William Richardson

William Richardson (HMOR7)

Location: Athens, TX 75752 Henderson County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 15.883', W 95° 56.091'

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(Dec. 6, 1805 - May 30, 1864)

Born in South Carolina, William Richadson moved to Pickens County, Alabama in 1830. There he married Mary "Polly" Kilpatrick (1813-1889) on Feb. 13, 1834. Children born to them were John K., James J., Sara F., Margaret C., Martha E., William A., Peter M., Andrew J., Franklin P., Ann, Allen, Texana, Mary M, and Judeth. Richardson moved his family, slaves, and the families of his brothers, Steven, Madison and Matthias, to Texas by wagon train, arriving at this location on Dec. 12, 1855.

Richardson built a home (1 mi NE) and became a successful planter. His "Three Circles" cattle brand was recorded in 1855. He was appointed to lay out one of the first roads between Athens and Kaufman. Highway 175 follows much of his original route. He and his brothers helped found the First Baptist Church in Athens.

The slaves he brought to Texas were Dinah, Charles, Gin, Rachel, Washington, Henry, Tom, Harrison, Kate, Easter, Til, Carolina, Jane, Sam, Congo, Marion, Mimm, and Jube. All took the Richardson name, and most stayed on with the family after being freed. Later they and their descendants established the San Flat community (1 mi. NNE).

William Richardson is buried in the family cemetery (1 mi. NE) along with his wife, two sons, and two grandchildren. Some of the slaves are buried there also.
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HM NumberHMOR7
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Marker Number10376
Year Placed1984
Placed ByTexas State Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 1:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 223534 N 3573560
Decimal Degrees32.26471667, -95.93485000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 15.883', W 95° 56.091'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 15' 52.98" N, 95° 56' 5.46" W
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Area Code(s)903, 430
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9821 Richardson Rd, Athens TX 75752, US
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