Herbert
Richardson Sr.


HERBERT RICHARDSON SR. was born in Camden on February 23, 1891. He was the youngest of ten children born to Roxanne and Richard James Richardson. His grandparents were William David Richardson (1816-1865) and his wife, the former Celia Morrison. His father had for siblings, brothers Edward A. Richardson, whose wife Emma Miller Richardson became a physician and founded an orphanage in Camden and William D. Richardson (1842-1881); and sisters Helen Richardson Turner, and Mary Richardson 

Richard J. Richardson and family lived at 566 Walnut Street during the 1880s and as late as 1890. By 1890 Richard J. Richardson had move to 1152 Marion Street in South Camden. By the spring of 1900 Richard J. Richardson had moved to 1118 Baring Street, just around the corner. Herbert Richardson's siblings who were at home in 1900 were Norwood, William, Edna, & Nellie. Four other children were not living at not at home, and one had died. The family was living at 574 Chestnut Street by 1910.

Herbert Richardson attended the Kaighn School and the Richard Fetters School, before graduating from Camden Manual Training & High School in 1909. After graduating from Temple University Law School  in 1913, he embarked on a long and distinguished legal career. He was employed as a clerk in the office of Francis F. Patterson, Jr., Camden County Clerk, from 1910 to 1913 in the County Court House at Camden.

Herbert Richardson was a clerk at the court house by 21 Apr 21, 1910. On 

September 15, 1913, Herbert Richardson was appointed sergeant-at-arms of the Chancery Court, Camden City, Camden County, NJ, serving under Vice Chancellor Edmund B. Leaming, Vice Chancellor Francis B. Davis, Vice Chancellor Albert S. Woodruff, Judge Norman T. Rogers and Judge Vincent S. Haneman. 

On Wednesday, Oct 7, 1914, at age 23, Herbert Richardson married Rosita Sherwood Martin, age 22, at 424 Haddon Avenue, Camden. The 1914 City Directory shows Herbert Richardson living at 1304 Park Boulevard.

Herbert Richardson witnessed the will of Richard J. Richardson, his father, on April 30, 1915. Richard J. Richardson died the following year.

When Herbert Richardson registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 he was described as of medium height, slender, with blue eyes and brown hair. He was still employed as the Sergeant at Arms at State of New Jersey Chancery Court in Camden. By this time he and his wife lived at 1466 Kaighn Avenue in Parkside. When the Census was taken on January 19, 1920 he and his wife were residing at 1466 Kaighn Avenue with their children, Herbert Richardson Jr. and Martin G. Richardson, with Flora Bruggar listed as lodging in the household. The family owned their home; however, they did have a mortgage. Herbert Richardson was still employed as sergeant at arms in the court house.

Herbert Richardson Sr. was admitted to the bar as an Attorney in 1922. He was attached to Vice-Chancellor Leaming's Court on April 1, 1923 at Camden. He was a Counselor-at-Law in 1925 and taught Equity Pleading and the Law of Mortgages during the early days at South Jersey Law School.

When the Census was again enumerated, in April of 1930, Herbert Richardson Sr., his wife, Rosita, and their children, Herbert Jr., George Martin, Joan Rosita, and John Townsend Richardson were still living at 1466 Kaighn Avenue in Camden's Parkside neighborhood. The family then owned their home, which was valued at eight thousand dollars. They also possessed a radio. Herbert Richardson Sr. by this time was an attorney with his own law office on 3 Apr 1930.

Herbert Richardson Sr.  was appointed a Special Master in Chancery Court in 1936. 

On April 27, 1942 Herbert Richardson Sr. registered for the draft. He was a self-employed attorney at the West Jersey Trust Building in Camden. He was still  living at 1466 Kaighn Avenue. By 1947 he had moved his office to 525 Cooper Street and his home to 300 Washington Avenue in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Herbert Richardson retired from the practice of law in 1951.

Besides his legal career, Herbert Richardson served as church organist at various times at a number of churches, including the Church of Our Savior and St. John's Episcopal Church, both on Broadway in Camden. He was a member of Parkside Lodge 217, Free & Accepted Masons. Herbert Richardson was also active in Camden with Camden Lodge 293, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He was a twice elected exalted ruler of the Camden lodge. 

Herbert Richardson passed away on December 13, 1957 at Cooper Hospital in Camden.

Camden
Courier-Post

February 22, 1927

George W. Whyte
Vincenzo Colajezzi
Valentine P. Wilkerson
Vincent Colajezzi
Herbert Richardson
Elizabeth Barbara Stoltz
West Jersey Trust Company
Ernest L. Bartelt
Mary M. Kiley
James F. Lennon
William T. Boyle


Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1936

MARTIN SUSPENDED BY JUDGE VARBALOW
Sergeant-at-Arms Accused of 'Holding Up' Order Issued by Court

Edward Martin, sergeant-at-arms in the Camden District Court, has been suspended by Judge Joseph Varbalow on charges that he attempted to hold up a court order, and used profane language in a public office.

The suspension is indefinite, Judge Varbalow said, until he "turns the matter over to see if any further punishment should be given. Martin had no comment to make when questioned on the suspension.

Judge Varbalow said the charges arose over a case in his court involving Frank Schofield and James Pennington. The former had obtained an attachment on funds of Pennington, who is leader of an orchestra known as Pennington's Californians.

"When the case came up for a hearing in my court," Judge Varbalow said, "Schofield, who was the plaintiff, failed to appear. I then I signed an order directing the clerk of the court to return the money held up in the attachment, to Pennington.  

" Martin acted as a constable in the matter. He went to the clerk, Charles Ferat, and told him to hold up the order for an hour or so, until he, Martin, could get in touch with Schofield's counsel, Rudolph Eisener," Judge Varbalow continued.

"Ferat refused to hold up the order, and Martin called him a profane name. The matter was reported to me and I summoned Martin, Ferat and two other witnesses to my office on Saturday.

"At that time Martin admitted he had made a mistake and said he was sorry it had happened. He said he meant no wrong by his actions.

"I have suspended Martin for two reasons. First, because no sergeant-at-arms has the power to hold up a court order and second, because he was engaged in an argument in a public office, during which he used profane language”.

Herbert Richardson, counsel for Martin, would not discuss the case today. "I don't know what it is all about as yet, so naturally I have nothing to say. I feel that the matter will straighten itself out," Richardson said.


Camden Courier-Post * October 22, 1936

Lewis Liberman - Samuel P. Orlando - John Burns - John Huston
Herbert Richardson - Robert Ashenfelter - Francis Murtaugh
John Ercolani - Edward Hargrove - James Walter

South 8th Street - North 34th Street
Penn Street - Sycamore Street


Camden Courier-Post December 14, 1957

...continued...

Frank F. Patterson Jr. - Albert S. Woodruff
Kaighn School - Fetters School - Camden Manual Training & High School
Church of Our Savior - St. John's Episcopal Church 
Camden Lodge 293 Benevolent Protective Order of Elks
Broadway
- Royden Street - Holl Funeral Home 


Courtesy of Jackie Harrington

Individual Narrative of Herbert Richardson 

Herbert Richardson was born on Mon. 23 Feb 1891 at Camden City, Camden County, in NJ.  He appeared on the census of 4 Jun 1900 at 1118 Barring St., Camden City, Camden County, NJ, in the household of his father, Richard James Richardson , and his mother, Anna Richardson  He was educated at Kaighn and Fetters Schools, Camden City, Camden County, NJ He was graduated in 1909 from Camden High School, Park Boulevard, Camden City, Camden County, NJ He was employed as a clerk in the office of F. F. Patterson, Jr., Camden County Clerk, from 1910 to 1913 in the County Court House, Camden City, Camden County, NJ. He was a clerk at the court house on 21 Apr 1910. He appeared on the census of 21 Apr 1910 at 574 Chestnut St., Ward 6, Camden City, Camden County, NJ, in the household of his father, Richard James Richardson , and his mother, Anna Richardson.  He was graduated in 1913 from Temple University Law School, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, with a LLB Degree On 15 Sep 1913, Herbert Richardson  was appointed sergeant-at-arms of the Chancery Court, Camden City, Camden County, NJ, , serving under Vice Chancellor Edmund B. Leaming, Vice Chancellor Francis B. Davis, Vice Chancellor Albert S. Woodruff, Judge Noirman T. Rogers and Judge Vincent S. Haneman On Wed. 7 Oct 1914, at age 23, Herbert Richardson  married Rosita Sherwood Martin (age 22) at 424 Haddon Avenue, Camden City, Camden County, NJ. He witnessed the will of Richard James Richardson  on 30 Apr 1915 at Camden County, NJ.10 He was described as of medium height, slender, with blue eyes and brown hair on 5 Jun 1917. He was the Sergeant at Arms on 5 Jun 1917 at State of New Jersey, Chancery Court, Camden City, Camden County, NJ. He lived on 5 Jun 1917 at 1466 Kaighn Ave., Camden City, Camden County, NJ. He and Rosita Sherwood Richardson appeared on the census of 19 Jan 1920 at 1466 Kaighn Ave., Ward 13, Camden City, Camden County, NJ, with their children, Herbert Richardson Jr. and Martin G. Richardson, with Flora Bruggar listed as lodging in the household. The family owned their home; however, they did have a mortgage. He was a sergeant at arms in the court house on 19 Jan 1920.6 He was admitted to the bar as an Attorney in 1922 at NJ He was attached to Vice-Chancellor Leaming's Court on 1 Apr 1923 at Camden City, Camden County, NJ. He was a Counselor-at-Law in 1925 at NJ. He taught Equity Pleading and the Law of Mortgages during the early days at South Jersey Law School Herbert Richardson  and his wife, Rosita Sherwood Richardson, and their children, Herbert, George Martin, Joan Rosita, and John Townsend, appeared on the census of 3 Apr 1930 at 1466 Kaighn Ave., Ward 13, Camden City, Camden County, NJ.. The family owned their home valued at eight thousand dollars. They also possessed a radio. He was an attorney in his own law office on 3 Apr 1930. He was appointed a Special Master in Chancery in 1936 He was a self-employed attorney on 27 Apr 1942 at W. Jersey Trust Building, Camden City, Camden County, NJ. He lived on 27 Apr 1942 at 1466 Kaighn Ave., Camden City, Camden County, NJ, Edna Mae Lovitt was listed as the person who would always know the whereabouts of Herbert Richardson  in his World War II Draft Registration dated 27 Apr 1942. Herbert Richardson  died on 13 Dec 1957 at Cooper Hospital, Camden City, Camden County, NJ, at age 66 years, 9 months and 20 days.

Endnotes

1. Results of search for World War I Draft Records on Ancestry.com, online http://search.ancestry.com, Information from this source must be checked. This information is based on a search (probably) by name and may or may not reflect information pertinent to the person who is the subject. If this is the only source listed for this event, the event must be considered only a possibility and not an actuality. Herbert Richardson; City: Camden; County: Camden; State: New Jersey; Birthplace: New Jersey, United States of America; Birth Date: 23 Feb 1891; Race: Caucasian; Roll: 1711989; Draft Board: 3. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com Search, WWI Draft Records.

2. 225 West State St, Level 2, Trenton, NJ, Vital Statistics, New Jersey State Archives, formerly at 185 W. State St., (New Jersey State Library), State Registrar-Search Unit CN 307, Trenton, NJ 08635-0307. In April 2000, the Archives moved to 225 West State Street, Level 2, in Trenton. Information from the record of Herbert Richardson, . New Jersey State Library, 185 W. State St., Trenton, Mercer County, NJ 08625, (609) 292-6274. Hereinafter cited as Vital Statistics, State of New Jersey.

3. Photograph; Gloucester County Historical Society Library, 17 Hunter Street, Woodbury, Gloucester County, NJ 08096-4605, (609) 845-4771, Copy of program for Testimonial Dinner to Herbert Richardson, February 22, 1951.

4. Household of Richard J. Richardson; Camden County, New Jersey, Census of Population; (National Archives Microfilm Publication, T623.) Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900; Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives-Mid Atlantic Region, 900 Market St., Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA 19107-4292, (215) 597-3000.

5. Household of Herbert Richardson; Camden County, New Jersey, Census of Population; (National Archives Microfilm Publication, T626.) Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930; Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives-Mid Atlantic Region, 900 Market St., Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA 19107-4292, (215) 597-3000.

6. Household of Herbert Richardson; Camden County, New Jersey, Census of Population; (National Archives Microfilm Publication, T625.) Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920; Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives-Mid Atlantic Region, 900 Market St., Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA 19107-4292, (215) 597-3000.

7. Household of Richard J. Richardson; Camden County, New Jersey, Census of Population; (National Archives Microfilm Publication, T624.) Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910; Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives-Mid Atlantic Region, 900 Market St., Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA 19107-4292, (215) 597-3000.

8. Results of search for World War II Draft Records on Ancestry.com, online http://search.ancestry.com, Information from this source must be checked. This information is based on a search (probably) by name and may or may not reflect information pertinent to the person who is the subject. If this is the only source listed for this event, the event must be considered only a possibility and not an actuality. Herbert Richardson; Birth Date: 23 Feb 1891; Residence: Camden, New Jersey; Birth: Camden, New Jersey; Race: White; Roll: WWII_2275828. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com Search, WWII Draft Records.

9. William Thurman Lovitt, "E-Mail Message from William T. Lovitt

10. Photograph; Gloucester County Historical Society Library, Copy of will for Richard J. Richardson, Sr.

11. Photograph; Gloucester County Historical Society Library, Copy of obituary for Mrs. Richardson.


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