James Ivy Richardson obituary
Here's the obituary of Rev. James Ivy Richardson from the records of the Southern Illinois Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
From his obituary:
Rev. James I. Richardson
Was born in Dickson County, Tennessee, October 5, 1808, and died at his residence in Marion County, Illinois, September 21, 1872. Brother Richardson experienced religion on the 18th day of August, 1822; was married to Miss Elizabeth Willey, December 3, 1826; and the next year emigrated to the State of Illinois, and settled in Marion County. Soon afterwards the first Methodist class in the county was organized in his cabin.
In those early days of Methodism, Brother Richardson's house was one of the preaching places. He was admitted on trial in the Illinois Conference at the session of 1837; was ordained Deacon in 1839 by Bishop Morris; was ordained Elder in 1841 by Bishop Morris,
He was Presiding Elder of the Salem District, Southern Illinois Conference, from the session in 1852 until the session in 1856. Being out of health, he received a superannuated relation to the Conference; he remained superannuated until the session of 1859, when he was made effective, and appointed to Johnsonville Circuit; the next year he went to Mr. Erie; then to Central City. From the session in 1862, until the session in 1865, he sustained either a superannuated of supernumarary relation. At the Conference in 1865 he was made effective and appointed to the Spring Garden circuit, which he served three years; then he traveled the Benton circuit one year, and that was his last effective year in the Conference. At the close of that year, he received a superannuated relation, which he sustained until the time of his death.
As a preacher he was plain and practical; he was an earnest preacher; he preached as one having a message from God. He was a prudent disciplinarian. He attended faithfully to all the duties of a Methodist preacher.
He knew what it was to be a pioneer preacher in Illinois. He, with brothers Robbins, Risley, Simeon Walker, Van Cleve, and Houts, who still remain with us, and those of precious memory who have preceded him to heaven, laid the foundations of the church in the bounds of the Southern Illinois Conference. He was a positive man - a man of convictions. He accepted the doctrines and discipline of the Methodist Church, because he thought them right.
He took that side of every question which he regarded right, without reference to the supporters of the opposite side. Truth was everything to him. There was never a truer friend than brother Richardson; you always knew where to find him. He was greatly attached to the members of the Conference. His dying message is in these words: "Tell All the brethren of the Conference that it is all right with me; I love everybody."
In his last sickness, he suffered excruciating pain, but he realized the fulfillment of the promise, " As thy day, so shall thy strength be." He said to a friend, "Don't think my tears are tears of sadness, they are tears of joy; I am happy." He remarked on another occasion: "I have been reviewing the whole ground, and I have no changes to make, either in doctrine or practice, only I would try to be more faithful." His was a triumphant death - another illustration of the remark of Mr. Wesley, "That our people die well." Today, brothers Morrison, Corrington and Richardson sing before the throne - happy trio. May we join them in that land of joy and song. Peace to their memory.