Capt. Meltiah Jordan Richardson

b. 22 Jun 1828 (Goose Cove, MDI)
d. 23 May 1901 (drowned, The Pool, GCI)

Background

Captain Meltiah J. Richardson was the son of Ben Richardson.
He married Sarah Spurling (b. 1835) in 1853, had 4 children by her, divorced.
He married Mary Catherine Stanley in 1870.
They had 2 boys:
  1. Emery Willard Richardson b. 22 Jul 1873, d. 8 Oct 1883, age 10y 2m 16d.
  2. Charles Emery "Peter" Richardson b. 14 Jan 1885, d. 14 Jul 1971
Capt. Meltiah drowned himself off "Lew" Stanley's dock at Great Cranberry.
Buried in the Stanley Cemetery.

The Great Cranberry Island Historical Society presented Carrie Richardson of Big Cranberry, an original play about him, in the summer of 2001.




14 Dec 1871 Capt. Richardson, master of the C.F. Young, brings 100 boxes of sugar from Cuba to NY for $62.50

Mary Catherine "Carrie" (Stanley) Richardson

b. 4 Nov 1848
d. 12 Oct 1920

Background

"Carrie" Richardson was the daughter of Enoch B. Sr. and Caroline H. (Guptill) Stanley.  "Lew" Stanley was her brother.
She attended higher education in Boston -- unusual for a woman at that time.
She was the second wife of Capt. Meltiah Richardson.
She was the mother of Charles Emery "Peter" Richardson.
She traveled with her husband on his vessel the Carrie M. Richardson, and was an expert celestial navigator.
Buried in the Stanley Cemetery.

The Great Cranberry Island Historical Society presented Carrie Richardson of Big Cranberry, an original play about her, in the summer of 2001.


photo courtesy of Hazel Peterson

Cranberry Isles, Maine

A Poem by Carrie Richardson

When far away, my friend, you go,
Will you one thought on me bestow?
And let your memory oft retain
The hours we've spent on Cranberry Isles, Maine?

Remember me when far away,
And I will ever think of thee.

--Carrie

The Stanley House and Boathouses
by The Pool

Background

"Carrie" Richardson lived with her husband Meltiah in the Stanley house, which she shared with her brother "Lew" Stanley.

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