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Saturday, January 25, 2014

70. Christopher Richards, Sr. (1802- 1892) Lost 5 sons in the war. #52ancestors

Found a memorial to my ancestor Christopher Richards, Sr. on FindAGrave.com by my cousin Harold G. Richards. It reads....

Christopher was the son of Waitman Richards and Sarah "Sally" Hodges. Waitman's family lived about 6 miles south east of Rocky Mount in Franklin County Virginia [between Sydnorsville and Sontag]. Waitman's father had established a large plantation there in 1758.
Christopher married Nancy Adeline Moore, daughter of Jacob Moore and Frances Shuffield; on February 9 1826 in Franklin County, and raised their family there.
Children I know of: 1. Clarissa Betty [1827] +James Henry Williams 2. Hamilton Wade [1834] +Mary Jane King 3. Robert E. [1835] +Sarah Jane Shilling 4. Christopher Jr. [1836] +Hannah Adeline Gearhart 5. Aly Anne +James B. Maxey 6. William [1838] +Sarah Jane Moore 7. Samuel M. [1840] 8. Sarah F. [1844] died at age 14 9. Louisa Abigail [1846] +Bruce Everett Maxey 10. Octavia [1847] +Robert Jackson 11. Lewis P. [1850] 12. Mary H. [1858]
1860 census South West Dist, Franklin Co VA Christo [sic] no family listed
Christopher had 5 sons serve and give their lives in the Civil War. Company "B", 42nd Virginia Infantry Regiment Roster RICHARDS: Christopher Jr., Hamilton Wade, Robert E., Samuel M., and William.
1880 census Maggodee Dist, Franklin Co VA Chris Richards 80 wife Nancy Richards 68 grandson Sam Mcd Richards 13 grandson Wm. C. Richards 15
LINEAGE: Waitman RICHARDS [1765] Franklin Co VA Edward RICHARDS [1731] MD/ Franklin Co VA Benjamin RICHARDS [1710] MD/old Lunenburg & Franklin Co VA Edward RICHARDS [1678] Manchester, Lancashire England/MD
Family links: Parents: Waitman Richards (1765 - 1845) Sarah Hodges Richards (1775 - 1830)
Children: Hamilton Wade Richards (1834 - 1862)* Christopher Richards (1834 - 1862)* Robert E. Richards (1835 - 1862)* William Richards (1838 - ____)* Samuel M. Richards (1840 - 1862)* Sarah F. Richards (1844 - 1858)* Louisa Abigail Richards Maxey (1845 - 1929)*


Harold has extensive records on the Richards line that we come from and I am glad to have found him and friended him on FindAGrave. The Richards line goes back to Lancashire England.


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