Biography of Col. Silas P. Richmond
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Richmond, Col. Silas Peirce, of Freetown, Mass., is the eighth generation in direct descent from John Richmond, who was born in 1594 at Wiltshire, England; came to America in 1635 and was one of the first purchasers of Taunton, Mass., in 1637. Samuel Richmond, the grandfather of Col. S. P. Richmond, was born in Taunton (Berkley), November 27, 1752. He bought a farm on what is now the Richmond road, in Freetown, in 1775, and which is now the Richmond homestead. and in 1789 married Mary Booth of Middleborough (Lakeville). He was a farmer and carpenter and served as a United States soldier in the war of the Revoluti6n; died February 12, 1836. His wife Mary was born May 4, 1766; died August 10, 1799. Isaac Richmond, the third son of Samuel and Mary and the father of Col. S. P. Richmond, was born on the Richmond homestead in Freetown, March 29, 1794. He married Lucinda, daughter of Silas Peirce, of Middleborough (Lakeville), August 30, 1821, and had two children Rowena P. T., born November 17, 1822, and Silas Peirce, the subject of this sketch. Isaac Richmond was a farmer, miller and wheelwright; served as a United States soldier in the war of 1812-15; and was a man of sterling character, serving for many years as a deacon of the first Christian Church in Freetown. He died April 20, 1866. His wife Lucinda was born June 8, 1799, and was a woman of much intelligence, fine education, and lovely social and Christian character; died April 28, 1858. Col. Silas Peirce Richmond was born on the Richmond homestead in Freetown, June 19, 1831, and was educated at the Forge public school in Freetown and at Peirce Academy in Middleborough. He was a farmer and town officer 1850-5; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Wisconsin and Kansas 1856-9; town business in Freetown 1860; United States Volunteer army 1861-5; town business in Freetown 1866; lumber and grain business in Indiana and Michigan 1867-70; farming and town business in Freetown 1871; turnkey in Massachusetts State Prison 1872-8; deputy master Bristol county House of Correction 1879-81; general traveling agent of New Bedford C. C. G. Company 1882-8; farming and town business in Freetown 1889-95; and deputy sheriff and court officer, Bristol county, 1896. On June 16, 1850, he married Elizabeth J. Haskins (born May 9, 1829) of Berkley, and their children were: Emma A. * born March 10, 1851, died January 13, 1885; Cynthia E., born March 25, 1853, died June 14, 1871; Sarah E. E., born July 1, 1854; Walter S., born February 22, 1857; Flora J., born May 3. 1859, died January 9, 1894; and Lillian F., born August 8, 1861. He also married Zadie Scott, daughter of Dr. John Scott, of Marcellus, Mich., June 17, 1869. She was born in Veteran, N. Y., January 18, 1847, and their children were: Annie E., born August 29, 1871; Roy S., born August 3, 1873; Ruth E., born May 14, 1882, died June 20, 1884; Forrest S., born August 4. 1883. died August 26. 1883; Isaac F., born January 7, 1886: Mark H., born October 5, 1889. All of the twelve children were born on the Richmond homestead in Freetown. Silas Peirce Richmond joined Company G, 3d Regiment, M. V. M., in 1850, and served as private, corporal, lieutenant and captain of the same, until 1855, when he was appointed major and inspector of the Second Brigade, M. V. M., serving thus for two years. In 1860 he was appointed A. D. C., with the rank of captain, Second Brigade Staff, M. V. M., and went in that capacity with the minute men to Fortress Monroe in 1861, and was in the first battle of the war after Sumter at Big Bethel, June 10, 1861. He was afterwards colonel of the 3d Massachusetts Volunteers and the 58th Massachusetts Volunteers, and also assistant provost marshal, Department of the South, being mustered out in 1865. Colonel Richmond was at various times auditor, town clerk, assessor, overseer of the poor, and selectman of Freetown, being chairman of the Board of Selectman for ten consecutive years, ahd was also chairman of the board of trustees of the First Christian Society of Freetown. He has held the office of justice of the peace continuously since 1862, and was a member of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1892, serving on the committee on county estimates and as chairman of the committee on taxation. In 1892 he was a delegate and attended the National Republican Convention. At New Berne, N. C., in 1863, he was made a Master Mason and has been a Knight Templar for more than thirty years, and he is also a charter member of Post No. 1, in Massachusetts, Grand Army of the Republic.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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