Name: Matthew Richardson Sr
Place: Kent County, Maryland
As per the article written for Matthew's son, Matthew Jr, he may have
married a daughter of Nicholas Riley Sr. This is noted at the website for
the French Family Association:
"Nicholas Riley Jr. was born ca. 1720 and appears in the first church pew in
Oct 1756 in 'The Numbers and Names of the Proprietors of the Pews in the new
Addition of the Chapel' with Mathew Richardson in the Vestry of Shrewsbury
Parish in Old Kent."
Matthew Richardson, Sr was dead by 5 December 1806.
Will of Matthew Richardson
Although Matthew is listed as the eldest son, William and John were
executors. Obviously, this is because Matthew had moved to Ohio four years
Will and Estate Records for Matthew
Richardson, Kent County, Maryland.
- Bequethes "Adventure" Plantation, which he brought from Thomas Jennings of
Annapolis, to sons William and John.
- Sons: Matthew, William, John.
- Daughters: Rebecca, Sarah Vinsant, Mary
- Grand-children: Mary, Ann and John Vinsant; Elizabeth Thompson and John
Bird, children of daughter Mary.
Will of Douglass Richardson
Maryland Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999, Kent Wills
1746-1756, vol 3, pp 327-329.
Although verification is needed, the brother mentioned in this will is
probably our Matthew Richardson. He also names his sister, Elizabeth Grant,
John Grant, most likely his brother-in-law, and nephew William Houston.
Elizabeth and John Grant married in Kent county on 29 Oct 1745. From this,
we can glean this tree:
Matthew Elizabeth female Douglass
Richardson Richardson Richardson Richardson
m John Grant | -c1755
He also bequethes property to Mary Woodland and her daughter Rachel whom
we might presume was his natural daughter.
Like his brother, he signed his will. This was an educated family.
Was Nicholas Riley his Father-in-law?
Nicholas Riley Sr died several years before Matthew Richardson Jr
was born. His will lists three daughters, Rebecca, Sarah, and Elizabeth.
The will of his son, Nicholas Jr, mentions next of kin Sarah Huff.
Liber 24, folio 135 15 April 1745 Abstract of the Will of Nicholas Riley,
Sr. of Kent Co. To son Nicholas Riley, all my lands in Riley Neck,
Sassafrass R., except 100a on the R. adj. Indian Range, & if he d. s.
p., then to son Benjamin, & if he d. s. p., then to my daus. Rebecca,
Sarah, & Elizabeth; also to son Nicholas, Greenfeeld. 500a in Pennsylvania.
To son Benjamin Riley, after the d. of my wife, Mary, my dw. plntn. To
daus. Rebecca & Sarah, the s 100a adj. Indian Range. To dau. Elizabeth,
after the d. of Thomas Richfoot, Pearses Rambles 50a in Kent Co. & L 10 at
mar. or age 16. To wife, Mary, for life, my dw. plntn. To son Hezakiah,
who cannot maintain himself, 5 s., & is to be maintained by wife, Mary, &
son Nicholas. To John Riley, s. o. Isaac Riley, at age 16, a good horse.
Extrs: wife, Mary Riley, & son Nicholas Riley. Witn: Nichos. Smith,
Benjamin Palmer, John Riley. 25 May 1745, sworn to by all 3 witn
It's all speculative, but considering that both Matthew and his son
Matthew owned property on Ryleys Resurveyed
— the land Nicholas Riley had resurveryed from his inheritance from
his father, John Riley — it's likely that Matthew Sr married one of
Nicholas's daughters, possibly Elizabeth. (Matthew Junior's eldest child
was named Elizabeth.)
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