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Biographical Sketch of John Richmond

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(I) John Richmond, the immigrant, said to have been bore in Wiltshire, at Ashton, Keynes, where the old Richmond manor house is still standing, was baptized there in 1597. He came to America about 1635, and was one of the purchasers of Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1637. George Richmond, possibly a cousin, was engaged in business in Saco, Maine, in 1635 and John may have been there also before coming to Taunton. John is mentioned in court records March 7, 1636, showing that at that time he was engaged in trade, and it is thought he may have returned to England. He returned to Taunton, however, and died there, March 20, 1664, aged seventy years. His name is often on the court records in 1636-37. He was of Newport for a time, and one of the commissioners from that town in 1656. He took the oath of fidelity in Taunton before 1640. The part of the town where he owned land is still called Richmondtown. His will is dated December 14, 1663, and was proved October 29, 1669. Children: John, born about 1627; Edward, mentioned elsewhere; Sarah, 1638; Mary, 1639.

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