Friday, August 29, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 35: #42 John Rich (1791-1868)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" in her blog post Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  Here is my ancestor biography for week #35:

John Rich (1791-1868) is #42 on my Ahnentafel list, my third great-grandfather.  He married in 1811 to #43 Rebecca Hill (1790-1862).  


I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #21 
Hannah Rich (1824-1911). who married James Richman (1821-1912)
*  their son, #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917), who married #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913)
*  their daughter, #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), 
* their son, #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)

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


*  Name:                    John Rich [1-5]
*  Sex:                       Male   

2)  INDIVIDUAL FACTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth                     about 1791, Hilperton, Wiltshire, England    
*  Census:                 31 March 1841 (about age 50), Hilperton, Wiltshire, England [2]   
*  Census:                 31 March 1851 (about age 60), Hilperton, Wiltshire, England [3]   
*  Census:                 31 March 1861 (about age 70), Hilperton, Wiltshire, England [4]
*  Death:                   before 6 June 1868 (before about age 77), Hilperton, Wiltshire, England [5]
*  Burial:                   6 June 1868 (about age 77), Hilperton, Wiltshire, England [5]
  
3)  SPOUSES AND CHILDREN (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
   
*  Spouse 1:              Rebecca Hill (1790-1862)   
*  Marriage 1:           14 February 1815 (about age 24), Hilperton, Wiltshire, England [1]
*  Child 1:                James Rich (1816-    )   
*  Child 2:                Ann Rich (1818-1882)   
*  Child 3:                John Rich (1818-1822)   
*  Child 4:                William Rich (1821-1822)   
*  Child 5:                John Rich (1822-    )   
*  Child 6:                Jesse Rich (1822-1871)   
*  Child 7:                Hannah Rich (1824-1911)   
*  Child 8:                Emma Rich (1827-    )   
*  Child 9:                Elizabeth Rich (1828-    )   
*  Child 10:              William Rich (1830-1914)   
*  Child 11:              Samuel Rich (1833-1897)   

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

 John Rich was probably born between 1789 and 1794, since he was listed as age 47 in the 1841 census, age 58 in the 1951 census, age 70 in the 1861 census, and age 79 in his burial record in June 1868.  

The parents of John Rich are not known with assurance.  They may be Robert and Betty (Sly) Rich of Trowbridge, who had a son John baptized 3 Mar 1793 Trowbridge.  There was a John Rich christened in Hilperton on 27 September 1789, son of John and Mary Rich.

This John Rich is the only male with surname Rich born between 1785 and 1795 residing in Hilperton in the 1841, 1851 and 1861 Census returns.  

The first record for John Rich is his marriage record.  John Rich and Rebecca Hill were married by banns in Hilperton Parish Church by curate J. Bailes on 14 February 1815, and both signed by their mark.  George Hill and Isaac Hiscock were the witnesses.[1]

The baptisms of the children of John and Rebecca (Hill) Rich are in the Hilperton parish church records.  Three of the children, Hannah (born 1824) , William (born 1830) and Samuel (born 1833) were baptized on 19 February 1837.  John's occupation is given as weaver.

In the 1841 Tithing and Land Apportionment taken 27 Feb 1841 (copied from large map and rolls of records in Wiltshire County Record Office in Trowbridge), John Rich occupied land leased by Grace Shrapnell:  

#51:  house and garden, area 0a 1r 3p, tithing 0L 2s 0p.
#52:  garden            area 0a 0r 12p, tithing -------

Lots 51 and 52 are located in Hilperton Marsh, on the south side of what is now Horse Road opposite St. Mary's Close.

In the 1841 Census for Wiltshire,  the John Rich family resided in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England.[2]  The household included:

*  Jno Rich - age 47, male, a weaver, born Wiltshire
*  Rebecka Rich - age 55, female, born Wiltshire
*  James Rich - age 18, male, born Wiltshire
*  Elizabeth Rich - age 16, female, born Wiltshire
*  Hannah Rich - age 15, female, born Wiltshire
*  William Rich - age 10, male, born Wiltshire
*  Samuel Rich - age 7, male, born Wiltshire

In the 1851 Census for Wiltshire, the John Rich family resided in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England.[3] The household included:

*   John Rich - head, age 58, hand loom weaver, born Hilperton
*  Rebecca Rich - wife, age 63, born Hilperton
*  William Rich - son, age 21, weaver, born Hilperton
*  Samuel Rich (son, age 18, India rubber worker, born Hilperton

In the 1861 England and Wales Census, John Rich (age 70, married, a woolen cloth weaver, born in Hilperton, Wiltshire) and Rebecca Rich (age 75, married, born in Hilperton, Wiltshire) resided in Hilperton, Wiltshire.[4]

The burial record for John Rich indicates that he resided in Hilperton Marsh, buried on 8 June 1868, age 79.[5]
 
5)  SOURCES

1.  Church of England, Parish Church of Hilperton (Wiltshire, England), Bishop's Transcripts, 1622-1880, "Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, 1813-1838," Marriages: John Rich and Rebecca Hill entry; accessed on FHL BRITISH Microfilm 1,279,404, Item 14.

2. 1841 England, Wales and Scotland Census, Wiltshire, Hilperton [parish], Folio 20, Page 1 (printed), Lines 22-25, John Rich household; digital image, FindMyPast.com (www.findmypast.com : accessed 28 July 2012); citing The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, Public Record Office HO 107/1182/2..

3. 1851 England and Wales Census, Wiltshire, Hilperton [parish], District 257, Folio 255 recto, page 22, household 92, John Rich household; digital image. FindMyPast.com (http://www.findmypast.com : accessed 28 July 2012), citing The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, Public Record Office HO 107/1840.

4. 1861 England and Wales Census, Wiltshire, Hilperton [parish], District 1, Folio 12, page 17, household 91, John Rich household; digital image, FindMyPast.com (http://www.findmypast.com : accessed 14 December 2012), citing The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, Public Record Office RG09/1295.

5. Church of England, Parish Church of Hilperton (Wiltshire, England), Bishop's Transcripts, 1622-1880, "Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1837-1880," Burials, Page [ ] (blank), 1868, No. 138, John Rich entry; accessed on FHL BRITISH Microfilm 1,279,404, Item 15, (accessed 5 February 2014).

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