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Re: Richardson, WM. 1790 census
Posted by: susan kilcrease (ID *****5010) Date: May 27, 2004 at 20:41:05
In Reply to: Re: Richardson, WM. 1790 census by Margrett McCorkle of 942

I have Stephen Richardson (b. 1670) and Mary Trueblood's children listed as Lebbos (I have seen this spelled other ways), John, Stephen Jr., Benjamin (1703-1723), Joseph, Elizabeth, Josiah, and William. Benjamin (my ancestor) married Anne Self in Pasquotank County. I only have the names of three children: Benjamin Franklin Richardson, born 1740, Hardy (b.1750) and Amos (b. 1748). There are some sources that cite Hardy and Amos as sons of Benjamin Franklin, but I feel it seems unlikely. Benjamin Franklin Richardson married Sarah Mizell (who's great, great grandfather (Luke I) was in Jamestown in 1635)The three brothers moved to Bullock County GA. The rest of the history is highly documented in a number of internet locations. A couple of interesting things: I have been puzzled for some time as to why a 20 year old father in Carolina Colony(Benjamin, son of Stephen) would name his son after a mere 36 year old postmaster living in Philadelphia (Benjamin Franklin). In 1740, Benjamin Franklin was only a postmaster. I researched Benjamin Franklin and discovered that also at that time he had a philosophical society called Junto that had as one of it's 12 members a "Joseph Richardson". His autobiography mentions a friend he called "Richardson". The idea that they could have been related intrigues me...unless it's just a coincidence. Any ideas out there? Another interesting thing. Benjamin Franklin Richardson's son (also named Benjamin Franklin Richardson)moved to Texas in 1831 and was one of the earliest pioneers that settled that area. I live 5 miles from where he had a ferry on the Neches River that was instrumental in the Texas Revolution. There is a historical marker on the side of the highway, and I have made my way through the woods to the bluff where the ferry crossing was almost 200 years ago. Today and old, half fallen bridge and a railroad trestle still exist. I have some photos of early Richardsons in Texas (taken prior to 1900) and a photo of Richardson's bluff and the historical marker. Email me directly if you would like me to email you a copy.

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