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  • ID: I72663008
  • Name: Thomas Cupples RICHARDS
  • Given Name: Thomas Cupples
  • Surname: Richards
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 May 1774 in North Carolina 1 2 3 4
  • Death: 14 Jan 1838 in Wewahitchka, Gulf County, Florida 1 2 3 4
  • Event: Property 1800 Purchased land in Greene Co., GA from Stephen Richards. Land adjacent George Richards, Douglas Carrell, and others. 3 4
  • Will: 1818 Named in will of his father, George Richards, Sr. 3 4
  • Note:
    REFN: 9048
    [Unknown Richards.FTW]
    Information on Thomas Cupples Richards is from the International
    Genealogical Index (marriage date and Elizabeth Hoag'sbirthdate) and
    from a descendant, Joan Richards Herndon, via e-mail. More info. and
    especially the notes for Thomas C. Richards, are from the GEDCOM fileof
    descendant, Merle Bishop; some additional material from Glen Richards'
    GEDCOM.
    Thomas Cupples Richards and his family were among the first group of
    white settlers along the Apalachicola River in Florida, north of the
    present day Blountstown. In 1821 Thomas C. Richards' family, along
    with other relatives and families, migrated by covered wagons to
    Ocheesee Landing, Spanish Florida. At that time Ocheesee was a small
    river boat landing on the west bank ofthe Apalachicola River.
    Several of the men who were part of the group first viewed the area
    when they trekked across Northwest Florida chasing Indians withAndrew
    Jackson in 1818. This section of northwest Florida today is called
    many names, such as "the Big Bend," Red Level and the Panhandle. They
    were pre-terrirorial settlers, known as "swatters." They moved here
    seeking some of the new rich land, occupied by the Indians, runaway
    slaves and outlaws before Florida actually became a U. S. Territory.
    Stephen Richards, Thomas C. Richards'brother, had remained in Florida
    in 1818, settling at Ocheesee, where Capt. Hugh Young of Jackson's
    Topographical Engineer Corps reported 25 "honest and peaceable
    Ocheesee warriors" living that same year. Stephen Richards later
    became well-known as an interpreter among the Indians. He took part
    in Indian treaties and assisted Capt. Daniel L. Burch in selecting the
    most practical route for the first road between Ocheesee and St.
    Augustine. Under Article 10 ofthe Treaty of Camp Moultrie Creek in
    1823, Stephen Richards received one square mile at Ocheesee Bluffs for
    his service with the Indians. Thomas Cupples Richards filed a
    landclaim on 17 July 1821, for 640 acres which he and his family had
    inhabited and the 25 acres they had cultivated on the west side of the
    Apalachicola River on the Ocheesee Bluff.
    It is not known when Thomas C. and Elizabeth Richards left their
    homeplace in Ocheesee and moved south about 20 miles to a settlement
    near the river, on the dead lakes called Wewahitchka. They took their
    grandson, Daniel Thomas Richards, with them. Along with other
    settlers, Thomas C. Richards built a log fort or house, a sort of
    stockade, forprotection against the Indians who had become very
    hostile.
    After hearing the tales of her family's adventures since childhood,
    Lora Richards Gay, the gr.gr. granddaughter of Thomas C. Richards
    recorded her remembrances for futuregenerations. Her writings
    follow: "Thomas Cupples Richards cleared land andbegan farming.
    Besides farming the white settlers carried on extensive trade with
    friendly Indians of the Ocheesee tribe, who had a settlement nearby.
    There was another Indian village or trading post south of Ocheesee on
    the west bank of the Apalachicola River. The chief of the tribe was
    John Blount and the settlement became known as Blountstown in his
    honor. Elizabeth Hogg Richards rode to the trading post on horseback
    and tied her wares to her apron strings.Thomas C. Richards left
    Ocheesee and moved to a settlement on the Dead Lakescalled
    Wewahichka. Thomas C. Richards and his sons built a log fort on the
    river bank for protection against unfriendly Indians. The fort was
    built withport holes and the families lived inside. On the night of
    Jan. 14, 1838 a band of hostile Indians came up the river by canoe,
    made a surprise attack on thefort and the battle lasted all night.
    Thomas C. Richards was killed in the attack."
    [ThomasCuppleRichards.FTW]
    Information on Thomas Cupples Richards is from the International
    Genealogical Index (marriage date and Elizabeth Hoag'sbirthdate) and
    from a descendant, Joan Richards




    Father: George, Sr. RICHARDS b: Abt. 1727 in England (according to the "Bennett Paper").
    Mother: Tabitha HUDSON b: Bef. 1745 in Probably born before 1745, since she had a son, Joshua, born in 1760.

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth HOGG b: 1774 in Beaufort County, North Carolina
    • Married: 1795 in Beaufort County, North Carolina 1 2 3 4
    • Note: REFN67707
    Children
    1. Has Children John George RICHARDS b: 20 May 1797 in North Carolina
    2. Has Children Jehu RICHARDS b: Abt. 1799 in North Carolina?
    3. Has No Children Sarah "Sally" RICHARDS b: 1801 in Greene County, Georgia
    4. Has No Children Patsy RICHARDS
    5. Has No Children James RICHARDS
    6. Has No Children Thomas RICHARDS
    7. Has No Children Andrew RICHARDS

    Sources:
    1. Title: Richards.GED
      Repository:
      • Title: TCRichards.FTW
        Repository:
        • Title: Unknown Richards.FTW
          Repository:
          • Title: ThomasCuppleRichards.FTW
            Repository:
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