Sarah Whitmarsh

3 February 1728–18 December 1813 (Age 85)
Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Sarah

When Sarah Whitmarsh was born on 3 February 1728, in Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Thomas Whitmarsh, was 24 and her mother, Sarah Torrey, was 17. She married Joseph Richards on 1 November 1750, in Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 18 December 1813, in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

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Joseph Richards
Sarah Whitmarsh
Marriage: 1 November 1750
Sarah Richards
Susannah Richards
Joseph Richards
James Richards
Nehemiah Richards
Mercy Richards
David Richards
Jonathan Richards

Spouse and Children

1 November 1750
Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America


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World Events (4)


Age 48

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 48

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 72

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Whitemarsh, a place in the parish of Sedgehill, Wiltshire, named from Old English hwīt ‘white’ (i.e. ‘phosphorescent’) + mersc ‘marsh’. Compare Whitmore .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Widow Sarah Richards, "Massachusetts Town Deaths Index, ca. 1640-1961"
  • Sarah in entry for James Richards, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Sarah Whitmarsh Richards, "Find A Grave Index"

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