Richards, Susan (1823-1917)

Susan Richards was the widow of Stephen Richards (1820-1894), who was an Ontario lawyer and politician. She lived at 1951 Robson Street from 1905 to 1917.

Susan Richards was born Susan Chaffey in Buffalo, New York, on August 15, 1823. Her father was Benjamin Chaffey (1779-1832). Her mother was Frances Elswood (1785-1865).

About 1847, Susan married Stephen Richards. He was born in Brockville, Ontario in 1820. He served in the Ontario legislature, became Ontario’s first commissioner of crown lands, and was the treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada from 1876 to 1879. Stephen died in Toronto on October 4, 1894.

Two of Stephen’s brothers were also prominent in Canadian society in the 1800s. William Buell Richards (1815-1889) was a lawyer and politician. From 1875 to 1879 he served as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Albert Norton Richards (1821-1897) was a member of the Canadian parliament from 1872 to 1874. He was the lieutenant governor of British Columbia from 1876 to 1881. He later practiced law in British Columbia. His daughter, Margaret Hargrave Richards, married John Harold (“Harry”) Senkler, a lawyer and well-known athlete who lived at 1889 Haro Street from 1898 to 1926.

In the late 1890s, Susan moved to California. She was living with her daughter, Mary Adeline, who was married to Roger Henry Carleton Green. (Roger and Mary lived at 1919 Robson Street from 1905 to 1924.)

Susan was in Vancouver by the time of the 1901 Canada census.

She first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1905. She was at 1951 Robson Street.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 411

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 411

She became an active member of Vancouver society.

B.C. Saturday Sunset, volume 1, number 2, June 22, 1907, page 2; http://newspapers.lib.sfu.ca/bcss-41/bc-saturday-sunset.

B.C. Saturday Sunset, volume 1, number 2, June 22, 1907, page 2; http://newspapers.lib.sfu.ca/bcss-41/bc-saturday-sunset.

Susan died in Vancouver on June 29, 1917. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Stephen and Susan had the following children.

 

Albert Elswood Richards

Albert Elswood Richards was born in Toronto, Ontario, on July 10, 1848. He was a lawyer and judge in Manitoba. He married Harriet Edith Henderson (1854-1928).

Albert died in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on May 27, 1917.

 

Mary Adeline Richards

Mary Adeline Richards was born on June 3, 1861 (or 1862) in Toronto, Ontario.

She married Roger Henry Carleton Green (1843-1924), who lived at 1919 Robson Street from 1905 to 1908, from 1912 to 1916 and from 1918 to 1924. (Further information appears on the page for Roger Henry Carleton Green.)

Adeline died in Vancouver, on August 9, 1932.

 

Susan Chaffey Richards

Susan Chaffey Richards was born on July 21, 1867. She married William Ritchie Robertson (1859-1927), who lived at 1951 Robson Street from 1908 to 1910; 1913 to 1914; and 1917 to 1918. (Further information appears on the page for William Ritchie Robertson.)

Susan died in Vancouver on August 27, 1949.

 

Benjamin W. Richards

Benjamin W. Richards was born in Ontario about 1853.

It appears that he died in Brockville, Ontario, on September 12, 1898.

 

Sources

Benjamin Chaffey (father of Susan Chaffey)

Benjamin Chaffey, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/benjamin-chaffey_13476129: “Born in Stoke-Sub-Hamden, Somerset, England on 13 Nov 1779 to Benjamin Chaffey and Sarah Trenchard. Benjamin married Frances Elswood and had 11 children. He passed away on 4 Aug 1832 in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada.”

 

Frances Elswood (Mother of Susan Chaffey)

Frances Elswood, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/frances-elswood_345833: “Born in Somerset, England on 1785 to Clement Elswood and Frances Allen. Frances married Benjamin Chaffey and had 11 children. She passed away on 28 Jul 1865 in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada.”

 

Susan Chaffey

Susan Chaffey, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/susan-chaffey_13375966: “Born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada [sic] on 15 Aug 1823 to Benjamin Chaffey and Frances Elswood. Susan married Stephen Richards and had 4 children. She passed away on 1917 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.”

A Chaffey Family, http://home.earthlink.net/~mcpowell5757/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/AChaffeyFamily.pdf; pages 21-22.

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ7Q-S1K : 8 November 2014), Susan Richards, Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 1578, line 2; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1106-1107, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 390,247; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1861/pdf/4108509_00432.pdf.

Canada Census, 1871, Susan Richards; St. Georges Ward, Toronto West, Ontario, Reference: RG31 – Statistics Canada; Microfilm: C-9969; Page Number: 1, Line Number: 10; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396341_00492.pdf

Canada Census, 1891, Susan Richards; St Patricks Ward, Toronto City, Ontario, Canada; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148174-00219.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-M82 : 13 November 2014), Susan Richards in household of Stephen O Richards, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 1, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59780&highlight=36&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Susan+Richards.

Social and Personal, Vancouver Province, September 9, 1905, page 2: “Mrs. Bole of Winnipeg is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. Stephen Richards, Robson street. She will remain for some days longer, when she will be joined by her husband. They will visit Portland and other coast cities before returning to Winnipeg.”

Social and Personal, Vancouver Province, September 9, 1905, page 2: “Mrs. Stephen Richards, Robson street entertained at luncheon on Wednesday in honor of her guest, Mrs. Bole of Winnipeg.”

Society, Vancouver Province, April 1, 1909, page 9: “Mr. and Mrs. Elswood Richards of Winnipeg left on Tuesday for a trip to the coast. Mr. Elswood Richards is a son of Mr. Justice Richards of Winnipeg and a grandson of Mrs. S. Richards of this city.”

Society, Vancouver Province, April 13, 1909, page 20: “Mrs. S. Richards and Mrs. W.M. Robertson went over to Victoria today to be present at the marriage of Miss Susie Pemberton and Mr. Curtis Sampson, which is announced to take place on Wednesday, April 14.”

Who’s Who in Western Canada, volume 1; edited by C.W. Parker; Vancouver, Canadian Press Association, Limited; 1911, page 322; Susan Richards; http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=642987: “Richards, Susan.—Widow of Stephen Richards, Q.C., Vancouver. Born Buffalo, N.Y., daughter of Benjamin and Frances Chaffey. Married Stephen Richards; has one son and two daughters. The late Stephen Richards was born Brockville, Ont., and practised profession in Toronto thirty years before coming to British Columbia, settling first at Victoria, and then at Vancouver, where he died, 1896. He was a Queen’s Council; a specialist in jurisprudence; an acting judge; and Liberal. The only surviving son if Judge Richards, of Winnipeg. Address: 1951 Robson St., Vancouver, B.C.” [Note: Stephen Richards died in Toronto, not in Vancouver.]

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M2MJ : 2 March 2015), Susan Richards, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63672&highlight=50&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Susan+Richards.

Society, Vancouver Province, December 28, 1915, page 8: “Mrs. Richards entertained at a small tea on Christmas afternoon for a number of her old friends.”

Northern Who’s Who; A Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women, by Dr. C.W. Parker; Vancouver, Western Press Association, 1916, page 696, Susan Richards, https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/686/mode/1up.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLK8-C55 : 30 September 2015), Susan Richards, 1917.

Susan Richards, death notice, Vancouver Province, June 29, 1917, page 25: “Richards—At her residence, 1951 Robson street, Susan Richards, widow of the late Honorable Stephen Richards, Toronto. Funeral private from her late residence at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 30. Please omit flowers.”

“Aged Resident Dead; Mrs. Richards Passes Away at the Age of 95,” Vancouver Province, June 30, 1917, page 20:

“Another of Vancouver’s aged residents passed away on Thursday, when the death occurred at the home of Mrs. Robertson, Robson street, of Mrs. Richards. The deceased came to Vancouver at the advanced age of seventy-five.

Mrs. Richards was for many years a resident of Toronto, being the wife of the late Mr. Stephen Richards, once the attorney-general of Ontario. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W. Robertson and Mrs. R.H.C. Green of this city. Mr. Justice Richards of Winnipeg, her eldest and last surviving son, passed away a few months ago. Mr. J.H. Senkler of this city is a niece of the deceased.”

“Mrs. S. Richards Died at Age of 95,” Vancouver Sun, June 30, 1917, page 6 [similar to “Aged Resident Dead; Mrs. Richards Passes Away at the Age of 95,” Vancouver Province, June 30, 1917, page 20 (above).]

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7XQR : 13 December 2015), Susan Richards, 1917; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26315851, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26315851. [Note: the link to Stephen Ormonde Richards should not say that he was the spouse of Susan Richards. It appears that Stephen Ormonde Richards was her nephew. Her husband, Stephen Richards, died in Toronto, Ontario, in 1894.]

 

Stephen Richards (father of Stephen Richards)

Stephen Richards, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/stephen-richards_21815856: “Born on 1788 to Paul Richards and Sarah Belden. Stephen married Phoebe Buell and had 5 children. He passed away on 1863.”

Albert Norton Richards, The Men at Cary Castle, by S.W. Jackman; Victoria, British Columbia, Morriss Printing Company Limited, 1972, page 27: “Stephen Richards, the father of Albert Norton Richards, had emigrated to Upper Canada in 1810. His family had originally come from England, settling first in the Massachusetts Bay Colony where they had allied themselves with the more distinguished colonial families. Stephen Richards, after moving to Brockville, married Phoebe Buell, the daughter of William Buell a founder of the community and a United Empire Loyalist.”

 

Phoebe Buell (mother of Stephen Richards)

Phoebe Buell, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/phoebe-buell_29125438: “Born in Elizabethtown, Ontario, Canada on 1783 to William Buell and Martha Naughton. Phoebe married Stephen Richards and had 5 children. She passed away on 1858 in Brockville, Ont, California, USA. [sic].”

 

Stephen Richards (husband of Susan Chaffey)

Stephen Richards, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/stephen-richards_21815868: “Born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada on 1820 to Stephen Richards and Phoebe Buell. Stephen married Susan Chaffey and had 4 children. He passed away on 1894 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.”

Stephen & Susan Richards married 1847 in Toronto Ontario Canada, http://www.mytrees.com/ancestry-family/qu000387-13188-0/Stephen-and-Susan-Richards-married-1847-in-Toronto-Ontario-Canada.html.

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ7Q-S1V : 8 November 2014), Stephan Richards, Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 1578, line 1; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1106-1107, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 390,247; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1861/pdf/4108509_00432.pdf.

Canada Census, 1871, Stephen Richards; St. Georges Ward, Toronto West, Ontario, Reference: RG31 – Statistics Canada; Microfilm: C-9969; Page Number: 1, Line Number: 9; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396341_00492.pdf.

“New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVSK-G533 : 15 April 2015), Stephen Richards, 1880; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm.

Canada Census, 1891, Stephen Richards; St Patricks Ward, Toronto City, Ontario, Canada; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148174-00219.

Stephen Richards, Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography (3rd edition, 1963), page 626: “Richards, Stephen (1820-1894), lawyer and politician, was born at Brockville, Upper Canada, in 1820, the second son of Stephen Richards and Phoebe Buell. He was educated at the Johnstown district grammar school and at Potsdam Academy, New York; and was called to the bar of Upper Canada in 1844 (Q.C., 1858). From 1867 to 1875 he represented Niagara in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario; and from 1867 to 1871 he was first commissioner of crown lands and then provincial secretary in the Sandfield Macdonald administration in Ontario. From 1876 to 1879 he was treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He died at Toronto on October 4, 1894, and was buried in Brockville. He was married to Susan, daughter of Benjamin Chaffey, of Somersetshire, England [Can. parl. Comp.; Toronto Globe, Oct. 5, 1894.]”

The Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario’s Lawyers: 1797-1997, by Christopher Moore; Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1997, page 141: “The society gave [Hillyard Cameron] a lavish funeral and elected Stephen Richards, a long-serving bencher and minor politician, to succeed him. Richards proved to be a transitional figure. He went to Europe in 1878 and stayed so long, apparently for his health, that he forfeited his seat in convocation for non-attendance. He was soon reappointed a bencher, but not as treasurer. [note: Treasurer Stephen Richards, who practised in Toronto, came from a powerful Brockville family. His brothers, Albert N. Richards (a politician and lieutenant-governor of British Columbia) and William Buell Richards (Chief Justice of Canada, 1875-9) both served as benchers. John Douglas Armour, also a future justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, resigned from convocation on an unexplained point of principle between Cameron’s death and Richards’s election, but whether the treasurership was an issue is unknown.]”

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDPL-8PG : 11 December 2014), Stephen Richards, 14 Oct 1894; citing Toronto, York, Ontario, yr 1894 cn 23056, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,853,697.

“Hon. S. Richards Dead: A Survivor of the Sandfield Macdonald Government Dies Very Suddenly at the Island,” Toronto Globe, October 5, 1894, page 6.

“Hon. Stephen Richards; A Well Known Eastern Politician Passes Away,” Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser, October 6, 1894, page 4:

“Amongst yesterday morning’s despatches was one announcing the very sudden death of on one of the Toronto wharves of the Hon. Stephen Richards. The deceased was a highly respected member of one of the oldest families of Upper Canada. His forefathers, early in the eighteenth century, left Staffordshire, England, and settled in Norwich, Conn. from where in their loyalty to the British Crown, they proceeded with many other famous United Empire Loyalist families to the Northern side of the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario. There the deceased’s father, Stephen Richards, then as officer in the Kings Rangers, married Miss Phoebe Buell, and in 1824 the deceased was born at Brockville. Attaining manhood, he, like his well-known brothers, the Hon. Sir. W. Buell Richards, late Chief Justice of Ontario, and the Hon. A.N. Richards of Victoria, began the study of law, which he practised for many years in Toronto. In political circles he was a powerful Liberal leader, representing the Niagara District in the Assembly of Upper Canada, and for some time enjoyed the honors of a portfolio, in the federation of the Provinces, and the formation of the Dominion of Canada, he took a leading and remarkably prudent part.

It is now many years since he retired from the practice of a profession, which in a slowly developing country he and his family had done much to elevate. Since then the honorable gentleman travelled considerably, especially throughout this Western Coast. He resided during that period for about a year in Victoria, where many friends yet remain to mourn over his decease.”

 

Albert Elswood Richards (son of Susan Chaffey)

Who’s Who in Western Canada, volume 1; edited by C.W. Parker; Vancouver, Canadian Press Association, Limited; 1911, page 321; Albert Elswood Richards; http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=643227.

Memorable Manitobans: Albert Elswood Richards (1848-1917); http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/richards_ae.shtml.

 

Mary Adeline Richards (daughter of Susan Chaffey)

Further information on Mary Adeline Richards appears on the page for Roger Henry Carleton Green (1843-1924).

 

Susan Chaffey Richards (daughter of Susan Chaffey)

Further information on Susan Chaffey Richards appears on the page for William Ritchie Robertson (1858-1927).

 

Benjamin W. Richards (son of Susan Chaffey)

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ7Q-S1L : 8 November 2014), Benjamin W Richards, Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 1578, line 4; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1106-1107, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 390,247.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4QZ-46L : 13 November 2014), Benjamin W Richards, St George’s Ward, West Toronto, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 1, line 14; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9969, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,341; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396341_00492.pdf.

Canada Census, 1881; Benjn W. Richard; South Ward, Brockville (City), Ontario, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e327/e008171518.pdf

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J63R-FJW : 25 June 2015), Benjamin W Richards, 12 Sep 1898; citing Brookville, Leeds, Ontario, yr 1898 cn 13262, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,854,386.

 

Albert Norton Richards (brother of Stephen Richards)

Albert Norton Richards, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Norton_Richards.

Richards Buell Sutton LLP, Looking Back, http://www.rbs.ca/about-looking.html: “Richards Buell Sutton LLP can trace its British Columbian roots back to 1871 when the firm which became Buell Ellis was founded by Albert Norton Richards.  He went on to become the second Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (1876-1881). Richards Street is named for him.”

The Hon. Albert Norton Richards, The Canadian Portrait Gallery, Volume 3, by John Charles Dent; Toronto, J.B. Magurn, 1881, pages 15-16; https://books.google.ca/books?id=K1tvcw6l3kQC&pg=PA15&lpg=PA15&dq=%22albert+norton+richards%22#v=onepage&q&f=false. [reproduced in “Handbook of Brockville History,” https://brockvillehistoryhandbook.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/the-hon-albert-norton-richards/.

Memorable Manitobans: Albert Norton Richards (1822-1897), http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/richards_an.shtml.

 

William Buell Richards (brother of Stephen Richards)

William Buell Richards, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Buell_Richards

Ian MacPherson, “RICHARDS, Sir WILLIAM BUELL,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 11, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed November 6, 2016, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/richards_william_buell_11E.html.