Robert William Richardson, 1879 Robert William Richardson
1854 - 1932

BORN: 02 APR 1854, Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio
         01 MAR 1879
         Washington County, Iowa
DIED: 9 APR 1932

Robert William Richardson was a carpender who lived most of his adult life in northern Iowa, in and around the towns of Bancroft and Armstrong.

Robert was born in Gallia County, Ohio in 1854 and moved with his family to Muscatine County, Iowa in 1857. They would move a third time, to Highland Township in Washington County, Iowa in 1868.

Robert married Eve Warner in the spring of 1879 in Washington County, Iowa. A year later the 1880 census places them and their first child, one month old Lewis, in Washington County. Eve was known as a fine singer who taught voice as well as performed frequently in the areas where they lived.

In the 1880 census, Robert lists his occupation as farmer. Many records from this time show that Robert had a preference for using middle name as he is identified many times as 'R. William Richardson', or in one case where space seemed to be at a premium, as 'Wm. Richardson'.

Within a few years of the 1880 census, Robert's new family moved north, near Bancroft, Iowa - their fourth child, David Earl, was born there in the summer of 1884. The Richardson family continued to live in Bancroft until at least 1896 when the birth of their seventh child, Gilbert, places them there.

Most of the family history handed down within the family places the Robert Richardson family in Armstrong, Iowa but this move could not have happened until sometime just before the turn of the century. Eve was known to have sung at the Presbyterian church they attended there.

Robert and Eve had a total of eight children.

Robert Richardson Family, 1896
The Robert Richardson Family
- 1896 -
back row: Lou, Eve, Selba, & Robert M
front row: Laura, Robert William, baby Gilbert, David & Ralph

Robert stepped on a rusty nail later in his life and developed blood poisoning. As a result, his leg was amputated above the knee and he got around with the aid of an artificial leg.

At the age of 70, Robert became ill and "knew" that it must be cancer, but refused to allow doctors to operate on him. He remained bed-ridden for nine years. Eventually Eve became so tired of caring for him that his son, Bob, moved them to Chicago. Shortly after the move, Eve died of a heart attack (at age 72) and within two weeks Robert was dead also, the year being 1932. A post-mortum examination of Robert showed no sign of cancer.

Both Robert and Eve are presumed buried somewhere in or near Chicago.

View the Richardson Family Photoalbum, 1879-1967

WIFE of Robert William Richardson:
    Mary "Eve" WARNER

PARENTS of Robert William Richardson:
    Sarah LOVE

CHILDREN of Robert William Richardson:
   1. Lewis Henry "Lou" RICHARDSON

   2. Roselba "Selba" RICHARDSON
   3. Robert Monroe RICHARDSON
   4. David Earl RICHARDSON
   5. Ralph Evelend RICHARDSON
   6. Laura E. (RUBLE)
   7. Gilbert Forest RICHARDSON
   8. Nita Naomi (DECKER)