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Re: Accessible Archives - "An Old Colored Woman"

ITEM #22799
October 31, 1868
VILLAGE RECORD
Biography AN OLD COLORED WOMAN.- There is now living in the
village of Concord, Sussex County, a negro woman named SUSAN
GOSLIN, who is one hundred and fifteen years of age. She was
born at Concord in 1753, and has resided at that place from
her birth. Her house consisting of a one story frame building,
is mounted on four wheels, and the old woman is trundled about
whenever she desires it and wherever fancy leads her. She
adheres firmly to the manners and customs of her ancestors,
and cannot be prevailed upon to use the cotton now
manufactured for sewing purposes, but collects and twists into
thread the ravelings of cloth and muslin, as she had done in
her early days. Her eyesight is said to be remarkably good,
and her mental faculties are not the least impaired by her
extreme age. She is very regular in her habits, active, and
performs her household duties in a creditable manner. The
white inhabitants of Concord and vicinity generously
contribute to her support, and little groups now and then
visit, aunty'to hear her recite her experience the dark
days of the revolution. (Del. State Journal)


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