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Louisa Putnam (Burlingame) Dyer (1822-1902)

Louisa Putnam Burlingame was born in or around 1822 in Putnam Heights, Connecticut as the daughter of Andrew D. and Polly Burlingame. She lived in Providence as the widow of a man named Babcock for many years, and census records show Louisa Babcock was the mother of two children, Eva L. and Frederick A. Babcock. She worked in the middle decades of the century as a dressmaker. After disappearing from the historical record for a time, Louisa reappears as Mrs. Dyer. In 1870 Louisa married Edward J. Dyer, born in Massachusetts in about 1825. The couple was living with Louisa’s daughter Eva in Providence in 1880. Edward’s worked as an “inspector” and by this time Louisa’s occupation is “keeping house.” At the age of 80 years, Louisa became a resident of the Home for Aged Women in Providence, where she spent her final years as a widow. On February 27, 1902, Louisa P. Dyer died of Erysipelas Grippe Endocarditis (a feverish disease) and was buried in the Home’s section of the North Burial Ground.

Elisangela Fernandes, Student at Rhode Island College