Biography of A. E. Richardson
Madison County, NY Biographies





Richardson, A. E., p. o. Eaton. - Lemuel Richardson was born in Keene, N. H., August 22, 1771, and emigrated to New York previous to the opening of the present century in company with his four brothers, Benjamin, Ed, Asa, and Eldad. They settled in Nelson and were pioneers in that town. All were young and unmarried men and were descendants of Samuel Richardson who came to America from Kent, England, in 1630, in Gov. Winthrop's historic company, landing at Salem, Mass., and thence removing to Charlestown. The brothers who settled in Nelson were five generations from the American colonizer. Lemuel and Eldad settled on the lot on which they ever afterward lived; Lemuel became forehanded and died August 7, 1832. His wife was Cynthia Buck, and these children were born to them: Laura, Julia, Louisa, Mary, Lucinda, Harriet, Ira and Albert F. The latter of these children married Lucetta Colson and died October 13, 1856; his life was spent in Nelson. His only child was Albert Eugene Richardson, one of the best known citizens of Eaton and for many years connected with the once noted engine works of that village. He was born June 8, 1848, and passed his young life on a farm. His father died when Albert E. was eight years old, upon which the family came to Eaton and afterward lived in the village. Albert was educated in the union school and also at Waterville Academy, after which he was employed as clerk in a drug store and also worked on a farm at $4 per month. When seventeen he began work for Wood, Tabor & Morse at seventy five cents per day, doing chores and boy's work about the shops, but his industry and aptness were rewarded by promotion through various grades of mechanical work until 1874, when he was made superintendent of the entire mechanical department and was an important factor in the company's success, having during three years become a practical and skilled engine builder and also a draftsman of considerable ability. The works were closed in 1893 and in the following year he was President Cleveland's appointee as postmaster at Eaton village, holding office until April 15, 1898. Mr. Richardson has always been a Democrat, firm though consistent, but never intruding with his views upon unwilling listeners. For twenty years he was a trustee of his school district; was one of the advocates of the present union school system and since its inauguration has been president of the board of education Both he and his family are members of the Baptist church. On April 5, 1871, Mr. Richardson married Emeline Ophelia, daughter of Rev. M. L. Bennett. They have one son, Linnwood A. Richardson. Benjamin Richardson, the pioneer, married Dolly Olcott, and lived and died in Nelson. His children were Ira, Eric, Nelson, Benjamin, Barzilla, William, Dolly, James and Savilla. Asa, the pioneer, married Roxana Morse; their children were Roena, Cromwell, Arabella, Angeline, Chancellor, Jane, Romania, Hiram, and Emeline. Eric, the pioneer, married Polly Brown; their children were Eric, Polly, Alvin. Edward, Eldad, Benjamin, Hiram, Cynthia, Miranda and John. Eldad, the pioneer, married, first, Lydia Fisk, and had one child. His second wife was Happy Brown, by whom he had Ira, Rhoda, Levi, George and Johanna.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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