|Birth: ||Nov. 6, 1851|
|Death: ||Sep. 2, 1916|
New Castle County
CAPTAIN JAMES R. RICHARDS, one of the best known of the pioneer riverman, died on Saturday afternoon at his home, No. 410 Walnut street, of heart disease. He was 64 years old. His death came suddenly and was a great shock to his relatives and friends.
For years Captain Richards has worked on boats and has traveled on every stream near here. He was 19 years old when he began his career on a boat of the Old Ericsson Line, and worked for that line for some years. He was next given command of the tugboat Martha of the Charles Warner Company, and for 26 years he has piloted her about the local waters with an excellent record. Recently the Martha has been in dock for repairs, and about two weeks ago he piloted the lightship, built by the Pusey & Jones Co., for the United States government on her trial trip.
Captain Richards was born near Milford, Sussex county, and has a large circle of friends. During the past summer he suffered three times from sunstroke, which, it is believed, hurried his death. He has acted in every capacity on a ship, even taking the place of an engineer on one occasion.
The deceased has been a prominent member of Asbury M. E. Church for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, Annie M. Richards, and one daughter, Mrs. Martha Walls, and three grandchildren, all of this city. He was a member of Delaware Lodge, No. 1 Shield of Honor and Hopockohacking Tribe, No. 17, Improved Order of Red Men. Members of these lodges and employees of the Charles Warner Company will attend his funeral, which will be held from his late home at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Interment will be made in Riverview Cemetery.
(Wilmington Morning News, 5 September 1916 (Tuesday), page 2)
Anna M Gary Richards (1857 - 1931)*
Martha Gladys Richards Walls (1891 - 1955)*
New Castle County
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