Richardson Family History

Thomas Richardson (1) (About 1503 - 1543). Thomas died in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England. He married Mary Champney Richardson in 1523. They had two known children: Israel Richardson and Thomas Richardson (2).

Thomas Richardson (2) (1/1570 - 1647) was born in Standon, Hertfordshire, England and married Katherine Duxford Richardson (Died 3/10/1631) - m: 8/24/1590

Ezekiel Richardson (Immigrant) (3) (9/24/1606-10/271647) (buried – Chelmsford, Province of Massachusetts) (He immigrated to America in 1630) married Susanna Richardson (1610? - 9/15/1681). Their children were Phoebe, Theophilus, Capt Josiah, John, Jonathan, and four others. Ezekiel Richardson probably sailed for America on 4/8/1630 and arrived in Massachusetts on June 13, 1630.

Capt Josiah Richardson (4) (11/7/1635-10/17/1711) Married Remembrance Underwood Richardson (12/27/1639-2/20/1719) Parents of Samuel, Sarah, Mary, Lt Josiah (2), Jonathan and four others.

Josiah Richardson (5) (5/18/1665-10/17/1711) Married Mercy Parrish (1/5/1668-4/25/1743)

Zachariah Richardson (6) (5/5/1691-- 3-22- 1776) married Sarah Butterfield

Benjamin Richardson (7) was born in 1740 in North Carolina. His first wife was Lucy Jones and had 3 children. Hardy, William (8) was born 1765, Amos. On September 30, 1767, he married Sarah Mizell (born 1740) in Tyrrell County, North Carolina. Sarah was the daughter of Luke Mizell IV and his wife Sarah.

They migrated to Georgia by 1769, when he was granted 50 acres of land in St Philips Parish, Georgia. In 1770 he was granted 150 acres also in St Philips Parish. On August 2, 1774, he was granted 200 acres in St George Parish.

Benjamin held public office as a Commissioner or Surveyor of roads. According to “The Georgia Gazette,” on November 3, 1785, he was one of nineteen names on the Effingham County Grand Jury.

On February 13, 1793, he was listed as the Tax Collector of Screven County. Screven County was formed in 1793 from Effingham County. From 1789 to 1790 he served as Justice of the Peace. Bulloch County was formed in 1796.

Benjamin Richardson and Sarah had seven Children, Nancy, John, Benjamin (1776-1848), Penelope, Frances, Jane and James.

Benjamin (8) died in Bulloch County in February 2, 1799.

In the first decade of the 1800’s, the Richardson children were drawn westward. Their hopes centered on a new and better life in Washington Parish, Louisiana. Hardy (9) was planning to move with his family when he died in 1809. His wife Francis (Fanny) Mizel moved with their son Steven (10), now head of the Household, and Fanny’s seven younger children. One of which, Matthew (9), died in the Battle of New Orleans, in 1815.

Penelope Richardson (9) and her husband William Williams also went to Louisiana.

Benjamin (9) and his wife Nancy followed and later in 1830 moved on to Texas. They settled on the North bank of a bend in the Neches River, which later known as Richardson’s Bluff, now was known as Evadale.

John (9) and his wife Nancy followed the family to Louisiana. After Texas won her independence, they followed Benjamin and settled in Texas.

William Mizell Richardson (9) (1765-12/1817) married Jane Lloyd (1770-1- 7- 1839) on July 16, 1782 and was the only child of Benjamin’s to remain in Bulloch County. William and Jane had three known children, Abraham (10), Isaac (10) and Burrell (10).

Isaac Richardson (10) (1796-7/1843) married Annie (1806-1841) in 1822. They had 11 children, Abraham (11) (b-9/9/1823), Burrell, John, Alexander, Rebecca, Benjamin, Mary, Elizabeth, Martha, James, and Georgia.

Abraham (11) (9/9/1823-7/26/1877) married Sophia Bragg(1824-1881) (daughter of Georgia Ann) and decided to follow some of his cousins to Volusia Landing, on the Saint Johns River in Volushia County, Florida. In December of 1858, he applied for deeds to 39 & 84/100 acres of land he bought near Eldridge. He paid $500.00.

Abraham was politically conscience of the times. Having the same first name as President Lincoln, in 1861, he named his son James Jefferson Davis Richardson(12) During the Civil War, Abraham served with the Shell Point Rangers between the years of 1861 to 1863.

In 1868, He represented Volushia County as a State Senator in Tallahassee. During that year he had Robert Neal Dillard and Duncan McBride erect a water-powered cotton gin at the spring west of the settlement. During the next few years he turned an investment of $800 into $1,700 by grinding grits and meal in his mill and ginning cotton. This was quite a tribute to his being a successful businessman.

James Jefferson Davis Richardson (12) (3/3/1861-7/26/1917) married Laura Odum (1860-9/8/1909) (Parents – Leonard J Odum (1837) & m. Sarah on December 12, 1880. They had six children, Oliver Leonard (13), William, Fred, Eva, Horace, and Ella Mae. In 1900, the family was still living in Volushia County. By the time he died in 1917, they were living in Arcadia, Florida.

Oliver Leonard Richardson (13) was born on 4/4/1882. He was a young man in his twenties when he moved to Sanibel Island. On May 9, 1910 he married Lucy Reed Daniels (born 4/2/1877). They had two children, Clyde James (14) (June 27, 1911) and Frank Reed (14). Oliver farmed and dabbled in Real Estate. Lucy owned and ran the hotel, Sanibel House, which she had built before she had married Oliver.

After a great hurricane hit Sanibel and saturated Oliver’s fields with salt water, they moved to Fort Myers in 1926. Oliver died on 8/15/1942 and Lucy died on 7/11/1860.

Clyde Richardson (born 6/26/1911) (14) moved to Gainesville, Florida to work for his Brother-in- law, David Kite. He joined the Navy in December of 1941, just after Pearl Harbor was bombed. He served with Navy gun crews on cargo ships crossing the Atlantic and was aboard the S.S. Oliver Ellsworth when she was torpedoed in a convoy headed for Murmansk. Later he served aboard the destroyer USS Marshall DD-676 in the Pacific during the battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf.

During the war, on 12/6/1942 he met Edna Frank (Born March 25, 1923) in New York. They were married on January 26, 1946. They settled in Gainesville, Florida and had four children, Kim Frank (15) (May 10, 1947), Gail Dorothy (15) (October 7, 1954), Jay Clyde (15) (March 16, 1958) and Karen Lucy (15) (November 5, 1959).

Clyde died on 8/5/2001 and Edna died on 4/20/2008.

Gail married Don Orth on 4/10/76). They had two daughters, Brandy & Tiffany and a son Jerett.

Kim (15) moved to Houston in 1975. Jay moved to Houston in 1979. Kim married Carol Jones on July 11, 1981. They had two sons, Scott (16) (4/13/84) and Kevin (16) (3/1/88). Kim co-authored the book “The Far Side of silence” and “Yesterday’s Tears”. Gail (15) married Donald Orth who had a child Jerett. Gail adopted Jerett who married Melissa (b 8/30/1973) and they had two sons Camden (11/28/2000) and Colson (9/6/2003). Gail gave birth to Brandy (16) (6/19/1978) and Tiffany (16) (4/6/1982). Brandy (16) married Ron Gillispie and gave birth to Austin Kyle (17) on 1/20/2005. Brandy (9) divorced Ron and married Tom Allred on 4/23/2014. Tiffany (16) married Brian Sheehan on 12/10/1995. Tiffany (16) gave birth to Madison Caroline (17) on 12/14/2010. Jay (15) married Lucille Lazarone on November 14, 1981. They had two daughters, Kelly (16) (10/5/85) & Megan (16) (2/10/89), and a son Matthew (16) (3/10/1993).

Karen Lucy (16) was born on 11/05/1959. On April 2, 2007 Karen adopted Marisa (age 13) and autumn (age 7). Karen (16) died from Cancer in Gainesville on May 4, 2011.

Matthew Richardson (16) married Blanca Dimas on 5/8/2014 and had a son James Clyde Richardson (17) on10/28/2014, Isabella Rose (17) (4/23/2016) and John Benjamin (17) on 9/8/2017.

Kevin James (16) changed his last name to Kevin James Richardson Abbott in 2014.

Kevin James (16) married Sara Lenihan on February 28, 2015.

Scott Frank (16) married Ashlyn Remmert on May 18, 2017.