Richard Veitch, merchant of Alexandria, Virginia
Looking for any genealogy information on a Richard Veitch, a merchant in Alexandria, Virginia, right around 1795-1820.Richard married Elizabeth Black Crease, daughter of Anthony Crease, a sea captain, in 1795, and they had one daughter, Theresa.This guy had several partnerships, but the most prevalent I've seen in all the newspaper advertisements was with a very successful businessman, Jonah Thompson, who went on to become a city councilman and mayor of Alexandria.Their business was called Thompson & Veitch.I can only find references to the business in old Alexandria records regarding merchants who moved in next to or across the street from Thompson & Veitch.
I know that the company sold imported goods, (cloth, housewares, etc.), and Richard made trans-Atlantic trips back and forth to London, presumably to purchase goods, and began insuring their ships and cargo, mostly against loss as a result of piracy, I think, when the first Marine Insurance Company of Alexandria was formed in about 1798 .I think this is the same Richard who appears as a director in 1819 of the Columbian Fire Insurance Company in Alexandria, but that's about the last trace of him I can find.I did find an 1837 obituary in the Baltimore Sun regarding the death of "Mrs. Elizabeth Veitch, widow of the late Richard Veitch, for many years a respectable inhabitant of Alexandria."
Any information on his ancestry would be appreciated!