Mary Christine <I>Gaige</I> Richardson

Mary Christine Gaige Richardson

Birth
Burlington, Otsego County, New York, USA
Death 22 Jun 1920 (aged 77–78)
Croswell, Sanilac County, Michigan, USA
Burial Croswell, Sanilac County, Michigan, USA
Plot New; Sec. C; Lot 11; Space 4
Memorial ID 50964220 · View Source
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Mary's husband, John H. Richardson, was a successful businessman in Sanilac County, Croswell in particular, operating a general dry goods store for many years. In 1870, a younger John is living with and working as a clerk in a store owned by Samuel Tewksbury. Tewksbury is a partner with J.L. Woods, a prominent man of the time. In 1870, he said to be worth $750,000, an unreal sum. Mr. Woods is probably in business with Wildman Mills and Truman Moss as well, another hugely successful business partnership in Sanilac County Michigan. John's future wife, Mary Christine Gaige is living with the Mills family, being a 1st cousin to his wife Julia Moss. This is undoubtedly how they met. They marry in 1872. The 1880 census also says that John is a clerk in a store. By 1883, John has moved to Croswell, opening his own dry goods store in the Opera House. In 1892, he has William Humphries build him what is known as the Richardson building on Howard Avenue. John sells the building in 1902 and then retires. By 1915, it is still a dry goods store owned by Saul Jackson. Saul expands by 1938 and leases part of the building to the Krogers Store. The building still stands in Croswell, and as of 2008, it was being used as an antique shop. The RICHARDSON name can still be seen on the side of the building.

The Richardson's give their daughter and son-in-law, Mary Richardson and Raymond West respectively, the money to build the famous West house at 60 Howard Avenue, then known as 21 Howard Avenue. It is the grandest house in town when finished in 1905. John dies of tuberculosis of the lungs in 1904 during its construction. His wife, Mary, purchases two lots at Croswell Cemetery for his burial. A total of 12 spaces. They are in what is called the "New" area at the time. Section C. We also believe she negotiates the purchase of the very large "WEST-RICHARDSON" stone monument that sits there today.

Mary Christine Gaige is the daughter of Henry W. Gaige (1820-1895) and Harriet Cornell (1821-1856), both of Burlington, Otsego, New York. Harriet is related to the Cornell's of Cornell University fame.


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  • Created by: Kevin Thomas West
  • Added: 11 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50964220
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Christine Gaige Richardson (1842–22 Jun 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50964220, citing Croswell Cemetery, Croswell, Sanilac County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Kevin Thomas West (contributor 46930153) .