This large family in names and its connections, so far as Marion County is concerned, had
its origin in the names of William Richardson and John Richardson, who came from Roanoke, Va,
just after the Revolutionary War; they were brothers - William was much older than John.
William was old enough to go into the war, and, as tradition informs, served throughout
the war four years in place of his father and three years for himself. John was too young
to go into the war. The two brothers, soon after the war, came to South Carolina, married
and settled in Marion County, and from these two sprang the large family and its connections
now existing and remaining the county - many have emigrated to other parts. Old William married
(don't know who) and had sons, Hardy, John, Hopkins and William, and two daughters Polly and Alice;
he married a second time, Nancy Roberts and by her had sons Richard, Jackson, Thomas and Henry
and three daughters, Martha, Nancy and Betsey.
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
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