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Benjamin Richardson

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: New York, United States
Death: August 10, 1869 (56)
Joliet, Will, IL, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Sarah Sally Richardson
Father of Gordon Richardson; Alice M. Sleeper; James Richardson; Frank Richardson and Helen Josephine Nobes
Brother of James Richardson

Occupation: Chair Maker, Cabinet Maker, Lawyer, Freemason: Joliet Lodge No. 10, Matteson Lodge No. 175, Royal Arch Mason: Joliet Chapter No. 27
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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.



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: Marriage

Event Date: 02 Dec 1835

Event Place: Shoreham, , Vermont, United States

Gender: Male


Estimated Birth Year:



Spouse: Sally Ovaitt

Spouse's Father:

Spouse's Mother:

Film Number: 0027645

Digital Folder Number: 004667385

Image Number: 01472

1840 United States Federal Census

about Benjamin Richardson

Name: Benjamin Richardson

Township: Joliet Precinct

County: Will

State: Illinois


1850 United States Federal Census

about Benjn Richardson

Name: Benjn Richardson

Age: 37

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1813

Birth Place: New York

Gender: Male

Occupation: Carpenter

Home in 1850(City,County,State): Joliet, Will, Illinois

Household Members:

Name Age

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

Gender: Male

Occupation: Lawyer

Post Office: Joliet

Household Members:

Name Age

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

Gender: Male

Race: White

Marital Status: Married

Place of Birth: New York

Estimated birth year: abt 1814

Age: 56

Month of Death: Aug

Cause of Death: Ulceration of stamach

Census Year: 1870

Census Location: (City, County, State)

Joliet Ward 4, Will, Illinois

Page: 1343

Line: 5

Roll: T1133_60

Occupation listed as Cabinet Maker

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Benjamin Richardson's Timeline

April 28, 1813
New York, United States
Age 23
April 11, 1839
Age 25
Joliet, Illinois, United States
Age 35
Age 38
September 5, 1856
Age 43
August 10, 1869
Age 56
Joliet, Will, IL, USA