Robert! You are too kind! I cannot thank you enough for all your kind words and help!
I know obits and even death certificates carry on "family lore"and names spelled wrong...etc. But I did get a few more pieces to ponder upon.
In one of the newspaper articles and Richards obit it mentions his "sister" Gertrude Hall (22 Feb 1858 - 05 Aug 1944) She never married and is buried in the same cemetery as Richard. But obviously they couldn't have the same dad if he died at sea... Anyways thank you so much for sharing your "dutch" research! Phyllis