|Source: Amite Genealogy Library|
This book is an Index of persons receiving passports from 1785 to 1820 by WM. H. Dumont. Passports Issued by Governors of Georgia, 1810 to 1820 by Mary G. Bryan, Director, Georgia Department of Archives and History, Washington, D.C. 1964
These passports were issued to individuals, families and their slaves to go through the Indian Nations. The earliest ones found (1785) were recommendations for men to go into the Indian Nation to recover stolen horses, slaves or to collect a debts.
In 1809 and 1810 many passports were issued to citizens of North and South Carolina, who were passing through Georgia in large groups with their families, their household goods, pack horses and slaves.
Benjamin and Celia Bankston Richardson owned by maternal great-great grandfather Thomas Richardson and his mother Carrie. After reading the passport below that was issued to Benjamin Richardson, on September 28, 1807. Although a passport issued on December 26, 1810 was for himself, his mother and seven brother and sisters.
|Succession Inventory of Benjamin and Celia Bankston Richardson|
I found my ancestors Carrie and her son Thomas Richardson in the May 30, 1855 inventory of Celia Bankston Richardson in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana, there were 24 slaves valued at 18,900.
Benjamin and Celia Bankston Richardson had nine children. Benjamin passed away in 1852 in St. Helena, LA.
Page 228-Monday 28th September 1807
On recommendation of several respectable inhabitants form the county of Bullock
The passports throughout the creek nation be prepared for William Williams and Benjamin Richardson which were presented and signed. It is noted that the passports seemed to have stopped in 1813.
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Benjamin was not too many years junior to an uncle with the same name. They both held political positions and by 1826 the younger Ben now called Benjamin Richardson, Jr., was Sheriff of Washington Parish from about 1824 to 1826. In 1826 he was elected to the Louisiana Legislature as a representative and continued until1832. In 1833 he assumed the duties of Parish Judge until 1844 when he was then elected 8th District Senator until 1849 when he moved to St. Helena Parish. Source: History of Washington, LA by E. Russ Williams, Jr., Succession: Legal Records of St. Helena, LA by E. Russ Williams, Jr.