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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 31


Week 31: Oldest
How are you going to interpret “oldest”? The oldest child in one of your ancestral families? The oldest photo you have? The oldest document you’ve ever found? The oldest ancestor you ever met? (For me that would be my great-grandmother Clara (Mason) Young.)

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I am drawing so many blanks with this post. I have been pondering over this post for almost a week now, wondering who to write about. I am the oldest of three children, (My older Brother was born still in 1969), I often wonder what it would have been like to have an older brother. I have already written a post on one of my oldest possessions – A Bible that belonged to my Late Great Grandmother. My Mum who was the Oldest of three sisters. Her Sister Jenni who is now the Matriarch of the family.

I was looking for something a few days ago about my Grandmother’s Sister in Law, which lead me to looking at my Great Grandmothers Family again and I came across an article on lady – Catherine Simpson, My 4th Great Grandmother. The article written 8th Sept 1921 states that she was the oldest Born Resident in Tasmania, and that she died at the “Remarkable” age of 104 Years. She was born and died in Ross Tasmania. Somewhere that we had visited many times on the way home from Hobart. Where we have taken lots of photos of the bridge. The article also states that She “The Deceased could clearly collect the occasion on which the governor in 1836 laid the foundation stone to the old stone bridge”.

I have taken some notes down and will explore more on Catherine.

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