Erastus Lewis Richards

19 February 1814–1 December 1887 (Age 73)
Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Erastus Lewis

When Erastus Lewis Richards was born on 19 February 1814, in Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States, his father, Russel Richards, was 40 and his mother, Nancy Smith, was 37. He married Lois Beach on 8 November 1840. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Connecticut, United States in 1870. He died on 1 December 1887, in Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Connecticut, United States.

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Erastus Lewis Richards
Lois Beach
Marriage: 8 November 1840
Sarah L. Richards
Emily Ann Richards

Spouse and Children

8 November 1840


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 5

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1829 · Farmington Canal Opened

Age 15

Farmington Canal spans 2,476 acres, starting from New Haven, Connecticut, and on to Northampton, Massachusetts. The groundbreaking for the canal was in 1825 and opened in 1829.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 22

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Name Meaning

English and German: patronymic from the personal name Richard . Richards is a frequent name in Wales.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Erastus L Richards, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Erastus L Richards, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Erastus L Richards, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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