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Mary "Polly" Hodges Richards
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Birth: 1800
Franklin County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1871
Rocky Mount
Franklin County
Virginia, USA

[Note: I placed Mary in the Woody-Richards cemetery on the basis of Glenna Garnand Garner's domumentation of the cemetery which stated there to be four graves w/o dates: one marked "Mother", one "Father", and two with rock markers without names. Since there are so many of David & Mary's children interred there, I believe them to be buried there also.]

Mary was born to Abednego Hodges [1758-1842] and his wife Sallie Keen [1765-1837]. She married David Richards July 21 1818 in Franklin County VA, just 6.4 miles south east of Rocky Mount.

Mary lived as a widow for many years, but raised her children faithfully. She must have suffered a lot of emotional stress having lost her husband David so early on, then having four sons in the Civil War, and losing two of those [Josiah and King David].

Census of 1840:
Mary "Polly" , widow
age 40
0-5 1 male, 1 female
5-10 2 male
20-30 1 male, 1 female

Census of 1850:
Mary Richards 50
Sarah 25
Josiah 23
Bruce 20
King David 18
Mary 15

1. Harriet Elizabeth [1819] +Henry Willard
2. Benjamin Powhatan [1821-1897] Corporal Co "G" 57th VA Infantry
3. Shadrach [1823] +Mary "Polly" Hodges
4. Sarah Jane [1825] never married, incompetent
5. Josiah [1827-Nov 1 1862] Co "A" 57th VA Infantry Civil War died of disease.
6. Bruce W. [1830]Co "G" 57th VA Infantry
7. King David [1832-July 3 1863] Co "A" 57th VA Infantry killed at Gettysburg PA under Pickett.
8. Mary L. [1835-1907] +Wiley Woody [1815] 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Abednego Hodges (1758 - 1842)
  Sallie Keen Hodges (1765 - 1837)
 
 Spouse:
  David Richards (1797 - 1836)
 
 Children:
  Harriet Elizabeth Richards Willard (1819 - 1889)*
  Benjamin Powhatan Richards (1821 - 1897)*
  Shadrach Richards (1823 - 1885)*
  Josiah Richards (1827 - 1862)*
  Bruce W. Richards (1830 - ____)*
  King David Richards (1832 - 1863)*
  Mary E. Richards Woody (1835 - 1907)*
 
 Sibling:
  John Hodges (1791 - 1877)*
  Mary Hodges Richards (1800 - 1871)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woody-Richards
Franklin County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Harold G. Richards
Record added: Sep 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41638036
 

For my 3rd Great Grandmother... what a strong woman she must have been!
- Lena Taylor McKee
 Added: Feb. 7, 2013

- Lula Willard Keefer
 Added: Apr. 30, 2012

- Harold G. Richards
 Added: Sep. 6, 2009
 
 
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