Charles Rich was born in Hampshire and moved to the Isle of Wight. His father appears to be a Francis Rich, gardener, born in Bath around 1814. His father, also Francis was born in North Petherton in 1759, and his father (also Francis) in1722. The latter married Hannah Vinecott in 1759, they had three children, most of whose descendants remained in North Petherton. In the 1881 census, one branch were living at a house called Milestone. We have some correspondence, dated 1887, between the James Charles in the Isle of Wight and a Jane Haines (nee Rich) who was still living in North Petherton at the 1901 census. The most recent individuals are the 5 children of Francis (a mason born 1827) and Susanna (born 1829), the youngest of whom was born in 1872.
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