An American Family History

Edward Richards

Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled by English Puritans in 1629 and was first incorporated in 1631 as Saugus.

Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England.

Edward Richards was born on July 13, 1679 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were John Richards and Mary Brewer.

He married Mary Kidder on December 6, 1703. Cotton Mather performed the ceremony in Boston. 

Edward and Mary's children included:
John Richards (1704),
Mary Richards (1706),
Abigail Richards (1708),
Elizabeth Richards (1711),
Edward Richards (1717), and
Joseph Richards (1718).

In 1713 he received 20s from his father’s will and his son John Richard’s received one sheep.

His second wife was Hannah. Their son was Edward Richards (1727).

He became wealthy with a large business in Boston.

He died February 11, 1747/48 and is buried at Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in Boston with his wife and some of his children.

Copp's Hill
Copp's Hill Burying Ground

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 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
  • Cotton Mather was a Puritan clergyman and theological writer. His writings had great influence in his time. He is generally pictured as the archetype of the intolerant and severe Puritan and is known for his part in the Salem witch trials in 1692 . He did not approve of all the trials, but had helped to instigate the hysteria by his Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcraft and Possessions (1689)

    Cotton Mather

    Memory of
    Son to Mr Edward & Mrs Mary Richards
    who died at Port Mahone
    January ye 18th
    aged 24 years

    Here lyes the Body of
    who died Janunary 5th 1732
    aged 29 years

    Here lyes the Body of
    dau to Mr Edward & Mrs Mary Richards
    died Nov ye 4th 1745 in ye
    36th year of her age

    Here lyes buried ye Body of
    son to Mr Edward Richards died
    February ye 11th
    aged 70 years


    ye is an archaic spelling of "the."

    Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Several Ancient Puritans by Abner Morse

    8. 23. Edward, [Richards] m. Dec. 6, 1703, Mary Kidder; and, 2d, Hannah; r. Boston, where he did a large business and acquired wealth, died, and was interred on Copp's Hill.

    He had,
    i. John, b. June 20, 1704, at Lynn, d. at Boston, Jan. 5, '32, pr. unm.
    ii. Mary, b. Nov. 16, 1706, at Boston; no further reported.
    iii. Abigail, b. 1708, d. in Boston, Nov. 4,1745, in her 36 year, unm.
    iv. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 3, 1711, at Boston, no further reported.
    v. Edward, b. May 16, 1717, who died young.
    vi. Joseph, d. at Port Mahon, Jan. 18, 1742, aged 24 years; pr. unm.
    vii. Edward, b. Nov. 8, 1727, by 2d wife, Hannah, and pr. d. yg.

    This family early paid the penalty of riches, and probably became extinct in the first generation.

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