Private John P. Richardson

 Genealogical Information
Provided by Estill County Historical Society

John P. Richardson, born around 1841, enlisted on the 7th of November 1861, as a private in Company K, 8th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment under Captain Henry C. Thomas.  He was veteranized on the 3rd of January 1864, and transferred to the 4th Kentucky Mounted Infantry.  In June of 1865, he contacted rheumatism and resulting disease of the heart, caused by exposure.  He was discharged at Macon, Georgia, on the 17th of August 1865, at the close of the war.


                John was 5ft, 8inches tall, light haired and complected, and blue eyed.  He married first, Mandy L.(unknown last name) who died November 15, 1875 near Powell in Estill County.  He married second, Elizabeth Azbill(born around 1846) in Pulaski County, Kentucky, on the 22nd of March 1877.  They had three children: 

Burrett C.

December 14, 1877

Pulaski County

Ellen P.

July 31, 1879

Estill County

Coleman D

July 13, 1881

Estill County

Apparently John and Elizabeth were separated sometime after the early 1880’s, for John was residing near Jett’s Creek, in Breathitt County, Kentucky, in 1889 when he applied for his pension.  Elizabeth was living at Drip Rock in Jackson County, Kentucky, in 1893 when she first applied for a widow’s pension.  John had a son, Sam P., born around 1888, but the mother is unknown.  John was living near Elkatawa in Breathitt County when he died in June or July of 1893.  Elizabeth remarried to a Thomas R. Fry, who was a veteran of Company F of the 85th Pennsylvania Infantry, also outlived him, and applied for a widow’s pension from both men’s service.