Name: Richard Blood
Birth: ABT 1617 in Ruddington, Nottingham, England
Death: 7 DEC 1683 in Groton, Mass
Richard BLOOD was born in Ruddington, Nottingham, England in 1617. He is found in New England in 1642 when his wife Isabel, is named in the will of Henry WILKINSON. Isabel is listed as a cousin of Henry. "Story of the Bloods", by Roger Deane Harris, page 164-165 , "Geneology Dictionary of the First Families of New England" by James Savage", page 208 and "Geneological Gleanings in England" by Waters, page not given.
According to the Archives of the Salt Lake City Library, Richard married Isabel/Isobel 25 November 1642, place not given. Another sources states that Richard and Isobel were married in 1642 in Groton, Massachusetts. They had a daughter in June of 1648, born in Lynn, Massachusetts. (Salt Lake City Library-Archives) "New England Marriages Prior to 1700" by Clarence Almon Torrey and (Vital Records of Births in Lynn, Massachusetts), page 54.
Richard and Isabel lived in Lynn, Massachusetts until about 1657. He probably worked at the first iron foundery in the colonies. He also served as a Constable of Lynn in 1657. "Story of the Bloods" by Roger Deane Harris, page 6.
After moving to Groton, Richard was chief of the original proprietors and was granted sixty acres of land. The other land grants were for twenty or fifty acres. Richard was one of the signers of the petition to have Groton become a town. "Bicentennial for Silas Blood 1775-1976" by Marion B. Lawrence, page 43.
In 1668, Richard BLOOD and several others, were chosen as overseers of the highways. He was also Town Clerk and sat on the Board of Selectmen in 1669. In some of the records, Richard's surname is spelled as BLUD and as BLOUD "Early Records of Groton, Massachusetts" by Samuel A. Green, page 24-25 & 57 and (Groton Vital Records) page 204.
War broke out with the Indians and in 1675, during King Phillips War, the town of Groton was attacked. Richard and his family, along with many others inhabitants, fled to Concord, Massachusetts and stayed there until the fighting was over. Groton was resettled by 1678 and Richard returned with the others. There were many clashes with the Indians and James BLOOD, Richard's son was killed at Groton 13 September 1692. Three of Richard's grandchildren were captured by the Indians on 20 June 1707 and taken to Canada. Sarah TARBELL was placed in a Convent. Her brothers, John and Zechariah became Chiefs of the Coughnawaga Tribe. They were among the founders of St. Regis and in 1883 still had descendants living there. "Groton During the Indian Wars 1655-1790" by Samuel A. Green, page 106 & 124, and "Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck" by Lemuel Shadduck, page 369.
Richard passed away 7 December 1683 in Groton, Massachusetts. He had deeded land to his sons shortly before his death. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow and his three sons, James, Joseph, and Nathaniel on 1 April 1684. His widow, Isabel gave bond on 8 July 1684 with Joseph PARKER and Zachariah FERRIS as surities. She had moved in with her daughter, Hannah and Hannah's husband, Joseph Parker, Jr. in Groton after Richard's death. It is not known when Isabel died. Her son-in-law, Joseph PARKER, petitioned to sell her land in 1705. "Story of the Bloods" by Roger Deane Harris, pages 164-166 and (Court Records of Middlesex County, Quarterly Court)
Some researchers have Richard BLOOD listed as a brother of Robert BLOOD with their Father being James BLOOD. James was born about 1600 and would have only been seventeen years old and unmarried when Richard was born in 1617. James was married in St. Peter's Church in the city of Nottingham on 7 February 1630/31 to Ellen HARRISON. Richard and Robert lived in the same area and may have been brothers or cousins. "Story of the Bloods" by Roger Deane Harris, page 1.
Richard and Isabel had seven known children and their descendants are scattered from Massachusetts to California and from Canada to Florida. I'm pleased to know that I descend from people who had the imagination and fortitude to leave the security of their homeland and take a chance on finding a better life.
Submitted by Jacqueline Boland Arnold of Melbourne, Florida.
The Children of Richard and his wife Isabel BLOOD, were:
2. James, d. Sept 13, 1692, m.(1) Elizabeth LONGLEY, (2) Abigail KEM
3. Sarah, b. June 1648, m. Zacariah FERRIS.
4. Nathaniel, b. April 1650, m. Hannah PARKER.
5, Mary, d. April 19, 1662.
6. Hannah, b. March 1664, m. Joseph PARKER.
7. Elizabeth, m. Thomas TARBELL.
Father: James Blood
Isabelle Wilkinson b: 23 DEC 1621 in England
25 NOV 1642
in Groton, Mass
- James Blood b: ABT 1646