Friday, October 8, 2010

Finding The Ancestors Of Charles F. Richmond

Usually a Richmond descendant is found in the J.B. Richmond book and then that person's family tree is used for blogs here (including my Cynthia Richmond). In this case I found Charles F. Richmond in a "Landon" family biography and wanted to place him, if possible, as a descendant of John Richmond, the original American immigrant.

Charles F. Richmond married Eliza Jane Chapel, daughter of Guerdon & Rachel (Landon) Chapel, a descendant of Nathaniel Landon. Nathaniel's brother James Landon was the ancestor of Ellis Landon. Ellis Landon married the widowed Eva (Whiteman) Smith, making Ellis my husband Jim's step-great-grandfather.

From Genealogies of New Jersey Families:

Rachel (Landon) Chapel, b. 1797, was the daughter of Nathaniel & Hannah (Greene) Landon. Nathaniel filed for a Revolutionary War pension while he was living in Oakland Co., Michigan, in 1828. Nathaniel & James were both sons of the person identified as William #6 & Mercy Landon in the NJ Families book.

James filed for a Revolutionary War pension from his home in Delaware Co., Ohio, in 1818. James & Elizabeth Landon's son, James married Elizabeth Kennedy. Darius Landon was the son of James & Elizabeth (Kennedy) Landon and the father of Ellis Landon.

It was noted that Charles F. Richmond had died in 1862 in Washington, D.C.; he was found in the 1850 & 1860 censuses in Kent Co., Michigan. In 1860 he was living near his mother-in-law, Rachel Chapel (they're on the same census page), but Charles is living with a Louisa J. Richmond who was born in Ireland.

Charles H. (sic) Richmond's name was found on a Civil War pension index card with a date of December 29, 1862 (he died Sept. 26, 1862) and Application #9351 (widow) and for the minor(s) #120610; the widow's certificate number was #4337 and the minor's certificate no. was 73087 (#73087 & #4337 matched another document for Charles F. Richmond). He was in Co. D, 8th Regiment of the Michigan Infantry.

A search here revealed the following information:

Charles F. RICHMOND (AFN: 165F-HKT)

Event(s) Birth: 10 Mar 1815
Parents Father: William RICHMOND (AFN: 1659-8HN)
Mother: Martha Varnum TURNER (AFN: 1659-8JV)

A search for William Richmond & Martha Varnum Turner showed William to be the son of Gilbert & Althea Gorham. I was then able to place Charles F. Richmond in the Joshua Bailey Richmond book.

William & Martha Varnum Turner's family as found in the J. B. Richmond book:

Gilbert & Althea Gorham's family
as found in the J. B. Richmond book:

So the question: Could Charles be found in the J. B. Richmond book? Yes, he could and yes he was. His Richmond lineage: Charles F. 8, William 7, Gilbert 6, Ichabod 5, William 4, Silvester 3, Edward 2, John 1). He was also a Mayflower descendant through Silvester (3) Richmond's wife.

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