Nathaniel Richards (settler)

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Nathaniel Richards
Deputy of the
General Court
of the
Colony of Connecticut
from Norwalk [1]
In office
1658–1659
Preceded by Matthew Canfield
Succeeded by Matthew Canfield
Personal details
Born 1604
England
Died 1681
Norwalk, Connecticut Colony
Resting place Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Connecticut
Spouse(s) a first wife, Rosamond Lindall Richards (m. March 15, 1663 or 1664)[2]
Residence

Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Hartford, Connecticut Colony

Norwalk, Connecticut Colony
Occupation planter

Nathaniel Richards (1604–1681) was a founding settler of Hartford and Norwalk, Connecticut. He served as a deputy of the General Court of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk in October 1658.

He came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony from England in 1632 on the Lyon.[3] He originally settled in Cambridge in 1633, and moved to Hartford in 1636 along with Thomas Hooker and about one hundred others. His home in Hartford was near the north bank of the Little River about where the west part of Pearl Street is now.[3]

He served as a constable in 1642 and 1650.[3] He served as a townsman in 1945.[3]

He was one of the signers of the agreement for the planting Norwalk June 19, 1650, and moved there in the same year.[3] He served as a deputy of the General Court in 1658, as a selectman in 1670.[3]

He is listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founders of Hartford in the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford, and he is also listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founders of Norwalk in the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery.

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Preceded by
Matthew Canfield
Deputy of the
General Court
of the
Colony of Connecticut
from Norwalk

1658
Succeeded by
Matthew Canfield