Richardson, James J
Richardson, James J., a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Tennessee in 1808. He experienced religion in 1822, and in 1827 emigrated to Illinois. He was admitted on trial in the Illinois Conference in 1837, and served the Church in active work until 1856, when, because of failing health, he took a superannuated relation. In 1859 he became effective, but in 1862 he was again superannuated. In 1865 he was appointed to Spring Garden Circuit, which he served three years. He then traveled Benton Circuit one year, at the close of which the active labor of his life ceased. His death occurred Sept. 21, 1872, in Marion County, Ill. Mr. Richardson was a plain, practical, and earnest preacher, and a prudent disciplinarian. See Minutes of Annual Conf. 1872, p. 136.