johanna May. George served in the Civil War. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here.

Elizabeth Anna Green was born June of 1859 in Indiana. She was the daughter of Caleb Green and Sarah Jane Green. Caleb served in the Civil War. You can see Caleb’s Find A Grave memorial here and Sarah’s here.

On the 1860 US Census, Marcus was 9 and lived in Columbia, Gibson County, Indiana with his parents (farmers) and 8 siblings. Elizabeth was 2 and lived in Scott, Harrison County, Indiana with her parents (farmers) and 2 siblings.

On the 1870 US Census, Marcus was 18 and lived in Columbia, Gibson County, Indiana with his parents (farmers) and 5 siblings. Elizabeth was 12 and lived in Monroe, Pike County, Indiana with her parents (farmers) and 7 siblings.

Marcus and Elizabeth married on March 11, 1875 in Pike County, Indiana. Marcus was 23 and Elizabeth was 15.

On the 1880 US Census, Marcus and Elizabeth were farming in Ninevah, Johnson County, Indiana. Both were marked as being 21 years old, but Marcus was 29. They had no children.

On the 1900 US Census, Marcus was 49 and Elizabeth was 41. They had been married 25 years, and had 6 children, all living. They lived in Finley, Christian County, Missouri. Marcus worked in the mines. Daughter Dolly, age 16, was born in Illinois, so maybe the family lived there between Indiana and Missouri. Their other children were born in Missouri: Sylvanus was 14, Letha was 9, and Gracie (Versa) was 2. Boarding with the family was Lizzie Wells, age 14, who worked as a typesetter.

On the 1910 US Census, the family lived in Little Chaney, Chautauqua County, Kansas. Marcus was 58 and Elizabeth was 52 and they were farmers. Versa was 12. Letha was 19, had been married 1 year (no husband listed) and had a 6 month old son. Dolly was 26 and had been married to A. C. Dozer, age 34, for 8 years. They had 3 children.

On the 1920 US Census, the family lived in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. Marcus was 68 and a teacher of public school. Elizabeth was 62. Grandson Norval Camp, age 10, lived with them.

On the 1930 US Census, the couple farmed in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. Marcus was 78 and Elizabeth was 71.

I don’t know where I got this photo, but it is labeled Elizabeth Richardson. It may be from my grandmother Euvella, but it’s also possible that it isn’t our Elizabeth Green Richardson.

Elizabeth died October 25, 1939 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. She was 80. You can see her Find A Grave memorial here.

On the 1940 US Census, Marcus lived in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. He was 88 and boarded with Vergie Delong and her family.

Marcus died October 27, 1941 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. He was 90. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here.

The children of Marcus Richardson & Elizabeth Anna Green:

Dolly Richardson – Dollie was born August 13, 1880 in Illinois. She married Albert Charles Dozer and they had 3 children. She died October 23, 1912 at age 32. Her Find A Grave memorial here. (Her cause of death was new to me – pellagra. It is a deficiency disease caused by a lack of nicotinic acid or its precursor tryptophan in the diet. It is characterized by dermatitis, diarrhea, and mental disturbance, and is often linked to overdependence on corn as a staple food.)

Van Richardson and his daugther Anitra. I got this photo from my grandmother Euvella, daughter of Versa.

Sylvanus “Van” Richardson – Van was born October 4, 1885 in Walnut Shade, Taney County, Missouri. His World War I Draft Registration Card indicates he was tall and slender with brown hair and brown eyes. He married Mabel Ridge in 1918 and they had one daughter who died at age 20. By 1920 they were living in Colorado. Van was a merchant in a pool room (1920), manager of a pool hall (1930) and manager of a liquor store (1940). Van died in August of 1974 in Colorado. He was 88. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here.

Letha Joan Richardson – Letha was born September 20, 1890. She married S. A. Camp on January 21, 1909 in Springfield, Missouri. They had one son. She married John S. Miller on August 19, 1918 in Joplin, Missouri. She married John F. Urueta prior to 1930 and they lived in California. John worked at a creamery (1930) and as a pipe layer/machinist at a construction company (1940). She died December 14, 1990 at age 100 in Los Angeles. You can see her Find A Grave memorial here.

Versa Grace Richardson – My great grandmother Versa was born August 12, 1897 in Missouri. On October 26, 1913, Versa married James Wesley Hedrick in Stone County, Missouri. They had 5 children. Versa died December 22, 1928 in Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma. She was 31. You can read more about her here.