Name: John Gaulden Richardson
Birth: 28 FEB 1785 in Sumter CO, SC
Death: 19 JAN 1856 in New Iberia, St Mary Parish, LA
from MEMOIRS OF FRANCIS DU BOSE RICHARDSON (Written December 1, 1895)
He was chosen to lead the first trip by the Richardson family to the Mississippi Territory.
5 December 1808: ?First Monday in December 1808? he departed the family home; Accompanied by ?two slaves, Caesar and Pina.? ;?A two-horse covered wagon pulled by two mules;? carrying seed, farming and kitchen utensils. In Georgia, ?engaged two Choctaw Indian guides.?
January 1809: Reached a settlement of friends from Georgia near Woodville, Mississippi. Fourteen miles east of Woodville on the Woodville-Liberty road. Bought a quarter-section from a squatter named Clarke; this area is still known as Clarkesfield.
April 1809: Cleared land by burning the cane growing there and planted a cotton crop.
October 1809: Harvested the cotton, sold the crop for seed, returned to SC.
November 1809: Arrived at family home in SC.
?Last Monday in November 1809,? departed with family, including one brother, and 100 slaves to return to Mississippi.
January 1810: Reached Wilkinson County.
3 March 1813: War of 1812 had broken out. John G. Richardson was commissioned Captain in ?Mississippi troops? ? possibly state militia. Marched with his company to Pensacola where they were under command of General Andrew Jackson.Remained there ?until the end of the Florida War.?
8 January 1815: Joined Jackson?s forces at New Orleans, fought in Battle of New Orleans. Eventually promoted to Colonel. 1826: Built a new house on the Woodville ? Liberty Road, about one mile from the old house.