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Josiah Richardson
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Birth: Apr. 23, 1783
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Apr. 9, 1842
Lee County
Iowa, USA

This obituary taken from an early LDS Church publication called the "Wasp" from Nauvoo, Illinois dated April 30, 1842.

"Josiah Richardson, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, died at Montrose, Lee County, Iowa Territory, 9 April 1842, in the 59th year of his age. Brother Richardson was an Elder in the Church and was one of the many that were driven from the State of Missouri by the orders of the Notorious Gov. Boggs in 1839. His Death was occasioned by a cancer on the right thigh. The cancer made its appearance several years before he left Missouri, but he was not disabled from performing his daily labor. In consequence of the fatigue he had to go through in leaving the state and defending his family and brethren against the mobbers of Missouri, his cancer was much inflamed. "On his arrival in the state of Illinois, he applied to several physicians in hope of being cured of that painful disease. At length, Dr. G. O. Pond, Columbus, Adams Co., Illinois, operated and undertook the job of cutting out the cancer; he succeeded in taking out about 11/4 pounds of cancer and warranted a perfect cure. It soon healed up and his leg appeared as sound as ever, but in about 6 months after the performance, it broke out afresh and much worse than it had been before. He was frequently relieved by the laying on of hands, but no permanent cure affected it. It continued to grow larger and more painful in spite of medical skill until the time of his death.

Although his pain was extreme for the most part of the time, he bore it with christian fortitude and resignation to the will of God. At times he expressed a great desire to live, exhorting his bretheren to more faithfulness and to preach the gospel to those who sit in darkness. I was with him much of the time after his removal to this place, which was only about five weeks previous to his death, and I can say truly I never saw a person endure more pain than he appeared to endure. For a few days at the end of his sickness, his desire and prayers to God was that he might be delivered from this body of sin and death, and he died rejoicing that the hour of his dissolution had come.

On Monday following he was interred at Montrose, Iowa, Burying Grounds according to his wish to be buried with the Saints."

Note: In 1844, two years later, Lowly Foote Richardson died at Nauvoo.
Family links: 
  Lowly Lola Foote Clawson (1778 - 1844)
  Laura Richardson Bess (1810 - 1888)*
  Ebenezer Clawson Richardson (1815 - 1874)*
*Calculated relationship
Montrose Cemetery
Lee County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Judy Borup
Record added: Mar 06, 2012
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