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George "Washington" Rich, Sr.

Male Abt 1784 - Aft 1860  (~ 76 years)


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  • Name George "Washington" Rich  [1
    Suffix Sr. 
    Nickname Washington 
    Born Abt 1784 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 8 Jun 1860  , , Thomas County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I924  Main
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2011 

    Father Shadrach Rich,   b. Between 1751 and 1756, , , Goochland County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Est 1821, , Blakely, Early County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Family ID F1735  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary [--?--],   b. Abt 1795, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 8 Jun 1860, , , Thomas County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married Between 1805 and 1810  , , Emanuel County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Stephen Rich,   b. Abt 1805, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1830 and 1840, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)  [natural]
     2. Son 2 of George Washington Rich,   b. Between 1805 and 1810, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1830  (Age ~ 26 years)
     3. Eliza Rich,   b. Abt 1813, , , Emanuel County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 17 Jun 1880, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     4. Margaret Rich,   b. Abt 1814, , , Emanuel County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, , Concordia District, Gadsden County, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
     5. Daughter 4 of George W. Rich,   b. Between 1820 and 1825, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Rebecca C. Rich,   b. Abt 1820, , , Emanuel County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Nancy Rich,   b. Abt 1825, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Mary Rich,   b. Abt 1830, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2011 
    Family ID F358  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Research):There is another report, less clear in print, which shows that Washington Ricke was appointed lieutenant in the 244 Militia Company, Jackson County in January, 1810. This also may have been our Washington. (23: 25)

      Washington Rich witnessed a land transaction in Montgomery County between Elizabeth Fenn and ELIJAH FENN on October 11, 1811. (12: 102: and Derden, J. K. Montgomery County. Georgia. Spartanburg: The Reprint Company, 1983.) (31:175: Montgomery County, Georgia Deed Abstracts)

      The 1811 Montgomery County tax digest lists Washington Ricks as a tax-payer. (41: 11 Thompson, D. H. Internet electronic notes received fron Delores Thompson in re the Rich Family, October and November, 2000.)

      George Washington Rich and his brother Martin Rich served during the War of 1812 in the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Regiment, Georgia Militia. (8: 352) G.W.'s company was not called to Federal service so his records are in the Georgia Archives. He is shown to have been a member of Captain Wilson Conner's Company of Volunteer Mounted Riflemen. There were 57 men in the company oldest of whom was 60 years. They provided their own weapons ("perhaps 20 prime rifles and some excellent shotguns") but asked the Governor for muskets and bayonets. The men provided their own horses, bridles, saddles, etc. and their own uniforms which were described as"... black short coats, waistcoats and pantaloons also black hunting shirts... the hats, not caps, with a black leather cockade and a bunch of white hair behind it." (6) Martin and Washington Riach are shown in Captain Braswell's muster roll of late 1814. (24: 416)

      Governor William Rabun appointed Washington Rich, Gentleman, Ensign of the 59th District Company of Militia, Emanuel County. He served in that office from May 13,1818 until April 27, 1820. (22: 114)

      Papers for the 1820 term of the Emanuel County court shows Washington Rich of Emanuel County tolling (reporting) for tax purposes a bay mare worth $80. (10:17)

      The Creek War of 1836 caused much military activity in southwest Georgia which was the principal arena for that contest. George W. Rich spent at least 10 days in active service in Baker County along the banks of the Flint River and the Chickasahatchy Creek as a member of Captain Jonathan C. Hawthorn's Company of the Georgia Guard or Decatur Cavalry. Although Captain Hawthorne's report of August 16, 1836 does not describe any engagement with the Creeks, he does mention the measures taken to provide for wounded members of his Company. The Company was discharged after that date. It had been called to service by Governor William Schley about the time of the battle of the Chickasawhatchee Swamp in Baker County, July, 1836. Undoubtedly, the casualties occurred in skirmishes with Indians attempting to flee the Swamp and then head down the Flint to Florida.

  • Sources 
    1. [S25] Book: Georgia-Decatur - Decatur County, Georgia - Past and Present 1823-1991, Decatur County Historical Society, compiler, (Roswell, Georgia: WH Wolfe Associates, Historical Publications Division, 1991), 352 (Reliability: 3).