The Richardson Brothers of Woburn, Mass
Researchers: Barbara, Joyce, Kathy, Norris, Terry
1632.. Phebe Richardson, Ezekiel and Susannah's first born child is born. She is the tenth child born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony! Actually, the June, 1632 date is the date of her baptism. Some genealogies list her place of birth as "possibly England". I think it more likely she was born on American soil sometime after the Winthrop Fleet arrived and then baptized in 1632.
1640.. The three Richardson brothers, with others, are commissioned by Governor John Winthrop to establish a colony at Woburn, Massachusetts. See the Woburn Library Chronological History of Woburn for mention of their efforts in establishing Woburn. (Use Alt-Edit | Find in your browser, if you like)
1640.. The Richardson brothers build homes close together so that the road passing by becomes known as Richardson's Row. The Richardson brothers are large landholders in the Woburn area. The area of Richardson's Row is in what is now Winchester, Massachusetts.
1647.. Ezekiel Richardson dies in Woburn. He must have been a relatively young man, probably under 45, per estimate of Vinton. His oldest child, Phebe, had been baptized only 15 years earlier. His widow, left with seven children, remarried Henry Brooks four years later, in 1651.
Where is Westmill, Hertfordshire, England?
Westmill is a small village in Hertfordshire, and is just north of London. Look for St Albans in current maps and you'll be close. See The Origins section.
See a detailed accounting of Ezekiel Richardson and his life in the colonies
on Ezekiel on the Winthrop Fleet Society Page.
Ezekiel is also listed among the freemen of the colony, here. The list is alphabetical. You can scroll down to the R's, or use Alt | Edit > Find in your browser.
The Winthrop Society II, The Richardson surnname in the list is our ancestor, Ezekiel.
The Woburn Chronological History Web Page describes the Richardson brothers involvement in the founding of the town.
See the Richardson Links page for more
links, including other Richardson pages and links to English sites.
The Frank Shaw Page has a biography of Samuel Richardson, which encompasses activities of all three brothers.
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