I would appreciate any information anyone might have on the RICHARDS buried at Salt Creek cemetery in Muskingum county. Samuel Richards died 21 November 1852, aged 59 years. Census records confirm that he was born about 1793 in Virginia. His wife of the 1850 census was Mary, born in Virginia about 1798. She appears to be buried there, too, having died at the age of 78 on 7 July 1875.
Townsend Richards is also listed as buried there, having died 12 May 1853. No age is given. If he was born after the 1850 census, Samuel and Mary would have probably been too old (middle 50's) to be his parents, but may have been his grandparents. It's possible though that he was their son, and born much earlier - I have no way of knowing.
I am looking to find if there might be some connection between this Samuel and Townsend Richards, and Rowland Richards and his second wife Lydia Townsend. Rowland Richards (b. 1728 PA, d. Cincinnati, OH 1815) was the son of Samuel Richards (1700-1760). Rowland Richards and second wife Lydia Townsend moved from Chester county, PA to Frederick county, VA in 1780. Their son Eli, born 1771, was recorded in a family Bible as having died in 1804 at the age of 32, but no other details on his family were given. Eli was mentioned occasionally in Quaker records until 1794, but then disappeared, even though he was still in Frederick county, VA as of 1799.
A majority of the Richards family left Virginia in 1801 and resettled in Ohio. However, Eli appears to have had some relationship with a Charles Cain and his wife Mary Hood of Frederick county, who remained there. I don't know if Eli followed family, or remained among friends.
I believe Eli "MIGHT" be the father of Townsend Richards, born 1798 in Virginia, and Phebe Richards born about 1800 in Virginia. Phebe married in 1817, and Townsend in 1820, both by the same justice of the peace in Columbian county, Ohio. Both married Quakers who were "dismissed for marrying out of unity", and were listed consecutively in the 1820 census. Abijah Richards, a son of Rowland Richards and a half-brother of Eli, was also an early Quaker settler in Columbiana county. Townsend and Phebe were part of a large group migration to Illinois in 1838.
Naturally, with both Samuel Richards and Townsend Richards being familiar names in the family, it would not be impossible that Samuel might have also been a son of Eli, born when Eli was about 22 years of age. Any clues regarding this Samuel or Townsend Richards would be very appreciated.
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