Wealthean Richards (Loring)
|Also Known As:||"Welthian Loring", "Wealthian Loring"|
|Birthplace:||Dorchester, Dorset, England|
|Death:||Died in Boston, Suffolk , Massachusetts|
|Place of Burial:||(Unknown)|
Daughter of Deacon Thomas Loring and Jane Loring
|Occupation:||Arrived in MA 1630|
|Managed by:||Private User|
About Wealthean Richards (Loring), Accused Witch
- Weathean Loring
- F, #58664, b. circa 1595, d. 3 July 1679
- Father Thomas Loring b. c 1574, d. 4 Apr 1661
- Mother Jane Newton b. 21 Apr 1571, d. 25 Aug 1672
- Weathean Loring was born circa 1595 at of Dorchester, Dorsetshire, England. She married Thomas Richards, son of Thomas Richards, circa 1614 at of Somersetshire, England. Weathean Loring died on 3 July 1679 at Boston, Suffolk, MA.
- Family Thomas Richards b. 15 Apr 1596, d. 28 Jan 1651
- 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/p1952.htm#i58664
- Wealthian Loring Richards
- Birth: 1594 Axminster, Devon, England
- Death: Jul. 3, 1679 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
- Wealthian was born about 1599 to Thomas Loring of Axminster, Devon County, England and Jane Newton Loring of Axminster, Devon County, England.
- Wealthian married Thomas R. Richards on 1622 in Pitminster, Somerset County, England.
- Family links:
- Thomas R. Richards (1596 - 1649)*
- 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)*
- Burial: Unknown
- Find A Grave Memorial# 79567781
- From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=79567781
- Welthian Loring Richards
- Birth: 1600 Dorchester, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
- Death: Jul. 3, 1679 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
- Thomas Richards married, by 1620, Welthian _____. Perhaps she was sister to Thomas Loring, whom Thomas called "brother" in his will. Came from Pitminster, Somersetshire to Massachusetts Bay with family in 1633. First settled in Dorchester; moved to Weymouth in 1639. She died between 3 July 1679 (date of will) and 4 November 1679 (probate of will).
- They had nine children (i-vi baptized Pitminster, Somersetshire): Mary Hinckley, John, Ann Hunt, Alice Bradford, Hannah, James, Samuel, Joseph, & Benjamin.
- Source: Anderson's Great Migration Begins
- According to Find A Grave contributor Anne1950, Welthean (Welthian) Loring is listed as Thomas Richards' wife in "History of Weymouth, Mass., 14:589; and Geneal. Data of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Co. of Mass., 1638-1774, p. 40.
- Find A Grave contributor Charlie Morgan adds:
- I have her birth in 1600, Dorchester, Dorset, England.
- I have her death on July 3, 1679 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
- Family links:
- Thomas Richards (1596 - 1650)*
- Mary Richards Hinckley (1620 - 1659)*
- John Richards (1625 - 1694)*
- Anna Richards Hunt (1626 - ____)*
- Alice Richards Bradford (1629 - 1671)*
- Burial: Unknown
- Find A Grave Memorial# 35354311
- From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35354311
- 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.
- 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.
- Immigration: 1630 "Mary and John" 1
- Will: 3 JUL 1679 Boston, Suffolk Co, MA 2
- Probate: 4 NOV 1679 Boston, Suffolk Co, MA 3
dau of Thomas
Immigration: 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.2 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)
In 1640, Mr. Richards seems to have been absent, leaving the care of his business with his wife. A difficulty arose between her and the partner of her husband, and the General Court so far noticed a complaint as to "order that all matters in difference between Welthean Richards, wife of Thomas Richards, and Henry Waltham, merchant, be referred to Mr. (Rev.) Newman, Mr. Parker and Edward Bates of Weymouth, who have power to appoint a miller to keep the mill for both parties."
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." Ephraim Hunt, her son-in-law, was bound for her in the sum of œ2000. to Thomas Hinckley and Ephraim Hunt, sons-in-law...For the schooling and diet of Joseph and Benj. she charged $13, and for their clothes œ8; for Samuel's clothes œ1 18s., and for Hannah's do. œ5. This account she presented 3 (10) 1651, in court, and resigned her trust to her son John, now returned, and was, with her bondsmen, discharged to the satisfaction of the court and her successor.
Madam Richards, having come into possession of a house and land at Weymouth, and an annuity of œ35 for life secured to her by the will of her late husband, sold the same to her son John for œ350, and before the close of 1651 she removed to Boston. Here she was evidently treated as one of the aristocracy, and died 1679.
Her will, dated 03 Jul 1679, mentions sons John and James, daughter Alice deceased, Mehetable, Bathsheba, Samuel and Thomas Hinckley, Melatiah Crocker, Susan Bacon, Hannah Glover, and Mary Wybornes. These eight last mentioned being children of Thomas Hinckley of Plymouth Colony and my daughter Mary deceased. To Thomas Hunt five pounds. To John Hunt five pounds, sons to Ephraim Hunt Sen. of Waymouth, and my late daughter Anne.
(A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Several Ancient Puritans Vol 3, page 4-6)
- Event: Resided Abt 1650 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA 2
- Event: Miscellaneous 30 Jan 1651/52 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA
- Note: Widow Welthean Richards signed over the estate due him to her son John Richards saying that "after all the rest of my said husband's estate left to his children be made appear to be wholly expended in the satisfying of those debts in England, that my said estate shall be liable to make up what shall be remaining unsatisfied thereof." Her children deeded to her the home, land and mill and sizable sums of money for her comfortable maintenance. 1
- Event: Miscellaneous Abt 1653-1654 Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA
- Note: Welthian Richards was threatened with the charge of witchcraft, having in the heat of passion threatened terrible things would happen to those she was angered at, they later falling victim to various unpleasant fates. Thomas Thacher, writing in her behalf to John Wilson and others from Weymouth 27 February 1653/4, indicated that she took Christian care of her children and that "God hath so blessed [them] that five or six of them have approved themselves to one church or other, and been readily entertained into their fellowship. Three of whom are now asleep in Jesus. Three survive. One more with us gives great hope of a thorough work on his heart." Her case does not seem to have been brought forward. 1
- Will: 3 Jul 1679 Boston, Suffolk Co., MA
- Note: "Welthean Richards of Boston ..., widow," bequeathed to "my eldest son John Richards all that my dwelling house & land adjoining scituate in Boston," along with £300 of mine which has been in his hands; to "my son James Richards" £250 of mine which has been in my hands; to Thomas Bradford £5, to Alice Bradford £60, to Hannah Bradford £40; to Mercy Bradford £10, to William Bradford Jr. £20, to John Bradford £10, to Samuel Bradford £5, to Melatiah Bradford £5, to Mary Bradford £5, to Sarah Bradford £5, "these ten above last named being children of William Bradford of Plimouth Colony & my daughter Alice deceased"; to Samuel Hinckley £20, to Thomas Hinckley Jr. £30, to Sarah Bacon £10, to Hannah Glover £5, to Mellatiah Crocker £5, to Bathshua Hinckley £5, to Mehitable Hinckley £5, to Mary Wyborne £5, "these eight last mentioned being children of Thomas Hinckly of Plimouth Colony & my daughter Mary deceased"; to Ephraim Hunt and John Hunt, "sons to Ephraim hunt Sr. of Weymoth & my late daughter Anne," £5 apiece; to "the daughter of Mary Wiborne abovesaid £5, & to her son £10; to the son of Hannah Glover £5; to John Bradford's two children £5 each; to Samuel Hinckley's child £5; to Sarah Bacon's two children £5 each; to "my son James's six children" 20s. apiece; to Thomas Hunt's two children £5 apiece; "more to Alice & Hannah Bradford £5 each to put them in mourning at my funeral"; various philanthropic bequests and bequests of household goods to some of the children and grandchildren named above; "my loving son John Richards to be sole executor and residuary legatee 1
August 4, 2008
F, d. circa 1679
Glyndon H. Crocker, Jr. - Ancestor Chart
She married Thomas Richards before 1615 at England.2,3,4 COMMENTS.- In about 1638 Aspinwall recorded the receipt of Y-100 by Israel Stoughton from Thomas Richards in payment of a debt due
Gabriel Cornish of Weymouth and Melcomb Regis, Dorsetshire
(Lechford 159-60, WP 4:133-34].
About 1640, Joseph Hollway of Sandwich, millwright, deposed that "in or about March last past he heard the wife of Thomas Richards of Weymouth speaking of Henry Waltham & Willm Waltham say these words vizt The Walthams are cozeners & cheaters" [Lechford 3211. Henry Waltham told his side of the story to John Winthrop in a letter dated 25 January 1640/1, indicating that Mrs. Richards behaved in a fashion "unbeseeming a modest woman's carriage' [WP 4:310]. Lechford also recorded an undated (circa 1640) action by Henry Waltham against "Thomas Richards and Welthin his wife ... for the division of one dwelling house belonging to the mill in Weymouth" [Lechford 351 ].
The general court ruled that Welthia, the wife of Thomas Richards of Waymoth, was to enjoy rent from Mr. Waltham's part of the house until "her husband return, (if he return this summer)" MBCR 1:3131.
Mrs. Richards brought her maid Edye White to John Winthrop for correction. Among the charges against the maid was that she was "discovering the secrets of the family, one thing she confessed about a maid that drank too much there" WP 4:2321.
O[n 5 December 1646 Ephraim Hunt of Weymouth, blacksmith, appointed Thomas Richards of Weymouth his lawful attorney to "take possession & seisin of certain lands in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire formerly the possessions & lands of John Hunt of W[inchmore Hill in Agmondsham parish" [Aspinwall 50].
In 1653/4 Welthian Richards was threatened with the charge of witchcraft, having in the heat of passion threatened terrible things would happen to those she was angered at, they later falling victim to various unpleasant fates. Thomas Thacher, writing in her behalf to John Wilson and others from Weymouth 27 February 1653/4, indicated that she took Christian care of her children and that "God hath so blessed [them] that five or six of them have approved themselves to one church or other, and been readily entertained into their fellowship. Three of whom are now asleep in Jesus. Three survive. One more with us gives great hope of a thorough work on his heart" [WP 6:362]. Her case does not seem to have been brought forward.
Wealthean died circa 1679 at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.5,6
Children of Wealthean Loring and Thomas Richards
* 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. [S544] Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.
3. [S170] NE Marriages Prior, Torrey, Clarence A. , pg 622.
4. [S329] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, v.3 p.1577.
5. [S407] Weymouth, Ma, by Chamberlain pg 589.
6. [S329] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, v.3 p.1576.
In 1653/4 Welthian was threatened with the charge of witchcraft, having in the heat of passion threatened terrible things would happen to those she was angered at, they later falling victim to various unpleasant fates. Thomas Thacher, writing in her behalf to John Wilson and others from Weymouth 27 February 1653/4, indicated that she took Christian care of her children" [WP 6:372]. Welthian brought her maid Edye White to John Winthrop for correction. Among the charges against the maid was that she was "discovering the secrets of the family, one thing she confessed about a maid that drank too much there" [WP 4:232] In her will she bequeathed to granddaughter "Mary Bradford I leave the worst of my three feather beds."
They had the following children:
F i Mary RICHARDS 1 was born 1620 and was christened 16 Nov 1620 in Probably, England. She died 24 Jun 1659 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
M ii Samuel RICHARDS 1 was born 1619 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died after 1651.
M iii Joseph RICHARDS 1 was born about 1621 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died after 1651.
M iv Benjamin RICHARDS 1 was born 1623 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died about 1665.
M v John RICHARDS 1 was born 13 Feb 1625 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was christened 13 Feb 1625 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died 12 Apr 1694 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was buried 1694.
F vi Hannah RICHARDS 1 was born 26 Oct 1630 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was christened 26 Oct 1630 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. She died 10 Nov 1651 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was buried 1651.
M vii James RICHARDS 1 was born 13 Sep 1631 in Of, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was christened 13 Sep 1631 in Of Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died 29 Jun 1680 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut and was buried Jun 1680.
F viii Alice RICHARDS
M ix Thomas RICHARDS 1 was born 1618 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died 1648/1650 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
M x Samuel RICHARDS 1 was born 1633 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
M xi Joseph RICHARDS 1 was born 1635 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts. He died after 1651.
M xii Robert RICHARDS 1 was born 13 Sep 1631 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
The ancestry of Mrs. Welthian Richards has not yet been established, but her maiden name may have been Loring as Thomas Richards called him "brother" in his will. Apparently she was prone to give frank opinions of others, which sometimes caused her problems. In 1653/4, Welthian Richards was threatened with the charge of witchcraft, having in the heat of passion threatened terrible things would happen to those she was angered at, they later fell victim to various unpleasant fates. Thomas Thacher wrote a letter on her behalf to John Wilson and others from Weymouth, and her case does not seem to have been brought forward.
Her will was dated 3 Jul 1679 and proved 4 Nov 1679, at which time she was "Wethean Richards of Boston...widow."
Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: email@example.com 
Wealthean Richards (Loring), Accused Witch's Timeline
Dorchester, Dorset, England
November 16, 1620
Of Boston, Suffolk, Massachussetts
November 1, 1626
England, (Present UK)
June 16, 1627
Keynsham, Somerset, England
October 26, 1630