Anderson Christopher Richey was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He lived in Chicago with his family and worked at the YMCA in his early twenties. Associated with that, in 1917 and 1919 he traveled to South Africa, East Africa, India, France and Great Britain.
It is unclear as to where (Greenville, S.C. or Chicago, IL.) and when (5/5/1892 or 5/5/1895) Anderson C. Richey was born based on inconsistent information between census records and draft registration card.
"United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5B-VK8N : 16 March 2018), Anderson Christopher Richey, 1919; citing Passport Application, Illinois, United States, source certificate #69095, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, 722, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Anderson by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
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In Blount Family history the date December 1 was an ominous one. Some 17 years later one of the “kiddies” (his sister’s children) that Chris so often affectionately referred to in his writing, Marjorie now a young adult, had suddenly and unexpectedly fallen ill at Wiley College. She died either on an emergency trip back to Houston or the city itself. There is some speculation and bitterness that if she had received immediate care, she may have survived.
Later in another correspondence, this the only one remaining of at least 10 sent from the subcontinent, June 2, 1918, he is writing to his sister on her birthday. Now, the world in upheaval with the advent World War I; would pose great change for everyone . Chris is stationed in India and is working for the YMCA in some sort of war effort. He mentions the intense almost unfathomable heat in Calcutta. He goes on to say that he wishes his sis would write more. He asks how she is surviving the war.
Most significantly, he is just now able to grasp or appreciate – “The Athens Affair”. Specifically the boat Chris was sailing on was named "The City of Athens". During research we discovered the attached article from the "New York Times" of August 13, 1917 which brings into greater clarity and detail this disaster at sea which took the lives of 19 people including five American citizens. To our great fortune, Chris was one of the survivors.