Biography of Volney W. Hart


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Hart, Volney W., was born in Jefferson county, N. Y., April 20, 1833, a son of Augustus W. and Johana (Horr) Hart. His ancestors were of German descent and came to this country at an early date. Mr. Hart's education was obtained in the public schools of his native town, after which he spent two years in the West, being variously employed. In March, 1856, he married Isabelle, daughter of Michael and Jane (Brown) Richardson, who removed from Canada to New York State in 1852, and they had two children: Eddie E. and Willard B. Mr. Hart has always taken an active interest in public affairs and has held the office of commissioner of highways and is now a member of the Prohibition County Committee. He and his family are members of the M. E. church. Edward B. Richardson was born in Pittsburg, Ontario, March 4, 1842 and came to Watertown in August, 1852. He enlisted in the 94th N. Y. Vols., in 1861. This regiment was quartered at Sachet Harbor during the winter, and early in the spring of 1862, marched to Watertown and was hustled on the cars for the field. Edward endured all the hardships of war, was wounded and taken prisoner at the second battle of Run, exchanged, came home on furlough, re-enlisted in the Black Horse Cavalry, had his horse shot under him and at the same time received a sabre cut on his head laying open his scalp, and without having his wound dressed marched five days on small rations, and shut up in a rebel prison and nearly starved to death; he was again exchanged, rejoined his regiment, and was later captured by Mosby's guerrillas and stripped to be butcheied, but broke away and ran barefoot over the turnpike road into Harper's Ferry. He remained in the army until the close of the war, came home and remained for a time and then moved to Michigan and from there to Texas, where he died November 10, 1881. His father, Michael P. Richardson, was one of the recruits who joined the 94th Regiment in 1862, and was with his son Edward in the battle at Bull Run, and died soon afterward. Edward's brother George enlisted in the 10th N. Y. Heavy Artillery in 1862, remained in that regiment until the war was over, passing through many hardships and receiving one wound. He is now a farmer in Midland, Mich.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898