Booker Richardson, farmer, near Kimmswick, and a brother of Skelton Richardson, whose sketch just precedes this, was born in St. Louis County, in 1831, and is the youngest of thirteen children born to Booker and Nancy (Cheatham) Richardson. He remained at home until
the age of seventeen, having to walk six miles in order to get any
schooling. He then crossed the plains to California, where he remained eleven years engaged in mining. In 1860 he returned to Jefferson County, and the following year enlisted in Company E, Second Missouri Cavalry, Confederate army, and joined Gen. Forrest, with whom he served
until the downfall of the Confederacy. He then surrendered at Columbus,
Miss., and carried the flag of truce to Iuka, Miss., after the call for
surrender. He then returned to Jefferson County, where he was married
to Miss Sarah Wells, a native of Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., in 1866.
Her parents, John and Marenia (Jackson) Wells, were formerly from
Kentucky, but came to Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., later in life. Twelve
children were born to Mr. Richardson's marriage, five of whom are living,
viz.: Addie, Julia, Henry, Arthur and Sarah. Mr. Richardson has since
lived one-half miles southwest of Kimmswick, where he has a fine farm of
seventy acres; he is also the owner of several other tracts. Politically
a Democrat, he is also an honest, upright man.