|Death: ||Sep., 1683|
New London County
Mary Smith, only wife of Amos Richardson of Boston, Mass. and Stonington, Conn., d. testate per court records in Sept. 1683 at Stonington, Conn., the month following the death of her husband. In Rosell L. Richardson's 1906 pub. "Amos Richardson of Boston and Stonington..." considerable data was presented suggesting who may have been Mary's parentage, but was otherwise inconclusive.
Although there is no confirming record, as dau. Mary, the first known child of the marriage, is believed to have been born in circa 1646, the memorialist assumes Amos Richardson and Mary Smith married by 1645. An independent study by the memorialist of more than 200 immigrant New England ancestors indicates that in the 1600s the first child was rarely born more than 10-11 months after the wedding night.
On Dec. 25, 1647, "Mary Richardson the wife of Amos Richardson" was admitted by Elder Oliver as a member of the First Church of Boston, Mass. [Records of the First Church in Boston, NEHGS on-line]. The church record subsequently indicates on July 4, 1675 Mary, as "Mistres Richardson," was recommended for dismission to the Church of Stonington, Conn. On Sept. 10, 1674 at Stonington, the same day Rev. James Noyes was ordained its first pastor, "Mrs. Mary Richardson" was admitted a member of the Stonington church.
In-between the two cited dates at Boston, except for eldest dau. Mary, the Boston vital records include the birth of all of Mary's known children along with, including dau. Mary, the children's baptism at the Boston First Church [Report of the Record Commissioners, Boston Vital Records, 1630-1699.] Unfortunately, for son Stephen mother Mary is errantly called Sarah in the vital records, but called "Steven Richison sonn of our sister wif to Amos Richisson" in the actual church record.
More importantly, in the printed records of the First Church, the two eldest children were baptized together on the day after Mary Richardson was admitted as a member, the record stating in the following manner:
The 26th Day of the 10th Moneth [i.e., Dec.] 1647 by [the] Teacher.
• Mary Richardson the daughter of our Sister Mary the wife of Amos Richardson being about [blank].
• John Richardson hir Sonne being about 29 dayes old.
Thus, there can be little doubt that the mother of all of Amos Richardson's eight known children was named Mary, and that John A. Vinton's 1876 pub. "Richardson Memorial" and Anna Chesebrough Wildey's 1903 pub. "Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough..." are grossly in error in ascribing Mary Smith as Amos Richardson's 2nd wife, with a purported first wife named Sarah being the mother of Amos Richardson's three oldest children.
The individual baptism date of the rest of Mary's children is in their father's memorial.
N.B. revised 10/27/2012
Amos Richardson (1623 - 1683)*
John Richardson (1646 - 1696)*
Stephen Richardson (1652 - 1694)*
Samuel Richardson (1658 - 1712)*
Prudence Richardson Minor (1663 - 1716)*
Wequetequock Burial Ground
New London County
Maintained by: Don Blauvelt
Originally Created by: John Beckstein
Record added: May 21, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26981564