Thomas Richards, II
|Birthplace:||Pitminster, Somerset, England, United Kingdom|
|Death:||Died in Weymouth, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)|
|Place of Burial:||unknown|
Son of Thomas Richards and Alice Richards
|Occupation:||Arrived in colonies in 1630 aboard the ship "Mary and John"|
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About Thomas Richards, II
- Thomas Richards
- M, #58425, b. 15 April 1596, d. 28 January 1651
- Father Thomas Richards b. c 1572
- Thomas Richards was born on 15 April 1596 at Pitminster, Somersetshire, England. He married Weathean Loring, daughter of Thomas Loring and Jane Newton, circa 1614 at of Somersetshire, England. Thomas Richards died on 28 January 1651 at Weymouth, Norfolk, MA, at age 54.
- Family Weathean Loring b. c 1595, d. 3 Jul 1679
- Mary Richards+1 b. 16 Nov 1620, d. 24 Jun 1659
- Alice Richards+ b. 16 Jun 1627, d. 12 Dec 1671
- [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
- From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p1944.htm#i58425
- Thomas Richards
- Birth: Apr. 15, 1596 Pitminster, Taunton Deane Borough, Somerset, England
- Death: 1650 Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
- Baptized 15 April 1596, Pitminster, Somersetshire, son of Thomas Richards. A merchant from Pitminster, Somersetshire to Massachusetts Bay in 1633. First settled in Dorchester; moved to Weymouth in 1639. Died between 17 December 1650 (date of will) and 18 January 1650/1 (date of first inventory).
- Married by 1620, Welthian _____. Perhaps she was sister to Thomas Loring, whom Thomas called "brother" in his will. She died between 3 July 1679 (date of will) and 4 November 1679 (probate of will).
- Source: Anderson"s Great Migration Study Project.
- Family links:
- Welthian Loring Richards (1600 - 1679)
- Hannah Hudson Richards (1640 - ____)*
- Mary Richards Hinckley (1620 - 1659)*
- John Richards (1625 - 1694)*
- Anna Richards Hunt (1626 - ____)*
- Alice Richards Bradford (1629 - 1671)*
- Burial: Unknown
- Find A Grave Memorial# 35354306
- From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35354306
- Thomas R. Richards, Jr
- Birth: Apr. 15, 1596 Pitminster, Somerset, England
- Death: Jan. 28, 1649 Hull, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
- Thomas was the son of Thomas Richards and Thomasine (Mrs. Thomas Richards).
- He married Welthian Loring about 1615 in England.
- He immigrated in 1633 to Dorchester, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
- He was a Merchant.
- He was a Selectman in 1633 in Dorchester, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
- He died in 1650 in Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. He had an estate probated on 28 January 1650 / 1651 in Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
- Family links:
- Thomas R. Richards (1572 - 1620)
- Thomasine Richards
- Wealthian Loring Richards (1594 - 1679)
- Anna Richards*
- Thomas Richards (1618 - 1650)*
- Samuel Richards (1619 - ____)*
- Joseph Richards (1621 - ____)*
- John Richards (1625 - 1694)*
- Hannah Richards (1630 - 1651)*
- Robert Richards (1631 - ____)*
- Mary Richards (1632 - 1659)*
- James Richards (1632 - 1680)*
- Samuel Richards (1633 - ____)*
- Joseph Richards (1635 - 1651)*
- Joan Richards (1594 - ____)*
- Thomas R. Richards (1596 - 1649)
- James Richards (1605 - ____)*
- Christopher Richards (1608 - 1623)*
- Burial: Unknown
- Find A Grave Memorial# 79566581
- From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=79566581
- LORING, Wealthean
- b. ABT 1600 England
- d. 3 JUL 1679 Boston, Suffolk, Mass.
- Marriage: ABT 1617 England
- Spouse: RICHARDS, Thomas
- b. ABT 1590 Ragland, England
- d. JAN 1650/1 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass.
- RICHARDS, Thomas b. ABT 1618 England d. ABT 1649 Boston, Suffolk, Mass.
- RICHARDS, Mary
- RICHARDS, John
- RICHARDS, Ann
- RICHARDS, Alice
- RICHARDS, James
- RICHARDS, Benjamin
- RICHARDS, Joseph b. ABT 1638
- RICHARDS, Hannah b. ABT 1640 d. 10 NOV 1651 Boston, Suffolk, Mass.
- RICHARDS, Samuel b. ABT 1642
- From: http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_2a9.htm#80
- The Pioneers of Massachusetts, a Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the ... By Charles Henry Pope
- Pg. 384
- RICHARD, RICHARDS, RICHES,
- Mr. Thomas, one of the original colony of Dorchester, [Bl.] frm. May 18, 1630. Propr. Rem. about 1639 to Weymough. [L.] Owned a mill in com. with Henry Waltham; in his absence, his wife Welthia (Welthiann,) adjusted partnership matters before Gen. Court 28 (11) 1640. Selectman, 1643.
- Will prob. 28 (11) 1650. Wife Welthian; sons John, James, Samuel Joseph and Benjamin; daus. Mary, Anne, Alice and Hannah. [Reg. VII, 232] The dau. Hannah d. at Boston 10 (9) 1651. The widow's will dated at Boston, 3 July, prob. 4 Nov. 1679, beq. to children John, James; to Thomas, Alice, Hannah, William, Mercy, John, Samuel, Melatiah, Mary and Sarah Bradford, children of William Bradford of Plymouth Colony and my daughter Alice, deceased; to Samuel, Thomas, Jr., Bathsheba and Mehetable Hinckley, Hannah Glover, Melatiah Crocker, Sarah Bacon and Mary Wiborne, ch. of Thomas Hinckley of Plym. Col. and my dau. Mary, dec.; to Ephraim and John, son of Ephraim Hunt and my late dau. Anne; to children of these granchildren; to the poor of Boston; to Harvard College; to Sarah Leverett, widow of our late honored governor; to each of the overseers of the will.
- Captain Ephraim HUNT was born about 1610 in Lee, Bucks, Eng. Savage II:500: Says Ephraim administered his faus. estate in 1652 who was probably deceased in England. Calls him of Rehoboth 1644, eldest son of the first Enoch, b. in Eng. at Wendover. Savage thinks he had children by wife Sarah at Rehoboth, then removed to Weymouth and there by w. Ebbet or Ebbot had probably several others. see other sources. The United Ancestries give his wife as Anna Richards and his birthdate, which Savage does not mention???
- Ephraim was possibly married twice, being Anne Richards above, mentioned in will as wife of Ephraim and she late deceased. He was living in 1644 in Rehoboth, MA.(1489) He died on 22 Feb 1686/87 in Weymouth, MA.(1490) this is the likely death record as the date or birth and his age at death coincide. Was named executor of the estate of Joseph Shaw, Weymouth 1653. Earliest Wills On Record, Suffolk Co, Ms.; NEHGR 5:303.
- The will of Thomas Richards of Weymouth was made at the house of Thomas Loring, in Hull, Mass., 17 December, 1650, and was proved 28 January, 1652/1. Bequests were made to his wife; to son John, who is away from home; to son James; to son Samuel; to sons Joseph and Benjamin, both under twenty-one years of age; daughters mary and An and Alce and Hannah; shall have halfe so much as my sonnes; all alike” but Mary is to have ?10 more than the others; “to Brother Thos Loringe.” Son John, Thomas Loring and Nicholas Baker are to see that the will is carried out.
- On 18 and 25 January, 1650/1, the goods at Weymouth, Mass., and Boston were inventoried.
- On 28 January, 1650/1, the inventories were sworn to by Mrs. Richards. An account rendered by her mentions debts due to “mr ffermace of Plimouth,” to Thomas Hinckley, to Ephraim Hunt and to Captain *Standish of Duxbury.
- Will of Wealthian Richards, wife of __________
- to Ephraim Hunt and John Hunt, “Sons to Ephraim Hunt Senr of Weymoth, & my late daughter Anne”, ?5 apiece; To “the daughter of Mary Wiborne abovesd five pounds, & to her Son ten pounds”; to the son of Hannah Glove, ?;5; to John Bradford’s two children, ?5
- Duxberry MA Vital Records:
- [p. 17] John Hunt ye Son of John Hunt & Esther his wife was Born october ye 6th Anno Domini, 1734
- Judah Hunt ye Son of John Hunt & Esther his wife was Born November ye 18th Anno Domini, 1737
- Mary Hunt ye Daughter of John Hunt & Esther his wife was Born November ye 28th Anno Domini, 1741
- Samuel Hunt ye Son of John Hunt & Deborah his wife was Born January ye 24th Anno Domini. 1746/7
- John Hunt must have married 2nd? Deborah Soule: only Child of Ichabod Soul One tenth part to Gideon Soule one tenth part to Jedediah Soule One tenth part . to Ruth Soule one tenth part to Else the wife of Barnabas Perry one tenth part to Deberah Hunt one tenth part and you are to assign & Set of the Same by meet & bownds So that, Each of Said heirs may hold their parts or Shaers as aforesaid in Severalty & you are to make return hereof under your hands & upon your Oath unto my Selfe as Soon as you Can Given under my hand & the Seal of ye Court of Probate the 7th deay of august Anno Domni 1750* . . . Deborah Hunt wife of John Hunt one tenth part,
- [20:79] “Samuel Ring of Kingston” made his will 3 May, 1768. Bequests were as follows:
- To “wife Ruth Ring the use & improvement of one half of my house, & out-houses & Lands, so long as she shall remain my widdow . also …. one half of my personal estate free, & clear”
- To “my son George Ring …. twenty shillings in furnace ware, together with what I have heretofore given him”
- To “my three daughters namely Grace Bradford, the wife of Samuel Bradford, Lidia Ripley the wife of William Ripley Jr Elizabeth Hunt, the wife of Samuel Hunt the other half of my personal estate equally to be divided between ‘em.”
- [From the original will] “Thomas Boney Senr Shoomaker liveing in Duxburrough” made his will 2 January, fig, and signed it by a mark. Bequests were as follows:
- To “wife Mary Boney all my housses & Landes in Duxburrough as also all my Cattell & all my houshold stufe …. During her naturall Life & if annything remaine of the movables My Will is that they be desposed of by her a Mongst my Children as shee thinkes fit.”
- To “my Sonne Thomas Boney all My housses & Lands in Duxburrough after his Mothers Deceas”
- “my Beloved wife Mary Boney” to be sole executrix. The witnesses were: Samuel Hunt and Rhodolphus Thacher.
- “Mr Rhodolphus Thacher” and Samuel Hunt made oath to the Will, 1 May, 1693, before William Bradford, Esq., at Duxbury, and it was allowed. [The will was also recorded, 1: 146.] Parents: Enoch HUNT and Elizabeth UNKNOWN.
- Children were: Thomas HUNT, William HUNT, Enoch HUNT, Joseph HUNT.
- He was married to Anne RICHARDS.(50) . . . to Ephraim Hunt and John Hunt, “Sons to Ephraim Hunt Senr of Weymoth, & my late daughter Anne”, ?5 apiece;
- Children were: Major Ephraim HUNT, John HUNT.
- From: http://mayflowerfamilies.com/?page_id=1350
- New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the ..., Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter
- .... etc.
- ( II) Ephraim, son of Enoch Hunt, was born in England in 1610, and came to America with his father. He was buried February 24, 1687, and on his gravestone is the following inscription : "Here lyeth Buried ye Body of Ephraim Hunt aged about 77 years deceased ye 22d of February 1686-7." The inventory of his estate amounted to five hundred and two pounds, and included house and orchards, twenty-three acres in lower plantations, five acres salt marsh on back river, and fifty acres near Cedar Swamp. He married (first) Anna Richards, and (second) Ebbett Brimsmead. His first wife was daughter of Thomas and Welthean Richards, and her three sons inherited a large amount of property. His second wife was sister of William Brimsmead and administered on his estate. Her will was dated April 23, 1708, and in it she mentioned her son William, of Martha's Vineyard, her son Joseph with whom she remained for many years, and his two sons and three daughters, and also William, son of her son William. She died September 9, 1712, and her will was proved January 2, 1713. Children of first wife: John, born 1646; Thomas, 1648; Ephraim, mentioned below. Children of second wife: William, 1655; Enoch, 1658; Joseph, 1670.
- (III) Ephraim (2), son of Ephraim (1) Hunt, was born in 1650, died in 1713. In 1690 he served as captain in the Canada Expedition. In 1736 a grant of land called Huntstown was deeded to his heirs, settled in 1742 and incorporated in 1764; it is now called Ashfield. In 1706-07 he was colonel in the expedition at Groton against the Indians, and he also served in other affairs. His estate amounted to two thousand two hundred and ninety-eight pounds. He married Joanna, daughter of Dr. Alcock and granddaughter of Dr. Richard Palgrave. of Charlestown. Massachusetts. On her gravestone in the old burying ground at Acushnet Village, New Bedford, Massachusetts, is the following inscription : "Here lieth interred the body of Joanna, wife of ye Hon. Ephraim Hunt, Esq., late of Weymouth, youngest daughter of Dr. John Alcock, late of Roxbury, who died March ye 20, 1746, in ye eighty-seventh year of her age". Children : John, born December 11, 1679, died young; Rev. Samuel, February 8, 1681 ; Joanna; John, buried September 4, 1761 : Peter, born March 8, 1690; William, March 14, 1692 ; Ebenezer, April 6, 1694; Thomas, May 6, 1696; Elizabeth, 1697; Sarah ; Mercy ; Ephraim, mentioned below.
- (IV) Ephraim (3), son of Ephraim (2) Hunt, was born December 12, 1707, died February 29, 1786. He lived in Braintree, Massachusetts. He married (first) June 2, 1727, Ruth, born May 28, 1706, daughter of Samuel and Abigail Allen. He married (second) July 19, 1744, Miriam Spear. Children of first wife : Ephraim, mentioned below ; Jacob, born August 6, 1731 ; Nathaniel, March 2, 1733 ; Jonathan and Ruth, twins, August, 1736; Mary, 1739; Abigail, March 1, 1741. Children of second wife: Sarah, 1750; Richard Pierce, 1752.
- .... etc.
- Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A ..., Volume 2 By William Richard Cutter, Edward Henry Clement, Samuel Hart, Mary Kingsbury Talcott, Frederick Bostwick, Ezra S. Stearns
- .... etc.
- (II) Ephraim, son of Enoch Hunt, was born in England, about 1610, and came to Rhode Island and later to Weymouth with his father.
- He was a blacksmith by trade. He gave a letter of attorney, December 5, 1646, for the collection of property in Beaconsfield, Buckshire, England, formerly of John Hunt, of Winchmore Hill, in Agmondsham parish. Perhaps this John Hunt was his grandfather. Ephraim settled in Weymouth, and married Anna, daughter of Thomas and Welthea Richards, of Ebbett Brinsmead, England. She was a sister of William Richards, of Weymouth. Her will dated April 23, 1708, proved September 9, 1712, mentions her son William, of Martha's Vineyard; son Joseph, with whom she lived for many years, and others. She died September 9, 1711. Edmund Soper Hunt, in his "Reminiscences", says that Ephraim Hunt was a knighted cavalier of Prince Rupert's troops and that his real name was Colonel Sir William Hunt, He was a refugee from the disastrous field of Marton Moor, and changed his name to avoid detection. He received his knighthood after the siege of York, in which he distinguished himself. He died February 22, 1686-87, and is buried near the Soldier's monument in Weymouth, on Burying Hill. Children: John, born 1646; Thomas, 1648, Ephraim, 1650, William, 1655; Enoch, 1658; Joseph, mentioned below.
- (III) Joseph, son of Ephraim Hunt, was born in 1670, died January 18, 1717-18. He married Margaret
. She died July 4, 1750. Children: Margaret, born April 29, 1694; Joseph, mentioned below; Alexander, January 15, 1698; Martha, February 2, 1700; Jane, July 29, 1704; Brinsmead, October 7, 1708; Mary, August 12, 1712. They lived in Milton, Massachusetts.
- (IV) Joseph (2), .... etc.
He came to the colonies on the ship, " Mary and John" in 1630
August 4, 2008
M, b. circa 1590, d. before 1650
Glyndon H. Crocker, Jr. - Ancestor Chart
Thomas Richards was by calling a merchant, a "man of note", and dignified by the title of Mister. From the offices he held, it is inferred that he was a member of the church, but for some unknown reason he was not a freeman until 1640. He was a Selectman in 1633; and in 1634 his name is found in the records, when the proprietors "ordered that there be a cartway betwixt the rock and Mr. Richards' house, or else to go through his lot according to a former order." Oct. 6, 1634, the General Court appointed persons to hear and determine the several trespasses done by the swine of several persons in the corn of Thomas Richards. He removed to Weymouth about 1639, where he owned a mill in common with Henry Waltham. He was Selectman for Weymouth in 1643. Thomas Richards died, leaving a good estate to his children and to his wife Wealthian. Madam Wealthian Richards was left a house and lot at Weymouth, with an annuity of 35 pounds for life. She sold the house and lot to her son John for 350 pounds, and moved to Boston, where she lived until her death.
Thomas was born circa 1590 at county Somerset, England.2 He was the son of Thomas Richards. He was baptized on 15 April 1596 at Pitminster, South Trendle, county Somerset, England. He married Wealthean Loring before 1615 at England.3,4,5 Thomas immigrated to (an unknown value) on 20 March 1630/31.2 He became a freeman on 13 May 1640 at Massachusetts Bay Colony.2 Thomas died before 1650 at Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.6
Children of Thomas Richards and Wealthean Loring
* Thomas Richards b. a 1615/16, d. c 1649
* Mary Richards+ b. c 1620, d. 24 Jun 1659
* John Richards b. c 1625
* Anna Richards b. c 1626
* Alice Richards b. c 1629, d. 12 Dec 1671
* Hannah Richards b. c 1630, d. 10 Nov 1651
* James Richards b. c 1632
* Samuel Richards b. c 1634, d. a 1651/52
* Joseph Richards b. c 1636
* Benjamin Richards b. c 1638
1. [S329] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins.
2. [S407] Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.
3. [S544] Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.
4. [S170] NE Marriages Prior, Torrey, Clarence A. , pg 622.
5. [S329] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, v.3 p.1577.
6. [S49] Gen.Notes Barn. Fam., Otis, Amos , pg 33; Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.
Thomas2 was baptized on 15 April 1596 in Pitminster. He emigrated to Mattapan (Dorchester), Massachusetts, in 1630 aboard the Mary and John , the first ship to leave in Winthrop’s fleet3, embarking on 20 March 1630 from Plymouth and arriving on 30 May at Nantasket.4
Thomas married Welthian about 1618 and had nine children.7 Thomas moved to Weymouth, Massachusetts, in 1636 where he was one of the owners of a mill in 1639 and where he was made a freeman on 13 May 1640. He died between 17 December 1650 when his will was dated and 28 January following when it was probated, in the house of his brother-in-law, Thomas Loring, in Weymouth. Welthian’s will was dated 3 July 1679 and probated the November following.
- mmigration: 1630 "Mary and John" 1
- Christening: 15 APR 1596 Pitminster, Somerset, England
- Event: Freeman 19 OCT 1630 Weymouth, Norfolk Co, MA
- Occupation: 8 OCT 1633 selectman at Dorchester
- Occupation: Merchant 2
- Will: 17 DEC 1650 Weymouth, Norfolk Co, MA 2
- Event: Inventory 25 JAN 1651 2
- Event: Proved 28 JAN 1651 Weymouth, Norfolk Co, MA 2
son of Hiram and Eleanor Grimmond ? (unlikely)
son of Thomas and Alice Hulings ? (probably)
MARY AND JOHN, Thomas Chubb, Master. She sailed from Plymouth, England, March 20, with one hundred and forty passengers from the counties of Somerset, Dorset, and Devon under the patronage of the Reverend John White. She arrived at Nantasket 30 May 1630, and all the passengers settled at Mattapan which was renamed Dorchester. There is no list of the emigrants, but the following persons are believed to have come in this ship according to evidences from contemporary authorities. All settled at Dorchester, MA.
THOMAS RICHARDS, of Pitminster, Somerset, England, Mrs. Welthian Richards, John Richards, James Richards, Mary Richards, Anne Richards, and Alice Richards.
(The Planters of The Commonwealth in Massachusetts, 1620-1640, page 90)
He came to Dorchester, says his contemporary Capt. Clapp, in 1630, the year when the settlement began, and no doubt came over in the ship Mary and John, with his wife and several children. In the colonization of New England no company, except the Pilgrims at Plymouth, were called to such severe trials as the first planters of Dorchester. In these he must have participated. They were from Dorchester, in Dorsetshire, and named the place of their settlement after their natal town. Now as Tho. Richards "was a man of note" in this company, and from the first enjoyed in a peculiar degree their confidence, he was doubtless known to them before his embarkation, and must have been from the same place, or perhaps E. Bagborough, only a few miles distant, to which his arms unmistakably point.(*) He was by calling a merchant, and dignified by the title of Mr. From the company in which he appeared and the offices to which he was elected, it is inferred that he was a member of the church.
He continued in Dorchester until 1636; but soon after the arrival of Rev. Mr. Newman, with a company to strengthen the settlement which had been commenced at Weymouth by a company from Weymouth in Dorsetshire, he removed to W., as did his brother or nephew George and nephew William, from Scituate, some years later.
Dec. 17, 1650, he is said by the author of the history of the Artillery Company to have made his will, he appointed his eldest son John his executor. John was absent in England, and the court, 31 (11) 1650, appointed the widow Welthean executrix of "her late husband's will until the return of her son John in the fifth month next, or till the court shall give further order."
(A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Several Ancient Puritans Vol 3, page 3-4)
- Occupation: Merchant 2
- Immigration: Onboard MARY & JOHN 1633 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA 2
- Event: Grant Land 5 Aug 1633 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
- Note: Thomas Richards received a four acre lot. 2
- Occupation: Selectman 8 Oct 1633 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA 2
- Event: Grant Land 22 Nov 1634 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
- Note: "Mr. Richards" was granted a great lot of six acres. 2
- Event: Grant Land 5 Jul 1636 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
- Note: Thomas Richards received a grant of ten acres at Squantum Neck. 2
- Event: Miscellaneous 1638
- Note: Aspinwall recorded the receipt of £100 by Israel Stoughton from Thomas Richards in payment of a debt due Gabriel Cornish of Weymouth and Melcomb Regis, Dorsetshire. 2
- Event: Grant Land 2 Jan 1637/38 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
- Note: Two acres. 2
- Event: Grants Land 18 Mar 1637/38 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
- Note: Thomas Richards received grants of eleven acres and twelve acres. 2
- Event: Moved 1639 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA 2
- Event: Conveyed Land Abt 1640 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
- Note: Thomas Richards of Weymouth conveyed to Nicholas Butler twelve acres on Dorchester neck. 2
- Event: Travel Abt 1640 England 2
- Event: Church Membership Bef 13 May 1640 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA 2
- Event: Freeman 13 May 1640 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA 2
- Event: Travel Abt 1649 England
- Note: On 26 March 1654, Thomas Allyn of Barnstable deposed regarding a trip which he had made to England five years earlier, during which he had sought out Hugh Norman, a former resident of Yarmouth in Plymouth Colony who had abandoned his wife in Yarmouth, returned to England and was living in Orchard, a parish near Taunton, Somersetshire. In the course of this deposition Allyn reported that, "having understood that Mr. Richards lived thereabouts, I went unto him he being his cousin and brought him over to New England, so he told me of his wickedness and his bad life he then lived in." This document was followed immediately by an undated deposition by Thomas Richards, also reporting on what he knew of Hugh Norman. Assuming that the deposition of Thomas Richards was made at the time about which Allyn was reporting, this would place Thomas Richards in the vicinity of Taunton in England in 1649, probably on his last trip to England before his death. This does not constitute proof that Richards resided in this part of England before he first migrated to New England, but it is certainly a clue which should be vigorously pursued. 2
- Event: Resided Abt 1650 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA 1
- Event: Miscellaneous 2 Jan 1649/50
- Note: Once more on his way to England, Mr. Thomas Richards gave a letter of attorney to Welthian his wife to act in all matters on his behalf. 2
- Will: 17 Dec 1650 Hull, Plymouth Co., MA
- Note: Thomas Richards "of the town of Waymouth in New England being at this present [illegible] the 17 December 1650 in the town of Hull in New England aforesaid in the house of Tho: Loringe, being weak and sick in body" bequeathed that "when my son John come home my whole estate shall be cast up what it comes to and my sons John and James and Samuell and Joseph and Benjamine shall have all of them alike, double portions to my daughters out of it, my son John shall have no more than one of the rest because I have been at greater charge with him than with any of the other[s]"; "my daughter[s] Mary and Ann and Alce and Hannah shall have half so much as my sons all alike, only my daughter Mary shall have £10 more than any of the other"; "my wife shall have a competent and sufficient maintenance allowed her out of my estate, that is to say £35 a year ... during her life"; "I do give to brother Thom. Loring £5 for the charge and trouble they have been at with me"; to "Thomas Prosser £20"; "my son John shall have my sons Joseph's and Benjamine's portions in his hands until they be twenty and one years of age"; overseers "my son John and Thomas Loringe and Nicolas Baker both of Hull [sic]." 2
- Event: Inventory 25 Jan 1650/51 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA
- Note: The inventory of the goods of "Mr. Thomas Richards late of Weymouth" was taken and totalled £1300 17s. 11d. including £200 in real estate: "his house & land and orchard and mill £200." This very detailed list includes many items of clothing, obviously a merchant's stock, and "thirty-six swords." 2
- Probate: 28 Jan 1650/51 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA
- Note: The heirs petitioned the court 28 January 1650[/1] explaining that "our dear father Mr. Thomas Richards" died without naming an executor in his will, and petitioning that "our dear mother Mrs. Welthian Richards, late wife of our dear father, deceased" be granted power to improve the estate and bring in an inventory. This was signed by "James Richards, Joseph Richards, Benjamin Richards, Mr. Thomas Hinckley desires the same by his letter, Mr. Wil[lia]m Bradford also desires the same by his letter, Epharim Hunt and Hannah Richards." The motion to accept came from Mr. John Richards. The probate papers further indicated that Welthian had "been very faithful and provident for her husband conserning his estate" and that "when he went last to England he made her a letter of attorney to buy or sell or ordering of any of his estate he left behind him here" 2
- Event: Miscellaneous 26 Mar 1654 Barnstable, Barnstable Co., MA
- Note: Thomas Allyn of Barnstable deposed regarding a trip which he had made to England five years earlier, during which he had sought out Hugh Norman, a former resident of Yarmouth in Plymouth Colony who had abandoned his wife in Yarmouth, returned to England and was living in Orchard, a parish near Taunton, Somersetshire. In the course of this deposition Allyn reported that, "having understood that Mr. Richards lived thereabouts, I went unto him he being his cousin and brought him over to New England, so he told me of his wickedness and his bad life he then lived in." This document was followed immediately by an undated deposition by Thomas Richards, also reporting on what he knew of Hugh Norman. Assuming that the deposition of Thomas Richards was made at the time about which Allyn was reporting, this would place Thomas Richards in the vicinity of Taunton in England in 1649, probably on his last trip to England before his death. This does not constitute proof that Richards resided in this part of England before he first migrated to New England, but it is certainly a clue which should be vigorously pursued. 2
- _UID: 348CA235CEA546B89F5419504555FC352F9E
- Change Date: 30 Jun 2004 at 07:55
- Note: Thomas was born in England about 1590 and died near Hull, Massachusetts. He and his wife Welthean came to America on the ship "Mary and John" along with their daughter Alice, who is shown on ship records.
Thomas RICHARDS [Parents] 1 was born 15 Apr 1596 in Pitminster, Somerset, England and was christened 15 Apr 1596 in Pitminster, Somerset, England.
He died 28 Jan 1651 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts and was buried 1651. Thomas RICHARDS married Wealthean LORING on 28 Jan 1650 in Of, Somerset, , Eng.
9 children; 4th Alice.
Thomas Richards, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 3:1575-79.
- ORIGIN: Pitminster, Somersetshire.
- RETURN TRIPS: To England about 1640, again 1646, again about 1649 (and perhaps on other occasions)
- CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Weymouth church prior to 13 May 1640 implied by freemanship.
- FREEMAN: 13 May 1640 [MBCR 1:377].
- BIRTH: Baptized 15 April 1596, Pitminster, Somersetshire, son of Thomas Richards [UGM 24:93].
- DEATH: Between 17 December 1650 (date of will) and 18 January 1650/1 (date of first inventory).
- MARRIAGE: By 1620 Welthian _____. Perhaps she was sister to Thomas Loring, whom Thomas called "brother" in his will. She died between 3 July 1679 (date of will) and 4 November 1679 (probate of will).
Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 3:534.:
"THOMAS, Dorchester 1630, perhaps came in the Mary and John, with s. James and John, bef. ment. rem. to Weymouth, freem. 13 May 1640, d. soon aft. 17 Dec 1650. His will made at Hull on that day, pro. 28 Jan. foll. names s. John, James, Samuel, Joseph, and Benjamin, calling the last two minors; and ds. Mary, Ann, Alice, and Hannah. This last ch. d. 10 Nov. foll. His wid. Welthian, mo. of these ch.in her will of July 1679, pro. Nov. foll. ment. only James, John, and Ann, w. of Ephraim Hunt, as then liv.; Mary, m. 7 Dec. 1641, Thomas Hinckley of Barnstable, after Gov. of that Col. and d. 24 June 1659; Alice m. William Bradford, the Dep. Gov. of the same Col., and d. 12 Dec. 1671."
Thomas Richards, II's Timeline
April 15, 1596
Pitminster, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
April 15, 1596
Pitminster, Somerset, England, (Present UK)
April 15, 1596
April 15, 1596
November 16, 1620
Of Boston, Suffolk, Massachussetts