Owner: Henry Lawrence, James Riddle, Leander Riddle, William M. Field
Industry type: Textile mill
Active dates: 1838-1873
Summary: James Riddle may have owned a cotton spinning mill on Chester Creek in Pennsylvania in the 1830s. Along with Henry Lawrence, he purchased Gilpin's Mills from John Newman for $34,000 on June 23, 1845; Lawrence left the company soon after. Riddle built a five-story weaving mill in 1850, running 12,000 spindles to produce approximately 70,000 yards of fancy ticking per week.James Riddle died in 1872 and his son, Leander Riddle, and son-in-law, William M. Field, continued to run the firm.
Citations: Boatman, Roy. The Brandywine Cotton Industry, 1795-1865. Hagley Research Report, 1957.
Conrad, Henry Clay. History of the State of Delaware, Vol. 2. Lancaster, Penn.: Wickersham Company, 1908.
Scharf, John Thomas. History of Delaware 1609-1888, Vol. 2. Philadelphia: L. J. Richards & Co., 1888, 760.
Online sources / images: Fire insurance map, Hexamer General Survey, Vol. 2, 1868. Free Library of Philadelphia.
Pomeroy and Beers, Atlas of the State of Delaware, 1868. Hagley Digital Archives.