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James Purdie Richardson
3rd Child Of W. M. Richardson and Anna Louise Gibson
Married 1st Edena Ezelle Hicklin, 2nd Ethel Bowen
James Purdie Richardson was born on June 9, 1880, in Louisiana, his father, William, was 49 and his mother, Anna, was 34. He married Edena E Hicklin on October 12, 1911, in Richburg, South Carolina. They had two children during their marriage. He died on January 24, 1972, in Hillsborough County, Florida, at the age of 91, and was buried in Tampa, Florida.

Birth: Mar., 1888
South Carolina, USA

Death: 1925
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA

Edena was a daughter of Robert and Anna (Ivy) Hicklin. Edena graduated from Queens College in Columbia, South Carolina and taught school in Richburg, South Carolina. She married James Purdie Richardson and their children included Christine and William. 


Woodlawn Cemetery
West Palm Beach
Palm Beach County
Florida, USA

James P. Richardson
Edena H. Richardson
Ethel B. Richardson

1910 United States Federal Census

Name    James P Richardson
Age in 1910    29
Birth Year    abt 1881
Birthplace    Louisiana
Home in 1910    McIntosh, Marion, Florida
Race    White
Gender    Male
Relation to Head of House    Son
Marital Status    Single
Father's Name    W M Richardson
Father's Birthplace    North Carolina
Mother's Name    Annie G Richardson
Mother's Birthplace    Missouri
Household Members    
Name    Age
W M Richardson    79
Annie G Richardson    64
James P Richardson    29

Ocala Star Banner Ocala Florida    Sunday, January 30, 1955
Page 16

How the white fly came to Florida

Former Marion County resident tells of the early days in North Marion County

(Editorial note: James Purdie Richardson, who resides at 1607 Cleveland St., Tampa, where he is in the floral business, has written the following account of early days in the Orange Lake – Macintosh section. Mr. Richardson will be remembered by many of our older residents.)

By James Purdie Richardson

In January, 1986 my father, Dr. William M. Richardson, gave up his practice of medicine in Jenerette Louisiana, and moved to Boardman, Florida, a small station and post office on the a. C. L. A. Railroad, 20 miles north of Ocala, with his wife, two daughters, Louise and Ella, and one son Purdie.

My father purchased a 25 acre orange grove in farm, much of the land still in heavy hammock. This grove was a young seedling and we worked hard for nine years to get this grove to where it would become a paying proposition. I was raised on this farm in North Marion County, and know much about its history and people from 1886, up to the present date. Why I am writing this article is that some historic events occurred in this neighborhood in the early 90s which would be especially interesting to citrus growers over the state.

First, I want to mention before we get into the citrus business. In 1888, my father and a few other good Methodist organized and built the first Methodist Church in the neighborhood. This church was named “Marvin” in memory of Bishop Marvin. It stood and prospered for several years in a beautiful wooded section, I located on what was known as the old wire road, just one quarter mile from our home.

There being no Methodist Church or any other church for that matter, at McIntosh, two miles south of us, the Methodist of this prosperous little village talked us into the idea of moving “Marvin” to Macintosh. This building was then rolled up and down hill to its final resting place. And today it stands as a monument to early Methodism in this section of the state, in good preservation, with a live membership in the center of this beautiful little hilly town on the East side of the state highway, and whenever I go back to the old neighborhood of my childhood, am glad to attend the church I joined when I was nine years of age.

Adjoining my father’s grove on the North was Judge Means’ grove and home which was only a few hundred yards from our house. Judge Means had a wife and three sons, George, Charley and James. They were wonderfully good neighbors in every respect.

How the fly came

A few miles from the Means home the Judge had a farm on Orange Lake, near Evanston Station. And on this lake, he had a dock from which he sent his boat through Orange and Lockloose the lakes to the Ocklawaha and St. John’s rivers to the port of Jacksonville. There he produced supplies of merchandise of different kinds.

On one of these trips in 1889, through merchandise from some foreign country, he brought to his home and orange grove one of the greatest tests the state has ever known- a little whitefly with the most beautiful little pink eyes you ever saw. This fly creates a black smut over the leaves and on the fruit, which closes the pores. This fly, as all citrus growers of the state know, has caused the loss of many millions of dollars to the citrus industry. This is where and when the whitefly started in the state of Florida. My father’s grove was the second grove to be attacked by this pest. This fly, we found, thrived on some forest trees, china berry trees, as well as bamboo briars, etc. So while we were holding the fly down to some extent with sprays, etc., In the groves, it was thriving at large and spreading everywhere.

Another good and prosperous neighbor we had whose home and orange grove with one half mile east of Boardman station, was Frank G. Sampson, who at that time had one of the finest country show places in the state. His home was a large two-story house built of the best heart timbre and much of it was of beautiful curly pine, and as beautiful floors as one ever saw. His packing house was on a rail road siding at Boardman, as were several other large packing houses of that day. From these packing houses, ran tram tracks through the groves and cars of citrus were pulled from groves to the packing houses by mules.

Wrapping machines

At this time of the citrus industry in Florida, the Sampson Grove was known as one of the finest and largest in the state- one hundred acres- all budded from wild sour stock. At about this time, Mr. Sampson procured wrapping machines for his packing house. The machine did not work satisfactorily and by perseverance he perfected these machines. And as far as I know, these wrapping machines are still in operation in the old Sampson packing house, and it takes a good, fast packer to keep up with one of these machines which wraps as tight and thoroughly as it could be done by hand. This is the only house in the state which Wraps oranges by machinery.

Now another item of great interest is the greatest freeze that ever hit the state of Florida February 14, 1895. We had a very warm winter up to the above date and everything was growing like springtime, even the forest trees were growing nicely with their spring leaves. Then this great calamity came upon the state. The temperature fell to 10 above zero in Marion County and many big forest trees of all kinds were frozen and when the sap falls out they burst open and sounded like cannons all over the country. Of course, orange trees did likewise. There was not an orange tree left even in the Tampa District. All oranges were frozen as hard as stone.

Mr. Sampson conceives the idea immediately and wired Jacksonville for a train load of refrigerated cars. He hired all the help he could obtain, picked his fruit in this frozen state, shipped to New York and got a fancy price for his crop while the rest of the citrus growers waited to see what was going to happen and lost everything. Now, one of the remarkable and historical facts in this connection is that this was the first and beginning of shipping fruits and vegetables by refrigeration in the state of Florida.

Albert Farmback of Boardman and myself are the only two men mentioned above who are now living.


James and Edena had two children,  Christine and William Marshall Richardson Jr.

Anna Christine Richardson
1st Child of James R. and Edena Richardson
Married John Wylie Hicklin Sr.  1937
Marriage to Robert Moore Benson III














Anna Elizabeth Hicklin and Robert Moore Benson III announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.
    The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Marion Hicklin of Rock Hill, South Carolina. She is the maternal granddaughter of Mrs. Cherry Beaty and the late Mr. Cherry Beaty of Rock Hill, S.C., and the paternal granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Wylie Hicklin of Edgemoor, S.C. A graduate of Wofford College, Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. Anna was named a Presidential Scholar at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she received her master's degree in Health Administration. She is currently a third year medical student at MUSC.
    The groom-elect is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Moore Benson Jr. of Statesboro. He is the maternal grandson of Elizabeth Hall Adams and the late Charles Eugene Adams and the paternal grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore Benson Sr., all of Statesboro. In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Citadel, where he was a Summerall Guard. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. He served as a captain in the 25th Infantry Division. He is currently employed as a banking officer with the Sea Island Bank, The Landings office, in Savannah, Georgia.
    The couple will wed in September in Charleston, S.C.

Christine Hicklin

EDGEMOOR - Mrs. Anna Christine Richardson Hicklin, 86, of Edgemoor died Friday, June 4, 1999, at Central Carolina Rehab in Lancaster. The graveside service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Edgemoor ARP Church cemetery, with the Rev. Allen Derrick officiating. A native of McIntosh, Fla., Mrs. Hicklin was a daughter of the late James Purdie Richardson and Edena Hicklin Richardson. Her stepmother was Ethel Bowen Richardson. She was the widow of John Wylie Hicklin Sr. She was a graduate of Miami High School and attended Florida State University. She was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was a homemaker. She was a longtime member of Edgemoor ARP Church, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and former president of the Women of the Church. Surviving are three sons, John Wylie Hicklin Jr. and James Frank Hicklin Sr., both of Edgemoor, and Christopher Marion Hicklin of Rock Hill; two daughters, Edena Marie Hicklin Sanders of Richburg and Roseann Ezzelle Hicklin of Edgemoor; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Bass Funeral Home and at other times at the home, 2141 Hicklin Bridge Road in Edgemoor. Memorials may be made to Edgemoor ARP Church building fund.

Birth:     May 24, 1938
Death:     May 24, 1938

i/s Of J.W. & A.C. Hicklin


William Marshall Richardson Jr.
2nd Child of James R. and Edena Richardson
Died Young, Named after his Grandfather
       Buried at Woodlawn
          with his mother and     
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