Wealthean Richards (Loring), Accused Witch (c.1600 - 1679) MP

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Birthplace: Dorchester, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk , Massachusetts
Occupation: Arrived in MA 1630
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Wealthean Richards (Loring), Accused Witch

  1. Immigration: 1630 "Mary and John" 1
  2. Will: 3 JUL 1679 Boston, Suffolk Co, MA 2
  3. Probate: 4 NOV 1679 Boston, Suffolk Co, MA 3
  4. Note:
   dau of Thomas

Immigration: 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.2 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)
   In 1640, Mr. Richards seems to have been absent, leaving the care of his business with his wife. A difficulty arose between her and the partner of her husband, and the General Court so far noticed a complaint as to "order that all matters in difference between Welthean Richards, wife of Thomas Richards, and Henry Waltham, merchant, be referred to Mr. (Rev.) Newman, Mr. Parker and Edward Bates of Weymouth, who have power to appoint a miller to keep the mill for both parties."
   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." Ephraim Hunt, her son-in-law, was bound for her in the sum of œ2000. to Thomas Hinckley and Ephraim Hunt, sons-in-law...For the schooling and diet of Joseph and Benj. she charged $13, and for their clothes œ8; for Samuel's clothes œ1 18s., and for Hannah's do. œ5. This account she presented 3 (10) 1651, in court, and resigned her trust to her son John, now returned, and was, with her bondsmen, discharged to the satisfaction of the court and her successor.
   Madam Richards, having come into possession of a house and land at Weymouth, and an annuity of œ35 for life secured to her by the will of her late husband, sold the same to her son John for œ350, and before the close of 1651 she removed to Boston. Here she was evidently treated as one of the aristocracy, and died 1679.
   Her will, dated 03 Jul 1679, mentions sons John and James, daughter Alice deceased, Mehetable, Bathsheba, Samuel and Thomas Hinckley, Melatiah Crocker, Susan Bacon, Hannah Glover, and Mary Wybornes. These eight last mentioned being children of Thomas Hinckley of Plymouth Colony and my daughter Mary deceased. To Thomas Hunt five pounds. To John Hunt five pounds, sons to Ephraim Hunt Sen. of Waymouth, and my late daughter Anne.
   (A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Several Ancient Puritans Vol 3, page 4-6)

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  1. Event: Resided Abt 1650 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA 2
  2. Event: Miscellaneous 30 Jan 1651/52 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA
  3. Note: Widow Welthean Richards signed over the estate due him to her son John Richards saying that "after all the rest of my said husband's estate left to his children be made appear to be wholly expended in the satisfying of those debts in England, that my said estate shall be liable to make up what shall be remaining unsatisfied thereof." Her children deeded to her the home, land and mill and sizable sums of money for her comfortable maintenance. 1
  4. Event: Miscellaneous Abt 1653-1654 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA
  5. Note: Welthian Richards was threatened with the charge of witchcraft, having in the heat of passion threatened terrible things would happen to those she was angered at, they later falling victim to various unpleasant fates. Thomas Thacher, writing in her behalf to John Wilson and others from Weymouth 27 February 1653/4, indicated that she took Christian care of her children and that "God hath so blessed [them] that five or six of them have approved themselves to one church or other, and been readily entertained into their fellowship. Three of whom are now asleep in Jesus. Three survive. One more with us gives great hope of a thorough work on his heart." Her case does not seem to have been brought forward. 1
  6. Will: 3 Jul 1679 Boston, Suffolk Co., MA
  7. Note: "Welthean Richards of Boston ..., widow," bequeathed to "my eldest son John Richards all that my dwelling house & land adjoining scituate in Boston," along with £300 of mine which has been in his hands; to "my son James Richards" £250 of mine which has been in my hands; to Thomas Bradford £5, to Alice Bradford £60, to Hannah Bradford £40; to Mercy Bradford £10, to William Bradford Jr. £20, to John Bradford £10, to Samuel Bradford £5, to Melatiah Bradford £5, to Mary Bradford £5, to Sarah Bradford £5, "these ten above last named being children of William Bradford of Plimouth Colony & my daughter Alice deceased"; to Samuel Hinckley £20, to Thomas Hinckley Jr. £30, to Sarah Bacon £10, to Hannah Glover £5, to Mellatiah Crocker £5, to Bathshua Hinckley £5, to Mehitable Hinckley £5, to Mary Wyborne £5, "these eight last mentioned being children of Thomas Hinckly of Plimouth Colony & my daughter Mary deceased"; to Ephraim Hunt and John Hunt, "sons to Ephraim hunt Sr. of Weymoth & my late daughter Anne," £5 apiece; to "the daughter of Mary Wiborne abovesaid £5, & to her son £10; to the son of Hannah Glover £5; to John Bradford's two children £5 each; to Samuel Hinckley's child £5; to Sarah Bacon's two children £5 each; to "my son James's six children" 20s. apiece; to Thomas Hunt's two children £5 apiece; "more to Alice & Hannah Bradford £5 each to put them in mourning at my funeral"; various philanthropic bequests and bequests of household goods to some of the children and grandchildren named above; "my loving son John Richards to be sole executor and residuary legatee 1

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Laurel Logan

August 4, 2008

from http://www.tracycrocker.com/p18.htm#i616

Wealthean Loring1

F, d. circa 1679

Charts

   Glyndon H. Crocker, Jr. - Ancestor Chart
    She married Thomas Richards before 1615 at England.2,3,4 COMMENTS.- In about 1638 Aspinwall recorded the receipt of Y-100 by Israel Stoughton from Thomas Richards in payment of a debt due

Gabriel Cornish of Weymouth and Melcomb Regis, Dorsetshire

(Lechford 159-60, WP 4:133-34].

About 1640, Joseph Hollway of Sandwich, millwright, deposed that "in or about March last past he heard the wife of Thomas Richards of Weymouth speaking of Henry Waltham & Willm Waltham say these words vizt The Walthams are cozeners & cheaters" [Lechford 3211. Henry Waltham told his side of the story to John Winthrop in a letter dated 25 January 1640/1, indicating that Mrs. Richards behaved in a fashion "unbeseeming a modest woman's carriage' [WP 4:310]. Lechford also recorded an undated (circa 1640) action by Henry Waltham against "Thomas Richards and Welthin his wife ... for the division of one dwelling house belonging to the mill in Weymouth" [Lechford 351 ].

The general court ruled that Welthia, the wife of Thomas Richards of Waymoth, was to enjoy rent from Mr. Waltham's part of the house until "her husband return, (if he return this summer)" MBCR 1:3131.

Mrs. Richards brought her maid Edye White to John Winthrop for correction. Among the charges against the maid was that she was "discovering the secrets of the family, one thing she confessed about a maid that drank too much there" WP 4:2321.

O[n 5 December 1646 Ephraim Hunt of Weymouth, blacksmith, appointed Thomas Richards of Weymouth his lawful attorney to "take possession & seisin of certain lands in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire formerly the possessions & lands of John Hunt of W[inchmore Hill in Agmondsham parish" [Aspinwall 50].

On 2 January 1649once 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 [Aspinwall 273.

In 1653/4 Welthian Richards was threatened with the charge of witchcraft, having in the heat of passion threatened terrible things would happen to those she was angered at, they later falling victim to various unpleasant fates. Thomas Thacher, writing in her behalf to John Wilson and others from Weymouth 27 February 1653/4, indicated that she took Christian care of her children and that "God hath so blessed [them] that five or six of them have approved themselves to one church or other, and been readily entertained into their fellowship. Three of whom are now asleep in Jesus. Three survive. One more with us gives great hope of a thorough work on his heart" [WP 6:362]. Her case does not seem to have been brought forward.

Wealthean died circa 1679 at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.5,6

Children of Wealthean Loring and Thomas Richards

   * 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. [S544] Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.
  3. [S170] NE Marriages Prior, Torrey, Clarence A. , pg 622.
  4. [S329] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, v.3 p.1577.
  5. [S407] Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.
  6. [S329] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, v.3 p.1576.

--Laurel Logan

--------------------

Laurel Logan

August 4, 2008

from http://www.tracycrocker.com/p18.htm#i616

Wealthean Loring1

F, d. circa 1679

Charts

   Glyndon H. Crocker, Jr. - Ancestor Chart
    She married Thomas Richards before 1615 at England.2,3,4 COMMENTS.- In about 1638 Aspinwall recorded the receipt of Y-100 by Israel Stoughton from Thomas Richards in payment of a debt due

Gabriel Cornish of Weymouth and Melcomb Regis, Dorsetshire

(Lechford 159-60, WP 4:133-34].

About 1640, Joseph Hollway of Sandwich, millwright, deposed that "in or about March last past he heard the wife of Thomas Richards of Weymouth speaking of Henry Waltham & Willm Waltham say these words vizt The Walthams are cozeners & cheaters" [Lechford 3211. Henry Waltham told his side of the story to John Winthrop in a letter dated 25 January 1640/1, indicating that Mrs. Richards behaved in a fashion "unbeseeming a modest woman's carriage' [WP 4:310]. Lechford also recorded an undated (circa 1640) action by Henry Waltham against "Thomas Richards and Welthin his wife ... for the division of one dwelling house belonging to the mill in Weymouth" [Lechford 351 ].

The general court ruled that Welthia, the wife of Thomas Richards of Waymoth, was to enjoy rent from Mr. Waltham's part of the house until "her husband return, (if he return this summer)" MBCR 1:3131.

Mrs. Richards brought her maid Edye White to John Winthrop for correction. Among the charges against the maid was that she was "discovering the secrets of the family, one thing she confessed about a maid that drank too much there" WP 4:2321.

O[n 5 December 1646 Ephraim Hunt of Weymouth, blacksmith, appointed Thomas Richards of Weymouth his lawful attorney to "take possession & seisin of certain lands in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire formerly the possessions & lands of John Hunt of W[inchmore Hill in Agmondsham parish" [Aspinwall 50].

On 2 January 1649once 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 [Aspinwall 273.

In 1653/4 Welthian Richards was threatened with the charge of witchcraft, having in the heat of passion threatened terrible things would happen to those she was angered at, they later falling victim to various unpleasant fates. Thomas Thacher, writing in her behalf to John Wilson and others from Weymouth 27 February 1653/4, indicated that she took Christian care of her children and that "God hath so blessed [them] that five or six of them have approved themselves to one church or other, and been readily entertained into their fellowship. Three of whom are now asleep in Jesus. Three survive. One more with us gives great hope of a thorough work on his heart" [WP 6:362]. Her case does not seem to have been brought forward.

Wealthean died circa 1679 at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.5,6

Children of Wealthean Loring and Thomas Richards

   * 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. [S544] Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.
  3. [S170] NE Marriages Prior, Torrey, Clarence A. , pg 622.
  4. [S329] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, v.3 p.1577.
  5. [S407] Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.
  6. [S329] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, v.3 p.1576.

--Laurel Logan -------------------- In 1653/4 Welthian was threatened with the charge of witchcraft, having in the heat of passion threatened terrible things would happen to those she was angered at, they later falling victim to various unpleasant fates. Thomas Thacher, writing in her behalf to John Wilson and others from Weymouth 27 February 1653/4, indicated that she took Christian care of her children" [WP 6:372]. Welthian brought her maid Edye White to John Winthrop for correction. Among the charges against the maid was that she was "discovering the secrets of the family, one thing she confessed about a maid that drank too much there" [WP 4:232] In her will she bequeathed to granddaughter "Mary Bradford I leave the worst of my three feather beds."

http://stagge-parker.blogspot.com/2011/08/welthian-loring-1599-1679.html

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dhdodd/DoddFamilyTree/gp3000.htm#head0

They had the following children:

     		F 	i 	Mary RICHARDS 1 was born 1620 and was christened 16 Nov 1620 in Probably, England. She died 24 Jun 1659 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
     		M 	ii 	Samuel RICHARDS 1 was born 1619 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died after 1651.
     		M 	iii 	Joseph RICHARDS 1 was born about 1621 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died after 1651.
     		M 	iv 	Benjamin RICHARDS 1 was born 1623 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died about 1665.
     		M 	v 	John RICHARDS 1 was born 13 Feb 1625 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was christened 13 Feb 1625 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died 12 Apr 1694 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was buried 1694.
     		F 	vi 	Hannah RICHARDS 1 was born 26 Oct 1630 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was christened 26 Oct 1630 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. She died 10 Nov 1651 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was buried 1651.
     		M 	vii 	James RICHARDS 1 was born 13 Sep 1631 in Of, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was christened 13 Sep 1631 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died 29 Jun 1680 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut and was buried Jun 1680.
     		F 	viii 	Alice RICHARDS
     		M 	ix 	Thomas RICHARDS 1 was born 1618 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died 1648/1650 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
     		M 	x 	Samuel RICHARDS 1 was born 1633 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
     		M 	xi 	Joseph RICHARDS 1 was born 1635 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts. He died after 1651.
     		M 	xii 	Robert RICHARDS 1 was born 13 Sep 1631 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
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Wealthean Richards, Accused Witch's Timeline

1600
1600
Dorchester, Dorset, England
1618
1618
Age 18
1620
November 16, 1620
Age 20
England
1621
1621
Age 21
1622
1622
Age 22
Scotland
1623
1623
Age 23
1625
1625
Age 25
1626
November 1, 1626
Age 26
England, (Present UK)
1627
June 16, 1627
Age 27
Keynsham, Somerset, England
1630
October 26, 1630
Age 30