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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Skelton Richardson, farmer, was born near the Gen. Grant farm, in St. Louis County, Mo., February 8, 1820, and is the sixth of thirteen children born to Booker and Nancy (Cheatham) Richardson, natives of Franklin and Halifax Counties. Va. The father was born in 1775, was married in Virginia, and just prior to 1811 removed to near Nashville, Tenn. He soon after removed to St. Louis County, where he remained until 1833, when he came to Jefferson County, settling on Black Water, and here died, as did also his wife, in 1841. He was of Welsh-Scotch descent, and was a farmer by occupation. He was a soldier in the Seminole War, and was in the battle of Horseshoe Bend. His father was a major in the War for Independence. The mother of Skelton was an aunt of the celebrated and daring Confederate, Gen. Cheatham, of Tennessee, and also a near relative of Gen. Jubal A. Early, of Confederate fame. Skelton remained at home until seventeen years of age, and received very limited educational advantages. He then went to the lead mines of Southwest Wisconsin, where he spent four or five years. He then returned to Missouri, followed farming in Jefferson County until 1852, when he crossed the plains to California, and here spent about ten months mining. In 1854 he returned to Missouri and purchased about 160 head of cattle, after which he returned to California, and here remained until 1859, this time engaged in mining, farming and dealing in stock, at which he was quite successful. At the latter date he returned to Jefferson County, with the intention of soon returning to the coast, but February 23, 1860, married Miss Mary B. Woodson, whose father was a native of Virginia, but an early settler of Jefferson County, where he practiced law. His name, Samuel Woodson, is well known in the county. One child was born to our subject’s marriage—Woodson Booker Richardson. Soon after marriage Mr. Richardson settled near Herculaneum, where he remained until 1867, when he located one-half mile southwest of Kimmswick, where he has forty-one acres, and a small farm in another tract nearby. Politically a life-long Democrat, his first presidential vote was cast for James K. Polk, in 1844. Mr. Richardson is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and his wife is a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church.

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