Rhoda Howe Richards was born 8 July 1762 in Hopkington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Phineas Howe (1735-1807) and Susannah Goddard (1742-1837) and died 14 February 1838 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes.


From the Autobiography for Rhoda Howe:

The eldest of Phineas and Susanna Goddard Howe's ten children, I was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, July 8, 1762. Joseph and I were both nineteen when he asked and obtained my father's consent to our marriage. ·Father and mother were members of the First Congregational Church in Hopkinton, although in mother's "opinions on religion there was some difference from the sects of the present day; she believed that Jacob's ladder was not yet broken, and that angels still continued to ascend and descend." Our intention was recorded in the Congregational Church more than three months before our marriage.

Our first three children were born in Framingham.. I was glad when Joseph decided to return to Hopkinton, because there I would be near my parents. Eight more children were born to us in Hopkinton, and there we· buried our little Levi and Betsey.

The home Joseph and the boys built for us in Richmond was well constructed, from the large kitchen with its windows to the south and east, and bedrooms for us and the girls downstairs, to the boys 1 bedroom upstairs. Sickness seemed to plague us here, as it had done in the East, but we had our happy times too.

Father Phineas Howe died before we left Hopkinton. A letter from my mother, dated Aug, the 5 1827, was among my cherished possessions. She lived to be nearly 95, departing from this life in January, 1837, In February one year later I followed her, leaving my husband with only Rhoda and William still at home.

Our eldest son we named Joseph, for his father. He was obedient, a steadying influence on his younger brothers, and a great help to his father.

Marriage & Family

  1. Joseph Richards (1782-1852)
  2. Rhoda Richards (1784-1879)
  3. Susanna Richards (1786-1830)
  4. Phinehas Richards (1788-1874) - Pioneer and leader in the early LDS Church
  5. Levi Richards (1790-1795) - died young
  6. Nancy Richards (1792-1852)
  7. Hepsibah Richards (1795-1838)
  8. Betsey Richards (1897-1803)
  9. Levi Richards (1799-1876)
  10. William Richards (1801-1884)
  11. Willard Richards (1804-1854) - Early leader and apostle in LDS Church, eyewitness to the martyrdom of Joseph Smith (1805-1844), the mormon prophet.


Offspring of Joseph Richards, Sr. and Rhoda Howe (1762-1838)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joseph Richards (1782-1852)
Rhoda Richards (1784-1879) 8 August 1784 Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 17 January 1879 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Joseph Smith (1805-1844) Joseph Smith (1805-1844) Brigham Young (1801-1877)
Susanna Richards (1786-1830)
Phinehas Richards (1788-1874) 22 December 1779 East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut 23 April 1853 Brookfield, Madison County, New York Wealthy Dewey (1786-1853) Mary Vail Morse (1788-1874) Martha Allen (1803-1860) Margaret Phillips (1800-1890) Emily Northrop (1810-1850) Ann Emerson (1802-) Wealthy Dewey (1786-1853) Mary Vail Morse (1788-1874) Martha Allen (1803-1860) Margaret Phillips (1800-1890) Emily Northrop (1810-1850) Ann Emerson (1802-) Jane McBride (1815-1850)
Levi Richards (1790-1795)
Nancy Richards (1792-1852) 22 November 1792 Hopkington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 15 July 1852 On the Platte River, Liberty Pole, Nebraska William Peirson (1793-1862)
Hepsibah Richards (1795-1838) 28 July 1795 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 30 September 1838 Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri
Betsey Richards (1897-1803)
Levi Richards (1799-1876) 14 April 1799 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 18 June 1876 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Sarah Griffith (1802-1892) Sarah Griffith (1802-1892) Persis Goodall (1806-1894)
William Richards (1801-1884)
Willard Richards (1804-1854) 24 June 1804 Hopkington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 11 March 1854 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Jennetta Richards (1817-1845) Sarah Longstroth (1826-1858) Amelia Elizabeth Pierson (1825-1851) Mary Thompson (1827-1905) Jane Hall (1826-1849) Nanny Longstroth (1828-1911) Susanna Bayliss (1812-1891) Jennetta Richards (1817-1845) Sarah Longstroth (1826-1858) Amelia Elizabeth Pierson (1825-1851) Mary Thompson (1827-1905) Jane Hall (1826-1849) Nanny Longstroth (1828-1911) Susanna Bayliss (1812-1891) Rhoda Harriett Foss (1830-1881)


#g1: Offspring of Phineas Howe (1735-1807) and Susannah Goddard (1742-1837)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Rhoda Howe (1762-1838) 8 July 1762 Hopkington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 14 February 1838 Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts Joseph Richards (1762-1840)
Susanna Howe (1764-1813) 19 February 1764 Hopkington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 27 March 1813 Eaton, Madison County, New York Phineas Brigham (1757-1813)
Abigail Nabby Howe (1765-1815) 3 May 1765 Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts 11 June 1815 Ludlowville, Tompkins County, New York John Hayden Young (1763-1839)
Martha Howe (1768-1836)
Anne Howe (1770-1832)
Phineas Howe (1773-1839)
Elizabeth Betsey Howe (1774-1821) 3 May 1774 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 31 March 1821 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts John Haven (1774-1853)
Nehemiah Howe (1776-1844)
Samuel Howe (1781-1834)
Peter Howe (1783-1823)
Ruth Howe (1785-1808)



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