Daniel Richardson b 23 February 1837

Daniel Richardson was born 23 February 1837 in New Portland, Maine, the second of five children of Daniel and Joanna (Quint) Richardson. 

I was unable to find Daniel in the 1850 or 1860 census. 

Daniel married Mary Elizabeth Twiss on 9 May 1857, in Bradford, VT.  This was reported in a paper called “The Farmers’ Cabinet”, dated July 2, 1857.  It referred to Daniel Richardson Jr of Bradford, and Mary of Antrim (NH). 

Daniel’s first son Albert was born in 1860 supposedly in Lowell MA, and died in Lowell at age 12 of typhoid fever. Since his death record says Albert was born in NH I dug a little deeper and found his birth was recorded in Antrim NH. The record gave the father’s residence as Deering, which provides more support for the birth location of the second son.  Will was born in 1862, supposedly in Deering NH, although I have not found a birth record for him.  Cora was born in 1865 in Lowell, and died the next year.  At the time of her birth, Daniel was listed as a “manufacturer”.   Augustine was born in 1868 and died 20 days later.  Hattie was born in 1876 in Mont Vernon. The three Richardson children were buried at Edson cemetery in Lowell, but do not have marked graves. 

The 1865 MA state census lists the family in Chelmsford MA.  It also indicates that Albert and Will were born in NH.   

A History of Pelham, Hillsborough County NH says that Daniel came to Mont Vernon from Lowell about 1868.  He was a carpenter and farmer, and resided in South District.  (History of Mount Vernon). 

The 1870 census of Ward 3, Lowell, lists Middlesex MA, Daniel and Mary E. Richardson. These people have the right age and birthplaces to, but no children listed, and Albert and Will should be alive.  Where are the boys?  Even if they were boarding elsewhere, they should have been listed. 

1874 Lowell city directory, Richardson, Daniel, Jr carpenter, boarding house, 2 Elliott.  (There are 4 Daniels in the directory, and wives are not listed.) 

The 1880 census lists Daniel and his family living in Mont Vernon NH, where he was a farmer.  In 1897, Daniel Richardson was on a committee that sold the old Congregational Meeting House to the town of Mont Vernon.

Daniel and Mary were counted in the 1900 census in Mont Vernon NH.  His son Will also lived there with his first wife Anna.  The 1910 census lists Daniel and Mary at Mont Vernon.  The 1911 Mont Vernon city directory lists Daniel Richardson as a farmer, living on Amherst Road.

Daniel died 15 November 1912, age 75, in Mont Vernon.  Cause of death was chronic cystitis, a repeated or prolonged form of urinary tract infection that causes inflammation of the bladder.

He was buried in Lowell MA with his three young children and his sister Joanna Richardson Prince.  Mary died in 1929 in Mont Vernon, and was also buried at Lowell.    

Will of Daniel Richardson:

Be it remembered that I Daniel Richardson of Mont Vernon in the County of Hillsborough and the State of New Hampshire considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will And Testament in manner and form as follows to wit –

I bequeath to my son Willie F. Richardson one dollar.  I bequeath to my daughter Hattie M. Ingalls one dollar.  I bequeath to my wife Mary E. Richardson all of my personal property where ever found, after paying to my son and daughter one dollar each.

I do hereby nominate and appoint Mary E. Richardson without bond or security sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Twentieth day of December AD 1911.

                                                           Daniel Richardson

Signed, sealed, and declared by the above named Daniel Richardson to be his last will and Testament in the presents of us three who at his request in his presence and in presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses here to.

               William H. W. Hinds     Ralph D. Morgan      John N. Fox

 

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