From the New York Times, February 19, 1890:
Richard Atkinson, at one time a widely known cotton merchant of this city, died yesterday morning in St. Catharines, Ontario. He had been suffering acutely from gout for about a month. The funeral services will be held in St. Catharines tomorrow and the body will be taken to Louisville, Ky., for burial.
Mr. Atkinson was born in Louisville, Ky., sixty-five years ago, his grandfather having been one of the pioneer settlers and his father a planter, whose property was near the city. The lad received a good education, and then entered commercial life, his attention being devoted principally to cotton. In 1861 he came to this city, and entered the firm of Hewitt & Co., cotton brokers at 41 Broad street. He joined the New York Cotton Exchange, and served on various committees, the firm changing from time to time to Hewitt & Atkinson, and then R. Atkinson & Co. He was at the head of the house, which was then of much importance on the Exchange, until 1872, when disaster came upon it and it suspended. Nothing daunted, however, Mr. Atkinson started in business again as an individual broker and buyer, and continued with fair success until 1875, when he retired from active business and went to Canada to live. Mr. Atkinson leaves a widow, three sons and two daughters. He was twice married.
[Note: Richard Atkinson married Mary Ellen Craig, daughter of Parker Craig and Susan Moffett. Mary Ellen was the great granddaughter of John Parker & Isabella Todd, my great-great-great-great grandparents.]
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