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Descendants of Amos Richardson

4. HARDY3 RICHARDSON (BENJAMIN SR.2, AMOS1)2 was born Abt. 1770 in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, and died in Bulloch County, Georgia. He married FRANCIS MIZELL in Bulloch County, Georgia, daughter of LAURENCE MIZELL and SARAH CARTER. She died October 13, 1837 in Washington Parish, Louisiana.

Notes for H
HARDY2 RICHARDSON (BENJAMIN1) was born Abt. 1764 in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, and died Abt. 1809 in Bulloch County, Georgia. He married (1) FANNIE MIZELL. He married (2) FRANCES (FANNIE) MIZELL Abt. 1780 in Bulloch County, Georgia.

i. STEPHEN DECATUR SR.3 RICHARDSON, b. 1792, Bulloch County, Georgia; d. 1828, Washington Parish, Louisiana.
ii. NANCY RICHARDSON, b. 1795, Bulloch County, Georgia; m. RICHARD ALLBRITTON, Abt. 1816.
iii. CLARENDY RICHARDSON, b. 1798, Bulloch County, Georgia; m. JOHN WILLIS SIMEON MUSGROVE, Abt. 1817.
iv. SUSAN RICHARDSON, b. 05 March 1802, Bulloch County, Georgia; m. ZACK BICKHAM, Abt. 1820.

v. BENJAMIN3 RICHARDSON, b. Abt. 1781.
. vi. NANCY RICHARDSON, b. Abt. 1795; d. Bef. 1881, Mississippi.
vii. SARAH RICHARDSON, b. Abt. 1800, Bulloch County, Georgia; m. WETTENHALL WARNER MORRIS, 1818.
viii. WINIFRED RICHARDSON, b. Abt. 1803; d. 31 August 1861; m. ISAAC IRWIN.

Children of H
  vii.   SUSAN RICHARDSON, b. March 5, 1802.

5. PENELOPE3 RICHARDSON (BENJAMIN SR.2, AMOS1)3 was born Abt. 1775 in Bulloch Co., GA, and died 1841 in Washington Parrish, Louisiana. She married WILLIAM "CHOCTAW" WILLIAMS4 1802 in BULLOCH COUNTY,GA. He was born 1761, and died in WASHINGTON PARISH, LA.

Notes for P
Penelope RICHARDSON was born in 1773 in Screven County Georgia. She was born about 1775 in Bulloch County Georgia. She died in 1841 in Washington Parish Louisiana. [SHELDR~1.ftw]
Research of Ethel Seamans, descendant of Penelope.
The year 1775 is bracketed by the ages shown in 1820 and 1830 census for
Penelope 1820 26/45, 1830 50/60..

Mrs. Ethel Seamans. Rt 6, Box 775, Conroe, TX. 77302.

1830 census of Wash Parish shows Penelope living
as head of household with 2m 15/20, 1m 20/30; 1f 50/60 (her)

Death information: Information provided by Chris Beard )
Parents: Benjamin RICHARDSON Sr and Sarah MIZELL.

She was married to William "Choctaw Bill" WILLIAMS before 1800 in Bulloch County Georgia. Children were: Susannah WILLIAMS, Jenny WILLIAMS, John WILLIAMS, Mary WILLIAMS, Sallie WILLIAMS, Robert WILLIAMS, William Walter WILLIAMS.

Children of P
  i.   SUZANNAH4 WILLIAMS, b. 1802.
  ii.   ROBERT C. WILLIAMS, b. 1809.
  iii.   WILLIAM WATLER WILLIAMS, b. 1815.

6. BENJAMIN JR.3 RICHARDSON (BENJAMIN SR.2, AMOS1)5 was born 1776 in Bulloch County, Georgia, and died in Evadale, Jasper Co. Texas. He married (1) REBECCA POOL in Washington Louisiana. He married (2) NANCY HENDRICKS6 June 28, 1802 in Jasper County, Texas, daughter of DANIEL HENDRICKS.

Notes for B
Benjamin II RICHARDSON was born about 1775 in Bulloch County Georgia. He died in 1848 in Evadale Richardson Bluff Jasper County Texas. [SHELDR~1.ftw]
BIRTH: Texas census 1 May 1835. Municipality of Bevil. Benjamin gives his
age as 59 years old.

MARRIAGE: 1) to Nancy Hendricks: Marriages, Wills, Estates, Marks & Brands
Book A & 1A (1795-1816); License issued 28 Jun 1802
2) No record of marriage to Rebecca Pool other than
what is contained in probate records.

DEATH: Benjamin died probably in late 1846 or early 1847. He is listed on tax
rolls of Jasper County for 1846 but his widow is shown in 1847 as owner of his
4402 acres (headright less 26 acres sold)

HISTORIC SITES IN JASPER COUNTY, pp.1-4. (Some information is not accurate)


Excerpts from YELLOWED PAGES, journal of the Southeast Texas Historical &
Genealogical Society, Beaumont, Tx

Excerpts from "KINSMAN ALL," by E. Russ Williams, Monroe, La. 1991



Witness to Indenture. Bulloch Co, GA. Bk AA, pp.133-134.
Witnessed 24 Nov 1799. Proven 22 Sep 1806. Recorded 12 Oct 1806.
John Richardson, Planter, of Bulloch Co, and Nancy , his wife, to Willis
Williamson, Planter, of Bulloch Co. 150 acres of land in the fork of Scull's
Creek, being part of two tracts of land granted to Benjamin Richardson and
also 200 acres granted to John Richardson lying in the fork of Scull's Creek,
adjoining the other 150 acres.
Witnesses: John Williams John Richardson
Benj. Richardson Nancy Richardson

1799. Land Grant. Effingham Co, GA. Grant Bk BBBBB, p.359.
200 acres.

25 Mar 1800. Indenture. Bulloch Co, GA. Bk A, pp.58-59. Copy in file.
Written 25 Mar 1800. Recorded 28 Jul 1802.
Benjamin Richardson purchases the estate of Amos and Benjamin Richardson, decd,
for $50 from each of the heirs. Signing or making their marks as heirs are
John Richardson, William Richardson, Hardy Richardson, William Williams,
Penelope Richardson and Francis Patterson, Fanny Richardson, John Williams
and Jane Richardson. Witness John Lan,

20 Jan 1802. Mentioned in Indenture. Bulloch Co, GA. Bk A, pp.58-59. Copy in
file. Written 20 Jan 1802. Registered 24 Apr 1802. Recorded 28 Jul 1802.
Hardy Richardson of Bulloch Co, GA, to Sarah Richardson, Planter, of Bulloch
Co, 350 Acres for $200. Land formerly in Effingham Co, now Bulloch, being part
of a 200 acre tract originally granted to Benjamin Richardson, Sr., deceased,
including the plantation where the said Sarah Richardson now lives...bounding
on all sides by vacant land, except the last 200 acres which was bounded NW by
the said Benj. Richardson, Sr., deceased, lying on the North side of Scull's
Creek, oposite the fork of said Creek Sarah Richardson, during her
lifetime or widowhood and then to her youngest son BENJAMIN RICHARDSON....
This is land Hardy had purchased at sheriff's sale in 1796 (see Benjamin (I)

28 June 1802. Marriage Record. Bulloch Co, GA.
A Marriage License was issued to Benjamin Richardson and Nancy Hendrix.

11 Aug 1804. Deed. Bulloch Co, GA. Bk A, p.86. Copy in file.
Written 11 Aug 1804. Recorded 20 Nov 1804.
Benjamin Richardson, planter, of Bulloch Co, Ga., sells 350 acres
in Effingham Co. at time of survey (now in Bulloch Co.), to John Wolf of
Screven Co., for $425. Land is located on the North side of Scull Creek, and
was originally granted to Benjamin Richardson Sr.
Witnesses: Bird Lanier and Fanny Williams, Signed by: Benj Richardson, Sarah
Richardson and Nancy Richardson
NOTE: Sarah is Benjamin II's mother and Nancy is Benjamin's wife, Nancy
Hendricks. This is same land Hardy sold to Sarah in 1800, how did Benj. get
authority to sell the land?

1804-1808. Justice of the Peace. Bulloch Co, GA. Cited in GGSQ, June 1969, Vol
5, No. 2, p.108. Copy in file.
Benjamin Richardson served as Justice of the Peace in Bulloch Co, Ga.
Benjamin is "removed" from office in 1808.

NOTE: For explanation of Benjamin being "removed" as Justice of the Peace, see
letter from Evelyn W. Mabry, Deputy Clerk, Probate Court of Bulloch County.
Dated 8 March 1989.

1805. Land Lottery. Bulloch Co, GA.

14 Jan 1805. Indenture. Bulloch Co, GA. Bk A, p.89. Copy in file.
Written 14 Jan 1805. Proven 16 Jan 1805. Recorded 6 Apr 1805.
James Brantly, planter, to Benjamin Richardson, planter,
both of Bulloch County, 200 acres for $20. Land on Scull Creek, bounded on all
sides by vacant land. Signed James Brantley, witnesses: John Richardson and
William Johnston
NOTE: The date this transaction was proven and recorded looks like 1815, but it
must be 1805, as Benjamin & John Richardson were already in Louisiana by 1815.

21 June 1805. Witness to Deed of Gift. Bulloch Co, GA. Bk A, p.99. Cited in
GGM. Copy in file.
Benjamin Richardson witnesses Deed of Gift from John Williams,
Sr., planter of Bulloch County, Ga., to Fannyriah Harrel, daughter of Elisha
Harrel and Jane Harrel, his wife. Penelope Williams is also a witness.

27 Aug 1805. Witness to Indenture. Bulloch Co, GA, Bk. AA, p.111.
Written 27 Aug 1805. Recorded 11 Feb 1806.
Benjamin, in his capacity as Justice of the Peace, witnesses an indenture
between Abraham S. Lane, Planter of Bullock County and the Commissioners of the
Scull Creek Baptist Church. Abraham Lane is selling 5 acres of land lying in
Bulloch County near where the said Lane now lives bounded on all sides by lands
of said Abraham S. Lane. The Commissioners of the Scull Creek Baptist Church are
listed as John Richardson, Shadrack Scarborough, and Samuel Scarborough,
Witnesses: Mark Thornton
Benjamin Richardson, J.P.
Note: The dollar amount of the consideration is illegible.

2 Oct 1806. Witness to Deed. Bulloch Co, GA. Bk AA, pp. 132-133.
Written 2 Oct 1806. Recorded 12 Oct 1806.
Benjamin Richardson , J.P, witnesses a deed between John Williams (seller) and
Michael Wiggins (buyer).

17 Nov 1806. Passport Application. Bulloch Co, GA.
p.215. Copy in file.
Passport application of John Williams. Witnesses state that they have known
John Williams for the past ten years and that "he has ever maintained the
Character of an honest Industrious well meaning man...."
Benjamin Richardson signs as character witness

23 Sep 1807. Signs Passport Application. Bulloch Co, GA. Copy in file.
Order issued 13 Oct 1807.
Benjamin, in his capacity as Justice of the Peace, signs the passport
application of his brother, John Richardson.

28 Sept 1807. Receives Passport. Bulloch Co, GA. Cited in PASSPORTS ISSUED BY
GOVERNORS OF GEORGIA 1785-1800, p.45. Copy in file.
Benjamin II receives a passport to travel through the Creek Nation.

1808. Removed as Justice of the Peace. GGSQ June 1969, Vol. 5, No. 2, p.108.

1808-10. Leaves Georgia. M. Martin says he didn't leave Ga until 1810, however
descendants of daughter Sarena say she was born in La. in 1809. It is most
likely that he left Ga at least by 1808 since he obtained the passport in the
latter part of 1807. He migrated to what was then known as the West Florida
Territory which was controlled (albeit weakly) by Spain. Following an
insurrection by Anglo settlers in the area in 1810 the United States took
control of the area and added it to the states of Louisiana and Mississippi.
The area where Benjamin settled became part of St. Tammany Parish Louisiana
and was later cut into Washington Parish.

1813. Land Grant. Platt. West Florida Territory. Copy in file.
Benjamin Richardson owned section #37 of Tract 3 South, Range 13 East of
the public lands of the West Florida Territory (now Washington Parish
Louisiana), containing 642 acres.

23 Dec 1814-10 Mar 1815. War of 1812. Service Record. Copy in file.
Benjamin served as a Private in the 12th and 13th Consolidated Louisiana Militia
in the Detachment Mounted Gun Men acting as Spies, commanded by 1st
Lt. Elisha Harrell.

10 Jun 1820. Magistrate. Washington Parish. LA. Deposition in file.
Deposition of John Richardson and William Lea stating that they have known
Grano? Floyd for ten years and that he has settled and improved a tract of land
lying on the Pearl River, known as Red Bluff and has claimed this land as his
headright in West Florida. They further state that they know of no other
person claiming ownership of this particular tract of land.
Wm. Lea
John Richardson
Benjamin Richardson J.P.

1820 Census of Washington Parish, La. Benjamin Richardson 3 m <10, 1 m 10/16,
1 m 25/46; 1 f <10, 2 f 10/16, 1 f 26/45. This census record is from a
secondary source and could be wrong, as it omits one female 10/16. Need to
check microfilm at Clayton or other source.

1831. In his application for a first class headright in 1838 Benjamin
states that he arrived in Texas in 1831. He settled at Richardson's Bluff,
later Evadale, and operated a ferry there. Photograph in file of historical
marker near the site.
From THE HANDBOOK OF TEXAS, Vol. 1, p.618 -"Ford's Bluff, Texas"
"Ford's Bluff, in southwestern Jasper County on the east bank of the
Neches River at the crossing of the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad, was
named for John A., Philip U., and Charles T. Ford of Baltimore, Maryland, who
purchased the site in 1851 with the intention of building a steam sawmill.
Before 1851 the site was known as Richardson's Bluff for Benjamin Richardson,
who acquired a league of land in the Lorenzo de Zavala grant, built his home
overlooking the river and operated a ferry...... John H. Kirby changed the name
to Evadale."

Tax and estate records indicate that Benjamin had sold the ferry landing and
surrounding land by 1846. In 1846 he is taxed for only 4402 acres of land and
documents relating to his estate indicate that 26 acres from the northwest
corner of his league had been sold to another person. The northwest corner of
his league of land was Richardson's Bluff. This 26 acres is what was probably
sold to the Ford brothers and later owned by James A. Craig at the time of the
settlement of the estate. 1846 tax list shows a John L. Baker being taxed for
24 acres valued at $52 on east side of Neches River at Richardson's Bluff. The
1848 tax list increases this to 26 acres. This corresponds with acreage
excluded in probate records, but is confused by sell of land by Rebecca to the
Maas brothers in 1851 where Richardson's Bluff is specifically mentioned. Also
the owner Baker is not as shown in the probate records (Craig). Craig did own
a tract of land just to the north of the Benjamin Richardson league.

12 Oct 1834. Character Certificate. General Land Office, Texas State Archives.
Box 76, Folder 19. Copy in file.
Certificate by John Bevil, alcalde of the Bevil district stating, "Benjamin
Richardson is a native of the state of Georgia in the US of the North hath a
family consisting of ten persons is of good moral habits and friendly to the
laws and religion of the country given at the request of the party interested."

2 Dec. 1834. Benjamin Richardson's application for land in the colony
of empresario Lorenzo de Zavala. He indicates that he has a wife and eight
children. This document is written in Spanish and shows the signature of
Benjamin Richardson. The petition shows dates 2, 3, and 4 Dec 1834.
The title is classified as "unfinished." Benjamin did not receive land from
Mexico. He later received a land grant from the Republic of Texas for one league
and one labor. General Land Office, Archives and Records Division.

Explanation of Benjamin's unfinished title. LONE STAR: A HISTORY OF TEXAS AND
TEXANS, by T.R. Fehrenbach, pp.164-173. Copy in file:

4 Feb 1835 - Benjamin signs petition as citizen of district of Bevil to get
a Ayuntamiento in the district. Petition to the political chief of the
Partido of Nacogdoches. Petition outlines the district.(copy in file)

1 May 1835. Census of Jasper, Municipality of Bevil, Nacogdoches Archives, Vol.
85, pp.247-300. Benjamin Richardson is listed with his second wife, Rebecca
Poole and 8 of his children. Benjamin is 59 years old and gives "Farmer" as
his occupation. Cited in RESIDENTS OF TEXAS 1782-1836, The University of Texas
Institute of Texan Cultures, Vol. III,p. 19. Copy in file
Benjamin Richardson, farmer 59
Rebecca P. (wife) 27
Nancy 22
Andrew 19
William 17
Robert 15
Ketchum 8
George 6
Sarah 4
Ripley 2

1 Mar 1838. First Class Headright Certificate #266 issued to Benjamin
Richardson indicating that he is entitled to 1 league and 1 labor of land.
Benjamin states that he arrived "in this country" in the year 1831. Document on
file at the General Land Office, Archives and Records Division, File
Jasper-1-25. Signed by George Smyth and John Bevil 15 Apr 1838.
Survey of 177.1 acres and 4428.4 acres in Jasper County (league and labor).
General Land Office, Archives and Records Division, File Jasper-1-25.

7 May 1838. Benjamin Richardson is commissioned as Post Master of Richardson's
Post Office, Jasper Co. He served in this capacity until 17 Aug 1841. Cited in
M. Day, Texas State Library, Austin, TX., 1966, pp. 74 and 142, and
James M.Day, Texas State Library, Austin, TX., 1967, pp. 56,57,86, and 132.

11 May 1838 No 70 Grant signed by Sam Houston as Pres. of the Republic of
Texas, Benjamin receives 1 labor of land as part of his headright.
Situated 3 miles north of his league of land. This labor (177 acres) was sold
by 1848, at least, when the Deshiels? heirs are shown as owners on the Jasper
County tax list of 177 acres originally granted to Benjamin Richardson.

Late Fall or Early Winter 1841. Charter Member of the Antioch Primitive Baptist
Church. Jasper Co, TX. Cited in YELLOWED PAGES, VOL II, NO.2,
pp.1-4. According to a statement by Mary Richardson, dated 12 Jan 1884, John
Richardson organized the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church of Christ. The
church first met at the home of John Richardson (Benj's brother) three miles
east of the Neches River and five mile west of present day Buna. The church
later relocated to north of Buna on present FM 2460. The first church building
wa erected in 1842. A second building was erected around 1874 and is still on
the church grounds, although not used, being replaced by a more recent
structure. Benjamin and his wife Rebecca were charter members.

1 Feb 1841. Benjamin Richardson elected Justice of the Peace, Jasper Co., Beat
6. He received his commission on 15 Mar 1841. Vol 1, p. 348. Cited in COMPILED
State Archives Division, Texas State Library, Austin, TX., 1981, p. 103.

11 Feb 1842. Final title issued for one league, Class 1, Abstract # 413 (Old
Abstract # 175) Patent 69, Vol 2. General Land Office, Archives and Records

11 Feb 1842. Final title issued for one labor, Class 1, Abstract #414 (Old
Abstract # 176) Patent 70, Vol. 2. General Land Office, Archives and Records

6 Feb 1843. Benjamin Richardson elected Justice of the Peace of Jasper County,
for Precinct 6. He received his commission on 6 Jul 1843. Vol. II, p. 58.

7 Feb 1844. Elected Notary Public. Jasper Co, TX. Vol II, p. 133.

Benjamin Richardson received his commission on 14 Dec 1844.

3 Feb 1845. Elected Justice of the Peace. Jasper Co, TX.
Benjamin Richardson elected Justice of the Peace for Precinct 6.
He received his commission on 31 Mar 1845.

1846 Tax List of Jasper County Tx
Benj. Richardson, 4402 acres valued at $176, original grantee Benj.Richardson
4 horses @@ $100; 20 head of cattle @@ $80, household and other property @@ $190
Total value $546. Owed $1.59 state and $1.29 county tax.

1846/1847 Death of Benjamin Richardson II. Jasper County, TX.


30 Jan 1850. January Term. Estate of Benjamin Richardson.
Jasper Co, TX. Probate Bk A, p. 4. Copy in file.
A new bond required of Mrs. Rebecka A. Richardson, administrix, in place of that
burned. (the Jasper County courthouse was destroyed by fire on the night of
October 28, 1849) From Deed Book A-"N B This book opened as a record Book on
the 23rd of November 1849. The court house containing the offices of the
District and County Clerks were through the works of Some incendiary set on
fire whch offices with all their contents were consumed by the fire. The jail
situated on the South part of Lot number 8 wa also consumed on the Same night
Both being in a bright flame when first discovered on the night of the 28th of
October 1849."

25 Feb 1850. Rebecca posts bond with Barney Low and Thomas Beatty as
security,also attests that Benjamin Richardson died without leaving a will

25 Nov 1850 Rebecca petitions court that she receive half of estate of Benj.
Richardson. Lists heirs of Estate by 1) former marriage of Benjamin and 2) by
her marriage to Benjamin. Lists property owned by estate. Requests that she
be appointed guardian of minor heirs as well as of Nancy Richardson who is of
unsound mind. "Your petitioner would further represent that the Said Deceased
had by former marriage seven children, to, wit: John Richardson, Mary Little
wife of Walter Little, deceased, Nancy Richardson, Martha Isaacks wife of Samuel
Isaacks, Andrew J. Richardson, William H. Richardson and Robert W. Richardson,
late of Jasper County, Deceased."
" Your petitioner would further represent that there are two other heirs of
said Decd nonresident of the state of Texas to wit: Benjamin F. Richardson and
Jane Johnson wife of Kinsey Johnson who reside in the State of Mississippi."
"Your petitioner would further represent that she your petitoner had by
her said deceased husband six children and heirs at law of said decd, to wit:
George W. Richardson of lawful age, James M. Richardson over fourteen years,
Sarah Richardson over fourteen years Ripley M. Richardson over fourteen years,
Rebeca and Lety Richardson minors."

9 Jun 1851 - Rebecca Richardson admnistrator is appointed guardian of Sarah,
Ripley M., Rebeca and Letty Richardson minor heirs of Benjamin. Also she is
appointed guardian of the person and estate of Nancy Richardson an Idiot, it
being the opinion of the court that Nancy was incompetent to handle her affair
James Richardson appointed guardian of the estate of Lafayette and Allen
Franklin Richardson, minor heir of Robert Richardson, deceased. James A.Craig,
John Morse and Andrew Collins appointed commissioners to divide estate, between
Rebecca Richardson, setting apart an undivided half of the head right
league granted to Benj. Rchardson for her and the remaining half to be
divided between the heirs....Book A-2, pp. 24-25

26 Oct 1851 - Commissioners set aside 1639 acres of land for Rebecca from

29 Sep 1857 - Stephen L. Davis of Tyler County inform court that he married
Rebecca Richardson in September 1854 and requests to be named co-administrator
of the estate of Benjamin Richardson. Court so orders and orders Davis to post
bond in amount of $1000. Bond posted by Stephen and Rebecca with security by
John Holland and B. F. Mott. Davis also request court appoint appraisers for
the property of the estate in Tyler County, 484 acres. Court appoints William
Monk, J.C. Williams and John Williams. Book C, pp 22-24

26 Oct 1857-Stephen Davis claims interest of two of the heirs (Rebecca &
Nancy?) of Benjamin in 1/2 league of land and asks for partiton and
distribution of same. Petition granted.

26 Oct 1857-Davis submits suplementary inventory and appraisal of estate, to
with: 484 acres of land in Tyler County apprased by Monk, Williams, and
Williams, valued at $150 per acre. (deed of Andr. J. Richardson)
(transcribed copy has date as 26 Aug 1857, but that has to be wrong since it
was the October term of the court). Book C, p 51

18 Nov 1858-October Term-Davis reports sale of 484 acres in Tyler County, sold
on 2 Nov 1858 for sum of $556 to Wm & Robert B. Neyland. Court approved.
Promissory note for $556 payable twelve months after date of sale. Book C pp
152 and 153.

30 Nov 1858 - John Richardson petitions court that since he is legally entitled
to 1/14 of estate consisting of 3189 acres he wants his share or show reasons
why estate cannot be divided. Petition is filed in common with "Polly Little
dec heirs residence unknown, Nancy Richardson guardian Rebecca Davis, Benjamin
Richardson Jr, Residence unknown, Andrew J. Richardson, residence Hardin
County, Heirs of Jane Johnson residence unknown, A.J. Richardson adminstrator
of William Richardson, late of Tyler County, decd., Andrew D. Crockett guardian
of minor heirs of Robert Richardson, Patsy Isaacks wife of Samuel Isaacks,
Liberty County, George W. Richardson residence Hardin County, Ripley Richardson
Sarah Rebecca Williams wife of Williams, Lety Richardson by her
guardian Rebeca Davis of Hardin County, Tx.

26 Mar 1860 - Administrator (not named) asks for order of partition.
Court appoints James A. Craig, John Morse, William Turner and J.T. Morrison as
commissioners to make partition and distribution among heirs. Heirs listed are:
Andrew J. Richardson, John Richardson, Samuel Isaacks and Martha Isaacks his
wife, William Richardson, Rebecca Rchardson, Guardian of Nancy Richardson,
Benjamin Richardson Jr. Kinsey Johnson and Jane Johnson his wife, the heirs of
Mary Little, George Richardson, the heirs of Robert Richardson, James
Richardson, William Williams and Sarah Williams his wife, Ripley Richardson,
Thoma Williams and Rebecca Williams, his wife, and Letty Richardson.
Book C, p. 300

30 Apr 1860 - Commissioners report that they met and decided that they could
not satisfactorily and equally partition the estate and ask they be given to
the next term of the court for they need a surveyor to assist them. They do not
understand the 484 acres of land in Tyler County which is part of the estate.

25 Jun 1860 - commissioners again say they cannot divide the 4202 acres of land
justly. Appraised at $1.00 per acre. Stephen L. Davis, adminstrator, also
files an amendment to the inventory of the estate correcting amount of land
from 4202 acres to 4402 of which 1639 has been set aside for Rebecca leaving a
remainder of 2763 to be partitoned.

30 Jul 1860 - a supplementary inventory of the estate made by Commissioners
B.F. Mott, J. L. Holland, and H. Good adding the 200 acres missing from the
report of 25 Jun valued at $1.00 per acre.(part of headright). Davis also
submits inventory of property of the estate.
2 Mar 1865 - Jesse Laird, James A. Craig, James Richardson and Benjamin
Williams are appointed commissioners to partition estate.

5 Sep 1860-Davis reports sale of 2937 acres of land belonging to estate to
Hardy Pace for sum of $2550 on a credit of twelve months. Book C, p. 346.

30 Jul 1867 - Stephen L. Davis, admin says that on the first Tuesday in Sept.
1860 he sold 2937 acres to Hardy Pace as directed to do so by the court in its
July term 1860. But now Hardy Pace cannot pay for the land due to the ravages
of the war. Pace wants to deed the land back to the estate and Stephen L.
Davis wants to do this as it would be in the best interests of the heirs since
a foreclosure sale would only bring 1/15 of the value of the land and still
leave Pace with a debt he cannot pay. Court determines it is in the best
interest of estate to do so. Probate Court minutes Book B, p. 357

Mar 1878 - Undoubtedly the land in Tyler County had also been sold to a Mrs.
Neyland and apparently she can't pay for it either, although it appears that
they have received 1/2 of the money for the land. Thre has been a lawsuit
filed in the matter and the attorney wishes to have it dismissed. (Document
very hard to read)

18 Jul 1878 - John A. Richardson is now administrator of the estate and he
gives a report of the condition of the estate. He estimates debts of the
estate to be about $350 and requests that new order of sale be issued for the
2763 acres in Jasper County and 480 acres in Tyler county.

Jul 1878 - Court approves request for sale and details condition of sale.

21 Jul 1879 - John A. Richardson presents account of sale of 2763 acres in
Jasper County to James H. Trotti for $560.00. Court confirms sale and orders
that land be conveyed to Trotti. John A. Richardson also presents account of
sale of 480 acres in Tyler County to Lipscomb Norvell for $110.00. Court
approves same. Deed for 2763 executed on 12 Aug 1879. Deed Book "L" pp.406-409.
(See notes on John A. Richardson)

12 Aug 1879 - John A. Richarson presents the court with a report of the
condition of the estate showing that it had assets of $783.71 and debts of
$601.12 and also files a claim for $150.00 from Lipscomb Norvell as attorney.

22 Nov 1881 - Final settlement of the estate. John A. Richardson presents
exhibit "A" which lists the heirs of the estate which now number 36 known
persons plus an unknown number. Account of estate shows $783.71 in assets and
debts of 691.41 including $601.12 filed earlier. There are additional fees.
Undoubtedly the claim of $150.00 of Norvell was disallowed. The court accepts
the report of the condition of the estate and says that the $92.30 cannot be
divided amongst the heirs because of costs incurred in the lawsuit involving
the 480 acres in Tyler county. Only after these costs are taken care of can the
estate be divided.

Jasper County census taken 18 December 1850 lists Rebecca Richardson (52) head of houshold, born in Georgia. In residence are Nancy (35), born in Mississippi, William (33) (Shoemaker), born in MS, George (22), born in MS, James (20) , Sarah (18), Ripley (16), Rebecca (14), Letty (12) - all born in Texas
Parents: Benjamin RICHARDSON Sr and Sarah MIZELL.

He was married to Nancy HENDRIX on 28 JUN 1802 in Bulloch County Georgia. Children were: Jane RICHARDSON, John RICHARDSON, Mary "Polly" RICHARDSON, Sarena Jane "Jincy" RICHARDSON, Benjamin Franklin RICHARDSON, Martha "Patsy" RICHARDSON , Nancy RICHARDSON, Andrew Jackson RICHARDSON, William H RICHARDSON , Robert W RICHARDSON.

He was married to Rebecca POOL after 1820 in Washington Parish Louisiana. Children were: Ketcham RICHARDSON, George Washington RICHARDSON , James M RICHARDSON, Sarah RICHARDSON, Ripley Monroe RICHARDSON , Rebecca RICHARDSON, Lettie E RICHARDSON.

Children of B
Ketcham was the first child of Benjamin's second marriage. He died about the same time as his father and brother, Robert, in some epidemic and was never married. After these illnesses and so many deaths in the family Rebecca Richardson decided that the Bluff was not a good place to live. She moved to Tyler County and bought a new home about a mile east of the present town of Hillister

George lived at Town Bluff was a blacksmith, and had a tannery. He was also a saddler, a shoemaker and a gunsmith. During the Civil War he was released by special order of General John G. Walker from duty in Company K, 13th (Burnett's) Cavalry Regiment to return to his home and business on special assignment for the Confederate war effort. To accompish all he was expected to do he must have had a considerable establishment that employed a number of men. Every two months wagons brought shoes, saddles, harness and guns to be repaired. The train then picked up those left for repair on the previous trip. Besides the repairs, there was also a quota of new shoes, saddles, harness and so forth supposed to be ready. George W. had bad luck with his wives. The first, Lettie Bridges of Liberty County, had 3 children before her death. The second wife was Lettie's sister, Matilda, who died at the birth of her first child, Richard. The third, Delitha Harvill, had 3 children before her death; the fourth, Mildred Williams Flowers, a widow, was the mother of 2 - Benjamin and Hannah.

Notes from William Richardson, Channelview, Texas 24 January 1998:

I have found marriage records of marriages 2,3, and 4, but nothing on #1. However the unknown Gardner could be Mildred McKinsey that a G.W. Richardson married on 30 October 1872 in Tyler County. McKinsey being a married name and Gardner her maiden name???? George is buried in Beech Creek Cemetery in Tyler County.

Died between 1851 and 1858. Information on him very scanty. Mentioned in probate records in 1850. Age in 1850 census of 20 years probably wrong as he was not in the 1835 census with the rest of the family. He should have been listed as he would have been 5 years old.

Parents: Benjamin II RICHARDSON and Rebecca POOL.

He was married to Matilda "Lettie" BRIDGES on 30 OCT 1865 in Tyler County Texas.

  iii.   SARAH RICHARDSON, b. March 24, 1832, Richardson's Bluff, Jasper County, Texas.
Sarah RICHARDSON was born on 24 MAR 1832 in Richardson Bluff Jasper County Texas. She died on 17 NOV 1906 in Tyler County Texas. Notes for SARAH RICHARDSON:
Sarah was the first native Texan in the family.
Parents: Benjamin II RICHARDSON and Rebecca POOL.

She was married to William B WILLIAMS on 6 OCT 1853 in Tyler County Texas.

  iv.   RIPLEY MONROE RICHARDSON, b. 1833, Richardson's Bluff, Jasper County, Texas.
  v.   JAMES M. RICHARDSON, b. 1835, Richardson's Bluff, Jasper County, Texas.
  vi.   REBECCA RICHARDSON, b. 1836, Richardson's Bluff, Jasper County, Texas.
Rebecca RICHARDSON was born about 1836 in Richardson Bluff Jasper County Texas. She died before 1881 in Hardin County Texas. Parents: Benjamin II RICHARDSON and Rebecca POOL.
She was married to Thomas A WILLIAMS on 23 FEB 1854 in Tyler County Texas.

She was married to Stephen DAVIS on 26 SEP 1854 in Tyler County Texas.

She was married to Elanza WILLIFORD on 30 APR 1868 in Tyler County Texas. Children were: Sarah Jane Williams WILLIFORD .

  vii.   LETTIE E. RICHARDSON, b. January 15, 1838, Richardson's Bluff, Jasper County, Texas.
9. viii.   JOHN ADAM4 RICHARDSON, b. 1805, Bulloch County Ga; d. 1868, Jasper County, Tx.
10. ix.   MARY POLLY RICHARDSON, b. Abt. 1807, Bulloch County, Georgia.
  x.   MARY JANE RICHARDSON7, b. March 24, 1809, Ben's Ford Washington Parish Louisiana; d. December 31, 1854, Pike County, Mississippi; m. KINZA LEE JOHNSON, October 13, 1825, Marion County, Mississippi.
SARENA JANE (JINCY)3 RICHARDSON (BENJAMIN2, BENJAMIN1) was born 24 March 1809 in Ben's Ford, Washington Parish, Louisiana, and died 31 December 1854 in Pike County, Mississippi. She married KINZA LEA JOHNSON 13 October 1825 in Sartin's Church, Marion County, Mississippi.

i. WILLIAM R.4 JOHNSON, b. 28 November 1826, Ben's Ford, Washington Parish, Louisiana.
ii. BENJAMIN HARRISON JOHNSON, b. 17 February 1829, McComb, Pike County, Mississippi; d. 05 December 1910, Pike County, Mississippi; m. MARY GIBSON.
iii. VIRILLA J. (VI) JOHNSON, b. 16 April 1831.
iv. MARY ANN JOHNSON, b. 29 October 1833, Pike County, Mississippi; d. 11 September 1902, Topisaw, Lincoln County, Mississippi; m. WILLIAM HENRY REEVES, 13 June 1850, Mississippi.
v. FRANKLIN PLUMMER ALEXANDER JOHNSON, b. 19 December 1835, Pike County, Mississippi; d. 15 June 1861, Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi.
vi. MARGARET JOHNSON, b. 21 April 1838, Pike County, Mississippi; d. 06 September 1898.
vii. MARTHA A. JOHNSON, b. 09 August 1840, Enon, Washington Parish, Louisiana; d. 25 April 1916, Enon, Washington Parish, Louisiana; m. GEORGE KNIGHT, 21 January 1858.
Burial in Enon Baptist Church Cemetery.

viii. ANDREW JACKSON JOHNSON, b. 27 January 1843, Pike County, Mississippi; d. 28 June 1929, Enon, Washington Parish, Louisiana.
ix. LOURINDA (RINDY) JOHNSON, b. 10 May 1845, Enon, Washington Parish, Louisiana; d. 05 January 1916, Enon, Washington Parish, Louisiana.
x. AMANDA ELIZABETH JOHNSON, b. 06 May 1847, Enon, Washington Parish, Louisiana; d. 18 December 1907, Isabel, Washington Parish, Louisiana.
xi. SARENA JANE JOHNSON, b. 26 June 1849, Enon, Washington Parish, Louisiana; m. HARDY RICHARDSON.
xii. VICTORIA ANN (VIC) JOHNSON, b. 06 December 1852, Enon, Washington Parish, Louisiana; d. Spring Hill, Washington Parish, Louisiana.
xiii. WARREN JOHNSON, b. 23 November 1854, Pike County, Mississippi; d. 29 September 1929.

11. xi.   BENJAMIN FRANKLIN RICHARDSON, b. 1811, Washington Parish, Louisiana; d. August 17, 1866, Warren, Tyler County, Texas.
  xii.   NANCY RICHARDSON8, b. 1814.
Nancy RICHARDSON was born about 1815 in Bulloch County Georgia. Never Married Probate records of Benjamin's estate indicate she was of "unsound mind". She is in the 1860 census with Stephen L. Davis and Rebecca, but does not appear in 1870 census possibly died
Nancy never married Parents: Benjamin II RICHARDSON and Nancy HENDRIX.

  xiii.   ANDREW JACKSON RICHARDSON9, b. October 16, 1816, Washington Parish, Louisiana; d. April 18, 1863, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.
Andrew Jackson RICHARDSON
Sex: M
Birth: 12 Oct 1816 in Washington Parish, Louisiana
Death: 18 Apr 1863 in Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas
Burial: Richardson Cemetery, Smith County, Texas
Event: Military Texas Revolution
For his service, he was awarded a bounty grant of 310 acres of land a
mile south of Richardson's Bluff.

Father: Benjamin RICHARDSON b: 1776 in Bulloch County, Georgia
Mother: Nancy HENDRICKS

Marriage 1 Mary Amanda Melvina WHEAT b: 1 Jun 1828 in Alabama
Married: 30 Oct 1845
Stephen F. Austin RICHARDSON b: 3 Jul 1847 in Jasper County, Texas

Andrew Jackson RICHARDSON was born on 12 OCT 1816 in Washington Parish Louisiana. He died on 18 APR 1863 in Tyler County Texas. [SHELDR~1.ftw]
Information from Kathy Fitzlaff, descendant

Belonged to the Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church in Warren,Tx.

March 1836: During the Texas War of Independence, A.J. Richardson
helped his father, Benjamin Richardson, with the operation of the family's
ferry crossing the Neches River. During the "Runaway Scrape," the Richardson
ferry was a link to safety for the hundreds of Texas settlers who fled their
homes in fear of the advancing Mexican army.
Andrew Jackson is listed as "Delinguent" and "not on duty" on the Muster Rolls
of the Jasper Volunteer Company rendezvoued by Jasper on the 23 March 1836.
Possible explanation may be found in the book LONE STAR, by T. R. Fehrenback,pp.
227-229, or perhaps it was because he was helping his father run the ferry.

December 1837: For his service during the Texas Revolution, A. J. Richardson
was granted 320 in Jasper County, 1 mile south of Richardson's Bluff. (Land 1
mile south of Richardson's Bluff was part of Benj. Richardson League????
Bounty Certificate #1210. December 20, 1837. A. J. Richardson entitled to 320
acres of land for service in the Army of Texas from 1 Feburary to 30 April
1837. 320 acres in Jasper Co., surveyed 25 Sept 1838. Final title issued 11
December 1841, Patent 346, Vol. 1.

1846 tax list of Jasper County Texas; 320 acres at $80 (original grantee A.J.
Richardson); 177 acres at $88 (original grantee Hyram Richea [Hiram Richey]
and 160 acres of land at $300 (original grantee A. Laird); 1 horse at $125;
10 head of cattle at $50; household and other property at $60; Total value of
property is $703. $1.00 poll tax; $1.93 state tax; $.96 county tax.

1849. Tax List. Agent for A.J. Richardson. 320 acres at $160, 177 acres at $88
(Hiram Richey), Total value $248. $.50 state and $.25 county taxes.

August 1856: Court of Claims File # C-6912. Tyler County,Tx. Andrew Jackson
Richardson petitions for land for service in Capt. John Ingraham's Company
from July to September 1836, stating that he mounted and equipped himself
and has never received bounty land or money for this service. His request
for bounty land is rejected, despite depositions filed by James Barclay, Chief
Justice of Tyler County, Tx., Judge Wyatt Hawks, who served as Quartermaster and
Commissary of Subsistance in John Ingrahaam's Company of Texas, and Benjamin
Burke, all swearing that they personally knew of the service of A.J. Richardson.
Maybe he was denied claim because he had already received a grant for later

January 1858: Pre-emption Certificate #9. File # Liberty-3-436. January 2,
1858, Tyler Co, TX. A.J. Richardson has occupied land surveyed 2 April 1855 as
a pre-emption claim for 3 years. 160 acres in Tyler and Hardin Counties. A.J.
Richardson commenced his settlement and improvement on or about 12 Nov, 1854.
Final title issued 12 Nov 1861, Patent 514, Vol.34. General Land Office, Texas
State Archives, Austin, Tx. Also on file in Woodville, Tyler County Court House.

Both Andrew and his younger brother, William, served in the Texas Revolution, and for this service he was awarded a bounty grant of 310 acres of land a mile south of Richardson's Bluff.
Parents: Benjamin II RICHARDSON and Nancy HENDRIX.

He was married to Mary Amanda Melvina WHEAT on 30 OCT 1845 in Woodville Tyler County Texas. Children were:Stephen F Austin RICHARDSON, Amazon RICHARDSON, Benjamin FJ RICHARDSON , Edward RICHARDSON, James B RICHARDSON, Mary RICHARDSON, William RICHARDSON, Washington RICHARDSON .

Burial: Richardson Cemetery, Smith County, Texas

  xiv.   WILLIAM H RICHARDSON10, b. 1817, Washington Parish, Louisiana; d. Tyler County, Texas.
William H RICHARDSON was born about 1818 in Washington Parish Louisiana. He died between 1851 and 1858 in Tyler County Texas. [SHELDR~1.ftw]
BIRTH: Census of 1835 Wm is 17 years old; census of 1850 he is 33.

MARRIAGE: Tyler County Marriage Records on microfilm abstracted by Tyler
County Clerk' office p. 72; Sam Houston Regional Library, Liberty, Tx
Error someplace have him getting married after he was supposed to be dead.

DEATH: Prior to 1858 when in a petition to the Jasper County Probate Court,
his brother John refers to him as Wm Richardson, late of Tyler County, dec'd.

Methinks I may have my Williams mixed up. Need to check probate records
further. Later document than 1858 one shows that this William is still alive.

Madeleine Martin says that William served in the Texas Revolution and received a
Bounty Land Grant of 640 acres in Foard county. This is incorrect. There were
at least 4 Wm Richardsons in Texas early and some confusion apparently came
about because of this. But it is obvious that William H. did not serve in
the Revolution nor receive the grant in Foard County, as the Wm who did so came
to Texas in 1835 as an adult, settled at Vehleins Colony and received a
certificate of character on 9-17-1835.("Heroes of San Jacinto."). This
source says he also received a grant from Jasper County in 1838. This is not
so. For the William who received the grant in 1838 said in his affidavit that
he came to Texas in 1830-this has to be William H. Furthermore the William who
received the grant in Foard County did not receive it until 1860 for
service from 29 Jan-25 Sep 1836 and the grant was not patented until 20 Apr
1909. ("Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas 1835-1888).

10 Mar 1838 - Certificate No 286 - William is granted a 1st class headright
consisting of a third of a league (1280 acres) having arrived in the Republic
in the year 1830 and that he is a single the Board of Land
Commissioners of Jasper County. File 1-118, Texas General Land Office,Austin,
Tx (copy in file)

5 Aug 1846 - Report of survey of 1/3 league of land situated on the East Bank
of the Neches River near Fort Teran. Surveyed by M.B. Lewis; John A Thomas and
F. Lewis, chain bearers.

1846. Tax List of Jasper County; Richardson, W.H. 320 acres valued at $25
(original grantee Ella Richardson); 2 horses at $55; 2 head of cattle at $8;
miscellaneous property at $100; total value $188. $1.00 poll tax; 1.37 state
and $.68 county tax.

1847. Tax List. 985 acres at $150 (original grantee W.H. Richardson); 320
acres at $25; 2 horses at $60; 2 hogs at $20. Total $255. $.51 state, $.26
county and $1 poll taxes.

1849. Tax List. 1476 acres at $500 (his headright); 320 acres at $80 (Elly
Richardson's headright), 1 horse at $50, 2 head of cattle at $10, hogs, etc. at
$10. Total value $650. $1.30 state and $.65 county taxes.
1 horse at $25 added. Total value $25. $1.00 poll, $1.50 state and $.32 county

1850. Tax List. 948 acres at $369, 320 acres at $80, 1 horse at $20, hogs $20,
total value $489. $.50 poll, $1.23 state and $.62 county taxes.

25 May 1852 - William Richardson records his patent in Jasper County Deed Book
C, p. 250. Vol. 8 No. 139 in Texas Land Records granted by Gov. Geo. T. Wood-
28 Sept 1848 for 1/3 league of land situated in Jasper District on the East
Bank of the Neches River near Fort Teran...William sells 984 acres to Abel
Adams for $100. Residing in Tyler County.

1850 Jasper County Census lists William at age 33 as a shoemaker.

Correction received from Bill Richardson of Channelview, Texas 24 January 1998:

William did not serve in the Texas Revolution, nor did he receive a grant of land in Foard County. The William Richardson who received the land in Foard County was a colonist in Vehlan's colony. William did receive a third class grant in Jasper County, however. There is no record anywhere of him servicing in the Texas Revolution.

The one in the 1850 census may or may not be this William. There were three or four William Richardsons in Jasper County at this time and I've had difficulty sorting them out. Still working on it. His brother, John, in a petition filed in 1858 says he is deceased, but he apparently appears in later documents, possibly . . .really confusing.
Parents: Benjamin II RICHARDSON and Nancy HENDRIX.

  xv.   ROBERT W RICHARDSON11, b. 1820, Washington Parish, Louisiana.
Robert W RICHARDSON was born in 1820 in Washington Parish Louisiana. He was born about 1820 in Washington Parish Louisiana. He died in 1850 in Jasper County Texas. He died in NOV 1850 in Evadale Jasper County Texas. [SHELDR~1.ftw]
BIRTH: Based on age given in 1835 census of Texas.

Probably married in Jasper County, Tx; records prior to late 1849
were lost in courthouse fire in that year.

DEATH: Shown on tax rolls in 1850 for Jasper County, but in petition filed
in November 1850 Rebecca Richardson says he is deceased. He does not appear
in the 1850 census which had effective date of June 1, but not taken until

1846 tax list of Jasper County Texas. Robert Richardson; 1 horse at $75; 15
head of cattle at $60; miscellaneous property at $33; Total value of $168.
$1.00 poll tax; $1.33 state tax; $.66 county tax.

1847. Tax list. 320 acres at $65 (original grantee Martha Crockett). Total
value $65. $.14 state, $.07 county and $1.00 poll tax.

1848. Tax List. 320 acres at $80; 80 acres at $40 (Robert Richardson)
Total value $$720? $1.00 poll, $1.24 state and $.62 county taxes.

1849. Tax List. 320 acres at $80, 80 acres at $120, total value $200.
$1.00 poll, $1.40 state and $.70 county taxes.

1850. Tax List. 80 acres at $120, 320 acres at $90 (from 640 hdrgt of Martha
Crockett), Total value $210. $.50 poll, $.82 state and $.44 county taxes.

9 Jun 1851-James Richardson appointed guardian of Lafayette and Allen Franklin
Richardson, minor heirs of Robert Richardson (in the estate of Benjamin
Richardson. Probate Court minutes book B pp.24-25

Aug Term 1857-Andrew Crockett is appointed guardian of the person and estate of
Lafayette and Allen Richardson, heir of Robert Richardson

Dec Term 1857-Richard Richardson, Byrd Williams and Joe Easton are appointed
appraisers of the estate of minors of Robert Richardson.

Notes from William Richardson, Channelview, Texas 24 January 1998:

I place his death about 1850 as he appears in the tax rolls of Jasper County for that year, but does not appear in the census and Rebecca says he is deceased in November of 1850.
Parents: Benjamin II RICHARDSON and Nancy HENDRIX.

He was married to Clarissa "Claracy" RICHARDSON about 1845 in Jasper County Texas. He was married to Clarissa "Claracy" RICHARDSON in 1846. Children were: General LaFayette RICHARDSON, Allen F RICHARDSON

Clarissa Richardson was born December 18, 1829 in Mississippi. She died June 5, 1922 in Atwell, Callahan County, Texas. She was married three times. She married (1) Robert Richardson, her second cousin, about 1845 in Jasper County, Texas. Robert died during an epidemic around 1849 that claimed the lives of his father, Benjamin II and brother, Ketcham. Robert and Clarissa had General Lafayette and Allen Franklin Richardson. She married (2) Andrew Crockett on August 7, 1851 in Jasper County, Texas. Andrew was the nephew of the famed Davy Crockett who died at the Alamo in 1836, and the son of Martha Durden Crockett, a Charter Member of the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church established in 1841 in Buna, Jasper County, Texas. They had 7 children. Andrew died, according to reports, as he was returning from service following the Civil War. Then on November 22, 1866, Clarissa married (3) Wiley Wood Foster, born December 31, 1844 in Jasper County, who was 16 years younger than Clarissa. They had 5 additional children, one of which (Emory) a twin to Emmett, died at birth. Wiley was a brother of Barbara Allen Foster and Nancy G. Foster, the wives of her sons, Lafayette and Allen.

The Fosters were also pioneers who came to Texas in the 1820's as part of Stephen F. Austin's Old 300, and received a land grant of 3 Leagues and 3 Labors of Land in Fort Bend County, Texas (approximately 15,000 acres).


December 31, 1844 - October 27, 1946

At 101 years and 10 months, Wiley Wood Foster of Atwell, Texas, was among the last score of Lone Star Boys in Gray.

Wiley was born in Jasper County, Texas, one of John Claiborn Foster's nineteen children, of whom eleven reached maturity. Wiley Wood's grandfather, John Foster, and his relatives (some of whom served in the Revolutionary War in South Carolina) came to the Natches District of Mississippi in the 1780's. This same grandfather was the first white settler in Amite County, Mississippi. In his later years, he joined Stephen Fuller Austin along with his own two oldest sons in coming to the Texas Territory as members of the "Old Three Hundred", the first colony of white settlers to come to Texas and receive Spanish Land Grants in 1824. Wiley Wood's parents came to Texas with their older children in 1832 and eventually settled in virgin timber land in East Texas (Newton and Jasper Counties) on the Neches and Sabine Rivers. So, settling new land and fighting to keep it was bred into Wiley Woodand his brothers by the father and grandfather.

Before the Civil War, Wiley lived in Llano County and then in Bell County. It was here at Belton at age seventeen that he enlisted in the Confederate Army and became a member of Capt. N. W. Dammer's Company D, of Col. Darnell's 18th Texas (Dismounted) Cavalry. In the Old Soldier's own words, just as he used to tell it to his grandchildren, we may listen to him mention certain key memories that stuck with him to the last.

"I took part in some of the warmest battles of the war. I was in the Battle of Arkansas Pass, where I was captured and sent to Camp Douglas, Illinois. Later I was exchanged and fought under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. I was wounded at Shiloh and, when Gen. John B. Hood succeeded Johnston, I fought in Hood's Army. Later, I was captured in the fighting around Atlanta and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, where they kept me almost eight months until paroled. While going home on my parole I walked much of the way, always dodging Yankees. Occasionally I caught a ride in a passing wagon. I crossed the Mississippi by wading, swimming and floating on rafts. I reach Jasper County March 15, 1865. My two older brothers, John C. and George Rodney, and my younger brother, Ambrose, also served in the Confederate Army."

In October 1866, Wiley, then twenty-one, married Mrs. Clarissa Crockett in Jasper County, Texas. She had first married Robert Richardson to whom she gave two sons, General Lafayette and Allen. After his death, she married Andrew Crockett, having five boys and two girls. It was shortly after the death of Mr. Crockett that she married her third husband.

The Fosters had five boys, one of whom died in infancy. Clarissa died in 1922 at ninety-two. The July following their wedding they united with the Primitive Baptist Church. After a few farming years they moved to Limestone County, where they farmed a few more years near the Navasota River Bottoms. These post-bellum years were hard. Cornbread and coffee made from parched cornmeal bran made a breakfast, and the suppers were the same as the breakfasts. But the Fosters were hardy folks and equal to the frontier challenges and adversities aggravated by Northern Scalawags. A few turkeys and deer helped the larder. Wiley W. was ordained as a Deacon in the Antioch Church in 1872, which post he faithfully served many years. From 1901 on, after settling on their 130 acres cotton farm two miles southwest of Atwell near Cross Plains, the Fosters were members of the Lebanon Church at Atwell, where their son, Elder John Claiborn Foster, and a nephew, D. C. Foster, became joint pastors. Prior to this move, they had also lived in Atascosa County.

About 1905, Wiley W. and two of his sons bought the old Clark Store in Atwell and operated it as the Atwell Grocery Store. Here they sold groceries, dry goods and farm equipment until all was lost by fire in 1917. In August 1911, he applied (Form A) to the State of Texas for a Confederate pension which was granted as of June 1912. After Clarissa's death he made his home with two sons, Ambrose G. and John C. Foster. In late June 1938, Wiley W. Foster joined 129 other Texas Civil War comrades to attend the Diamond Battle Reunion of the Blue and Gray at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Of this grand encampment, which pleased him immensely, he often quipped, "We buried the hatchet forever."

From his eighty-sixth birthday on, the family reunion got larger each year.

58. i. GENERAL LAFAYETTE4 RICHARDSON, b. 28 September 1847, Jasper County, Texas; d. 26 November 1943, Ennis, Ellis County, Texas.
59. ii. ALLEN FRANKLIN RICHARDSON, b. 1851, Jasper County, Texas.

  xvi.   MARTHA PATSY RICHARDSON, b. December 29, 1814.
Name: Martha "Patsy" RICHARDSON
Sex: F
Birth: 29 Dec 1814 in Washington Parish, Louisiana
Death: 1893 in Harris County, Texas

Father: Benjamin RICHARDSON b: 1776 in Bulloch County, Georgia
Mother: Nancy HENDRICKS

Marriage 1 Samuel ISAAKS
Elizabeth ISAAKS
Wesley Carol ISAAKS b: 1832
Lewis Montgomery ISAAKS b: 1834
Amanda ISAAKS b: 1838
Andrew Jackson ISAAKS b: 1838
Jerry Franklin ISAAKS b: 1843
Hardy Burleson ISAAKS b: 1845
Elijah Alfred ISAAKS b: 1853
Hamilton Washington ISAAKS b: 1860
Martha "Patsy" RICHARDSON was born on 29 DEC 1814 in Washington Parish Louisiana. She died in 1893 in Harris County Texas. [SHELDR~1.ftw]
BIRTH: Shown as daughter of Benjamin and Nancy in probate records of her

MARR: Referred to as Martha or Patsy Isaacs in probate records.

DEATH: Died in either Galveston or Harris county,Tx. based on article on
Isaacs family in MORE SOUTHEAST TEXAS FAMILIES, by M. Martin. Died between
1860 and 1881 according to probate records; however her grandson Judge Samuel
Isaacks says she died in 1893.

1858 petition filed by John Richardson, her brother, indicates she was living
in Liberty County at that time with her husband Samuel Isaaks

In family history written in 1935 her grandson states:"(her father was a
District Judge in Georgia and among a box of old a commission
issued by the Governor of Georgia to Benjamin Richardson as District
Judge...dated sometime in early 1820s (sic). It, with other old papers was in
my library in Midland when it burned in 1909. Samuel and Martha Isaacks were
married in 1831 and were the parents of 12 children, ten of whom grew to
"His wife, Martha, it seemed to me as a boy, was a remarkable woman, and I
never changed my mind when I grew to maturity. She lived until 1893, nearly 80
years and while she made her home at or near Houston, after grandfather's death
she frequently visited in our home, some 200 miles west. I can recall how on
here first visit she talked of her fear of the train and her dread of the
journey. At that time not so many people in Texas had ridden the railroad
cars. Small of stature, probably never balancing the scales at as much as 100
pounds, she was one of the most kindly and motherly souls. One of my sweetest
memories is when she held me on her lap and sang "The Promised Land" the first
hymn that I can remeber ever having heard. She smoked a clay pipe and my
greatest delight was to help her fill and light it."

Martha was a tiny old woman who smoked a corncob pipe and was terrified of railroad trains, though occasionally she would steel herself to board a passenger car for the ride to Williamson County where two of her sons lived.
Parents: Benjamin II RICHARDSON and Nancy HENDRIX.

She was married to Samuel ISAACKS in 1831. Children were: Martha ISAACKS, Elizabeth ISAACKS, Wesley Carol ISAACKS, Louis Montgomery ISAACKS, Andrew Jackson ISAACKS , Amanda ISAACKS, Jerry Franklin ISAACKS, Hardy Burleson ISAACKS , Elijah Alfred ISAACKS, Hamilton Washington ISAACKS.

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