Oregon City Courier, Friday, February 17, 1911
FIRST WHITE CHILD IN OREGON DIES
S. D. Richardson, Born in 1844, Succumbs to Dropsy
Sydney Daniel Richardson died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Theodore Clark, at an early hour Saturday morning, after an illness of six months. Death was caused by dropsy. Mr. Richardson is said to have been the first white child born in Oregon City. He was born February 11, 1844, and has always been a resident of this city and well known by old residents of this vicinity. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the residence of Mrs. Clark. The interment was in Mountain View cemetery.
Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, February 17, 1911
Funeral of Sidney Richardson Held at Grave Saturday Afternoon
The funeral services over the remains of Sidney Richardson were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home of his sister, Mrs. Theodore W. Clark, and a short service was held at the Mountain View cemetery, where the interment was in the family plat, John W. Loder making a brief address. The pallbearers were old time friends of the deceased and were David Caufield, W. H. Howell, C. C. Babcock, W. L. Little, C, Grazier and Charles B. Burns Sr. Many of the old-time friends of the deceased attended the funeral services.
Mr. Richardson was born in this city 67 years ago, and was well-known by the pioneers of this city. Although he was of a quiet and reserved disposition he had many friends here.
Historic Oregon Records: Birth date February 10, 1844
Father: Daniel Richardson
Mother: Dorcas Daugherty Richardson
Sidney Daniel Richardson’s father died on the Oregon Trail and his pregnant mother continued on to Oregon City with her three year old son Alonzo Richardson. She was hired as a housekeeper at a hotel owned by Sidney Walter Moss who had arrived in Oregon in 1842. Dorcas named her second son after his father and Moss, and she married Sidney Moss on September 1, 1844. Sidney and Dorcas Moss, who he affectionately referred to as “the widow”, were the parents of five children, including Lenora (Nora) at whose home Sidney Daniel Richardson died.
Name: Sidney D . Richardson
Regiment State/Origin: Oregon Territory
Regiment: 1st Regiment, Oregon Infantry
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Corporal
Film Number: M553 roll 1
Name: Sidney D Richardson
Rank at enlistment: Corporal
State Served: Oregon
Service Record: Enlisted in Company E, Oregon 1st Infantry Regiment.
Sources: Index to Compiled Military Service Records
Civil War Pension Index:
Richardson, Sidney D.
E 1 Oregon Inf.
1898 Jul 25, Invalid, Application: 1208760, Certificate: 977467, Oregon
Pension Payment Record:
Richardson, Sidney D.
Cpl E – 1 Ore V Inf
Died Feb. 11, 1911