Saturday, February 11, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Write a Short Life Sketch of an Ancestor Living in 1900

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  The year is 1900. Choose an ancestor who was living in that year and write a short life sketch (no more than 300 words).*

2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own blog post.

*  Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting this challenge.

Here's mine:

My chosen ancestor is Thomas Richmond (1848-1917), one of my great-grandfathers (my father's mother's father).

Thomas Richman was born on 10 June 1848 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England, the first child of James and Hannah (Rich) Richman.  He was baptized 16 June 1848 in St. Michael's church in Hilperton.  The James Richman family changed their surname to Richmond after they migrated to the United States in 1855/6, so he was listed as Thomas Richmond in almost all American records.

James Richman emigrated from England to New England in 1855, and Hannah and their five children emigrated on in the Ship Osprey, boarding in Bristol, England and arriving in New York City on 14 November 1856.  The family settled in Burrillville, Rhode Island, where Thomas attended school.  They moved to Putnam, Connecticut before 1868.

Thomas Richmond (age 21, born England, resides Killingly CT) married Juliet E. White (age 20, born Killingly, resides Killingly) in Killingly, Connecticut on 20 June 1868 by Minister Austin Robbins.  They had nine children born between 1870 and 1885, all in Killingly.  

In the 1870 U.S. Census, Thomas worked in a woolen mill in Stonington, Connecticut; in 1880 he was an overseer in a woolen mill in Killingly.  Thomas Richmond of Killingly, Connecticut became a citizen of the United States on 10 September 1890 at a Superior Court held in Putnam, Windham County before the Hon. S.A. Robinson, Judge.  

The family moved to Leominster, Massachusetts before 1895.  In the 1900 U.S. Census, he was an overseer in a woolen mill in Leominster, and in 1910 he was a carder in a woolen mill back in Killingly.  Juliet died in 1913 in Killingly.

Thomas Richmond died 9 November 1917 in Clinton, Massachusetts, at the home of his daughter, Annie (Richmond) Pickford.  Thomas and Julia (White) Richmond are buried in Grove Street Cemetery, in Putnam, Windham County, Connecticut.  He died intestate, and the Worcester County Probate Records show  no real estate and a personal estate of $509. There were five living children listed as heirs-at-law.


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ByAPearl said...

Here is my short sketch. I had to really work to keep it under 300 words!

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine. I couldn't write just 300 words.

Linda Stufflebean said...

I chose a collateral - my grandmother's sister:

Marcia Crawford Philbrick said...

Here's mine -- tough to get down to 300 words!