History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.
William Henry Perrin, ed.
(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)
Thomas Richards Farmer, P. O. Walnut Prairie, is a native of Maryland, where he was
born November 22, 1821. His father was Andrew Richards; was a native of Maryland, and
descends from Scotch origin. He grew to manhood in Maryland, and married Miss Rebecca
Merman, also a native of Maryland. They had a family of eleven children, of whom Thomas is
the ninth, and all but two born in Maryland. They emigrated to Ohio and settled in Licking
County in 1825. There the parents died, the father in 1855 and the mother in 1859. Subject
grew to maturity in Licking County, Ohio. His early education consisted of such as was to
obtained in the pioneer schools of the then new country. He was married, in Licking
County, April 11, 1850 to Miss Mary Ann Brown, daughter of Jacob and Letitia Brown. She
was born in Licking County, Ohio, June 24, 1824. They made a residence of two years in
Ohio, and in April of 1852, they came to Illinois and settled where they now live in
Melrose Township, Clark County. They bought land of a man named Baker, which was covered
with a dense growth of timber, brush and vines, which they have removed until now they
have a comfortable home consisting of 293 acres, with very substantial
improvements. Their family comprises four children, whose record is as follows: Rebecca L. Richards, born in Ohio, August 28, 1851, married to F. E. Buckner, November 8, 1877; Drusilla Richards, born April 3, 1854, married December 26, 1872, to Nathaniel Jeffers, they have three children, viz.: Essie, Ottie and Mirlie Jeffers; Thomas W. Richards, born July 2, 1860, married June 18, 1882, to Miss Isabell Cummins; John William Richards, born November 2, 1863. The family are among the substantial element of the county. Mr. Richards is a Democrat.
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