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Alvan Richardson, Jr. [1815-1894]

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 4:06 pm    Post subject: Alvan Richardson, Jr. [1815-1894] Reply with quote

: Death of Alvin Richardson
: Yesterday Death Claimed a Venerable Citizen Who Was Well Known in Bolivar and Vicinity.

: News reached Bolivar yesterday noon of the death of Alvin Richardson of Friendship, in Orleans county, where he recently went to see his sister, who was on her death bed*. His death was caused by pneumonia. For many years Mr. Richardson lived in Richburg, and he was well known to nearly every resident of the towns of Wirt, Bolivar, and Genesee. When the oil boom broke out in this field, Mr. Richardson was "land poor," but a few weeks later he disposed of land enough in the town of Wirt to make him a rich man. Shortly after he moved to Friendship where he has since resided. He was twice married and leaves three sons and two daughters. They are W. J. Richardson of Belmont; Wallace Richardson of Andover; Mrs. Marion Davis of Friendship; W. G. Richardson and Mrs. Crandall Lester of Richburg. The family of A. Richardson, Sr. moved from Otsego county to Richburg in 1820. The family were prominently identified with the early history of the town of Wirt. Mr. Richardson's father built the first grist mill and also the first saw mill established in Richburg. For many years he kept the only inn of which the town could boast. Alvin Richardson, Jr., is the last of this noted family. He last sister was buried in Orleans county on Monday of this week. Mr. Richardson was in his 80th year. The funeral will probably be held at Richburg.

: NOT IN OBIT: Should be Alvan, not Alvin; Alvan A. - per son Walter's obit. Alvan b. 1/19/1815 - per marker (Unadilla, Otsego, NY) and d. 11/21/1894 - per marker (will petition has 22nd; History of Allegany Co. book has 23rd). He married #1 Rebecca H. Gray on 5/15/1839. There is a child buried near them in Richburg Cemetery whose marker reads Alvan J. Richardson Jr. (1840-2/12/1841) and I assume this was Alvan and Rebecca's first child. Therefore, they had 6 known children: Alvan J. Richardson Jr., Marion A. (Richardson) Graham Davis, Frances Caroline (Richardson) Lester, James Wallace Richardson, William John Richardson, and Walter G. Richardson. *Is the sister of Alvan mentioned in the above obit by any chance Emeline? -- she is the only unaccounted-for sibling. Alvan m. #2 to Mrs. Martha A. Farnham of Manchester NH (1/7/1892) and had no children. Alvan and Rebecca are buried in Richburg Cemetery, Richburg, Wirt Tshp., Allegany, NY.

In Reply to: Alvan Richardson, Jr. [1815-1894] posted by GT on 05/03/02 at 7:48 PM:
You mentioned wondering if the dying sister was Emeline. I do not think that it was, however....
I am so curious as to your knowledge of Emeline.
I believe that this Alvan Jr. did have a sister named Emeline who married Stephen Marston. Moved to Lapeer Co., Mi. This is my line... however, I have great speculations and no documentation.
Would love to hear from you.
I am thinking that this is the same Emeline as mine. Not 100% sure... but it is in the realm of possibilities.
She is the in the 1850 as the wife of Stephen P. Marston and listed as being 34 years old. She also
shows up in the 1860 and 1870... I do not have a death date on her.

Thank you for your response. Please keep in touch if you find anything that might prove or disaprove
my Emeline Richardson Marston as being Alvan's daughter.

Did she have brothers/sisters that moved to Michigan or California?

Carol Marston

In Reply to: Re: Alvan Richardson, Jr. [1815-1894] posted by carol marston on 06/22/03 at 5:01 PM:
Emeline Richardarson was on of 7 known children of Alvan Richardson of Richburg, NY. She is listed as one of his children in “History of Allegany Co., 1806 to 1879”; p. 381** What I know on her is very little – see below.
5. Emeline Richardson*
Born: 12 January 1812** (?where?)
Died: ?when? (?where?)
Buried: ?cemetery? (?where?)
Married: ?any?
on ? (?where?)
Born: ? (?where?)
Parents: ?? & ?? (?) ?
Died: ? (?where?)
Buried: ? (?when/cem./where?)
Resided: ?
Children: ?any?

As best I can recall, she was not listed in the 1850 census with her parents so I would assume she was married by then. I did extensive research in the Bolivar Breeze newspaper files, which are indexed, and could find no mention of her. Her name was never mentioned as having attended any family funerals, so I assumed she had married and moved away.

There were two Richardson lines in that area. Bolivar NY, which is just down road from Richburg (but up to each other in Wirt Township), had Thomas Richardson. I have much information on both those lines. I have never been able to connect the two. Am tentatively going under the assumption that, due to two lines being in such close proximaty, that they may be Uncle and Nephew, but no proof. Have never been able to connect a Thomas Richardson descendant going to an Alvan Richardson descendant funeral or vice virsa.

Emeline is a “lost line” in the Alvan Richardson genealogy, as are descendants of another two Emeline’s siblings, Harvey Richardson & Lucy Richardson Fisk. I have a list of some of their children however.

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