Capt. Josiah Richardson, Sr.

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Josiah Richardson, Sr.

Birthplace: Charlestown (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, United States
Death: July 22, 1695 (59)
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ezekiel Richardson, of Woburn and 'Goodwife' Susanna Brooks
Husband of Elizabeth Richardson and Remembrance Richardson
Father of Samuel Richardson; Sarah Fletcher; Mary Colburn; Lt. Josiah Richardson; Jonathan Richardson, Sr. and 4 others
Brother of Phoebe Baldwin; Theophilus Richardson; John Richardson; Jonathan Richardson; Lieut. James Richardson and 1 other

Occupation: Military, Selectman, Constable
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About Capt. Josiah Richardson, Sr.

Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. 3 Vols. Abbrev: The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. Publication: New England Historic Genealogical Society Page: p. 1582. Captain Josiah and his brother James went to reside in Chelmsford as early as 1659, the year of his marriage. He and his wife were married by Capt. Simon Willard. William Underwood, his wife's father, went in 1654, at the very beginning of that plantation. In Chelmsford Josiah was chosen fence-viewer in 1650; was one of a committee, in 1662/3 to unite with a committee from Groton, whose territory then joined that of Chelmsford, to lay out a highway between the two towns. He was admiited freeman of the colony 11 Mar 1673/4 as John Fiske, the Chelmsford parson, certified on 9 March 1673/4 that Josiah Richardson had "approved himself unto our church" and desired to take the Freeman's Oath. He was chosen constable in 1667; was one of the board of selectmen in 1668 and fourteen other years. He was also a captain of a military company at a time when military companies were always liable to active and bloody work. On 24 February 1679 (80), the freemen of Chelmsford chose Richardson to attend the adjournment of the County Court at Cambridge on the last Wednesday of March and carry with him answers to questions propounded by "Honored Thomas Danforth", dated 20 December 1679: 1. The number of males and estates in Chelmsford are, as in the county rate given in the year 1679-12.9.7. 2. That we pay to our minister, in money £20, and in corn and flesh £60, and 30 cords of wood, in al £86. 3. That we have no Grammar School but several schooldames for English and Mr. John Fiske for writing. 4. That we have chosen 6 Tythingmen. 5. Number of families, 59. He, with Major Thomas Henchman and William Fletcher, erected in 1669, the second saw-mill built in the town. It was in the northwest part of Chelmsford; I suppose on Stony Brook. For encouragement in building the mill, a tract of land was granted them. The owners of the mill had full liberty to take from the "common" unappropriated land, what timber they saw fit to work in the mill. Some Indians, "from the love they bore to " Josiah Richardson, of Chelmsford, conveyed to him, 19 Jan 1688/9, a parcel of land at the confluence of the Concord and Merrimack Rivers - where now stands Lowell - bounded south by a little brook, called Speen's Brook. (Middlesex Deeds, xii, p. 204.) Josiah Richardson died intestate; his widow Remembrance and his seven surviving children divided his estate amon them, 12 March 1695/6. His estate was appraised at £697.5.6. (Middlesex Probate Records vol. viii, p 811-814) . On 12 March 1696, the widow and children entered an agreement for the division of the estate. She was to have the liberty of dwelling in the west end of the house and the improvement of the orchard and arable land that was enclosed on the north side of the house, also one-third of the hops on "that parcell of land now Improved for said fruite" and pasturage for a horse and a calf. Also her four sons bound themselves to till for her four acres of good land and to sow for her a peck of wheat and a peck of flax, to bring to her eight loads of good hay "and the several fruites produced on land aforesaid." She was to have one-third of the movables except certain stock and tools which were assigned to Samuel Richardson, the youngest son. "The four sons of said Captain Richardson, namely Josiah, Jonathan, John and Samuell," then divided the upland and meadows, while Sergt. William Fletcher, Thomas Colburne and Hennery Farwell, the husbands of the three Daughters (Sara, Mary and Susanna) shared two-thirds of the movable estate. His gravestone in Chelmsford is inscribed "Here Lyes ye Body of Capt Josias Richardson Aged 61 Years Died the 22 of July 1695," but the inventory of his estate says June 22.

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Capt. Josiah Richardson, Sr.'s Timeline

November 7, 1635
Charlestown (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, United States
November 7, 1635
Charlestown (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
April 23, 1654
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 25, 1659
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America
April 14, 1662
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 18, 1665
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 8, 1667
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Chelmsford, Middlesex, MA
February 21, 1672
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, MA, United States