Yes a good place to start Theresa as long as John seeks supporting
evidence. I would still repeat that it is difficult to make a positive
identification without any other evidence, especially with the
particular place. If it was a small parish where a Richards family had
been in evidence for some time then it is probably worth making a
tentative identification but Stoke Damerel mushroomed in size during the
18th century because of the navy, army and Royal dockyard and drew in
people from all over Britain. It was a naval and military base, it was
the Napoleonic Wars, as a result there was a transient population.
There are five marriages for Elizabeth Richards in Stoke Damerel between
1797 and 1803 for instance, any one of which could be the one baptised
there in 1777.
If it was my tree I would still look for something that would link the
Richards/Rickard family - naming patterns, witnesses at other weddings
(Lois's for instance), what happened to the other children of James
Richards, where did Clifton come from, is Lois a family name etc.
------ Original Message ------
From: "Teresa Goatham" <teresa(a)goatham.co.uk>
Sent: Friday, 15 Nov, 2019 At 17:29
Subject: [DEV] Re: Elizabeth Richards 1781
But surely the place to start is where you know the family were. The age
of John suggests he could well have been the John Rickards baptised in
Stoke Damerel in 1771. He was the son of James and Mary. James and Mary
seem to have had 3 children baptised there, the other 2 being James
Richards bap 1774 and Elizabeth Richards bap in 1777. She would fit
nicely as the one who married in 1798.
n.b. this is from a quick look - I have not checked that she didn't die
in infancy or that the single child recorded as a Rickard wasn't the
only child because the parents died etc. but I would suggest that is an
area to follow up. The only trouble is it seems too obvious - John, you
said you had failed in tracing Elizabeth Richards antecedents, maybe you
a reason for ruling out this Elizabeth?
The index on FMP shows a marriage of a James and Mary RICHARDS in
Tamerton Foliot in 1767, you will need to check the BTs on FamilySearch
for that as the PRs don't survive - and they show the index is in error,
the entry clearly says James RICKARDS. It would be worth looking in
Tamerton for a child (or even 2) before John.