About Benjamin Richardson
Benjamin Richardson is mentioned several times in the the History of Will Co, IL. Here are some quotes....
Benjamin RICHARDSON was from the East but what State could not learn. He settled here in 1834, and in a year or two moved to Joliet, where he is noticed further.
Benjamin RICHARDSON was an early settler that came 'from the east', probably from New York in 1836.
Benjamin RICHARDSON was a native of Bennington, Vermont. He settled in Plainfield in 1834 and went to work at his trade, that of a chair maker. The following year he removed to Joliet and there was his home until his death in 1869.
Benjamin RICHARDSON was the pioneer chair maker, he came from Plainfield in 1836.
Benjamin RICHARDSON settled first in the Plainfield neighborhood, and came here in 1836. He was a chair maker, the first of that craft in the township.
Benjamin RICHARDSON settled first in Plainfield. He was a chairmaker by trade and a good workman. He was from Bennington, Vermont, the same town that Judge Norton came from. He was for several terms county treasurer, and many years a justice of the peace. He died August 10, 1869.
James Mather built the mill at the upper end of the village, afterward known as McAllister's. He left Plainfield in 1844, and has died, within a few years, in California. Wm. E. Morgan and Samuel S. Pratt, started the first cabinet shop in Plainfield, and we think in Will County; and Pratt, with Benj.RICHARDSON, afterward started a cabinet and chair factory in Joliet.
Benjamin RICHARDSON was a Freemason who joined the Joliet Lodge #10 in 1840 when it was first formed. The Matteson Lodge, No. 175 was formed in 1856. The first officers were; William Smith, Master; Nelson B. Elwood, Senior Warden; James T. McDougall, Junior Warden; Abijah Cagwin, Treasurer; John McGinnis, Jr., Secretary; Benjamin RICHARDSON, Senior Deacon.
Previous to the adoption of township organization in 1850, the county had been divided into precincts for the purpose of election, with precinct Justices of the Peace and Constables, the county legislation and general business being transacted by County Commissioners. The list of County Commissioners from the organization of the county to 1850, is as follows:
Treasurers.—Benjamin RICHARDSON, 1851-54, 4 years, died in August, 1869; Benjamin RICHARDSON, 1861-62, 2 years, deceased.
Coroners—Benjamin RICHARDSON, 1845-51, 7 years, deceased.
ORIGINAL LAND OWNERS
RICHARDSON, Benjamin Unknown BL35W2JL 15 35N 10E - 05/09/1854 L7B 88
From the Biography of William W. Stevens...
In March, 1857, he (William W. Stevens) entered the law office of Parks & Elwood, of Joliet, and confined his attention to the study of law until admitted to the bar in 1860. Soon afterward he associated himself in partnership with Benjamin RICHARDSON and they practiced together for three years, after which Mr. Stevens followed his profession singly and alone.
"Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954," Sally Ovaitt, 1835
Name: Benjamin Richardson
Event Date: 02 Dec 1835
Event Place: Shoreham, , Vermont, United States
Estimated Birth Year:
Spouse: Sally Ovaitt
Film Number: 0027645
Digital Folder Number: 004667385
Image Number: 01472
1840 United States Federal Census
about Benjamin Richardson
Name: Benjamin Richardson
Township: Joliet Precinct
1850 United States Federal Census
about Benjn Richardson
Name: Benjn Richardson
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1813
Birth Place: New York
Home in 1850(City,County,State): Joliet, Will, Illinois
Alice Richardson 11
Benjn Richardson 37
Gordon Richardson 13
James Richardson 30
James S Richardson 0
Sarah Richardson 34
1860 United States Federal Census
about Benj Richardson
Name: Benj Richardson
Age in 1860: 47
Birth Year: abt 1813
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1860: Joliet, Will, Illinois
Post Office: Joliet
Benj Richardson 47
Sarah Richardson 44
Alice Richardson 21
James G Richardson 11
Frank Richardson 8
Helen Richardson 3
Bridget Donally 17
Sudden Death at Joliet. JOLIET, August 10. -- Last night a Mr. Benjamin Richardson, an old resident of this city, died very suddenly, as he was about to retire. He read the newspaper until about 9 o'clock, as was his usual custom, and then stepped into the pantry for a something to give the cat before retiring, and while in the act of eating, dropped dead on the floor. Apoplexy is supposed to have been the cause. Record Number: 18690811fp025
Source: Chicago Tribune, 11 Aug 1869; Date of Death: 10 Aug 1869
U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
about Benj Richardson Name: Benj Richardson
Marital Status: Married
Place of Birth: New York
Estimated birth year: abt 1814
Month of Death: Aug
Cause of Death: Ulceration of stamach
Census Year: 1870
Census Location: (City, County, State)
Joliet Ward 4, Will, Illinois
Occupation listed as Cabinet Maker
Benjamin Richardson's Timeline
April 28, 1813
New York, United States
April 11, 1839
Joliet, Illinois, United States
September 5, 1856
August 10, 1869
Joliet, Will, IL, USA