Here is the 1850 Census with James Richards living with Elisha F Charles.
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHVD-715 : 12 April 2016), James Richards in household of Elisha F Charles, Jackson, Washington, Indiana, United States; citing family 38, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
My first reaction is maybe Sarah was James's mother, and Elisha was his stepfather? I will dig some more, but meanwhile:
- What sources put James in NC around 1848?
- The 1850 Census says he was born in Indiana. Are there other sources to corroborate that?
- What convinces you that this James Richards is your ancestor?
It's all about the sources. More to come.
Forget the stepfather theory. Sarah was only ten when James was born. Here's a Washington County marriage license for Elisha F Charles 'of age' marrying Sarah E Payne with 'father's consent,' 23 Feb 1848.
"Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV83-R7Z5 : 10 December 2017), Elisha F Charles and Sarah E Payne, 25 Feb 1848; citing Washington, Indiana, United States, various county clerk offices, Indiana; FHL microfilm 549,461.
Wilson County, Kansas, 1880. James I and Elmira Richards, including son William I Richards born in Indiana 1867. Bonus father-in-law George W Ream:
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF5R-QS1 : 12 August 2017), James I Richards, Fall River, Wilson, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district ED 180, sheet 55A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0399; FHL microfilm 1,254,399.
He served in the 11th Indiana Infantry, and died in Kansas:
Find A Grave
, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com
: accessed 08 August 2018
), memorial page for Pvt James I. Richards (unknown–Apr 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14452590
, citing Weakley Cemetery, New Albany, Wilson County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Judy Mayfield (contributor 46636512