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Does anyone have any information about a Uriah Richards born 1810 Westonzoyland, Somerset. He emigrated to Antioch Illinois with his wife Ann Ellis, and had several children.

He appears to be pretty elusive, so if anyone has any information I would be very grateful.


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on 2011-06-03 10:28:03

thelmaolive , from England, has been a Family Tree Circles member since May 2011. is researching the following names: DOWLE, BOND, FRIEND and 34 other(s).

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by poorone on 2011-06-03 16:33:20

May I suggest looking on familysearch.org

It is a great site for finding births, marriages, deaths, census records, etc.

Best wishes in finding your family information.

by ngairedith on 2011-06-04 10:04:30

hello thelmaolive,

as poorone said Uriah RICHARDS is on familysearch

according to that site Uriah Richards was born in November 1810 in Somerset England and died 5 August 1882 in Antioch, Illinois
- he is buried in East Fox Lake Cemetery, Illinois
(I recommend you visit that link for a great look at the cemetery)

Uriah married Elizabeth Ann ELLIS on 1 May 1834 in Somerset England

Elizabeth was born on 6 March 1813 in Somerset and died on 11 October 1865 in Antioch, Illinois
- she is also buried in East Fox Cemetery

their 11 children were born over a period of 21 years. The first one being born when Elizabeth was 23 and she had the last one when she was 44. By readng their children's births it would appear they emigrated into New York in 1842. New York is at least 850 miles east of Antioch, Illinois
- Elizabeth died in 1865 aged 52 (her youngest would have then been only 8 years old) it is said Uriah remarried 8 months later to Caroline SPARKS (CRANE)

the known children of Uriah & Elizabeth were:
- (more info at the familysearch site above, exact birth dates etc)

1/ 1836 - 1839 Elizabeth Ann Richards
- Elizabeth died aged 3 in Westonzoyland a village and civil parish in Somerset, England

2/ 1837 - 1913 Uriah Richards
- Uriah was born in Somerset, England
- he married Jean Thorburn KERR in 1863 and had at least 6 children in Antioch
- Jean was born in Dumfries, Scotland, a daughter of Thomas KERR & Mary GOWANLOCK

3/ 1839 - 1882 Elizabeth Ann Richards
- Elizabeth was born in Bristol, England 6 months after the death of her 3 year old sister, after whom she was named.
- she married Charles HAWKINS (1831-1913) in 1857 in Antioch
- Charles was born in New York and died in Antioch
- Elizabeth died aged 42

4/ 1842 - 1918 Alfred Richards
- he was born on board a ship at Staten Island, New York
- he married an Ella ? in 1867
- Alfred died aged 75
- he is also buried in East Fox Lake Cemetery

5/ 1844 - 1865 Charles Frances Richards
- Charles was born in Kankakee, Illinois
- he died aged 21

6/ 1846 - 1878 John Wesley Richards
- John was born in Essex Township, Kankakee County, Illinois
- he died aged 31

7/ 1850 - 1883 Caleb Larkin Richards
- Caleb married Harriet Ann ? in 1875
- he died aged 33
- he is also buried at East Fox Lake Cemetery

8/ 1852 - 1856 Aldred Richards
- Alfred was born in Northfield Township, Cook County, Illinois
- Alfred died aged 4 in Antioch, Illinois which is 35 miles from Northfield

9/ 1854 - 1881 Eliza Anabella Richards
- Eliza married Benjamin Van PATTEN in Illinois in 1876
- she died aged 26

10/ 1856 - 1856 Albert Richards
- Albert died aged 3 months in Antioch

11/ 1857 - 1930 George Thomas Richards
- George married Emma Ann LITTLE in Wilmot, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
- he died aged 73

by thelmaolive on 2011-07-05 09:21:54

Thank you everyone for all the detailed information. It's such a great help. I'm really sorry for the delay in answering, but I've been in a little trouble, as my mother has recently passed away.

As far as I can see Uriah b1810, must be a very near relation of my great great grandfather, Alfred, b1819 Westonzoyland. It's not a very big place - I was also born there, although don't live there now. So it seems that nearly all of the Richards' there were interrelated - also most of the village in fact!

Thank you again for all of the information. I've certainly got a lot to work on now.


by isufreddie on 2012-04-01 02:45:47

Hello, Tracey.

I believe Uriah, Sr. is my great-great-great-grandfather.

My grandpa is Ward C. Richards. His dad was John Richards. His dad was George Thomas Richards, who is buried in Shell Rock, IA along with his older brother Uriah, Jr. I'm pretty sure Uriah, Sr. was their father, who is buried in East Fox Lake Cemetery.

My Grandpa, Ward (Bud) Clarence Richards, is buried in Waverly, IA.

I just started researching my family tree tonight. Let me know how we can help each other. Thanks!

Freddie Richards, Jr.

by GKEllis on 2012-05-03 15:00:16

The Weston Zoyland Marriage Register from April 27, 1835 indicates that Uriah Richards, Eliza Ellis And Pamela Ellis all signed as witnesses to the marriage of George Champion (widower) and Eleanor (signed Ellinore) Ellis, she was 20 at the time. Eliza and Pamela are the older sisters of my gg grandfather Caleb (KIA, Wisconsin 6th inf, 1865)

It appears as though Eleanor was baptized under the name of Helena Ellis in 1815.

Eliza Ellis married a John Dowden in 1841 at the age of 25 and is appears as though they stayed in England while some of the family came to the US via Malone, NY and at least one brother, Andrew, via Chicago. Kent Ellis

by GKEllis on 2012-05-06 11:01:16

Some additional information about Ellis relatives from Weston Zoyland, Somerset County, England born to Thomas and Joan Ellis married in 1812.

Childrens names are Ann(1/20/1813), Helena 5/21/1815), Eliza (12/25/1816), Pamela (4/11/1819), Thomas (10/29/1820), Andrew (9/1/1822), Arabella (4/30/1826), Caleb (7/12/1829), John (1/1/1832), Naomi (11/22/1834.

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