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.
1761. Mathew 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.
1780. Samuel 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.
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.
|Name of child||Date of baptism|
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.
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.
1817. DDE.46/31. Strelley half year rents. Lady day 1817. Received 8 May 1817.
1817. DDE.46/32. Strelley half year rents received 27 October 1817. Michaelmas
1818. DDE.46/33. Strelley half year rents received 4 May 1818.
1818. DDE.46/34. Strelley half year rents received 17 November 1818.
1819. DDE.46/35. Strelley half year rents received 6 May 1819.
1819. DDE.46/36. Strelley half year rents received 17 November 1819. Michaelmas.
1820. DDE.46/37. Strelley half year rents received April 1820.
1820. DDE.46/38. Strelley half year rents received 23 November 1820.
1821. DDE.46/39. Strelley half year rents received May 1821. Ladyday.
1821. DDE.46/40. Strelley half year rents received 6 December 1821.
1822. DDE.46/41. Strelley half year rents received May 1822.
1822. DDE.46/42. Strelley half year rents received Michaelmas 1822. undated.
1823. DDE.46/43. Strelley half year rents received Ladyday 1823. undated.
1823. DDE.46/44. Strelley half year rents received Michaelmas 18 November 1823.
1824. DDE.46/45. Strelley half year rents received 28 April 1824.
There are no records from Ladyday 1824 to Ladyday 1826.
1826. DDE.46/46. Strelley half year rents received Ladyday 1826.
1826. DDE.46/47. Strelley half year rents received 26 October 1826.
1827. DDE.46/48. Strelley half year rents received 1 May 1827.
1827. DDE.46/49. Strelley half year rents received 6 November 1827.
1828. DDE.46/50. Strelley half year rents received 29 April 1828.
1828. DDE.46/51. Strelley half year rents received 6 November 1828.
1829. DDE.46/52. Strelley half year rents received 5 May 1829.
1829. DDE.46/53. Strelley half year rents received 24 November 1829.
1830. DDE.46/54. Strelley half year rents received 18 May 1830.
1830. DDE.46/55. Strelley half year rents received 9 November 1830.
1831. DDE.46/56. Strelley half year rents received 3 May 1831.
1831. DDE.46/57. Strelley half year rents received 15 November 1831.
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.
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)
Created 2 December 2001
Last updated: 1 March 2004