15th September 1685. Elizabeth Richards was born in St Michael Parish, Barbados. Her parents were Lattimerr and Judith. She was baptised on October 20th along with her older brother Warren. The following year, she was buried on 2nd November.
The first permanent English settlers had arrived at Barbados in 1627. It became a major source of sugar, produced by slaves. Many of these were African but some white British and Irish people were also forced to work there. There is no indication of the status of the Richards family. The death rate on Barbados was very high at this time and many children, like Elizabeth, would not have reached their second birthdays.
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