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Are You My Cousin?: Harriet Ann Elliott Richardson

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Harriet Ann Elliott Richardson

Harriet (Hattie) Elliott was the daughter of Elias and Panthea (Overby) Elliott born 14 Oct 1871 in Buffalo Springs, Mecklenburg, VA. She married Daniel Thomas Richardson about 1895 in Pittsylvania County, VA. In the 1900 and 1910 federal censuses, Daniel and Hattie lived in the Dan River District of Pittslyvania County. In the 1920 census, Hattie is listed as the head of household and living in the Clarksville, Mecklenburg, VA. This is consistent with the fact that Daniel died in 1912. In 1930, she is living in the home of her son, Norman along with his wife, daughter and Hattie's youngest son Ellwood. Hattie died 13 Nov 1932 and is buried in the North Danville Cemetery in Danville, VA.

After her daughter's death in 1923, Hattie kept up correspondence with her son-in-law Bossy and her grandchildren. Letters indicate that both Elma and Crafton visited their grandmother at various times. Also in her letters, she described farming life. Her husband had been a blacksmith (and bootlegger according to Elma Talbott). Upon his death, Hattie supported herself on the farm, at times quite difficult.

One thing I've noticed about Hattie's pictures is that she always seems to be smiling--even feeding chickens!




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