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Samuel Whitney Richards

Birthplace: Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,UT
Immediate Family:

Son of Phineas Howe Richards and Wealthy Richards
Husband of Rosa MAUSS; Mary Haskin Parker Richards; Mary Ann Richards; Helena Lydia Robinson; Jane Elizabeth Mayer and 4 others
Father of Ianthus Parker Richards; Mary Amelia RICHARDS; Samuel Parker RICHARDS; Sylvester Alonzo RICHARDS; Iantha Adelia RICHARDS and 26 others
Brother of Abraham Richards; Moses Richards; Elizabeth Richards; Franklin Dewey Richards, I, Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; George Spencer Richards and 5 others

Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About Samuel Whitney Richards

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Samuel W. Richards (1824-1909) was a religious and political leader in 19th-century Utah and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints..."

"...Richards was the son of Phinehas Richards and his wife, the former Wealthy Dewey. He was born in Richmond, Massachusetts. He joined the LDS Church at age 14 shortly after his father was baptized. At age 18 he worked on building a railroad in the vicinity of Richmond, having learned the carpenter's trade from his father. He moved with his family to Nauvoo which is where he met his first wife, Mary Haskin Parker..."

"...He married Parker in the Nauvoo Temple in January of 1946. Parker had joined the church in England, with Willard Richards, Samuel's uncle, having been one of the missionaries involved in teaching her the gospel..."

"...In 1849 Richards, along with his wife and an infant daughter, went to Utah in a wagon company headed by Silas Richards..."

"...From 1851-1854 Richards again served a mission in Great Britain. For much of this time he served as president of the British Mission (succeeding his brother, Franklin D. Richards) and editor of the Millennial Star. He also oversaw the Perpetual Education Fund operations in Europe..."

"...In 1855 Richards married his first plural wife. This was Mary Ann Parker, the niece of his first wife Mary Haskin Parker. Mark Haskin Parker was the daughter of John Parker Sr., while Mary Ann Parker was the daughter of John Parker Jr. Richards later married four additional wives and had a total of 19 children. Two of his five wives were widows with home he did not have any children. One of these was Elizabeth Whitaker, the widow of John Caine..."

"...In 1860 Richards first wife, Mary Haskin Parker, died. Only three of her six children outlived her, and they were raised by their cousin and stepmother, Mary Ann Parker Richards. Mary Ann was Richards youngest wife. When he served as president of the Eastern States mission from 1895-1897 she accompanied him. By that point she was his only living wife. In addition to raising her aunts three children Mary Ann had ten children of her own..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Samuel W. Richards', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 8 March 2011, 08:19 UTC, <> [accessed 21 April 2011]

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Samuel Whitney Richards's Timeline

August 9, 1824
Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
October 14, 1838
Age 14
January 7, 1846
Age 21
April 22, 1849
Age 24
Nauvoo,Atchison County,MO
December 16, 1850
Age 26
Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,UT
February 14, 1852
Age 27
Salt Lake City,S. L.,UT
July 2, 1855
Age 30
Salt Lake City,S. L.,UT
January 25, 1856
Age 31
Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,UT