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Bulloch Genealogy with Roger Allen - Richardson's settle in Bulloch County

      The family name Richardson translates in "Olde German" to "son of Richard." The name has two parts: "Ric", which means power; and "hard," which means brave. This translation was best displayed in the English King known as "Richard the Lion-Hearted."
      The first known American link to the Bulloch County Richardson clan is Amos Richardson, who was the father of five boys: Aaron, Amos Jr., Benjamin, Daniel, and John.
      His son Benjamin was born around 1740 in Tyrrell County, N.C., and died in 1799 in Bulloch County. He married twice: his first wife's name is unknown; while his second has been identified as Sarah Mizell (or Mezell).
      Benjamin Sr. moved his family to what become Bulloch after he was granted land in Georgia based on his Revolutionary War service. Benjamin and his first wife's children were said to be John, who married Nancy Albritton; William, who married Jane; and Hardeman (or "Hardy"), who married Frances (or "Fanny") Mizell.
      Benjamin and Sarah had (at least) seven children, all of who were born in what was to become Bulloch. The first two were girls: Francis Jane, who was born in 1772, first marrying Archibald Patterson and then John Williams; and Penelope, who was born in 1775 and married William Williams.
       The next two were boys: Benjamin Jr., born in 1776 who first married Nancy Hendricks and then later Rebecca Poole (or Pool); and then Amos, who was born in 1778. The last three children were girls: Jane, who was born in 1780 and married Elisha Harrell; Nancy, who was born in 1782 and married Frances Patterson; and then Winnefrid (or Winifred) who was born in 1788 and married John Fornea.
      Benjamin Richardson was politically active. In 1781 he signed a Petition for the removal of General McIntosh from his command for his anti-American actions and the disloyal actions of his family and acquaintances.
      He then was nominated by the citizenry to serve as one of three magistrates to help preserve law and order in the upper part of St. Philip's Parish which eventually became Bulloch.
      Benjamin Sr. held many appointments: he was first Commissioner Surveyor of Roads in Effingham County; then Justice of the Peace in Effingham; then a tax collector for Effingham; then once again as a Justice of the Peace, first in Effingham and then in the new Screven County.
      For all of his service, Benjamin Sr. was first granted one hundred and fifty acres of land in the Parish of Saint Philip near Scull's Creek near the Ogeechee River. The land was located next to that of the Mizell family, whose daughter Sarah would later become his wife.
      Benjamin is next listed as a Justice of the Inferior Court for Bulloch County from 1797 until 1799. There is some question about whether the Benjamin in this case was actually the father or his son, Benjamin Jr.
      The children of Benjamin Sr's son Hardy and his wife Fannie were: Stephen Decatur, Nancy, Clarendy, Sarah, Elizabeth, Susan, and Winifred. Benjamin Sr.'s daughter Penelope married William "Choctaw Bill" Williams, who was well-known as an Indian guide who led parties of emigrants to the Louisiana Territories.
      Benjamin Sr's. son William Mizell also had a number of children: Abraham, Winniford, George, Penelope, Hardy, Richard R., Henry I., and Stephen R. Benjamin Jr. and his wife Nancy had a number of children.
      They were Jane; John Adams, Mary (or "Polly), and Sarena Jane (or Jincy), Benjamin Franklin; Martha (or "Patsy"); Nancy; Andrew Jackson; William H.; and Robert W.
      Benjamin and Rebecca lived in Jasper County, Texas. They had seven children as well: Ketcham; George Washington; Sarah, 1832; James M.; Ripley Monroe, 1833; Rebecca, 1836; and Lettie (or Letty), 1838.

      Roger Allen writes a genealogy column once a month. E-mail Roger at roger


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