Thursday, September 16, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - James H. Richmond's obituary

It's Treasure Chest Thursday time - time to share another document or artifact from my collection of ancestral stuff. I'm actually running out of images, and need to scan more at the next Scanfest.

Today's document is the obituary of James H. Richmond (1885-1913) who was born in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut (son of Thomas and Julia (White) Richmond), married Ethel Judson in Danielson, Connecticut in 1911, and died in Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He is a brother to my grandmother, Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962).

The obituary reads:

"James H. Richmond
James H. Richmond, who died at Clinton, Mass., Sunday, was the son of Thomas Richmond of this city. His mother died here a few weeks ago and it will be recalled that one of the pathetic incidents in connection with it was the fatal illness of this young man, which precluded his attending his mother's funeral.

"Although but 27 years of age he had been sick for more than a year and hope of his recovery was abandoned several years ago. He formerly lived in Elmville and Danielson and in the latter place, on November 30, 1911, just two years ago, he married Miss Ethel Judson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W.H. Judson of Danielson. A daughter was born to them about a year ago.

"After the fatal character of his malady was recognized he went to Clinton, to the home of his sister, Mrs. Walter Pickford, and it was there that he breathed his last.

"The body was taken to Danielson Sunday evening and the burial took place at 1 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon.

"Beside his wife and daughter, his father and sister, Mrs. Pickford, there is a brother, Everett, who lives here; another brother, Edward, of Leominster, and three other sisters, Mrs. Frederick Shaw and Mrs. Frank Seaver, who live in Leominster, and Emily whose home is in California."

This is the only information I have about James Richmond's marriage date, spouse's name and her parents. The daughter's name was Anne Richmond, and I know nothing more about her. Mrs. Pickford is Anne Frances (Richmond) Pickford (1869-1939) who married Walter Pickford (1864-1918). Mrs. Frederick Shaw is Grace L. (Richmond) Shaw (1876-1973), wife of Frederick Shaw. Mrs. Frank Seaver is Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962), wife of Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942). His sister Emily is Emily White (Richmond) Taylor (1879-1966) who married George R. Taylor. The brother Edward is really Edwin Thomas Richmond (1883-1935). They got Everett Richmond's (1875-1917) name right.

Perhaps the provider of the information is the widow, Ethel (Judson) Richmond, which would explain the errors in first names.

The lesson learned: Not every obituary is completely accurate. Use them with care!

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