John Henry Richardson or Thomas

13 May 1881–16 September 1954 (Age 73)
Floyd, Floyd, Iowa, United States

The Life of John Henry

When John Henry Richardson or Thomas was born on 13 May 1881, in Floyd, Floyd, Iowa, United States, his father, Ira Franklin Richardson, was 41 and his mother, Laura E. Williams, was 19. He married Lena Elizabeth Shipley Thomas on 4 October 1905, in Charles City, Floyd, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Liberty Township, Mitchell, Iowa, United States in 1910 and Stillwater, Washington, Minnesota, United States in 1920. He died on 16 September 1954, in Brainerd, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Merrifield, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Henry Richardson or Thomas
Lena Elizabeth Shipley Thomas
Marriage: 4 October 1905
Marion Keith Thomas
Florence Irene Thomas Cordie
John Arl Thomas
Susan Arletta Thomas Schmidt

Spouse and Children

4 October 1905
Charles City, Floyd, Iowa, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Ira Franklin Richardson


    Laura E. Williams




    LaRene Louisa Richardson



    Edith E. Richardson


    Franklin Marion Richardson


World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 3

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 20

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Richard . This has undoubtedly also assimilated like-sounding cognates from other languages, such as Swedish Richardsson.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • John Richardson in household of Ira Richardson, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • John H Thomas, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John H Thomas, "United States Census, 1940"

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