An American Family History

Crispus Richards

Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled by English Puritans in 1629 and was first incorporated in 1631 as Saugus.
English colonists from Salem were the first settlers in Lynn.

Crispus Richards was born on October 20, 1681 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of John Richards and Mary Brewer.

He married, Sarah Collins in in 1702. Their children and life together are 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
  • When his father died in 1690, he received all the remaining real and personal estate, not otherwise bequeathed and was required to provide a comfortable maintenance for his mother, so long as she remained a widow.

    His father said in his will that

    . . . he had already given John a good trade, as well as some of his other sons, whereby they are in good ways for a living in this world, and have not in time past done for me as my son Crispus hath, who hath borne the burden of my work and taken care of me in all my  long and tedious weakness and lameness for many years past." (Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Several Ancient Puritans, Volume 3 by Abner Morse) 

    On February 10, 1706/07, his aunt, the widow Abigail Brewer Luscomb, sold Crispus eight acres of her father's land that she had inherited when he died.

    The records of the town meeting of April 15, 1718 report

    Pursuant to an order from the Selectmen of Salem Capt John Breed Lt. Benja Potter & Crispus Richards of any two of them are appointed to pambulate and renew the bounds on the Lower part of the line betwixt Salem & Lyn & to meet at the house of Mr Joseph Sibley on Monday the twenty eight of April currant at Eight of the clock fore noon to Joyne with such as Salem has appointed for that service & to make return of their Doings. (Records of ye Town Meetings of Lyn, p. 9)

    He died on May 17, 1763 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was buried in Lynn Cemetery

    Children of John Richards
    and Mary Brewer
  • Mary Richards Darling Shaw
  • Captain John Richards
  • Edward Richards
  • Crispus Richards
  • Elizabeth Richards Kent
  • Joseph Richards
  • William Richards
  • Abigail Richards Collins
  • Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."


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