Family:John Richey and Martha Unknown (1)

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16 Dec 1888 Upshur County, TX
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Aft 19 Sep1870
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Bef June 1880 Texas, United States
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Family tradition says John Richey rode horseback to Texas and applied for a Republic of Texas headright land grant. He returned to Alabama and brought his family to Texas in Nov 1839 where they received certificate #93 for 640 acres. They rode by ox wagon through Memphis, Tennessee where family legend says the Mississippi River was frozen over and the wagon train crossed it on iceS7.

I live in Memphis, Tennessee and if you could see the Mississippi River today you would wonder how that could ever be possible. Recently at a seminar, I asked that question. A kind lady gave me an answer. She said her grandfather remembered the Mississippi River freezing as a young boy. She said that a hundred years ago, the river was much different, and it had places that were not as swift, was more shallow and had many sand bars. I also asked how did they get their wagons across such a large wide river? The answer is they moved them across with barges, horses, mules, and ropes.

John Richey's headright Certificate #93 includes sworn statements that he arrived in the Republic of Texas on the 1 November 1839 with his family, and that he 'resides here now and intends to make this his future place of residence'. It is witnessed by Elias S Bishop and John Sanders. He was issued Certificate #93 for 640 acres of headright of land which was signed by the board.

The Richey family spent some time in Red River County (now Lamar) at Blossum Prairie where the family was closely associated with that of Henry Stout, a Texas Pioneer, see Henry Stout and Sarah Talbot (1). Children of this family married W. B. Stout, a brother of Henry, and two of Henry's children. John Richey died at Blossom, Texas (now Lamar County) near the end of 1840 where his estate is entered into probate in Red River County, on 1 Oct 1840. For details of the probate of his estate, please see his person page at: John Richey (9). Family tradition passed down says he is believed to have contracted pneumonia on his way to Texas from Alabama from which he did not recover. His family scattered widely over Texas with most of them going to Hopkins and Morris Counties.

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  1.   John Richey, in United States. 1810 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 226.

    one male between sixteen and twenty-six years of age, three females under ten years of age, and one female between sixteen and twenty-six years of age

  2.   John Ritchie , in Barefield, Marilyn Davis. Old Tuskaloosa land office records & military warrants, 1821-1855. (Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, c1984), Section 19 Township 15, No 2019, 3 Sep 1821.

    E 1/2 of NE 1/4 Dec-8-1821 #2019

  3.   John Richey, in Red River, Texas, United States. Probate Court, p. 252, No 83., May Term, 1847.

    Martha M Richey, Adm of the Estate of John Richey, Decd.

  4.   Henry Stout, in Kibart, Sylvia M, and Rita M. Adams. Pioneers of Hopkins County, Texas. (Wolfe City, Texas: Henington Pub., 1986-), Vol I, p218-220, 1821.

    Henry and Sarah Talbot Stout, William B Stout, Matilda Caroline Richey and Elvira Richey and others are mentioned.

  5.   Kibart, Sylvia M, and Rita M. Adams. Pioneers of Hopkins County, Texas. (Wolfe City, Texas: Henington Pub., 1986-), Vol II, p 171-175.

    Henry and Sarah Talbot Stout, William B Stout, Matilda Caroline Richey and Elvira Richey and others are mentioned. John Richey and his descendants are detailed.

  6.   Henry Stout, in Post, Gerald Virtrue, and 1904-1977. Alive and Good to Know, 386 pps: Dedicated to Family and Comunity Historians and to everyone who is alive and good to know. (Dallas, Texas 75234: APSWIN, Inc. 14418 Hague, Dallas, Texas 75234, 1988), p 5, 1988.

    "The Stout Family, Captain Henry Stout, adventurer, explorer, Indian Fighter, scout, veteran of the Texas Revolution, captain of Texas Rangers, frontier peace officer, veteran of the Confederacy and legislator, was the central figure in this colorful family".

  7.   John Richey, in Post, Gerald Virtrue, and 1904-1977. Alive and Good to Know, 386 pps: Dedicated to Family and Comunity Historians and to everyone who is alive and good to know. (Dallas, Texas 75234: APSWIN, Inc. 14418 Hague, Dallas, Texas 75234, 1988), p. 72.
  8.   The Pendleton 1810 census record is the first known record we have of John Richey. We do not know for sure exactly where he was born.