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Joseph Talbott  -  Founder of Richmond, Ohio

Joseph Talbott - Founder of Richmond, Ohio

From "A History of Jefferson County, Ohio"

In the year 1798, John Adams, then President of the United States, deeded to Bezaleel Wells Section 10, Township 10, Range 3 of Jefferson County, Ohio, 640 acres for $2 per acre. The northeast quarter of this section was purchased from Mr.Wells by Joseph Talbott and Mary Talbott on April 18, 1808 for $3.50 per acre for the 160 acre. How long they lived on the land before receiving the deed isn`t known. Joseph employed Isaac Jenkinson , a civil engineer, to survey and plat a town with streets 60 feet wide and alleys 20 feet. The survey and platting were completed September 20, 1815 with 48 lots on Main Street and cross streets named Green, High, Walnut, and Sugar. How the village came to be named Richmond is a matter of supposition. One states that it may have been named for a colored helper to Mr.Talbott, one Richard Richmond but another, perhaps more plausible, is as namesake of Richmond, Virginia. A third recalls the Presbyterian Society Richmond Church which stood five miles out of the town. Organized in 1804, it is possible the name influenced the Talbotts when they made their choice. The first lots were sold November 25, 1815. Joseph and Mary sold total of 81 1/2 lots for $6,266.37. Joseph Talbott was born June 26, 1764 and died in 1853 at the age of 89. Mrs Talbott was born in 1769 in Pipe Creek, Maryland and was married to Joseph October 19, 1786. It was in the spring of 1799 that they came to Jefferson County. Mary bore eleven children and passed away in 1872 at age of 103. The Talbotts were buried in te Friends Union Cemetery. There are yet today descendents of this founding family living in or near Richmond.

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Guest 08-Nov-2017 09:08
I am also a direct descendant of the two.
Guest 28-Oct-2016 04:12
I am a direct descendant of these two fine people..
Kim Marcus 25-Jan-2016 19:55
Do you know if the part of Richmond called 'Maple Lake" actually had a Lake on it? It would be interesting to know. It seems that it would have since "Lake Lodge" was there and that the trailer courts are resting on the hilltops of huge craters right there next to it.
Mark Wood 03-Jul-2010 15:01
Linda, if you still need info on Joseph Talbott Please comment back or email me at I found a large framed family tree with Joseph Talbott & Mary Burket as the main trunk. Dates vary from 1720's to 1800's. I am just getting started on research and have some questions too. thanks Mark
Guest 15-Jan-2010 23:50
Searching for any record of Nathaniel Carter or Jane Hauck, parents of Isabelle Carter. My have been listed as mulattoes. Guessing around 1850-1860.
Thank you

Toi Costley
aimee still 13-Nov-2008 05:47
HI i do know there names but i do forget i can get the names asap.threw the Lib of steubenville A historian named Don Thompson hand wrote all the death;s that ocured in richmond, Im also A member of the Historical society so it will be very easy..
Sonja Cornish 02-Jun-2008 21:07
I am looking for any information that can be give on a small cemetary on county road 59 near richmond ohio. if there is any inforamtion on this area I would greatly appreciate it. thank you Sonja Cornish

my email address is thank you
Linda Pranke 24-Jan-2006 15:14
Do you know the names of all the children of Joseph and Mary Talbott? I am trying to determine the parentage of my great-great grandfather, Jonathan Talbott, who is buried in Holmes Cemetery in Smithfield Township, Jefferson County, Ohio. He was born in 1791, but census records give his birthplace as either Maryland or Pennsylvania.
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