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Descendants of James RICHARDSON-June 24, 2003


7. JOHN WESLEY3 RICHARDSON (WILLIAM FLUKER2, JAMES1) was born 30 March 1844 in Tishomingo Co, MS, and died 20 May 1922 in Corinth, Alcorn Co, MS7. He married FRANCES LOUISA SPIER 09 November 1871 in other children died young; McNairy Co, TN, daughter of HARRIS SPIER and SARAH TATE. She was born 17 January 1851 in near Selmer, TN; McNairy Co, TN, and died 29 November 1916 in Corinth, Alcorn Co, MS.

Notes for J
OHN WESLEY RICHARDSON:
The date of birth of John Wesley Richardson differs from the Census. According to family, he was born 30 Mar 1847, but the census shows he was born closer to 1844. The cemetery record confirms an 1844 birth.

John Wesley Richardson was captured during the Civil War and turned into a little "slavey" required to water the horses and polish boots, etc. He was mistreated by his Yankee captors. He was about 10 or 11 years old at the time. (Cecil Binford story. Note that this is not possible -- he would have been at least 14. The war lasted from 1861 to 1865.)

Vickie Clarke says that during the war, John Wesley hid in ditches during the daytime and did chores at night. Union soldiers caught him and forced him to join the Union army. Later, when the Confederates came through, they forced him to fight with them. When John Wesley came home wounded, it upset his mother badly. Union records show John Wesley as a deserter, along with most of the men in his outfit. During the Battle of Corinth, history shows that many Southerners were forced to fight with the Union when they came through. Many of these Southerners lived nearby, and were starving in the army, so they simply went home. Some of them were recaptured and fought for the Confederacy, but most of their names were not recorded.

Falla, John's daughter, relates, "I remeber my mom told me her father was a soldier in the south while civil war he was captured by the northern soldiers the officer of the north looked at him as he was husky so he decided to use him to go to war againist the south which he did but he didnt kill anyone in the south just shoot in the ground or air."

Vickie Clarke sends this information: from Glenda McWhirter Todd, First Alabama Cavalry, USA: Homage to Patriotism, Bowie Maryland: Heritage Books, 1999:

page 335: "Richardson/Richards, John W., Corp., Co. M, age 20, EN 9/18/63, Chewalla, TN, MI 12/29/63, Corinth, MS, born Tishomingo Co., MS, farmer, sick in hospital at Memphis, TN 1/28/64, POW 3/10/65 Blakely Crossroads, SC, discharged 6/26/65 from Camp Chase, OH." [EN is enlisted, MI is mustered in, POW is Prisoner of War.] Did you realize he was a POW? That was during Sherman's march north from Georgia to North Carolina at the very end of the war.

On page 26, history of company M:

"January and February 1864, Company M was stationed at Memphis, Tennessee and Records of Events states the following: 'This company was recruited by Capt. John Lomax at Chewalla Tenn and at Glendale & Camp Davis Miss. It was mustered into service on the 29th day of December 1863. On the 24th day Jan/64 we broke up camp and moved into Corinth and on the 25th we started for Memphis, Tenn and marched three miles beyond Chewalla Tenn. On the 26th the Co. marched to Saulsbury Tenn and on the 27th to Lagrange Tenn where we remained until the 29th when we moved on toward Memphis reaching this place on the 31 of Jan/64. On the 7th of Feb part of the Co. under command of the 1st Lieut started on a march. They were gone eleven days and were in two or three light skirmishes with the enemy and on each occasion bore themselves with credit. Since the! n the Co. has been on several scouts and marches with out any incidents worthy of note. The Co. is armed with Smith's Carbines and Colt's Remington's Revolvers and hope soon to be mounted on good horses.'

"When the war was over, the men in the First Alabama Cavalry Union army had marched thousands of miles, traveled almost 2,000 miles by steamboat and over 1,000 miles by train. They had fought with AND against their fathers, brothers, sons and other relatives and seen hundreds off them die in battle and of disease." The regiment fought under Sherman's command, and not too long after the statement written above, the regiment began marching and fought in many engagements during Sherman's March to the Sea.

In the introduction, the author says that "Microcopy Number 276 of the National Archives Microfilm Publications contains 10 rolls of microfilm which include the compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers belonging to the First Regiment of Alabama Cavalry...These records consist of a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, rank and the unit in which he served and typically containing (1) card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, hospital rolls, and descriptive books; and (2) the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier."

The book looks like it was published at a cheaper publishing house, but there is a web address at www.heritagebooks.com. The book is mostly primary source stuff from journal entries and reports. At least half the book is the complete roll of the regiment with information on each soldier. Another book on the regiment is W.M. Stanley Hoole, Alabama Tories: The First Alabama Cavalry, U.S.A., 1862-1865. Tuscaloosa: Confederate Publishing Company, 1960.

In Alcorn County, Mississippi, Veterans Schedule appears John W. Richarson living in District 5.

John Wesley married Frances Louisa Spear, the daughter of a doctor from Edinborough, Scotland and Eliza Tate, before 1875 in Mississippi. The couple had eight children. Frances was born about 1852 in Tennessee and died after Jun 1880.

John Wesley Richardson was described by Cecil Binford as having "a big bushy beard."

He was a farmer and although his children grew up on the farm, they moved to town in order for them to have better schools.

The US Census of 1880 shows J. W. Richardson living in Alcorn County, Mississippi:
District 4, p. 328-B
      RICHARDSON, J. W., age 35, farm laborer, MS      --       --
            F. L.,       wife, age 28      TN      GA      GA
            E. T.,       son, age 5      TN      MS      TN
            T. E.,       son, age 3      TN      MS      TN
            A. E.      daughter, age 1      TN      MS      TN
      HASTINGS, George      other, black, age 20, farm laborer, MS --      --

1900 US Census, p. 30
Alcorn County, Mississippi
ED 2, 2 Ward, Corinth, Beat 1
8 Jun 1900
170/180
Richardson, John W. b. Mar 1844, 56, married 29 years, dray man, rents home. TN/TN/TN
      Frances L. b. Jan 1852, 48, 7 children born, 7 living, TN/TN/GA
      Enoch T., son, Nov 1874, 25, married 1 yr, day lobor, deaf & dumb
            TN/TN/TN
      Agnis M., daughter-in-law, b. Feb 1877, 23, 1 child born, 1 living
            MS/MS/MS, deaf & dumb
      Ida R., grandchild, b. May 1899, age 1, MS/TN/TN
      Thomas E., son b. Dec 1876, 23, farmer, TN/TN/TN
      Lela A., daughter, b. Feb 1879, 21, TN/TN/TN?
      Eufala L., daughter, b. Jul 1883, 16, at school, MS/TN/TN
      James H., son, Jul 1886, 13, at school, MS/TN/TN
      Mary T., daughter, b. May 1891, 9, at school, deaf & dumb, MS/TN/TN
      Walter L., son b. Apr 1895, 5, MS/TN/TN

1910 Alcorn County, Mississippi
p. 27, Corinth, ED 3, First District,
13 May 1910
522/572:
RICHARDSON, John W., 66, married 38, MS/SC/SC, English, night
      watchman/Paul factory, O/F/H;
      Francis L., 58, 10 born/7 living, TN/GA/GA, English;
      Lela A., 30, single, TN/MS/TN, no occupation;
      Fala, 23, single, MS/MS/TN, stenographer/bank;
      Mary Kate, 19, single, MS/MS/TN, seamstress/Paul factory.

1920 US Census, Alcorn County, Mississippi
Pg 20A (pg 39), HH # 414-451
Richardson, Wesley Head/M/W/71/wd/yes/yes/MS/MS/MS/yes/none

Notes for F
RANCES LOUISA SPIER:
Frances Louisa Spier was described by Cecil Binford as having "flashing black eyes and black hair and was very slender. She was very good to me. I remember she used to make me scrapbooks using oilcloth so they wouldn't tear up. She also bought me a picture book, the kind where the pages were cut in threes so you could turn one section at a time and make all kinds of funny bottoms on the heads of animals. She also gave me a little iron cook stove that I could really put fire in and bake on. Mama would fill egg shells with her cake batter and I'd bake them on my little stove. When I married, Mama brought out a beautiful, bright new "wedding ring" quilt that Grandma Fannie had made and given her to save for my hope chest. She died when I was about 14 years old. Mama had put it away and didn't tell me about it until I was accumulating my hope chest. It was double rings, red on white. Beautifully made."

Her obituary appeared in the Corinth, Mississippi, newspaper in November of 1916. It named her children James of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, and Miss Falla Richardson of Texas. She was 64 years old and survived by 7 children and her husband, J. W. Richardson.
     
Children of J
OHN RICHARDSON and FRANCES SPIER are:
  i.   OLIVER CROMWELL4 RICHARDSON, b. 1871, (may have been born 1872); d. 1872, died in infancy.
  ii.   ENOCH TOBIAS RICHARDSON, b. 16 November 1874, Corinth, Alcorn Co, MS; d. 05 January 1947, Little Rock, AR; m. AGNES MAY VANCE, Unknown; b. 28 February 1877; d. 15 August 1962, Little Rock, AR.
  Notes for ENOCH TOBIAS RICHARDSON:
Toby had scarlet fever and became deaf at some point in his life, and attended Mississippi School for the Deaf in Jackson, Mississippi. He apparently was not totally deaf, as he was allowed to serve in World War I. Vickie Clark says that she does not believe Toby actually served in the War, but did register for the draft.

Enoch Toby and family moved to Little Rock, where he owned several properties. One of them was where his family resided. He worked as a taylor, perhaps for "Tufnut Garment."

US Census - 1920 Pulaski Co, AR
ED 142

Pg 4 A (pg 7)
HH #74
Richardson, Toby E. Head/M/W/45/M/yes/yes/MS/MS/MS/Cutter/Overhall Factory
Agnes M. Wife/F/W/42/M/yes/yes/MS/MS/MS/none
Hazel M. Daughter/F/W/12/S/yes/yes/yes/MS/MS/MS/none

Rebecca Carrier found at Ancestry.com under World War I Civilian Draft Registration:
      Richardson, Enoch Toby, b. 16 Nov 1874, Alcorn, MS

Prior to receiving this record, we did not have his precise birth date.

The following cemetery notations were found for Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas:
Richardson      Agnes May       (I believe this is Enoch's wife)
            Browney W.
            Drew
            Elmer
            Enoch Toby      (I believe this is Enoch)
            Etta Ann
            Hammie L.
            Hannah E.
            Joe Ed
            John            (this is not their son, who is buried at Corinth, MS)
            Ollie Phillips
            W. H. "Rich"

  iii.   THOMAS EDGAR RICHARDSON, b. 24 December 1876, Corinth, Alcorn Co, MS; d. 26 November 1963, (see notes) Jacksonville, Duval Co, FL; m. BIRDIE ELLEN RICHARDSON, 09 November 1902, Corinth, Alcorn Co, MS; married his 1st cousin.; b. 11 April 1871, Corinth, Alcorn Co, MS; d. 31 August 1939, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, LA.
  Notes for THOMAS EDGAR RICHARDSON:
After their marriage, Edgar and Birdie lived in Memphis for a year or two, but Edgar's mother kept writing to him, begging him to come back to Corinth, so, reluctantly, they did. Edgar built a house on half a city block and had a huge garden and orchard. All his children were born there.

Rebecca Carrier found at Ancestry.com under World War I Civilian Draft Registration:
      Richardson, Thomas Edgar, b. 24 Dec 1876, Alcorn, MS

1920 US Census, Alcorn County, Mississippi
ED 4, Pg 15 B (pg 30)
HH # 327-361
Richardson, Thomas Head/M/W/43/M/yes/yes/TN/TN/MS/laborer/carpenter
-------------- Bird wife/F/W/48?/M/yes/yes/MS/MS/MS/none
--------------- Mary daughter/F/W/15/S/yes/yes/yes/MS/MS/MS/none

1930 US Census
Alcorn Co., MS, Beat 4, ED 15, 22 April, Pg 11B (pg 22), HH# 226/259?:
Richardson, Tomas? E., Head, 53, M, TN/MS/TN, Farmer, General Farm;
Bird E., Wife, 59, M, TN/MS/MS, None

Social Security Death Index shows the following:
Thomas Richardson
SSN 266-05-9794
Residence: Florida
Born: 24 Dec 1876
Last Benefit:
Died: Aug 1963*
Issued FL (before 1951)

* Note that this differs from the death date recorded.



  Notes for BIRDIE ELLEN RICHARDSON:
Cecil Binford describes her mother as "gray eyes, chestnut brown hair, almost black. Quiet, gentle, never raised her voice. Very patient." Most of the family called her "Birdo" but her sister, Mattie, called her "Bill."

Some dates were given by Rita Richardson Binford Criswell from the Cecil Binford family Bible.

Cecil is the only child of the 9 who survived to adulthood. She wrote very descriptive letters of her memories of her aunts and uncles and grandparents.

"One time when Mama and Uncle Joe were about 5 or 6 years old they got to worrying about whether big fat Santa Claus could really get down their chimney. Grandpa and Grannie had gone to town and left the kids in Mandy's care. She was doing the wash out in the yard in a big iron pot and didn't notice when Mama and Uncle Joe decided to investigate the chimney. They climbed up on the roof and tried to go down the chimney and got stuck and couldn't get up or down, so started screaming for Maudy. She sent her son up to pull them back out of the chimney and since they were black with soot, she put them in the wash tub and scrubbed them with lye soap. Mama said their skinned burned for a week, and that's why she remembered the incident. (Cecil Binford)

"Another time Mama and Aunt Lucy got in trouble. Back in those days, ladies had 'in days,' when callers were welcome and there was always a silver basket on a table by the door where callers left their 'calling cards.' That day Grannie was all dressed up, sitting in the 'parlor,' entertaining the family doctor's wife, all very proper and dignified. When all of a sudden there was a lot of banging out in the kitchen. Noise was forbidden on 'in days.' Mama and Aunt Lucy had found a big 'first biscuit' left from breakfast in the oven, and it had dried out and become as hard as a rock. They couldn't bite it so they got the hammer and put the biscuit on the floor and began hitting it and it kept bouncing about and they were giggling and making a lot of noise. Grannie was embarrassed and they got theirs later..."

Birdie worked as a substitute school teacher.

Mama developed cataracts after she married, but flatly refused to have them operated on after the bad luck her brother, Finch, had (he went completely blind as a result of the operation). He retained his sight for years and years, but finally lost her eyesight in the 1920s. (Cecil Binford)

I remember Mama mentioning that we had Mayfield and Brasafield ancestors.

  iv.   LELA ALMA EUGENIA RICHARDSON, b. 27 February 1879; d. 29 October 1917, 40y (her obit pub 1 Nov 1917 says she died "Monday").
  Notes for LELA ALMA EUGENIA RICHARDSON:
Early information from family members indicated her name was Lilah, but the cemetery record gives the full name. The date of birth on cemetery record was incomplete -- 187 -- so an approximation has been used. From the 1942 letter about the cemetery, the dates are given as 1877-Oct 1917, 40 years.

The death date I had previous to receiving that record was 25 March 1899. Later, the obituary shows the date of birth to be 27 Feb 1879.

This may be the L. E. Richardson listed in 5th District, Piney Precinct, in Alcorn County, Mississippi in 1915 on a personal property tax assessment list, but it is doubtful, since she was an invalid most of her life and lived at home with her parents.

From Vickie Clarke: Lela had water on the brain or Hydrocephalus. Frances took care of her daughter day and night. From what I was told by a Dr. about Hydrocephalus is that usually a baby is born with it. IF that happens then the child is retarded. If a person shows symptoms and it is caught when they are in puberty it can be corrected and no brain damage will occur.

According to my aunt she said that when Frances started getting too sick to care for Lela she had Falla Bailey come home and help. Shortly after Frances died.

  v.   WILLIAM WESLEY RICHARDSON, b. 27 March 1881; d. 23 February 1899, died young.
  Notes for WILLIAM WESLEY RICHARDSON:
First information on this child was that his name was William F. Richardson. However, in December 2000, Rebecca Carrier (becky@izzie.com) sent cemetery records showing his full namd (William Wesley) and dates of birth and death.

  vi.   FALLA LOUISE RICHARDSON, b. 23 July 1883; d. 28 December 1967; m. A. ZENO BAILEY, Abt. 1928, married late in life; no children; b. Abt. 1867, of Gordon Drive, Decatur, AL; d. Bef. 1983.
  Notes for FALLA LOUISE RICHARDSON:
Originally, we had the name "Eufala" which may indeed be correct, but Mary Katherine, sister of Falla, wrote in her notes late in life "my sister Falla Louise R. Bailey" and that is the example I have followed in this file.

Falla was a deaconess and missionary all her life. (Cecil Binford)

WOMAN'S MISSIONARY COUNCIL
Extracted from Council Minutes
No date

North Texas Conference: An invitation to a social Workers' Conference, to be held in the afternoon, was given by Mrs. John Parker. On motion, the invitation was accepted, and the following delegation to attend the Conference was appointed: Misses Durham, Watkins, Gainey, Williams, Hasler, Virginia Howell, Womack, Reed? Ragland, Markey, Falla Richardson.

1917-1918
REPORT No. -H.
Concerning the Appointment of Deaconesses and City Missionaries
Corinth, Miss., City Mission Work: Deaconess, Falla Richardson.

Falla was visiting Mary Katherine in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1944, and was asked to teach the colored children at the Deaf School in Arkansas. She agreed to a temporary position which lasted three years.

Falla married late, about age 38 or 40, to a relative of Gov. Brad Bible of Alabama. Both died prior to 1983, and may have had children. (Cecil Binford)

Mary Katherine refers to daughters in law of Mr. Bailey, which may indicate the couple had sons, or may indicate that he had been previously married.

Falla is said to have died of carbon monoxide poison from her heater while writing a lesson for her Sunday School class.

From Vickie Clarke: after re-reading the newspaper article on Falla Richardson Bailey when she got married I started looking for something I saw. In the article it said:

She is a graduate of the Corinth high school, and also a graduate of the Scarritt Bible and Training school.

What I found is this: Scarritt Bible and Training School for Missionaries and Other Christian Workers (Nashville, TN) Scarritt College for Christian Workers (Nashville, TN).

Also I found this when reading about Frances Richardson's death:

Mrs. Richardson has not been well for the past year, but has only been confined to her bed for about one month. Her condition has been gradually declining, until a few weeks ago it became so much worse that her children, James Richardson, of Cedar Grove, N. J., and Miss Falla Richardson, deaconess, of Texas, were summoned home, and her family have been at her bedside since her illness.

I emailed my Aunt and she said that Falla Richardson did live in TX for a short time. I wonder where she lived at the time in TX.

Vickie sent this information:

Houston, Texas, City Directory, 1917
Miss Falla Richardson, Deaconess, YW Co-Op Home
1111 McKee

Social Security Death Index:
Falla Bailey
SSN 416-62-1763
Residence: 35601 Decatu, Morgan, AL
Born: 23 Jul 1883
Last Benefit:
Died: Dec 1967
Issued: 1962 AL

  Notes for A. ZENO BAILEY:
Vickie Clarke sent information extracted from notes of her grandmother, Mary Katherine Richardson Turner which said, "You may ask Mrs. Josephine Bailey or Mrs. Emma Bailey about their father-in-law Mr. T. Z. Bailey -- when did he married to my sister Falla Louise R. Bailey where I think married at Corinth, Mississippi. I could not find the clipping (newspaper) about their wedding. ... She was born July 23 about 1883 - Died Dec. 29 1967.

1920 US Census
City of Albany, Albany Precinct, Morgan County, AL
12 Jan 1920
Page 13-A (p. 25)
HH#220/314
Bailey, A. Z., Head, 52, M, AL/VA/VA, President Grocery Co.
Cassie A., wife 45M AL/AL/AL, no occupation
Allison C., son, 17, S AL/AL/AL, no occupation
T. Zeno, son, 26, M, AL, AL, AL, Treasurer Grocery Co.
Josephine B., Dau-in-law, 21, M, Al/AL/AL, no occupation
T. Zeno Jr., son, 1-4/12, S, AL/AL/AL

1930 US Census
Decatur City, Morgan County, AL
10 Apr 1930
ED 5, p. 12-B (p. 24)
HH#235/268
Bailey, A. (Zeno?), Head, $20,000, 63, M AL/AL/AL, work out, farming?
Farla (?), wife, 46, M, MS/MS/MS, no occupation

A few doors away lives T. Zeno Bailey and family, a son of A. Z. Bailey by his first marriage.


  Marriage Notes for FALLA RICHARDSON and A. BAILEY:
An undated notice of the marriage is entitled "Corinth Girl Weds Alabama Merchant Here." It apparently appeared in the Corinth, Mississippi, newspaper, and reports that the couple was married on "Tuesday evening August 23."

The article noted that although Miss Falla Richardson had worked in Corinth for several years, for the past year, she had worked as superintendent of community work for Albany-Decatur, Alabama. The couple was married in the home of Mrs. A. H. Patrick, on Filmore Street in Corinth, Mississippi. They were to live at 608 Gordon Drive in Decatur.


Falla is said to be age 45 when she married.

  vii.   JAMES HENRY RICHARDSON, b. Bet. 1885 - 1887, Mississippi; d. Unknown; m. ANNIE BELL MONGER, Abt. 1910; b. Abt. 1890, of Baltimore, MD; d. Unknown.
  Notes for JAMES HENRY RICHARDSON:
Jim Richardson went to Baltimore in the 1920s. His son became a doctor and did research at Johns Hopkins University.

This is probably the J. H. Richardson listed in 5th District, Piney Precinct, in Alcorn County, Mississippi in 1915 on a personal property tax assessment list.

The following US Census record belies early information on the births of the children:

1920 Delaware, PA
Chester Twnshp
Pg 3B (pg 6)
HH # 77-74
Richardson, James H. Head/M/W/33/M/yes/yes/MS/MS/GA/Salesman/Stock Co.
Annie Bell wife/F/W/30/yes/yes/MS/MS/MS/none
Jessie daughter/F/W/9/S/yes/MS/MS/MS/none
Edwin son/M/W/7/S/yes/MD/MS/MS/none
James son/M/W/6/S/NJ/MS/MS/none
Annie Bell daughter/F/W/4/S/NJ/MS/MS/none

1930 US Census
Baltimore City (Independent), ED 945, 9 April, Pg 9B (pg 18), HH# 137/181:
RICHARDSON, James H., Head, $6500, 43, M, MS/MS/GA, Realtor;
Annie B., Wife, 40, M, MS/MS/MS, None;
Jesse F., Son, 19, MS/MS/MS, None;
Edwin M., Son, 17, S, MS/MS/MS, None;
James F., Son, 16, S, NJ/MS/MS, None;
Annie B., Daughter, 14, S, NJ/MS/MS, None

Jessie is listed as a son. Both Jessie and Edwin are listed as being born in MS. James mother is listed as being born in GA.


  viii.   EMMA FRANCES RICHARDSON, b. 1885; d. 25 March 1899, died young.
  ix.   MARY KATHERINE RICHARDSON, b. 07 May 1891, "Mary Kate" b. Corinth, Alcorn Co, MS; d. 09 September 1979, Fremont, Alameda Co, CA; m. GEORGE WASHINGTON TURNER, 26 February 1919; b. 06 May 1901, Bells or Waco, TN; d. Abt. 1940, ("of Middleton, Hardeman Co, TN"); died age 39.
  Notes for MARY KATHERINE RICHARDSON:
Mary Katie became deaf when she was injured falling off a hay wagon or buggy. Mary Kate attended Mississippi School for the Deaf in Jackson, Mississippi, beginning 23 Nov 1897.

According to stories told to Vickie Clarke, Mary Katie did not graduate from the Deaf School, but had the advantage of having an older deaf brother who taught her sign language at an early age. It seems that they had taught her all they could, and were having her teach the young children, but without pay. So she wrote her parents and asked to be allowed to quit school and go to work.

Katie married and lived in California. She died "several years" before 1983. Rebecca Carrier says that Mary Katie was extremely hard of hearing and that Rebecca's grandmother (a child of Mary Kate) was deaf and all but one of her siblings were deaf as well. (This was the first four children, who were all deaf. Rebecca's grandmother was Mary Ruth.)

Mary Katie received only a small amount of money on Social Security, but always made sure each child in the family under age 18 received a gift at Christmas. She was also very superstitious, and believed that when her grandchild, Vickie, was born with blonde hair on her arms, her mother had been frightened by a dob during pregnancy.

Vickie Clarke adds that Mary Katie was very superstitious about black cats crossing your path, spilled salt, open umbrellas, etc. She later learned these are common superstitions in the South.

Vickie's Aunt Falla told her that Mary Kate worked in Corinth, Mississippi, before she moved to Memphis. She worked as a seamstress and in a laundry in Memphis, where she met George W. Turner and married. George wanted to live on the farm, so they moved to Middleton, Tennessee, where they farmed. They later moved to Bells, Tennessee, and resumed farming. The children were born in several locations, showing the migration of the family.

Mary Katie was born in Mississippi because George was out of work. Betty was the only one born in a hospital.

When George died at age 39, Richard and Mary Ruth quit school to help support the family. Mary Katie could not run the farm on her own, so the family moved to Little Rock, where they lived in a house owned by Enoch Tobias Richardson.

Vickie Clarke sent this information, found in California Deaths, 1940-1997
Turner, Mary Katherine
Female
Born 7 May 1891, Mississippi
Died 9 Sep 1978, Alameda
SSN 572-38-8187

  Notes for GEORGE WASHINGTON TURNER:
Considerable information on this family has been added by Rebecca Carrier (becky@izzie.com).

George and Mary Katie met when George's mother became ill and they needed someone who knew deaf sign to help out. Mary Katie was that helper.

She adds that Mary Katie and George W. (who could hear, but his parents were deaf), had five children, four of whom were deaf. They all attended the school for the deaf in Tennessee.

The land that George and Mary Katie owned was near the prison in Jacksonville. The arrangement was made that when the children needed to go to the residential deaf school, a bus would be transported with prisoners and these prisoners would be dropped off at the prison. Then the bus would pick up the children and take them to the school. When school was out for the summer, the bus would pick them up and drop them off at home.

When George died at age 39, Richard and Mary Katie quit school so they could help Mary Katie support the family. Mary Katie could not run the farm on her own, so the family picked up and moved to Little Rock. One of her brothers owned a house there that she and her family could live in.

1930 US Census
Madison Co, TN
Dist. 3, 7 April, Pg 3A (pg 5), HH # 49/54:
TURNER, George W. Head, 28, M, TX/AR/TN, Farmer, General Farm
Mary K., Wife, 30, M, MS/MS/MS, none
Frost R., Son, 9, S, TN/TX/MS, none
Mary R., Daughter, 6, S, MS/TX/MS, none
George W., Son, 3 9/12?, S, TN, TX, MS, none
Falla, Daughter, 5/12?, S, TN/TX/MS

  x.   WALTER LEE RICHARDSON, b. 02 April 1895, Corinth, Alcorn Co, MS; d. 16 February 1954, Killed by a tornado; Whitton, Mississippi Co, AR8; m. MOLLEY COOKSY, Abt. 1917; b. Abt. 1902, Mississippi; d. Aft. 1954.
  Notes for WALTER LEE RICHARDSON:
Walter Richardson was a painter.

Rebecca Carrier found at Ancestry.com under World War I Civilian Draft Registration:
      Richardson, Walter Lee, b. 2 Apr 1895, Alcorn, MS

1920 US Census, Alcorn County, Mississippi
Pg 21B (pg 42)

HH # 344-4??

Richardson, Walter Head/M/W/25/M/yes/yes/MS/MS/MS/yes/Laborer/saw mill
------------- Mallie? Wife/F/W/17/M/no/yes/yes/MS/MS/MS/yes/none
------------- James son/M/W/2/S/MS/MS/MS
------------- Myrtle daughter/F/W/ 2 /S/MS/MS/MS

1930 Alcorn Co., MS, Beat 4, ED 15, 22 April, Pg 11B (pg 22), HH# 227/260?:
RICHARDSON, Walter L., Head, 34, M, TN/MS/MS, Farmer, General Farm;
Mollie, Wife, 27, TN/MS/MS, None;
James W., Son, 12, S, MS/MS/MS, None;
Myrtle, Daughter, 10, S, MS/MS/MS, None;
Arthur L., Son, 8, S, MS/MS/MS, None;
Louise, Daughter, 6, S, MS/MS/MS, None;
Lenora, Daughter, 4, S, MS/MS/MS, None;
Thomas E., Son, 1 10/12?, S, MS/MS/MS, None

Vickie Clarke found notes written by her grandmother, Mary Katherine Richardson Turner which had a list of Walter and siblings, the children of John Wesley Richardson. Walter was shown as "Walter Lee (S?)aunder Richardson."

List of children from Falla Richardson:
Hazel -- about Betty's age
I think there is Mary, too. She may be older than Hazel.
Jimmy is the oldest.
Arthur, Myrtle, Lenora, Sam the youngest, Hazel, Mary.
I don't know the other 3 names. I don't know Hazel's and Mary's present last names. I think Hazel still lives in the Sacto area, but for Mary, I last heard that she lived in the East.

Note that these don't quite match the list we have already. She refers to 10 children. Nine are currently listed, but adding Hazel and Mary would make 11 children. Possibly one of the current children is actually Hazel or Mary, but I have entered these two anyway.

The tornado that killed Walter Lee Richardson was at first believed to have occurred on the 15th of February, but later Vickie Clark learned that it occurred on the 16th. Although four people were injured, only Walter died as a result.

  Notes for MOLLEY COOKSY:
Although Mollie and son Sam were injured in the tornado that struck their community of Whitton, Arkansas, and killed Walter Lee Richardson, they were not killed.



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