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Birthplace: Pitminster, Somerset, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Weymouth, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Thomas Richards, II

He came to the colonies on the ship, " Mary and John" in 1630

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Laurel Logan

August 4, 2008

from http://www.tracycrocker.com/p18.htm#i615

Thomas Richards1

M, b. circa 1590, d. before 1650

Charts

   Glyndon H. Crocker, Jr. - Ancestor Chart
    
     Thomas Richards was by calling a merchant, a "man of note", and dignified by the title of Mister. From the offices he held, it is inferred that he was a member of the church, but for some unknown reason he was not a freeman until 1640. He was a Selectman in 1633; and in 1634 his name is found in the records, when the proprietors "ordered that there be a cartway betwixt the rock and Mr. Richards' house, or else to go through his lot according to a former order." Oct. 6, 1634, the General Court appointed persons to hear and determine the several trespasses done by the swine of several persons in the corn of Thomas Richards. He removed to Weymouth about 1639, where he owned a mill in common with Henry Waltham. He was Selectman for Weymouth in 1643. Thomas Richards died, leaving a good estate to his children and to his wife Wealthian.
         
     Madam Wealthian Richards was left a house and lot at Weymouth, with an annuity of 35 pounds for life. She sold the house and lot to her son John for 350 pounds, and moved to Boston, where she lived until her death.
     Thomas was born circa 1590 at county Somerset, England.2 He was the son of Thomas Richards. He was baptized on 15 April 1596 at Pitminster, South Trendle, county Somerset, England. He married Wealthean Loring before 1615 at England.3,4,5 Thomas immigrated to (an unknown value) on 20 March 1630/31.2 He became a freeman on 13 May 1640 at Massachusetts Bay Colony.2 Thomas died before 1650 at Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.6

Children of Thomas Richards and Wealthean Loring

   * Thomas Richards b. a 1615/16, d. c 1649
   * Mary Richards+ b. c 1620, d. 24 Jun 1659
   * John Richards b. c 1625
   * Anna Richards b. c 1626
   * Alice Richards b. c 1629, d. 12 Dec 1671
   * Hannah Richards b. c 1630, d. 10 Nov 1651
   * James Richards b. c 1632
   * Samuel Richards b. c 1634, d. a 1651/52
   * Joseph Richards b. c 1636
   * Benjamin Richards b. c 1638

Citations

  1. [S329] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins.
  2. [S407] Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.
  3. [S544] Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.
  4. [S170] NE Marriages Prior, Torrey, Clarence A. , pg 622.
  5. [S329] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, v.3 p.1577.
  6. [S49] Gen.Notes Barn. Fam., Otis, Amos , pg 33; Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.

--Laurel Logan

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Thomas2 was baptized on 15 April 1596 in Pitminster. He emigrated to Mattapan (Dorchester), Massachusetts, in 1630 aboard the Mary and John , the first ship to leave in Winthrop’s fleet3, embarking on 20 March 1630 from Plymouth and arriving on 30 May at Nantasket.4

Thomas married Welthian about 1618 and had nine children.7 Thomas moved to Weymouth, Massachusetts, in 1636 where he was one of the owners of a mill in 1639 and where he was made a freeman on 13 May 1640. He died between 17 December 1650 when his will was dated and 28 January following when it was probated, in the house of his brother-in-law, Thomas Loring, in Weymouth. Welthian’s will was dated 3 July 1679 and probated the November following.

  1. mmigration: 1630 "Mary and John" 1
  2. Christening: 15 APR 1596 Pitminster, Somerset, England
  3. Event: Freeman 19 OCT 1630 Weymouth, Norfolk Co, MA
  4. Occupation: 8 OCT 1633 selectman at Dorchester
  5. Occupation: Merchant 2
  6. Will: 17 DEC 1650 Weymouth, Norfolk Co, MA 2
  7. Event: Inventory 25 JAN 1651 2
  8. Event: Proved 28 JAN 1651 Weymouth, Norfolk Co, MA 2
  9. Note:
   son of Hiram and Eleanor Grimmond ? (unlikely)
   son of Thomas and Alice Hulings ? (probably)
   MARY AND JOHN, Thomas Chubb, Master. She sailed from Plymouth, England, March 20, with one hundred and forty passengers from the counties of Somerset, Dorset, and Devon under the patronage of the Reverend John White. She arrived at Nantasket 30 May 1630, and all the passengers settled at Mattapan which was renamed Dorchester. There is no list of the emigrants, but the following persons are believed to have come in this ship according to evidences from contemporary authorities. All settled at Dorchester, MA.
   THOMAS RICHARDS, of Pitminster, Somerset, England, Mrs. Welthian Richards, John Richards, James Richards, Mary Richards, Anne Richards, and Alice Richards.
   (The Planters of The Commonwealth in Massachusetts, 1620-1640, page 90)
   He came to Dorchester, says his contemporary Capt. Clapp, in 1630, the year when the settlement began, and no doubt came over in the ship Mary and John, with his wife and several children. In the colonization of New England no company, except the Pilgrims at Plymouth, were called to such severe trials as the first planters of Dorchester. In these he must have participated. They were from Dorchester, in Dorsetshire, and named the place of their settlement after their natal town. Now as Tho. Richards "was a man of note" in this company, and from the first enjoyed in a peculiar degree their confidence, he was doubtless known to them before his embarkation, and must have been from the same place, or perhaps E. Bagborough, only a few miles distant, to which his arms unmistakably point.(*) He was by calling a merchant, and dignified by the title of Mr. From the company in which he appeared and the offices to which he was elected, it is inferred that he was a member of the church.
   He continued in Dorchester until 1636; but soon after the arrival of Rev. Mr. Newman, with a company to strengthen the settlement which had been commenced at Weymouth by a company from Weymouth in Dorsetshire, he removed to W., as did his brother or nephew George and nephew William, from Scituate, some years later.
   Dec. 17, 1650, he is said by the author of the history of the Artillery Company to have made his will, he appointed his eldest son John his executor. John was absent in England, and the court, 31 (11) 1650, appointed the widow Welthean executrix of "her late husband's will until the return of her son John in the fifth month next, or till the court shall give further order."
   (A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Several Ancient Puritans Vol 3, page 3-4)

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  1. Occupation: Merchant 2
  2. Immigration: Onboard MARY & JOHN 1633 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA 2
  3. Event: Grant Land 5 Aug 1633 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
  4. Note: Thomas Richards received a four acre lot. 2
  5. Occupation: Selectman 8 Oct 1633 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA 2
  6. Event: Grant Land 22 Nov 1634 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
  7. Note: "Mr. Richards" was granted a great lot of six acres. 2
  8. Event: Grant Land 5 Jul 1636 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
  9. Note: Thomas Richards received a grant of ten acres at Squantum Neck. 2
  10. Event: Miscellaneous 1638
  11. Note: Aspinwall recorded the receipt of £100 by Israel Stoughton from Thomas Richards in payment of a debt due Gabriel Cornish of Weymouth and Melcomb Regis, Dorsetshire. 2
  12. Event: Grant Land 2 Jan 1637/38 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
  13. Note: Two acres. 2
  14. Event: Grants Land 18 Mar 1637/38 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
  15. Note: Thomas Richards received grants of eleven acres and twelve acres. 2
  16. Event: Moved 1639 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA 2
  17. Event: Conveyed Land Abt 1640 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
  18. Note: Thomas Richards of Weymouth conveyed to Nicholas Butler twelve acres on Dorchester neck. 2
  19. Event: Travel Abt 1640 England 2
  20. Event: Church Membership Bef 13 May 1640 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA 2
  21. Event: Freeman 13 May 1640 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA 2
  22. Event: Travel Abt 1649 England
  23. Note: On 26 March 1654, Thomas Allyn of Barnstable deposed regarding a trip which he had made to England five years earlier, during which he had sought out Hugh Norman, a former resident of Yarmouth in Plymouth Colony who had abandoned his wife in Yarmouth, returned to England and was living in Orchard, a parish near Taunton, Somersetshire. In the course of this deposition Allyn reported that, "having understood that Mr. Richards lived thereabouts, I went unto him he being his cousin and brought him over to New England, so he told me of his wickedness and his bad life he then lived in." This document was followed immediately by an undated deposition by Thomas Richards, also reporting on what he knew of Hugh Norman. Assuming that the deposition of Thomas Richards was made at the time about which Allyn was reporting, this would place Thomas Richards in the vicinity of Taunton in England in 1649, probably on his last trip to England before his death. This does not constitute proof that Richards resided in this part of England before he first migrated to New England, but it is certainly a clue which should be vigorously pursued. 2
  24. Event: Resided Abt 1650 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA 1
  25. Event: Miscellaneous 2 Jan 1649/50
  26. Note: Once more on his way to England, Mr. Thomas Richards gave a letter of attorney to Welthian his wife to act in all matters on his behalf. 2
  27. Will: 17 Dec 1650 Hull, Plymouth Co., MA
  28. Note: Thomas Richards "of the town of Waymouth in New England being at this present [illegible] the 17 December 1650 in the town of Hull in New England aforesaid in the house of Tho: Loringe, being weak and sick in body" bequeathed that "when my son John come home my whole estate shall be cast up what it comes to and my sons John and James and Samuell and Joseph and Benjamine shall have all of them alike, double portions to my daughters out of it, my son John shall have no more than one of the rest because I have been at greater charge with him than with any of the other[s]"; "my daughter[s] Mary and Ann and Alce and Hannah shall have half so much as my sons all alike, only my daughter Mary shall have £10 more than any of the other"; "my wife shall have a competent and sufficient maintenance allowed her out of my estate, that is to say £35 a year ... during her life"; "I do give to brother Thom. Loring £5 for the charge and trouble they have been at with me"; to "Thomas Prosser £20"; "my son John shall have my sons Joseph's and Benjamine's portions in his hands until they be twenty and one years of age"; overseers "my son John and Thomas Loringe and Nicolas Baker both of Hull [sic]." 2
  29. Event: Inventory 25 Jan 1650/51 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA
  30. Note: The inventory of the goods of "Mr. Thomas Richards late of Weymouth" was taken and totalled £1300 17s. 11d. including £200 in real estate: "his house & land and orchard and mill £200." This very detailed list includes many items of clothing, obviously a merchant's stock, and "thirty-six swords." 2
  31. Probate: 28 Jan 1650/51 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA
  32. Note: The heirs petitioned the court 28 January 1650[/1] explaining that "our dear father Mr. Thomas Richards" died without naming an executor in his will, and petitioning that "our dear mother Mrs. Welthian Richards, late wife of our dear father, deceased" be granted power to improve the estate and bring in an inventory. This was signed by "James Richards, Joseph Richards, Benjamin Richards, Mr. Thomas Hinckley desires the same by his letter, Mr. Wil[lia]m Bradford also desires the same by his letter, Epharim Hunt and Hannah Richards." The motion to accept came from Mr. John Richards. The probate papers further indicated that Welthian had "been very faithful and provident for her husband conserning his estate" and that "when he went last to England he made her a letter of attorney to buy or sell or ordering of any of his estate he left behind him here" 2
  33. Event: Miscellaneous 26 Mar 1654 Barnstable, Barnstable Co., MA
  34. Note: Thomas Allyn of Barnstable deposed regarding a trip which he had made to England five years earlier, during which he had sought out Hugh Norman, a former resident of Yarmouth in Plymouth Colony who had abandoned his wife in Yarmouth, returned to England and was living in Orchard, a parish near Taunton, Somersetshire. In the course of this deposition Allyn reported that, "having understood that Mr. Richards lived thereabouts, I went unto him he being his cousin and brought him over to New England, so he told me of his wickedness and his bad life he then lived in." This document was followed immediately by an undated deposition by Thomas Richards, also reporting on what he knew of Hugh Norman. Assuming that the deposition of Thomas Richards was made at the time about which Allyn was reporting, this would place Thomas Richards in the vicinity of Taunton in England in 1649, probably on his last trip to England before his death. This does not constitute proof that Richards resided in this part of England before he first migrated to New England, but it is certainly a clue which should be vigorously pursued. 2
  35. _UID: 348CA235CEA546B89F5419504555FC352F9E
  36. Change Date: 30 Jun 2004 at 07:55
  37. Note: Thomas was born in England about 1590 and died near Hull, Massachusetts. He and his wife Welthean came to America on the ship "Mary and John" along with their daughter Alice, who is shown on ship records.

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Thomas RICHARDS [Parents] 1 was born 15 Apr 1596 in Pitminster, Somerset, England and was christened 15 Apr 1596 in Pitminster, Somerset, England.

He died 28 Jan 1651 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts and was buried 1651. Thomas RICHARDS married Wealthean LORING on 28 Jan 1650 in Of, Somerset, , Eng. -------------------- 9 children; 4th Alice.

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Thomas Richards's Timeline

1596
April 15, 1596
Pitminster, Somerset, England, (Present UK)
April 15, 1596
Pitminster, Somerset, England, (Present UK)
April 15, 1596
Pitminster,Somerset,ENG
April 15, 1596
Pitminster,Somerset,England
1618
1618
Age 21
1620
November 16, 1620
Age 24
England
1621
1621
Age 24
1622
1622
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Scotland
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