Robert Richey, born in County Armagh, Ireland, in 1797, came to America in 1804, and settled in Ashland County, on the Big Mohican, where he remained for a number of years, when he moved to Wayne County, Ohio, where he married Naomi Isabella in 1823. He then moved to Knox County, Ohio, where he remained one year, and then returned to Ashland County, and settled on a farm in Mihican Township. At the end of the year he sold his farm and settled on a farm now owned by Francis J. Richey, in Lake Township.
He was a distiller by trade, and followed the business for several years, but in 1830 gave it up and was engaged in farming until the time of his death, which occurred August 2, 1863. He was deeply interested in educational matters, and was a school director for a number of years. He had but three month’s schooling, and was determined that his children should, if possible, have better advantages. He was a firm believer in Universalism but never united with the church.
He was the father of seven children: Joel, who married Rebecca Hoy and lives in Ashland county; Cordelia, who married Eliza Bunion; Emily, who died in infancy; Francis T., who married Elizabeth Crumlick; Newton, who married Sarah Finley; Louisa, who married Martin Tannehill, and lives in Illinois.