Thomas Richards, Jr (c.1600 - 1639) MP

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Birthplace: Hartford,Hartford,Connecticut,USA
Death: Died in Hartford,Hartford,Connecticut,USA
Occupation: Pequot War
Managed by: Bjørn P. Brox
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About Thomas Richards, Jr

Biographical Summary:

Thomas Richards, Hartford, 1639, a proprietor "by the town's courtesie;" his lot in 1639 was west of the present Lafayette St. He died before February 1639-40; when the distribution was made to "ye widow Richards, ye late wife of Thomas Richards, deceased." She died in 1671; inventory June 12.


  1. John, born 1631; married Lydia, daughter of George Stocking; freeman, 1669; chimney looker, 1657; living in 1712.
  2. Mary, married Peck, of Milford; Savage says that Joseph Peck, of Milford, married Mary, daughter of a widow Richards, in 1669.
  3. Thomas was one of a company from Conn., who purchased, July 11, 1667, a tract on the Passaic River, in New Jersey, including the present site of Newark. He was a deacon in the church, and a prominent citizen; will dated October 2, 1708, proved Apr. 20, 1715; names wife, Hannah; leaves most of his property to his nephew John, son of his brother John.
  4. Obadiah, an early settler of Farmington; freeman, May, 1669; signed the agreement for planting Mattatuck, 1674, and joined the settlement early; married (1) Hannah, daughter of John Andrews, of Farmington; (2) Esther; he died November 11, 1702.
  5. Samuel; freeman, May, 1658; settled in New Haven as a cordwainer, where he died 1662, unmarried.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 256. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books


  • Thomas is listed among the first settlers of Branford CT in 1644.

In 1638 the New Haven Colony traded "eleven coats of trucking cloth and one coat of English cloth made in the English fashion" to the Mattabesec Indians for land known as Totokett (Tidal River). The first permanent settlement was established in 1644 when people from Wethersfield came to Totokett, later renamed Branford after the town of Brentford in Middlesex County, England.

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Thomas Richards, Jr's Timeline

Age 14
Hingham, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
January 23, 1630
Age 30
Hartford ?,,CT
Age 31
Of New England, United States
Age 34
February 1639
Age 39
Age 39
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
Age 39