Mary Elizabeth Twiss married Daniel Richardson 9 May 1857

Mary Elizabeth Twiss was born 20 June 1838, daughter of Dimon Twiss and Harriet Parmenter, in Antrim NH. Mary’s mother died when Mary was only six.  In 1850, she lived in Antrim with her father and step-mother.

The Farmers’ Cabinet, a newspaper of the era reported:  Married:  At Bradford VT, May 9th, Daniel Richardson Jr, of Bradford, to Miss Mary E. Twiss of Antrim. 

I wonder how they met.  Daniel Richardson was born 23 Feb 1837, the second of six children of Daniel Richardson and Joanna Quint, in New Portland, ME.  Daniel’s story was published here 23 February 2011. 

The 1865 Massachusetts state census lists Daniel, Mary E, Albert D, William F, and Cora Belle, in Chelmsford.  He was a farmer. 

Mary’s family seemed to move around a bit. Their first child was born in Antrim NH, the next in Deering NH, then two in Lowell MA, then the last in Mont Vernon NH.  They came from Lowell to Mont Vernon about 1868.   

The 1870 census shows Daniel and Mary E Richardson in Lowell MA.  They are the right age and have the right birthplaces to be the same people, but no children were living with them.  Albert and Will should have been alive for that census.  Two other children had been born and died before that census, and Hattie wasn’t born until later.     

By 1880, the family is back in Mont Vernon.   The names were listed as Daniel, E Mary, F Willie and M Hattie.  I wonder if it was the census taker’s style of recording names, or if that is the way they were given to him by the family.

Mary was in the 1900 census in Mont Vernon.  The household included her husband, and son Will and his first wife Anna.  Daniel and Mary were also in the 1910 federal census in Mont Vernon.  This census confirmed that Mary had had five children, but only two survived.  Cora had died at age 1, and Augustine was only 3 weeks old and died of scrofula, a form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes. In 1872, son Albert had died at age 12 of typhoid fever. 

Daniel died in 1912.  The 1917 Milford city directory says that Mary, widow of Daniel, lived at Mapletree Corner.  After Daniel died, Mary lived with her daughter Hattie (Mrs. Charles Ingalls) in Mont Vernon and she is counted with them in 1920.

In 1923, Hattie and Charles hosted a reunion of Twiss descendants at their farm.  The news report says the weather “could not have been better, being delightfully cool and clear, giving to the distant hills that deep peculiar blue so characteristic of such days.  The situation of this home on the southern slope of Mont Vernon hill is ideal, protected from the strong winds but giving a wide range of vision over a beautiful section of southern New Hampshire.  Under the great elms and maples a bountiful lunch was spread upon the tables and greatly enjoyed by about thirty hungry members of the Twiss family.  Old relationships were traced and the various lines established, until all felt that they were at least cousins.”   Mary E (Twiss) Richardson was the eldest person there, and the news article says that the aged people enlivened the occasion with reminiscences of old times and persons.  Mary’s daughter Hattie Ingalls was secretary of the Twiss Family Association at that time.  I haven’t been able to determine that this association still exists.  The group photo shows the generations in their picnic finery.   

Mary died 23 July 1929 in Mont Vernon.  Cause of death was apoplexy.  Historically, the word “apoplexy” was used to describe any sudden death that began with a sudden loss of consciousness, especially one in which the victim died within a matter of seconds after losing consciousness. Sudden cardiac deaths, ruptured cerebral aneurysms, certain ruptured aortic aneurysms, and even heart attacks may have been described as apoplexy in the past.

Mary is buried in Edson Cemetery in Lowell MA with her husband and three children, and Daniel’s sister Joanna Richardson Prince.  They do not have gravestones.


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