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* Richardson - Gunn & Allied Families*

Updated January 3, 2012

This site is dedicated to the memory of my parents James Prophet "Jake" Richardson and Jennie Gunn Richardson and their ancestors and descendent's.

Jake Richardson's ancestors migrated to Georgia from South Carolina settling in Troup County Georgia on the Troup-Harris County line near Whitesville, where David Richardson died in 1850 leaving an estate that included a cotton plantation with slaves to a widow and ten children. A few years before the Civil War, a branch of this Richardson family moved to the Cowpens Community, above Alexander City, in Tallapoosa County Alabama where Jake was born on February 28,1908. In 1919 Jake with his family moved to South Alabama in search of better farm lands. The boll weevil plague had devastated cotton production throughout the south and farmers began turning to new cash crops. Jakes father Claude Leonard Richardson a few years later moved the family to Colquitt county Georgia where he hoped to start growing tobacco, because of the large tobacco market at Moultrie. This is where Jake Richardson met Jennie Gunn. Jake and Jennie were married at the Colquitt County Courthouse in Moultrie on June 30, 1928. Jennie was born on February 29, 1912 near Berlin Georgia in lower Colquitt county.

Jennie Gunn's family has been traced to Butt's County Georgia, near Indian Springs, c. 1827. The research trail ends in Pike County Georgia. The once held belief that James W. Gunn was the child of Daniel and Susan Street Gunn of Jones County Georgia is no longer supported by the evidence. On the 1900 Colquitt County Georgia US Census, William Daniel Gunn states his father was born in Scotland.

"When we tell stories about the family without judgment, and without instant analysis, the literal person turns into characters in a drama and isolated episodes reveal themselves as themes in a great saga. Family history is transformed into myth. Whether we know it or not, our ideas about the family are rooted in the ways we imagine the family. That personal family, which seem so concrete, is always an imaginable entity. Part of our alchemical work with soul is to extract myth from the hard details of family history and memory on the principal that increase of imagination is always an increase of soul. - Thomas Moore, Care Of The Soul

Note: As of January 2, 2012, I am trying to UPDATE the Richardson lineage. DNA testing have disproved that we are descendents of John Richardson of Durham County England and Arthur Richardson from The High Hills of Santee South Carolina.


Ronald Everett Richardson

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