Family of John Benjamin Richardson and Cornelia A. ‘Nannie’ Pugh




John Benjamin Richardson was born 28 April 1833 in Athens, AL, and died 31 January 1906 at 1625 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA.  Burial was 1 February 1906 in Metairie Cemetery, Army of Northern Virginia Mausoleum, Vault 9 (later moved to Richardson Family Tomb in same cemetery).  [Link to Photo]


Wife Cornelia A. 'Nannie' Pugh was born 24 August 1845 in Gaston, Northampton, NC, and died 5 November 1920 at 1212 Seventh St., New Orleans, LA.  Burial was 6 November 1920 in Metairie Cemetery (Richardson Family Tomb).  They were married 17 May 1865 in Guilford, North Carolina.  [Link to Photo]



Their children were:


1- Cora Louise Richardson  b: 9 July 1866 in Virginia; d: 13 July 1913 in state asylum, Jackson, LA; burial: 15 July 1913 Metairie Cemetery (Richardson Family Tomb)   [Link to photo]


Notes for Cora Richardson:

- Cora was Queen of Rex for the 1889 Mardi Gras. 

- Obituary, 15 July 1913, Times Picayune - Entered into rest, Monday, July 14, 1913, at 5:40 o'clock a.m., Cora L., daughter of Nannie Pugh and the late Colonel Jno. B. Richardson.  Funeral from residence, 1212 Seventh Street, this (Tuesday) afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Kindly omit flowers.  Interment private.                


2- Ada Therese Richardson  b: 15 January 1868 in New Orleans, LA; d: 16 November 1909 in New Orleans, LA; burial: 17 November 1909 Metairie Cemetery (Richardson Family Tomb)


Notes for Ada Therese Richardson:

Obituary, Times Picayune:  RICHARDSON - Entered into rest, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1909, at 9:35 o'clock a.m., ADA THERESE, daughter of Nannie Pugh and the late Colonel John B. Richardson. Friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services at late residence, No. 1212 Seventh Street, This (Wednesday) Afternoon at 3 0'clock. Interment private. Please omit flowers. Petersburg, Richmond (Va.) and Memphis (Tenn.) papers please copy.


3- John G. Richardson  b: 2 April 1870 in New Orleans, LA; d: 30 April 1870 in New Orleans, LA; burial Metairie Cemetery (Richardson Family Tomb)                


4- John Stephens Richardson  b: 28 April 1871 in New Orleans, LA; d: 2 August 1921 at 1212 Seventh St., New Orleans, LA; burial: 3 August 1921 Metairie Cemetery (Richardson Family Tomb)

            +Lew Johnson  b: 7 February 1871 in a house on Race St., near Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA; m: 7 November 1894 in New Orleans, LA; d: 10 November 1958 at 7911 Birch St., New Orleans, LA; burial: Lafayette Cemetery #1 (Johnson Family Tomb)                   


5- William Coleman Richardson  b: 4 October 1873 in New Orleans, LA; d: 7 February 1964 in New Orleans, LA; burial: 8 February 1964 Metairie Cemetery (Richardson Family Tomb)   [Link to photo]

            +Sadie Rideau  b: 6 January 1875; m: 1938; d: 29 August 1957 in New Orleans, LA; burial: 30 August 1957 Metairie Cemetery (Richardson Family Tomb)


Notes for William Coleman Richardson:

- William was a dentist, graduated from Loyola.

- 1910 New Orleans, 1212 Seventh St. (ED 179, W11, p. 118B):  William C. Richardson 37 dentist, widowed mother Nannie P. 65, sister Cora L. 43; married brother John S. 38 bookkeeper, niece Ethlyn 13, nephews Louis J. 11 & John B. 10; boarder Catherine Collongues 35.

- 1920 New Orleans, 1212 Seventh St. (ED193, W11):  William Richardson 47 dentist; widowed mother Nannie 74; brother John S. 48; nephews Lewis J. 21 clerk & John B. 20; lodger Thomas Power 43 trained nurse - hospital.

- 1930 New Orleans, 1212 Seventh St.:  John O. Richardson 57 (LA-AL-VA) [house value $8500] dentist, nephew John B. Richardson 30 ship repair engineer, nephew Louis Richardson 31; housekeeper Carrie Moore 40 (GA-GA-GA) divorced; dau. Marjorie M. Collins 22, theatrical bookkeeper.

- 30 August 1957, Times Picayune - On Thursday morning August 29, 1957, at 10:15 o'clock, Sadie Rideau, wife of Dr. W.C. Richardson.  The funeral will take place on Friday morning, Aug. 30, 1957, at 11 o'clock at the House of Bultman, St. Charles avenue, at Louisiana avenue.  Interment in Metairie cemetery.

Obituary, 9 February 1964, Times Picayune - On Friday, Feb. 7, 1964, at 9:15 o'clock p.m., William C. Richardson, D.D.S., in his 91st year, husband of the late Sadie Rideau, uncle of J.B. Richardson and Mrs. Ethlyn Leonard.  Funeral services took place at The House of Bultman, St. Charles ave., at Louisiana ave., on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 8, 1964, at 1 o'clock.  Interment in Metairie cemetery.

- 9 February 1964, Times Picayune - Dr. Richardson Rites are held - Retired dentist, 90, dies after long illness - Dr. William Charles Richardson, 90, a retired dentist and member of a prominent N.O. family, was buried at private services Saturday in Metairie Cemetery.  Dr. Richardson, who resided at 2207 Palmer Ave., died Friday at 9:45 p.m. in Touro Infirmary following a long illness.  Services from House of Bultman, 3338 St. Charles, were conducted by the Rev. Walter D. Langtry, pastor of the Church of the Covenant (Presbyterian) on Saturday at 1 p.m.  Dr. Richardson was born here in 1873, attended local schools and was graduated from the Baltimore College of Dentistry, later made a department of the University of Maryland.  For many years he was associated in practice here with the late Dr. Samuel Grosjean and later with Dr. Sidney Soniat.  He was retired for 22 years.  The son of Nannie Pugh and the late Col. John B. Richardson, head of the Washington Artillery.  Dr. Richardson was married to the late Sadie Rideau.  He was for many years a member of several Carnival organizations and the Church of the Covenant.  Also he was a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana and American Dental Associations.  His survivors are a nephew, J.B. Richardson, and a niece, Ethlyn Leonard, both of N.O.  Active pallbearers were Drs. Emile Naef, Sidney Soniat, and Minor Huck and Wilfred Muller, R/H/ Waldo and Elton Boudreau.


Notes for John Benjamin Richardson:

- 1860 New Orleans census [W3, I268]:  J.B. Richardson 27 (AL) clerk, J.L. Richardson 19 (AL) clerk, J. Wyche 23 clrk, H.F. Turner 23 (MS) steward

- 1861 N.O. city directory - John B. Richardson (John F. Wyche & Co.), 124 Gravier

- 1867 N.O. city directory - John Richardson, 157 Constance

- 1870 N.O. census:  J.B. Richardson 38 (AL) Sec Tex NR, N.C. Richardson 24 (NC) keeps house, C(ora) 4, Ada 2; Emily Fortune 20 domestic (black); Ellen Robinson 14 domestic (black).

- 1880 N.O. census, 254 St. Andrew:  Jno. B. Richardson 47 (AL-VA-VA) secy. railroad, wife Nancy C. 34 (VA-VA-VA), Cora L. 14 (VA) at school, Ada T. 12 at school, Jno. S. 9 at school, Wm. C. 7 at school, Benjamin Phillis 35 servant (B).

- 1885 N.O. city directory - John B. Richardson, local treas., Southern Pacific RR, r. 247 Felicity

- 1890 N.O. city directory: John B. Richardson, Southern Pacific Co. (Atlantic system), local treasurer, 247 Felicity

- 1900 New Orleans, 1625 Prytania (ED 5):  John B. Richardson 67 (Apr 1833; AL-AL-AL) treas. Pac. RR, wife of 35 years Nannie 54 (Aug 1845; NC-NC-NC) [4 of 5 children still living], Cora 33 (Jan 1866; VA), Ada 32 (Jan 1868), William 27 (Oct 1872) dentist; boarder Geo. W. Demack 28 (Jul 1872).   

- 1910 New Orleans, 1212 Seventh St. (ED 179, W11, p. 118B):  William C. Richardson 37 dentist, widowed mother Nannie P. 65 (VA-NC-VA), sister Cora L. 43 (VA); married brother John S. 38 bookkeeper, niece Ethlyn 13, nephews Louis J. 11 & John B. 10; boarder Catherine Collongues 35 (TX-FR-LA).

- 1915 N.O. city directory:  Mrs. John B. Richardson, 1212 Seventh St.

- 1920 New Orleans, 1212 Seventh St. (ED193, W11):  Widow Nannie Richardson 74 (VA-NC-VA), William 47 dentist; married son John S. 48 (LA-AL-VA), grandsons Lewis J. 21 clerk & John B. 20; lodger Thomas Power 43 trained nurse - hospital.


- 1894 unknown book/article:

   "Col. Jno. B. Richardson, The present commander of the Washington Artillery, is a well known citizen of New Orleans and is universally popular among all classes.  He is a native of Alabama and settled in New Orleans when comparatively young.  He seems to have inherited his fondness for military life from his ancestors, many of whom have been in service.  His father, Jno. M. Richardson, was a Virginian and moved to Tennessee, was a personal friend of Gen'l Andrew Jackson and wounded while serving under him during the Florida War.  Col. Richardson was identified with the cotton and sugar business in 1861 and a partner in the house of Jno. F. Wyche & Co.  He joined the Washington Artillery as a private Dec. 19th, 1859, and was elected First Lieutenant of the First Company of the battalion that left New Orleans in 1861 for Virginia, in May, and was sent from Richmond at once to Manassas.  He commanded a section of 3-inch rifles at the battle of Bull Run July 18th, 1861, under Gen'l Jubal A. Early and to his battery belongs the distinction of having fired the first guns of the Washington Artillery at Bull Run, which was the commencement of that historical artillery duel between the Washington Artillery and the United States regular batteries of Sherman, Ricketts and Sprague, all of which were silenced and captured.  Lieut. Richardson's horse was killed under him in the engagement by a cannon shot.  He was with the first battery at Bull Run, First Manassas, Hall Hill, Munson's Hill and front of Washington City.  He was promoted June 10th, 1862 to captain and transferred to command the 2nd battery of the battalion and commanded this battery at Mechanicsville, Rappahannock Station, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg defending the bridge over Antietam River, Fredericksburg, Chancellorville, Gettysburg, Williamsport, Fort Stevens, Drury's Bluffs and also the seven days engagement around Richmond, Va., Chicahominy and the siege of Petersburg, Va.  He built Fort Mahone in front of Petersburg, and occupied that and Fort Wall--- until Petersburg was evacuated by Gen'l R.E. Lee, moved his battery with the army and was continually engaged on the retreat.  The night before the surrender at Appomattox, his battery brought up the rear and was engaged with the cavalry until 11 o'clock at night near Appomattox Station, his battery firing the last gun of the battalion at Appomattox.  Next morning when negotiations were going on to surrender the army, he refused to surrender his battery and buried his guns, (four Napoleons) April 9th, disbanded his battery and made his way to Greensboro, N.C., joining Gen'l Jos. E. Johnson's army and was paroled when they surrendered at Greensboro, N.C.  With the fortitude of a soldier, he returned to New Orleans to apply his energies once more to commercial life.  When the command was re-organized in 1876, he was elected Captain of Battery C.  He was subsequently elected major and served several years.  In 1880, he was advanced to the highest post in the command, Lieutenant Colonel, which responsible and trustworthy position he has filled for the past fourteen years.  It was under his administration that the present magnificent building, which serves as the present headquarters of the battalion was acquired and stands as one of the best proofs of its rare executive ability.  In 1868 he was appointed secretary and treasurer of the Opelousas Railroad Company and when the Morgan Railroad and Steamship Company was formed some years later, he was appointed to the same position in that company.  This position he has filled ever since as also local treasurer of the Southern Pacific Company since 1885, and now Secretary and treasurer of the Southern Bridge and Railway CompanyCol. Richardson is greatly esteemed in both railroad and military circles, and has a strong following who have been drawn to him by his unvarying amiability, firmness and his manly and strong personal qualities."


- The famous painting by Everett B.D. Julio in 1869 entitled 'The Last Meeting of Lee and Jackson' was purchased by Col. Richardson and exhibited at Washington Artillery Hall from 1879 to 1910.  It then was sold to James Butterfield Sinnott whose family loaned it to the Louisiana State Museum (1924-56).  For the next 30 years it was in the Sinnott family's possession.  It was sold in 1987 and went on public tour.  The NOMA curator called the painting 'as worthy an art object to bear the burden of representing the best in Southern art as any work painted between the Louisiana Purchase and the outbreak of the First World War.'  Its present location is, I believe, the Museum of the Confederacy at Richmond, Virginia.  My grandmother Ethlyn (born 1896) used to talk about the painting of the two famous men on their horses, but she remembered it (rightly or wrongly) as being in the family home.


- 31 January 1906 Obituary of Col. John B. Richardson


- 1 February 1906 Obituary of Col. John B. Richardson


- 2 February 1906 Obituary of Col. John B. Richardson



Notes for Cornelia A. ‘Nannie’ Pugh:

-  Application for membership "Louisiana Society of United States Daughters 1776-1812:  Mrs. Nannie Pugh Richardson wife of John B. Richardson New Orleans; descendant of John B. Pugh of 1812 and Col. Samuel McDaniel of 1776 - Freeman Wainwright. (approved 24 July 1895)  I, Nannie Pugh Richardson being of the age of 18 years and upwards hereby apply for membership in this Society by right of lineal descent in the following line from John B. Pugh who was born in Halifax Co., Virginia 1787, lived in North Carolina and who served in the war of 1812. (under Gen. or Commodore Porter).  I was born in the town of Gaston, county of N. Hampton, State of North Carolina.  I am the daughter of C.C. Pugh and Martha C. Wainwright his wife, and granddaughter of John B. Pugh who was in the war 1812 and Ann Smith McDaniel his wife, and great-granddaughter of Samuel McDaniel and Ann Smith his wife; and he, the said John B. Pugh & Col. Samuel McDaniel are the ancestors who assisted in the War of 1776 and 1812, while acting in the capacity of Private & Col. of a Regt. of Militia.  [Signed Mrs. John B. Richardson]


- Ancestor's Service:  My grandfather John B. Pugh was in the War of 1812 under Genl. or Commodore Porter at Ceaney Island Va, got a discharge.  My grandmother drew a pension for his services for many years up to the time of her death.  My grandmother was Ann Smith McDaniel daughter of Col. Samuel McDaniel who commanded a Regt. of Militia in the Revolutionary War was under Gen'l. Nathaniel Green was engaged in the Battle of Guildford Court House.  My uncle John W. Pugh has a paste board on which Gen'l. Green thanks him (Col. McDaniel) for faithful performance of a special duty.  My grandfather Freeman Wainwright (my mother's father) also was in the War of 1812 was a member of Capt. Charles Thompson Jr. Company 83 Regt. Va Militia.


- Obituary, Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA, (6th November 1920, p. 2, c. 8), RICHARDSON - On Friday, November 5, 1920, at 7 o'clock p.m., NANNIE PUGH, widow of Colonel John B. Richardson, aged 75 years, a native of Petersburg, Va., and a resident of this city for the past fifty-seven years.  Relatives and friends of the family, also Daughters of the Confederacy and Daughters of 1776-1812, are invited to attend the funeral, which will take place this (Saturday) afternoon, November 6, 1920, at 3 o'clock from the residence, No. 1212 Seventh Street.  Interment private.




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