Laura Richardson

30 April 1810–27 February 1888 (Age 77)
Dryden, Cayuga, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Laura

When Laura Richardson was born on 30 April 1810, in Dryden, Cayuga, New York, United States, her father, Josiah Richardson, was 27 and her mother, Lowly Foote, was 32. She married Juel Josiah Bess in 1830, in Greenwood, Steuben, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1850 and Utah, United States in 1870. She died on 27 February 1888, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Juel Josiah Bess
Laura Richardson
Marriage: 1830
Oliver Cromwell Bess
Joseph Bess
about 1832–before 1840
James Lawrence Bess Sr
about 1832–1912
Josiah Bess
1834–before 1840
Laura Bess
Lola Eliza Bess
Laura Melvina Bess
William Henry Bess
Lurinda Bess
Lucinda Bess
Lucrice Bess

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1830Greenwood, Steuben, New York, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 17
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    about 1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age NaN
    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    Name Meaning

    English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Richard + -son. This surname is also very common among African Americans. Compare Ritson .Americanized form (and a Swedish variant) of Swedish Richardsson or Rikardsson: patronymic from the personal name Richard , Rikard.Americanized form of Norwegian and Danish Richardsen or Norwegian Rikardsen, cognates of 2 above.

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

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    Story Highlight

    James Lawrence Bess

    JAMES LAWRENCE BESS James Lawrence Bess was born October 13, 1832 in Greenwood, Stubin County, New York, a son of Juel and Laura Richardson Bess. In February 1870 James Lawrence Bess married Mary …

    Sources (26)

    • Laura Bess in household of Joel Bess, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Laura Richardson in entry for Oliver Cornwell Bess, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
    • Laura Bess, "United States Census, 1850"

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