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     James Franklin Richmond was born on 29 May 1844 in Marshall Co, VA/WV, the son of John Richmond (s/o Abraham & Rachael) & Isabella Gunn (d/o Benjamin Gunn & Jennett). He died on 5 Feb 1923 in South Mound, Oswego Co, KS and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Oswego, KS. He served as a private in the Civil War, in Company C, 12th WV Inf. He was 18 when he enlisted and he served from 26 Mar 1864 - 16 Jun 1865.
     James was married to Margaret Jane Lydick, born 23 Feb 1848 (or 1847), the daughter of Benjamin T. Lydick and Sarah J. Greathouse, on 25 Sep 1866 in Uniontown, PA. She died on 5 Jan 1933 in Neosho Co, KS.
     James Franklin Richmond and Margaret Jane Lydick had the following children: Sady B Richmond, born 31 Aug 1867; Benjamin A Richmond, born 18 Jul 1870; Arthur Richmond, born 1878; Marnie Omelia Richmond, born 7 Mar 1883, [Mirtle R. Richmond born 1 Apr 1874; Clara born 1 Jan 1886, shown in pension papers - per Maureen Solomon.].

Provided by Karen Hucko.


RICHMOND, JAMES FRANKLIN - Died yesterday at his home in South Mound, KS, James F. Richmond, husband of the former Margaret Jane Lydick. Mr. Richmond was born in 1844 in Moundsville, WV and served in Company C of the 12th West Virginia Infantry, being discharged 9 Aug 1865. He married Miss Margaret Lydick 25 Sep 1865 at Uniontown, PA and moved to Labette Co, KS. Mr. Richmond is survived by his wife & four children, two having preceded him in death. Burial is at Mount Hope Cemetery. - - Tombstone
(Courier, Oswego, KS, 6 Feb 1923 - Provided by Linda Fluharty.)

CIVIL WAR PENSION FILE - National Archives

Transcribed by Karen Hucko.

Declaration for Pension

On this 1st day of June one thousand nine hundred and seven, personally appeared before me, James F. Richmond, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 62 years of age and resident of South Mound, County of Neosho, State of Kansas; and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia under the name of James F. Richmond, on the 26th day of March 1864, as a Private in Company C., 10th West Virginia Infantry, Volunteer to serve three years or during the War in the service of the United States in the Civil War, and was honorably discharged at Richmond, Virginia on the 16th day of July 1865.
That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise that as stated above. That his personal description was a follows: height: 5 feet and 9 inches; complexion, dark; color of eyes: hazel; color of hair: dark; that his occupation was farmer; he was born May 29th 1844 in Marshall County, West Virginia.
That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: From August 20th 1865, Marshall County, West Virginia from 1877 to the present time in Labette and Neosho Counties, Kansas.
That he is a pensioner. That he has heretofore applied for pension and draws pension on certificate No. 589131 act June 27th 1890 at ten dollars per month.

FIRST: Are you married? If so, state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
ANSWER: yes. Margaret Jane Richmond, maiden name Margaret Jane Lydick

SECOND: When, where, and by whom were you married?
ANSWER: In Greene County, Pa., married Sept. 24, 1866 by Esquire Hyneman

THIRD: What record of marriage exists?
ANSWER: a written certificate

FOURTH: Were you previously married?

FIFTH: Have you any children living? If so, state their names and dates of birth.
ANSWER: Sadie B. Richmond Aug 31, 1867, Benjamin A. July 18, 1870, Mirtle R. April 1, 1874, Arthur M. Dec. 17, 1878, Marnie O. March 7, 1883, Clara B. Jan. 1, 1886.

Do you have proof of your age:
ANSWER: In reply to your enclosed letter in regard to my age. I must say that the family record of our family was destroyed during the Sival War (Spelling) and there is no record. My father and mother often told me that I was born on the 29th day of May 1844 and when enlisted my father told me I was 20 years old. I was enrolled on the 26th day of March 1864 and discharged on the 9th day of August 1865. This is the best record I can furnish.

Declaration for Widow's Pension

On this 16th day of May 1923, Margaret J. Richmond personally appeared making the following declaration for pension.
That she is 75 years of age, and she was born February 23rd 1848 at Moundsville, W.Va. and that her post office address is South Mound, Kansas.
That she is the widow of James F. Richmond who enlisted March 26th, 1864 at Wheeling, W.Va. under the name of James F. Richmond in Private Co. C 12 Regiment and Co C 10 Regiment, West Virginia Infantry and was honorably discharged August 9th, 1865. He died February 5th 1923 in South Mound, Kansas and that she was married to the said soldier September 25th 1865 at Uniontown, Pa.