Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Daddy and His Brothers and Sisters


Leon Fremont Richards

Born in the tiny community of Peaster, my daddy was the second child in a family of eleven children. The phrase "ecking out" a living by farming comes to mind when I think of the children and my grandparents on their rented place in Parker County. They were very poor, but that was not uncommon in those days here in Texas. Daddy was the oldest son. He had a sister who was born on March 22, 1915 and I'm sure she and Daddy had a grand time playing with one another. Iwanda died when she was but six years old. I do not know why she died, but there is a large photo of the two of them which hung in a guest bedroom of Daddy's house for years and it appears that she may have had Down's Syndrome. The photograph in it's original and unusual frame is still lovingly cared for by one of my sisters.

 
Leon Richards & Iwanda Richards
Circa 1918
 
My grandparents moved around from farm to farm and I'm sure as the children all came along they worked very hard to help put food on the table. I like to think that they were happy. My daddy's brothers and sisters were close down through the years and always got together for reunions and important family events. I am sharing the family page with you here. The names and birthdates were taken from my grandmother, Willie Laura Homsley Richards', handwritten page tucked inside her Bible. The only date of death recorded in her hand was Iwanda's. The others noted here died after my grandmother.
  • Iwanda Richards, born March 22, 1915 in Parker County, Texas; died January 13, 1921 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas.
  • Leon Fremont Richards, born August 26, 1916 in Peaster, Parker County, Texas; died April 8, 1985 in a Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas hospital.
  • Floyd Alvin Richards, born July 28, 1918 in Parker County, Texas; died March 10, 1979 in Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • Syble Maedean Richards, born February 22, 1922 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas; died April 7, 2004 in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California.
  • J. D. Richards, born December 28, 1924 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas.
  • Lloyd Frank Richards, born November 7, 1926 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas; died March 5, 2005 near Athens, Shelby County, Texas.
  • Bobbie Louise Richards, born January 11, 1929 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas; died October 2, 2001 in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas.
  • Thurman Wayne Richards, born April 20, 1931 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas.
  • Mary Ella Richards, born June 1, 1933 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas; died October 1, 2004 in Paris, Lamar County, Texas.
  • John Robert Richards, Jr., born March 1, 1937 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas; died November 11, 2005 in Lingleville, Erath County, Texas.
  • Richard Edwin Richards, born October 27, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas; died December 2, 2000 in Athens, Shelby County, Texas.
Sources:
Handwritten recording of names and birthdates of her children by Willie Homsley Richards. Copy given to Judith Richards Shubert by Mary Ella Richards Haws. Original belonging to Mary Haws.

Photographs:
Richards, Leon Fremont, Digital format 2009, Original owned by Judith Richards Shubert.
Richards, Leon Fremont and Richards, Iwanda, Digital Format 2005, Original owned by Leon Fremont Richards. 

Scrapbook Elements:
Kubivet
Pewter7 

2 comments:

Dorene from Ohio said...

What beautiful family photos!

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Thanks so much, Dorene! Glad you stopped by.

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