Name: Robert Payne Richardson 1
Reference Number: 37871
See the other Robert Payne Richardson entry in this database.
Dr. Josiah Asbury Stanfield and wife Agnes Ware (Sergeant) had three tobacco factories behind his house. Called Connally place after Stanfield moved to the "Brickhouse" in Providence (into home built by James Richardson and Ann Payne (Ware)). When widowed she married Steven Sergeant; they had two daughters, Margaret Delphy and Agnes Ware. Margaret inherited the "Brickhouse" from her father, but Dr. Stanfield purchased it from her. Tobacco factory was built in Reidsvile by Robert Payne Richardson, the Sergeant girls half brother. "Old North State Tobacco" connected to Reynolds tobacco through Sloan marriage. Sister Margaret Delphy married James Kerr Lea, and was largest tobacco producer in Yancyville. The world's "Snuff" was produced in this area. The Methodist "Duke" and "Baptist" are still competing. Source: Betty Fitzgerald November 2011 Post to Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.
A native of Rockingham County, Robert Payne Richardson Jr. was born in 1855 to Robert Payne Richardson and his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Watlington, a native of Caswell County. Educated locally and one year at the Bingham School, Orange County, Richardson Jr. associated early with his father's tobacco and mercantile business in Reidsville. Around 1877 the younger Richardson formed his own business, the R. P. Richardson Jr. and Company, with a concentration on smoking tobacco, produced mainly under the brand name, Old North State. The business thrived over two decades in the tobacco-centric town of Reidsville. However, the year 1917 brought challenges with a factory fire and the building nearby of a large American Tobacco Company plant for the production of Lucky Strike cigarettes. When Richards Jr. died in 1922, the company stayed in family hands until its sale in April 1926 to Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation.
Collection includes 22 volumes, representing a portion of the business records of the R.P. Richardson, Jr. and Co., founded in 1877 for the manufacture and sales of smoking tobacco. Volumes include 14 letter press books, 1911-1927; 5 ledger books, 1898-1910; and 3 check stub books, November 1917-August 1918.
Source: Private Collections, North Carolina State Archives (Raleigh, North Carolina).
Father: James Richardson b: in Halifax County, Virginia
Mother: Ann Payne Ware b: 20 AUG 1792 in Cascades, Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Mary Elizabeth Watlington b: 05 FEB 1827 in Caswell County, North Carolina
07 JAN 1851
in Rockingham County, North Carolina
- James W. Richardson b: 1853 in Rockingham County, North Carolina
- Robert Payne Richardson Jr. b: 27 MAR 1855 in Rockingham County, North Carolina
- Anna J. Richardson b: ABT 1859
- Edmund E. Richardson b: 31 JAN 1861 in Rockingham County, North Carolina
- Marion Scott Richardson b: 1864 in Rockingham County, North Carolina
- Mary Elizabeth Richardson b: 20 JUL 1845 in North Carolina
- Details: County of Christian, Kentucky; Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., Chicago and Louisville, 1884