Caleb Richardson1

#1835, b. 1799, d. 28 September 1870
Father*William Richardson b. c 1765, d. b 15 Aug 1816
Mother*Jane Bobbitt b. c 1766, d. 3 Aug 1838
     Caleb Richardson was born in 1799 Virginia. He was the son of William Richardson and Jane Bobbitt. Caleb and Celia Humphries, daughter of George Humphries and Charlotta (--?--), were married after 2 February 1818 Pulaski County, Kentucky.2 A marriage bond was executed for Caleb and Celia Humphries dated on 2 February 1818 Pulaski County, Kentucky. The bond was signed by There is a marriage bond dated 2 Feb 1818 for Sealy Humphreys and Caleb Richardson, consent of his mother, Jane Richardson, and of her father, George Humphries. Boler Humphries surety for the bond.

A copy (handwritten) of a list of marriage returns by marriage date has Cabel Richardson and Selay Muphras, 29 January 1818.

The handwriting on the pages was uniform, although the "signatures" were for "Wesley White," "W White." Beginning at the middle of the page, the dates are Feb 26, 17 Feb, 29th Jan, 8 Mar, 19 May. Note that they are not in date order, and cover five months. Further, this book covers a wide range of dates, from this to 1860, within a couple of pages, making me suspicious that this is a "copy of a copy of copies" of other record books.

Image 196, printed page "411" ends with a side notation

"page 358 - I hereby certify that on the 28th day of Feb 1859"

the next page is printed 52 with a marginal notation "Page 50" and begins "Pulasky County Court by the Reverend Wesley White..."

After several entries, we find:

"Edmond Briders and Polly Gancy I have likewise joined together 17th day of February - W White
Cabel Richardson and Selay Muphras I have joined together January 29 1818.
W W White"

Interspersed among the returns is some version the following statement "The foregoing lists of marriages was returned to me in my office as Clerk of the Pulaski County Court by the reverend Westly White and the same has been duly recorded in my office. Att Will Fox CPC
End of Page 50."

Further, the handwriting has a general slightly left slant except for the "Muphras" which is
somewhat smaller, and clearly written later in a space not quite big enough. It likely was not readable when read from the bond by the clerk, or Atty Will Fox, so entered into the register as a blank. Later, someone either read the bond again, or they asked.

It is not possible to determine from this the actual date of the marriage, but likely a few days after the bond.3,4,2 Caleb Richardson died 28 September 1870, in Liberty, Tipton County, Indiana at age 71 years.5 He died 18 May 1870 at age 71 years, according to He was buried Richardson Cemetery, Sharpsville, Tipton County, Indiana.5

     He left a will on 18 May 1870 Tipton County, Indiana,

"beloved wife Celia Richardson have one third of estate both real and personal...
"three grandchildren, Jasper, Helen & Georgia Richardson, heirs of my beloved son hundred dollars each...
"son Stephen, five dollars...
"remainder be equally divided beween my children to wit except my son Calib Richardson who is to have an amount equal to two of the others..Mary William, Charlott Jane Cintha George John James Joel Andrew J [Emeline] and Strange Richardson that said the amount of property to be divided equally between the above [ ] children except Calib who is to have an amount equal to two of the others..."

The will was under seal and opened and read 3 Oct 1870.6

Children of Caleb and Celia

Last Edited=20 Aug 2022


  1. [S163] Timothy M Parks, "Timothy M Parks Family Discussion," e-mail message from e-mail address (California) to Pat Dunford, 6/23/1999.
  2. [S395], online, Kentucky, County Marriage Records, 1783-1965 for Cabel Richardson and Selay Maphras/Muphras.
  3. [S40] Ruth Parks Durham, "George Ballard W. Parks", Celebrating Families of Whitman County: George Ballard W. Parks (ca 1988).
  4. [S352] Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850, online Hereinafter cited as Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850.
  5. [S164] Timothy M Parks, "Timothy M Parks Family Tree", 1999 (California). Unknown comments.
  6. [S395], online, Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999 for Caleb Richardson.
  7. [S140] _____ Parks Family Bible owned by Caleb Parks or wife , Syntha Parks was born Aug 9th 1826 Listed as "Family Reckard of Geo. B. W. Parks Family." Was with family items in household of Carl Andrew Parks, Spokane, Washington, 2000.