Zachariah Richardson1

b. February 1695/96, d. 22 March 1776
Zachariah Richardson|b. Feb 1695/96\nd. 22 Mar 1776|p585.htm|Lieut. Josiah Richardson|b. 18 May 1665\nd. 17 Oct 1711|p659.htm|Mercy Parish|b. 5 Jan 1667/68\nd. 25 Apr 1743|p660.htm|Josiah Richardson|b. c 1634\nd. 22 Jul 1695|p805.htm|Remembrance Underwood|b. 27 Feb 1639/40\nd. 20 Feb 1718/19|p806.htm|Robert Parish|b. c 1635\nd. b 5 Sep 1709|p661.htm|Mercy Crisp|b. s 1648|p663.htm|

4th great-grandfather of Louise Underwood.
6th great-grandfather of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Underwood and Allied Families
Appears on charts:
Pedigree for Louise Underwood
     Zachariah Richardson was born in February 1695/96 in Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1,4 He was the son of Lieut. Josiah Richardson and Mercy Parish.2,3 He married Sarah Butterfield, daughter of Benjamin Butterfield and Sarah Bates, circa 1718. He died on 22 March 1776 at age 80.1 He was buried on 23 March 1776 in Forefather's Burying Ground, Chelmsford Center.5
     In his will, dated 21 March 1776, the day before he died, he styles himself "gentleman," and gives to wife, Sarah Richardson the free use and improvement of all his household goods, furniture, and live stock during her natural life, and directs that whatever may remain after her death be "divided equally between all my daughters, or their heirs." He also makes a bequest to his grandson, Paul Richardson (son of his son Josiah).6

Children of Zachariah Richardson and Sarah Butterfield


  1. [S165] Walter Goodwin Davis, "Richardson, of Chelmsford," Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966): A Reprinting in Alphabetical Order by Surname, of the Sixteen Multi-Ancestor Compendia, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996), Vol. III, 3: 228, originally published in The Ancestry of Sarah Hildreth (1958).
  2. [S111] Essex Institute, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem: Newcomb & Gauss, Printers, 1914), 134.
  3. [S166] John Adams Vinton, The Richardson Memorial, Comprising a Full History and Genealogy of the Posterity of the Three Brothers, Ezekiel, Samuel, and Thomas Richardson, Who Came from England, and United with Others in the Foundation of Woburn, Massachusetts, in the Year 1641, of John Richardson, of Medfield, 1679, of Amos Richardson, of Boston, 1640, of Edward and William Richardson, of Newbury, 1643, with Notices of Richardsons in England and Elsewhere (Portland, Maine: Brown Thurston & Co., 1876), 48.
  4. [S111] Chelmsford VR (published), 134, citing town copy.
  5. [S111] Chelmsford VR (published), 435, citing church record, First Congregational Church (now Unitarian), Chelmsford Centre.
  6. [S166] John Adams Vinton, The Richardson Memorial, 62.
  7. [S111] Chelmsford VR (published), 132.
  8. [S111] Chelmsford VR (published), 133.
  9. [S111] Chelmsford VR (published), 130.
  10. [S111] Chelmsford VR (published), 131.