John Newburn Richardson1,2,3

M, b. 8 October 1918, d. 8 February 2000
     John Newburn Richardson was born on 8 October 1918 at Freestone County, Texas.1 He was the son of Fred Barnett Richardson and Autie Viola Stroud.1 He died on 8 February 2000 at Tyler, Smith County, Texas, at age 81.3 Funeral services were held Thursday in Fairfield for john Newburn Richardson, 81, of Fairfield who died Tuesday, February 8 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Mr. Richardson was born October 8, 1918 in Freestone county. He was retired from the road maintenance department of Freestone County Precinct 1. He was a former president of the Lions Club, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
Services were conducted at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. Terry Skinner and Rev. Donald Pruitt officiating.
Burial was at Antioch Cemetery. Pallbearers were H.J. Cannon III, Mark Chavers, Jerry Don McLeod, George Patterson, Elton Moore and Glendale Black:
Mr. Richardson is survived by his wife, Leta Marie Richardson of Fairfield; two daughters, Joan R. Ruth of Longview and husband William, and Johnnie Beth Edwards and husband Ralph of Tyler; two step-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mildred Burkhart of Fairfield.
Arrangements were made by Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.3


  1. [S32] USGenWeb Archives, online, "Freestone County, Texas Vitals, 1918 Birth Records for Freestone County, Texas", Freestone County Births,…
  2. [S78], online, 1930 Census, Freestone County, TX, Enumeration Dist. 81-2, JP1, Sheet 5B.
  3. [S229] Linda, Paula Snider, Cindy Eisen Mullen, Your Antioch Family, Chapter Two: Antioch Cemetery Obituaries, Page: 104, John Newburn RICHARDSON, Publisher: The Fairfield Recorder, FEBURARY 17, 2000.

John Whitney Richardson1

M, b. 27 August 1849, d. 8 October 1924
Brother John Whitney Richardson circa-1920 (Provided by the Freestone County Genealogical Society)
     John Whitney Richardson was born on 27 August 1849 at Itawamba County, Mississippi, Mary Berta indicated that Tishmingo County was her father's place of birth. Census records indicate otherwise.1,2 He was the son of Hiram Richardson and Elizabeth J. Bryant.1 He married Mary Louise Cobbs, daughter of Charles Cobbs and Amanda Unknown, on 14 February 1872 at Beenetown, Freestone County, Texas.1 He married Mary Louise Cobbs, daughter of Charles Cobbs and Amanda Unknown, on 21 February 1872 at Freestone County, Texas; This is an alternate date listing.3,4,2 He was ordained in 1894 at Butler, Freestone County, Texas; Baptist Minister.5,6 He was minister in 1897 at Freestone County, Texas.7 He was minister between 1908 and 1909 at Antioch, Freestone County, Texas.7 He died on 8 October 1924 at Antioch, Freestone County, Texas, at age 75.1,2 IN MEMORY OF REV. J.W. RICHARDSON
Rev. J.W. Richardson was born August 27th, 1849, at Marietta, Mississippi; he came to Texas in 1870. On February 21, 1871, he and Miss Mary Cobbs were united in marriage. He joined the Missionary Baptist Church at the age of 17, and on June 10, 1894, at Antioch Church, East of Fairfield, he was ordained to preach, the presbytery consisting of Rev. E.J. Brown, Rev. D.A. Gaddy, and Rev. E.H. Willingham.
During his ministry he baptized 906 persons, and during the same period, he performed the ceremony that made 146 couples husband and wife. He died at his home, East of Fairfield, near Antioch, on October 8, 1924, and was buried in the Antioch Cemetery, Rev. M.M. Sheets officiating, assisted by Rev. H.L. McKissack and Rev. A.J. Goodfellow.
Brother Richardson's wife, Mrs. Mary Richardson, the companion of a long life-tim, survives him; there also survive him eight children: N.L. Richardson, Mrs. Delia Solomon, J.A. Richardson, H. Richardson, C.H. Richardson, Mrs. Jessie Henry, Fred Richardson, and Mrs. Berta Milliken.
There was a great crowd at the funeral, relatives and friends from different portions of the county, to pay the last tribute of respect and love at the passing of this faithful minister of God. Practically everybody in Freestone County knew Bro. Richardson. For thirty years he had been going to and fro in the County, preaching the religion of Jesus Christ; working for a higher and better life, for happier homes, for the upbuilding of our County and State, and for the happiness which lives above and beyond the misfortunes and sorrows of this world. Truly, as the lengthening shadows gathered about this worthy brother, he might have looked back over the record of long life, and have said, as did that wise and most worthy teacher of some two thousand years ago: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."
The vagaries, the vain theories and foolish ideas that have sprung up in some portions of our country of late years, under the patronage of some who call themselves Christians, never touched the faith or tarnished the hope of this faithful child of God. His was the old faith; the doctrine of Jesus Christ; his was the 'thus sayeth the Lord of Hosts." Another patriarch sleeps with his fathers; this veteran in the service of the Lord, sleeps well. His work goes on; the labors and the result of the labors of such as he, wever sleeps in the graves where slumbers the dust of the dead. There is a rest for the children of God. Brother Richardson rests.

Children of John Whitney Richardson and Mary Louise Cobbs


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Johnnie Richardson1

     Johnnie Richardson is the son of John Arthur Richardson and Mattie Alice Taylor.1


  1. [S7] Historical Society, History of Freestone County, "Richardson, John Arthur", by Mrs Hazel Hancock, section 696.

Larry Dwight Richardson1

M, b. circa 1945, d. 10 April 2011
     Larry Dwight Richardson was born circa 1945 at USA.1 He married Karen Cecelia Chandler, daughter of William David Chandler and Lois Corinne Massey, on 24 February 1968 at Midland County, Texas.1 He and Karen Cecelia Chandler were divorced on 9 November 1984 at Brewster County, Texas.2 He married Pamela Unknown after 1985.3 He died on 10 April 2011 at Alabama.3


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  2. [S18], online, Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2002, accessed 19 May 2012.
  3. [S175], online, Larry D. Richardson Obituary, accessed 19 May 2012 (
  4. [S28] Family Search, online, Waverly Lynn Richardson, Texas Birth Index, 1903 - 1997, accessed 19 May 2012.
  5. [S28] Family Search, online, "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 May 2012), Michele Denise Richardson, 10 May 1972; from "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database and images, Ancestry ( : 2005); citing Texas Department of State Health Services.

Laura Edna Richardson

F, b. 5 March 1897, d. 24 April 1936
     Laura Edna Richardson was born on 5 March 1897 at Freestone County, Texas.1 She was the daughter of Newell Luther Richardson Sr. and Ann Lee Wells.2 She appeared on the census of 12 June 1900 at Freestone County, Texas.2 She appeared on the census of 4 May 1910 in the household of Luther Richardson and Nannie Lula Richardson at Freestone County, Texas.3 She married Russell Franklin Milliken Sr., son of Robert Harris Milliken and Francis Isabelle Ham, circa 1919.4,5 She and Russell Franklin Milliken Sr. lived in 1935 at Westbrook, Mitchell County, Texas.6 She died on 24 April 1936 at Westbrook, Mitchell County, Texas, at age 39.1

Mrs. R. F. Milliken, Westbrook, Buried

Colorado, April 25 - Funeral services for Mrs. R. F. Milliken, 39, who died Friday in Westbrook, were held at her former home in Lamesa Saturday afternoon. The Rev. John Cundiff officiated.

The Millikens had lived in Westbrook since February. Mrs. Milliken had been ill for more than a year. Before her marriage 17 years ago she was Laura Edna Richardson. She was born in Freestone County.

Seven children, the oldest 15 and the youngest 4, are among her survivors in addition to her husband and these brothers and sisters, all of Fairfield: Misses Mae and Ada Richardson, Mrs. Velma Mitchell, Mrs. Floy Christian, Mrs. Exa Day, Mrs. Ina Ruthe DeBorde, W. E. Richardson and Luther Richardson.5 She was buried on 26 April 1936 at Lamesa, Dawson County, Texas.1

Children of Laura Edna Richardson and Russell Franklin Milliken Sr.


  1. [S28] Family Search, online, Texas State Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Standard Certificate of Death no. 22184 (24 Aptil 1936), Laura Edna Milliken, digital image, (…;placeId=2827;eventPlace=Dawson%2C%20Texas%2C%20United%20States;p=1;givenName=Laura%20Edna;searchType=standard : accessed July 20 2008); film no. 2116864, GS no. 4029601, image no. 727.
  2. [S28] Family Search, online, 1900 US Census, Freestone County, Texas, Schedule No. 1 Population, Precint No. 3, p. 7B, dwelling 130, family 132, Luther Richardson and family; digital image, (…;placeId=26;eventPlace=Texas%2C%20United%20States;p=1;givenName=Willie%20Edgar;searchType=standard : accessed 20 Jul 2008); ref. no. 85, GSU film no. 1241636, image 00587.
  3. [S180] 1910 U.S. Census, Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Freestone, Texas; Roll: T624_1553; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0015; Image: ; FHL microfilm: 1375566;, accessed 2 Feb 2013.
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  6. [S18], online, 1940 U.S. Census, Mitchell County, Texas, JP2, ED 168-5, Pg. 9A.

Louisa Richardson1

F, b. March 1864
     Louisa Richardson was born in March 1864 at Mississippi.1,2 She was the daughter of Hiram Richardson and Elizabeth J. Bryant.1 She lived with her brother Frank and his family on 21 June 1900 at Itawamba County, Mississippi.2


  1. [S18], online, 1880 US Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, Pg 3, accessed 28 Dec 2011.
  2. [S18], online, 1900 US Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, Dist. 2, Pg. 14A, accessed 28 Dec 2011.

Lucius A. Richardson1

M, b. May 1883
     Lucius A. Richardson was born in May 1883 at Itawamba County, Mississippi.1 He was the son of Franklin D. Richardson and F. Pheraba Rand.1


  1. [S18], online, 1900 US Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, Dist. 2, Pg. 14A, accessed 28 Dec 2011.

Madie Richardson1,2

     Madie Richardson married Jesse Ray Summers Sr., son of Henry Summers, on 24 December 1925 at Stewart County, Tennessee.2


  1. [S18], online, Marriage Index, 1800s-1999 [database on-line]; Terry Milliken engagement; The Leaf-Chronicle; Publication Date: 4/ Aug/ 1985; Publication Place: Clarksville, Tennessee, USA; URL:,0.07900311,0.640523,0.25140312&xid=3398; Accessed: 12 Dec 2020.
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  3. [S181] 1940 U.S. Census, FamilySearch ( : 29 July 2019), Odessa Summers in household of Ray Summers, Civil District 1, Stewart, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 81-1, sheet 5A, line 8, family 68, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 3937; Accessed: 12 Dec 2020.

Mark Richardson1

     Mark Richardson is the son of Hiram Richardson and Ada Eleanor Radford.1


  1. [S78], online, 1930 US Census, Lynn County, Texas, Justice Precinct 3, Enumeration Dist. 153-3, Sheet 1B.

Mary Berta Richardson1

F, b. 30 December 1893, d. 7 January 1989
Berta Richardson circa-1920 (Provided by the Freestone County Genealogical Society)
     Mary Berta Richardson was (an unknown value.) She was born on 30 December 1893 at Turlington, Freestone County, Texas.1 She was the daughter of John Whitney Richardson and Mary Louise Cobbs.1 She married Walter Clarence Milliken, son of Robert Harris Milliken and Francis Isabelle Ham, on 21 December 1916 at Freestone County, Texas. She died on 7 January 1989 at Mansfield, Tarrant County, Texas, at age 95.

Children of Mary Berta Richardson and Walter Clarence Milliken


  1. [S7] Historical Society, History of Freestone County.