An Aged West Virginian
Possibly the oldest person now living in the State, ifnot in the United States, is in the person of Aunt Eunice Conrad, ofCederville[?], Gilmer county, W. Va., her maiden name being Mace. She was born in that part of the old State,now Pendleton county, this State, August 4, 1776,making her age 116 years 7 months and 23 days. Her parents, of German descent, were born in the old country. She with her parents moved to Bulltown near[?] Braxton, C. B.[?] when she was about six years old, being the first family to settle on the Little Kanawha river. The nearest whites were at Buckhannon, aboutthirty miles away. The Indians weredriven from Bulltown the day before here parentsmoved in, leaving great quantities of bear meat and venison. At the age of twenty-eight she was married toJacob Conrad, and settled on Dust Camp Creek, Gilmer county,being the first to settle on that creek. She is the mother of 14 children, 9boys and 5 girls, all of whom save her youngest, Henry, with whom she lives on Bull Run, have preceeded [sic]her to the grave. She draws a pension of$12 per month in consequence of her husband serving in the war of 1812. Your informant paid her a visit recently andfound her well and hearty. Although herhearing and sight are somewhat impaired, she has the right use of her mind, andseems to take great delight in talking of her younger days. She makes her own bed, and is able to beabout the house considerably. She saysthe last winter was the hardest she ever saw but one.
[Retrieved and transcribed by NanciHeadley Kotowski from the Apr. 14, 1893 edition of Clarksburg Telegram, Clarksburg,W. Va.]