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Margaret Miller (Davidson) Richardson, 1863-1932

Margaret
              Davidson Richardson about 1915

Margaret "Maggie" Millier Davidson was born on 14 February 1863 in Dundee, Scotland. She was the second of seven children born to William and Isabella (Chapman) Davidson. She married David Richardson in nearby Strathmiglo, Scotland, on 11 January 1884 and a few months later they immigrated to the United States along with her parents and siblings. This is apparently Maggie and David's wedding photo:

Magaret and David Richardson

Maggie reportedly had a child who died at birth shortly after they arrived from Scotland, and then had three children who lived to adulthood. All were born in Thetford: Isabella "Belle" Richardson, born 14 Feb 1886; William Fred Richardson, born 26 Feb 1888; and Mary Fernie Richardson, born 16 June 1890. Maggie and family moved to nearby Mayville for a couple of years around 1900 (the census indicated they lived at 57 High Street) when the children were 10, 12, and 14 years old. They youngest, Mary, visited Mayville in 1962 and wrote on the photo: "My home in Mayville, Mich., where I lived when I was 10 years old. 62 years ago."

Richardson House in Mayville,
                  Mich.

They lived at 1218 Church Street in Flint from 1903 to 1909, but by 1910 they had bought a house at 408 W. 7th Street (below is a photo of Maggie in front of their 7th Street house around 1910 -- Maggie lived in this house until she died in 1932):

408 Seventh Street, Flint, and
                  Maggie Richardson, about 1910

Below is a photo of Maggie; her daughter, Mary; and her granddaughter, Margaret (Adair) Tozer (daughter of Maggie's daughter, Belle) taken around 1916:

Margaret Richardson,
                      daughter Mary, granddaughter Margaret

Below is a photo of Maggie with her son, William "Fred" Richardson, taken about 1919 (he served in the U.S. Army during WWI):

Margaret Richardson and son William Fred
                          Richardson about 1919

In 1920 Maggie's daughter, Belle, died. Belle was separated from her husband, Roland Adair, at the time and before she died she requested that her three children be raised by her parents, David and Maggie. So, the three children, Anna, 5; Robert, 7; and Margaret, 10, went to live with their grandparents at 408 W. 7th Street. These were Maggie's only grandchildren who lived to adulthood (Mary had no children, and Fred had one child who died young). Maggie's youngest granddaughter, Anna, was in high school and still living with her grandparents when Maggie died of pernicious anemia on 27 December 1932 at the age of 69. She was buried in Thetford Cemetery.

Margaret Davidson Richardson obituary



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