CENSUS INFORMATION: In the 1850 US Census, she is listed as Matilda Benalack, aged 5 and born in England. She is living in Mineral Point with her parents, a brother and a sister. (District No. 63, Page 314). In the 1870 US Census, she is listed as Matilda Richards, aged 24 and born in England; she is keeping house. She is living in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, with her husband, 3 sons and a brother. (Sheet 185, Page 19). In the 1880 US Census, she is listed as Matilda Richards, aged 34, born in England. She is living in Linden Township, Iowa County, Wisconsin with her husband, 5 sons and 3 daughters. (Supervisors District 2, Enumeration District 153, Page 34). In the 1900 US Census, she is listed as Matilda Richards, aged 54 and born in England in February 1846. She has been married for 36 years. She is living in Mineral Point City with her husband, a son and 3 daughters. She has had 12 children of whom 11 are living. She immigrated in 1849. (Supervisors District 2, Enumeration District 21, Sheet 10). In the 1905 State Census of Wisconsin, she is listed as Matilda Richards, a Housekeeper aged 60 born in England. She is living in the City of Mineral Point, with her husband, 2 daughters and a son. (Sheet No. 17).
GENERAL NOTES: BIRTH: Birth is recorded in the GRO indexes for the Liskeard Registration District in the June quarter of 1845 under reference 9.148. She is recorded as Matilda Jane Bennallack.
MARRIAGE: Groom's Name: James Richards Groom's Birth Date: Groom's Birthplace: Cornwall, England Groom's Age: Bride's Name: Matilda Bennalluck Bride's Birth Date: Bride's Birthplace: Bride's Age: Marriage Date: 03 Jun 1863 Marriage Place: Mineral Point, Iowa, Wisconsin Groom's Father's Name: John Richards Groom's Mother's Name: Elizabeth Richards Bride's Father's Name: Ralph Bennalluck Bride's Mother's Name: June Bennalluck Groom's Race: White Groom's Marital Status: Groom's Previous Wife's Name: Bride's Race: White Bride's Marital Status: Bride's Previous Husband's Name: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02587-7 System Origin: Wisconsin-EASy Source Film Number: 1266675 Reference Number: 00197 Collection: Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930.
Matilda Bennallack, married James R Richards and had 12 children: John Ephrain b 5 May 1865 m Margaretta Francois. William James b. 13 Jan 1867 m Avis S Curry. Alfred Thomas b 23 Aug 1868 d 1869. Calvin Curtis b 12 Jan 1870 m Amelia Cridge. Henry Ralph b 1 Apr 1871 m Lillian (?). Oscar George b 16 May 1874 m Edith Cridge, Clara Bennett (twice) Gertrude Bostrom. Jane Elizabeth (Jennie) b 26 July 1875 m James Whitford. Clara Matilda b 17 May 1877 m William Argall. Ella Cerdelia b 16 May 1879 m Thomas Walters. Bertha Mable b 22 Jan 1881 m Charles Francois. Frank Birches b 22 Jan 1884 m (?). Roxie Pearl b 12 Jan 1891 m Gilbert Gorgen.
OBITUARY: Mrs James Richards
Died, in this city Saturday morning, May 9, 1908 at 2:30 o'clock, Mrs James Richards, of creeping paralysis; aged 63 years past.
Deceased's maiden name was Matilda Bennellack. She was a native of England. On the 3d of June, 1863 she was married to Mr. James Richards of this place, and Mineral Point has been her home ever since. To this union twelve children were born, eleven of whom are living, one dying when two years old. Those present at the mother's funeral were: Oscar of Hall, Montana; Henry and Mrs Thos. Walters of Deer Lodge, Montana, Curtis of Linden; Mrs Jas. Whitford of Dodgeville; Frank and the Misses Clara and Pearl of this city. Those not present are John of Deer Lodge, Montana; Will of Alberta Canada; and Mrs Charles Francois of Medford, this state.
Mrs Richards was of a quiet, retiring nature, adhering faithfully and patiently to life's duties as they came, and resting comfortably in the assurance of a glorious hereafter. Thus the main link of another home has dropped out, and in their hour of trying affliction the bereaved husband and family have the condolence of a sympathetic community.
BURIAL: Matilda Bennallack Richards: Birth: Feb. 23, 1845, England Death: May 9, 1908,
[Matilda was born in Tavistock, Devonshire, England, parents were William and Jane Daw Kinsman Bennallack. came to the states in 1848 with parents and brother, William. She and her husband had 12 children].
Buried in: Graceland Cemetery, Mineral Point (Iowa County), Iowa County, Wisconsin, USA
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