Jonathan Richardson

#5950, b. 14 January 1797, d. 26 June 1856
Father*William Richardson b. c 1765, d. 15 Aug 1816
Mother*Jane Bobbitt b. c 1766, d. 3 Aug 1838
     Jonathan Richardson was born on 14 January 1797 Grayson County, Virginia.1 He was the son of William Richardson and Jane Bobbitt. Jonathan Richardson married Anna Wheeler 25 December 1822 Rush County, Indiana.1 Jonathan Richardson died 26 June 1856 at age 591 and was buried Richardson Cemetery/Big Spring Cemetery, Marion Township, Boone County, Indiana; Richardson Cemetery is located in Marion Township, Boone County Indiana in the town of Big Springs. It is on 1100 East just past the intersection with 200 North on the west side of the road. This cemetery was inventoried on August 6, 1998 by Jane A Heine and her daughter. At the time of the inventory, the cemetery was mowed and in fairly good condition. Some stones were very difficult to read, therefore accuracy is not guaranteed. I inventoried the cemetery by rows from the east side heading west.
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Big Springs Methodist Church
Big Springs, Ind., March 23, 1887

Messrs. Harden & Spahr: -- By your request I try to give a brief history of the Big Springs Methodist Church and vicinity. I will first give a few names of settlers who came here prior to October 1837: Isaac Srite, Rhesa Conley, Sampson Hartman, Jacob Johns, John Davis, Daniel Stevens, Joel Richardson, Wm. Laws, Smith Castor, Wm. Davis, J. F. Johnson, Jonathan Scott, John Hollenback, James Richardson, John Parr, Boler Humphrey, Caleb Richardson, Thomas Wooden, Moody Gillum, Wm. Par, Jacob Parr, Sr., Henry Ross and Thomas Lindsey, Jr. and Sr.
My father, Jonathan Richardson, bought Isaac Srite out, in April, 1837, and moved on the farm in October of the same year. This carries me back to early times when I was in my eleventh year. I was quite a small pioneer, if not an old one. I have nothing to go by but my memory, but I think I can relate the history of the church tolerably correctly. The first members were Caleb Richardson, John Parr, Jacob Parr, Sr., Wm. Parr, Joel Richardson, Rhesa Conley, and their wives. . . .Class leaders were Caleb Richardson, John Parr, Joel Richardson, and Thomas Lindsey, Sr. In early times the church was in the Frankfort Circuit. They held meetings at Caleb Richardson's, John Parr's and Joel Richardson's houses until there was a school house built, which was done in 1838... The above was written by Wm. Richardson, living near Big Springs.
Jacob Parr....born in Sullivan County, East Tennessee. . .In the year 1843 he married Miss Elizabeth Richardson, with whom he lived for thirteen years, when death entered his household and took from him his beloved companion. The result of this marriage was four children, all of whom are dead, except one daughter, the wife of John S. Jones. ... . . In the year 1854, he married Mrs. Amanda Montgomery, of Clay County, a widow with one son....the result of this marriage is eight children.
Jonathan Richardson
Mr. Richardson was born in Grasom County, Virginia, June 14, 1797, and went with his parents at the age of three years to Kentucky, where he lived until he was twenty-three years of age; when abut the year 1818 he came to Rush County, Indiana, where he married Anna Wheeler in 1822. Miss Wheeler was born in Maine April 22, 1807. They were married in Rush County, December 25, 1822; came to Decatur County, Indiana, where they resided until the year 1837, when they removed to Marion Township, this county, near Big Springs, and where they were pioneers, and where their best days were spent in developing the county. Mr. Richardson died June 26, 1856, in the fifty-ninth year of his age, and is buried at the Big Spring Cemetery. Mrs. Richardson is yet living, in the eightieth year of her age. She is a member of the regular Baptist Church. The following are th names of this pioneer family, of which there were fifteen in number; ten are dead, five living: John W., Elizabeth J., William, George B., Mary A; James, Tillman H., Ameline R., Jonathan, Sarah and Rachel. The following are living: William resides in Marion Township; George B., same; Mary Parr, in Jolliettville; Nancy E. Parr, in Hamilton County, Ind; Jonathan, in Boone County. All lived to be men and women except two, who died in infancy. To William we are indebted for the above history.2

Children of Jonathan and Anna

Last Edited=9 Aug 2018


  1. [S343] Compiled by Harden and Spahr, Early Life and Times in Boone County, Indiana (Lebanon, Indiana: Harden & Spahr, May 1887), accessed through, p 351.
  2. [S343] Compiled by Harden and Spahr, Early Life and Times in Boone County, Indiana (Lebanon, Indiana: Harden & Spahr, May 1887), accessed through