Richardson and Elizabeth Bunn?
Most of the people who think Hill Richardson's parents are Jonathan Richardson and Elizabeth Bunn have got there information from one of two places.
www.familysearch.org (LDS genealogy
From there it moved to a few website. The largest one is
When I first got started I made the
mistake of thinking Hill Richardson and Jonathan Richardson (wife
Elizabeth Bunn) both lived in Otsego County New York. Well I was not
wrong but, Hill lived in Otsego, Otsego county, New York and Jonathan
lived in Otego, Otsego county, New York. Actually hill was in what is
now called Cooperstown but at the time was just called Otsego.
The two were never closer than about 30
mile to each other. So there is no real connection other than last name.
This is the known family of Jonathan Richardson and Elizabeth Bunn who ended up in Otsego, New York near Hill Richardson.
Richardson b. 16 Aug 1745, Possibly in Sutton MA(may have been
the son of Ralph Richardson of Sutton, Massachusetts,
Married: 1782 - Florida, Montgomery, New York, USA
Bunn b. 1761 (dau of John BUNN and
Elizabeth BAER) died February 1825
Laurens, Otsego Co NY; buried Elm Row Cem,
2) Catherine b. circa 26 Apr 1782 Florida Montgomery, New York
3) John b. 24 Jul 1784 Florida Montgomery, New York m. Elizabeth BAKER d. 15 Mar 1861 (Laurens Otsego Co NY)
4)daughter #3 b. circa 1785? Florida Montgomery, New York
5)Ebenezer b. 1789 Florida Montgomery, New York m. Phoebe REED bur. Pine Lake Cem. West Bloomfield MI
6)William b.1790 Florida Montgomery, New York m. Polly AUSTIN d. 11 May 1868 (Oneonta NY)
7)Jacob b. 11 Mar 1793 m. Mercy GOODRICH d. 12 Mar 1875
8)Peter b. 25 Jun 1795 in Laurens, Otsego Co NY; married 15 Aug 1827 Permelia HAINES (dau of John B. and Mehetible HAINES;
9)Polly b. 1 Aug 1797 (Florida, Montgomery Co NY) m. Elijah Sherman BUCK
10)Martin b. May 26 or 29, 1800 in Laurens, Otsego Co
11)James b. 29 May 1800 (Laurens Otsego Co NY) m. Candace COMSTOCK (Laurens, Otsego Co NY) -10. James b. 30 Sep 1803
It is plain to see, Hill Richardson
with a known birth date of 1775 can not fit into this family. Elizabeth
Bunn would have been 14 years old when he was born. And there would be
a 4 year gap to the second child.