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Nicknames: "Phinehas", "Phenahas"
Birthplace: Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
Occupation: Cabinetmaker, joiner, carpenter, botanic physician
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About Phineas Howe Richards

Phineas Howe Richards (1788 - 1874), an early leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was born 15 November 1788 at Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; he died at the age of 86 on 25 November 1874 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, and was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery. A son of Joseph Richards (1762 - 1840) and Rhoda Howe (1762 - 1838), he married Wealthy Dewey (1786 - 1874), daughter of Samuel Dewey and Milley McKee/McKeeard, in 1818 at Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. He had six additional plural wives.

Richards served as sergeant major during the War of 1812. He was appointed Coroner of Berkshire County in 1825. Joined the Church of the Latter-day Saints in 1837. He was a member of high councils at Kirtland, Nauvoo, Winter Quarters and Salt Lake City. He also served as a member of the Nauvoo City Council and the 1st Utah territorial legislature, where he also was the chaplain. In 1844, Richards published an appeal to the citizens of Massachusetts asking them to take action on the matter of the wrongs Missouri had inflicted upon the Latter-day Saints. [see Timeline tab for more details of his life and accomplishments]

Marriages and Children

  1. Wealthy Richards (6 September 1786 Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts - 18 October 1853 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory), married 24 February 1818 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
    1. Abraham Richards (9 December 1818 - 9 December 1818 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
    2. Moses Richards (7 September 1819 - 7 September 1819 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
    3. Elizabeth "Betsy" Richards (13 June 1820 - 13 June 1820 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
    4. Franklin Dewey Richards (2 April 1821 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts - 9 December 1899 Ogden, Weber County, Utah)
    5. George Spencer Richards (8 January 1823 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts - 30 October 1838 shot during Haun's Well Massacre and buried in the well at Haun’s Mill, Missouri)
    6. Samuel Whitney Richards (9 August 1824 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts - 26 November 1909 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah)
    7. Maria Wealthy Richards (17 June 1827 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts - 13 June 1909 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah), married Walter Eli Wilcox 10 December 1844 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois
    8. Joseph William Richards (25 May 1829 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts - 19 November 1846 near Pueblo, Colorado from exposure while serving in the Mormon Battalion)
    9. Henry Phineas Richards (30 November 1831 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts - 29 October 1912 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah)
    10. James Richards (born circa 1833 Massachusetts)
    11. Elizabeth Richards (born circa 1836 Massachusetts)
  2. Mary Vail Morse (8 December 1809 Dublan, Cheshire County, New Hampshire - 1876 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory), daughter of Solomon Morse and Mary "Mollie" Vails, married 8 February 1846 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois; divorced prior to July 1851, no issue. She married (2) Levi Jackman, 22 July 1851 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory.
  3. Martha Allen (15 March 1803 Pompey, Onondago, New York - 1860 Provo, Utah County, Utah Territory), married 26 November 1847 Winter Quarters, Pottawattamie County, Iowa; divorced, no issue. Daughter of Josiah Allen and Olive Nigus. Richards was Martha's third husband; after their divorce she married Emer Harris (1781 - 1869).
  4. Margaret Philips (born 26 May 1800 Kent, Putnam, New York - 1890 California), daughter of Joseph Philips and Sarah Farrington; married 29 February 1848 Winter Quarters, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Richards was Margaret Philips' third husband.
  5. Emily Northrop (born 7 January 1810 Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts ), married 24 March 1852 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory
  6. Ann Emerson (born 24 April 1802 Stickford, Lincolnshire, England; christened 23 May 1802 Stickford), daughter of William Emerson and Annie Gibbson; married 14 February 1856 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory. She was the widow of William Wright Clewley.
  7. Jane McBride (born 1815 Sugar Creek, Greene County, Ohio), married 22 June 1871 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory

Sources

Sources

  • Wiki Profile
  • The Joseph Smith Papers: Phineas Howe Richards Biography
  • Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910. Groom's Name: Solomon Morse; Bride's Name: Molly Mollie Vails; Marriage Date: 10 May 1798; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00801-0; System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy; Source Film Number: 758483; Reference Number: 46.
  • Family Data Collection, Births. Name: Wealthy Dewey; Father: Samuel Dewey; Mother: Millie Mckee; Birth Date: 6 Sep 1786; City: Richmond; County: Berkshire; State: MA; Country: USA.
  • Massachusetts Town Birth Records. Name: Phenahas Richards; Birth Date: 15 Nov 1788; Birth Place: Hopkinton; Father's First Name: Joseph; Mother's First Name: Rhoda; Gender: Male; Source: Vital Records of Hopkinton.
  • Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910. Groom's Name: Phineas Richards; Bride's Name: Wealthy Dewey; Marriage Date: 24 Feb 1818; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I02006-2; System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy; Source Film Number: 1902437; Reference Number: page 100.
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership, Applications, 1889-1970.
    • Name: Phinehas Richards; SAR Membership: 32201; Birth Date: 1786; Death Date: 1874; Father: Joseph Richards; Mother: Rhoda Howe; Spouse: Wealthy Dewey; Children: Franklin Dewey Richards.
    • Name: Wealthy Dewey; SAR Membership: 58447; Birth Date: 1786; Death Date: 1853; Spouse: Phineas Richards; Children: Frank Dewey Richards.
  • Family Data Collection, Deaths. Name: Wealthy Dewey; Death Date: 18 Oct 1853; City: Salt Lake City; County: S Lk.; Name: Phineas Howe Richards; Death Date: 25 Nov 1874; City: Salt Lake City; County: Salt Lake.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 19772694
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Phineas Howe Richards's Timeline

1788
November 15, 1788
Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1818
February 24, 1818
Age 29
Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
December 9, 1818
Age 30
Richmond, Berkshire County, MA, USA
1818
Age 29
Berkshire County, Massachusetts
1819
September 7, 1819
Age 30
Richmond, Berkshire County, MA, USA
1820
June 13, 1820
Age 31
Richmond, Berkshire County, MA, USA
1821
April 2, 1821
Age 32
Richmond, Berkshire, MA, USA
1823
January 8, 1823
Age 34
Richmond,Berkshire,Massachusetts
1824
August 9, 1824
Age 35
Richmond, MA, USA
1825
1825
Age 36
Berkshire County, Massachusetts