Thomas Richardson (1804 - 1886)

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Birthplace: Wigan, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Richmond, Cache, UT
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Richardson, Thomas – born 18 February 1804 in England; baptized in LDS Church in 1837 and emigrated to America in 1841, lived in Chicago then in 1842 moved to Nauvoo. He was in the exodus from Nauvoo and after reaching Council Bluffs, Iowa, he was mustered as a forty-two-year-old Pvt. in Co. E of the Mormon Battalion in mid-July 1846. With the battalion he marched to Ft. Leavenworth and then on to Santa Fe. By this time the battalion was reduced by the family and sick detachments, and the battalion started down the Rio Grande and on November 10th near the Elephant Butte area, another sick detachment of over fifty men was sent back to Santa Fe. Richardson was in this sick detachment led by Lt. William W. Willis from this date until his discharge. This detachment arrived back at Santa Fe on 1 December 1846, and was ordered on to Pueblo where the other Mormon detachments had assembled. They traveled the 300 miles to Pueblo during the winter with sick men and arrived 20 December 1846. In May of 1847 the Pueblo detachments were ordered to proceed to California by military leaders in Santa Fe. They moved northward to Ft. Laramie and continue westward on the emigrant trail. Richardson was with an advance party that caught up with Brigham Young's Pioneer Company on July 4th at the junction of the Big Sandy and Green rivers and a few accompanied the Pioneer Company to Salt Lake. Most of the sick detachment followed a few days behind. According to John Steel's journal, as the Pueblo detachment came down into the Salt Lake Valley, President Young and the Twelve came out to meet them when an extremely heavy rain produced a flash flood in the canyon as "big as a wagon box," mostly likely as deep and/or wide as a wagon box. It engulfed Richardson and his mount as he crossed Red Butte Creek and carried them several rods down the stream. Shortly after arriving in Salt Lake the battalion members were released from military service. Captain James Brown and few soldiers made a trip to California to obtain the soldiers' severance pay and official release from service. His obituary in the Deseret News (Nov. 11, 1886) mistakenly had him going with the battalion to California. After arriving in Salt Lake City, he remained ten days and then crossed the plains to Pottawattamie where he remained for four years. He returned to Utah and served as the presiding authority or bishop of Slaterville in Weber County for a number of years.

He died on 3 November 1886 and was buried in the Richmond Cemetery. He was not included on Daniel Tyler's "Surviving Members of the Battalion" list published in 1881.

Source: "Find A Grave"

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Thomas Richardson's Timeline

1804
February 18, 1804
Wigan, Lancashire, England
1826
1826
Age 21
Walto-Le-Dale, Lancashire, England
1834
July 24, 1834
Age 30
Preston,Lancastershire,,England
1837
December 20, 1837
Age 33
Lancashire, England
1838
August, 1838
Age 34
Preston, Lanc, Eng
1844
1844
Age 39
1846
1846
Age 41
1886
November 3, 1886
Age 82
Richmond, Cache, UT
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Richmond, Cache, UT