Stephen Richardson

Male 1753 - 1822  (69 years)


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  • Name Stephen Richardson 
    • An 1884 letter from Hiram Richardson to his cousin Horatio Moore identifies their ancestor as William Richardson. It is my belief based on the following information that William was actually Stephen Richardson.

      [1] Despite raising a large family no William Richardson appears in the census records or other records of Moore County that match the age of this William. There are numerous census records and other records for Stephen during the same period of time that do match the age.

      [2] The Richardson family letter states that "William" and his family migrated to Lauderdale County, AL in 1822 and "William" died en route outside of Knoxville, TN. Stephen and his large family are consistently found in records up until the 1820 Census and then disappear.

      [3] In the 1820 Census, Stephen Richardson [b. bef 1755] is residing next to son Isham Richardson.

      [4] Daughter Mary Richardson, wife of John Moore, named her second son Stephen Richardson Moore. Popular naming patterns are the time named the second son after the wife's father.
    Born 1753 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1822  Knoxville, Knox County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1775, Jan 10 -- Deed Book 6 Page 293, Cumberland County, NC
      Leonard Cagle and wife Susana Ceagle deeded Steven Richerton a tract of land west of Little Buffalo Creek. Bartholomew Dun and William Garner were witnesses.

      1775, Jan 24-25 -- 1771-1776 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Cumberland County, NC
      Deed from Leonard Keagle and wife Susanna Keagle to Steven Richerton proven by Bartholomew Dun

      1777 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      Stephen Richardson listed $136 of taxable property in Captain John Cox's District

      1778 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      Stephen Richardson listed $200 of taxable property in Captain John Cox's District

      1783 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      Stephen Richardson listed $130 in Captain John Cox's District

      1786, Apr 4 -- Land Grant #117, Moore County, NC
      Leonard Furr received 50 acres located on Buffalo Creek adjoining Richard Bean and including his own improvement. John Viner(?) and Stephen Richardson were chain carriers.

      1787, Sep 24 -- Land Grant #292, Moore County, NC
      William Barret received 50 acres located west of McLendons Creek adjoining Farquard Campbell and McSween. Stephen Richardson and John McCaskill were chain carriers.

      1788, Nov 21 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 214
      Ordered that Joseph McGee be appointed overseer of the road from John McDaniel's old place to Bear Creek and have the following hands to work: Joseph McGee, Levi Atkins, Francis Myrick, Wm. Richardson, Leaven Ainsworth, Wm. Harden Sr., Benj. Cooper, Peter Graves, Saml. Perry, Joseph McGee, Zachy. Smith, Stephen Richardson, Wm. McDaniel and John McDaniel's boys.

      1789, Feb 16 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 218
      Deed from Stephen and Alisabeth Richardson to Henry Cagle was proven by Wm. Dunn.

      1790 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 157
      Stephen Richeson
      (16+) 1M
      (0-16) 2M
      3F

      1791, Feb 23 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 301
      Ordered that Stephen Richardson be appointed overseer of road in place of Leonard Furr

      1792, Feb 23 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 345
      Deed from William Dun to Stephen Richardson proven by Jacob Cagle

      1793, Dec-Jan 1794 -- General Assembly Session Records, Box 3
      Stephen Richardson signed a petition to form Alfordstown as County Seat for Moore County, NC. [Editor's Note: the petition failed. In 1796 the NC General Assembly established Carthage as the county seat. In 1806, it was changed to Faginsville to honor Richardson Fagin. The name was changed back to Carthage in 1814]

      1796, Mar 3 -- Will Book A Page 189-190, Moore County, NC
      Will of Jacob Stutts, Dec'd. Heirs: wife Elizabeth Stutts [200 acres where I now live], daughter Elizabeth Furr, daughter Susanna Spivey, daughter Mary Furr, son Jacob Stutts, son John Stutts, son Christian Stutts, son Leonard Stutts, son Henry Stutts [land where I now live after his mother's death] and daughter Catherine Stutts. Executors: Averet Smith and Elizabeth Stutts. Witnesses: Averet Smith, Stephen Richardson and Jacob Cagle. Proven Nov 1796.

      1797, Nov 14 -- Land Grant #1270, Moore County, NC
      Stephen Richardson received a 100 acre Land Grant located North of Buffalo Creek adjoining Edwards. Joseph Cockman and James Melton were chain carriers.

      1797, Dec 8 -- Land Grant #1217, Moore County, NC
      Stephen Richardson received 50 acres located on Long Meadow adjoining Edwards, Myre, Henson and Furr. John Richardson and John Martin were chain carriers.

      1797, Dec 8 -- Land Grant #1434, Moore County, NC
      James Maness received 100 acres located east of Bear Creek adjoining his own line, John McAulay, William Maness. Stephen Richardson and Parrell Sink were chain carriers.

      1800 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 58
      Stephen Richardson
      (45+) 1M
      (26-45) 1F
      (16-26) 1M
      (10-16) 1F
      (0-10) 3M 1F

      1810 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 600
      Stephen Richardson
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (16-25) 2M
      (10-16) 1M 1F
      (0-10) 1F

      1815 -- Tax List, Moore County, NC
      Stephen Richardson listed 400 acres valued at $600

      1818-1823 -- Tax List, Moore County, NC
      Stephen Richardson listed 400 acres valued at $600

      1820 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 307
      Stephen Richardson
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (16-25) 1F

    Person ID I07823  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2021 

    DNA Tests  6 DNA tests are associated with Stephen Richardson 

    Family Elizabeth,   b. c1765  [1
    Children 
    +1. Mary Richardson,   b. 1772, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, Jasper County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. Stephen Richardson,   b. 1774, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840, Lauderdale County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +3. John David Richardson,   b. 21 Sep 1776, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1847, Lauderdale County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +4. Elizabeth Richardson,   b. 1787, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 04 Jun 1870, Lauderdale County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +5. Mathais Richardson,   b. 2 Feb 1791, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1870, Prentiss County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +6. Isham Richardson,   b. 22 Dec 1793,   d. 22 Nov 1864, Lauderdale County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +7. Isaac Richardson,   b. 1797, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1875, Tishomingo County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +8. Sallie Richardson,   b. 1800,   d. Bef 1850, Lauderdale County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 50 years)
    +9. Nancy Richardson,   b. 1801, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1885, Green Hill, Lauderdale County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Histories
    Richardson Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    Richardson Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    The enclosed is a timeline and accounting of early Richardson references in Moore County and Cumberland County.
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F2450  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Histories
    1793 Petition, Moore County, NC - New Moore County Courthouse in Alfordstown
    1793 Petition, Moore County, NC - New Moore County Courthouse in Alfordstown
    1793, Nov 25 -- Dec 1793-Jan 1794 General Assembly Session Records, Box 3

    Contains hundreds of signatures of early Moore County residents. Petition to the NC General Assembly to establish "Alfordstown" and move the courthouse there. Petition ultimately failed. Very large document, similar to a Tax List, and it may take additional time to load. Typed abstract at conclusion of the document courtesy of Central North Carolina Journal, September 1993 [Edited and published by James V. Comer]. Original documents courtesy of NC Archives.
    Moore County, NC Y-DNA Project
    Moore County, NC Y-DNA Project
    DNA Results and Analysis for Moore County families including Allen, Barrett, Bean, Brewer, Britt, Brown, Burns, Caddell, Cagle, Carpenter, Caviness, Chriscoe, Cockman, Cole, Comer, Davis, Deaton, Dunn, Furr, Garner, Hancock, Hardin, Hare, Horner, Hunsucker, Hussey, Jackson, Kennedy, Key, Kidd, Lawrence, Maness, McIntosh, McNeill, Melton, Monroe, Moore, Morgan, Muse, Nall, Phillips, Richardson, Riddle, Ritter, Sanders, Seawell, Sheffield, Smith, Stewart, Stutts, Sullivan, Wallace, Welch, Williams, Williamson and Wright
    1795 Petition, Moore County, NC - Courthouse Relocation
    1795 Petition, Moore County, NC - Courthouse Relocation
    1795, Jan -- Petition, Nov 1794-Feb 1795 General Assembly Session Records, Box 3 Folder 15
    The following citizens of Moore County petitioned the General Assembly to move the courthouse to a more suitable location. Signers include: [selected signers] Michal Dickinson, Kindred Muse, James Hill, Himrick Hill, Kindred Muse, John Baton, Donald Martin, Murdoch Martin, Wm. Wright, Joseph Wright, Ezekieh Dunn, Dannel McLeod, Thomas Dunn, John Ritchardson, John Dunn, Gorg Morgin, Wm. Morgen, W. Barrett, Adam Comer, John Comer, Leanard Caggle, Andrew White, Thomas Smithermon, James Elkins, Ruben Freman, John Shuffeld, John Sheffeld, George Williams, Stephen Davis, Jesse Brown JP, William Dunn, Stephen Ritchandson, Ansel Melton Sener., Everit Wallis, Wm. Key, Nathaniel Melton, David Richardson, James Manes, John Gilliam, Christyen Stuts, Bartholomew Dunn, Angus MacIver and Allen Beaton.
    1785 Petition, Randolph County, NC and Moore County, NC
    1785 Petition, Randolph County, NC and Moore County, NC
    1785, Dec 6 -- Petition, Nov 1785-Dec 1785 General Assembly Session Records, Box 1 Folder 7
    Only the petition was included. No details but speculation is that it was a petition to erect a courthouse in the center of Randolph County, NC. Signers: [selected signers from Randolph County page 1 and 3] William Reader, John Graves, Evachel Hancock, John Lawley, Elisha Lawley, Uriah Wright and Nathanl. Tucker. The names listed on the second page are largely from Moore County and are listed in their entirety: Isaac Dun, William Dunn, William Smith, Bartholomew Dunn, John McAulay, Alexander Morrison, George Grimes, Bartholomew Dunn Junr., Normand McLeod, Nicolas Newton Senr., Allan Morison, Malcom McLeod, John Kees, George Ceagle [Cagle], Thomas Kees, Nathanyel Melton, William Kees, Richard Dunn Junr., Moses Keys, William Keys, Benja. Simmons, Jesse Brown, Vincent Davis, Averit Smith, William Maness, James Maness, John Shuffield Junr., David Davison, Ambrose Maness, Joseph Cockman, Wm. Smith Senr., Wm. Smith Junr., John Smith, Samuel Tidwell, John Cagle, Jacob Stutts Jur., Isom Smith, George Cagil, Thoms. Minyard, David Cagel, Nicolas Wallis, Stephen Richardson, Normand McLean, John Allin, Adam Shuffield, John Caringer, John Shuffield Senr., Isom Shuffield, Shadrack Manes, Meshach Manes, Hezekiah Dunn, James Munyard, Henry Cagle, Jacob Caringer, William Dunn, Nathan Smith, Jacob Stutts Senr., Richard Dunn Sen., John Morison, Murdoch McLeod, Hector McLean, James Bowdon, Travis Bowdon, Windsor Pearce, John Pearce, Gideon Meakins, John Caneday, Willm. Searcy, John Reade, Charles Stewart, Micaj. Hendry, John Garner, Edward Moore, Rolley Spinks, Alexd. Kanedy, David Kanedy, James Garner, Joseph Carr, Robt. Carr, John Spivey, James Mallett [?], Christopher Yow, John Spinks, Wm. Reade, Jessy Pitts, George Carringer Junr., John London [?], George Caringer Sen., Wm. Harris, Charles Grey, David Andres, John Powers, Adam Andres, Wm. Williams, Richd. Bird, James Deaton, Wm. Bird, Isaac Deaton [?], John Cagle and Elias Allred. [Editor's Note: While we can't be certain that these are in fact signers of the Randolph County petition we have been unable to locate a similar one for Moore County during the same time frame. Some of these names appear to be actual signatures while others are clearly written by the same person as other names around them. The Randolph County petition suffered from similar challenges including some signers that would be under 21 years old. Regardless, this is quite a list of northern Moore County residents during the late 1780's.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S38] Christina Ray [okchristinabelle@yahoo.com http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/r/a/y/Christina-Ray-1/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0604.html].
      Letter from Hiram Richardson to Mr. Horatio Moore, Huntland, Tenn.

      11 Jun 1884
      Marietta, MS
      Mr. Horatio Moore
      Huntland, Tenn

      Dear Cousin,

      Your letter of recent date inviting me to the reunion of your two sisters and four brothers at the home of your father near Bay Springs, Miss and also requesting me to give an outline history of our Richardsons and Moore ancestors, has been received. If my health will permit, it will aford me great pleasure to meet you at your father's old house in this coming August. I see your brother, Will and Hugh, and your sister Sarah occasionally.

      You, Jack and Jim, and your sister Becky, are almost lost to me in these laster years. I will never forget your stay at my house when I was tax assessor of Itawamba County, helping me make my books. This was just before the war and soon after your return from Franklin College. You helped me out of the deep water by telling me how to get three miles on an amount of property for a certain purpose, three mils for something else, seven and a half mils still for some other purpose. My arithmetric had not no mils in it.
      Now let me give as best I can the history of our ancestors. My understanding is that the Moore family came from Ireland before the Colonial War. Your great grandfather, Robert belonged to the Colonial Army, and was killed in the battle of Guilford Courthouse. He left three little boys at the time of his death, Robert, John and Fanning. Each reared a large family in Moore Co. North Carolina. Robert, the oldest of the three, left NC about year 1820, and located in Strawberry Plains, Jefferson Co. Tennessee. Fanning and his family, as far as I know, with the exception of his son Robert, remained in the old North State. John Moore, your grandfather, married my Aunt Mary Richardson, and lived in Moore Co. till the early twenties. His three sons, Robert, your father, Stephen Richardson Moore, John and Hugh were all born and mostly raised in Moore County, NC. Also their three daughters, Elizabeth married Alfred M. Carroll, Nancy married John Hood, and Mary married William Gee.

      The death of your father at Alton Ill. in military prison was sad. He refused to take the oath and was sent to prison. Your uncle Hugh was killed in the battle of Harisburg Miss. But you know more about the Moore family probably that I do, though I have known Uncle John Moore all of my life and each member of his family. He died near Bay Springs about 93 years old ain 1862. His good wife, my Aunt and your grandmother, died soon after he did about 90 years old. My great grandfather and your great great grandfather Richardson was a native of North Carolina but born in Wales. His son, William Richardson was a native of North Carolina and a soldier in the Colonial War. He reared a large family in NC. When quiet an old man, he and his wife and then a large family of children and grandchildren left Moore Co, about 1822, and settled in Lauderdale County, Alabama. The oldest of his three children, Uncle John Richardson married Aunt Kate Stutts in Moore County NC and moved to Giles County, Tenn. My father, then single, Mat Richardson soon followed Uncle John and spent a year or two in Giles County, Tenn., where he married my mother, Tabitha White. These two brothers, John and Mat Richardson, in looking for a suitable place for themselves and kindred to lacate permanently, determined to settle in Lauderdale County, Alabama. They settled on Blue Water, or rather a prong of Blue Water, which took its name from the pioneers. Here they cleaned and cultivated the rich productive soil and underwent all the toils and hardships of all industrious pioneers. Uncle Issac Richardson, the youngest of the five brothers, came next and joined Uncle John and father in Lauderdale County. He married Miss Sarah Thornton and settled near his brothers on Blue Water. I was the oldest of fathers family and quied young to have as clear and distinct a recollection as I have of the approach of a covered wagon train, mostly drawn by oxen accompanied by many men, women and children, cattle, sheep, hogs, chickens, turkeys, last but not least dogs. This was quiet a eye opener to me. Uncle Stephen Richardson, for whom your father was named, Uncle Isham Richardson with their large families and their belongings, their brothers-in-law, that is men who married their sisters, viz; Uncle Jake Stutts, Uncle John Moore, Uncle Jim Myrick and Uncle Jake McGee with their large families came. Some married and had small families and brought their belongings from NC to begin life anew in the wilderness of a new country., They all arrived after a toilsome journey across the mountains, the unbridged rivers and unbroken forests.
      The cordial greetins and happy incident to the coming of so many impressed me. Your father was about 18 or 20 years old. He was active and sterring. He had driven an ox team the entire long journey.

      The joy and happiness of all was killed as the worthy patriarch of the colony, William Richardson, died on the way and was buried at the foot of a hill or mountain by the road side near Knoxville, Tenn. All rested for a time during his illness. While thus watching and resting, an man by the name of Spence or Spencer was recognized, who had years before murdered his wife in Moore County, NC and made his escape. He was arrested, jailed and finally hung for his crime.

      Soon after the arrival of these ambitious and happy adventurers, choice lands were selected for each family. The pioneer enviroments required backbone and nerve. Soon, all were busy building houses, clearing and enclosing lands in order to make a support and provide necessary comforts.

      There were no drones in this busy hive. Modern luxuries and conveniences were not known, but the substantials for lived and raiment came as a result of the continous toil. Pioneer conditions appealed to and were recognized by men, women and children. This happy and prosperous colony was supplemented by others from time to time. Your grandtather, John McDougal, and many others from Cumberland County, NC cast their lots as permanent settlers in this inviting locality. Your father and Miss Lucy McDougal married about the year 1828 or 9. By energy and economy they soon enjoyed a good home. But they, with my father and others of the colony moved to north Mississippi about 1835.

      My grandmother Richardson, your great grandmother, was old and feeble; well cared for but sad because the body of her husband was left amoung strangers.

      All of her sons and daughters had left their NC home and settled in Lauderdale Ala., but her new home with all its surroundings did not appeal to her like the one in the old North State that she left in which her long and eventful life had been spent.

      Uncle Stephen Richardson settled on Cow Pen Creek, where he improved a good farm. He was the first of the Richardson family to pass over the river in Lauderdale County. Some time after his death his widow and family moved to Tenn. Uncle John Richardson spent his long and useful life on the farm he located on. His good wife, Aunt Katy, was a fine character. She lived to see 106 years come and go.. His only son, Henry Richardson married a cousin of your mother, Nancy McDougal. He was a financial success, a good farm trader and admired fine stock. They moved to Kaufman County, Texas years since, about the time your Uncle Joseph McDougal moved to Smith County, Texas.

      Uncle Isham Richardson and Aunt Julia reared a large family, lived to a good old age and many of their descendants still live in Lauderdale County, but some are scattered. their sons, Henry and Asa went west many years since.
      Uncle Jake McGee and Aunt LIzzie each passed by several years and three score and ten mile post. Their large family scatered but some are still about the old home. Uncle Jim Myrick and Aunt Sallie reared a large family. Some went west, other are still in their old home country. Some may have gone to Tennessee. After Aunt Sallie's death, sad but true, Uncle Jim shortened his life by excessive drink. He died in Mississippi since the war. Not withstanding his weakness on the drink line, he was honest, truthful and industrious.