An American Family History

Captain John Richards

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

Captain John Richards was born on May 1, 1677 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were John Richards and Mary Brewer.

He married Mary Allen. They were married on October 25, 1705 in Salem by the Reverend Nicholas Noyes.

John and Mary's children included:
Mary Richards Norwood (1706),
Richard Richards (1715, married Abigail Breed), and
Sarah Richards (1717).

Mary married Zacheus Norwood whose second wife was Susannah Dwinnell, daughter of John Dwinnell.

In 1713 he received 40 schillings from his father’s will. He lived in Lynn and Boston.

It is unlikely that he is the John Richards who married Lydia Phillips as her children were all born after he died. John died October 7, 1733.

From The Old Burying Ground, Lynn, Massachusetts.

Here lyes buried ye body of Captain John Richards, who Departed this life October ye 7th, Anno Domini, 1733, Aged 56 Years.

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



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

    John [Richards], m. Mary; and 2d, Jan. 25, 1732-3, Lydia Phillips, who survived to a very great age; r. Lynn and Boston.

    i. Mary, b. Nov. 17, 1706.
    ii. William, who m. Tabitha Williams.
    iii. John, who m. 175- Elizabeth Alley.
    iv. Richard, aged in 1754 above 14 years, m. Abigail Breed.
    v. Sarah, b. July 16, 1717, (by 1st wife,) d. prior to 1754, s. p.
    vi. Walter, (by 2d wife,) aged under 14 in 1754; m. Cox.
    vii. Joseph, aged under 14 years in 1754; m. Martha Burrill.
    viii. Lydia
    ix. Hannah

    English colonists from Salem were the first settlers in Lynn.
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