Kent County, a Quaker, son of William Rich-
ardson (1668-1744) and wife Margaret Smith (ca.
1673-1756), grandson of William Richardson (?-
1698). GUARDIAN: his uncle Daniel Richardson
(?-1756) of Anne Arundel County, a planter.
MOTHER: Ann (?-ca. 1747), widow of David
Thomas (?-ca. 1736). BROTHER: Thomas (1740-
?) of Kent County, later Anne Arundel County,
a planter. SISTER: Sarah (1738-?). HALF SISTERS:
Mary Thomas, who married Daniel Mifflin; Jo-
hannah (Joanna) Thomas (1735-?), who married
in 1753 South Mifflin of Swan Gutt, Accomack
County, Virginia. MARRIED by 1779 Rebecca.
CHILDREN. SON: Joseph. DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth,
who married by 1808 Thomas Ennalls; Mary, who
married by 1808 Daniel Sullivane; and Sophia,
who married by 1808 William Washington Ec-
cleston. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: birth recorded in Cecil
County Meeting (Quaker) register; Protestant.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1766.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably planter; owned
mill lands and a store on Hunting Creek, Dor-
chester County, in partnership with Col. John
Eccleston, by 1785. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Dorchester County, 1771;
Conventions, Dorchester County, 3rd, 1774, 4th,
1775. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Dorchester County,
1773-1785; chairman, Committee of Observa-
tion, Dorchester County, in office 1776; collector
of blankets, Great Choptank Hundred, Dor-
chester County, appointed on April 2, 1777, re-
signed on April 20, 1777, because of an injury
received when he fell from a horse. MILITARY
SERVICE: 2nd major, Upper Battalion, Dor-
chester County Militia, commissioned 1776; ma-
jor, Upper Battalion, Dorchester County Militia,
promoted 1778; called colonel at death. WEALTH
DURING LIFETIME. PERSON AL PROPERTY. 12 slaves,
St. James' Parish, Anne Arundel County, 1776;
assessed value £1,598.0.0, including 39 slaves.
Dorchester County, 1783. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION 926 acres in Dorchester and Anne Arundel
counties (141 acres inherited from uncle; 785 acres
by purchase or patent). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN
LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: pur-
chased 138 acres in Dorchester County, 1772; sold
150 acres in Dorchester County, 1779; purchased
with Edward Noel, Jr., and John Eccleston 114
acres in Dorchester County, 1785, and shortly
thereafter Eccleston and Richardson bought out
Noel's share; held 2,281 acres in Dorchester County
for John Eccleston, 1783; may have inherited more
land in Anne Arundel County from the estate of
his uncle, Daniel Richardson, after his aunt's death.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED, in September 1786 in
Dorchester County. PERSON AL PROPERTY: size of
estate unknown. LAND: at least 928 acres in Dor-
chester and Anne Arundel counties, plus 114 acres
in Dorchester County held in partnership with
Col. John Eccleston. IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS.
A Josiah Richardson is recorded as having been
present at the 3rd Convention in 1774 represent-
ing Dorchester County. However, research does
not support the existence of a Josiah Richardson
in Dorchester County and it is most likely that
the service should be attributed to Joseph Rich-
RICHARDSON, JOSIAH (?-?). PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE. 3rd Convention, Dor-
chester County, 1774. IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS.
Although a Josiah Richardson is recorded as hav-
ing been present during the 3rd Convention as a
representative from Dorchester County, research
supports the likelihood that the service should be
ascribed to Joseph Richardson (1743-1786). None
of the records reveal the existence of a Josiah
Richardson of Dorchester County during this time.
RICHARDSON, WILLIAM (?-1698). BORN:
probably in England. IMMIGRATED: probably in
1655 as an indentured servant. RESIDED: on
"Watkin's His Hope," West River Hundred, Anne
Arundel County. MARRIED by 1668 Elizabeth (?-
1703/4), widow of Richard Talbott (?-1663),
daughter of Richard Ewen (?-1660). Elizabeth
was the stepdaughter of William Burgess (ca. 1622-
1686/87). Her brothers were Richard; John (?-
1669). Her sisters were Ann; Sophia (?-1671);
and Susanna (?-1664/65). CHILDREN. SONS: Wil-
liam (1668-1744), who married in 1689 Margaret
Smith (ca. 1673-1756); Daniel (1670-1722), who
married first, ca. 1691, Elizabeth Welsh (?-1712),
and second, Ruth Ball Leeds (1677-1728); Jo-
seph (1671-by 1678); and Joseph (1678-1748),
who married in 1705 Sarah Thomas (1689-1724).
STEPSONS. Edward Talbott (?-ca. 1691), who
married Elizabeth Thomas, widow of William
Coale; Richard Talbott; and John Talbott.
DAUGHTERS: Sophia Elizabeth (1675-1678); So-
phia (Sophiah, Sapphira) (1680-?), who married
Thomas Sparrow; and Elizabeth (1680-?). STEP-
DAUGHTER: Elizabeth Talbott. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Quaker; minister of West River Meeting, Anne
Arundel County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES.
probably transported as servant to Richard Pres-