Thomas Rich

Brief Life History of Thomas

When Thomas Rich was born on 29 October 1809, in Stokes, North Carolina, United States, his father, Samuel Rich, was 62 and his mother, Rachel Trotter, was 40. He married Elizabeth Shields on 20 April 1833, in Stokes, Pitt, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Abbotts Creek Township, Forsyth, North Carolina, United States in 1880. He died on 24 December 1883, in Forsyth, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Bunker Hill Community Cemetery, Kernersville, Forsyth, North Carolina, United States.

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Thomas Rich
Elizabeth Shields
Marriage: 20 April 1833
Phebe Rich

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  • Thomas Rich, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Thomas Rich - Government record: Court record: birth-name: Thomas Rich
  • Thomas Rich, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "

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War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1812 · War of 1812

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

English: nickname for a wealthy man (or perhaps in some cases an ironic nickname for a pauper), from Middle English, Old French riche ‘rich, wealthy’, a word of ancient Germanic origin, akin to ancient Germanic rīc ‘power(ful)’.

English: from the Middle English personal name Rich, a pet form of any of the post-Conquest names beginning in Rich-, such as Richer and especially Richard . Compare Rick .

English: either a topographic name from Middle English riche(Old English ric) ‘stream’, signifying one who lived beside a stream, as at Glynde Reach (Sussex), or perhaps a habitational name from the (now lost) village of Riche (Lincolnshire).

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

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