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Mary "Polly" Field Richards
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Birth: Oct. 2, 1812
Alabama, USA
Death: Nov. 4, 1863
Andrew County
Missouri, USA

Mary's parents are not known to me by name at this time. Apparently the Fields were among the early settlers in Macoupin Co IL. She married Zachariah W. Richards there on March 11 1832. After nine years of life in Macoupin Co, they moved to Platte Township of Andrew Co MO just southwest a few miles from Whitesville. The move came just following the 1841 Federal Platte Land Purchase from the Cherokee tribe in NW MO.

Mary was a true pioneer wife and the mother of nine children:
1. Davidson (1833) IL
2. Louisa (1834) IL
3. Decalb (1837) IL
4. Sarah Elizabeth (1838) IL +Francis Wells
5. George W. (1840) IL
6. Nancy Jane (1843) MO +J.P. Roberts
7. Martha (1846) MO
8. Zachariah Franklin (1848) MO
9. Mary Ellen (1850) MO +Isaac McCormick

Women of this era fabricated their families' clothing from thread, yarn, and cloth that they themselves had made from flax and wool. Cooking, cleaning, gardening (vegetables first, then flowers!), and laundry were monumental tasks. In my estimate, these were amazing people in a difficult time. Their way of life, and surviving it, has been a wonder and an inspiration to me. Mary's life seemed too short, as she went to be with the Lord at age 51.
Family links: 
  Zachariah Watts Richards (1815 - 1902)
  Louisa D. Richards Dean (1835 - ____)*
  Francis Decalb Richards (1837 - 1868)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Richards Wells (1838 - 1919)*
  Nancy Jane Richards Roberts (1843 - 1929)*
  Zachariah Franklin Richards (1848 - 1921)*
  Mary Ellen Richards McCormick (1850 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Union Grove Cemetery
Flag Springs
Andrew County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Harold G. Richards
Record added: Feb 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33445164
Mary Polly <i>Field</i> Richards
Added by: Harold G. Richards
Mary Polly <i>Field</i> Richards
Added by: Harold G. Richards
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- Keith Wiese
 Added: May. 15, 2009
Love from,Your Great-Great-Granddaughter
- Kathe
 Added: May. 9, 2009

- Harold G. Richards
 Added: Feb. 1, 2009

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