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Edward Richards

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
Death: April 16, 1812 (80)
Franklin County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Callaway, Franklin County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Richards and Ann Richards
Husband of Elizabeth Richards
Father of Shadrack Richards; Charity Stewart; Nancy Harger; Susan Richards; Rhoda Warren and 3 others
Brother of Charles Richards; Ruth Richards; Ms. Richards and Ms. Richards

Managed by: Raymond Nichols, R-CTS1751
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About Edward Richards

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA   with the rank of NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER.  DAR Ancestor #  A095838

Edward was born the son of Benjamin Richards and Ann Merryman in old Baltimore County Maryland, most likely near present-day Cockeysville. Edward's father, Benjamin, and grand-father Edward, had moved to that area from Dorchester County Maryland in 1729 to join the Gunpowder Friends/Quaker Meeting. His birth is recorded at the St. Paul Protestant Episcopal Church in Baltimore MD.

Edward's grandfather, Edward Richards [1678] Eng/MD; came to the new world from Manchester, Lancashire England. He and son Benjamin [1710] MD, along with Isaac Wright, would establish a Friend's meeting on the Maryland frontier in what would become the town of Hampstead MD.

TO VIRGINIA Edward's father Benjamin left Maryland with his family to enter Virginia on April 27 1750. At age 19; Edward's name appeared on a tax roll for Lunenburg County VA with his father Benjamin. Eight years later, they appeared on newly forming Franklin County rolls. FROM FRANKLIN COUNTY SETTLERS MAP: Benjamin Richards [Below 5 mile mountain] Edward Richards [1758].

MARRIAGE Edward married Elizabeth Stewart, the daughter of James Stewart Sr., ca1759.

Edward and Elizabeth's children & spouses: 1. Shadrack [1760] +Susannah Hamilton 2. Charity [1763] +Charles Stewart 3. Waitman [1765] +Sarah Hodges 4. Nancy [1766] +John Harger 5. Susannah [1769] +Robert A. C. Jones 6. Rhoda [1771] +Jesse Warren 7. Elizabeth [1775] +Wilson Maddox 8. Edmund Hendley [1783] +Sarah Ann Warren

Edward built up a good sized plantation from the year of 1758 through 1803. He grew crops, bred livestock, and had a mill 6.4 miles south south east of Rocky Mount VA [between Sydnorsville and Sontag]. His properties, totaling over 1,000 acres at their largest, were on either side of Chestnut Creek, as it is recorded on official documents held at the Library of Virginia. Edward's land purchases were:

YEAR 1758: 80 acres for 15 pounds from Robert Hodges, late of Chesnut Creek, Halifax Co, planter 1769: 80 acres for 10 Shillings by King George of England. 1779: 230 acres for 25 Shillings by Thomas Jefferson, Governor of Virginia 1784: 252 acres for 1 Pound 5 Shillings by Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia 1793: 150 acres by James Wood, Governor of Virginia; 1803: 22 acres by John Tyler, Governor of Virginia, 1803: 30 acres by John Tyler, Governor of Virginia; 1803: 233 acres by John Tyler, Governor of Virginia.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR Edward enlisted on February 28 1778 during the Revolutionary War. He was a Private in Major Jonathan Clark's Company, 4th Virginia Regiment; Commanded by Col. James Wood. He served as drum major in his unit. Edward was a fellow soldier with Charles Stewart, brother of his wife Elizabeth.

Edward owned slaves, as was the custom of the time. 1782 Tax Levy Henry County [before it became part of newly-forming Franklin County] Richards, Edward 1 tithe 6 horses 27 cattle

1786 Tax Levy [1st for Franklin County]

  1. Tithes: Whites [male] 4

Over 21: Whites [male] 1 16-21 [age]: Slaves 0 Over 16 [age]: Slaves 3 Under 16 [age]: 3 Horses: 7 Cattle: 20

The Stewart family, along with John Harger, Elisha and Zachariah Warren [their land bordered Edward Richards' land], and Robert Hodges; lived as neighbors along Chestnut Creek in Franklin County. They gave their children in marriage to one another, sold and gifted parcels of land as wedding gifts. They no doubt worshiped together, as many of these were people of Christian faith.

DEATH Edward died in 1812. His estate provided land, slaves, and cash gifts to his heirs. Oldest son Shadrack and youngest son Edmund were named executors of his will [those interested may enguire about his will as I have a copy. Thanks, Dolly!].

LINEAGE: Benjamin Richards [1710] MD/Franklin Co VA Edward Richards [1678] Manchester, Lancashire England/MD

  • Residence: (1779 — Age: 39) Henry County, VA
  • Residence: (1810 — Age: 70) Franklin, Virginia, United States
  • Residence: VA, United States
  • Residence: VA, United States

Updated from Ancestry Genealogy via Elizabeth Hendley Stewart by SmartCopy: Sep 3 2015, 20:05:28 UTC

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Edward Richards's Timeline

June 25, 1731
Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
Age 28
Province of Virginia
Age 31
Franklin County, Virginia, United States
Age 34
Franklin County, Virginia, USA
September 11, 1769
Age 38
Richmond, Henrico, Virginia, USA
Age 40
Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States
Age 43
Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA
Age 46
Henry County, Virginia, United States
March 22, 1783
Age 51
Henry, Franklin, Virginia, USA