RICHARDS ANNEX

 

Searl Eugene Richards Pedigree

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Origin of the surname "Richards:"

 

 

Generation

 

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3   John C. Richards

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born April 1861 in English-speaking Canada (also seen: b. NYS).  Died .  Immigrated to the US in 1871.

 

1880 US Census: Of interest, there was a John Richard, age 19 (b. Canada; father b. Ireland; mother b. Canada), single, and employed in a brickyard, who was boarding in the household headed by J. Wesley Mcclure, age 29 (b. NH; parents b. NH) and employed as a brick maker, in Greenfield Township, Franklin County, Massachusetts.

 

1900 US Census: John Richards, age 39 (b. Apr 1861 in Eng-speaking Canada; father b. Fr-speaking Canada; mother's birth location unknown) and employed as a day laborer, was heading a household in Fowler Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  He immigrated to the US in 1871.  The household also included his wife of 18 years, Bell Richards, age 33 (b. Nov 1867 in Fr-speaking Canada; parents b. Fr-speaking Canada), who had had 2 children, both still alive; daughter, Bessie Richards, age 17 (b. Sep 1882 in NYS) and single; and son, William Richards, age 9 (b. Dec 1891 in NYS).

 

2. Wife: Belle Greenwood

 

Born November 1867 in French-speaking Canada.  Died .

 

3. Children:

 

a. Bessie Richards: Born September 1882 in New York.

 

b. William John Richards: See generation 2, below.

 

2   William John Richards (more info)

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born 22 December 1891 at Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Died 13 November 1977; interred Felts Mills Cemetery, Rutland Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Resided last at Adams Center, Adams Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1900 US Census: William Richards, age 9 (b. Dec 1891 in NYS), resided with his parents in Fowler Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.

 

1910 US Census: Of possible interest, there was a William J. Richards, age 19 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), single, and employed as a farm laborer, residing as a boarder in the household headed by Thomas S. Wicks, age 43 (b. NYS; father b. VT; mother b. NYS) and employed as a dairy farmer on Main Street in the Village of Copenhagen, Denmark Township, Lewis County, New York.

 

1920 US Census: William J. Richards, age 29 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as a teamster (truck driver), was heading a household on North Main Street in the Village of Randolph, Randolph Township, Orange County, Vermont.  The household also included his wife, Frances D. Richards, age 30 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS); son, Everett E. [should be C.] Richards, age 6 (b. NYS); son, William J. K. Richards, age 4 and 5 months (b. NYS); and son, Burman L. Richards [should be Vernon R.], age 3 years and 9 months (b. VT).

 

1925 NYS Census: William J. Richards, age 34 (b. US), was heading a household in Wilna Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Frances D. Richards, age 36 (b. US); son, Everitte E. Richards, age 11 (b. US); son, William J. Richards, age 9 (b. US); son, Vernen R. Richards, age 8 (b. US); and son, George E. Richards, age 2 (b. US). (pg 8, house # 638)

 

1930 US Census: William J. Richards, age 39 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as a laborer doing odd jobs, was heading a household on North Main Street in the Village of Randolph, Randolph Township, Orange County, Vermont.  He was married 1st at age 21.  The household also included his wife, Frances D. Richards, age 41 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), who was married 1st at age 23; son, Everett C. Richards, age 16 (b. NYS), single, and employed as a laborer doing odd jobs; son, William J. Richards, age 14 (b. NYS); son, Vernon R. Richards, age 13 (b. NYS); son, Gorge E. Richards, age 6 (b. VT); son, Searl E. Richards, age 1 month (b. NYS); and roomer, Laurence Moran, age 53 (b. VT), widowed, and employed as a dish washer.

 

1940 US Census: William Richards, age 29 (b. NYS) [should be 49; census record is quite legible; definitely 29] and employed as a grout and stone laborer, was heading a household at Felts Mills, Rutland Township, Jefferson County, New York.  He had completed 2 years of high school, and in Apr 1935 he and his family resided in Carthage, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ruth Richards, age 21 (b. NYS), who had completed 2 years of high school; George Richards, age 17 (b. NYS) and single; Searl Richards, age 10 (b. NYS); Barberia [should be Barbara] Richards, age 2 (b. NYS); and Altarin [should be Alton] Richards, age 1 (b. NYS).  Of interest, Everitt Richards, age 26, resided next door.

 

2. Wife #1: Frances Delania/Delana/Delia Tyler (more info)

 

(1. Biographical notes:

 

Born about 1888/89 at Brantingham Lake, Lewis County, New York, daughter of John and Mary (Cobb) Tyler.  Died June 1934; interred Gamble Cemetery, Wilna Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Before marriage employed in a silk mill in Lewis County, New York.  Married William John Richards, Sr. on 24 October 1912 (license issued same day) in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(2. Children:

 

(a. Everett C. Richards: Born 16 September 1913.  Died March 1966; interred Felts Mills Cemetery, Felts Mills, Rutland Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1930 US Census: Everett C. Richards, age 16 (b. NYS), resided with his parents on North Main Street in the Village of Randolph, Randolph Township, Orange County, Vermont.

 

1930 US Census: Arthur Kentfield, age 39 (b. NYS; father b. NYS; mother b. English speaking Canada) and employed as an auto mechanic in his own shop, was heading a household at 120 South Orchard Street in the City of Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  He was married 1st at age 25.  The household also included his wife, Carrie Kentfield, age 34 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), who was married 1st at age 20; daughter, Helen Kentfield, age 12 (b. NYS); daughter, Leta Kentfield, age 8 (b. NYS); and daughter, Gloria Kentfield, age 5 (b. NYS).

 

1940 US Census: Everitt Richards, age 26 (b. NYS) and employed as a highway maintenance laborer, was heading a household at Felts Mills, Rutland Township, Jefferson County, New York, next to the household of William Richards, age 29 [his father].  He had completed 1 year of high school, and in April 1935 he resided in Lewis County, New York.  The household also included Everitt's wife, Hellin [should be Helen], age 22 (b. NYS), who had completed 7th grade and in Apr 1935 resided in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York; and son, Everitt Richards, Jr., age 2.

 

Everett C. Richards married, as her 1st husband, Helen L. Kentfield (b. 2 May 1917 at Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY, d. 2 Oct 1979 at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown; interred Dexter Cemetery, Dexter, Brownville Twp, Jefferson Co.), daughter of Arthur H. and Carrie M. (Lawton) Kentfield, and had the following son:

 

(1) Everitt A. Richards "EAR": Born 1938.  In 1979 resided in Texas.

 

Everett C. and Helen L. (Kentfield) Richards separated permanently after the birth of their son, Everitt A. Richards, apparently never meeting again; subsequently divorced (well after separation).  Helen had the following additional children: (order uncertain)

 

(2) Gerald H. Richards: In 1979 resided in South Carolina.

 

(3) Caroline "Carol" Richards: Married Norman Chapman, and in 1979 resided in Florida.

 

(4) LeeAnn Richards: Married Michael Reynolds, and in 1979 resided in Maryland.  In 2016 resided in Texas.

 

(5) Sandra "Sandy" Richards: Born about 1956.  Married David Mahon, and in 1979 resided in New York.

 

Helen L. (Kentfield) Richards married (2nd) "out of elderly convenience" her father-in-law, William J. Richards, Sr. on 13 May 1960 (see Para. 4, below) and resided at Adams Center, Adams Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(b. William "Keith" John Richards, II: Born about 1915 in New York.  Died ; interred Felts Mills Cemetery, Felts Mills, Rutland Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Veteran of World War II; enlisted 7 January 1942 at Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York; was single and without dependents at that time.  Employed as a millwright.  Resided at Felts Mills, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1930 US Census: William J. Richards, age 14 (b. NYS), resided with his parents on North Main Street in the Village of Randolph, Randolph Township, Orange County, Vermont.

 

1940 US Census: William Richards, age 25 (b. NYS), single, and employed as a farm laborer, resided in the household headed by Earnest Peck, age 72 (b. NYS) and employed as a farmer, in Champion Township, Jefferson County, New York.  William had completed 6th grade and in April 1935 he resided elsewhere in Jefferson County, New York.

 

William "Keith" J. Richards, II married (1st) Lena (?) and had the following son:

 

(1) William J. Richards, III: Married Jackie (?) and had the following son:

 

(a) William J. Richards, IV.

 

William "Keith" John Richards, II married (2nd) Betty (?) and had the following children:

 

(2) George Richards.

 

(3) Timothy Richards.

 

(4) Nathan Richards.

 

(5) John Richards.

 

(c. Vernon "Vern" Randall Richards: (photos) (more info) Born 1 March 1917 in Randolph Township, Orange County, Vermont.  Died Friday, 21 July 1989, age 72, at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York; interred Felts Mills Cemetery, Felts Mills, Rutland Township, Jefferson County.  Graduated 1936 from Carthage High School, Carthage, Jefferson County, New York and 1941 from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.  Veteran of World War II; decorated aircraft pilot; enlisted 27 January 1941 at Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.  Had the following children:

 

(1) Patricia Richards: Married Wayne Pather and resided at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(2) Judy Richards: Married Denis Bolwitz and resided at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Subsequently married (?) Charlesworth.

 

(d. George E. Richards: Born 1923 in Vermont.  Died 29 February 1944 from complications of wounds received in World War II; interred Felts Mills Cemetery, Felts Mills, Rutland Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(e. Cecil Francis Richards: Born 1926.  Died 1928 in a house fire.

 

(f. Searl Eugene Richards: See generation 1, below.

 

3. Wife #2: Ruth Fern Houghton (more info)

 

(1. Biographical notes:

 

Born 26 October 1919 at West Carthage, Champion Township, Jefferson County, New York, daughter of Oscar R. and Pearl (Roeder) Houghton.  Died 19 January 2005, age 86, in Jefferson County, New York.  Trained and employed as a nurse.

 

1920 US Census: Oscar Houghton, age 30 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as a lap cutter in a paper mill, was heading a household at 6 Liberty Street in the Village of West Carthage, Champion Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Pearl Houghton, age 28 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS); son, Floyd Houghton, age 5 (b. NYS); son, Stanley Houghton, age 4 (b. NYS); son, Lansing Houghton, age 3 (b. NYS); daughter, Dorothy Houghton, age 2; and daughter, Ruth Houghton, age 2 months (b. NYS).

 

1930 US Census: Oscar R. Houghton, age 40 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as a house painter, was heading a household in the Village of West Carthage, Champion Township, Jefferson County, New York.  His real estate was valued at $2,500, and he was married 1st at age 23.  The household also included his wife, Pearl Houghton, age 39 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), who was married 1st at age 22; son, Floyd R. Houghton, age 16 (b. NYS) and single; son, Stanley W. Houghton, age 14 (b. NYS); son, Lansing L. Houghton, age 14 (b. NYS); daughter, Dorothy M. Houghton, age 12 (b. NYS); daughter, Ruth F. Houghton, age 10 (b. NYS); son, Leo P. Houghton, age 9 (b. NYS); son, Earl O. Houghton, age 6 (b. NYS); son, Walter L. Houghton, age 5 (b. NYS); son, Donald R. Houghton, age 3 years and 11 months (b. NYS); and daughter, Marjorie E. Houghton [who married Clarence G. Benware], age 1 year and 8 months (b. NYS).

 

Ruth Houghton married (1st) William John Richards, Sr.; subsequently divorced.  Ruth married (2nd) William D. Rockwood (b. abt 1909) on 7 May 1960 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California and resided last with her sister, Marjorie E. (Houghton) Benware at Black River, Rutland Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Before that resided at LaPuente, Los Angeles County, California.

 

(2. Children:

 

(a. Barbara Elaine Richards: Born 1938.  Married (1st) Lyle W. Shorkey (b. 13 Feb 1931 in NYS; d. Sep 1971 in Orange Co., CA from complications of heart disease), son of William and Irene (?) Shorkey of Philadelphia, Jefferson County, New York, and raised the following children:

 

(1. Jody J. Shorkey.

 

(2. Scott Shorkey.

 

(3. Shawn Shorkey.

 

(4. Joell Shorkey: (adopted)

 

Barbara (Richards) Shorkey married (2nd) Barnett "Bud" Wayne Gatch (b. 9 Feb 1942) on 29 June 1973 in Orange County, California and resided at Lincoln, Placer County, California.  In 2015 resided in California.    Barbara and Barnett had the following son:

 

(5. Troy Gatch: Born 1975.

 

(b. Alton "Al"/"Manny" Wayne Richards: Born 1939.  Graduated 1956 from Adams Center High School, Adams Center, Adams Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Served in the US Air Force in Europe.  Graduated 1969 from California State University, Fullerton.  Owned a printing company; retired 2004.

 

Alton married (1st), as her 2nd husband, Gail I. Shorkey (b. abt 1942) on 29 September 1967 in Orange County, Californiai.  Gail had married (1st) William Clark and had the following children:

 

(1) Suzan (Clark) Richards: Formally adopted by Alton W. Richards.

 

(2) Synthia (Clark) Richards: Formally adopted by Alton W. Richards.

 

(3) Ronald (Clark) Richards: Formally adopted by Alton W. Richards.

 

(4) Sandra (Clark) Richards: Formally adopted by Alton W. Richards.

 

Alton and Gail were subsequently divorced.  Gail (Shorkey)(Clark) Richards married (3rd) William R. Watkins (b. abt 1948) on 30 December 1979 in Orange County, California.  Alton married (2nd) Barbara Louise Branch (b. 1939), daughter of Harrison R. Branch, in 1985 in Los Angeles County, California.

 

4. Wife #3: Helen L. Kentfield (more info)

 

Born 2 May 1917 at Watertown, NY; daughter of Arthur H. (b. 1890, d. 1964; interred Dexter Cem.) and Carrie M. (Lawton) Kentfield.  Died 2 October 1979, age 62, in the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown; interred Dexter Cemetery, Dexter, Jefferson County, New York.  Married (1st) Everett C. Richards (see above) and had the following son:

 

(5) Everett A. Richards: In 1979 resided in Texas.

 

Helen married (2nd) her father-in-law, William John Richards, Sr. on 13 May 1960 at Adams Center, Jefferson County and resided there.  William's son, Alton Wayne Richards described this as "a marriage of elderly convenience."

 

1   Searl Eugene Richards, Ph.D.:

 

Born 31 March 1930 in Randolph Township, Orange County, Vermont.  Died 4 May 2000, age 70, from complications of a heart attack at Southwestern Memorial Hospital, Alvin/Houston, Harris County, Texas; remains were cremated.  Grew up in Carthage (Wilna Twp) and West Carthage (Champion Twp), Jefferson County, New York.  At some point moved with his father to Adams Center, Adams Township, Jefferson County.  Graduated 1947 from Adams Center High School.  Served in the US Air Force for 13 years (Enlisted 9 July 1947; discharged 3 May 1950 as a Corporal.  Reenlisted 3 October 1950; discharged 6 May 1954 as an Airman First Class.  Reenlisted 4 August 1954; discharged 3 August 1960 as a Staff Sargeant.  Service number: 12-289-908).  Subsequently resided in Texas, where he was employed by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

 

Searl Eugene Richards married (1st), as her 1st husband, Ann Marlene Gates, generation 1 of the Gates Annex, on 15 May 1951 at West Carthage, New York and had the following children:

 

1.  Michael Searl Richards: Born 1951 (photos) (more info)

    “Mike”

 

2.  Sue Marie Richards: Born 1953 (photos) (more info)

 

See Gates Annex for More Info

 

Searl Eugene Richards may have had children with an unidentified woman while he was stationed in France in the early 1950s; there may also have been an illegal marriage to that woman (this verbally conveyed by Ann to her daughter, Sue, just before Ann died).  When Searl returned to the US he separated from Ann and his children and proceeded to his next duty assignment in Colorado.  The marriage between Searl and Ann was annulled 17 May 1956.

 

Searl met Margaret Leola/Leal Sieg (photos) (b. abt 1929 at Houston, Harris Co., TX, d. 1983 at Clear Lake, Harris Co., TX from complications of cancer; interred Oak Park Cem., Alvin, TX) while stationed at George Air Force Base, Victorville, San Bernardino County, California.  They were subsequently married (registration 28 Jun 1958 in   Clark Co., NV) and had the following daughter:

 

3. Marsea Christine Richards: (photos) Born 1966 in Potter County, Texas.  Married (1st) David Wayne Day and had the following children:

 

(a. James Anthony Day: Born 1983 at Galveston, Texas.

 

(b. David Wayne Day, Jr.: Born 1984 at Galveston, Texas.

 

(c. Jonathan Ashley Day: Born 1985 at Galveston, Texas.

 

Marsea married (2nd) Jose I. Olvera (b. abt 1983) on 9 May 2006 in Harris County, Texas.

 

Ann Marlene (Gates) Richards married 2nd Lorenzo Dow Drake, descendant #5 of generation 12 of the Descendants of Almond Henry Drake, on 25 August 1956 and had the following children:

 

4. Denice Lorraine Drake: Born 1957.

 

5. Terry Duane Drake: Born 4 May 1959.  Died 21 July 2001.

 

6. Peter Dow Drake: Born 1960.

 

7. James Jeffery Drake: Born 1966.

 

See Lorenzo's Page for More Info

 

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Other, still unidentified, Richards names:

 

1. Arthur Richards: Born 1860.  Died 1906; interred Black River Cemetery, Rutland Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Married Eva Lacy (b. 1860, d. 1918; interred with Arthur).

 

 

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