Edmund Hendly Richards, Sr
|Birthplace:||Henry, Franklin, Virginia, USA|
|Death:||Died in Macoupin, Illinois, USA|
|Place of Burial:||Richards Family Cemetery, Palmyra, Macoupin County, Illinois USA|
|Managed by:||Raymond Nichols|
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About Edmund Hendly Richards, Sr
VIRGINIA Edmund was the last child and third son of eight children born to Edward Richards and Elizabeth Stewart in Franklin County Virginia. He grew up and worked on his father's plantation 6.4 miles south east of Rocky Mount [between Sydnorsville and Sontag].
MARRIAGE At age 19, Edmund married family friend Sarah Ann "Sally" Warren, daughter of neighbor and friend Zachariah Warren; on April 25 1802 in Franklin Co VA. He and Sarah had their first six children while living in Virginia.
Then, after his parents' death in 1812, they emigrated through the Cumberland Gap and settled in Robertson County Tennessee [just north of Nashville, near Springfield] in 1814. The Richards farmed near family: Stewart, Jones, Warren, Maddox, England and Hodges families; who had likewise emigrated from VA. Edmund and Sarah raised five more children birthed in TN, making eleven in all.
SALE OF EDMUND'S VIRGINIA LAND: FCVA Deed Book 7. 224, January 2, 1815 Edmund Richards and Sally his wife to Andrew Patterson, 472 acres on Chestnut Creek...Signed Edmund Richards, Sally Richards. Witnesses: Waitman Richards, Elijah Warren, J. Patterson
General James Winchester  MD/TN, whose mother was Lydia Richards, the daughter of Edward Richards  of Maryland; built his home, Cragfont, just east of Gallatin TN and about 30 miles from where Edmund Hendley Richards and family settled in that 1814-1830 period. The Richards plantation was just a few miles north of what would become Nashville. I wonder if they knew. www.historiccragfont.org/Historic_Cragfont/History.html
TO ILLINOIS Edmund and Sarah followed their daughter Charity [who had married John Chapman in August of 1828] north into Macoupin Co IL in spring of 1830. Edmund, then 47, sons Edward Nathaniel, John Asher, Enoch Stewart, Edmund Jr., and family were among the "First Settlers" in the county [as recounted in the book "History of Macoupin County"]--purchasing land on the border of North Palmyra and North Otter Townships and building their homes. They survived "The Winter of the Deep Snow" which tested the preparedness of every settler in Illinois. It must have been a shock after their time spent in milder Tennessee.
Edmund & Sarah raised eleven children: 1. Edward Nathaniel  VA +Jane Stewart 2. Edmund Hendley Jr.  VA +Nancy J. Gibson 3. Enoch Stewart  VA +Mary Gibson 4. John Asher  VA 5. Agnes  VA +Edward Adcock 6. Charity C.  VA +John D. Chapman 7. Zachariah Watts  TN +Mary Field 8. Caleb D.  TN +Nancy Gibson 9. Rhoda Ann  TN +William B. Potts 10. Matilda  TN +John Park 11. Mary A.  TN +Thomas Park
Edmund farmed until his death at age 57 in 1840 and was buried on the family home place [that family cemetery since plowed under]. His beloved wife Sarah Ann struck out with sons Caleb and Zachariah, and their families, for north west Missouri [see her link below] in 1841. She passed away in 1854 in her son Zachariah's home south of the town of Rea in Andrew Co MO.
Land purchases: Macoupin County IL RICHARDS EDMUND SR W2NW 18 12N 07W 3 01/25/1830 RICHARDS EDMUND SR 2NE 13 12N 08W 3 02/22/1830 RICHARDS EDMUND SR W2SW 07 12N 07W 3 11/08/1831 RICHARDS EDMUND SR SWNE 18 12N 07W 3 06/08/1835
LINEAGE: Edward Richards  MD/Franklin Co VA Benjamin Richards  MD/Franklin Co VA Edward Richards  England/MD