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Mrs. Mary Talbert-Age 114 Years-1914


Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 6/14/2021 at 18:47:08

Evening Times-Republican, Saturday, Jun 27, 1914, Marshalltown, IA, Page: 4


Special to Times-Republican
Ottumwa, June 27.-In the person of Mrs. Mary Talbert, colored, this city, can lay claim to the oldest inhabitant in this part of Iowa, if not in the whole state. Mrs. Talbert was 114 years of old last Christmas day, and in spite of her unusual age is blessed with a wonderfully clear memory, is alive and active to all that goes on around her and is able to sew without the use of any aid to her eyes.
Mrs. Talbert was born in Garret County, Kentucky, of December 25, 1799, and that state, Missouri and Iowa have been her home during the entire period of her life. She inherits her long years from her mother, who died at the age of 120. The mother was part Indian, was a slave of Daniel Boone at the time he was cruising up and down the Ohio River.

Mrs. Talbert and her four children were separated in slavery, and one of her two daughters she has never found. This one was named Nancy, which was changed to Kitty by her owner, and if she still lives is now 87 years old. The other daughter is living in Kansas, and is 82 years of age.
Her son was killed in the war and her bother is living in Albia, having passed his ninetieth birthday.


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