|The Richardson Memorial|
POSTERITY OF SAMUEL RICHARDSON.
4109.George A. Richardson8 (Barnabas,7 Barnabas,6 Barnabas,5 Edward,4 Jacob,3 John,2 Samuel1), eldest son of Barnabas7 and Rachel (Perkins) Richardson; born in Woburn, May 2, 1816; married Harriet Leathe, of Reading, Nov. 28, 1839.
They lived in Reading.
4126.Charles Reuel Richardson8 (Reuel,7 Abijah,6 Barnabas,5 Edward,4 Jacob,3 John,2 Samuel1), son of Reul6 and Betsey (Davis) Richardson; born in Peterborough, N. H., July 10, 1827; married Mary E. Fay, of Peterborough, Sept. 10, 1850.
4127.Mary Eliza Richardson8 (Reuel,7 Abijah,6 Barnabas,5 Edward,4 Jacob,3 John,2 Samuel1), sister of the preceding; born in Peterborough, N. H., July 31, 1829; married Solomon Garfield, of Peterborough, Sept. 6, 1858.
4133.Luke Felton Richardson8 (Malachi,7 Abljah,6 Barnabas,5 Edward,4 Jacob,3 John,2 Samuel1), son of Malachi7 and Tamasin (Greenwood) Richardson, of Dublin, N. H.; born there, Sept. 13, 1839; married Mary Rebecca Eaton, Sept. 13, 1864.
He is a farmer. They live in Wrest Peterborough, N. H.
4182.William Coolidge Richardson8 (William S.,7 Job,6 Edward,5 Edward,4 Jacob,3 John,2 Samuel1), son of William Shepard Richardson; born in Charlestown, Mass., July 19, 1834; married Sarah Wellington, Sept. 30, 1855.
He died Dec. 30, 1866.
Their children were:
4207.Horatio Bird Richardson8 (Reuel,7 Gideon,6 Josiah,5 Edward,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), son of Rene17 and Orra (Bird) Richardson; born in Saxonville, Mass., Feb. 10, 1813; married Nancy Webb, of Bedford, Ind., May 18, 1842.
4208.Mary Bird Richardson8 (Reuel,7 Gideon,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), sister of the preceding; born Nov. 22, 1814; married Daniel Lawrence, of Concord, Mass., April 22, 1839.
4215.Elbridge Gerry Richardson8 (Josiah,7 Gideon,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), eldest son of Josiah7 and Nancy (Brown) Richardson, of Sudbury, Mass.; born there, Sept. 26, 1810; married Melinda Clark, of Saco, Me., Feb. 10, 1830.
4224.Benjamin Hemenway Richardson8 (Benjamin Hemenway,7 Gideon,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), eldest son of Benjamin H.7 and Emily (Cutter) Richardson, of Sudbury, Mass.; born there, May 21, 1821; married, first, April 18, 1843, Hannah Sophia Fay, of Southborough, Mass., who died April 13, 1865. Second, Emma A. Elliot, of Milford, N. H., Sept. 13, 1866.
They reside in South Sudbury, Mass.
Children, all born in Sudbury, By first wife, Hannah:
By second wife, Emma:
4226.James Thompson Richardson8 (Benjamin,7 Gideon,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born in Sudbury, Feb. 19, 1826; married, first, Sept. 6,1854, Electa Alice Buel, of Springfield, Mass. She died May 14, 1861. Second, June 7, 1870, Susan A. (Sherman) Parmenter, a widow. They reside in Springfield, Mass.
Issue by first wife:
4227.Mary Jane Richardson8 (Benjamin H.,7 Gideon,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1) sister of the preceding; born in Sudbury, Jan. 11, 1828; married Frank S. Allen, of Sudbury, Dec. 12, 1854.
For a time they resided in Louisville, Ky. At that place the husband died, Feb. 15, 1874. The widow resides at present, September, 1874, with her friends in South Sudbury, Mass.
4231.William Allen Richardson8 (William,7 Gideon,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), eldest son of William7 and Synia (Higgins) Richardson, of Lexington and Louisville, Ky.; born at New Orleans, Feb. 20, 1819; married, Oct. 21, 1841, Mary Churchill Short, daughter of Dr. Charles W. Short, a distinguished botanist, and for many years Professor of Materia Medica in the Medical Department of Transylvania University. The wife of Dr. Short was Mary Churchill.
Mr. Richardson is a merchant and manufacturer.
Their children were:
4233.Mary Richardson8 (William,7 Gideon,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), sister of the preceding; born in Lexington, Ky., June 11, 1821; married, May 30, 1843, to William Burke Belknap, an iron merchant, of Louisville, Ky.*
He was a son of Morris Burke Belknap, who was born in South Brimfield, now the town of Wales, in Hampden County, Mass., June 25, 1780. The date of the son’s birth is not reported. The mother of Mr. William B. Belknap was Phebe Locke, daughter of Sylvanus Thompson and Mehitable Brewer, of Brimfield.
He, William, at the age of twenty-three, settled in Louisville, Ky., as an iron merchant, and was subsequently a manufacturer of iron.
The children of Wm. B. Belknap and Mary his wife have been:
* The Belknap Family.
The Belknap family, it is believed, was originally German. Early in the history of our country, it is said, there came from Liverpool, Eng., four brothers of this name, all of whom settled in Massachusetts; one in Boston, one in Salem, one in Haverhill, and one died soon after his arrival. Some of their descendants were among the early settlers of New Hampshire.
Joseph Belknap some time after settled in Brimfield, Mass., a town incorporated July 14, 1731, then called the district of Holland. His wife was Miss Morris, aunt of Robert Morris. His children were John, William, Daniel, Hannah, and Mary. Many of the descendants of this family settled in the State of New York.
William Belknap, the second son, had for his second wife Anna Burke. They had six daughters and one son, Morris Burke.
Morris Burke Belknap, the only son, was the father of William Burke Belknap in the text. He was one of a colony who settled in Marietta, Ohio; whence he returned and settled in Worcester, Mass., in 1810 or 1811; thence he removed to Pittsburgh, Pa., 1816; thence he removed. to Tennessee, and erected large iron furnaces and mills in Nashville. He removed to Smithland, Ky., at the mouth of Cumberland River, with the view of doing the same thing there, when he died, July 26, 1827.
There was a Joseph Belknap in Boston, June, 1657, and a Nathaniel Belknap in 1731, but whether of this family is not known.
4234.Rev. Richard Higgins Richardson8 (William,7 Gideon,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding, and son of William7 and Synia (Higgins) Richardson; born in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 4, 1823; married, Sept. 7, 1853, Octavia Woodbridge, daughter of Rev. John and Mary Ann (Seymour) Woodbridge, of Hadley, Mass.
He graduated at the College of New Jersey, Princeton, 1844, and entered Princeton Theological Seminary the same year; graduated 1847, and remained one year as resident graduate; thence to Chicago, Ill., where he founded the North Presbyterian Church, and was ordained and installed as pastor, Nov. 19, 1848. He became pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Mahopac Falls, N. Y., January, 1860; of the First Presbyterian Church in Newburyport, Mass., January, 1864, and of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Trenton, N. J., Nov. 1, 1868, which position he now occupies. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from the College of New Jersey, Princeton, December, 1867.
He has taken a lively interest in this Memorial, and has contributed valuable aid.
His children have been:
4236.Dr. Tobias Gibson Richardson8 (William,7 Gideon,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1) brother of the preceding and son of William7 and Synia (Higgins) Richardson; born in Lexington, Ky., Jan. 3, 1827; married, first, August, 1853, Sarah E. Short, daughter of Dr. Charles W. Short, a distinguished botanist, already mentioned, and sister to his brother William’s wife. She died on the Mississippi River, Feb. 2, 1866. Second, November, 1868, Ida Slocum, a daughter of Cuthbert Slocum, merchant of New Orleans, and Cora Harrison.
He graduated at the Medical School of Louisville, Ky., and served that institution as demonstrator of anatomy several years. In 1855, he accepted the Professorship of Anatomy in the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, and in 1858, the same chair in the University of Louisiana, at New Orleans. He is now, 1876, Professor of Surgery and Dean of the Faculty in that school. He is author of a work on Anatomy and Surgery.
In February, 1866, a most terrible calamity overtook him. His professional engagements required his presence at New Orleans, and he was in that city awaiting the coming of his family to join him. His wife and their three children, being all who were then living, were descending the Mississippi River in the steamer W. R. Carter, and were now near Vicksburg, Miss. It was the night of the second of February; the night was dark, the weather cold, and by some inexcusable carelessness the boiler of the steamer exploded, involving the destruction of near three hundred lives, including the entire family of Dr. Richardson. Such a sorrow can very seldom happen to any individual.
The children of this deeply afflicted man were:
4237.Lawrence Richardson8 (William,7 Gideon,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 7, 1828; married, Nov. 29, 1854, Alice Walker, daughter of James Walker and Mary Norwell, of Nashville, Tennessee.
He is by occupation a manufacturer, and resides at Louisville, Kentucky.
4300.Harriett Atwood Hunt (Lucy Richardson,7 Luther,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), daughter of Lucy Richardson.7 by her husband, Gardner Hunt; born in Sudbury, Mass., Feb. 20, 1816; married Charles Hunt, April 25, 1839.
Their children were:
4301.Emory Hunt (Lucy Richardson,7 Luther,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born in Sudbury, Jan. 19, 1818; married Alice H. Brown, born June 2, 1818.
4302.Elizabeth Ann Richardson8 (Luther,7 Luther,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), eldest daughter of Luther7 and Nancy (Stetson) Richardson; born in Waltham, Mass., June 7, 1824 (probably 1823); married William Stearns, of Waltham.
They lived in Waltham. She died April 10, 1864.
Childien, born in Waltham:
4303.Lucy Amanda Richardson8 (Luther,7 Luther,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1) sister of the preceding; born in Lowell, Mass., Feb. 14, 1825; married Dr. Isaac N. Swasey, of Bath, Me., Dec. 2, 1844.
As appears from the following record, they have resided in several places.
4304.Charles Lowell Richardson8 (Luther,7 Luther,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born in Lowell, Mass., May 14, 1827; married, first, June 13, 1855, Mary B. Winch, daughter of Francis and Almira (Stetson) Winch, of Nashua, N. H. She died Feb. 21, 1871. Second, Mrs. Harriet B. Gillis, of Manchester, N. H., Oct. 21, 1874.
He resides in Manchester, N. H., 1874.
Children by first wife:
4305.Edwin Prentiss Richardson8 (Luther,7 Luther,6 Josiah,5 Josiah,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born in Lowell, Mass., April 22, 1829; married, May 4, 1852, Myra B. Haraden, daughter of Isaac and Lucy Haraden, of Amherst, N. H.
He was Assistant Engineer in the United States Navy in the war of the Rebellion. His home is Manchester, N. H.
Children, born in Manchester:
4336.Reuben Richardson8 (Reuben,7 Reuben,6 Caleb,5 Reuben,4 Joseph,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), son of Reuben7 and Miranda (Matthews) Richardson, of Stoneham; born there, Jan. 20, 1831; married, June 28, 1860, Mary Elizabeth Richardson,8 born Feb. 12, 1837, daughter of Oliver Wyman and Ruth Gould Richardson,7 they were cousins, of Stoneham. [See 3211.]
He built a large shop in Stoneham for the manufacture of shoes, and pursued that business six or eight years. He abandoned that business, his health failing, and removed to Winchester, an adjoining town. He died of consumption in Winchester, Jan. 22, 1870, aged 39.
After his death, his estate in Winchester was purchased by the compiler of this volume in June, 1870.
His widow and children reside in Woburn.
4415.Stephen Kendall Richardson8 (Stephen,7 Stephen,6 Stephen,5 Stephen,4 Stephen,3 Joseph,2 Samuel1), son of Deacon Stephen 7 and Lucy (Kendall) Richardson; born in Woburn, April 23,1818; married Adelia M. Weston, of Woburn, May 14, 1839.
They lived in Woburn.
Children, born in Woburn:
4971½. Emma M.,9 b. 184—; m. Everett Brooks Richardson , Oct. 4, 1871.
Probably there were others.
4558.Charles Tyng Richardson8 (William F.,7 Eleazar T. F.,6 Gideon,5 Ebenezer,4 Thomas,3 Samuel,2 Samuel1), eldest son of William Fox Richardson,7 born in Boston, Jan. 6, 1840; married, Dec. 25, 1867, Charlotte Ann Estabrook, born Oct. 4, 1843, daughter of Joseph E. and Mary Ann (Porter), Estabrook, of Concord, N. H.
His mother dying when he was very young, he lived till he was ten years of age with his mother’s mother, the wife of William Messinger, in Wrentham, Mass. After this, till seventeen and a half years old, he lived with his ,grandmother Colby in New London. This lady was the wife of Hon. Anthony Colby, who was governor of New Hampshire one year.* She had been the widow of Eleazar T. F. Richardson, of Boston, the eminent bookseller, who died in 1829 [see 2483]. At the age last mentioned, 1857, he entered the Freshman class in Dartmouth College, graduating in 1861. Ever since 1861, he has been in the iron business in Boston, the firm being Joyce & Richardson, with the exception of one year, 1862-3, when he served in the war against the Rebellion, in North Carolina, as Commissary Sergeant, of the Forty-fifth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers.
His children are:
*The mention of Governor Colby recalls to the compiler’s memory the very pleasant acquaintance he enjoyed with that gentleman and his father, when teaching a district school in New London in the winter of 1827-8. It also recalls to mind a son and daughter of Mr. Colby who were under my care, of ’whom the daughter Susan was some years preceptress of the New Hampton Literary Institution, and about 1852 became the wife of James B. Colgate, of New York City, now, 1874, President of the New York Gold Board. “She is beloved by everybody,” is the report which has come to . Colby died July 20, 1873,:aged 80. Mrs. Colby is still living, April, 1874.
4569.Charles Richardson8 (David,7 David,6 David,5 David,4 David,3 Samuel,2 Samuel1), son of David7 and Susan (Libby) Richardson, of Limington, Me.; born there, July 24, 1825; married, 1847, Olive T. Dorr, born Oct. 26, 1827, daughter of Charles Dorr, of Sutton, Mass.
Their children have been:
4572.David M. Richardson8 (David,7 David,6 David,5 David,4 David,3 Samuel,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born in Limington, Me., March 4, 1832; married, Sept. 6, 1853, Susan M. Dustin, born Oct. 30, 1836, daughter of Rev. Caleb Dustin, of Derry, N. H., a descendant of Thomas and Hannah Dustin, of Haverhill, Mass. Mrs. Dustin was the woman who performed the daring exploit of killing and scalping ten Indians on an island in Merrimack River, at the mouth of Contoocook River, and near the line which now separates Concord, N. H., from Boscawen. This was a few days after the attack on Haverhill, which took place March 15, 1697. A monument has just been erected in commemoration of this brave act.
The children of David M. and Susan Richardson are:
4620.Cyrus Hamlin Walker (Mary Richardson,7 Joseph,6 Joseph,5 David,4 David,3 Samuel,2 Samuel1), eldest son of Rev. Elkanah mid Mary (Richardson) Walker, missionaries among the Spokan Indians in Oregon; born at Waiilutpu, Oregon Territory, Dec. 7, 1838; married, at Forest Grove, Oregon, Feb. 15, 1859, Lucy Maria Tanner. He and his brothers, Marcus and John, enlisted as private soldiers in the First Regiment of Oregon Volunteer Infantry, Dec. 1, 1864, during the war of the Rebellion. He was promoted to be first lieutenant, .Dec. 26, 1864, and “mustered in” with Co. B, of said regiment, the same day. He continued with the regiment till July 23, 1866, When he and his brother John and the remainder of the company were “mustered out,” or discharged. His brother Marcus had been mustered out in the January preceding.
One child of his is reported:
4621.Abigail Boutwell Walker (Mary Richardson,7 Joseph,6 Joseph,5 David,4 David,3 Samuel,2 Samuel1), sister of the preceding; born at Tshimakain, Oregon Territory, May 24, 1840; married, at Forest Grove, Oregon, Sept. 15, 1863, James Anderson Karr. They reside at Hoquiam, Washington Territory.
Their children are:
4622.Marcus Whitman Walker (Mary Richardson,7 Joseph,6 Joseph,5 David,4 David,3 Samuel,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born at Tshimakain, Oregon Territory, March 16, 1842; married Sarah Margaret Junkin, at Peoria, Linn County, Oregon, July 3, 1868.
He enlisted as a private soldier, with his brothers Cyrus and John, in the First Regiment of Oregon Infantry, in the service of the United States, Dec. 1, 1864; was made a sergeant, and soon after was promoted to be Regimental Commissary Sergeant, and was “mustered out” as such in January, 1866. He lives in Oregon.
4623.Rev. Joseph Elkanah Walker (Mary Richardson,7 Joseph,6 Joseph,5 David,4 David,3 Samuel,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born at Tshimakain, Oregon Territory, Feb. 10, 1844; married, at Foochow, China, May 21, 1873, E. Ada Claghorn, from North Evans, N. Y. She had sailed from San Francisco, Cal., Oct. 1, 1872, and arrived at Foochow, as a missionary, November 11th.
He graduated from Pacific University, June, 1866; graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary in June, 1871; was ordained as a foreign missionary at Forest Grove, Oregon, the residence of his parents, June 19, 1872; left home for his destination as a missionary in China in August, 1872, and embarked at San Francisco in September, arriving at Foochow, Oct. 16, 1872.
One child, born at Foochow:
4683.Hon. Roswell Minard Richardson8 (Samuel,7 David,6 Zebadiah,5 Ebenezer,4 Stephen,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), eldest son of Samuel and Mehitable (Shurtleff) Richardson; born in Compton, Canada East, April 7, 1814; married, March 9, 1848, in Boston, at the house of Mr. James Page, 58 Temple Street, by Rev. Cyrus A. Bartol, D. D., to Ann Hutchins Hapgood,7 born in Petersham, Mass., Jan. 18, 1819. She was the daughter of Thomas6 and Betsey (Hopkins) Hapgood, and granddaughter of Hutchins5 and Elizabeth (Grout) Hapgood.*
He left his home in December, 1829, at fifteen years of age; went to Hatley Village, Canada East, as a clerk in the store of William G. Cook, remaining there till April 1, 1830. He then was a clerk in Canaan, Vt., in the store of Josiah Parmelee, Esq., until May 25, 1832, when he went to Northumberland, N. H., clerk for Willson & Bellows, in their store. He remained with them till .Jan. 1, 1836, when he purchased the interest of Mr. Bellows, and succeeded him as the partner of Gen. John Willson, under the firm of Willson & Richardson, in the store at the end of the toll-bridge over Connecticut River, in Northumberland, until 1845.
While in Northumberland, he was several times elected chairman of the board of selectmen. In 1840, he was appointed United States Deputy Marshal, and took the census of Coos County, N. H., the same year. He was appointed by Gov. Isaac Hill adjutant of the Forty-second Regiment, Eighth Brigade, of New Hampshire Militia in 1838; lieutenant colonel, by Gov. John Page, June 23, 1840; colonel, by Gov. John H. Steele, June 20, 1844, and brigadier general, by Gov. Anthony Colby,
July 6, 1846, from which position he retired June 20, 1848, after removing to Vermont; was appointed justice of the peace by Gov. Henry Hubbard, Sept. 5, 1842, which position he held while a resident of the State.
He commenced lumbering on Connecticut River in 1842. In 1847, removed to Wells River, Newbury, Vt., and manufactured lumber at Dodge’s Falls, situated four miles above Wells River, on Connecticut River, continuing in that business till 1854; was elected chairman of board of selectmen in Newbury, 1851—cerainly complimentary, as he had been a resident only three years; appointed justice of the peace in Vermont, Nov. 30, 1855.
In 1854, he erected. mills for the manufacture of lumber on Nulhegan River, in Essex County, Vt., on the line of the Grand Trunk Railway, and April 1, 1856, removed to Portland, Me. In 1858, he sold an interest in his lumbering business to Hon. John Lynch and Mr. Peleg Barker, of Portland, which made the firm of R. M. Richardson & Co., continuing until their mills were destroyed by fire in 1870
. Mr. Richardson was a partner in the firm of Shaw, Haskell & Richardson, wholesale grocers on Commercial Street, Portland, from 1861 to 1865, and then of the firm of Richardson, Harris & Co., from 1867 to Jan. 1, 1875, at No. 147 Commercial Street.
In 1860, he was a member of the lower branch of the city council of Portland; Democratic nominee for senator for Cumberland County, 1861, but failed of an election through party divisions on war issues; was elected Mayor of Portland, March 1, 1875, by a handsome majority over his opponent, Mr. Westcott, who was the mayor the previous year. The vote stood 2,467 for Richardson, 2,000 for Westcott, 30 scattering; majority for Richardson 437. In March, 1876, this was reversed, on party grounds merely. The compiler believes him to be every way worthy the high position he has filled. Parties are unavoidable under a free constitution, and to a certain extent useful; but when, as in the present instance, they lead to the displacement of an upright and faithful public servant, the evil is to be regretted.
He is a large owner of timber lands, perhaps the largest, in Essex County, Vt. His name appears upon the records of the registry of deeds for Coos County, N. H., and Essex County, Vt., one hundred and forty-one times as grantee and one hundred and twenty-eight times as grantor.
He has taken a deep interest in the history of the Richardson family, and the present writer is very largely indebted to him for contributions to this volume, as well as for encouragement of another kind.
His children have been:
*Hon. Hutchins Hapgood,5 her grandfather, was the son of Dea. Seth,4 who was son of Capt. Thomas,3 who was a son of Thomas,2 and grandson of Shadrach Hapgood,1 the original emigrant of the name, who embarked at Gravesend, in the Speedwell, May 30, 1056, bound for New England, and was slain by the Indians at Quaboag, now Brookfield, Aug. 2, 1675. [See Morse’s Hapgood Genealogy, vol. ii.]
Hutchins Hapgood was born April 6, 1763; married Elizabeth Grout,5 daughter of Hon. Jonathan Gront,4 Oct. 20, 1789, and died Sept. 4, 1837. His wife Elizabeth was born April 26, 1764, and died Jan. 11, 1835. He was a merchant in Petersham, Worcester County, Mass., and was eminent as a citizen and a magistrate. He was active in resisting the lawless schemes of Daniel Shays and his faction; was at one time captured by them, and held as a prisoner until the advance of Gen. Lincoln’s forces, combined with his own address and boldness, effected his release. He was a member of the legislature of Massachusetts eight years; was postmaster of Petersham many years, and was a member of the convention held for revising the constitution of Massachusetts after the separation of Maine in 1820.
The wife of Hutchins Hapgood, and grandmother of Mrs. Richardson in the text, was Elizabeth Grout. She was a daughter of Hon. Jonathan Grout,4 son of John,3 son of Jonathan,2 son of Capt. John Grout,1 who settled in Watertown as early as 1611, having in that year and previously a grant of eight lots of land. He died July 25, 1697, leaving a handsome estate. At the time of his death he was of Sudbury. [Bond’s Watertown Genealogies.]
Jonathan Grout 4 was born in Lunenburg, Mass., Jnly 23, 1737, and in 1760 married Sarah Page, a relative and probably aunt of Gov. Page, of New Hampshire. She died in Petersham, Mass., March 22, 1814, aged 71. Col. Grout, her husband, died at Dover, N. H., Sept. 8, 1807, aged 70, while attending a snit in court.
He was engaged in the Old French war in 1760; the same year he married and settled in Petersham as a lawyer. He and Gen. Arteinas Ward, of Shrewsbury, became the master spirits in the County of Worcester, moulding for successive generations the political character of that whole region, and receiving from the citizens nearly every office in their power to bestow.
He was a colonel in the Revolutionary war, commanding a regiment at the siege of Boston. Had lie continued in the military service, he might have vied with Sullivan, Stark, Putnam, Prescott, and other Revolutionary heroes. His services in civil life were perhaps not less honorable to himself or useful to his country. His talents were of a high order, and he wrote with rare ability. He was considered by some, and no doubt with truth, ambitious, but his patriotism none could doubt. He was a member of the Provincial Congress at Cambridge in February, 1775. He was, in 1789, with Fisher Ames, Caleb Strong, Ethridge Gerry, and others, elected a member of the First Congress of the United States under the Federal Constitution, being the representative. from Worcester County. In this capacity be was a supporter of the administration and policy of Washington. Afterwards, when parties were more completely formed, he was a member of the Democratic party. Original letters are still preserved in the family addressed to Col. Grout by John and Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Fisher Ames, and other statesmen of that day.
He engaged largely in land speculations, owning at one time forty thousand acres in Vermont and New Hampshire, including a township in Vermont to which he secured the name of Lunenburg, in honor of his native place, and where for years he passed much of his time. lie accumulated a large estate, but being involved in many lawsuits, the usual consequences followed, in the abatement of his prosperity. [From Morse’s Genealogy of the Grout Family.]
It should have been mentioned that the mother of Mrs. Richardson and wife of Thomas Hapgood was Betsey Hopkins, a daughter of Capt. Samuel6 and Elizabeth (Hastings) Hopkins. Samuel6 was a son of Moses,5 son of Samuel,4 son of Stephen,3 son of Giles,2 who was a son of Stephen Hopkins,1 the Pilgrim, who came over in the Mayflower, 1620, in her memorable voyage. Elizabeth Hastings5 was daughter of Walter,4 son of Daniel,3 son of John,2 born at sea, son of John,1 who emigrated from England with two sons, first settling in Braintree, where be was admitted freeman, May 10, 1643. Betsey Hopkins had a sister Thirza, who was the wife of James Page, of Boston. Hence the name of James Page Richardson, in the family of Mayor Richardson.
James and Thirza Page had a son Henry A. Page, a successful and now retired merchant of Boston, whose wife’s maiden name was Eliza Wales Bigelow, her mother being Abigail Richardson, a daughter of John Richardson, of Templeton, a descendant of Thomas Richardson,1 one of the three brothers of Woburn, 1641.
†James Page Richardson,9 eldest son of Gen. P. M. Richardson,8 was prepared for college in the grammar and high schools of Portland. He graduated with honor at Harvard College, June, 1872, and died at his father’s house in September following, as above recorded. During his senior year he became much interested in his family history, it being one of the college requirements that every student furnish for preservation in the college the history of his own family as fully as possible. The subject was very attractive to him, and he pursued it in his leisure hours as far as his opportunities allowed. His researches included not only the Richardson family, but allied families bearing the names of Shurtleff, Snow, Dearborn, Hastings, and Hopkins. His last labors of this kind had relation to the Shurtleff family, just before his final sickness. The following notice, prepared by his friend and teacher, Mr. A. P. Stone, Principal of the Portland High School, appeared in one of the public papers soon after his decease:
“The subject of this notice seemed, by nature and by education, to be eminently fitted for a career of usefulness, in which his friends had every reason to believe he would prove himself a valuable member of the community. But at the very threshold of his manhood Death claimed him as his own. Most, if not all, of his elementary education he received in the public schools of this city. From the Park Street Grammar School he entered the High School in 1861, from which he graduated with distinction in 1868. His schoolmates and teachers bear unanimous testimony to the earnestness and fidelity with which all his school duties were discharged, and his kind and becoming, demeanor towards all. After leaving the high school he entered Harvard College, and completed the four years’ course of study with great credit. Lie then proposed to spend a few weeks in rest and travel, and then to enter upon the study of a profession. But scarcely had those few weeks passed, when a brief though painful illness interrupted his plans, and his life work was ended. His life was one of singular purity, and of entire freedom front habits which tarnish the reputation and destroy the character of many young men in every community.”
4684.Emeline Richardson8 (Samuel,7 David,6 Zebadiah,5 Ebenezer,4 Stephen,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), sister of the preceding, and daughter of Samuel7 and Mehitable (Shurtleff) Richardson; born in Compton, C. E., Feb. 8, 1824; married, April 7, 1846, Jacob Gilson, son of Rev. John Gilson, of Compton. He was born March 22, 1817.
He was a farmer, and died in Iowa, Oct. 28, 1865. She now, 1876, resides in Washington, Iowa.
Their children were:
4685.Caroline Amelia Richardson8 (Samuel,7 David,6 Zebadiah,5 Ebenezer,4 Stephen,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), sister of the preceding; born in Compton, C. E., May 10, 1827; married, June 29, 1854, Andrew Simpson Macbean, born June 3, 1825, son of Willie T. Macbean, of Montreal.
During several years he was Assistant Superintendent of the Quebec District of the Grand Trunk Railway in Canada. He is now a fruit-grower in Bricksburg, N. J.
4686.Charles Frederic Richardson8 (Samuel,7 David,6 Zebadiah,5 Ebenezer,4 Stephen,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born in Compton, C. E., March 30, 1831; married, in Belleville, C. W., May 31, 1864, Charlotte Catherine Savage, born in Mount Hope, County of Durham, C. W., Jan. 19, 1843.
He was formerly a trader in Compton, his native town. For some years past he has resided in Montreal, employed as express messenger between Montreal and Quebec.
4705.Henry R. Richardson8 (Henry,7 David,6 Zebadiah,5 Ebenezer,4 Stephen,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), son of Henry7 and Hannah (Badger) Richardson, of Compton, C. E.; born March 6, 1824; married Martha Rugg, of Compton, Sept. 3, 1846. She died Nov. 4, 1866.
He resides in Coaticook, Canada; is deputy bailiff.
4736.James M. Richardson8 (Snow,7 Zebadiah,6 Zebadiah,5 Ebenezer,4 Stephen,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), son of Rev. Snow and Mary (McCame) Richardson; born April 8, 1832; married Sarepta A. Maxwell,1855.
His trade was that of a carpenter. He was in the military service of his country all through the war for the Union; was “an enlisted man,” and a sergeant in Co. K, of the Second Regiment of Ohio Cavalry. He was in the army of Gen. Sheridan, and was present at Lee’s surrender. He now resides at Shields, Belmont County, Ohio.
4737.Dr. D. William Richardson8 (Snow,7 Zebadiah,6 Zebadiah,5 Ebenezer,4 Stephen,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born May 4, 1836; married Mary F. Bowdle, Oct. 20, 1863.
He was in the army all through the war of the Rebellion; at first as one of the “three months’ men;” then served eighteen months as a private in the Second Kentucky Regiment. He was in the severe battle of Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing. He went home sick and discharged, expecting to die. He recovered and enlisted in Co. F, One Hundred and Tenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry; was second lieutenant; then first lieutenant, which last commission he held at the surrender of Lee at Appamatox.
Then he went home, studied medicine, and is now a practicing physician at Logansville, Logan County, Ohio. He fought in twenty-three battles, all in the army of the Potomac except one, that at Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing, April 7, 1862, and never received a wound which caused a flow of blood, or lost one day’s duty, except the sickness already mentioned, during the whole time.
4825.Aurilla Phebe Wellman (Phebe Wyman, Miriam Richardson,6 Joseph,5 Amos,4 Stephen,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), daughter of Dea. James Ripley Wellman, and granddaughter of Miriam Richardson;6 born in Cornish, N. H., July 13, 1820; married, Jan. 1, 1851, Dr. Alfred Hitchcock, who was born in Westminster, Vt., Oct. 17, 1813.
They resided and he was a physician in Fitchburg, Mass. She died Nov. 28, 1862.
Their children were:
4826.Rev. Joshua Wyman Wellman (Phebe Wyman, Miriam Richardson,6 Joseph,5 Amos,4 Stephen,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born in Cornish, N. H., Nov. 28, 1821; married, Oct. 24, 1854, Ellen Maria Holbrook, daughter of Caleb Strong and Prudence (Durfee) Holbrook, of Holbrook, Mass.
He was prepared for college at Kimball Union Academy, Plainfield, N. H.; graduated at Dartmouth College, 1846, and at the Theological Seminary, Andover, 1850; was ordained and installed pastor of the First Church, Derry, N. H., June 18, 1851, where he remained five years; was installed pastor of the Eliot Church, in Newton, Mass., June 11, 1856, where he remained seventeen years; was then installed pastor of the First Congregational Church, Malden, Mass., March 25, 1874, and there still remains.
His children are:
Born in Holbrook:
Born in Newton:
4830.Dr. James Ripley Wellman (Phebe Wyman, Miriam Richardson,6 Joseph,5 Amos,4 Stephen,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), brother of the preceding; born in Cornish, N. H., July 27, 1829; married Louise H. Wood, of Fitchburg, May 2, 1861.
He graduated in the Medical Department of Dartmouth College, 1856; attended medical lectures for a year in Edinburgh and Paris, and commenced the practice of his profession at Fitchburg, Mass. He was very successful as a physician, and a brilliant career seemed opening before him, when consumption, brought on by overwork in his profession, brought all his earthly prospects to a fatal termination, July 25, 1861.
4836.Ellen Frances Morrill (Rowena W. Richardson,7 John,6 John,5 John,4 William,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), daughter of Anson Peaslee Morrill by his wife Rowena Williams Richardson; born Nov. 10, 1829; married Richard M. Mills. They live in Readfield, Me.
Their children are:
4837.Rowena Caroline Morrill (Rowena W. Richardson,7 John,6 John,5 John,4 Williain,3 Stephen,2 Samuel1), sister of the preceding; born in Madison, County of Somerset, Me., April 24, 1889; married, Nov. 10, 1857, Charles William Goddard, then of Auburn, Me., and now of Portland.
He graduated at Bowdoin College, 1844; was a member of the State Senate of Maine, 1858; President of the Senate in 1859; Consul General of the United States at Constantinople from 1861 to 1864; Judge of the Superior Court of Cumberland County from 1868 to 1871; lecturer on Medical Jurisprudence in Bowdoin College, and since 1871, postmaster at Portland.
He belongs to the Trinitarian Congregational body, and is in every respect a man of high character.
His children are: