After his stint at the hotel, He became a clerk in Eratus Baldwin’s store. He must have learned a lot and liked selling as in 1835 he bought the stock and store from the Cheneys. He and his sons kept that store and ran it until 1853. Leaving the retail trade, Seth with his son, Dexter became a manufacturer. They produced flannel material at the Sugar River Mills.
Seth married Fanny Richards of Dedham, Massachusetts on April 8, 1;817. They had eight children: Dexter (1818-1898); Emily (1820—); Elizabeth (1821--)Fanny (1823--) Abiathar (1825—1899); Helen (1828-1868); Ann (1832--) and Catherine (1834--). His wife Franny died on August 11, 1854. Seth Richards, then, married Martha B. Dow on March 24, 1859. Seth Richards died on October 30, 1871.
If I could talk to Seth, I would like to ask him about why and how long Abiathar Richards, his wife’s nephew lived with them and why. Was he visiting for a while? Was he there to work in the store and learn the retail trade? I do know that in the 1860 census, Abiathar is living with his brother, Abner, in Brooklyn, New York and that he worked in the wholesale shoe business. Did he learn some of those skills from Seth Richards? So many questions, so few answers.