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The Daily Dispatch: January 1, 1861., [Electronic resource], Remarkable longevity in a family. (search)
Remarkable longevity in a family. --A few days ago we announced the death of Benjamin Mead, Esq., in Newark, N. J., while attending a Union prayer meeting in company with his wife. On the following Sunday the Rev. Dr. Dashiell, the pastor of the Broad street M. E. Church in Newark, preached a funeral discourse, in the course of which he introduced the following remarkable instance of longevity in the Mead family, for which he was indebted to the Stamford (Ct) Advocate: "We often hear of singular cases of longevity up among the hills of Litchfield county, but we do not recollect anything that exceeds in this respect the following facts in relation to one of the families of old Greenwich. Edmond and Theodosia Mead had ten children, all in the eighteenth century, seven of whom are now living, whose aggregate age at the present time exceeds five hundred years. The survivors are — Benjamin, born April 24, 1780; Sarah, born August 22, 1782; Obadiah, born March 10, 1785; Mary, June 1