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John Richards
 John Richards of Dorchester was named to the Massachusetts Council in the 1692 charter, and the same year appointed, along with Samuel Sewall, a justice of the Superior Court.

Samuel Sewall mentions in his diary entry for April 2, 1694 and Friday, April 16th, the death of Richards:

April 2, 1694 ... In the afternoon, all the town is filled with the discourse of Major Richards's death which was very extraordinarily suddain; was abroad on the Sabbath, din'd very well on Monday, and after that falling into an angry passion with his Servant Richard Frame, presently after, fell probably into a fit of apoplexy, and died. On Tuesday night was opened and no cause found of his death; noble parts being fair and sound.

Firday, Arpil 6. Major Richards is buried in his tomb in the North Burying Place, Companyes in Arms attending the funeral. Bearers, Stoughton, Danforth; Russell, Brown; Sewall, Addington; Major General and Mr. Foster led the widow. Mr. Torrey was not there because 'twas Friday. Coffin was covered with cloth. In the tomb were fain to nail a board across the coffins and then a board standing right up from that, bearing against the top of the tomb, to prevent their floating up and down; sawing and fitting this board made some inconvenient tarriance.

Source:

Sewall, Samuel. The Diary of Samuel Sewall, 1674-1729. 2 vols. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973.

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