Lydia Louise “Daisy” Richards died 26 December 1930

Louise Lydia Richards was born 26 May 1894, in Belmont, NH, the daughter of Charles Henry Richards and Nancy Elvira Labor.  At the time of her birth, her father’s occupation was listed as “laborer”, born in East Hatley, Canada, and her mother born in Sherbrooke, Canada.  Lydia was the second child, joining older brother Thomas William Richards, who had been born in 1891. 

The 1900 census lists the Richards family in Belmont.  Charles was a lumberman, and Nancy was a mender in a finish room.  Belmont was a mill town, so she was probably working in the textile industry.  The family also had a boarder named Frank Brown, who worked as a day laborer. 

In 1910, the family lived at 66 Main Street in Belmont.   Charles was a restaurant proprietor and Nancy was a cook in the restaurant.  Lydia was now called Daisy, worked as a waitress.  Most or all of the subsequent records I have for her list her as Daisy.  Her brother William was a sailor in the US Navy.  The family had a boarder named Harry Chase who was a tailor who worked cleaning and repairing clothes. 

On 10 February 1913, in Belmont, Daisy married Earnest F Morrison, son of Ned Morrison and Eldora Mason.  He was 25, she was 18.  This was the first marriage for both.  Earnest was a farmer, she was a housekeeper, but I don’t know if that meant for her own home, or if she worked out.   About eight months after they were married, Earnest contracted malarial fever.  In early 1914, Earnest was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis, and he died 13 April 1914 in Sanbornton, NH.  I was not able to find records for any children for Daisy and Earnest. 

Daisy married for a second time to Curt Martin Bean.  I had trouble finding her marriage record in my usual sources, but knew that she was married before Curt registered for the WW1 draft as she was listed as his contact person. When looking for more information about the cemetery where she was buried, I came across a website that includes vital records from Belmont. will take you to that site, just scroll down to the vital records.  In the marriage records, I was able to find the marriage of Daisy Morrison, age 24, to Curt Bean, 34, son of Charles Bean and Sarah martin, on 31 August 1918.  Both were residents of Belmont, and were married by clergyman F. Fitzpatrick. This was the second marriage for both.  He was a farmer, she was “at home”.   These occupations were the same for both sets of parents.  Curt was previously married to Lucy Larivie.  I don’t know if he was widowed or divorced.  I was not able to find a death record, remarriage, or 1920 census record for Lucy Bean. 

In 1920, Daisy and Curt lived in Belmont.   Curt was a farmer, on his own farm.  Both could read and write.  Curt’s widowed mother Sarah lived with them.   In 1930, Daisy and Curt lived on a street that appears to be called Farraville, in Belmont. (I was not able to find that on a map.) Her parents, Charles and Nancy lived with them.  Curt was farming, and Daisy did not have an occupation listed.  Daisy’s father was listed as a laborer.  They owned their own farm, and owned a radio.  Daisy’s father was a laborer.

The census records for 1920 and 1930 list no children for Daisy.   I found no birth or death records for children for Daisy and Curt. 

Daisy died 26 December 1930, at the age of 36.  Cause of death was listed as “vomiting of pregnancy, acidosis-myocarditis.”  Occasionally, morning sickness can be so severe that the woman becomes dehydrated, causing acidosis, which depresses the central nervous system.  She had been in the Laconia hospital for four weeks. 

Curt married again to Mary LaMotte on 30 June 1934.  He died 29 August 1935 in Laconia.  Curt and Daisy are both buried at South Road Cemetery in Belmont.  Daisy’s father is there.  I have no record for Daisy’s mother’s burial, but suspect she is probably at South Road as well. 


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