James H. Richards1

M, #45181, b. circa Jan, 1838, d. Sep 21, 1907

Chronological Events

Birth*circa Jan, 1838 James H. Richards was born circa Jan, 1838 at Massena, Saint Lawrence County, New York, United States.1 
Marriage*circa 1866 He married Margaret Boles, daughter of John Boles and Margarette Scott, circa 1866 at Ontario, Canada.1 
Death*Sep 21, 1907 James H. Richards died on Sep 21, 1907 at Massena, Saint Lawrence County, New York, United States.1 
Burial*Sep 23, 1907 He was buried on Sep 23, 1907 at West Orvis Street Cemetery, Massena, Saint Lawrence County, New York, United States, Find A Grave Memorial# 37784142.1 
ObituarySep 26, 1907  OBITUARY: James H. Richards, the veteran fisherman and river guide was drowned in the south Sault Saturday afternoon about three o'clock. He started out in the forenoon on a fishing trip with Jay Downer, of Massena, and his brother-in-law, W.C. Johnson, of Minneapolis. The party had dinner above the Sault and started out to go below. As they were going down the swiftest part of the current the boast struck a post in the crib work that has been built at the point where the Long Sault Development company have been operating. This crib work extends out into the current about fifty feet and forms a platform on which a drill was being operated putting down test holes.

James H. Richards was born at the old home at Richards Landing and was a son of the late John Richards and had he lived until the 27th of next January he would have been 68 years old. In July, 1807, he married Miss Margaret Boles and to them were born six children, five of whom are living. He also leaves one brother and two sisters.

He served in the Civil War as a member of Company A. 92nd New York Volunteers.

He was an expert oarsman and was very familiar with every part of the river in this section, was careful and never took any chances, but this time he found the conditions changed and the current different, with fatal results. His family have the sympathy of a large number of friends in their loss.

Published in the Massena Observer, September 26, 1907.


Margaret Boles b. Sep 13, 1844, d. Mar 20, 1929


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