Name: George, Sr. RICHARDS
Given Name: George, Sr.
Birth: Abt. 1727 in England (according to the "Bennett Paper"). 1
Death: 27 Jul 1818 in Franklin County, North Carolina 1
Property 1761 Granville County, North Carolina Titheables List/ "Bare Swamp District". 1
Property 1 Dec 1760 Granted 480 acres, both sides of Fox Swamp, in Granville Co., Parish of St. John, NC by the Earl of Granville. 1
Property 1766 Tax List: Bute County, North Carolina (part of Bute Co. later became Franklin Co.). 1
Census: 1790 Franklin County, North Carolina (3wm/16+; 2wf). 1
Will: 17 Jun 1818 Will recorded in Franklin County, North Carolina. Will Book 'F', pg. 449/ #123. 1
Military Service Bet. 1745 - 1780 According to his obituary, he served in the Royal Navy "in his youth" (the 1740's); served under Col. Washington in the French & Indian War (1750's), and was a RWS (1770's). 1
**From: "Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh, North Carolina
Newspapers: 1799-1819", entries #'s 3974 & 4237 (from "The Raleigh Star"
and "The Raleigh Register"):
Obituary for George Richards,Sr. reveals the following facts about his
He was born abt. 1727. He served in the Royal Navy "in his youth".
He fought in the French and Indian Wars and was with George Washington at
in 1755 in Pennsylvania. (There was a Serjeant Richards in Capt. David
Bell's Company of the Virginia Militia in 1756, unknown whether or not
this was George. Source: "Colonial Soldiers of the South: 1732-1774", by
Murtie June Clark, 1983.)
He was aRevolutionary War Soldier. He had six sons who were also RWS, as
well as seventeen grandsons who served "in the late war", the War of 1812.
He was a planter and a FreeMason. He died Monday, July 27, 1818 at age
Raleigh newspapers carried his obituary July 31, 1818.
**The same paper carried the obituary of Colonel Thomas Sherrod, a Rev.
War Soldier who also lived to be over 90years of age. It is interesting
that Thomas Sherrod had a daughter, Charity,who married a William
Richards (she is listed in his will as daughter, Charity Richards).
William died in 1824 in Putnam County, GA. Could he have been ason of
George Richards, Sr.? Thomas Sherrod also recorded his will in Franklin
County the same day as George Richards, approx. six weeks before they
William and Charity Richards had a daughter, Anna, who marriedSterling
Carroll 9-15-1806 in Greene County, GA, who was (probably, according to a
descendant/researcher) a son of Douglas Carroll, George Richards, Jr.'s
sister-in-law's husband, who went with the Richards from Franklin County,
NC to Greene County, GA (and descendants of both moved on to Putnam
**George Richards, Sr.'s will:
"THE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF GEORGE RICHARDS
In the name of God, amen. I, George Richards of the county and state
aforesaid, being of sound mind and _______memory, do think proper to
make this mylast will and testament in manner and form following:
Item 1st: I give and bequeath unto each of my sons: Joshua Richards,
Stephen Richards, and George Richards, the sum of one dollar each.
Item 2nd: I give & bequeath to my Daughter,Patsy Davis, one bead and
furniture her choice, one bound tea table, her choice of my chests, my
loom, & all the thereunto belonging and also one third part of
all my personal property of whatsoever nature or kind it mayconsist in,
with the exception of my Negro woman, Hicksey, to her, and her heirs,
assigns for ever.
Item 3rd: I give & bequeath unto my son, Thomas C. Richards and unto my
Grandsons, John & Jeter Hog, sons of my Deceased daughter,Jane Hog, the
remaining two thirds of all my personal estate of whatsoever nature and
kind it may consist in except the aforesaid Negro woman, Hicksey, that is
to say, I give to Thomas C. Richards the one half of the two thirds ofmy
estate hereby given to him, his heirs and assigns for ever. The other
half to be divided between John & Jeter Hog on their arrived at lawful
age andin the event that of them should dye before they arrive at lawful
age, it ismy will and desire that the survivors share the whole estate,
hereby intended to be divided between them, to then, their heirs, and
offspring for ever.
Item 4th: It is my will and desire that my Negro woman, Hicksey, Who has
beena faithful and dutiful slave, be liberated and set free and I hereby
requestand enjoin it on my Executor after named to use all lawful means
in their power to have her emancipation and set free, but should my
desire to have the said Negro woman, Hicksey, set free prove abortive, it
is my will & desire that my son, Joshua Richards shall have the said
Negro woman, Hicksey not doubting, but he will endeavor to comply with my
Father: (Unknown) RICHARDS b: in England?
Mother: UNKNOWN (UNKNOWN)
Tabitha HUDSON b: Bef. 1745 in Probably born before 1745, since she had a son, Joshua, born in 1760.
in Nansemond County, Virginia 1
- Note: REFN53161
- William RICHARDS b: Bef. 1760 in Based on dates of Rev. War.
- (Unknown son\John H.?) RICHARDS b: Bef. 1760 in Based on dates of Revolutionary War.
- James RICHARDS b: Bef. 1760 in North Carolina (Date based on dates of Revolutionary War.)
- Joshua RICHARDS b: 9 Mar 1760 in Franklin County, North Carolina
- Stephen RICHARDS b: Abt. 1765 in Franklin County, North Carolina
- Jane (Jennie) RICHARDS b: Bef. 1772 in North Carolina
- Martha (Patty) RICHARDS b: Abt. 1772 in Franklin County, North Carolina
- Thomas Cupples RICHARDS b: 12 May 1774 in North Carolina
- George, Jr. RICHARDS b: Bef. 1765 in Franklin County, North Carolina
- Title: Unknown Richards.FTW