The Richards family arrived in America on May 12, 1838 in New York on the ship ‘Cosmos’,
The Cosmos departed from Bristol, England.
The passenger list for the Cosmos is not clear to read but I have listed the 'Richards' aboard:
William age 55
Mary age 55
Joseph age 26
Edmund age 23
William age 19
Richard age 15
Daniel age 14
Cosmos passenger list
Job came to America May 20, 1850 at age 38 on the ship 'Helena'
On the Ship’s manifest Job’s occupation was listed as a Yeoman.
Yeoman refers chiefly to a free man owning his own farm, especially from
the Elizabethian era to the 17th century. Work requiring a great deal of effort or labour,
such as would be done by a yeoman farmer, came to be described as yeoman's work.
Thus yeoman became associated with hard toil.
Both WILLIAM (1783-1853) and MARY (1783-1840) RICHARDS were born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales.
William died in Portage County, Ohio.
Mary died April 23, 1840 In Palmyra Twp, Portage County, Ohio.
They were a family of miners and they located in Philadelphia, Pa then later up the Schylkill Canal
toward the Pennsylvania coal mines. In the fall of 1839 they located at Pittsburg for a short time
before finally settling in Paris Township, Ohio.
Richard died from pneumonia. He did not marry. Edmund left Tredegar, Wales at the age of 18
to come to the United States. He liked it so well that he went back and persuaded the family to return
to the United States with him. Tredegar, Wales is located in the southern part of Wales,
just south of Cheltenham.
This is the Ifosybar Farm
where the "The Richards family" lived in Wales.
taken July 27, 1906
We got married in Canterbury, England and Roy took me to Tredegar to see where my ancestors came from.
We took a bus tour of the countrsyde and I took a lot of pictures of area. It was a poor coal mining area with a lot of sheep
in the rural area. Many of the house were of stone, like the one the "Richards" family lived in. In the city, I counted at least 9 stores
with the name ‘Richards’ on their signs. They still had the red phone booths. As we drove through the city I saw
so many little ladies walking on the streets carrying their shopping bags and wearing plaid coats and scarves.
It made me think of Mom and Mildred and Wilda. When we went in the stores, they spoke Welsh,
but as soon as they came to wait
on us they spoke English. They were very friendly people.
These Pictures were taken from the bus window
and in the town of TREDEGAR!!!
(pronounced TRA DEE GA )
Tredegar is a poor mining town.
To: William and Mary Richards