An American Family History

Joseph Richards

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

Joseph Richards was born on January 10, 1685 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were John Richards and Mary Brewer.

Joseph was a Quaker and signed a letter in 1703 to Massachusetts Governor Joseph Dudley from the Quakers of Lynn who had been asked to identify themselves.

He received 20 schillings from his father’s will. 

He died on April 18, 1745.

First printed in Boston 1745
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
  • 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.


    English colonists from Salem were the first settlers in Lynn.

    from History of Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts: Including Lynnfield, Saugus, Swampscot, and Nahanty byAlonzo Lewis, James Robinson Newhall, published by J.L. Shorey, 1865

    The following is a copy of a letter sent to Governor Dudley, by the Quakers of Lynn. Lynn, 22th 4th 1703.

    Whereas, we, the people called Quakers, of the town of Lynn, having been requested by the governor to give in a list of our names - in answer thereunto each person hath respectively signed by - himselfe."

    The signatures are
    Richard Estes,
    Samuel Collins,
    William Bassett,
    Walter Phillips,
    Richard Oake,
    Joseph Richards
    John Hood,
    Samuel Breed,
    Hugh Alley,
    William Bassett, Jr.,
    John Bassett,
    John Collins,
    Jabez Jenkins,
    Walter Phillips,. Jr.,
    Isaac Clark,
    Samuel Collins, Jr.,
    John Estes.

    Early Quakers were persecuted. In the Massachusetts Bay colony, Friends were banished on pain of death.
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