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Crispus Richards

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Death: May 17, 1763 (81)
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Richards and Mary Richards (Brewer)
Husband of Sarah Richards
Father of Joseph Richards; Esther Estey; John Richards; Mary Richards; Crispus Richards and 3 others
Brother of Mary Shaw; John Richards; Edward Richards; Elizabeth Kent; Joseph Richards and 2 others

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About Crispus Richards

Crispus Richards (20 October 1681 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts - 17 May 1763 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts), married Sarah Colllins (1678 - c1757), daughter of Joseph Collins and Sarah Silsbee, on 21 December 1702 at Lynn.. She was born 10 August 1678 at Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died before 23 June 1757 at Lynn.


  1. Joseph Richards (1703 - 1748)
    1. William Richards *
    2. Joseph Richard *
    3. Mary Richards *
    4. Ebenezer Richards *
    5. Hannah Richards *
    6. Esther Richards *
    7. John Richards *
    8. Martha Richards *
  2. Esther Richards (1705 - after 1756) *
  3. John Richards (1707 - 1758) *
  4. Sarah Richards (1709 - after 1756) *
  5. Crispus Richards (1711 - 1729) no issue
  6. Mary Richards (1713 - 1758) *
  7. Deborah Richards (1715 - ) *
  8. Hannah Richards (1717 - 1740) married John Stocker (1712 - 1770)
  9. Richard Richards (1719 - before 1756)

*mentioned in the 1756 will of Crispus Richards (1681 - 1763)

Biographical Sketch

After his marriage in 1702, Crispus and Sarah lived with his parents on their land in Lynn, Massachusetts. Town Minutes indicate Crispus rotated civic responsibilities with other men of the village. In March 1710/11, and in the following two years, Crispus and others were appointed "hawards to take Care all swine be yoaked & Ringed."

In Oct. 1713 Crispus was chosen Town Constable. At the next town meeting in March 1713/14 he "Refused to serve & paid five pounds...and now sd Richards presented Joseph Jacobs to serve in his Roome...& sd Crispus Richards money Returned: sd Jacobs present & accepted." In November 1715, "Crispas" Richards was appointed a fence viewer.

Upon his father's death in the winter of 1712/13, Crispus received, at the age of 32, all his father's land because "he hath born the Burthen of my Work & Taken keare of Mee in all my long and Tedious Sickness & lameness for this Many Yeares past...."

Included is a copy of a diagram showing the tithes and rents paid for pews in the Lynn Church. The Crispus Richards family and others are noticeable. How many in the family had become Quakers is not readily apparent.

Land was becoming scarce. Farm land could not be profitable subdivided. Lynn had divided up most of the common land of fields and woodlands for individual families, and the migration west for those intent on farming had begun. Others moved into town and set up "ten footers" and became part of the movement to make Lynn one of the national centers of shoemaking. In 1733 Crispus' oldest son, instead of trying to inherit the family farm, chose to join the Amsden family, and others, who all migrated together into the wilds of central Massachusetts, to Southboro in Worcester County, to establish a new township.

The will of Crispus Richards is included in Essex County (Massachusetts) Probate Court docket #23,539. It was written on 10 April 1756, and proved by the Court at Salem on 11 July 1763. The will reads (transcribed from Essex County Probate Records, Volume 340, pages 399-400, on FHL Microfilm 0,875,026):

"In the Name of God Amen, The tenth day of April anno Domini 1756 I Crispus Richards of Lynn in the County of Essex in the Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in New England yeoman, being decaying in body but of sound mind calling to Mind ye Mortality of body knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make & Ordain in this my last Will and Testament, that is to say principally and first of all I recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it, and my body I recommend to ye Earth to be buried in christian and decent Manner at the discretion of my Execetutor hereafter named and as touching my worldly Estate I give demise and dispose of as follows: And my will is that all my just Debts and funeral Charges be duly and honestly paid by my Executor out of my Estate.

"Imprimis I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Sarah all my indoor moveable estate to be at her own Disposal and also the Improvement of the one half of my real estate during.

"Item I give and bequeath to yt several Children of my Son Joseph Richards dec-d (Viz) to William Richards, Joseph Richard, Mary Richards, Ebenezer Richards, Hannah Richards, Esther Richards, John Richards & Martha Richards to each of them the Sum of one Shilling lawfull Money to be paid by my Executor within two years after my decease & wifes and that to be their Portion out of my Estate having given their father his portion in his life Time.

"Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Esther Estess one pound six shillings and eight pence to be paid by my Executor out of my Estate within one year after my decease and wifes & that with what I have heretofore done for her to be her portion out of my Estate.

"Item I give to my daughter Sarah Ingulls one pound six shillings & eight pence to be paid by my Executor out of my Estate within two years after I & my Wife shall decease & that with what I have already done for her to be her Portion out of my Estate.

"Item I give & bequeath to my grandDaughter Thankfull Stocker one pound six shillings and eight pence to be paid by my Executor out of my Estate within two years after my & wifes decease & that to be her portion Out of my Estate.

"Item I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary Richards ye Sum of four Pounds per year annually each and every year so long as she shall remain unmarried & in Case she marries then to have one Pound six shillings & eight pence to be paid by my Executor out of my Estate.

"Item I give to my daughter Deborah Richards ten pounds to be paid by my Executor within one year after my decease & Wife's & that to be her portion out of my Estate with ye Priviledge of my west Chamber till married & no longer.

"Item I give devise & bequeath to my son John Richards (whom I likewise constitute make and ordain sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament) all & singular my Housing & Lands Messuages & Tenements in Lynn and elsewhere to him my sd son his heirs and Assigns forever & also all my outdoor moveable Estate of what Name & Nature soever to be to them & his Heirs forever and I do hereby ratify & Confirm this & no other to be my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal,

"Signed, sealed, published, pronounced & declared by the sd his

Crispus Richards as his last Will & Testament in Crispus x Richards

Presence of we ye Subscribers Mark

William Collins, Theophilus Burrill & William Watts."

The will was presented to the Court at Salem on 11 July 1763, with Theophilus Burrill and William Watts making oath that they were present when Crispus Richards late of Lynn deceased signed, sealed, heard him publish and declare this to be his last will and testament, and that he was of sound disposing mind and memory to the best of their discerning and that they, together with William Collins, affixed their hands at the same time in his presence as witnesses. The Executor appeared and accepted that trust. The will was proved, approved and allowed by the Judge of Probate, the Honorable John Choate Esquire.


  • Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the end of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1906), 2 Volumes
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society (99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, USA)
  • Randy Seaver's Surname Saturday - RICHARDS (England to Lynn Massachusetts) dated 9 January 2011
  • Winifred Lovering Holman, "Edward Richards of Lynn", The Essex Genealogist, Volume 13, Number 1, February 1993, pp 29-33.
  • Richards Family History Website has a five-generation descendants report (link broken - 25 July 2014)
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society. Massachusetts Town Birth Records. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999.Original data - Vital Records of Bellingham Massachusetts to the Year 1850. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1904. Vital Records of Granville Massachusetts to the Yea...
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  • Crispus Richards
  • M, #75583, b. 20 October 1681, d. 17 May 1763
  • Father John Richards b. c 1644, d. 6 Apr 1713
  • Mother Mary Brewer b. c 1653, d. 1706
  • Crispus Richards was born on 20 October 1681 at Lynn, Essex, MA. He married Sarah Collins, daughter of Joseph Collins and Sarah Hires, on 21 December 1702 at Lynn, Essex, MA. Crispus Richards died on 17 May 1763 at Lynn, Essex, MA, at age 81.
  • Family Sarah Collins b. 10 Aug 1678, d. 5 Aug 1774
  • Child
    • Joseph Richards+ b. c 1703, d. 4 Jun 1748
  • From:
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  • RICHARDS, Crispus
  • b. 20 OCT 1681 Lynn, Essex, Mass.
  • d. 6 APR 1713 Lynn, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: RICHARDS, John
  • Mother: BREWER, Mary
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 21 DEC 1702 Lynn, Essex, Mass.
  • Spouse: COLLINS, Sarah
  • b. 14 NOV 1686 Lynn, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: COLLINS, Henry
  • Mother: AYRES, Sarah
  • Children:
    • RICHARDS, Joseph
    • RICHARDS, Sarah
  • From:
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  • The Utah genealogical and historical magazine (1910) Vol. I.
  • Pg.6
  • 3 John3 (Edward,2 Richard1) was born at Lynn about 1652, and married Mary Brewer. He was a soldier in King Philip's war and a man of some prominence and ability, well to do as the times went, in the town of Lynn. He made his will January 12, 1705-6, dividing his estate impartially between his wife and children, leaving them in favorable circumstances ; but to his son Crispus, he left his special blessing because he "had borne the burden of my work," reads the will, "and taken care of me in all my long and tedious weakness and lameness for many years past."
  • Children born at Lynn :
    • i. Mary,4 b. Oct. 16, 1675, md. Mr. ___ Darling. They had Joseph, Benjamin and David Darling.
    • 4. ii. John, b. May 1, 1677, md. Mary ___ .
    • 5. iii. Edward, b. June 13, 1679, d. Feb. 11, 1747-8, and was buried at Copp' Hill, Boston. He md. Mary Kidder.
    • 6. iv. Crispus, b. Oct 20, 1681, md. Sarah Collins, and lived at Lynn on his father's estate.
    • v. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 15, 1683.
    • vi. Joseph, b. Jan. 10, 1685-6, d. s. p. in 1745. He md. Sarah ___ , who inherited his estate.
    • vii. William, b. March 8, 1687-8.
    • viii. Abigail, b. March 23, 1690-1.
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  • 6. Crispus4 (John,3 Edward,2 Richard1), born Oct. 20, 1681, married Sarah Collins, and lived at Lynn, on the farm of his father which was deeded to him as his portion when his father divided his property among his children. Crispus received the farm for the care he had taken of his father in his declining and enfeebled years.
  • Children born at Lynn :
    • 11. i. Joseph,5 b. __ , md. Mary Bowden, and died June 4, 1748.
    • ii. John, b. __ , died before June 3, 1754.
    • iii. Richard, b. __ , lived at Lynn.
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  • A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England .... K-R By James Savage, John Farmer, Orrando Perry Dexter
  • Pg.533
  • JOHN, Lynn, perhaps s. perhaps br. of Edward, m. 18 Nov. 1674, Mary Brewer, had Mary, b. 16 Oct. 1675; John, 1 May 1677; Edward 13 June 1679; Crispus, 20 Oct. 1681; Eliz. 1683; Joseph 1685; William, 1688; and Abigail, 1691; was freem. 1691.
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Crispus Richards's Timeline

October 20, 1681
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Age 21
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
July 7, 1705
Age 23
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Age 25
Boston, Mass.
Age 26
Lynn, Essex, Mass.
Age 29
Lynn, Essex, Mass.
Age 31
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 35
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 36
Lynn, Essex, Mass.