52 Ancestors – Week 405: #628 Crispus Richards (1681-1763) of Lynn, Massachusetts

Crispus Richards (1681-1763is #628 on my Ahnentafel  Checklist, my seventh great-grandfather, who marrie#629 Sarah Collins (1678-1774)  i1702 in Lynn, Essex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I’m descended by:

* their son #314 Joseph Richards (1703-1748) who married #315 1726 Mary Bouden (1705-1755).
* their daughter #157 Mary Richards (1733-????). who didn’t marry #156 Isaac Buck (1732-????).
*  their son #78 Isaac Buck (1757-1846) married #79 Martha Phillips (1757-1830) in 1791.
* their daughter #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882)married #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834)  in 1817.
* their daughter #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.
* their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
* their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
* their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
* their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Identify:                              Crispus Richards[1–4]
*  Alternate Identify:              Crispas Richards[5,7]
*  Intercourse:                                 Male
*  Father:                            John Richards 1644-1713
*  Mom:                          Mary Brewer 1653-1706

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Start:                             20 October 1681, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3,5]
*  Will:                              10 April 1756 (age 74), will written; Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[1,4]
*  Loss of life:                           17 Could 1763 (age 81), Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3,6]
*  Burial:                          after 17 Could 1763 (after age 81) Satisfaction of Lynn Cemetery, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[3]
*  Probate:                       11 July 1763 (age 81), will proved; Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[1,4]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Partner 1:                      Sarah Collins 1678-1774
*  Marriage:                      21 December 1702 (age 21), Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[1,7]
*  Baby 1:                        Joseph Richards 1703-1748
*  Baby 2:                        Esther Richards 1705-1805
*  Baby 3:                        John Richards 1707-1758
*  Baby 4:                        Sarah Richards 1709-    
*  Baby 5:                        Hannah Richards 1711-1740
*  Baby 6:                        Mary Richards 1713-1758
*  Baby 7:                        Deborah Richards 1715-1756                        
4)  NOTES (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):  

Winifred Lovering Holman’s work, “Edward Richards of Lynn” in The Essex Genealogist supplies a reasonably full overview of the life and actions of Crispus Richards[1].
Crispus Richards was born 20 October 1681 in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of John and Mary (Brewer) Richards of Lynn[1,3,5].
He married at age 21 Sarah Collins (1678-1757) on 21 December 1702 in Lynn[1,7].  She was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Silsbee) Collins.  Some genealogies say she is the widow of Joseph Elliot of Boston, and had 4 kids by him earlier than he died in 1702.
Crispus and Sarah (Collins) Richards had seven kids, all born in Lynn however the births weren’t recorded within the city report books[1]:
*  Joseph Richards (1703-1748), married 1726 Mary Bouden (1705-1755).
*  Esther Richards (1705-1805), married 1723 Aaron Estey (1699-1783).
*  John Richards (1707-1758), married (1) 1733 Lydia Phillips (1714-1753); (2) 1756 Katherine Burchstead (1732-????).
*  Sarah Richards (1709-????), married 1734 Henry Ingalls (1701-1796).
*  Hannah Richards (1711-1740), married 1738 John Stocker (1713-1810).
*  Mary Richards (1713-1758)
*  Deborah Richards (1715-1756), married 1739 William Briggs (1715-1769).
The web page An American Household Historical past[2] has details about a number of the civic actions of Crispus Richards from the City Assembly data of Lynn, together with:
*  In Oct. 1713 Crispus was chosen City Constable.  On the subsequent city assembly in March 1713/14 he “Refused to serve & paid 5 kilos…and now sd Richards introduced Joseph Jacobs to serve in his Roome…& sd Crispus Richards cash Returned: sd Jacobs current & accepted.”

*  In Nov 1715, “Crispas” Richards was appointed a fence viewer.
Upon his father’s loss of life within the winter of 1712/13, Crispus Richards obtained, on the age of 32, all his father’s land as a result of “he hath born the Burthen of my Work & Taken keare of Mee in all my lengthy and Tedious Illness & lameness for this Many Yeares previous….”[1,3]

The Holman article supplies details about the land dealings of Crispus Richards in Lynn[1].
The City Data of Lynn comprise a number of extra gadgets in regards to the actions of Crispus Richards[2]:
*  “On the similar meting october ye eighth 1722, Consideration Being had a couple of peace of Land that Chrispas Richards had Libery to fence in:”

*  “Whereas at ye City Assembly Could ye sixteenth 1722 the City voted that Chrispas Richards ought to Pay six pound for ye Land hee complaining that it was moar than it was value”

*  “Subsequently the query Being requested wheither the City would rethink that Vot of six pound and wheither he ought to have the land for 5 pound and it Pased within the affermitive and that Chrispas Richars shall Pay to the selectmen for ye use of the city 5 Kilos for ye Land which is about 100 pole.”

*  “Obtain of Chrispas Richards in keeping with ye City Vote 5 Pound January ye 22th 1722/23. “
On the city assembly of March 1, 1741/42:

*   “the physique of the City Complain they’re in nice need of Bulls being Stored in sd Bounderies as hath bin in years previous that’s to say from the Nice Bridg so by the physique of the City & these close to to it with the Newmans John farringtons eben Tarbox Isaac Latherbe Capt Collins Crispus Richards & so all inside sd bounderys Besides Squir burrill & the farmes past him: Subsequently Voted that the Assessors shall on the time once they make the City Charge assess Every individual inside sd Boundery at two shillings a Cow.”[2]

Crispus Richards died at age 82 on 17 Could 1763 in Lynn, Massachusetts[1,3,6].  He was buried within the Proide of Lynn Cemetery in Lynn[3], however no extant headstone is on the market.
The need of Crispus Richards is included in Essex County (Massachusetts) Probate Court docket docket #23,539.  It was written on 10 April 1756, and proved by the Court docket at Salem on 11 July 1763.  The need reads[4]:
“Within the Identify of God Amen, The tenth day of April anno Domini 1756 I Crispus Richards of Lynn within the County of Essex within the Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in New England yeoman, being decaying in physique however of sound thoughts calling to Thoughts ye Mortality of physique figuring out it’s appointed for all males as soon as to die, do make & Ordain on this my final Will and Testomony, that’s to say principally and initially I like to recommend my Soul into the arms of God that gave it, and my physique I like to recommend to ye Earth to be buried in christian and respectable Method on the discretion of my Execetutor hereafter named and as touching my worldly Property I give demise and get rid of as follows:  And my will is that each one my simply Money owed and funeral Costs be duly and truthfully paid by my Executor out of my Property.

“Imprimis I give and bequeath to my beloved Spouse Sarah all my indoor moveable property to be at her personal Disposal and in addition the Enchancment of the one half of my actual property throughout.

“Merchandise  I give and bequeath to yt a number of Kids of my Son Joseph Richards dec-d (Viz) to William Richards, Joseph Richard, Mary Richards, Ebenezer Richards, Hannah Richards, Esther Richards, John Richards & Martha Richards to every of them the Sum of 1 Shilling lawfull Cash to be paid by my Executor inside two years after my decease & wifes and that to be their Portion out of my Property having given their father his portion in his life Time.

“Merchandise I give and bequeath to my daughter Esther Estess one pound six shillings and eight pence to be paid by my Executor out of my Property inside one 12 months after my decease and wifes & that with what I’ve heretofore accomplished for her to be her portion out of my Property.

“Merchandise  I give to my daughter Sarah Ingulls one pound six shillings & eight pence to be paid by my Executor out of my Property inside two years after I & my Spouse shall decease & that with what I’ve already accomplished for her to be her Portion out of my Property.

“Merchandise  I give & bequeath to my grand Daughter Thankfull Stocker one pound six shillings and eight pence to be paid by my Executor out of my Property inside two years after my & wifes decease & that to be her portion Out of my Property.

“Merchandise  I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary Richards ye Sum of 4 Kilos per 12 months yearly each 12 months as long as she shall stay single & in Case she marries then to have one Pound six shillings & eight pence to be paid by my Executor out of my Property.

“Merchandise  I give to my daughter Deborah Richards ten kilos to be paid by my Executor inside one 12 months after my decease & Spouse’s & that to be her portion out of my Property with ye Priviledge of my west Chamber until married & not.

“Merchandise I give devise & bequeath to my son John Richards (whom I likewise represent make and ordain sole Executor of this my final Will & Testomony) all & singular my Housing & Lands Messuages & Tenements in Lynn and elsewhere to him my sd son his heirs and Assigns ceaselessly & additionally all my out of doors moveable Property of what Identify & Nature soever to be to them & his Heirs ceaselessly and I do hereby ratify & Affirm this & no different to be my final Will & Testomony.  In Witness whereof I’ve hereunto set my hand & seal,

“Signed, sealed, printed, pronounced & declared by the sd                    his
Crispus Richards as his final Will & Testomony in                          Crispus  x  Richards
Presence of we ye Subscribers                                                                  Mark
William Collins, Theophilus Burrill & William Watts.”
The need was introduced to the Court docket at Salem on 11 July 1763, with Theophilus Burrill and William Watts making oath that they had been current when Crispus Richards late of Lynn deceased signed, sealed, heard him publish and declare this to be his final will and testomony, and that he was of sound disposing thoughts and reminiscence to one of the best of their discerning and that they, along with William Collins, affixed their arms on the similar time in his presence as witnesses.  The Executor appeared and accepted that belief.  The need was proved, permitted and allowed by the Decide of Probate, the Honorable John Choate Esquire[4].

1. Winifred Lovering Holman, “Edward Richards of Lynn”, The Essex Genealogist, Quantity 13, No 1 (February 1993), pages 29-33, Crispus Richards sketch.

2. “Crispus Richards and Sarah Collins Eliot,” An American Household Historical past (https://www.anamericanfamilyhistory.com/Richards%20Family/RichardsCrispusSarah.html : accessed 11 November 2021).

3. Discover A Grave, listed database and digital picture,  (http://www.findagrave.com), Satisfaction of Lynn Cemetery, Lynn, Mass., Crispus Richards memorial #186257459.

4. Essex County, Massachusetts, Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881, Crispus Richards of Lynn 176; digital photographs, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org : accessed 23 February 2015); contains Will and court docket approval, 11 July 1763.

5. Very important Data of Lynn, Massachusetts to the top of the Yr 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1906), 2 Volumes, Births, web page 351, Crispas Richards entry, 20 October 1681.

6. Very important Data of Lynn, Massachusetts to the top of the Yr 1849, Deaths, web page 579, Crispus Richards entry, 17 could 1763.

7. Very important Data of Lynn, Massachusetts to the top of the Yr 1849, Marriages, web page 326, Crispas Richards and Sarah Collins entry, 21 December 1702.


NOTE: In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow advised a weekly weblog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her weblog put up 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small weblog. I’ve prolonged this theme in 2021 for an eighth 12 months to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The listing of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the seventh great-grandparents (in work) is in https://www.geneamusings.com/p/ancestor-biographies.html.

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