William Richmond Family Bible: Horace Richmond (1852-1940)

The Family Bible I bought on eBay has arrived and I have been going through the family registry pages name by name, sorting out how each person is related and fits into the family tree.

Here is the entry for William Richmond’s son, Horace William Richmond, born October 2nd 1852.

photo of the family registry page of the Richmond Bible, showing entry for Horace William Richmond
Source: Richmond Family Bible in possession of Thomas Jay Kemp

Tracing My Family Tree with the Census

With the names from the family registry in hand, I began by orienting myself to the family in the census.

I found Horace Richmond—then 8 years old—living with his family in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa.
See: FamilySearch 1860 Census page here: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M825-X8C

Here he is again in the 1870 Census, still living in Cedar Rapids.
See: FamilySearch 1870 Census page here: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MDVX-GBC

By 1900 he is living in Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri.
See: FamilySearch 1900 Census page here: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M38M-X7F

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Turning to Old Newspapers for Family Stories

Now that I know a little more about Horace, I looked in GenealogyBank to see what I could learn about him in our Historical Newspaper Archives.

I quickly found this story about Horace Richmond that made the front page of the Kansas City Times.

article about Horace Richmond, Kansas City Times newspaper article 24 November 1885
Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 24 November 1885, page 1

Horace Tricked by a Bond Scam

This 1800s newspaper reported that Horace Richmond was working as a clerk at E.K. Hurlbut’s store in Maryville, Missouri.

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One day Eugene Evans tricked Richmond into cashing a $50 bill which “on close investigation on the following Monday morning, proved to be a $50 Missouri defense bond issued during the [Civil] war.” Evans was arrested and soon confessed what he had done and appealed for the mercy of the court. The court accepted “a plea of petit larceny, and Evans told the court he would never be caught again.”

Here is an example of what that bond looked like:

photo of a $50 defense bond from Missouri from the Civil War
Source: Silver Towne Auctions

Horace Wins Whist Tournament

Here is another article that reported on Horace Richmond.

article about Horace Richmond, Kansas City Times newspaper article 30 November 1890
Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 30 November 1890, page 19

He won the whist tournament sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. I.V. McMillan of North Maryville, Missouri.

Whist was a popular card game of the 19th century with origins back to the 16th century in England.

To Be Continued…

I’ll continue looking for personal stories about the family members listed in the Bible, and report back to you on what I find.

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