Posterity OF JOHN RICHARDSON OF MEDFIELD. 713 POSTERITY OF JOHN RICHARDSON OF MEDFIELD. First Generation 7121. Among the early inhabitants of Watertown, Mass., were two men, bearing the names, respectively, of GEORGE RICHARDSON, and of JOHN RICHARDSON.* Not improbably, they were brothers. Of this, however, there is no proof, save what may arise from their residence, for a short time, on the same territory. George Rich- ardson embarked for New England at London, in the ship Susan and Ellen, April 15, 1635, being, then thirty years of age. He doubtless arrived in July, 1635. Of the coming of John Rich- ardson, nothing is distinctly recorded. We find them both at Watertown the year following. John Richardson had a grant of one acre of land, 1636-7, in the Beaver Brook Plowlands, within the present town of Waltham. George Richardson was a grantee of twenty-five acres in the Great Divi- dends, so called, in 1636; a name applied to four ranges or divis- ions of land in the north part of what is now Waltham, and bordering on the present town of Lexington, then known as "Cam- bridge Farms." The Great Dividends belonged, in severalty, to one hundred and twenty different owners, of whom George Rich- ardson was one. The Beaver Brook Plowlands were one hundred and six in number, one acre to each person, and were immediately south of the Great Dividends, and in the vicinity of Beaver Brook. They consisted partly of meadow, and partly of upland. They were mostly on Waltham Plain, and were bounded on the South by Charles River. George Richardson, in 1642, had also a grant of a farm of thirty- nine acres. He also at one time was proprietor of a tract of Welve acres, which, in 1630 had been granted to Elder Richard Browne.+ Emigration from Watertown began at a very early date. The first emigration was to Connecticut River. In May, 1636, several of the inhabitants of Watertown were dismissed from the church, and had leave from the General Court to remove to that river, provided they remained under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. ----------------------- *Bond's Watertown Genealogies, pp. 411, 912, 1011, 1013, bis, 1015, 1022, 1028, 1090. + Bond's Watertown Genealogies, pp. 1013, 1022. 714 THE RICHARDSON MEMORIAL A number removed that year, and the year following, and laid the foundations of Wethersfield. The next emigration was to Dedham, which, until 1711, joined Watertown, though Dover, Needham, and Weston now lie between. Measures preparatory to this emigration were taken in the autumn of 1635, and Dedham was incorporated as a town Sept. 8, 1636. A very considerable part of the founders of Ded- ham went from Watertown. Other emigrations followed to Sudbury, Lancaster, Groton, and other towns. We do not find George Richardson in Watertown after 1643, when be sold his twelve acre lot to John Train, who came over from England with him in 1635 in the same vessel, the Susan Ellen, then being twenty-five years of age. Neither his name, nor that of John Richardson, is found after this time, in a care- fully kept list of freemen. Besides this negative evidence there is ample proof, from the document, of which an abstract now fol- lows, that in the year 1644, he bad left Watertown. Sept. 28, 1644. George Hawkins, of Boston, by virtue of a power of attorney from George Richardson, sold for forty pounds the farm of the said George Richardson, containing two hundred acres near the head of Bass River, late the possession of Peter Palfrey. It is almost certain that George Richardson, about the year 1643, and not later than 1644, left Watertown for Farmington Ct., to which settlers from Watertown had already gone. He probably settled in what is now Waterbury. If I mistake not, he has deseendants there at the present time. But what became of John Richardson? A man named John Richardson witnessed a title deed in Exe- ter, in 1642. But the name did not continue in Exeter; and , in- deed, is not again found in Exeter or its vicinity, until after the lapse of several scores of years; we may, therefore, safely con- lude that he is identical with John Richardson, of Waterton, who must have left that place not long before. The name, now so common, was then but little known; and so there is less liabil- ity to mistake. It seems probable that John Richardson was to some extent implicated in the Antinomian controversy of 1637. We know that such was the fact in the case of Ezekiel Richardson. If this were so in the case of our John Richardson, it would account for his leaving Watertown that very year, 1637, as, it seems, some left Boston that winter to get out of trouble. If our John Rich- ardson, an ardent, impulsive, indiscreet young man, were a favorer, of Wheelwright, nothing is more likely than that he should follow him to Exeter. Mr. Wheelwright having purchased of the In- dians a tract of land thirty miles square, went thither by water in the winter of 1637-8, and founded the town of Exeter. Ap- prehensive that Exeter, a majority of its citizens desiring it, was about to come under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts, whose charter included it, Mr. Wheelwright, in April, 1643, purchased of POSTERITY OF JOHN RICHARDSON OF MEDFIELD. 715 Thomas Gorges, cousin and deputy of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, four or five hundred acres of land, at Webhannet, afterwards known as Wells, in Maine, and removed thither the same year. Here they and others formed a church, of which be was chosen pastor.* It is highly probable that our John Richardson was one of them. Mr. James Savage finds a man named John Richardson in Exe- ter, 1642, with a wife Hannah Tryer, or rather Truair. We hear nothing of him afterwards. But we find a man of that name in Wells, in 1673, a young man too, who, it seems to the compiler, must have been his son, born somewhat about 1645 or 1650. Mr. Horatio Slocomb, of Sutton, Mass., a son of William and Jerusha (Richardson) Slocomb, and a descendant of John Rich- ardson, of Medfield, 1679, visited Dedham and Wrentham about 1840 to make inquiries respecting his mother's ancestry. The information he received convinced him that be first ancestor in this country war, John Richardson ; that he came from "England about 1640; that he settled in that part of Dedham, which in 1651 became Medfield; that he had a son of the same name, and also a grandson in that town. The compiler, therefore, cannot avoid the conviction that JOHN RICHARDSON, whom we find in Watertown in 1635-6, is the pro- genitor of that branch of the Richardson family which we may for shortness designate as the MEDFIELD RICHARDSONS. In other words, he was the father of that John Richardson who in 1679 married Rebecca Clark, in that town, and whose posterity have been doing so worthily in many parts of our land. In my mind it amounts to a reductio ad absurdum. While there is no direct, positive proof of the fact, any other supposition seems impossible. We have no notice of the first Medfield Richardson till 1679, when he was evidently a young man, less than thirty years of age; born, therefore, about 1645 or 1650. The almost invariable custom in those days was that the eldest son bear the name of the father. The father of John, the first Medfield Richardson, in all probability was himself named John. John Richardson, of Watertown, must have been a young man in 1640. Possibly he was identical with that John Richardson who, at the age of eighteen, embarked at London, in the ship Assurance, for Vir- ginia, in July, 1635, and embarking for Virginia, when he intended to go to Massachusetts, as was not seldom the case.+ His having ----------------------------------- *Felt's Eccl. Hist. of N. E., vol i. P. 500 + Emigration to New England was at first encouraged by the king and his servile ministry, doubtless with a view of getting rid of the men who could not rest under the proceedings of an arbitrary government. But in 1634 the royal government resolved to deprive New England of its chartered rights, to send a royal governor to that country and as far as possible to stop the emi- gration to the American strand. Repeated attempts were made to check this emigration. In March, 1638, an order in council was passed to detain eight ships then in the Thames, full of passengers, bound to New England; and on the 6th of April, in the same year, an order in council was passed that no per- son should be allowed to go to New England without a license. In conse- quence of this order, many persons embarked ostensibly for Virginia, but really for Massachusetts. It is at least conceivable that John Richardson in the text may have come in that way, as, it is certain, many did. 716 THE RICHARDSON MEMORIAL a grant of only one acre of land in Watertown favors the idea of his being then unmarried, and his sudden disappearance from Watertown corresponds with this supposition. We have no rec- ord of his marriage, for the simple reason that after the departure of Sir Richard Saltonstall, in the spring of 1631, there was no per- son in Watertown authorized to solemnize marriages till Novem- ber, 1646, and our John Richardson had left Watertown long before. Watertown people, during those fifteen years, must go, out of town to be married, marriage being regarded as a civil or- dinance. There is a tradition amon the Medfield Richardsons that their ancestor came from Concord. As Concord and Watertown were then contiguous, the latter, indeed, overleaping the former, this tradition, so far as it is worth anything, sustains the view already taken. But that he was a son of Samuel Richardson, of Wo- burn, as another tradition supposes, or any other Woburn man, or of either of the Newbury of Connecticut Richardsons, is sim- ply impossible. Nor is it at all likely that the father of John Richardson came from England after 1642, for after the year 1642 till 1662 many more people went back to England than came from it to this country. Further confirmation of the theory now suggested arises from the fact that Joseph and Benjamin Richardson, sons of John who was married to Rebecca Clark in 1679, owned a tract of land in Wells, formerly granted to John Richardson, and in 1751 sent Joseph, their nephew, to Wells to dispose of it. ----------------- SECOND GENERATION 7122. JOHN RICHARDSON,2 the first of the name whom we find on the Medfield records, first appears in a notice of his marriage. At Medfield, on the first day of May, 1679, before Ralph Whee- look, a magistrate, as was then the custom, he was married to REBEKAH CLARK, born in Medfield, Aug. 16, 1660, youngest daughter of Joseph and Alice Clark, who were early settlers of that part of Dedham which in 1651 was incorporated as the town of Medfield. Its Indian name was Boggastow, a name still borne by a pond there and brook. Joseph Clark, of Medfield, took the freeman's oath May 18, 1653, and died in 1684. As there is no indication of any earlier marriage, and as his wife was at marriage under the age of nineteen, we may assume that in 1679 he was not more than thirty years of age, and born 1645, or about 1650. POSTERITY OF JOHN RICHARDSON OF MEDFIELD. 717 The names of Clark, Adams, Chenery Partridge, Plimpton, Morse occur frequently on the Medfield records about that time and previously; the name of Richardson never till 1679, as above stated. And it is a significant circumstance that not long before "Philip's war" all the citizens of that town, in common with those of the other towns of the colony, contributed money, corn, or wheat, "toward the building of the new Collidg at Cambridg," and that among the seventy-five names of Medfield men thus re- corded in the Geneal. Register, vol. x, pp. 49-50, we find no Richardson. We do not know the exact date of this contribu- tion. It must have been previous to Philip's war, and not long previous for several of the contributors, we are told, have "since been burned out by the Indians." The contribution was for- warded April 15, 1678, and the total amount was only five pounds, an indication of the poverty of the inhabitants at that time. In October, 1664, the liberties of the colony being threatened by the encroachments of the British ministry, the inhabitants of Medfield united in a memorial to the General Court, in testimony of their "unanimous satisfaction in adheringe to the present Gov- ernment, and [their] earnest desire for the continuance thereof, and all the Liberties perteininge thereunto," as granted by royal charter of Kings James and Charles. Forty names are signed to this memorial, among whom is no Richardson. [Geneal. Reg- ister, xiii. 34.] It is therefore nearly certain that previous to the year 1678 no man of the name resided in Medfield. And as confirm- ing this view, we find a grant of land in Wells, Me., dated June 20, 1673, to John Richardson, who could be no other than the person of that name found six years after in Medfield. In ex- planation of these facts, it may be safe to assume that our John Richardson, of Medfield, even if born in Dedham, may have been absent most of the time previous to his marriage in quest of a settlement either in New Hampshire or Maine, and being disap- pointed in his hopes elsewhere returned to Dedham or Medfield. The times were troublesome, and after the restoration of Charles II everything, even land titles, in this country was put to hazard. The royal commissioners were in New Enorland from July, 1664, and during the year following did their utmost to subvert the lib- erties of the colonies. Not long after, the heirs of Mason and Gorges were urging their claims on the territory of New Hamp- shire and Maine. It is not strange, therefore, that John Rich- ardson found himself greatly embarrassed in his endeavors to obtain a peaceful abode in the provinces just named. Medfield, in 1657, six years after its incorporation, had forty families, and an excellent minister, Rev. John Wilson, son of Rev. John Wilson, many years pastor of First Church in Boston. Medfield was attacked by the Indians, in large force, at day- break, Feb. 21, 1675-6. It is supposed the attack was made by five hundred Indians. About fifty buildings and two mills were destroyed, twenty people were killed, and half the town laid in 718 THE RICHARDSON MEMORIAL. ashes. One of the persons killed was Henry Adams, the eldest son of Henry Adams, of Braintree. [See Barry's Hist. of Mass., i. 434.] John Richardson, wherever he was at the time, waited till the Indian hostilities had ceased and peace was established before he came to Medfield. He was, without any doubt, in Maine during Philip's war. On the death of Philip, in August, 1676, the war ceased in Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies; but it continued to rage with great violence in Maine nearly a year longer. Wells, York, and Scarborough felt the horrors of In- than barbarity in April and May, 1677. Before that time, no doubt, the safety of John Richardson was assured in Medfield. He now made his home, after many years of wandering, in, or very near, the present village of East Medway, which until 1713 was included in the town of Medfield. Henry Richardson, one of his descendants, still owns and occupies, 1869, the place. [See 7314.] He was by trade a cordwainer, but cultivated a small farm, of less than fifty acres. He was a church member, but when he be- came so does not appear. We only know that be was a member of the church in Medfield April 21, 1697, when Mr. Joseph Bax- ter was ordained pastor. His wife Rebecca was also a member at the same time, but no other Richardson than these two. He died in Medfield, or what was then Medfield, May 29, 1697. He was probably not much, if any, over fifty years old at that time, especially as a child was born to him only three months be- fore. No will of his is found on record. He possessed but little property. The inventory of his estate, dated Feb. 22, 1699-1700, includes only a homestead of twenty-six acres, with orchard and buildings, valued at L30; eight acres of meadow near Boggastow Brook (which discharges its waters into Charles River), and ten acres of upland and swamp near Bear Hill. Power of administration was granted to the widow Rebecca. July 18, 1700. The value of the real estate was estimated at L46. The inven- tory included three cows, one calf, one mare and colt, three swine. The personal estate is valued at L27. 10. more. Total, L73. 10. Only two chairs are included in the inventory, doubtless used only by the parents. The children were contented with home- made stools and a settle, i. e., a plain, wooden bench with a straight, upright back. [Suffolk Prob. Rec., xiv. 186.] Small as the estate was, it was not settled without some diffi- culty and delay. The second son, Daniel, in 1705, petitioned for an adjustment. It was not finally settled till June 4, 1711, when it was divided between the widow, Rebecca Hill (formerly Rich- ardson), and the children, Joseph, Benjamin, and Rebecca. [Suf- folk Prob. Rec., xvii. 270.] The widow Rebecca married John Hill, of Sherborn, an adjoining town, and died Feb. 17, 1738-9, aged 79. May 28, 1751. Joseph Richardson, of Medway, gent., by a power of attorney received from Joseph Richardson, of Medfield, POSTERITY OF JOHN RICHARDSON OF MEDFIELD. 719 and Benjamin Richardson, of Medway, husbandman, in 1750, conveys to John Goodale, of Wells, a parcel of land in Wells, formerly granted unto John Richardson at a legal town-meeting, June 20, 1673, lying and being between the lot of John Driscow and Nathaniel Cloyes, his lot containing eleven poles in breadth, or thereabout, so to run into the country as other lots do, as may more fully appear in Wells town record, etc. [York Deeds, xxix. 73, 74.] Joseph Richardson, of Medfield, and Benjamin Richardson, of Medway, were brothers, and sons of John, as above . Jo- seph, of Medway , was their nephew. The children of John and Rebecca, born in Medfield, were: +7123. John,3 b. Aug. 25, 1679; m. Esther Breck 7124. Elizabeth,3 b. Sept. 20, 1681; d. previous to 1711, when the es- tate was settled. 7125. Daniel,3 b. Aug. 31, 1685; m. Hannah Underwood. 7126. Joseph,3 b. about 1687; m. Hannah Barbour. 7127. Mehitabel,3 b. June 16, 1689; d. previous to 1711. +7128. Benjamin,3 b. 1693 m. Elizabeth ______. 7129. Rebecca,3 b. Feb. 28, 1696-7; m. Eleazar Hill, of Sherborn Aug. 18, 1712. They settled in Douglas. The two youngest, Benjamin and Rebecca, were baptized Aug. 15, 1697 as the "children of widow Richardson." It was after their father's death. -------------------- THIRD GENERATION 7123. JOHN RICHARDSON3 (John,2 John1), eldest son of John and Rebecca (Clark) Richarason; born in Medfield, in the part which is now Medway, Aug. 25, 1679; married, about 1699, ESTHER BRECK born in Medfield in 1679, probably daughter of John Breck, of that place. One of the first four settlers of Medfield was Thomas Breck. One of the others was Henry Adams, who came in 1650 and was killed by the Indiana at his own door early on the morning of Feb. 21, 1675-6, aged 72. Medfield being exposed to Indian incursions, a fortification was erected on the north bank of Boggastow Pond, by men bearing the names of Bullard, Breck, Hill, Holbrook, Fairbank, Leland, Rockwood, Daniels, and Daniels, nine in all, for the protection of their families. It was built of stone, about seventy feet long, two stories high, and could not easily be set on fire, though the In- attempted it. Repeatedly the savages attempted to take it, but were repelled by its brave defenders, of whom the father of Esther Breck was one. In after years she well remembered flee- to this fort for safety upon an Indian alarm, even fifty years after Philip's war. 720 THE RICHARDSON MEMORIAL Like his father, John Richardson, her husband, was by trade a cordwainer; but later in life became a farmer or husbandman. He refused the real estate left by his father. It was accepted by Daniel his brother. This appears from several deeds. June 24, 1712. John Richardson, of Medfield, husbandman, and Esther his wife, for good and valuable considerations, sell to Samuel Fisher, of Wrentham, an adjoining town, one acre of land in Wrentham. The wife makes her mark. His brother Daniel is a witness. [Suffolk Deeds, lx. 282.] On the spot where be lived, and probably in the same house, his great grandson Henry, son of Simeon, was living in 1869. [See 7314]. He was also a carpenter or housewright. Dec. 25, 1712. John Richardson, of Medfield, in the county of Suffolk, carpenter, and Esther his wife, sell to Nathaniel Fair- banks, of Wrentham, husbandman, two parcels of meadow in Wrentham. [Suffolk Deeds, xliv. 132.] Oct. 4, 1742. John Richardson, of Medway, housewright, for L200, sells to his son, Moses Richardson, of Medway, forty acres of land in Medway, bounded partly on land of Solomon Richard- son. Solomon and Asa Richardson sign as witnesses. [Suffolk Deeds, lxxviii. 167.] The above was reckoned in a depreciated currency worth less than fifty cents on a dollar. Of the twelve children recorded below, all save David 1st, Mary, and Joseph were living at the settlement of their father's estate, June 25, 1759. John Richardson, of Wrentham, the part now Franklin, was appointed administrator of his father's estate, Feb. 13, 1761. I have before me an original "Agreement," dated June 25, 1759, whereby the following persons "being all the heirs and representatives of John Richardson, late of Medway, deceased, except the heirs of Joseph Richardson, agree to divide all the movable estate that our honored father died possessed of as the law prescribes, excepting Moses Richardson, who agrees to draw no part." The signers were, John Richardson, Jonathan Rich- ardson, Samuel Richardson, Solomon Richardson, Moses Rich- ardson, Asa Richardson, David Richardson, Sarah Pond, David Pond, Nathaniel Clark, Esther Clark, James Boyden, jr. The sons signed in the order of their birth. David Richardson signs "in behalf of his mother's heirs," which is not explained. His mother was now eighty years of age, and the other brothers and sisters were her heirs equally with himself. He was the young- est son; another David older than himself had died before his birth. Moses relinquished his claim to the property probably be- cause his interests had been cared for in some other way. Joseph had died not long before. He died in Medfield, i. e. in what is now East Medway, MAY 19, 1759, aged 80. His wife Esther died of cancer, Aug. 17, 1774, aged 95. This made her extremely irritable and trouble- some. Whether they were in full members of the church does POSTERITY OF JOHN RICHARDSON OF MEDFIELD 721 not appear. They had children baptized, which might be done under the half-way covenant. Children of John and Esther Richardson, born in Medfield, were: 7130. Sarah,4 b. April 25,1700; m. David Pond, of Wrentham. +7131. John,4 b. Oct. 22, 1701; m. Jemima Gay. 7132. David,4 b. June 19, 1703; d. March 9,1723-4 [gravestone]. +7133. Jonathan,4 b. Feb. 1, 1704-5; m. Ruth Clark. 7134. Esther,4 b. Jan. 2, 1706-7; m. first, May 27, 1728, Thomas Jones, of Holliston b. May 27, 1706; d. June 23, 1734. Second, Nathaniel Ciark, probably of Wrentham. 7135. Mary,4 b. Sept. 9, 1709; m. James Boyden, jr., June 4, 1736. She died before 1759. She had a son James (Boyden), living 1759. +7136. Joseph,4 b. April 3, 1711; m. Abigail +7137 Samuel,4 b. Jan. 3, 1713-14; m. first, Mary Allen; second, Sarah Clark. +7138. Solomon,4 b. April 21, 1716; m. Rebecca Munn. +7139. Moses,4 b. Feb. 8, 1717-18; m. Abigail Allen. +7140. Asa,4 b. Oct. 16, 1720; m. Abigail Barbour. +7141. David,4 b. Dec. 6, 1724; m. Esther Smith. Seven at least, of the above children were baptized in Medfield.* 7125. LIEUT. DANIEL RICHARDSON3 (John,2 John 1) brother of the preceding; born in Medfield, or in what became Medway August 31, 1685; married HANNAH UNDERWOOD, baptized April 13, 1690. He lived in Medfield, according to the records of the church in that town till 1723, and probably some years longer. He and his wife "owned the covenant," as it was called, June 8, 1712, which entitled them to the privilege of having their children baptized. Their son William was baptized the same day. His wife was "admitted to full communion" March 15, 1712-13. He (Daniel) was admitted to full communion Oct. 13, 1723. His wife Hannah was dismissed from the church in Medfield and recommended to the church in Medway, June 28, 1747, which probably was not long after the time of their removal to that place. Jan. 3, 1745-6. Daniel Richardson, of Medway, gent., for the natural and parental love that I have and do bear to my loving and well-beloved son, Daniel Richardson, junior, of said town, conveys to him one-half of my dwelling-house, where my said son now lives, with one-half of all my lands, etc., reserving cer- things during my natural life and the life of my wife, after which my said son shall have and enjoy the other half. Part of the land thus conveyed was bounded on land of John Richardson, brother of the grantee. [Suff. Deeds, lxxv. 265.] His will is dated 1747. He calls himself "yeoman;" names sons Daniel and William, daughter Hannah Underwood, wife of ------------------------------ * Medway was incorporated as a town Oct. 24, 1713. Hence, It came to pass that five of the above-named children, beginning with Samuel, though, doubt- less, born under the same roof with the preceding seven are recorded as born in Medway. Samuel was the first male child on the Medway town records. 722 THE RICHARDSON MEMORIAL Jonathan Underwood, of Westford, and his own wife Hannah. His brother John Richardson was one of the witnesses. The in- ventory of his estate amounted to L1,859. 18. 3. This reckoning was in a depreciated currency, of which two pounds were worth less than a Spanish milled dollar. He died Aug. 28, 1748. The children of Daniel and Hannah Richardson were: +7142. William,4 b. Feb. 3, 1710-11; m. Hannah Ellis, May 21, 1739 7143. Hannah,4 b. Dec. 25,1718; m. Jonathan Underwood, of West- ford, June 15, 1739. +7144. Daniel,4 b. June 26, 1721; m. Judith ------. 7126. LIEUT. JOSEPH RICHARDSON3 (John,2 John1), brother of the preceding; born in Old Medfield about 1687, his birth not being on the town record; married, first, in Boston, Oct. 18, 1706, HANNAH BARBOUR, born Sept. 25, 1683, daughter of Samuel and granddaughter of George Barbour, one of the early proprie- tors and settlers of Medfield. June 3, 1703, being about seven- teen, he chose his uncle, Jonathan Boyden, of Medfleld, to be his guardian. He was married at the age of seventeen. Second, ELIZABETH -------. He passed his life in Medfield. He and his wife "owned the covenant," Jan. 2, 1710-11. He was admitted to full communion, March 19, 1726-7. His wife Hannah was thus admitted, Sept. 4, 1748. He was chosen delegate, April 12, 1741, to an ecclesiasti- cal council, to be held in Chelmsford for the ordination of Rev. Ebenezer Bridge. He died in Medfield, Oct. 5, 1768. His wife Hannah died Feb. 6, 1755. His second wife, Elizabeth, died Nov. 26, 1766. The children of Joseph and Hannah Richardson were: 7145. Joseph,4 b. Sept. 21, 1707; d. Sept, 29, 1707. 7146. Mary,4 b. Aug. 15, 1708. 7147. Samuel,4 b. March 31, 1713. +7148. James,4 b. March 14, 1715-16; m. Hannah Clapp. +7149. Seth,4 b. April 3, 1719; m. first, Bathsheba Morse; second, Di- nah -----. 7150. Ebenezer,4 b. May 23, 1722; d. same day. 7151. Peter,4 b. Aug. 20, 1723; d. June 25, 1748. 7128. BENJAMIN RICHARDSON3 (John,2 John1), brother of the pre- ceding; born in Medfield, 1693; his birth not on records; mar- ried ELIZABEH ------. He was baptized Aug. 15, 1697, as the "son of widow Richardson." He lived in Medway, and died in 1761, aged 68. He was a husbandman. Administration granted, April, 1761, to his nephew Asa. POSTERITY OF JOHN RICHARDSON OF MEDFIELD 723 His children were: +7152. Benjamin,4 b. March 9, 1730. He was one of the appraisers of his brother Jeremiah's estate, 1797. 7153. Elizabeth,4 b. Dec. 20, 1740; m. William Penniman, of Brain- tree. 7154. Ezekiel,4 b. April 3, 1744. 7155. Job,4 b. April 15, 1745; m. Eunice ------; settled in Hubbards- ton. Will dated Sept. 15, 1818, proved May 19, 1831, leaving property to brothers and sisters. No children. 7156. Jeremiah,4 b. Nov. 25, 1748. He lived in Sutton. Inventory dated Oct. 3, 1797. 7157. Catharine,4 b. April 9, 1753; m. ------ Partridge, 1762. Asa Richardson, son of John and Esther, and nephew of Benjamin, was appointed guardian of Ezekiel, Jesse, and Catharine, children of the above. 7129. REBECCA RICHARDSON3 (John,2 John1), sister of the preced- ing, and youngest child of John2 and Rebecca (Clark) Richard- son, of Medfield; born there, Feb. 28, 1696-7; married, Aug. 18, 1712, ELEAZAR HILL, son of Eleazar Hill, of Sherborn. They resided in Sherborn. Children: 7158. Asa (Hill), b. Feb. 20, 1712-13. 7159. William (Hill), b. June 23, 1715. 7160. Joseph (Hill), b. Aug. 23,1718. 7161. Rebecca ( Hill), b. March 6, 1721-22; m. first Joseph Cozzens, of Holliston; second, Patrick Shays, Oct. 20, 1765, father (by a former wife) of Daniel Shays, the leader in the insurrection of 1786. 7162. Elizabeth (Hill), b. Jan. 30, 1723-4. 7163. Ruth (Hill), b. Feb. 26, 1726-7. 7163.a Daniel (Hill), b. Feb. 22, 1732-3; d. September, 1735. FOURTH GENERATION. 7131. JOHN RICHARDSON4 (John,3 John,2 John1), eldest son of John3 and Esther (Breck) Richardson; born in Old Medfield, in the part that is now Medway, Oct. 22, 1701; married, May 5, 1730, JEMIMA GAY, born Sept. 20, 1705, daughter of Edward Gay, of Wrentham, of that part of it which was incorporated as the town of Franklin March 2, 1778. Edward Gay was born 1666; mar- ried Rebecca Fisher, March 25, 1688, and died Dec. 23, 1730, aged 64. He had a son bearing his own name.