Page prepared by Donald Richardson with help from Family Bible held by Hazel Judd.

Jacob Franklin Richardson and family c1894 Park City, Utah (photo from Mike Judd Collection)

Jacob Franklin Richardson during his life moved from Hardin County, Kentucky, via St. Joseph, MO; La Veta, Colorado; Park City, Utah; Fruitland, Idaho and ended in Ontario, California.    The following details are known to the author: Jacob married and had his first two children in St. Joseph, MO. The 1883 city directory of St. Joseph lists Richardson, Jacob F. Blacksmith with The Ambrosia Mfg. Co.  Resided 1122 S. 19th St. His first son was born, where his in-laws lived at the time, in La Veta, CO in 1882. Jacob F. Richardson and family arrived in Park City, Utah after 1883. "Jake", as he was called, was the head blacksmith at the Ontario Mine in Summit County, Utah. He resigned his position at the "Ontario" and "took up the undertaking business"  in Park City, Utah, according to the Park Record. Ads appeared in the Park Record  as early as 1890 for "J.F. Richardson Undertaker and Funeral Director". Jacob retired and turned the business over to his last son William Daniel Richardson in about 1913 (for a discussion of the Richardson Mortuary in Park City, click here). Jacob moved to Fruitland, Idaho and established a successful farm. In about 1920, Jacob moved to Ontario, California  but Jacob kept his Idaho farm. Jacob managed to return the Fruitland farm a few times a year*.Hazel Judd thinks that Jacob also had an undertaking business in San Diego, CA while he lived in Idaho. This has not been checked out.

Jacob Franklin Richardson (3/25/1848 Hardin Co., KY - 11/23/1930 Ontario, CA) 
Sarah Isabelle Pore (d/o William) (10/8/1858  Keokuk, Lee Co., IA - 7/6/1931 Ontario, OR**) m 9/28/1876 St. Joseph, MO

** Sarah Richardson died at a hospital in Ontario, OR, across the Snake River from Payette, Idaho. She was in Fruitland, Idaho on business. The obituaries in the Payette Idaho newspapers called "Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Richardson pioneers of the valley".

Return to previous generation

Return to top page

This page last updated on 5/20/14