Joseph T. “Joel” Hartley (1822-?) and Susan Risor (1827-?)




Joseph T. "Joel" Hartley was the eldest son of William H. and Fancy Taylor Hartley. He was born in 1822 in Copiah County, MS. He married a Choctaw Indian Lady (supposedly from around Utica, MS) and had 11 daughters and twin sons. Joel left MS after killing a man over a turkey shoot. One of his daughters maybe married a man name Curtis. They had a son named Newton and lived in Bastrop, Louisana. Later Newton went to Springhill, LA. In the Bureau of Land Management Web Site there is a Joel Hartley in Copiah County Mississippi who got land from federal government on May 10, 1826 and a Joseph got land on 26 Dec 1826. In 1853, the Mississippi State and Territorial census lists a Joel T. Hartley with one male and four females in the household. In the 1860 census, they are in Ward 12, Morehouse, Louisiana. In the 1870 census, they are listed in Ward 1, Ouachita, Louisiana under J. T. Hartly.

Columbus Washington Richie

Columbus Washington Ritche was the grandson of Joel and Susan Risor Hartley. He wass born 1875 and died 1952. His parents were William N. Richie and Joanna "Aunt Anna" Hartley. Columbus marriedHere is a quote from his obituary, "Columbus Washington Richie, 76, eminent Ouachita parish resident for many years, died in his home in Swartz Sunday. The funeral will be held in Hixson Brothers Funeral Chapel Tuesday at 3. P. M. Rev H. M. Roach and Reverend Reed with officiate. Interment will be in Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Ritchie is survived by his three sons: Clay, Herman and Cecil Richie, all of Swartz. three daughter: Mrs. Nora Brown, M?, Mrs. Ruth Windom, Lillie,? and Mrs. Dorothy Redding? of West Monroe. 34 grandchildren and great grandchildren
The name on the obituary below suggest that maybe Columbus adopted her when he married Fannie McClain. Ritchie was not included in her name in the obit below.

Ruth Louise McLain Stewart Windom

Ruth Louise McLain Stewart Windom passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2009. Beloved mother of Paul Stewart, Evelyn Lee, Calvin Windom and the late James Stewart and Linda Stewart. Sister of Joyce Roberts, Vernie Motherhead, Carolyn Chattellier, David McLain and the late Inell Warwick, James McLain and Bernice Freeman. Also survived by 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Age 74 years. A native of Madisonville, LA and a resident of Springfield, LA for the past 3 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Springfield. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 2:00 PM from E.J. Fielding Funeral Home Inc., 2260 W. 21st. Ave., Covington, LA 70433. Visitation on Saturday from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM and on Sunday from 12:00 PM until service time. Interment in Barker-McManus Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to be made for brain cancer research. Sign Guest Book online at


Columbus Washington & Fannie Butler McClain Richie, grandson of Joseph T. Hartley. Son of William N. and Joanna Hartley Richie.
Cecil and Herman McClain, children of Fannie Butler McClain. Stepsons of Columbus Washington Richie, ca. 1918
Earline(1914-), Earl(1914-), Leona Blanche(1884-), Richard W.(1915-82), George(1866-) & Viola Mae Washington(1912-94), ca. 1920
Blanche is daughter of Joseph Beauregard Hartley and granddaughter of Joseph T. “Joel” Hartley. (Pictures courtesy Charlotte Murphy Crawley, great granddaughter of George and Leona Blanche Washington.)
Leona Blanche Hartley Washington,
Blanche is daughter of Joseph Beauregard Hartley and granddaughter of Joseph T. “Joel” Hartley.
Leona Blanche Hartley Washington, Bulla Mae Mosely, George Washington Mitchell, Melva Ann, James Luther Washington
Blanche is daughter of Joseph Beauregard Hartley and granddaughter of Joseph T. “Joel” Hartley.
L to R: Lula Fay Hartley Green(?-1950), Leona Blanche Hartley and George Washington, Lula Fay & Leona Blanche are sisters.
L to R: Richard W., George, & Lanthan Washington, George served in Spanish American War.

Joseph T. “Joel” Hartley and Susan Risor Family Tree