Athens in Henderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(Dec. 6, 1805 - May 30, 1864)
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
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.
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10376.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1802.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens TX 75751, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Faulk-Gauntt Building (approx. 6.2 miles away); Jess Sweeten (approx. 6.2 miles away); 1925 Henderson County Jail (approx. 6.2 miles away); Courts Under the Oaks (approx. 6.3 miles away); Henderson County Courthouse (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Athens Review (approx. 6.3 miles away); Joseph Thomas La Rue (approx. 6.4 miles away); Stella E. Parsons La Rue (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
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