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A Family History by Randy Richardson

Updated January 23, 2011

About Our Family Research


Welcome to my family. The information on this page has been collected from personal stories of my relatives and a large amount of library and Internet-based research. Many thanks go out to my parents and other family members for their invaluable assistance in this family research project.

This project started out much like any good mystery. There were a lot of fascinating characters and a lot of stories with intriguing plots and subplots. The key to solving this mystery was to put all of the pieces together, much like a puzzle. When I started this project, I had no idea where it would take me. Certainly, I didn't expect what I found -- a fascinating journey that has taken me from the California gold rush, to the deep South, to colonial Virginia and the White House, all the way back to 16th Century England.

But also as in any good mystery, just when you think you've got it solved, new mysteries abound. I continue to dig and uncover new information, which only leads to new elusive ancestors. I will detail those lingering mysteries at a later date.

I hope you enjoy this family story as much as I've enjoyed putting it together. This is very much a work in progress. I welcome any thoughts you might have about the site, or suggestions as to how the site can be improved. Also, there are bound to be errors. If you find any, please let me know. Also, I welcome any answers that other researchers out there might have to the many mysteries I've still yet to solve. Finally, be sure to scroll down all the way to the bottom of the page. There's a lot of content after the photos, including links to "A Family History 1620 - 2000," by Roberta Richardson, and to One Particular Web Page, my own personal website.

 
Family Photos
  • A star is born... (69 KB)
    Well almost, anyway. When Hollywood came to Arizona, my grandfather, Cliff Watson, jumped on board. He was an extra in the western "Arizona" (1940) starring Jean Arthur as a tough, swaggering pioneer woman. The movie was filmed in Old Tucson, Arizona. That's my grandpa in Jean Arthur's "Arizona" Mutt Show (standing second from left). On the bottom right is a signed photo from Jean Arthur "To Cliff." A User Comment on the Internet Movie Data Base (www.imdb.com) describes "Arizona" as a "Western lover's dream movie."
  • Green Oak Farm (52 KB)
    Dwelling house at the Christian family's Green Oak Farm. The property, located in Charles City, Virginia, on the Chickahominy River, has been in the Christian family since 1657.
  • Eva Belle Miser (32 KB)
    My great-grandmother, at about age 16.
  • Family Crest (29 KB)
    The Isle of Man Christian family crest is a unicorn head with a collar around the neck.
  • Ring my bell (47 KB)
    My grandmother, Marcella "Marc" Walker Watson is a collector. Her house, in Phoenix, Arizona, is like a museum, filled with all of her collections, including minerals, insects, Santa Clauses, Nativities, eggs, books, Native American artifacts, Southwestern artifacts, Arizona Highways magazine (back to 1941), horseshoes, bolo ties, and, especially, bells.
  • White House connection (38 KB)
    Letitia Christian Tyler, first wife of John Tyler, 10th president of the U.S. According to my research, the First Lady is my fourth cousin six times removed, a distant relation but a relation nonethless. A little biographical information: Letitia Tyler had been confined to an invalid's chair for two years when her husband unexpectedly became President. She died in the White House in September 1842.
  • Gold Rush pioneers (56 KB)
    The burial grounds of my third great-grandparents, Thomas and Sarah (Tully) Wallace, at the Shingle Springs Cemetery in El Dorado County, California. This photo is courtesy of the El Dorado County Pioneer Cemetery Commission and the Cemetery Club of Rolling Hills Middle School in El Dorado Hills, who are fighting to preserve the county's historic graveyards and cemeteries.
  • My Greataunt (4 KB)
    This photograph was in the old Richardson family Bible and marked with the name "Mary Richardson" on the back. Mary S. Richardson is my greataunt.
  • Coming of age... (69 KB)
    Cliff Watson as a young man
  • Ruby Christian Watson Madison and grandchildren (133 KB)
    Children are, standing, from left, Gary Reiman, Jeff Holbrook, Roberta Watson, Bud Watson, Janie Holbrook; seated, Kent Reiman, Johnnie Holbrook, Leslie Watson and Janet Holbrook. Photo was taken in Pheonix, Arizona, 1959.
  • Russi Wedding (171 KB)
    Maria Louisa (Lou) Wallace Russi Walker with her first husband, Antone Russi, at their wedding in 1876.
  • Richardson Family Bible Photos (55 KB)
    These two photos are unidentified. If anyone out there is able to identify them, I'd like to hear from you.
  • 1850 Texas Census (395 KB)
    This census page, from 1850, was signed by my 4th great-grandfather, Coleman Watson (line 23). Listed underneath are his wife, Lucy, and their 10 children. Coleman was a farmer and commissioner of Grayson County, Texas. He served in the early Indian wars and border conflicts. He also was a prominent Mason.
  • The Walker family, about 1905 (27 KB)
    Charles Thomas "Tom" Walker; Frank X. Walker; Anges Walker; Maria Louisa "Lou" Wallace Walker; and Eugene "Gene" Walker
  • Old Tintype Photos (66 KB)
    These were in the old Richardson family Bible and, sadly, unidentified. If anyone out there is able to identify them, I'd love to hear from you.
  • Go greased lightning... (33 KB)
    Bud and Leslie Watson, Phoenix, Arizona, 1961.
  • Grandpa and Grandma (54 KB)
    Cliff and Marc Watson in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1941, and later in 1987, with their grandson, Wyatt Albin, on Cliff's 75th birthday.
  • Letter from Isaac Hines dated December 8, 1909 (247 KB)
    In this letter, from Isaac Hines' Confederate Pension Application File, Issac explains his war injury and attempt to return to his own Company after his injury healed.
  • Rodeo Queen (75 KB)
    My grandmother, Marcella "Marc" Walker, the cowgirl. The photo of her on the horse (top left) appeared in the May 1938 issue of Everyday Photography magazine.
  • The Walkers (44 KB)
    On the top left is the Walker family, about 1905: Charles Thomas "Tom" Walker; Frank Xaphier "X" Walker; Agnes Walker, Maria Louisa "Lou" Wallace Walker; and Eugene "Gene" Walker. On the bottom left is Gene as a member of the California state police. Also pictured individually are Tom (top right) and Agnes (bottom right).
  • Sampson Hines' Social Security Application (252 KB)
    Signed July 29, 1940.
  • Gene Walker 1950 (41 KB)
    Cool shot of my Mom and her brother, Bud, in their Uncle Gene's MG.
  • Eva Belle Miser and Charles Thomas "Tom" Walker (24 KB)
    On their wedding day in 1917.
  • 1850 Columbia County, Florida Census (333 KB)
    I believe the Henry Hines listed on this census is the father of my 2nd great-grandfather, Isaac Hines. There is an Isaac, age 8, listed among the children of Henry.
  • Pin-up queen (43 KB)
    Pat Walker - 1948.
  • 1860 Columbia County, Florida Census (180 KB)
    Henry Hines, listed here at age 55, I believe to be my 3rd great-grandfather. His son, Isaac, I believe, is the Isaac whom I believe to be my 2nd great-grandfather.
  • Epitaphs from the Tombstones (119 KB)
    From Cedar Grove Farm, New Kent County, Virginia. The first epitaph listed is that for Letitia Tyler Christian, first wife of John Tyler, 10th President of the United States. Letitia is my 4th cousin 6 times removed.
  • New Hope Primitive Baptist Church LaCrosse, FL (37 KB)
    John Henry Hines and family are buried in the church cemetery, which you can get a glimpse of on the far right side.
  • Grandma Berta in 1977 (21 KB)
    This photo was taken outside of her home in Phoenix, AZ.
  • The X Files (47 KB)
    Frank Xaphier "X" Walker, my second great-grandfather, was born in Switzerland between 1860 and 1870. He owned one of the largest ranches in the El Dorado County-Lake Tahoe, California, area. The home ranch of 2,800 acres was in the Clarksville district of El Dorado County. Another ranch of 3,000 acres was in Blackwood Canyon near Lake Tahoe. Frank raised sheep and cattle, which he branded with a lone X for the "X" in his middle name. On the left he is with grandaughters Pat and Mazie, probably shortly before his death in about 1935. In the center photo, he's with his wife, Louisa "Lou" Marie Wallace, the first child of Thomas and Sarah Wallace.
  • The Walker family ranches (43 KB)
    The Walker family winter ranch (left) in Clarksville, California, was about 3,500 acres. The family's summer ranch in Blackwood Creek, California, near Lake Tahoe, was about 2,800 acres. In the 1930's, Tom Walker ran about 600 head of cattle between the ranches.
  • Death Certificate for Sarah Tully Wallace (44 KB)
    Sarah Tully Wallace, my third great-grandmother, lived an interesting 90 years. According to tales passed down through the generations, she was 16, pretty and smart when she crossed the plains to California in a covered wagon. By her accounts, the family moved on to California after Brigham Young, the founder of the Mormon Church, tried to buy her during a stop in Salt Lake City. She began a career as a teacher during the California Gold Rush, when she saw many young and illiterate miners being cheated out of their gold. To help them protect their claims, she began teaching them how to read, write and do simple math. She later taught school in Coloma, California. She always said she was a direct descendant of Pocahontas, a claim that never has been substantiated.
  • A gem of a lady (65 KB)
    Ruby Christian Watson Madison, my great-grandmother, had a love for birds and for life. On the left she is with daughters Mary Lou, about age 4, and Effie Lou, about 8 months, in Phoenix, Arizona, 1920.
  • Just horsin' around (65 KB)
    Walter Earl Watson, my great-grandfather, was an early Arizona pioneer, horse trader and cowboy. His horse and mule sales barn in Phoenix, Arizona (photo taken about 1925) is on the left. On the top right is Walter in 1966. On the bottom right is Walter with his son, Cliff, shortly before his death in 1968.
  • The Watson "Kids" (37 KB)
    Cliff Watson and sisters Mary Lou and Effie, 1984
  • Washington County, Virginia 1830 Census (152 KB)
    Although it's quite difficult to read, James Tully, believed to be my 4th great-grandfather, is listed on this 1830 census document. See story of how this connection was made in the photo below with the title "Still trying to make census of it all..." The census also shows that James had a wife, 3 children under 3, and 2 children 3 to 10.
  • The Walker family (24 KB)
    Top left: Marcella, Bud, Gertrude, Mazie and Pat Walker at the ranch in Clarksville in 1931. Bottom left: Bud, about 3, and Marcella, age 6, in about 1924. Bottom center: Frank X. Walker with granddaughters Pat and Mazie, probably shortly before his death in about 1935. Right: The Walker children in 1930, from left, Mazie, 2; Bud, 9; Gertrude, 6; and Marcella, 12. The photo was taken shortly before their mother's death.
  • Grave marker for Eva Belle (Miser) Walker (124 KB)
    Located in Folsum Cemetery, CA.
  • Meat market (44 KB)
    Charles Thomas "Tom" Walker, my great-grandfather, outside the family meat market in Tahoe City, California, about 1918 (left). Tom eventually became a rancher like his father, Frank Xavier "X" Walker. In a 1930's biography, Tom was described as having "a keen interest in public affairs, but in politics maintains an independent attitude, voting for the best men, regardless of party lines. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Native Sons of the Golden West." On the right, he's with his second child, John Franklin "Bud" Walker, in 1948.
  • Still trying to make census of it all... (109 KB)
    My mother has been persistent in her search for the ancestry of Sarah Tully Wallace, my third great-grandmother. First, she obtained Sarah's death certificate (see above), which listed a birthplace of Abingdon, Virginia, a date of birth of November 12, 1835, and the name of her father, James Tully (the maiden name of her mother was reported as "not known"). That document sent my mother to the census records of Washington County, Virginia, the county where Abingdon is located. Although it's difficult to read, there is a James Tully listed on this 1820 census record from Washington County, 15 years before the birth of Sarah. The document notes: occ. manufacturing, plus wife. His wife is believed to be Dorcas Toncray. No children were listed at that time. John Toncray, also listed on this 1820 census, is believed to be the father of Dorcas.
  • A family heirloom (125 KB)
    Meerschaum pipe owned by Francis X. Walker (1860 -1935), native of Switzerland.
  • Cliff Watson and family (67 KB)
    There was always a little bit of a kid in my grandfather. Here, you can see where it came from.
  • Grave markers from Miser Family Cemetery (272 KB)
    Located in Cameron Park, CA.
  • The Walker "Kids" (70 KB)
    The children of Charles Thomas Walker and Eva Belle Miser, at a 1995 reunion.
  • The Hines Family in 1907 (49 KB)
    From left to right: Berta, John Henry, Sampson Pierce, and Rhoda Elizabeth Thomas. Dredon Arthur, born 12-8-07, is in John Henry's lap. Berta and Sampson are the children of John Henry and Ellen Osteen. John Henry married Rhoda Elzabeth after Ellen Osteen's death.
  • More grave markers from Miser Family Cemetery (178 KB)
    Located in Cameron Park, CA.
  • The two wives of Joseph Miser Sr. (26 KB)
    Julia Miser and Leontine "Lee" Miller Miser Wallace. Lee's second husband was Charles Wallace, the fourth child of Sarah and Thomas Wallace.
  • Grandma Berta (101 KB)
    Berta Hines Richardson was 20 years old when the photo on the left was taken. Her age in the other photo is unknown but she appears to be in her teens.
  • Grave marker for Gertrude Miser (144 KB)
    Located in Miser Family Cemetery, CA.
  • The Miser family (42 KB)
    Joseph and Leontine Miser and children, in 1900. Children, from left, are Joseph Edward Jr., Eva Belle, Gertrude, Alta Mae, and Herbert.
  • Sampson Pierce Hines (91 KB)
    My granduncle (maternal) in 1943.
  • Miser Family Cemetery (181 KB)
    Located in Cameron Park, CA.
  • Twins (22 KB)
    Russell and Berta Hines Richardson with the twins, Glen and Len (my father), born May 31, 1938. Here, at 9 weeks old, Glen weighed 10 pounds and Len was 10 pounds 14 ounces.
  • Henry Hines' Headstone (486 KB)
    Henry Hines (b. 1805) is my 3rd great-grandfather (paternal).
  • Russell and Berta (63 KB)
    My paternal grandparents in 1938.
  • Elizabeth Thompson Hines' Headstone (538 KB)
    Elizabeth Thompson Hines is my 3rd great-grandmother (paternal)
  • An Arizona angel gets her wings (257 KB)
    Obituary for Marcella "Marc" Watson as it appeared in the Arizona Republic on June 14, 2009. Grandma Marc died at the age of 90.
 
Related Files
  • A Leak(e) in the family (45 KB)
    This is an interesting article, titled "A Contribution to the Coleman-Leak Genealogy, by Irene Moss Sumpter, tying the two families together.
  • Roberta's Family Tree Data Base (13 KB)
    A source for information about family names including: Christian, Miser, Tully, Walker, Wallace and Watson.
  • An American Family 1620 - 2000 (37 KB)
    Was it chance, or destiny, that brought my grandparents, Cliff Watson and Marcella Walker, together? In this thought-provoking article, my mother, Roberta Richardson, explores how a cowboy with aristrocratic roots came to meet up with a "daughter of the gold rush." Tracing her parents' ancestral roots, my mother speculates that the attraction her parents "felt may have stemmed from memories evolved through generations from their ancestral roots in Colonial Virginia."
  • The Hines Family (87 KB)
    Roots Run Deep Through North Central Florida (The Columbia-Gilchrist-Alachua Counties Connection)
  • Our Toncray Ancestors (34 KB)
    A summary of the Toncray connection to our family, compiled and written by Roberta Richardson.
  • William Richardson Genealogy Report (66 KB)
    The descendants of my 2nd great-grandfather (paternal).
  • Evan Thomas Watson Genealogy Report (225 KB)
    The descendants of my 5th great-grandfather (maternal).
  • The Missing Leake? (1918 KB)
    Leake-Leak in Derbyshire, England (research compiled by Karen Rourk).
  • Family Map (23 KB)
    Important places in our family history
  • Henry Hines Genealogy Report (63 KB)
    The descendants of my 3rd great-grandfather (paternal).
  • Sir Francis Leake Genealogy Report (338 KB)
    The descendants of my 11th great-grandfather (maternal).
  • Will of Coleman Watson (13 KB)
    Filed July 18, 1876 in Grayson County, Texas
  • The Mysterious James Tully by Roberta Richardson (45 KB)
    The author searches for her elusive g-g-g-grandfather James Tully.
  • Richard New Genealogy Report (406 KB)
    The descendants of my 10th great-grandfather (maternal).
  • Will of Thomas Christian (3 KB)
    Recorded May 17, 1737 in Goochland County, Virginia
  • Kings & Cowboys (139 KB)
    An ancestral history of the Walker and Watson families by Roberta Richardson
  • James Tully Genealogy Report (53 KB)
    The descendants of my 4th great-grandfather (maternal).
  • Christian family history article (15 KB)
    Elusive Connections: The Immigrant Ancestors Christian Family Chronicles, July 1983, p. 848-853 By Agnes Branch Pearlman, Editor
  • Who knew? Notes on Richard New... (6 KB)
    From "The Family of New", by Ann Wall Allgood and Janet New Huff. The article includes an interesting notation of how Richard New acquired land adjoining that of Thomas Rolphe (Rolfe), son of John Rolphe (Rolfe) and Pocahontas.
 
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