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Richard Rich (abt. 1637 - bef. 1692)

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Richard Rich
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Died before in Eastham, Barnstable County, Province of Mass. Baymap
Rich-594 created 8 Jul 2011 | Last modified | Last edit: 30 Jan 2017
15:48: Bobbie (Madison) Hall edited the Biography for Richard Rich. (additional source added) [Thank Bobbie for this]
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Richard Rich, the ancestor of the Rich family of Cape Cod, arrived in Eastham from Dover, New Hampshire. He was taxed 1671-1675 at Dover, and at Eastham was made a freeman 23 Aug 1681, that being the first record of him in Eastham. He was a mariner, and evidently was married before his settlement in Eastham, to wife Sarah Roberts. The bulk of Thomas Robert's property was left to "Richard Rich, husband of my daughter Sarah."[1]

He had the description of his cattle marks entered in the Eastham records April 12, 1686, and is mentioned as buying rights to undivided land known as "Smith's Purchase". The right of William Mayo he purchased June 3, 1686, and the right of Stephen Atwood he purchased June 29 of the same year.

He died before 5 October of 1692 as an inventory of his estate was taken on that date, totaling about £210, with his son Richard making oath to the truth of its contents.[2] Letters to administer upon his estate were granted to Isaac Pepper and Richard Rich, his eldest son, October 19 of the same year. A settlement was effected April 8, 1697. His wife is not mentioned. The children mentioned in the settlement as surviving are Richard, the eldest son, John, Sarah, Thomas, Samuel and Lydia. At this date, none of the daughters had been married. [3]


  1. Richard RICH, b. 1674, d. date unknown
  2. John RICH, b. 1676, d. date unknown
  3. Sarah RICH, b. 1676, d. date unknown
  4. Thomas RICH, b. 1679, d. date unknown
  5. Samuel RICH, b. 1685, d. date unknown
  6. Joseph RICH, b. 1691, d. date unknown
  7. Lydia RICH, b. 1 Apr 1692, Eastham, Barstable Co., Massachusetts , d. Aft 6 Jun 1749, Harwich, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts


Husband: Richard Rich
Wife: Sarah Roberts
Place: Unknown
Date: before "29 (02) 1671"[4]the date of a deed of Thomas Roberts of Dover NH, naming his daughter and son-in-law.[5]


Dover Neck, Strafford, New Hampshire[6]


October 1692
Dover Neck, Strafford, New Hampshire[7][8]


Biographical Sketch
Rich family crest

Parents Memorial #51533665 supplies parents names, but gives no sources.


  1. John Harvey Treat, The Treat Family: A Genealogy of Trott, Tratt, and Treat (Salem, MA: Salem Press, 1893) p. 189 - footnote
  2. Barnstable, MA: Probate Records 1685–1789. Records of Barnstable, Mass. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002, p. 75
  3. Josiah Paine, Library of Cape Cod History & Genealogy (n.p.:, August 26, 1916)
  4. Evelyn Rich, Richard Rich of Eastham on Cape Cod and some of his Descendants, {link via subscription to} NEHGR (Jul 1929) Vol. 83:261
  5. John Harvey Treat, The Treat Family: A Genealogy of Trott, Tratt, and Treat (Salem, MA: Salem Press, 1893) p. 189
  6. Source: #S-2118882068
  7. Source: #S-2127290532 Note: Note: Data: Text: Death date: October 1692 Death place: Truro, Barns, MA, USA APID: 1,5771::2183378
  8. Source: #S-1716504563 APID: 1,3824::64815

See also:

  • Shebnah Rich, "Richard Rich of Dover Neck" Library of Cape Cod History & Genealogy #56, p. 2

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    On 30 Jan 2017 at 17:49 GMT Phillip Rich wrote:

    Richard Rich (Rich-2175) and Richard Rich (Rich-594) have been marked as Unmerged Matches. The parentage is.completely different but Parentage on Rich-594 is still unsourced and there are various notes online that correspond with Rich-2175 parentage. Not ready to merge, but need to be considered for further research.

    On 12 Jul 2016 at 03:29 GMT Phillip Rich wrote:

    On 26 May 2016 at 15:39 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

    Can anyone supply a source for the parents? Thanks!

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