Samuel Richards (1780 to 1854)
part one

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In search of Samuel Richards, son of Mathew and his wife Mary Richards nee Sore.

I have given this man the title "Strelley Sam", because as far as we can discover he lived all his life in Strelley.

There is no doubt that Samuel Richards was the son of Mathew and Mary Richards nee Sore who were married on the 28 December 1761 at the parish church, Strelley.

1761Mathew Richards was a sojourner of Strelley parish, a sojourner - a person who had only resided in the village for a short time.  Mathew Richards appears to have come from Stapleford, Notts.  A settlement certificate for himself and his wife confirms this dated 1762.

Prior to living at Stapleford we conject that he may have come from Ilkeston and was probably the son of Samuel and Mary Richards nee Chambers born to them on the 8 July 1733.   At the time of his parents marriage 26 June 1732, his father was of Ilkeston parish and his mother of Nuthall parish.  The marriage took place at St. Mary's parish church, Eastwood by banns.

A modern (2004) image showing Strelley Parish Church. The church exterior would be simialr in the early 1800s.

1780Samuel Richards was born at Strelley on the 4 November and was baptised a few weeks later at Strelley on the 28 December.  He died at Strelley on the 19 March 1854.

As far as we can discover at present, Samuel Richards lived all his life in Strelley but not in the part which is now the modern Strelley.  He lived in what was Strelley Park which was nearer to Awsworth than Strelley.  Although the cottages where he lived have long since been demolished, there are still some visible signs of their actual location which can further be corroborated by referring to a map of the area at that time.  We have posession of a copy of this map but unfortunately at present I have mislaid it.  (1990s).

However he did actually marry twice to Mary Robinson of Greasley because the banns had not been called correctly.

1808.  8 June.  Samuel Richards of Strelley married Mary Robinson of Greasley after Banns called on the 22, 29 May and 5 June 1808.
Note: Footnote in register.
The Banns of marriage between Samuel Richards and Mary Robinson not being legally published were republished in this Church and the marriage solemnized.  (see page 60) vis.)

1808.  26 July.  Samuel Richards of Strelley married Mary Robinson of Strelley [sic]  Banns published 10, 17 and 24 July 1808.

To date the following children have been traced to this couple, all of whom were bapt. at Strelley parish church and at the time of each baptism Samuel Richards was descibed as a collier.

A modern (2004) image showing a selection of several windows that are present in Strelley Parish Church.
Name of child Date of baptism
John Richards 12.08.1810
Eliza Richards 21.03.1813
Mary Richards 06.01.1816
Ann Richards 22.09.1817
Sarah Richards 11.04.1819
Lydia Richards 27.01.1822
William Richards 07.03.1824
Betty Richards 07.10.1826
Mary Richards 26.04.1829

Nottm. County Record Office.  Ref: DDE.14/75/2 (Edge collection).

1815.  An account of the Population of the parish of Strelley in the County of Nottingham taken on 31 January 1815.

A copy of the original document. Heads of households in 1815.

This document names the Heads of Households and by the side of each name are two figures.  The first number represents the number of males in the household and the second the number of females.  Hence by studying this mini census we can see that Samuel Richards is Head of the household and there are 2 males and 4 females in the household.

Living next door to him was Edward Soar and his wife Mary nee Richards.  In that household were 7 males and 6 females.

1815.  31 January.  The total number of males in the village on this census date was 166 and 153 females.

Nottm. County Record Office.
Ref: DDE.46/?? (Edge collection).  Strelley Rentals

1817DDE.46/31.  Strelley half year rents.  Lady day 1817.  Received 8 May 1817.
Edw. Soar 4..14s..6d., Saml. Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d, cash rec'd 1..1s..0d.
Saml. Kirk and Thos Ellis appear, the theory being they were the respective next door neighbours of Saml. Richards.
Note:  The names of other persons paying rentals appear each half year.  The amounts are recorded therein on this series of documents, but I will only record Samuel Richards and Edward Soar.  The latter having married a Richards.

1817DDE.46/32.  Strelley half year rents received 27 October 1817.  Michaelmas
Saml Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d. was shown as arrears 1..1s..0d, but crossed out and records "paid since".  Edward Soar 4..14s..6d.

A modern (2004) image showing part of Strelley Parish Church and the Hall. The Edge family were living in the Hall and are named on the Rentals.

1818DDE.46/33.  Strelley half year rents received 4 May 1818.
Saml. Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d., cash rec'd. 1..1s..0d.  Edward Soar 4..14..6d.

1818DDE.46/34.  Strelley half year rents received 17 November 1818.
Saml. Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d., cash rec'd. 1..1s..0d.  Edward Soar 4..14..6d.

1819DDE.46/35.  Strelley half year rents received 6 May 1819.
Saml. Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d., cash rec'd. 1..1s..0d.  Edward Soar 4..14..6d.

1819DDE.46/36.  Strelley half year rents received 17 November 1819.  Michaelmas.
Saml. Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d., cash rec'd. 1..1s..0d. arrears 1..1s..0d. rec'd 1..1s..0d.  Edward Soar 4..14..6d.

1820DDE.46/37.  Strelley half year rents received April 1820.
Saml. Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d., cash rec'd. 1..1s..0d., arrears 1..1s..0d.  Edward Soar 4..14..6d.

A modern (2004) image showing the interior of Strelley Parish Church. These marble figures were present in the early 1800s and before.

1820DDE.46/38.  Strelley half year rents received 23 November 1820.
Saml. Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d., cash rec'd. 1..1s..0d., arrears 1..1s..0d.  Edward Soar 4..14..6d.

1821DDE.46/39.  Strelley half year rents received May 1821.  Ladyday.
Saml. Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d., cash rec'd. 1..1s..0d., arrears 1..1s..0d.  Edward Soar 4..14..6d.

1821DDE.46/40.  Strelley half year rents received 6 December 1821.
Saml. Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d., cash rec'd. 1..1s..0d., arrears 1..1s..0d.  Now Widow Soar 4..14..6d.
My note:  This is Mary Soar formerly Richards of Ilkeston.

1822DDE.46/41.  Strelley half year rents received May 1822.
Saml. Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d., arrears 1..1s..0d. cash rec'd 2..2s..0d.  Widow Soar 4..14..6d.

1822DDE.46/42.  Strelley half year rents received Michaelmas 1822.  undated.
Saml. Richards cash to pay 1..1s..0d., cash rec'd 1..1s..0d.  Widow Soar 4..14..6d.

1823DDE.46/43.  Strelley half year rents received Ladyday 1823.  undated.
The names are now in alphabetical order.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d.  Widow Soar 4..14s..6d.
Saml. Kirk and Thos Ellis still appear, (next door neighbours of Saml. Richards?)

1823DDE.46/44.  Strelley half year rents received Michaelmas 18 November 1823.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d, Widow Soar 4..14s..6d.

1824DDE.46/45.  Strelley half year rents received 28 April 1824.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d, Widow Soar 4..14s..6d.

A modern (2004) image showing part of the interior of Strelley Parish Church. It was similar in the early 1800s.

There are no records from Ladyday 1824 to Ladyday 1826.

1826DDE.46/46.  Strelley half year rents received Ladyday 1826.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d, Widow Soar 4..14s..6d.

1826DDE.46/47.  Strelley half year rents received 26 October 1826.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d, Grace Soar 4..14s..6d.

1827DDE.46/48.  Strelley half year rents received 1 May 1827.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d.  He did not pay, arrears 1..1s..0d.  Grace Soar 4..14s..6d.

1827DDE.46/49.  Strelley half year rents received 6 November 1827.
Saml. Richards. 1..1s..0d., paid 1..1s..0d., arrears still 1..1s..0d.  Grace Soar 4..14s..6d.

1828DDE.46/50.  Strelley half year rents received 29 April 1828.
Saml. Richards. 1..1s..0d., paid 1..1s..0d., arrears still 1..1s..0d.  Grace Soar 4..14s..6d.

1828DDE.46/51.  Strelley half year rents received 6 November 1828.
Saml. Richards. 1..1s..0d., paid 1..1s..0d., arrears still 1..1s..0d.  Grace Soar 4..14s..6d.

1829DDE.46/52.  Strelley half year rents received 5 May 1829.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d., paid 1..1s..0d., arrears still 1..1s..0d.  Grace Soar 4..14s..6d.

1829DDE.46/53.  Strelley half year rents received 24 November 1829.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d., paid 1..1s..0d., arrears still 1..1s..0d.  Grace Soar 4..14s..6d.

1830DDE.46/54.  Strelley half year rents received 18 May 1830.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d., paid 2..2s..0d., no arrears.  Grace Soar 4..14s..6d.

1830DDE.46/55.  Strelley half year rents received 9 November 1830.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d., paid 1..1s..0d.  Grace Soar 4..14s..6d.

1831DDE.46/56.  Strelley half year rents received 3 May 1831.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d., paid 1..1s..0d.  Grace Soar 4..14s..6d.

1831DDE.46/57.  Strelley half year rents received 15 November 1831.
Saml. Richards 1..1s..0d., paid 1..1s..0d.  Grace Soar 4..14s..6d.
Note: This is the last document in this series.

1830.  We discover Samuel Richards abode marked on the parish map - he was living in Strelley Park.

From this parish map of Strelley dated c.1830 the following inhabitants that I refer to are all named.
[People & places named are marked on the map with a blue spot]

A modern (2004) image showing part of the interior of Strelley Parish Church. It was similar in the early 1800s.

His neighbours were: Grace Soar, Samuel Kirk and Thomas Ellis.

The pit shaft where Samuel Richards must have worked was adjacent to his dwelling and was called the Strelley Park shaft, owned according to this 1830 map by the Barber Walker Co..

Grace Soar formerly Richards - we find unexpectedly. but who is she?  She married Edward Soar and at the time of her marriage was stated to be of Ilkeston.

She must surely be a relative of Samuel Richards most likely on his mother's side.  She could be his mother's sister, 'unmarried' or she could have married into the Soar name.

Mathew Richards married Mary Sore of Strelley on the 28 December 1761 at Strelley parish church.  Grace figures in Mathew and Mary Richards formerly Soar line.  They name their youngest child Grace Richards in 1783.  On the other hand she could be an unmarried cousin or sister in law.

Please read the continuation of Samuel Richards life story in part two.

Samuel Richards (1780 to 1854)
part one


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Created 2 December 2001
Last updated: 1 March 2004