Richard Belding1

#7457, (circa 1591 - )
Relationship7th great-grandfather of William David Lewis
Father*Francis Baildon2 ( - 1622)
Mother*Margaret Goodrick2 ( - 1598)

Family 1

Margaret Ackrenden b. s 1600
Children 1.Susan Belding11 (1623 - )
 2.Mary Belding12 (1625 - )
 3.Grace Belding5 (c 1627 - )
 4.(?) Belding5 (c 1630 - )
 5.Samuel Belding+1 (c 1632 - 1713)
 6.John Belding13 (c 1634 - )

Family 2

Child 1.William Belding+14 (c 1623 - )
Richard Belding was also known as Bayldon.3 
This version of the ancestors of Richard Belding of Wethersfield generally follows Baildon and the Baildons, further discussed by Poste in "English Origins of the Beldens of Wethersfield" (TAG 45). A more recent version is found in "The English Ancestry of Richard Belden of Wethersfield, Connecticut" (Reed and Sharp TAG 76), which suggests Lawrence Baildon of Heptonstall and Ayringden, co. York. To view this, see person 12252, Richard Belden.4 
"Richard, of Wethersfield, Ct.. seems to be the progenitor of all the families of that name in the Connecticut Valley, excepting the Dfld Beldens."1 
. "It is tempting to propose that Richard was as elder son of Lawrence, William, his younger brother, and that both came to Wethersfield. Unfortunately, there is nothing but common residence in a rather large parish to indicate that this may be so." and "It appears reasonable that Richard Belden of Heptonstall parish and Richard Belden of Wethersfield [CT] were identical; that Samuel and John were his sons. Although it is not impossible that William, son of Lawrence, was identical with William of Wethersfield, and it appears William of Wethersfield was considerably older than John and Samuel, there is a question in my mind whether he was likely to have been quite this old, that is born in 1609."5 
Wm. Poss. brother or cousin (not son) of Richard. See Stiles "History of Wethersfield"; Poste "English Origins of the Beldens of Wethersfield" TAG 45:3.5 
Birth*circa 1591He was possibly born circa 1591 at Yorkshire, EnglandG; , perh.6,7 
Marriage*9 December 1622He married Margaret Ackrenden on 9 December 1622 at Heptonstall, West Yorkshire, EnglandG.5 
circa 1638He and Margaret Ackrenden migrated, eventually settling in Wethersfield. It "has not been traced, nor is it known what family he brought with him, if any, besides two sons, nor has the date of his death been found." (Some Belding Genealogy, p. 5) circa 1638.8,9 
1641He lived in 1641 at Wethersfield, Connecticut.10,3 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis

Citations

  1. [S738] James M. Crafts, History of the Town of Whately, Mass. 1661-1899 (Whately, MA: Town of Whately, 1899), p. 390-1, entry for Richard Belden. Hereinafter cited as History of Whately (Crafts).
  2. [S823] W. Paley Baildon, Baildon and the Baildons: A History of a Yorkshire Manor and Family (London: privately printed, ca. 1920), III:34-36. Hereinafter cited as Baildon and the Baildons.
  3. [S822] Jessie Perry van Zile Belden, Concerning Some of the Ancestors and Descendants of Royal Denison Belden and Olive Cadwell Belden (Philadelphia: privately printed, 1898), p. 74. Hereinafter cited as Royal Denison Belden.
  4. [S1203] Paul C. Reed and John C. B. Sharp, "The English Ancestry of Richard Belden of Wethersfield, Connecticut", The American Genealogist 76:1,2 (2001).
  5. [S748] Donald E. Poste, "English Origins of the Beldens of Wethersfield", The American Genealogist 45:3 (July 1969).
  6. [S822] Jessie Perry van Zile Belden, Royal Denison Belden, p. 72: quoting from a Letter written by William Paley Baildon, F.S.A., Member of the Council of the Archoeological Society of Yorkshire.
    "There is only one family of Bayldon; all persons bearing that name by inheritance must have sprung from the Yorkshire manor of that name. Richard Bayldon, son of Sir Francis Bayldon, of Kippax, baptized May 26, 1591, was the only Richard, so far as I know, who would have had money to spend in the purchase of land, as Richard of Wethersfield did.
    "Richard Bayldon, of Wethersfield, was a man of some substance; whatever bis motives for emigrating may have been, be was clearly in a very different position from so many of tbe early settlers, wbo bad nothing beyond their clothes and a few cooking utensils. His whole career shows him also to have been a man of mark, a 'man of affairs,' one to whom bis fellow-townsmen looked up; he was also presumably a man of education, and, judging from the actions of his descendants, he was also a man of fighting instincts. All these are Kippax characteristics.
    "Tbe coat of arms in the possession of the descendants of Richard is identical with the one used by the Bayldons of Bayldon and Kippax."
  7. [S520] VWH.
  8. [S1203] Paul C. Reed and John C. B. Sharp, "The English Ancestry of Richard Belden of Wethersfield", p. 122. "He presumably emigrated about 1638 with a group of Yorkshire Puritans led by Ezekiel Rogers, minister of Rowley, Yorkshire, and others."
  9. [S740] Charles C. Whitney, Some Belding Genealogy (New York: privately printed, 1896).
  10. [S738] James M. Crafts, History of Whately (Crafts), p. 390-1, entry for Richard Belden, giving 1640. "Some Belding Genealogy" gives his first appearance in Wethersfield records as 2nd month, 7th day of 1641.
  11. [S748] Donald E. Poste, "English Origins of the Beldens of Wethersfield", "Susan fill Richard Beldon (of) Lan." [Langfield]
  12. [S748] Donald E. Poste, "English Origins of the Beldens of Wethersfield", "Mary fill Richard Beldon (of) Wad." [Wadsworth]
  13. [S738] James M. Crafts, History of Whately (Crafts), p. 390-1, entry for Richard Belden. "Some Belding Genealogy" has Richard's other (than Samuel) son as William, b. Staffordshire ca. 1623.
  14. [S738] James M. Crafts, History of Whately (Crafts), p. 5, entry for Richard Belding. "History of the Town of Whately" has Richard's other (than Samuel) son as John.