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Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario
John Richardson


JOHN RICHARDSON, who departed this life at his home in Chatham in 1896, was descended from Scotch ancestors, and was born in Kingston, Ontario, in November 1836 son of Thomas and Eliza Richardson.

Thomas Richardson and his wife were born in Scotland, and were married in Westminster Abbey.  After their marriage they emigrated to Ontario, settling in Kingston, but later went to Detroit, Michigan, and still later made their home in Chatham, where Thomas engaged in contracting and building until his death, in about 1850.  Five children were born to him and his wife:  John, William, George, Mary and Thomas, of whom William and Thomas now reside in Chatham; George is deceased; and Mary is the wife of Robert McCorquodale, of Michigan

When still a boy John Richardson was brought by his parents to Chatham, where he grew to manhood and received his literary education.  At the age of 18 he went to Michigan, prospecting in the mines, but later returned to Chatham.  After four years, however, he returned to Michigan and resumed his mining operations.  On October 17th,1865, he was married to Miss Margaret Houston, and after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Richardson made their home in MIchigan, where he was successfully engaged in mining.  On account of the better school advantages offered in Chatham Mrs. Richardson returned to that city, where she was joined by her husband in 1893, his health having failed, and his death occurred at their old home.  In addition to his mining interests in Michigan Mr. Richardson also was interested in gold mines in Colorado, near Boulder City.

Four sons and two daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Richardson:  William, deceased; Jennie; Bertha; John, deceased; and Walter and Walton, twins, deceased.  Mrs. Richardson and her two daughters reside on the old home, whihc has been in the family for over half a century.  They are consistent members of the Baptist Church, and Mr.Richardson died in the faith of the Presbyterian Church of which he had long been a member.  In politics he was a prominent member of the Reform party.  During his useful life Mr. Richardson was a hard-working man, and accummulated a comfortable property for his dealy beloved family.  Mrs. Richardson and her daughters are prominent factors in the social life of Chatham and enjoy in the highest degree the esteem and friendship of a large circle of acquaintances.

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