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From my book "Line of Descent of George Roger Gilbert"

On the parentage of Anna Richmond Rowley

From my notes:

Tuesday, October 16, 1973

Brother Ken's 41st birthday today! ÊI next turned to the "Barbour Collection" and found:

Anna Richmond (listed under Richmond, Richman and Richmen) -

[d. Benjamin and Mary] b. Feb. 8, 1737/8 Lebanon Vital Records Volumn 1, page 269

She fits into the role of Anna Richmond Rowley who was born about 1738 as Richmond death records show that she died in 1799 aged 61.

I also copied from the Richmond Genealogy the ancestors of Benjamin Richmond who married Mary ____ , because the children listed there were all born in Little Compton, Rhode Island. The last child listed was twins born February 26, 1729. Anna could have been the last of others born in Lebanon, Connecticut.

Wednesday, June 10, 1998

Went again to check to see children of Benjamin and Mary Richmond born in Lebanon, Ct.

From the "Barbour Collection" , Lebanon, CT.

Ruth Richmond, [d. Benjamin and Mary] b. June 16, 1732
Abigail Richmond, [d. Benjamin and Mary] b. July 21, 1734
Anna Richmond, [d. Benjamin and Mary] b. Feb. 8, 1737/8


Richmond Genealogy

From the Onondaga County Library, Syracuse, NY

John Richmond, the emigrant was born in 1594; he came to America from Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire, England. He probably left England about 1635 and was one of the purchasers of Taunton in 1637. Undoubtedly he was married before he came to this country, but neither the name of his wife, the date of his marriage, nor the date of her death has been found.He was away from Taunton much of his life - through the records he is known to have been at Newport and other places - but he returned to Taunton and died there March 20, 1664, aged 70

+2 John (2), born about 1627
+3 Edward (2), born about 1632
+4 Sarah (2), born about 1638
+5 Mary (2), born about 1639

The following records, without much doubt, refer to John Richmond of Taunton;- "To the constable of Saco: These"
"February 7, 1631. Mr. Theophilus Davies against Mr. John Richmond, an action of slander."
"Mr. Henry Broode, an act of tresspass against Mr. Theo. Davies and Mr. John Richmond."
"March 6, 1636, John Richmond, an action of trespass against Mr. Theophilus Lewis and another complaint against the said Lewis for detayning the said Richmond's servant."
"May 7, 1636. Mr. Thomas Lewis is by verdict of a jury to pay unto John Richmond 6 pounds 10 shillings for 2 barrels of beife."
"March 14, 1636 John Richmond, an action against Mr. Theo. Lewis for detayning his servant against the law."
"May 2, 11637. Thomas Page, an action of trespass against John Richmond."
"June, 1637 John Richmond, an action for debt against Theophilus Davies."

The court record closes July 4, 1637, when Captain William Gorges was recalled, and there are no further court records until 1640.
At "the setting of the councilî in Newport, Rhode Island 1656 and 1657-
"upon petition of Richard Usaal to the court concerning an execution granted to him, against Edward Richmond of Newport, for the sum of 3 pounds 13 shillings which execution being unserved by reason that noe estate was found to serve it or , and now being adjitiated in the court of redress for same, here appeared John Richmond of Newport, Senior, and to this court did pay," etc.
"Court of Commissions, 17th March 1656. Mr. Roger Williams, moderator."
"case 22. It is ordered that whereas, there are divers presentments standing upon a book of records belonging to ye Islands, against John Richmond, Sen'r, John Smith, George Blisse, Hewine Hobson, Henry Timberlake and Bartholomew Haud, all of Newport, these presentments shall not be, any of them, prosecuted, except by express order form His Highness, ye Lord Protector."

He was one of the commissioners, from Newport, of the court of commissioners, held at Portsmouth in 1656. He owned 6 shares in the original purchase of Taunton in 1637.

John Richmond was one of the older men of the settlement in Taunton. His name does not appear in the list of men able to bear arms in 1643; he was in Rhode Island in 1655, and it is probable that he was there at that time or in England. He took the oath of fidelity in Taunton before 1640. The family were large land owners in the easterly part of the town and gave to a village in the section the name Richmondtown, which it still bears.


3. Captain Edward Richmond (2), (John(1)) was born about 1632, and probably before his father came to this country. He married first Abigail, daughter of James Davis, and 2nd Amy Bull, daughter of Governor Henry and Elizabeth Bull. He died November 1696.

Children by 1st wife:
+17 Abigail (3), b. 1656
+18 Edward (3), b. 1658
+19 John (3), b. about 1660
+20 Elizabeth (3), b. Dec. 6, 1666
+21 Mary (3), b. 1668
+22 Esther (3), b. 1669
+23 Silvester (3), b. 1672, baptized at Little Compton, R.I. November 3, 1700
+24 Sarah (3)

Children by 2nd wife:
+25 Henry (3), b. at Little Compton, Rhode Island
+26 Ann (3), b. at Little Compton, Rhode Island

The order of births is not known, but it is believed that the above is very nearly, if not accurately correct. He and his wife Amy joined in a deed, August 20, 1685.

He conveyed, February 16, 1691-2, to Henry Bull, his "Father-in-law" and "Grandfather of my 2 youngest children", certain land in trust for them and "my now wife, Amy", referring in it to a deed to his son Edward, made May 20, 1686.

The inventory of his estate was filed December 8, 1696, and on the twentieth of the same month his estate was divided among Edward, eldest son, son John, for himself and his sister, Abigail Remington; William Palmer, John Palmer, Silvester Richmond, Sarah Richmond and Thomas Burdges. (The two Palmers and Burdges [Burgess] were husbands of his daughters.)

The executors of Henry Bull (who died January 22, 1673-4) settled an account, March 2, 1709, in which they reported payment of Henry and Ann Richmond's legacy of 60 pounds.

On May 20, 1657, Abigail Davis petitioned the assembly alleging that her step-father, John Cowdall and her mother had forced her into a marriage with Richard Upsell, and later in the same year the assembly declared the marriage was unlawful and that she was free to marry Edward Richmond, whom she declared in her petition to be her choice. (Colonial Records Vol. I page 359).

When old Portsmouth was divided and Newport organized, Portsmouth was reorganized and James Davice (Davis) signed (by his mark), April 30, 1639, forming "the body politick" of Portsmouth: and in the list of the inhabitants of Acquederic Island (who had become such by consent of the government), dated September 1, 1640, James Davis' name appears; It does not appear again and as there were no others of the name (save, possibly, Nicholas, who lived till 1671), it would seem that Abigail married Edward Richmond, he had died and his widow had married John Cowdall.

Edward Richmond (2) is frequently mentioned in the Colonial Records under the following dates: "1661, September 9. He had a share in Misquariecutt (westerly) land appointed to him."; "1663, December 14. He had a legacy of 40 acres and wearing apparel from the will of his father, John Richmond of Taunton."; "1667-69-70-72. General Solicitor." ; "1676, August 6. It was voted by the Assembly " that Lieutenant Edward Richmond, with his company, shall be allowed to have the 1/2 of the produce of the seven Indians they brought in." by and act of the Assembly certain Indian men and women able for service were to be sold for nine years."; "1676, August 23. He was clerk of a court martial that was held for the trial of four indians, who, according to the sentence of the court, were executed.".
"1677, June 1. He and three others were appointed to give to such persons in Newport as they see cause, to know who will advance money for the Colony's use in sending the agent to England."
"1677, October 31. He and forty-seven others were granted 5,000 acres to be called East Greenwich."
"1677-78-79-80. Attorney General."
"1678-79. Deputy."
"1680. Taxed 14 shillings."
"1683-June 6, Little Compton. He took oath of fidelity."
"1683-4-5-9-90. Selectman."
"1686 Deputy."
"1686, June 4. Lieutenant. On the same date he was fined 5 pounds for furnishing an indian with some rum or strong liquor."
"1690, May 20. Captain."
"1691, August 7. He and his children were mentioned in the will of his sister, Sarah Stoughton, wife of Nicholas."
"1692, February 2. He bought of Daniel Wilcox, the 27th lot in Little Compton for 50 pounds."
"1692,February 16, He sold to 'my father-in-law Henry Bull of Newport, being grandfather to my two youngest children, 120 acres in Little Compton, for 80 pounds, for the use of and behoof of my two youngest children: Henry and Ann, with housing, garden, etc. reserving to self and wife, Amey, the whole profits for life.'"
"1696, December 8. Inventroy, 326 pounds 6 shillings, sworn to by the administrators, Edward Richmond, eldest son of deceased, two oxen, six cows, four heifers, two yearlings, five calves, two mares, three colts, two horses, sheep, two fat swine, eight lean swine, eighteen loads of hay, pewter, cheese press, warming pan, arms, stillyards, sundrey pieces of land, etc."
"1696, Decmeber 20. His estate was divided among his children as follows: to the eldest son Edward, land 36 pounds, 30 shillings, 4 pence, moveables 27 pounds, 16 shillings, 6 pence ; to John Richmond, in his own right and right of sister, Abigail Remington, land 36 pounds, 3 shillings, 4 pence, moveables 27 pounds, 16 shillings, 6 pence; To William Palmer, land 18 pounds, 1 shilling, 8 pence, moveables, 13 pounds, 3 shillings, 3 pence and a like amount each to John Palmer, Silvester Richmond, Sarah Richmond and Thomas Burdge."
"He was a member of the Church of England, according to testimony of his daughter, Abigail Gardiner, who deposed to that effect in 1738, calling herself in her 82nd year."

The following inscription is from the tombstone in the family cemetery on the old Richmond Farm in Little Compton, Rhode Island, being the most ancient date on any tombstone in the town:

Here lyeth buried the body
of Edward Richmond, Captain,
who departed this life
in ye 63rd year of his age
November 1696

He was one of the incorporators of Little Compton, Rhode Island in 1677, and owned several shares. The deed was made to the following persons:

Joseph Church Ê Ê Ê Ê ÊÊ Ê Ê ÊÊ ÊAmos Gray Ê Ê Ê ÊÊ ÊÊ Ê Ê Ê Ê ÊÊ ÊJohn Shearman
William Southworth Ê ÊÊ Ê Ê Ê John Irish Ê ÊÊ Ê ÊÊ Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê ÊIsaac Woodworth
John Rouse Ê Ê ÊÊ ÊÊ Ê ÊÊ ÊÊ ÊÊ ÊPeter Collaman ÊÊ ÊÊ ÊÊ ÊÊ ÊÊ ÊÊ ÊThomas Woodworth
Nathaniel Warren Ê Ê ÊÊ ÊÊ Ê ÊJohn Washburn Ê Ê ÊÊ Ê Ê ÊÊ ÊÊ Ê William Pabodie
Benjamin Woodworth Ê Ê Ê Benjamin Church Ê ÊÊ Ê ÊÊ ÊÊ Ê Ê John Rogers
Edward Richmond Ê Ê Ê ÊÊ Ê ÊWilliam Forbes Ê ÊÊ Ê Ê ÊÊ ÊÊ Ê Ê ÊSimon Rouse
Joseph Woodworth Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Thomas Ward Ê ÊÊ ÊÊ ÊÊ Ê Ê ÊÊ Ê Josiah Cooke


18. Edward Richmond (3) (Edward (2),John (1)) was born in 1658. He married, in 1682, Sarah _____, who was born in 1664. She died February 14, 1743.

Children (born in Little Compton, Rhode Island.) :

-103. Abigail (4), born in 1683; m. John Sims, July 9, 1702, d. October 4, 1702.
+104. Edward (4), born December 3, 1689, m. Rebecca Thurston.
+105. Anna (4), born January 22, 1693; m. William Wilbur
+106. Elizabeth (4), born in 1694, died young
+107. Benjamin (4), born January 10, 1696; m. Mary ____
+108. Amey (4), born November 22, 1697
+109. Mary (4), born March 15, 1700, m. Peter Crandell
+110. Esther(4), born February 3, 1703
-111. Abigail (4), born November 25, 1704, m. George Manchester
-112. Elizabeth (4), born November 1707


107. Benjamin Richmond (4) (Edward (3), Edward (2), John (1)) was born in Little Compton, Rhode Island, January 10, 1696. He married in 1719, Mary _____.

Children: (born in Little Compton, Rhode Island)
+299. Elizabeth (5), born April 16, 1718, m. Benjamin Hathaway, 1736
+300. Mary (5), born June 16, 1720
-301. Sarah (5), born November 26, 1721, died June 2, 1726
+302. Edward (5), born July 7, 1723
-303. Priscilla (5), born March 3, 1725, died September 14, 1726
-304. Sarah (5), born November 2, 1726
-305. Priscilla (5), born February 26, 1729
-306. Rebekah (5), born February 26, 1729

Note: See the June 10, 1998 entry at the top of the page to see other children born in Lebanon, Ct.