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James "Roni" Richey was born 16 April 1848 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States to James Richey (1821-1890) and Lucinda Mangum (1826-1903) and died 12 February 1930 in St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona, United States of unspecified causes. He married Mary Ann Chapman (1872-1973) 12 September 1888 in St. George Utah Temple, St. George, Washington County, Utah. Ancestors are from the United States, Ireland, Chickasaw Nation.


Biography

Much of his life can be found in the Biography book written about his wife. He was 24 years older than his wife and she lived widow for 43 years after his death.

1888 Richville Farm

She was 16 when she married Rone Richey who at age 40, was one year older than her father. They settled on a farm at Richville, just 20 miles south of St Johns (just a few miles south of present day Lyman Lake State Park). They worked the Richville farm, along with other family members from 1888 to 1922.

The farm in Richville was fairly primitive, not much more than a two-room house. Many years later their two oldest sons, Forest and Hugh, made some additions, but they lived in primitive conditions without any lights or running water.

In 1922, her husband retired from farming and they relocated into St Johns. He died in 1930. Mary Ann was a widow for 43 years.

Marriage and Family

Duncan Engagement

Family legend tells that Rone was engaged to be married to one Emily Deseret Duncan (1849-1873) who died suddenly on 13 March 1873 while he was away on a business trip. He was very distraught when he got word of her death. In a religious custom common at the time he was married (sealed) to her posthumously in the temple. They were not married before her death. 15 years would pass before Rone would yet have the opportunity to marry.

Marriage: Mamie Chapman

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St. George Utah Temple.

In the summer of 1888, James and his younger brother Joseph Benjamin Richey (1855-1926) traveled together with their sweethearts from their home in Richville, Arizona on the Little Colorado River (where they had been ranching since about 1884) to get married in the St. George Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The marriage date for both couples is 12-Sept-1888.

This wedding trek lasted about two weeks on the wagon trail each way. On the way their the two young brides slept in one wagon and the gentlemen in the other. Joseph handled on all of the cooking and Roni tended the horses and wagons so that the girls would have no chores to fuss over. Aunt Mamie described this trek as the most pleasant journey in her whole life (and she would live to age 101.) Halfway to the temple, they dug a hole and cached away their excess grain and supplies for the return trip and hid it under the remains of a campfire.

All Children were born in St Johns, Apache County, Arizona Territory, USA

  1. Mary Lucinda Richey (1889-1989) - m. James LeRoy Stradling
  2. James Welcome Richey (1891-1891) - stillborn
  3. Eleanor Ruth Richey (1892-1893) - died infant
  4. Moroni Forest Richey (1893-1932) - US Army Veteran of World War I - m. Mary Eliza Mae Nielsen
  5. Hugh Richey (1896-1979) - m. Nellie Magnolia Nielsen
  6. John Montgomery Richey (1897-1897) - died - infant
  7. Emily Elizabeth Richey (1900-1952) - m. Biness Harvey Stradling
  8. Leigh Montrose Richey (1902-1989) - Twin, m. Rhoda Luella Knudsen - granddaughter of Hyrum Chapman, Rhoda and Leigh are 2nd cousins
  9. Josephine Richey (1902-1984) - Twin, m. 1) Golden Farr (a cousin of GW Romney, Governor of Michigan), m. 2) John Crandell
  10. Vivian Richey (1905-2000) - m. Clarence Rencher
  11. Leslie Jay Richey (1908-1979) - m. Mable James
  12. Daisy Richey (1915-2001) - m. Ivan Merriman Lewis



Children


Offspring of James "Roni" Richey and Mary Ann Chapman (1872-1973)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Lucinda Richey (1889-1989) 11 September 1889 St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona 11 March 1989 St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona James Leroy Stradling (1893-1948)

James Welcome Richey (1891-1891) 16 February 1891 St Johns, Apache County, Arizona 16 February 1891 St Johns, Apache County, Arizona
Eleanor Ruth Richey (1892-1893) 26 January 1892 St Johns, Apache County, Arizona 1893 Arizona
Moroni Forest Richey (1893-1932) 22 November 1893 St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona 13 April 1932 Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Mary Eliza Nielsen (1903-1978)

Hugh Richey (1896-1979) 2 April 1896 Arizona 28 November 1979 St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona Nellie Magnolia Nielsen (1901-1985)

John Montgomery Richey (1897-1897) 23 June 1897 St Johns, Apache County, Arizona 11 October 1897 Arizona
Emily Elizabeth Richey (1900-1952) 26 June 1900 St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona 4 October 1952 Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico Binus Harvey Stradling (1898-1982)

Leigh Montrose Richey (1902-1989) 18 July 1902 Richville, Apache County, Arizona 15 April 1989 Sanders, Apache County, Arizona Rhoda Luella Knudsen (1900-1994)

Josephine Richey (1902-1894) 18 July 1902 Richville, Apache County, Arizona, United States 3 April 1984 Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States Golden Farr (1900-1960)
John McCleve Crandell (1897-1978)

Vivian Richey (1905-2000) 29 June 1905 St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona 31 December 2000 Provo, Utah County, Utah Clarence Rencher (1905-1999)

Leslie Jay Richey (1908-1979) 8 May 1908 St Johns, Apache County, Arizona 24 October 1979 Oak Harbor, Island County, Washington Mable James (1915-2003)

Daisy Richey (1915-2001) 24 January 1903 St Johns, Apache County, Arizona 17 June 2001 Tucson, Pima County, Arizona Ivan Merriman Lewis (1915-2003)

Siblings


Offspring of James Richey and Lucinda Mangum (1826-1903)
Name Birth Death Joined with
James Moroni Richey (1848-1930) 16 April 1848 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 12 February 1930 St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona, United States Mary Ann Chapman (1872-1973)

Lovina Richey (1849-1851) 1849 Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, United States 1851 Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, United States
Lucinda Charlotte Richey (1851-1940) 28 October 1851 Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, United States 13 January 1940 St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona, United States William Hubbell Sherwood (1844-1896)

John William Richey (1854-1854) 26 March 1854 Manti, Sanpete County, Utah 28 October 1854 Manti, Sanpete County, Utah
Joseph Benjamin Richey (1855-1926) 8 September 1855 Manti, Sanpete County, Utah 9 January 1926 St Johns, Apache County, Arizona Naomi Eugenia Pace (1861-1886)
Alice Lydia Platt (1866-1903)
Eliza Jane Prather (1872-1956)

Margaret Emily Richey (1860-1942) 22 September 1860 Washington, Washington County, Utah, United States 24 August 1942 Holbrook, Navajo County, Arizona, United States Joseph Bowman Patterson (1853-1933)

Erastus Richey (1862-1862) 21 January 1862 St. George, Washington County, Utah 23 September 1862 St. George, Washington County, Utah
Jemima Susana Richey (1867-1945) 29 April 1867 Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, United States 28 November 1945 San Diego, San Diego County, California, United States William Arthur Tenney (1862-1918)

Ruth Rebecca Richey (1857-1930) 19 October 1857 Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, United States 15 August 1930 St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona, United States John Franklin Sherwood (1852-1937)

Elenor Jane Richey (1864-1898) 8 November 1864 Washington, Washington County, Utah, United States 28 August 1898 St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona, United States John Thomas Patterson (1860-1942)


Residences

Vital Records

St Johns Gravestone

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1900 US Census

Take 2-Jun-1900, Apache Co, Arizona

  • James M Richey (M-52) - Parents born in Alabama / Ocp: Farmer
  • Mary A Richey (F-28) - Parents born in Utah
  • Lucinda Richey (F-10)
  • JH Forest Richey (M-6)
  • Hugh Richey (M-4)

References



Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
  • Called Roni by his wife
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