Noticed this in an old copy of the quarterly of the Ohio Genealogical Society and enjoyed
"A letter from Shagrin [Chagrin outside of Cleveland] Ohio, mentions the following
facts relative to longevity. "There is now living in this place a Mrs. WOOLSEY, who
is in 98 year of age. She still retains her physical and mental faculties in the highest
degree of perfection. She is able to read and sew without the aid of glasses; and four
years since (then 94) she spun the materials for 30 yards of linen cloth. She arrived
here a few weeks since from Albany Co., NY having travelled over 500 miles in a wagon, in
the short space of 14 days, being on a visit to four of her children here, one of whom is
83 years old, and was among the first settlers of this region. Mrs. W. has always
observed the most strict regimen in her habits, retiring at 9 and rising at 4
o'clock, only devoting 7 hours to sleep." [Delaware Gazette, Delhi NY 30 Dec
I think of people like this every time I read how in olden days people died at 40 and
women died young all the time in childbirth. If she lived to 100 Mrs. Woolsey probably got
her name in the newspapers. Just like on the morning TV show.
My ancestors from Putnam were long lived. Each succeeding generation seems to have died
at an earlier age!