I am looking for any information concerning a possible marriage or family for Eli Richards. Eli was born 16 September 1771 in Chester County, PA to Rowland Richards and Lydia Townsend, and is reported to have died 25 August 1804, and I would guess that this was in Virginia, as the family had migrated there by that time. Rowland and Lydia also had a son named Townsend Richards, said to have died at the age of ten in 1788.
I am trying to find some link between the above mentioned individuals and my ggg-grandfather Townsend Richards, born in Virginia in 1798. According to the obituary for one of Townsend's sons, he was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, before moving to Columbiana County, Ohio.
Rowland Richards and family also resided in the Shenandoah Valley (Frederick County, VA). Their son Abijah Richards also happened to move into Columbiana County, Ohio. Abijah's family seems to be well documented in Quaker records, and there is no mention of a Townsend among their children.
Another coincidence is that my ggg-grandfather named a son Eli Richards. Townsend Richards married Sarah McNeely in Columbiana County, Ohio in 1820. Sarah was a Quaker, and her family also originated in Chester County, PA.
In 1839, Townsend and a large group of families migrated to Wayne County, Illinois. Most of these families had been living in Columbiana County, Ohio, and most had ties back to Frederick County, VA. Most had been Quakers, but were disowned for various reasons during the 1820's and 30's. Upon their arrival in Wayne County, Illinois, they formed a church based on the Restoration Movement (an effort to reunite all of the churchs into one following).
Due to the naming patterns, the path of migrations, the associations among the various families, and many other similarities, I can't help but think that my ggg-grandfather might be related to Rowland Richards and Lydia Townsend. Of their children, all but Eli can be ruled out as a possible father for Townsend, due to age or deaths or available records. Eli remains an unknown, and any help would be appreciated.