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  • Faltus
    Jul 17, 2006

      This little story may help you in your searching for the Richards family. According to what I have been able to find out, hder father was a Jeweler on St. Helena, he and his wife had six children (3 boys and 3 girls) Elizabeth and Dianaare mentioned in the below story (Diana is not mentioned any other place  that I know of. Elizabeth was my great grandmother (her daughter Minnie married into the MORSE Family in Acushnet. It seems that a RICHARDS arrived in St. Helena about the time of Saul Solomon's arrival. Thee was a person named There was a Census of St. Helena taken in 30 Sep 1814 and was submitted by a Christine ADAMS and is available on LDS Microfilm #1259088 and lists Thomas Richards as a jeweler with 1 woman, 3 boys and 3 girls.Another story lists Thomas as being a jeweler in Jamestown in 1836 so she could be one of his daughters. .Elizabeth was a native of the British Colony of St. Helena (an island in the South Atlantic).

      She and her sister (Diana) came to the United States on a whaling ship when the ship stopped at the island so the captain (Shockley) could hire someone to take care of his wife and newborn child on the voyage back to New Bedford, MA. Records indicate that the name of the whaling ship was the "Young Phoenix".

      She died from head injuries received when the horse bolted and overturned the carriage throwing her out of the carriage.

      According to the stone in the Acushnet Cemetery, her surname was RICHARD (not RICHARDS). It is possible that it is an error in engraving.

      Hope this helps and if you find out more I would appreciate any information.

      Everett Faltus      e-mail   faltus@...

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      I am trying to trace info on my grand mother, Johanna Maria Richards,
      who was born in St Helena and lived in Cape Town (I think). She moved
      to Rhodesia and married Fred Hickey. She died aged 26 years old. From
      her marriage certificate I have her fathers name..... DN Richards
      (don't know if initials stand for David Nicholas Richards). If anyone
      remembers them or knows of any other living relatives who may help
      fill in the gaps, please email me. I will be thrilled to receive word
      on my ancestors.

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