Thursday, January 17, 2008

James Richman (1821-1912) and Hannah Rich (1824-1911)

One set of my great-great-grandparents are the immigrant family from England - James and Hannah (Rich) Richman, who settled in Putnam, Windham County, Connecticut.

James2 Richman/Richmond (John1 Richman) was born Bef. 08 April 1821 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, ENGLAND, (baptism), son of John Richman and Ann Marshman, and died 20 December 1912 in Putnam, Windham County, CT, (certificate). He married Hannah Rich 07 September 1845 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, ENGLAND, (parish), daughter of John Rich and Rebecca Hill. She was born 14 April 1824 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, ENGLAND, and died 07 August 1911 in Putnam, Windham County, CT, (certificate).

Notes for James Richman/Richmond:

The baptism of James Richman on 6 May 1821, son of John (weaver and laborer) and Ann Richman was found in the Hilperton church records (Hilperton, Wiltshire Church Records, Bishop's Transcripts, 1622-1880, FHL Microfilm 1,279,404, Item 14).

The marriage of James Richman (full age, bachelor, labourer, resided Hilperton, father John Richman) and Hannah Rich (age 20, spinster, weaver, resided Hilperton, father John Rich) was solemnized by banns on 11 February 1845 in Hilperton parish church, with James Carpenter and Ann Richman as witnesses.

In the 1851 Census for Wiltshire, the James Richman family resided in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England (1851 Census for Wiltshire District 257 as of 31 March 1851, FHL Microfilm 0,220,987, page 254). The household included:

* James Richman -- husband, age 29, coal merchant laborer, born Marsh
* Hannah Richman -- wife, age 25, woolen weaver, born Marsh
* Thomas Richman -- son, age 2, born Marsh
* James Richman -- son, age 1, born Marsh

James Richman (age 34, origin England) and Samuel Richman (age 21, probably Samuel Rich, James' brother-in-law) were passengers on the ship Calhoun out of Liverpool, England, arriving in New York on 22 October 1855 (National Archives Microfilm Series M237, Roll 157, List Number 1037, Line 23-4).

Hannah Richman (age 32, female, wife, origin Great Britain), James Richman (age 7, male, child), Thomas Richman (age 6, male, child), Louisa Richman (age 4, female, child), Elizabeth Richman (age 2, female, child) and Ann Richman (infant, female, child) were passengers on the shipOsprey, which sailed from Glasgow, Scotland, arriving in New York City on 14 November 1856 (National Archives Microfilm Series M237, Roll 168, List Number 1183, Lines 50-55).

In the 1860 US census, the James Richmond family resided in Burrillville, Providence County, Rhode Island (National Archives Microfilm Series M653, Roll 1205, page 045, dwelling #579, family #740, line 36). The household included:

* James Richmond -- age 38, male, white, farm laborer, born England
* Hannah Richmond -- age 36, female, born England
* Thomas Richmond -- age 12, male, born England, attended school
* James Richmond -- age 10, male, born England, attended school
* Louisa Richmond -- age 8, female, born England, attended school
* Elizabeth A. Richmond -- age 5, female, born England, attended school
* Emma Richmond -- age 6, female, born England, attended school
* Hannah R. Richmond -- age 2, female, born RI.

In the 1870 US census, the James Richmond family resided in Putnam, Windham County, Connecticut in the house of George Whitford (National Archives Microfilm Series M593, Roll 117, Page 563, house #376, family #569, line 33). The household included:

* James Richmond -- age 49, male, works for woolen mill, born England
* Anna Richmond -- age 45, female, keeping house, born England
* Louisa Richmond -- age 17, female, works in woolen mill, born England
* Elizabeth Richmond -- age 15, female, works in woolen mill, born England
* Emma Richmond -- age 13, female, works in woolen mill, born England
* Rebeca Richmond -- age 11, female, born RI, attended school
* John Richmond -- age 5, male, born RI, attended school
* Charles Richmond -- age 3, male, born CT

In the 1880 U.S. census, the James Richmond family resided in Putnam, Windham County, Connecticut (National Archives Microfilm Series T9, Roll 110, Page 605B, dwelling #43, family #51, line 10, also on FHL Microfilm 1,254,110, page 605B). The family included:

* James Richmond -- white, male, age 59, father, married, born England, farmer, father and mother born in England
* Anna Richmond -- white, female, age 55, mother, married, born England, keeping house, father and mother born England
* Louisa Richmond -- white, female, age 27, daughter, single, at home, born England, parents born England
* Emma Richmond -- white, female, age 27, daughter, single, works in woolen mill, born England, parents born England
* John Richmond -- white, male, age 15, son, single, at home, attended school, born RI, parents born England
* Charles Richmond -- white, male, age 13, son, single, at home, attended school, born CT, parents born England

In the 1900 US census, the James Richmond family resided in the outlying district (with no street names) in Putnam town in Windham County, Connecticut. The family included (from 1900 US Census for Connecticut, Windham County, National Archives Microfilm Series T623, Roll 151, Page 220, ED 522, Sheet 2A, line 79):

* James Richmond -- head, white, male, born April 1821, age 79, married 55 years, born England, father and mother born England, emigrated in 1855, resident 45 years in the US, alien, a farmer
* Hannah Richmond -- wife, white, female, born Apr 1825, age 75, married 55 years, 9 children, 8 living, born England, father and mother born England, emigrated in 1856, resident 44 years
* John H. Richmond -- son, white, male, born May 1865, age 35, married 9 years, born RI, father and mother born England, a farm laborer
* Mary A. Richmond -- daughter-in-law, white, female, born August 1866, age 33, married 9 years, 0 children, born England, father and mother born England, emigrated in 1881, resident 19 years
* Louisa Richmond -- daughter, white, female, born Oct 1852, age 47, single, born England, father and mother born England, emigrated in 1855, resident 45 years

A biography of James Richmond is provided in the book "Commemorative Biographical Record of Tolland and Windham Counties," Chicago IL, J.H. Beers & Company, 1903. The specific article was titled Arthur Lucius Fitts, but it included the biography of James Richmond, who was the father of Emma Richmond, wife of Arthur Fitts. The Richmond portion of the article reads:

"James Richmond, father of Mrs. Fitts, was born in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England April 8, 1821, a son of John and Ann (Marshman) Richmond. John Richmond was a farmer and laborer, and lived in Hilperton where both he and his wife died. His children were as follows: Elizabeth, the deceased wife of Thomas Hogan, a soldier in the English Army and a resident of Hilperton, England; Sarah, the deceased wife of James Thompson, of Hilperton; John, a seafaring man who married Maria Matthews, and died in Hilperton; Ann, the widow of John Hall, and resident of Hilperton; James and Thomas, who was a twin and died at the age of twenty one.

"James Richmond was reared to the hard and unsatisfactory work of farming on a small scale, and his youth afforded scant opportunity for educational training. Nevertheless, he possessed a keen desire for knowledge, and improved such chances as came his way, by observation and reading. His first intimacy with books was acquired at Sunday School, and his alphabet was learned from a copy made by a friend. At the present time he is an unusually well informed and intelligent man, no opportunity having escaped him to add to his store of useful and interesting information. As a young man he found employment for a short time in Cardiff, Wales, but barring this limited experience, he lived on the home farm until his marriage. For the first ten years thereafter he kept house in Hilperton, and from his wages as a laborer managed to save. In 1855 he boarded a sailing vessel at Liverpool, and upon arriving in New York went directly to his destination in Pascoag, R.I. where he had friends to welcome him. He was accompanied by his wife's brother, Samuel Rich, and they landed in New York October 21, 1855, after a month's voyage. Mr. Richmond had very little money in his pocket, but his hopes were high, and he soon found work in a woolen mill in Pascoag, where he saved his wages, and made considerable headway. On November 12, 1856, he was joined by his wife and five children, they having been on the ocean for six weeks and two days.

"For about ten years Mr. Richmond was employed in Burrillville, and in March 1866, he began work in the woolen mill of Michael Moriarty at Putnam, Conn. where he remained until 1870 as manager of the engine. The LaFayette Reynolds woolen mills at Windsor, conn. employed his services as engineer until the destruction of the plant and the following year he returned to Putnam, where he purchased his present farm from Nathaniel Battey. He is engaged in general farming, in which he has achieved success. Mr. Richmond is respected by all who know him, and he is regarded as a substantial member of the agricultural community of Putnam.

"While living in his native town of Hilperton, England, Mr. Richmond married, Sept. 7, 1845, Hannah Rich, born April 14, 1825, a daughter of John and Rebecca (Hill) Rich. Of this union there have been born nine children: Thomas, a boss carder of Elmville, Conn., who married Juliette White; James, a boss designer in the woolen mill in Stroudsburg, Pa., who married Sarah Bigwood; Ann, deceased in infancy; Louise, unmarried and living with her father; Elizabeth Ann, wife of Abram Sykes of Putnam; Emma now Mrs. Fitts; Hannah Rebecca, married first to Frank N. Smith and afterward to Edmund A. Hoyle, and now a widow residing at Worcester, Mass.; John Henry, who married Mary Ann Ramsey, is a farmer managing his father's farm; and Charles Edward, an expert mechanic of Hartford, who married Lavinia Gurten.
"James Richmond, above mentioned, is an expert in his line, as is evidenced by the fact that he had charge of the famous feat of making a suit of clothes in six hours and four minutes. In the hands of a tailor supplied with materials this might not seem an impossible undertaking, but in this instance the wool was taken from the back of the sheep and placed on the back of the wearer in the shape of a finished suit, within the specified time of six hours and two minutes."

While visiting Hilperton in Wiltshire in 1993, the compiler talked to the vestryman of the Hilperton church, Mr. Potts. He recalled that he had searched for information on James Richman for another researcher -- Chester and Barbara Richmond of Washington state. He reviewed his information, and told the compiler that "James Richman had been accused of stealing coal on the Avon and Kennett Canal, but was found innocent of the crime. However, he felt his reputation was besmirched, and left Hilperton for America."

In the 1910 US Census, this family resided at 1 Richmond Road in Putnam, Windham County, Connecticut (National Archives Microfilm Series T624, Roll 144, Page 106, ED 581, Sheet 8B, dwelling #148, family #186, Line 80). The household included:

* James Richmond -- head of household, male, white, age 89, married 64 years, born England, parents born England, immigrated 1855, naturalized, a farmer, works on home farm, owns farm with a mortgage
* Hanna Richmond - wife, female, white, age 85, married 64 years, 9 children born, 7 living, born England, parents born England, immigrated in 1855
* John H. Richmond -- son, male, white, age 44, married 19 years, born England, parents born England, immigrated 1883
* Mary A. Richmond -- daughter, female, white, age 41, married 19 years, 1 child born, 1 living, born RI, parents born England, farmer, works on home farm
* Louisa Richmond -- daughter, female, white, age 58, single, born England, parents born England, immigrated 1886,
* Thomas H.M. Richmond -- grandson (?), male, white, age 7, single, born CT, father born England, mother born RI, attended school

The death certificate for James Richmond in Putnam CT indicated that he was widowed, a farmer, died 20 December 1912 in Putnam at age 91 years, 7 months, 18 days, his birth date was 22 April 1821 in England, his father's name was John Richmond, born in England, his mother's name was Ann Marshman, born in England, that he was buried at Grove Street Cemetery in Putnam, was embalmed, cause of death was pneumonia and la grippe, and the informant was Thomas Richmond.

James and Hannah (Rich) Richmond are interred in the Grove Street Cemetery in Putnam, Connecticut.

Notes for Hannah Rich:

The death certificate for Hannah Richmond indicates that she was married to James Richmond, a housekeeper, died in Putnam, on 7 August 1911 at age 86 years, 4 months, born in April 1825, father's name John Ricvh, born in England, mother's name Rebecca Hill, born in England, buried at Grove Street Cemetery in Putnam, died of arterial sclerosis and old age, the informant being Thomas Richmond.

Children of James Richman/Richmond and Hannah Rich are:

i. Thomas3 Richmond, born 16 June 1848 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, ENGLAND; died 09 November 1917 in Clinton, Worcester County, MA. He married Julia White 20 June 1868 in Elmville, Windham County, CT; born 08 September 1848 in Killingly, Windham County, CT; died 04 October 1913 in Putnam, Windham County, CT, (vc).
ii. James Richmond, born 06 January 1850 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, ENGLAND (baptism); died 18 May 1929 in Fairfield County, CT. He married (1) Jane White 1869 in (divorced 1871). He married (2) Sarah Bigwood 29 May 1878 in Mapleville, RI; born 09 November 1855 in Frome, Wiltshire, ENGLAND; died 11 January 1932 in Fairfield County, CT.
iii. Ann Richmond, born About 1851 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, ENGLAND; died in Hilperton, Wiltshire, ENGLAND.
iv. Louisa Richmond, born 1852 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, ENGLAND; died 1940 in Putnam, Windham County, CT.
v. Elizabeth Ann Richmond, born August 1854 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, ENGLAND; died 1931 in Putnam, Windham County, CT. She married Abram Sykes 1876 in prob. Putnam, Windham, CT; born January 1851 in RI; died 1905 in Putnam, Windham, CT.
vi. Emma Richmond, born 06 July 1856 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, ENGLAND (baptism). She married Arthur Lucius Fitts 15 November 1881 in Putnam, Windham, CT; born 11 January 1856 in Pomfret, Windham, CT.
vii. Hannah Rebecca Richmond, born 1859 in Burrilville, Providence County, RI. She married Frank W. Smith.
viii. John Henry Richmond, born May 1865 in Burrilville, Providence County, RI; died 1947 in Putnam, Windham County, CT (burial). He married Mary Ann Ramsey 1891 in prob. Windham County, CT; born August 1866 in ENGLAND; died 23 May 1954 in Putnam, Windham County, CT (CT DI).
ix. Charles Edwin Richmond, born 16 September 1866 in Grosvenordale, Windham County, CT; died 25 August 1951 in Groton, New London County, CT. He married Lavinia Guerten 1895 in CT; born 05 September 1870 in Emilville, CANADA; died 26 February 1936 in Manchester, Hartford, CT.

My descent from James and Hannah (Rich) Richman is through their son Thomas Richmond, who married Julia White.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Good morning Mr Seaver,
I have landed on your blog while doing some research about an ancestor. I am from Saint-Lazare, Quebec, but I grew up in a little town, Danville, province of Quebec.
I have Aurélie Henriette Richman(Richmond), daughter of Jacques (James) Ritzman and Elisabeth Savard) married to Charles Boisvert, on May 5, 1828, at the church St-Antoine-de-Padoue, village of Baie-du-Febvre, prov of Quebec. Elisabeth Savard is said deceased ( Feb 3, 1810) and Aurélie Henriette is below 18. Ritzman/Richman/Richmond family does not connect much here, so I suppose they were immigrating from US or England. One document reports:
Aka: Jacques RITCHMAN
Born: Cir 1775 - Norfolk, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
Marriage: 24 Sep 1803 - , , Quebec, Canada

Marie Elisabeth Savard
Born: Cir 1777 - , , Quebec, Canada
Died: 3 Feb 1810 - Saint Antoine de Tilly, Lotbiniere, Quebec, Canada

Would you by any chance an information that would link to something ?