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Athens in Henderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
William Richardson
(Dec. 6, 1805 - May 30, 1864)
William Richardson Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Steve Gustafson, August 29, 2009
1. William Richardson Marker
Inscription. Born in South Carolina, William Richadson moved to Pickens County, Alabama in 1830. There he married Mary "Polly" Kilpatrick (1813-1889) on Feb. 13, 1834. Children born to them were John K., James J., Sara F., Margaret C., Martha E., William A., Peter M., Andrew J., Franklin P., Ann, Allen, Texana, Mary M., and Judeth. Richardson moved his family, slaves, and the families of his brothers, Steven, Madison and Matthias, to Texas by wagon train, arriving at this location on Dec. 12, 1855.

Richardson built a home (1 mi NE) and became a successful planter. His "Three Circles" cattle brand was recorded in 1855. He was appointed to lay out one of the first roads between Athens and Kaufman. Highway 175 follows much of his original route. He and his brothers helped found the First Baptist Church in Athens.

The slaves he brought to Texas were Dinah, Charles, Gin, Rachel, Washington, Henry, Tom, Harrison, Kate, Easter, Til, Carolina, Jane, Sam, Congo, Marion, Mimm, and Jube. All took the Richardson name, and most stayed on with the family after being freed. Later they and their descendants established the Sand Flat community (1 mi. NNE).

William Richardson is buried in the family cemetery (1 mi. NE) along with his wife, two sons, and two grandchildren. Some of the slaves are buried there also.
William Richardson Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Steve Gustafson
2. William Richardson Marker
1984 by Texas State Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10376.)
Location. 32° 15.883′ N, 95° 56.091′ W. Marker is in Athens, Texas, in Henderson County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 175 and Richardson Road, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 175. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens TX 75751, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Athens Review (approx. 6.3 miles away); Stella E. Parsons La Rue (approx. 6.4 miles away); Joseph Thomas La Rue (approx. 6.4 miles away); Dulcinea Ann Holland Thompson Avriett (approx. 6.4 miles away); Athens Cemetery (approx. 6.5 miles away); John Matthews McDonald (approx. 6.5 miles away); Henderson County (approx. 7.3 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Athens.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,389 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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