Saturday, February 6, 2010

Warren & Roxalana (Powers) Richmond

Richmonds in this line are distantly related to me. John (1) is our mutual ancestor -- their line goes through John (2) and my line goes through John (2)'s brother, Edward. However, my direct ancestor, Elijah Richmond, moved to Walworth Co., Wisconsin, as did this Richmond family.



WARREN RICHMOND 7, (Amaziah 6, Amaziah 5, Ebenezer 4, Ebenezer 3, John 2, John 1) was born in Athens, Vermont, May 18, 1795. He married in Vermont, December 2, 1824, Roxalana Powers, who was born in 1803. He removed from Westminster, Vt., in 1844, to Amesbury, Mass., thence, May 7, 1853, to Whitewater, Walworth, Wis., where he died July 2, 1884.
The Powers family were natives of Athens, Vt., and moved to Wisconsin about 1840. Mrs. Richmond married, secondly, Mr. Cruver*.
Children:

  • George
  • Alden, born in Athens, Vt., March 29, 1829; married Mary Guild
  • Joseph, b. 1 March 1836; m. Sarah Kershaw [b. Feb 1846]
  • David -
  • Amaziah, b. 9 Dec 1841; died April 10, 186_
  • Henry W., b. 7 Dec 1852; died 22 Dec 1852
Family tree of Warren Richmond, a Mayflower descendant.

Warren & Roxalana Richmond were in Salisbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts, in 1850. Warren's mother, Sarah, was living with them in 1850. Warren Richmond mentioned in his father's Revolutionary War file here. Warren Richmond apparently lost a court case over the Vermont property of his father, Amaziah in May of 1843 (details embedded here). The court case may explain the move to Massachussetts.

On (to) Wisconsin:
1870 WI Jefferson, Cold Springs
Richmond, J. R., 34, b. NY [Joseph Reuben]
", Sarah, 24, b. NY
", Delia, 5, b. WI
Richmond, J.R., Jr., 1/12, b. WI (May)
", D.B., 31, male, b.VT [David]
Kershaw, Fanny, 44, wid, b. England [nee Smithhurst]
Next Door:
Richmond, A. F., male, 41, b. VT [Alden]
", M.E., female, 31, b. MA [Mary Elizabeth]
", Warren, 75, male, widowed, b. VT

1880 Census WI Clark Co., Washburn
J. RICHMOND Self M W 44 VT Farmer VT VT
Sarah RICHMOND Wife M W 34 NY ENGL ENGL
Della RICHMOND Dau W 15 WI VT ENGL
Warren RICHMOND Son S W 10 WI VT ENGL
Fanney KERSHAW Other W 55 ENGL ENGL ENGL
Joseph Reuben (J.R.) & Sarah (Kershaw) Richmond moved to Janesville, Rock Co., Wisconsin. Sarah was a widow in the 1910 WI Census and living with her son, David W. Richmond.
1880 Census Wisconsin, Walworth, Whitewater
David RICHMOND Self M W 40 VT Farmer VT VT
Jannett RICHMOND Wife M W 33 SCOTLAND
Roxa RICHMOND Dau S W 1M WI VT SCOTLAND
Warren RICHMOND Father W W 85 VT VT VT
Warren HATCH Other S W 17 WI Farm Laborer --- ---
Bertha SHOEMAKER Other S W 17 GERMANY Servant
*Warren Richmond was a widower in the 1880 Census -- who married Mr. Cruver? According to the IGI, Roxalana Powers, daughter of Nathaniel & Esther (Johnson) Powers, died 27 April 1863. [Nathaniel was the son of Josiah & Mary (Robbins) Powers]


Roxalana (Powers) Richmond's brother, Dr. Americus Windsor Powers, and his wife, Mary (Rockwood) Powers, set forth on an odyssey that took them from Wisconsin to California. Dr. Powers sold his property to Warren & Roxalana (Powers) Richmond.

Mary Powers kept a diary of her trials and tribulations on that voyage. Their experience was chronicled in Heart of the Trail...by Mary Barmeyer O'Brien. "Mary Rockwood Powers watched her husband, Dr. Americus Powers, lead their tired horses through a hip-deep stream. Who was this man she had married?." Americus exhibited odd behavior that at times put his family at risk. The family found a home in San Leandro, California.

The widowed Americus Powers sold his San Benito Co., California, property to the Bear Valley School District for $1.00. Mary (Rockwood) Powers died in May of 1858. Americus died (was murdered) in September of 1886.

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