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James M. Atkins died at his residence on Wharf avenue, at Red Bank, on Monday evening, aged 71 years, 6 months and 1 day. Mr. Atkins had been in poor health for some time and had been coonfined to his bed for two weeks. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1815, his father being the proprietor of one on the famous old-time hostelries of the Lancaster pike, before the time of railroads. When Mr. Atkins was sixteen years of age he started out in life for himself as a drover. In 1846 he married Miss Sarah A. Pope, by whom he had two children, Richard and Mrs. Charlotte Croft, both residents of Red Bank. In 1848 he purchased the Union Hotel and was its proprietor continuously until the time of his death. Mr. Atkins is credited with having left an estate of $50,000. The funeral will take place from the hotel to-morrow afternoon at two o'clock. The Rev. J. K. Manning will conduct the services and the interment will be made at Fairview.
Source: Red Bank Register March 23, 1887