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Catherine Williams Smith [Rich]

Catherine Williams Smith was born on the 21st of December, 1819, in Truro, MA, to Samuel Hopkins Smith and Phebe Knowles. Her mother passed away when she was just one, presumably due to complications in the delivery of her brother, Samuel.

She married John L. Rich on the 5th of November, 1843, and they lived in Truro for a time before moving to Boston. As the family’s luck worsened, they moved to Charlestown, where John died of consumption in 1865.

Catherine died on March 5th (ironically), 1909, at the age of 89, from ‘paralysis’ complicated by ‘exhaustion’, which perhaps suggests stroke. Her death was reported by a ‘Miss Rich’, who could have been a grand-daughter, or perhaps Matilda, if she didn’t marry.

Catherine is buried in Truro near John.


Ann S. Thompson [Rich]

According to Massachusetts marriage records, Ann S. Thompson was born around 1850 in Somerville, MA to James W. Thompson and a Neola or Nesta (difficult handwriting) Sprague.

She married John W. Rich on the 12th of May, 1867 in Charlestown, MA, at the age of 17. The first child, Nettie, was born seven and a half months later. I have been unable to find any information about further children.

I have yet to find information about her death.