Richardson, John Henry
Age: 0, credited to VermontVITALS
Birth: 03/03/1828, Brattleboro, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None NotedDESCENDANTS
Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield, MA
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(Courtesy of Rob Gregg)
Dr. Richardson was seventy-four years of age at the time of his decease, and had resided in Medfield constantly since 1866. Early in life he conceived a liking for the work of the medical profession, and leaving his father's farm in Vermont, he started out with limited means hoping to make his way through a course of professional study. For a few years he taught in the common schools of New England, and then entered the medical department of the University of the City of New York. From that institution he was graduated in 1854, receiving the degree of M. D. Very soon after graduating he settled down to the work of his profession in Chesterfield, Mass. There he remained until the breaking out of the Civil War, when he enlisted as surgeon in the 52d Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers. He went with his regiment to Louisiana and there in the region of Baton Rouge and Port Hudson did loyal and self-sacrificing service for his country. His skill in practice and his sympathetic care of the sick and wounded gained for him the respect and friendship of all his comrades. They saw more than once a sick or wounded soldier coming in on Dr. Richardson's horse, while the doctor himself followed on foot through the mud or in the heat. His toil and self-denial for the men was constant, cheerful and generous, as is testified to by the surviving members of his regiment.
Only a short time before enlisting he had married Miss Elizabeth S. Ranney, daughter of Rev. D. H. Ranney of Brattleboro, Vermont, and in a few months after the close of the war Dr. and Mrs. Richardson came to Medfield where they bought a house and made their home for the rest of life. Mrs. Richardson died January 23, 1902. About five months later Dr. Richardson went to his native town, Brattleboro, Vermont, and there, after visiting relatives and friends, his life peacefully closed on the date mentioned at the beginning of this brief memoir.
Dr. Richardson's thirty-six years in Medfield have been of the most kindly, helpful and exemplary character. He was indeed, as some of his townsmen have well said, 'the beloved physician.' Kind, skillful, sympathetic, prompt and untiring in labors, he became everyone's friend and the personal benefactor of many.
'None knew him but to love him.
None named him but to praise.'
Courtesy of Rob Gregg, a cousin.