Richard traveled to America with his father William, mother Jane and two sisters on the ship Hartley arriving in New Orleans on 28 April 1849. His father and mother both died in Iowa. He traveled with the Russell family to Utah.
His surname in the 1860 census is "Hardy." His was adopted by Leonard Hardy. In the 1880 Utah census, his death record and Find A Grave website his surname is "Winmill." He died in Idaho but his burial is in Utah.