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John Richards

Birthplace: Probably Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: before March 10, 1712
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Richards and Ann Richards (Knight)
Husband of Mary Richards (Brewer)
Father of Mary Shaw; John Richards; Edward Richards; Crispus Richards; Elizabeth Kent and 3 others

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About John Richards

John Richards (1644 - 1713), son of Edward Richards (1615 - 1690) and Ann Knight (1621 - 1691), was born in 1644 at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. He served as a magistrate of the Court of Oyer and Terminer that oversaw the Salem witch trials of 1692. He died 6 April 1713 at Lynn. He married Mary Brewer (born 1653), daughter of Crispus Brewer(1630 - 1706) and Mary Whitemore (1623 - 1693), on 18 November 1674 at Lynn.

Children of John and Mary Richards

  1. Mary Richards (1675 - 1754) married Benjamin Darling
  2. John Richards (1677 - 1733)
  3. Edward Richards (1679 - 1747)
  4. Crispus Richards (1681 - 1753)
  5. Elizabeth Richards (born 1683)
  6. Joseph Richards (1685 - 1745)
  7. William Richards (born 1687)
  8. Abigail Richards (born 1690)

Biographical Sketch

John Richards was a soldier in King Philip's War. On 10 December 1675, he marched against the Narragansett Fort with the forces of the United Colonies and their allies. In 1685 John signed a petition to receive payment for his war service.

He took the freeman's oath in Lynn in 1691. In his will he wrote, " son Crispus hath, who hath borne the burden of my work and taken care of me in all my long and tedious weakness and lameness for many years past."

Josiah Witter vs. John Richards of Swampscott

In 1680 John Richards was sued by Josiah Witter for trespass. The Quarterly Court of Essex County, Massachusetts describes the case of Josiah Witter vs. John Richards of Swampscott. John had received Mulliner's right from his father, Edward Richards, and John and Josiah became embroiled in a boundary dispute of the land. Richards was awarded 1 pound 16s costs. Josiah came back at the next session of the Court and this time got a verdict.

John Richards appealed to the Court of Assistants. His reasons of appeal were:

  • that he had held the land for above four years, as by residence of Henry Collins, sr., and Henry Collins, jr., and had a legal title;
  • that Witter, under pretence of a recorded grant by the town of twenty acres of land, dated Mar. 13, 1676, lays claim to this parcel which the town had no right to dispose of;
  • that he had his twenty acres and more unless he had conveyed it to another, and
  • theirfore cannot but Judg him Insatiable that he canot be contented to run loose In his own pasture but he must break over fences and feed down mine also;
  • that Witter's conscience in former years would not allow him to claim it, although he had an "Itching desire after It," as appeared by the testimony of Henry Collins and John Lewise, who affirmed that Witter would have borrowed a yoke of oxen of said Lewise to purchase the land now in controversy which he then acknowledged to be Thomas Joyes;
  • that Thomas Wheeler, father-in-law of Witter, etc.; that Capt. Marshall testified that Witter never sold any land within the fence, which Richards owns to be true, for he sold not all of Mulliners right to Oliver purchase, for he reserved some part to himself within fence which after ward he sold to Edward Richards, as appears by a deed from Thomas Joy to Capt. Marshal which bears date May 30, 1661, which deed is now made over to Edward Richards;
  • that Edward Kibby gave a different testimony two years before, etc.

Sworn September 15, 1680, at Stonington before Samuel Mason, Commissioner. The depositions on file with the Court recite the various disputes over Mulliner's Right for the past forty-odd years. The Jury serving with the Court of Assistants found the case for John Richards with costs. Josiah's bill of cost for the journey of 106 miles from Stonington and other costs was 4 pounds 6d.


  • George Madison Bodge. Soldiers in King Philip's War: Being a Critical Account of that War, 1896


  • John Richards
  • M, #75587, b. circa 1644, d. 6 April 1713
  • Father Edward Richards b. c 1615, d. 25 Jan 1690
  • Mother Ann Knight d. a 1690
  • John Richards was born circa 1644 at of Lynn, Essex, MA. He married Mary Brewer, daughter of Crispus Brewer and Mary, on 18 November 1674 at Lynn, Essex, MA. John Richards died on 6 April 1713 at Lynn, Essex, MA.
  • Family Mary Brewer b. c 1653, d. 1706
  • Child
    • Crispus Richards+ b. 20 Oct 1681, d. 17 May 1763
  • From:
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  • The Utah genealogical and historical magazine (1910) Vol. I.
  • Pg.5
  • 1. Richard Richards,1 a Puritan emigrant from Great Britain, came to America and located at Lynn, Mass., about the year 1633. There was a Richard Richards who came from England to Virginia in the ship London Marchant in 1620 ; but it may not be known with any degree of certainty that this man was also the New England settler of that name. Considering the times and the difficulties of travel, in this then almost uninhabited land, it is hardly probable, though not impossible. By occupation Richard Richards of Lynn, was a farmer, which is shown by an inventory of his estate made in 1678. The name of his wife is not given, but he had at least one son and was the ancestor of many illustrious and worthy descendants.
    • 2. i. Edward2 was born in 1621, and without doubt came with his father from Great Britain. He married Ann ---- .
  • 2. Edward2 (Richard1) was born in 1621, and married Ann ---- , and died Jan. 26, 1689-90, at Lynn, where he had settled with his father in 1633.
  • Children born at Lynn :
    • i. Deborah,2 who died Dec. 24, 1679, age not known.
    • ii. William.
    • 3. iii. John, born about 1652 and md. November 18, 1674, Mary Brewer.
  • 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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  • 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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  • BREWER, Mary
  • b. ABT 1653 Boston, Suffolk, Mass.
  • d. 1706
  • Parents:
  • Father: BREWER, Crispus
  • Mother: BREWER, Mary
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 18 NOV 1674 Lynn, Essex, Mass.
  • Spouse: RICHARDS, John
  • b. 1644 Lynn, Essex, Mass.
  • d. 6 APR 1713 Lynn, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: RICHARDS, Edward
  • Children:
    • RICHARDS, Mary
    • RICHARDS, John
    • RICHARDS, Edward
    • RICHARDS, Crispus
    • RICHARDS, Elizabeth
    • RICHARDS, Joseph b. 10 JAN 1684/5 Lynn, Essex, Mass.
    • RICHARDS, William b. 8 MAR 1687/8 Lynn, Essex, Mass.
    • RICHARDS, Abigail
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John Richards's Timeline

Probably Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 30
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
May 1, 1677
Age 33
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
June 13, 1679
Age 35
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
October 20, 1681
Age 37
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
October 15, 1683
Age 39
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 10, 1685
Age 41
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
March 2, 1687
Age 43
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
March 23, 1690
Age 46
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony