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Dudley Hastings Richardson (b 1879)

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Dudley Hastings Richardson

Dudley Hastings Richardson was born 8 Mar 1879, in Erin, Houston County, Tennessee, the son of William B Richardson of Maryland and his wife Josephine Dudley of Stewart County, Tennessee.

By 1892, the family had moved to Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas except perhaps Sarah who apparently stayed in Tennessee. In Arkadelphia, according to an article on his brother Charley in the book Clark County Past and Present he "...played cornet in Dwight Blake's band and in 1916 became director of the Arkadelphia Band. He married an Okolona girl and taught music and tuned pianos in that town until his death." His brother Charles was a painter.

He married Ollie Lucille Shackleford between 1918 and 1920, probably in Clark County, Arkansas. They had one child, born Aug 1930, who is still living. Ollie filed for divorce 24 Sep 1930 in Peoria, Maricopa County, Arizona (Degree #32512) "...the address listed for him was unknown." He has no tombstone at Rose Hill Cemetery in Arkadelphia but "Dudley's family is buried there."

In 1930 he is living in Kentucky. He was listed in the city directory of Louisville in 1931 but is not in the the city directory for 1932.

Primary documentation for 1

Secondary sources

  • Clark County Past and Present, Clark County Historical Association. 1992.

See also

  • "Dudley Hastings Richardson", request for death lookup by Kamille Loftus 17 Feb 2004 on Clark County at Boards.Ancestry to which there was no reply

William B Richardson

William B Richardson was born Feb 1831 in Maryland. By 1867 he was in the area of Stewart County, Tennessee when he married on 29 Mar 1867 to Josephine Ada Dudley who may be the daughter of Ransom Dudley. In 1870 they are living with Ransom in Stewart County, but by 1880 they had moved to Houston County, Tennessee.

William and Josephine had eight children, but only the names of five are known:

  • Charles G "Charley", born Feb 1868 in Stewart County, Tennessee; he moved to Arkadelphia with the family by 1900 when he is enumerated, unmarried, in the household of his parents; he was a painter and has a article writen about him in the book Clark County Past and Present; He was enumerated in Arkadelphia in 1920 with his sister Myrtle living with him; He died in Clark County 12 Feb 1948 (here in the Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950). He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Arkadelphia. His tombstone reads : "Charles Richardson, Artist, 1869 - 1948". A request to the Clark County Clerk in Arkadelphia brought the response "After looking thru all of our probate records, I only found one thing that was even close to Charles Dudley Richardson, and I do not believe it is what you are looking for. It is Charlie Richerson, heir to Calvin Richerson. Charlie was 17 in 1937.";
  • Myrtle born March, 1870 in Stewart County, Tennessee; she moved to Arkadelphia with the family by 1900 when she is enumerated, unmarried, in the household of her parents; She is named by her brother Dudley as "Nearest Relative" on his WW1 Draft Registration Card in 1918, her address there given is in Arkadelphia and looks like 1290 Richardson Street; She was still living in 1920 in Arkadelphia with her brother Charley. She died 15 Sep 1942 in Clark County, Arkansas. (here in the Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950). She is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Arkadelphia. Her tombstone states : "Myrtle M Richardson, 1867 - 1942";
  • Eugene born 1873 in Tennessee; d 1892; In 1900 his mother says "mother of 8, 4 living". "EUGENE RICHARDSON - Richardson, Eugenie, son of Mr. & Mrs. W.B. Richardson, died in this city Sunday with congestion. He had been sick but a few days....was buried on Wednesday morning, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. H.D. McKennon" (9-30-1892 p3c5) (It's unknown what paper this obit was from, but perhaps it was the Southern Standard Paper.) He is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Arkadelphia. His tombstone reads : "Eugene Richardson, Died at Age 17";
  • Sarah Elizabeth "Sallie" Richardson born 1873 in Tennessee; only other sibling who had any children. She married a George Winstead Bragg Sr (1862-1951). George died in Ruppertown, Lewis County, Tennessee and is buried in the Banks Cemetery. Sarah was last known to be living in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee in 1969. Probably the same place she died sometime later. She had five children: Norma 1902-95 died in Centerville, Hickman County, Tennessee; George 1904-49 died in Lewis County, Tennessee and buried in the Banks Cemetery; Mildred 1908-2002 died possibly in Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennesee; Eugene 1911 born TN, no further information; Dudley 1915 born in Ruppertown, died in Lillian, Baldwin County, Alabama. (See 1910 Allens Creek, Wayne County, Tennessee);
  • Dudley 8 Mar 1879 (see his full biography above).

Sometime between 1880 and 1892, the family relocated again to Arkadelphia (except perhaps for daughter Sarah), where William died in 1908 and Josephine died Apr 1911. William is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Arkadelphia. His tombstone states : "William B Richardson, 1831 - 1908"

Primary documents for 2

  • Tennessee Marriages, 1851-1900 showing : "W B Richardson to Josephine A Dudly (sic), 29 Mar 1867 Stewart County [,Tennessee]"
  • 1870 Census of Stewart County, Tennessee showing : "Ransom Dudley 62, b VA; Madilla 22 b TN; Wm Richardson 25 b MD Farmhand; Josephine 25 b Tn; Charles 2"
  • 1880 Census of Erin, Houston County, Tennessee showing : "W B Richardson, 48, b MD, Carpenter; Josephine 34, b TN; Charlie 12 b TN; Mertie 10 b TN; Eugine 7 b TN; Sallie 3 b TN; Dudley 1 b TN"
  • 1900 Census of Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas showing : "W B Richardson, 69, Feb 1831, married 37 years ago, b MD/MD/MD, Carpenter, Owns Home; Josephine wife Jul 1845, 54, married 37 years ago, mother of 8, 4 living, b TN/VA/TN, Carpenter [as found]; Charlie 32 son Feb 1868, 32, single b TN/MD/TN Carpenter; Dudley son Mch 1879 21, single, b TN; Myrtle daughter Mch 1870 30 b TN [occupation illegible]"

Secondary sources for 2

  • Clark County Past & Present, "Charles Richardson"
    Charles Richardson was born on 18 Feb 1868 in Houston, TN, son of William B & Josephine A (Dudley) Richardson. He had four siblings: (1) Eugene died at age seventeen. (2) Dudley, a musician, played cornet in Dwight Blake's band and in 1916 became director of the Arkadelphia Band. He married an Okolona girl and taught music and tuned pianos in that town until his death. (3) Myrtle studied art at both the Arkadelphia colleges and at the Cincinnati Art Academy. She taught art and elocution at Amity for several years. She never married and spent the years until her death in 1942 with Charles in the family home at 1210 Richardson Street in Arkadelphia. (4) Sallie graduated from Henderson College in 1905; she married George Bragg and resided in Nashville, TN.
    Charles Richardson studied art at Arkadelphia Methodist College. The 1900 U.S. Census listed Charles' profession as carpenter, a vocation he followed most of his lfe. From 1901 - 1905, he studied at Cincinnati Art Academy and graduated with highest honors. For the next twenty-two years, he practiced his vocation as carpenter and house painter, working for a time with V.G Kaufman and later with J W Byrne. In 1907 he was awarded the contract to paint the outside woodwork on the courthouse. The same year, he lettered a sign for the Farmers Union warehouse. In 1917 he did a large painting of the Caddo River, which was presented to First Baptist Church.
    In 1928 Charles began the most artistically productive years of his life. he devoted more time to his art and less to carpentry. He exhibited his work at the Arkansas State Fairs in 1928, 1929 and 1930, and the Tri-State Fair in Memphis in 1931. At each such exhibition, his work was awarded high honors or prizes.
    Richardson received more than local recognition in an article published in the Tidewater Arts Review published by the Norfolk Virginia Museum of Arts and Science in 1939. The article spoke of Charles Richardson as "...painting with an honesty and integrity which would put many an art center to shame. There is nothing pretentious about his work; his style has a sparkle and a brilliance that is entirely its own. his medium is oil and the predominant influence is plainly Impressionism..." In 1932 Charles Richardson was named Professor of Art at Ouachita Baptist College to reinstitute the Art Department there, following the suspension of art programs at both Ouachita and Henderson during the Depression. In 1935-936 he taught art classes for the WPA Adult Education Program.
    He died 19 February 1948 and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery where his tombstone reads, Charles Richardson, Artist. — Submitted by Wayne McAfee

See Also

Josephine Ada Dudley

Josephine Ada Dudley was born July 1845 in Stewart County, Tennessee the daughter of Ransom Dudley of Virginia. On 29 Mar 1867 in Stewart County, Tennessee she married W B Richardson. They stayed in Stewart County through the 1870 census, but by 1880 had moved to Houston County, Tennessee.

By 1900 the family had moved on to Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas where William died in 1908, and after appearing on the 1910 census as a widow, Josephine died in 1911, is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Arkadelphia. Her obituary was printed 20 Apr 1911 : "She leaves a sister Miss May Dudley, two daughters and two sons"

Primary documents

  • Tennessee Marriages, 1851-1900 showing : "W B Richardson to Josephine A Dudly (sic), 29 Mar 1867 Stewart County [,Tennessee]"
  • 1870 Census of Stewart County, Tennessee showing : "Ransom Dudley 62, b VA; Madilla 22 b TN; Wm Richardson 25 b MD; Josephine 25 b Tn; Charles 2"
  • 1880 Census of Erin, Houston County, Tennessee showing : "W B Richardson, 48, b MD, Carpenter; Josephine 34, b TN; Charlie 12 b TN; Mertie 10 b TN; Eugine 7 b TN; Sallie 3 b TN; Dudley 1 b TN"
  • 1900 Census of Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas showing : "W B Richardson, 69, Feb 1831, married 37 years ago, b MD/MD/MD, Carpenter, Owns Home; Josephine wife Jul 1845, 54, married 37 years ago, mother of 8, 4 living, b TN/VA/TN, Carpenter [as found]; Charlie 32 son Feb 1868, 32, single b TN/MD/TN Carpenter; Dudley son Mch 1879 21, single, b TN; Myrtle daughter Mch 1870 30 b TN [occupation illegible]"
  • 1910 Census of Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas showing : "Josephine Richardson 65 widow b TN/VA/TN Owns Home; Charles son 37 single b TN/MD/TN [occupation] Pauder ?; Dudley son 31 single b TN/MD/TN Piano Tuner; Myrtle 35 daughter single b TN/MD/TN Teacher Public School"
  • Clark County, Arkansas Obituaries and Death Notices, Vol 2, 1901-1913, from the Southern Standard Newspaper (20 Apr 1911, page 1 col. 5.) "Josephine Richardson has died after several months illness. She was one of our oldest and most highly respected Christian ladies, being an advocated member of the Methodist Church and will be greatly missed in this community. She leaves a sister, Miss May Dudley, two daughters and two sons. Funeral services were held at 4:30 Sunday afternon being conducted by Rev. H.W. Wheeler and her remains interred in Rose Hill cemetery beside that of her husband who preceeded her a few years ago."
  • Clark County, Arkansas Obituaries and Death Notice, Vol. 3, 1914-1921 from the Southern Standard (29 Apr 1920 page 5 col. 3) "May Dudley, age 72 years, (born 1848) died Sunday and the funeral services were conducted Monday morning at 10 o'clock by Dr. W.R. Richardson at the home of Charles Richardson. The burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery."
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