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Richardson, William Murdock


Age: 0, credited to Cavendish, VT
Unit(s): 12th TN CAV
Service: Co. K, 12th TN CAV

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Birth: 02/12/1847, Tennessee
Death: 07/29/1924

Burial: Cavendish Village Cemetery, Cavendish, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 93191022


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/16/1890, VT; widow Nellie D., 9/17/1926, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Cavendish Village Cemetery, Cavendish, VT

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William Murdock Richardson (b. Tennessee, 12 Feb., 1847, son of George B. & Nancy (Osborne) Richardson. He d. in Cavendish, 29 July, 1924 (age 77 yrs). Widowed, Civil War Veteran. Co. 'K', 12 Reg't Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry. He was a pensioner, and in 1909, his pension premium at $12 per month from 15 Feb., 1909.
NEWS-- Cavendish, 1 April, 1909: Wm M. Richardson left Sat on the Washington excursion and will visit his mother in Tennessee whom he had not seen for 45 years."
From his obit: "an old and beloved resident, he had been sick with Bright's disease for a long time, and died on Tuesday morning. He lived the early part of his live in his native state, Tennessee, where he enlisted for Civil War services. He leaves a widow, Nellie (Deane) Richardson; (3) sons: Wm. and George Richardson and Deane Moore, and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will take place at his late home on Friday afternoon, Rev. Ralph Allen of Newburg, NY officiating. He was born in Chattanooga (McMin County), Tenn. and was one of a family of 14 children.
--NEWS: Cavendish, 12 June, 1913: "W. M. Richardson is making weekly sales of from 25 to 30 gallons of ice cream which he makes with his electric motor and delivers to those who need it." (1922): Mr. Richardson is a native of Tennessee, and enlisted in Co. "K", 12th Tennessee Calvary, serving through the Civil War.
He came to Cavendish 35 years ago and has served the town as selectman and surveyor of highways, and for several years was milk man and delivered 200 quarts a day. He also carried on a thriving ice business as long as his health permitted. His first wife, Lydia Battles, died 30 years ago, and they had 3 sons: William of Proctorsville, George of Cavendish, and Dean, who was an infant when his mother died and was adopted by his uncle, Oliver Moore. Mr. Richardson's second wife was Nellie Deane of Brandon, Vt. They had one daughter Ethel, who died when a small child. Mr. & Mrs. Richardson are very kind, cordial people, and are well respected and loved by all the villagers, both "New Yorkers" and "Brooklynites". While their health permitted, both were great help for the Sunshine Society.
--We wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to all who in any way helped us during the illness and death of our dear husband and father. Especially Dr. G. D. Buxton and Dr. D. C. Pierce, Rev. R. N. Allen and Charles Joselyn, who blew taps at the grave. The Odd Fellows, Woodhouse Encampment No. 25, Myrtle Rebeckah Lodge No. 5, and the Masons and to all who sent flowers and also to all who so kindly gave the use of their cars. --Mrs. Nellie D. Richardson, William A. Richardson and family, George B. Richardson and family."
His early life was spent in the mountains of Tennessee. At the beginning of the Civil War, he, with his father and brothers, made shoes for the Confederate soldiers at Knoxville. He enlisted in Co. "K", 12th Tennessee Cavalry, a Union Regiment, on 1 March, 1864, at the age of 17 years. He recruited a picked company of sharpshooters from the mountains of Tennessee. He was discharged an officer of Co. "K" on 7 Oct., 1865, where his group had been sent to quell an Indian uprising. In 1868 he came north and settled in Boston, where he remained about 11 years. He married Lydia D. Battles 4 July, 1872, and came to Cavendish in 1888. Three sons were born, William A., George B. and Dean, the youngest, being adopted by W. D. Moore when two months old, his mother dying 22 Feb., 1892. On 4 April, 1893, Mr. Richardson married second Nellie Deane of Brandon. A daughter was born to them, but died at the age of two years. Mr. Richardson was always interested in any improvements in the town and ever ready to offer a helping hand in any good cause. He was the first to run a milk route in Cavendish and Proctorsville, which he continued for 10 years. He was a farmer of wide experience, a member of the G.A.R., LaFayette Lodge No. 53, A. F. & A.M., a charter member of Charles Woodhouse Encampment No. 25, member of Myrtle Rebeckah Lodge No. 6, Proctorsville. His funeral was largely attended, Rev. R. N Allen of Newburg, NY, a former pastor of the Baptist church and friend of the family, officiated. He is survived by his wife and three sons."

Contributed by Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College


Death of William Richardson

William Richardson an old and esteemed resident, died at his home here Tuesday morning after a long illness. He was a Civil war veteran, enlisting in a Tennessee regiment, He is survived by his widow, Nellie Deane Richardson, and three sons, William and George Richardson and Deane Moore (who was adopted by his cousin, Will Moore, when an infant); also several grandchildren. The funeral will be held at his late residence Friday afternoon with Rev. Ralph Allen officiating.

Source: Rutland Daily Herald, July 31, 1924.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.