Dr. Heber John Richards

Male11 October 1840–12 May 1919

Brief Life History of Heber John

When Dr. Heber John Richards was born on 11 October 1840, in Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Willard Richards, was 36 and his mother, Jennetta Richards, was 23. He married Mary Julia Johnson on 9 April 1862, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 daughters. He lived in Calumet, Houghton, Michigan, United States in 1880 and Vernon Township, Lake, Illinois, United States in 1910. He died on 12 May 1919, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Dr. Heber John Richards
Mary Julia Johnson
Marriage: 9 April 1862
Mary Richards
Amelia Richards
Harriett Richards
Julia Richards
Jennetta Richards
Rhoda Richards
Alice Richards
Blanche Richards

Sources (58)

  • Heber J Richards in household of Rhoda Beecher, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Heber John Richards in entry for Amelia Richards Taylor, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
  • Heber J Richards in household of Rhoda Richards, "United States Census, 1850"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 April 1862Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children (8)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)

    1841 · The Nauvoo Legion

    Age 1

    In 1841, the Nauvoo Legion was organized. It was a group of men formed to protect the people of Nauvoo but also fought in different wars. Joseph Smith was the Lieutenant General of this group. Other leaders included Brigham Young, John C. Bennett, and others. They were part of the Illinois Mormon War (1844-1846), Mexican-American War (March of California, Capture of Tucson), Indian Wars (Battle Creek Massacre, Battle of Fort Utah, Walker War, Ute Black Hawk War, Mountain Meadows Massacre), American Civil War, and Morrisite War. The Legion was disbanded in 1887.


    Age 6

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 23

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Richard , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. Compare Rickards .

    German: patronymic from the personal name Richard .

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

    Possible Related Names

    Story Highlight

    Letter from Jennetta Richards, wife of Dr. Willard Richards to her parents and family, Nauvoo, Hancock County, ill July 8, 1844

    My Dearly Beloved Parents, Sisters and Brothers, As Mr. Parsons intends leaving this place tomorrow morning for England, I embrace the opportunity of sending a few lines to you, my beloved frie …

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