"For more than 50 years she had been devoted to the weed and
in the opinion of many this ever-welcome solace added to her length
of years. She was, however, of a naturally vigorous and robust constitution,
and at the age of 80 could work in the hayfield with quite surprising
dexterity. She came of a long-lived race; her father, a mining agent,
lived to the age of 100, and two of her aunts attained the ages
respectively of 102 and 104 years. Her only brother also died at
the age of 90. She was born at Thwaite, in Swaledale, on February
25th, 1790, and in answer to my enquiry said she well remembered
walking to Muker church at the age of three to be christened. ...On
each of her last six birthdays, Mr. J.B. Smithson, of Leyburn, made
a special visit...for the purpose of taking her photograph.
|His last presentment
was taken on April 7th, 1896, and is here reproduced. ...Quietly and
painlessly, from pure decay of nature, the venerable woman passed
away on June 14th, 1896, aged 106 years and three and a half months."