from History of Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts by Alonzo Lewis, James Robinson Newhall, published by J. L. Shorey, 1865
Edward Richards, born in 1616 was a joiner, and was admitted a freeman in 1641. He lived in the eastern part of Essex street. On the third of April 1646, he sold to Daniel King, "one parcel of land, called Windmill Hill," being the eastern mound of Sagamore Hill. He died 26 Jan. 1690, aged 74.
His descendants remain. His wife's name was Ann, and they had children, William, born 7 June, 1663; Daniel; Mary; Abigail; and, it is thought, John. William was living abroad in 1688, as appears by a parental letter superscribed
These for my loveing sonn William Richards Liveing att Philadelphia in pensylvanah or elsewhere present, [and] sent ffrom Lin in New England this 12th of June, 1688.
The letter urges him to return to Lynn, as his parents are getting old, and much desire his presence. And they want him to make up his mind never to leave the place again; the father agreeing, for his encouragement, to give him half of his place.
In 1678 Mr. Richards made oath that he had lived here forty-five years. The inventory of his estate, taken about a month after his decease, by William Bassett, jr. and Samuel Johnson, gives an amount of £180.