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John Richbell    
Born; Hampshire, England


Died: 20/July/1684 Mamaroneck, Westchester, Long Island, NY    



Ann Parsons



1. Mary Redman

2. Ann Redman

3. Elizabeth Redman


John Richbell was a merchant living in Charlestown, MA in 1648 according to Savage.  "He seems to have married, while on one of his visits to the West Indies, Mistress Ann Parsons of St. Christopher's, for in a certain deed mention is made of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Margery Parsons of St. Christophers." (*)

In 1657 he was on an extended trip to the Barbados,j "and on one of his annual visits to this Island he met at the house of one of his planter friends, Thomas Modiford, another Hampshire man, called William Sharpe.  These three talked over the questions, most important to them, that is, how to make trade pay better."  Within the next four years he settled his business in Charlestown and began looking "for a small plantation in that 'part of the land betwixt Connecticut and the Dutch Colon,' "  - "On the 24th of December, 1661, Richbell presented to Director General Stuyvesant and Council of New Netherland a petition for three hooks of land, the most Easterly being Mamemarinick Neck, the most Westerly being bounded by the land, 'which some call Mr. Pell's land.' "  On February 6, 1662 he said "he intended to cultivate part of the land himself with his servants, reserving another part for some friends, whom he expected to join him." (*)

"As early as 20th Dec. 1670, John and Ann Richbell conveyed a small piece of land in Mamaroneck to 'our son-in-law James Mott, and our dear daughter, Mary his wife.' " (**)

He died in 1684 and was buried, "in the burial plot he set aside on a little knoll, 'near the Salt Meadow,' between the Harbor, and what is now De Lancey Avenue." (**) 

"Having no sons, Ann Richbell finally determined to convert her land into money, and in 1697 after having made it her home for thirty-five years, deeded the chief part of it to Caleb Heathcote, and it was incorporated into Heathcote's Manor of Scarsdale, as granted by Governor Nanfan on the 21st of March, 1701.  A mortgage from Heathcote for 600 pounds of the proceeds of the sale is mentioned in "Madame Richbell's will,' and all her property is divided among her three daughters and their children. - the will provides that the portion of her grandson Adam Mott shall be the last paid, because he needs it the least." (**)



(*) "Address delivered at the 230th celebration of the purchase of Mamaroneck, NY from the Indians", 1891

(**) Adam and Anne Mott, by Thomas C. Cornell, 1890