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Stephen Richardson

Male 1652 - Abt 1694  (41 years)


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  • Name Stephen Richardson 
    Born 14 Jun 1652  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1694  Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I30131  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2020 

    Father Amos Richardson,   b. Abt 1623, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1683, Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Mary,   d. Sep 1683, Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F17991  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lydia Gilbert,   b. 3 Oct 1654, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Apr 1712  (Age > 58 years) 
    Married 25 Sep 1673  Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Children 
    +1. Jonathan Richardson,   b. Bef 10 Sep 1674, Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1700, Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 25 years)
    +2. Stephen Richardson,   b. Abt 1676,   d. Between 20 Apr 1749 and 13 Jul 1749, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F17989  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From John Thomas Bullock (citation details below):

      Stephen was well acquainted with the Indian language and was often employed as an interpreter. He served in King Phillip's War in 1675/6 at the time of the Great Swamp Fight, and was one of the soldiers who shared in the Voluntown grant made by the State in 1696. He was probably the Quartermaster for the Connecticut troops. On May 18, 1676, the Colonial Council authorized him to sell arms in his possession in part payment for his services. Minor's Diary, December 15, 1675, says: "Coneticut Annie Set forth from mr. Richardsons," and June, 1676, "Thursday, the 15. wee were to meet all the soldiers at steeven Richardsons house." Stephen was made a freeman in 1679. […]

      According to Richard Anson Wheeler, in his book History of the Town of Stonington, County of New London, Connecticut, in 1687 Stephen was elected to and held the office of Representative under the Charter Of King George II, as his father did before him and his son after him. Nile's History is the authority for the statement that on July, 1689, "Mr. Stephen Richardson shot dead on the spot one William Trimming, a notorious English decoy in the service of the French privateers." Trimming had secreted himself in a house on Fisher's Island, and Richardson, with sixteen other men, went there to capture him. He was censured by some for his action, as they wanted to take him alive.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4361] John Thomas Bullock, "Our Family Tree.".

    2. [S4363] A Potter-Richardson Memorial: The Ancestral Lines of William W. Potter of Michigan, and His Wife, Margaret (Richardson) Potter by Doreen Potter Hanna and Louise Potter. 1957.

    3. [S4363] A Potter-Richardson Memorial: The Ancestral Lines of William W. Potter of Michigan, and His Wife, Margaret (Richardson) Potter by Doreen Potter Hanna and Louise Potter. 1957., year only.