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Dr. Abijah Richardson

Dr. Abijah Richardson

Male 1752 - 1822  (69 years)

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  • Name Abijah Richardson 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 30 Aug 1752  Rockville - East Medway, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 May 1822  Medway, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The following sketch for his service in the Revolutionary War appears in Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (13:223).

      Abijah Richardson, Medway. List of men raised in Suffolk Co. for Continental service, as returned by Maj. Metcalf, of Col. Wheelock's Regt.; also, list of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from 1st Medway co., Col. Benjamin Hawes's (4th Suffolk Co.) Regt. as returned by Joseph Lovell, and sworn to at Wrentham by Lieut. Stephen Clark; residence, Medway; engaged for town of Medway; joined Col. Graten's Regt.; term, 3 years, to expire Jan. -, 1780; also, Surgeon's Mate, Col. John Greaton's (2d) Regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; also, Col. Greaton's Regt.; return of offlcers for clothing, dated Boston, May 4, 1778; also, order on the Board of War, dated Camp Peekskill, Nov. 29, 1778, signed by Col. John Greaton, for clothing for officers in his regiment; also, same Regt.; return of officers, dated Boston, Jan. 26, 1780; also, Surgeon, Col. Putnam's Regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780; reported as serving 7 mos. in Col. Greaton's Regt., 5 mos. in Col. Putnam's Regt.

      Surgeon's Mate, 3rd Massachusetts, January 1, 1777: taken prisoner at Fort Lafayette (near Stony Point on the Hudson), June 1, 1779; exchanged in September 1779; Surgeon, 5th Massachusetts, July 17, 1780; retired January 1, 1781;

      After the war he returned to Medway, where he resumed the practice of medicine and surgery; was also a botanist; helped educate a number of young men for the medical profession. He was one of three founders of a mill in Medway for the manufacture of cotton cloth, which began operations in 1805 under the name of Richardson & Company. Dr. Richardson continued a stockholder in this concern until his decease. His nine children are named in the administration papers settling his estate, all having survived him— no small feat in those days; Lewis Wheeler, 'gentleman', his eldest son-in-law, was appointed administrator, the widow, Mercy, declining. Inventory of the estate amounted to $6,461.47 in July 1822. Family history calls Dr. Richardson a surgeon "on Washington's staff." While it may be true that he preformed medical services during Washington's time in Cambridge, it would have been before he joined the service. He could have encountered the General at several other posting where the Third was with Washington. However, there is no record of any appointment to Washington's staff.

      Abijah was an Original Member of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati from 1783 until 1822.
    Person ID I5905  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 15 Dec 2006 

    Father Asa Richardson,   b. 16 Oct 1720,   d. 15 Jul 1764  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Abigail Barber,   b. 14 Aug 1719,   d. Unknown 
    Married 1740 
    Family ID F2616  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Daniels,   b. 16 Dec 1755, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1854, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1772  Medway, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mercy Richardson,   b. 2 May 1783, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1866, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Abigail T. Richardson,   b. Cal 27 Jul 1787, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1864, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
    Last Modified 15 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F2605  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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