Family of John M. Richardson & Mary Ann Keyes




John M. Richardson was born 26 July 1795 in Berkeley Co., VA, and died 30 June 1856 in Athens, Limestone, Alabama.


Wife Mary Ann Keyes was born 29 March 1801 in Alexandria, Arlington, Virginia, and died 6 December 1882 at 247 Felicity St., New Orleans, Louisiana.  Burial was 7 December 1882 in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA (Richardson Family Tomb).  They were married 16 March 1820 in Blountville, Sullivan, Tennessee.



Their children were:


1- Harriet L. Richardson  b: 21 December 1820 in Blountville, Sullivan, TN; d: 1 December 1855 in Athens, Limestone, AL

            +William Henry Yarbrough  b: 11 June 1816  Alabama; m: 16 September 1841 in Limestone Co., AL; d: Aft. 1860


Notes for Harriet L. Richardson:

- 1850 Limestone Co. Alabama (Dist 4, I83):  William H. Yarbro 31 physician [$2000], Harriett 25 (TN).

- 1860 Limestone Co., AL (p. 304):  William H. Yarbrough 43 (NC) physician [$11,000 real estate, $40,000 personal], Ann. A. 21, Barbra M. 2.             


2- Margaret Jane Richardson  b: 16 June 1823 in Blountville, Sullivan, TN; d: 3 June 1851  Athens, Limestone, AL


Notes for Margaret Jane Richardson:

- Tombstone inscription, Old City Cemetery, Athens:  In memory / of / Miss Margaret J. Richardson / born in Bluntsville, Tenn. / June 16, 1823 died in Athens / Ala. June 3rd 1851 age 27 / years 11 months and 18 days


3- William J. Richardson  b: 11 October 1825 in Blountville, Sullivan, TN; d: 30 September 1852  Athens, Limestone, AL


4- George Washington Richardson  b: 12 May 1828  Blountville, Sullivan, TN; d: 22 July 1851  Athens, Limestone, AL


Notes for George Washington Richardson:

- Tombstone inscription, Old City Cemetery, Athens:  In memory / of / Dr. George W. Richardson / born in Bluntsville, Tenn. / May 12, 1828, died in Lime / stone County this July 22nd / 1851 age 23 years 2 months / and 10 days.


5- Louisa Richardson  b: 12 November 1831 in Liberty, MO; d: 10 October 1848  Athens, Limestone, AL


Notes for Louisa Richardson:

- Tombstone inscription, Old City Cemetery, Athens: In memory / of / Miss Louisa Richardson / born in Bluntsville Tenn. / Nov. 12, 1831, died in Athens / Ala. Oct. 10, 1848, age 16 / years 11 months and 29 days.

- Family Bible says born in Liberty, MO; and age at death is actually 16y 10m 28d.


6- John Benjamin Richardson  b: 28 April 1833 in Athens, Limestone, AL; d: 31 January 1906 in 1625 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA; burial: 1 February 1906 Metairie Cem., Army of Northern VA Mausoleum, Vault 9 (Moved to Richardson Family Tomb)

            +Cornelia A. "Nannie" Pugh  b: 24 August 1845 in Gaston, Northampton, NC; m: 17 May 1865 in Guilford, NC [Christopher Columbus/ Martha C. Wainwright]; d: 5 November 1920 at 1212 Seventh St., New Orleans, LA; burial: 6 November 1920 Metairie Cem. (Richardson Family Tomb)


Notes for John B. Richardson:

- Colonel and Commander of the Washington Artillery at his death; Battalion of Washington Artillery Captain 2nd Co. 1862-65


7- Edward Steward Richardson  b: 30 December 1835  Athens, Limestone, AL; d: 22 April 1841  Athens, Limestone, AL


Notes for Edward Steward Richardson:

- From Find-a-grave online:  RICHARDSON, (??), There are two broken stones near the Richardson graves. One bears the date April 22,1841--aged 5y3m22d, the other Martha, no dates.

8- James ‘Joe’ Walter Richardson  b: 22 August 1841 in Athens, Limestone, AL; d: 2 April 1925 in San Antonio, Bexar, TX; burial: 3 April 1925 City Cem. #2, San Jose Burial Park

            +Nancy "Nannie" Elizabeth Wade  b: 8 June 1846 in Gallatin, Copiah, MS; m: 10 January 1867 near Gallatin, Copiah, MS [William Alsey/Elizabeth Jane Carnes]; d: 26 January 1923 in San Antonio, Bexar, TX; burial: Cem. #2, San Jose Burial Park


Notes for Joe Richardson:

- 1870 Hazlehurst, Copiah, Mississippi (p. 118):  James Richardson 24 (AL) [$1600 real estate, $500 personal], wife Nannie 24, Eddie W. 3, Percy C. 1; servants Lydia Banks 52 (AL) (black) & Susan Debry 12 (AL) (black).
- Moved to San Antonio c1872.
- 1877/78 San Antonio city directory: James W. Richardson, agent
- 1880 San Antonio, Bexar, Texas (p. 21A):  J. W. Richardson 38 (AL) machine agent, wife M.L. 34 (MS), Eddie 14 (MS), Percy 11 (MS), Florence 8 (MS), Effy 6, Ida 4, John 1. 
- 1891 city directory: James W. Richardson, insurance (Florian, Richardson & Beall), h 421 Augusta

- James W. Richardson Family Bible



Notes for John M. Richardson:

- 1830 Blountville, Sullivan, Tennessee:  John M. Richardson males 2 <5, 1 (30-40), females 2 (5-10), 1 (20-30), 1 female slave (36-55)  [John 34, wife Mary Ann 29, Harriet 9, Margaret 6, William 4, George 1.]

- 1840 Limestone Co., Alabama:  Jn. M. Richardson males 2 <5, 4 (10-15), 1 (40-50), females 1 (5-10), 1 (10-15), 2 (15-20), 1 (30-40), 3 slaves.  John 44, wife Mary Ann 39, Harriet 19, Margaret 16, William 14, George 11, Louisa 8, John B. 6, Edward 4. - 2 males (10-15) & 1 female (10-15) unknown]

- 1850 Limestone Co., Alabama:  John M. Richardson 54 (TN), no occupation, wife Mary 48 (VA), Margaret 24 (TN), William 23 (TN) clerk, James 8, Elizabeth Keyes 15 or 18; male student 19, 4 slaves.  (Dist. 3, I85):  John B. Richardson 17 clerk, living w/Tanner family.

- According to his son’s obituary (Col. John B. Richardson), John M. was a Virginian who went to Tennessee in his boyhood.  He was a personal friend of Gen. Andrew Jackson and was “one of the bravest soldiers under the command of Gen Jackson in the Florida Wars” (also called the Seminole Wars).  He was seriously wounded in these wars. 

- The Dept. of Archives and History in Alabama has a very brief sheet of paper relating to John Richardson.  It says he was an Ensign, 7th Marengo Blues, Indian War, 1833.  This is from a letter to Gov. C.C. Clay from E.N. Glovin, dated Demopolis, 3 March 1836.


- John M. Richardson Family Bible



Notes for Mary Ann Keyes:

- 2nd husband - widower Col. Samuel Redus (b. 1 May 1797 Wythe Co., VA; d. 27 February 1870 Martinsville, Copiah, MS; burial Ellington-Redus Cem.; m. 27 October 1862 Gallatin, Copiah, MS).  About 1872 Mary Ann moved to Texas with her youngest son.

- Athens Post (15 April 1880) [From 'The Enlightening Eighties' compiled & published by Faye Acton Axford, extracted by James Croley Smith]: Mrs. Sam Redus (Aunt Polly Richardson) was in town.  She was the mother of the gallant Major John B. Richardson of New Orleans, one of the commanders of the famous Washington Artillery, and of James W. Richardson of San Antonio.  These were all that were left of the once large family that lived in Athens where Trinity School stood in 1880. (7 December 1881): The building of the Trinity Hall, the colored school building now in process of erection, will soon necessitate the removal of the old frame building now in front and to the west of it.  This house is an old landmark.  In it was born the distinguished soldier whose career will reflect undying honor on the town of Athens, Col. John B. Richardson, Lt. Col. of the world famed Washington Artillery of New Orleans, now one of the most honored and beloved citizens of that city.  Many pleasant memories are cherished of delightful gatherings in that hospitable home.  And, too, one of the saddest tragedies our town ever knew...when one of the most beautiful girls in our section, Lou Richardson, died. (19 May 1881): A dedication of the monument to General Stonewall Jackson in the Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans by the Louisiana Division of the Association of the Army of Northern Virginia was held.  General Fitzhugh Lee spoke and Athens' native, John B. Richardson, president of the Association, received the monument with a beautiful address.  His speech is printed in this issue.  (14 December 1882): Mrs. Mary A. Redus, mother of Col. John B. Richardson, died at the New Orleans home of her son on December 6th.



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