The Herald Times and Ogemaw Republican, May 9, 1924 "John Richardson, aged 83, who lives in West Branch township, has been a resident of this county the past forty years, living all that time on the present farm. He was born in Queens county, Ireland, Dec. 8, 1840, and came to this country with his parents when a small child about eight years old. The trip was made in a sailing vessel and took thirteen weeks to cross the ocean. They encountered many storms which tossed the small craft about as the waves washed the deck. The boat contained a first cabin and steerage, and carried about 500 passengers. The steerage was all under water and received it's light from the cabin. Only one boat was sighted during all those weeks. Passengers furnished their own provisions, dishes, etc., and did their own cooking on the one large stove provided in the steerage. Their trunks and baggage served as dining tables. Mr. Richardson recalls a terrifying experience during the long weeks, when a small boy was washed overboard and the anguish of the parents and the efforts of the frantic mother to regain her child. When the family reached New Orleans, they found it still necessary to proceed by boat and continued their travels by steamboat up the Mississippi River to Cincinnati where they remained two years. As time passed the minds of the family were drawn toward Canada and they again embarked in a steam boat in Cincinnati which was drawn by mules up the canal to Toledo. From there the boat was able to proceed under its own power to Godrich, Huron County, Ontario, where they settled in the Queens Bush, then a dense wilderness. Here they built a log wigwam, carved out a home. Time passed on as childhood will and Mr. Richardson married Elizabeth Churchill and with the assistance of his young wife established a home. Fifteen years passed and they migrated to Port Huron, Michigan, then to Ogemaw County and lived in a small log shack on the bank of the river at Fisk's mill. At that time there was no railroad and the whole county was practically a wilderness of white pine, beech and maple. There was a blazed trail extending from Cemetery Hill to his present farm. A small bridge was built over the river. Mr. Richardson was forced to carry his effects, supplies, etc., as it was impossible to drive a team out that way in the summer but at times during the winter the trip could be made with horses. Here he built a small house and began clearing his 80 acre farm and assisting others with their buildings. It is a pleasure to this clear minded and keen eyed pioneer to review the past in retrospect as he calls to memory the many giants of the pine forests he has felled with the axe, hewed into barn timbers and constructed into fine barns throughout the county. About fifteen years ago he built the Finerty barn at Peach Lake which is one of the largest in the county covering the most space. Only last year he supervised the building of a new barn on his farm, replacing one recently destroyed by fire. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson are the parents of nine children, six boys and three girls. Eight of whom are living. John Jr. and Garnet at home, Robert of West Branch city, Mrs. Elizabeth McCormick and James Richardson of Detroit, Mrs. Mary Murphy and Mrs. John Smith of Clinton, Ont. and Joseph W. of Clio. Tall trees, dense brush, wild animals, crude buildings and bad roads are but a memory to those old people who consider it a privilege to have watched the many fine improvements to Ogemaw County. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson are still well and very active. Mrs. Richardson does the house work, raises chickens, does a bit of gardening and finds time for considerable sewing. It is a decided pleasure to meet these fine old people who still find so much of interest in local affairs." The Herald Times and Ogemaw Republican published his obituary on Ma 22nd, 1924, which stated the date John Richardson Sr. died on, May 15th, 1924. He had gotten sick and did not recover.
Death certificate found confirming birth & death dates, name of father, country of origin and place of burial. Death place and burial place are both West Branch Township, Ogemaw County, Michigan, USA
Richardson family history given to Robery J. Morris, lists John Richardson as a Farmer, Barn Builder, & Township Official.
Family history prepared by Robert J. Morris Sr. around 2007 Newspaper article about John Richardson Sr. and his family, printed in The Herald Times and Ogemaw Republican, on May 9th, 1924. Obituary printed in same publication on May 22nd, 1924.
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