Benjamen Richards (c.1710 - c.1790) MP

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Birthplace: Frederick County, Province of Maryland
Death: Died in Franklin County, Virginia, United States
Managed by: cecilia richards
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About Benjamen Richards

Benjamin was the first-born son of Edward Richards [1678] and Mary Head [1690]. Benjamin was born and grew up in Maryland, and first lived in the Dorchester County area.

In 1729 Benjamin's father, Edward, sold property he owned in Dorchester County and prepared to move his family. They settled, perhaps late in 1729, and associated with the Gunpowder Meeting of Quakers north of Baltimore [in present-day Cockeysville]. In 1730 Benjamin had a tract named "Spring Garden" surveyed for future purchase according to Maryland Land records. This may have been the year he married.

Benjamin married Ann Merryman [1711], the daughter of Charles Merryman Jr. [1680-1722] and Jane Long [1675-1739], though the exact date is unknown to me. They had the following children: 1. Edward [25 June 1731] MD 2. Ruth [27 April 1733] MD 3. Charles [23 Feb 1747] MD 4. unknown daughter 5. unknown daughter

In 1737, Benjamin purchased the 50 acre tract "Spring Garden" [see record at right].

Then, by 1739, both Benjamin and father Edward moved onto their properties "Spring Garden" and "Rattlesnake Ridge" that would grow into the town of Hampstead MD, in what is present Carroll County. They , along with Isaac Wright, founded a Quaker Meeting there.

MOVE TO VIRGINIA Benjamin sold "Spring Garden" to William Stiles in April of 1750 in preparation for moving his family. The Edward Richards Bible records: "April the 27 1750 Benjamin Richards took his journey with all his family to go to Stanton River in Virginia with his wife and two sons and three daughters. And Dickey boys."

Benjamin and his son Edward Richards [1731] appear on the 1750 tax records of old Lunenburg County Virginia.

Benjamin [47 yrs. old] and son Edward [27 yrs. old] appear on the Settler's map of Franklin County. Benjamin was designated as living "below 5 mile mountain". The location is approximately 12 miles due west of Rocky Mount VA [about 3 miles south west of Callaway VA]. Edward's property was about 6 miles south of Rocky Mount.

1799 and 1800 Tax rolls of Franklin County VA still have Benjamin Richards listed, along with son Edward 69 yrs. old, grandsons Shadrack 40 yrs. old and Waitman 35 yrs. old. Benjamin would have been 90 years old.

There is a Richards cemetery that coincides with the "below 5 mile mountain" description of Benjamin's homestead [Google search locates it there], and though the stones are buried or lost [as told to me by a local resident]; I believe he and other family are buried there.

Anyone viewing this memorial with further information on Benjamin or his descendants are invited to contact me as I am seeking more.

LINEAGE: Edward Richards [1678] Manchester, Lancashire England/MD

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=63813467

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Benjamen Richards's Timeline

1710
1710
Frederick County, Province of Maryland
1731
1731
Age 21
1740
1740
Age 30
Lunenburg County, Province of Virginia
1790
1790
Age 80
Franklin County, Virginia, United States
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