An American Family History

Abigail Richards Collins

English colonists from Salem were the first settlers in Lynn.

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Abigail Richards Collins was born on March 23, 1689/90 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were John Richards and Mary Brewer.

She married William Collins, Esquire, a Quaker, on November 21, 1711 in Lynn. William Collins was born in 1689/90 in Lynn. He was the son of Joseph Collins and Mariah Smith.

When her father died in 1713, she received £13 from her father’s estate. 

They had at least one child, Job (or Jacob) Collins who was born on August 19, 1714 in Lynn. Job married Sarah Graves.

William died on May 17, 1767 when he was 78 and was buried in the Old Burying Ground of Lynn on Elm Street.

Here lies the body of
William Collins, Esq.,
who departed this life
May the 18, 1767,
in the 78th year of his age.

Abigail was buried after January 17, 1774.

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
Edward Richards

Ann Knight Richards
  • John Richards
  • Abigail Richards Collins
  • Mary Richards Nick
  • William Richards
  • Deborah Richards
  • Daniel Richards
  • Early Quakers were persecuted. In the Massachusetts Bay colony, Friends were banished on pain of death.


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