|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1837|
|Death: ||Feb. 2, 1868|
Francis was born the son of Zachariah W. Richards and Mary "Polly" Field in Macoupin County Illinois.
Zachariah moved his family to Andrew County Missouri in the spring of 1841 to settle new land opened through the Platte Purchase. Here Francis grew up.
As was often the case during the civil war, there was conflict in many hearts. Provost Records show that Francis, his brother George, and Zachariah were arrested for "aiding the enemy" in June of 1862. Bond was set for $1000, and they were confined to Andrew and Buchanan Counties. On the same day, each took an "oath of loyalty" and the issue was resolved.
Francis' life was brief, he dying just short of his 31st birthday. I do not know if he had a wife, but will post what I find in the future.
INSCRIPTION: "[The light from] our household is gone.
[A voice we] loved is stilled.
[A place is] vacant round our hearth
[Which never] can be filled."
Zachariah W. Richards  TN/IL/MO
Edmund Hendley RICHARDS Sr.  Franklin Co VA/TN/IL
Edward RICHARDS  MD/old Lunenburg/Franklin Co VA
Benjamin RICHARDS  MD/old Lunenburg/Franklin Co VA
Edward RICHARDS  Manchester, Lancashire England/MD
Zachariah Watts Richards (1815 - 1902)
Mary Field Richards (1812 - 1863)
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)*
Union Grove Cemetery
Maintained by: Harold G. Richards
Originally Created by: Roger Newby
Record added: Aug 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57085537