An American Family History

Sarah Collins Eliot Richards

English colonists from Salem were the first settlers in Lynn.
Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1629 and incorporated in 1649. It was originally a fishing village. Before the Revolution it was home base for privateers who plundered European ships.

Sarah Collins Eliot Richards was born on August 10, 1678 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Joseph and Sarah Collins.

She married Joseph Eliot on September 29, 1697 when she was 19 years old. They were married by Mr. James Allen. This couple should not be confused with the Reverend Joseph Eliot and Sarah Benton who married about the same time.

Joseph and Sarah's daughter was Mercy Eliot Alton. Mercy was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts about 1700.

Joseph apparently died before 1702 when Sarah remarried.

Sarah married Crispus Richards on December 21, 1702 when she was 24. Their children and life together is described in detail in the section on Crispus and Sarah Richards.
Children of Sarah Collins
and Joseph Eliot
  • Mercy Eliot Alton

  • Children of Crispus Richards
    and Sarah Collins
  • Joseph Richards
  • Esther Richards Estey
  • John Richards
  • Mary Richards
  • Crispus Richards
  • Sarah Richards Ingalls
  • Hannah Richards Stocker
  • Richard Richards
  • She died on August 5, 1774 in Lynn and is buried in Lynn.

    Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
    Children of Joseph
    and Sarah Collins
  • Sarah Collins
  • Joseph Collins
  • Henry Collins
  • Ann Collins Ingalls
  • Dorothy Collins Gray
  • Sarah Collins Eliot Richards
  • Esther Collins
  • and Maria Smith
  • Ruth Collins Graves
  • Mary Collins
  • William Collins
  • Elizabeth Collins Graves
  • Joseph Collins
  • Ezekiel Collins
  • Martha Collins Odell



    DNA match with other descendant in this line.
    Henry Collins
    Joseph Collins
    Sarah Collins Richards
    Esther Richards Estey
    Mary Estey Dwinnell
    Israel Dwinnell
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    Victoria Dwinnell Miller
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr.
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.