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Edward Richards

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK
Death: Died in Hampstead, Carroll County, Maryland, United States
Place of Burial: Carroll County, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Richards
Father of Benjamen Richards; Daniel Richards; Captain Richard Richards, Sr.; Patience Story; Sarah Phippen (Richards) and 10 others

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About Edward Richards

EMIGRATION Edward first is found in the new world in the Chesapeake Bay area in Maryland. His first-born son Benjamin was birthed in 1710 in St. Paul's Parish of Baltimore County MD, so he and wife Mary Head, also of English descent; were at least in America by that time. Edward was a carpenter by trade, and a Christian by faith.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74911494

ENGLAND Edward's parents are unknown to me. There was a Richard and Hester Richards of Manchester, Lancashire England whose names are noted in an English baptismal record with a son, Edward Richards, in the year 1684...but nothing substantiated.

EMIGRATION Edward first is found in the new world in the Chesapeake Bay area in Maryland. His first-born son Benjamin was birthed in 1710 in St. Paul's Parish of Baltimore County MD, so he and wife Mary Head, also of English descent; were at least in America by that time. Edward was a carpenter by trade, and a Christian by faith.

LAND IN DORCHESTER Edward, on 2nd of August 1720, ordered the survey of 100 acres in Dorchester County Maryland, a tract named "Downs". It was patented on September 10th 1724.

On the 5th of July of 1729 Edward sold his 100 acres, "Downs", in Dorchester Maryland [east of Chesapeake Bay] to Francis Sherwood who lived in Talbot County Maryland [just north of Dorchester]. Edward and Mary were no doubt living in Dorchester at the time, and were preparing to relocate.

QUAKER BOTTOM Edward Richards had 100 acres surveyed 28 August 1729 that he named "Spring Garden", and patented July 18 1730. The land lay in an unsettled area 25 miles north west of Baltimore.

In 1729 Edward & family [all his children except the last had been born] removed about 120 miles north west to a place called "Quaker Bottom" [it lay in present-day Cockeysville] above the town of Baltimore. There, a group of Quaker Friends were already worshiping together and became the original Gunpowder Meeting.

Edward & family must have stayed at the Gunpowder Meeting through 1738. "The congregation was given permission [by the overseeing committee] to form a monthly meeting in 1739." Quoted from Maryland Historical Trust. [this location less than 14 miles north of present-day Baltimore on I-83.]

NEW BEGINNINGS In 1737, his son Benjamin purchased 50 acre tract called "Spring Garden". Around 1739 Edward and Benjamin moved their families onto "Spring Garden" and "Rattlesnake Ridge" [Edward had it surveyed July 18, 1738], and formed a Quaker meeting there [8.3 miles north west of present-day town of Butler]. Those tracts grew from an uninhabited area into first a village used as a wagon stop named "Spring Garden", and then later Hampstead MD. It lies about 25 miles north west of Baltimore, and about 52 miles north west of Washington, D.C. [I'm indebted to Arthur C. Tracey, Hampstead MD historian and land tract researcher; for much of the above information]

"The first settlers in the area [of Hampstead] were of English descent and derived the town's name from the Richards family in England. Edward Richards is generally regarded as the first white man to have settled the area on 50 acres known as 'Rattlesnake Ridge'. Settlers of Scottish and German descent soon followed. The earliest tracts of land patented in the region were 'Spring Garden' in 1730, 'Rattlesnake Ridge' in 1739, and 'Wee Bit' in 1739." [Joan Prall: "Hampstead: Its Heart and History"]

BURIAL GROUND RESURRECTED The following article appeared in the Baltimore Sun on April 16, 2004: "Several decades ago, the Richards family burying ground located on Rattlesnake Ridge was overgrown and practically inaccessible. Development of the area helped bring about the restoration of the cemetery that dates back to the 1750s and the final resting place of Edward Richards, whose family founded the town of Hampstead, and Henry Bussard, the founder of Mount Airy.

In April 2004, the burial ground was rededicated in a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Hampstead and several descendants of the Richards' family."

FAMILY Edward and Mary had these children: 1. Benjamin [1710] +Ann Merryman 2. Matthew [1711] +Maria Corem Carmack 3. Ann [1717] +? Morgain 4. Sarah [1719] +? Phippen 5. Daniel [1719] +Catherine Carmack 6. Elizabeth [1721] +? Simons 7. Rachael Sue [1723] +? Sice 8. Patience [1724] +Thomas Story 9. Richard [1725] +Sarah Hooker 10. Lydia [1727] +William Winchester 11. Stephen [1728] +Mary Elizabeth Carmack 12. Mary [1732] +Christopher Vaughn

FOUNDERS Edward's children were instrumental in settling and beginning towns nearby. Richard founded the town of Manchester MD. Lydia married William Winchester, who founded Westminster MD. Mary wedded Christopher Vaughn, who was credited with laying out and platting the ground which became Hampstead [which Edward and son Benjamin first settled].

HIS BOOK, THE HOLY BIBLE Edward's personal Bible survives. It is kept in trust at the Carroll County Historical Society in Westminster MD. It was professionally photographed in 1978 at the direction of Descan Harley Richards [1900] OH/IN, who had the Bible at that time, for preservation. I have photo-copies of the pages of the Bible on which personal notes/records were written. The Bible was printed in 1670.

In his Bible, Edward wrote this: "His book. I pray for grace therein to look, and in looking may increase that grace as never with me may cease." To that I can only say "Amen."

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74911494 -------------------- Birth: Apr. 10, 1678 Manchester Lancashire, England Death: Sep. 22, 1755 Hampstead Carroll County Maryland, USA

ENGLAND Edward's parents are unknown to me. There was a Richard and Hester Richards of Manchester, Lancashire England whose names are noted in an English baptismal record with a son, Edward Richards, in the year 1684...but nothing substantiated.

EMIGRATION Edward first is found in the new world in the Chesapeake Bay area in Maryland. His first-born son Benjamin was birthed in 1710 in St. Paul's Parish of Baltimore County MD, so he and wife Mary Head, also of English descent; were at least in America by that time. Edward was a carpenter by trade, and a Christian by faith.

LAND IN DORCHESTER Edward, on 2nd of August 1720, ordered the survey of 100 acres in Dorchester County Maryland, a tract named "Downs". It was patented on September 10th 1724.

On the 5th of July of 1729 Edward sold his 100 acres, "Downs", in Dorchester Maryland [east of Chesapeake Bay] to Francis Sherwood who lived in Talbot County Maryland [just north of Dorchester]. Edward and Mary were no doubt living in Dorchester at the time, and were preparing to relocate.

QUAKER BOTTOM Edward Richards had 100 acres surveyed 28 August 1729 that he named "Spring Garden", and patented July 18 1730. The land lay in an unsettled area 25 miles north west of Baltimore.

In 1729 Edward & family [all his children except the last had been born] removed about 120 miles north west to a place called "Quaker Bottom" [it lay in present-day Cockeysville] above the town of Baltimore. There, a group of Quaker Friends were already worshiping together and became the original Gunpowder Meeting.

Edward & family must have stayed at the Gunpowder Meeting through 1738. "The congregation was given permission [by the overseeing committee] to form a monthly meeting in 1739." Quoted from Maryland Historical Trust. [this location less than 14 miles north of present-day Baltimore on I-83.]

NEW BEGINNINGS In 1737, his son Benjamin purchased 50 acre tract called "Spring Garden". Around 1739 Edward and Benjamin moved their families onto "Spring Garden" and "Rattlesnake Ridge", and formed a Quaker meeting there [8.3 miles north west of present-day town of Butler]. Those tracts grew from an uninhabited area into Hampstead MD, about 25 miles north west of Baltimore, and about 52 miles north west of Washington, D.C. [I'm indebted to Arthur Tracey, Hampstead MD historian; for much of the above information]

"The first settlers in the area [of Hampstead] were of English descent and derived the town's name from the Richards family in England. Edward Richards is generally regarded as the first white man to have settled the area on 50 acres known as 'Rattlesnake Ridge'. Settlers of Scottish and German descent soon followed. The earliest tracts of land patented in the region were 'Spring Garden' in 1730, 'Rattlesnake Ridge' in 1739, and 'Wee Bit' in 1739." [Joan Prall: "Hampstead: Its Heart and History"]

BURIAL GROUND RESURRECTED The following article appeared in the Baltimore Sun on April 16, 2004: "Several decades ago, the Richards family burying ground located on Rattlesnake Ridge was overgrown and practically inaccessible. Development of the area helped bring about the restoration of the cemetery that dates back to the 1750s and the final resting place of Edward Richards, whose family founded the town of Hampstead, and Henry Bussard, the founder of Mount Airy.

In April 2004, the burial ground was rededicated in a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Hampstead and several descendants of the Richards' family."

FAMILY Edward and Mary had these children: 1. Benjamin [1710] +Ann Merryman 2. Matthew [1711] +Maria Corem Carmack 3. Ann [1717] +? Morgain 4. Sarah [1719] +? Phippen 5. Daniel [1719] +Catherine Carmack 6. Elizabeth [1721] +? Simons 7. Rachael Sue [1723] +? Sice 8. Patience [1724] +Thomas Story 9. Richard [1725] +Sarah Hooker 10. Lydia [1727] +William Winchester 11. Stephen [1728] +Mary Elizabeth Carmack 12. Mary [1732] +Christopher Vaughn

HIS BOOK, THE HOLY BIBLE Edward's personal Bible survives. It is kept in trust at the Carroll County Historical Society in Westminster MD. It was professionally photographed in 1978 at the direction of Descan Harley Richards [1900] OH/IN, who had the Bible at that time, for preservation. I have photo-copies of the pages of the Bible on which personal notes/records were written. The Bible was printed in 1670.

In his Bible, Edward wrote this: "His book. I pray for grace therein to look, and in looking may increase that grace as never with me may cease." To that I can only say "Amen."


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Spouse:
 Mary Head Richards (1690 - 1785)

Children:
 Benjamin Richards (1710 - ____)*
 Matthew Richards (1711 - 1751)*
 Daniel Richards (1719 - 1787)*
 Patience Richards Story (1724 - ____)*
 Richard Richards (1725 - 1811)*
 Lydia Richards Winchester (1727 - 1809)*
 Stephen Richards (1728 - 1764)*
 Mary Richards Vaughn (1732 - ____)*
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Burial: Richards Family Burial Ground Carroll County Maryland, USA


Created by: Harold G. Richards Record added: Aug 14, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 74911494

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Edward Richards's Timeline

1678
April 10, 1678
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK
1710
1710
Age 31
Frederick County, Province of Maryland
1711
1711
Age 32
Frederick, Maryland, USA
1711
Age 32
1717
1717
Age 38
Frederick, Maryland, USA
1718
1718
Age 39
Manchester, Lancashire, England
1719
1719
Age 40
Frederick, Maryland, USA
1719
Age 40
Manchester, Lancashire, England
1720
1720
Age 41
1721
1721
Age 42
Frederick, Maryland, USA